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10-year-old due in court on manslaughter charge

Posted 10/22/2012 in National

The youngest person to be charged with homicide in Maine in at least 30 years was due to make her first appearance today in District Court.

 

McGovern remembered for '72 failed presidential bid

Posted 10/22/2012 in National

George McGovern once joked that he had wanted to run for president in the worst way -- and that he had done so.

 

Unions shift political might to state, local races

Posted 10/20/2012 in National

Unions are shifting more of their political resources to state and local races this year as they try to head off passage of laws that could undermine bargaining rights, make it harder to organize or reduce their political muscle.

 

Tribal court disputed in Grand Canyon bridge fight

Posted 10/20/2012 in National

The jurisdiction of a Native American tribal court was challenged Friday by the developer of a popular glass bridge over the Grand Canyon who has been locked in a multi-million dollar contract dispute with an Arizona-based tribe.

 

Meningitis victims face long recovery

Posted 10/20/2012 in National

Vilinda York lies in her Florida hospital bed, facing a dry-erase board that lists in green marker her name, her four doctors and a smiley face. Also on the board is this: "Anticipated date of discharge: NOT YET DETERMINED."

 

French reporter 'savagely attacked' reporting in Cairo

Posted 10/20/2012 in National

A correspondent for France 24 TV was "savagely attacked" near Cairo's Tahrir Square after being seized by a crowd, the network said Saturday. It was the latest case of violence against women at the epicenter of Egypt's restive protests.

 

Israeli naval vessels take control of Gaza boat

Posted 10/20/2012 in National

Israeli troops on Saturday commandeered a Gaza-bound ship that tried to break through Israel's blockade of the Hamas-ruled seaside strip, the military said. European lawmakers and other pro-Palestinian activists aboard did not resist, and the Finnish-flagged vessel was diverted to an Israeli port.

 

 

Boy's miracle cure makes first Native American saint from U.S.

Posted 10/20/2012 in National

Jake Finkbonner was so close to death after flesh-eating bacteria infected him through a cut on his lip that his parents had last rites performed and were discussing donating the 5-year-old's tiny organs.

 

Fire destroys State Fair of Texas icon Big Tex

Posted 10/20/2012 in National

The man who provides the voice for Big Tex, the giant cowboy at the State Fair of Texas, was greeting people with his usual "Howdy, folks!" in a slow drawl Friday when someone rushed into his trailer to tell him the towering fair icon was on fire.

 

Scout abuse files release sparks interest

Posted 10/20/2012 in National

A website with files showing the Boy Scouts of America's cover-up of decades of sexual abuse is generating interest from people wanting to know who the alleged abusers are and whether people who molested them as Scouts are in the files.

 

 

Thefts of cell phones rise rapidly

Posted 10/20/2012 in National

In this tech-savvy city teeming with commuters and tourists, the cell phone has become a top target of robbers who use stealth, force and sometimes guns.

 

 

Sandusky filing says trial violated his rights

Posted 10/19/2012 in National

Jerry Sandusky launched his effort to overturn his child sexual abuse convictions with a set of motions that said there wasn't enough evidence against him and the trial wasn't fair.

 

 

Newsweek to end print publication

Posted 10/19/2012 in National

Newsweek's decision to stop publishing a print edition after 80 years and bet its life entirely on a digital future may be more a commentary on its own problems than a definitive statement on the health of the magazine industry.

 

 

Boy Scout 'perversion files' show elaborate cover up

Posted 10/19/2012 in National

Again and again, decade after decade, an array of authorities -- police chiefs, prosecutors, pastors and local Boy Scout leaders among them -- quietly shielded scoutmasters and others accused of molesting children, a newly opened trove of confidential papers shows.

 

 

Gun industry thrives during Obama's term in office

Posted 10/19/2012 in National

President Barack Obama has presided over a heyday for the gun industry despite predictions by the National Rifle Association four years ago that he would be the "most anti-gun president in American history."

 

 

Amtrak train set to hit 110 mph in test run

Posted 10/19/2012 in National

In a modest milestone for President Barack Obama's high-speed rail vision, test runs will start zooming along a small section of the Amtrak line between Chicago and St. Louis at 110 mph on Friday.

 

Catholics and Protestants unite against Ireland's first abortion clinic

Posted 10/19/2012 in National

The first abortion clinic on the island of Ireland opened Thursday in downtown Belfast, unleashing angry protests on the street and uniting Catholic and Protestant politicians in calls to investigate the new facility.

 

Turkish pianist on trial for insulting Islam

Posted 10/19/2012 in National

A top Turkish pianist and composer appeared in court on Thursday to defend himself against charges of offending Muslims and insulting Islam in comments he made on Twitter.

 

 

Whole binders full of women?

Posted 10/18/2012 in National

Everybody will be writing about how a different Barack Obama came out Tuesday night from the one we saw in the first debate.

 

Armstrong resigns position, loses sponsors

Posted 10/18/2012 in National

Already an outcast in cycling after a massive doping report, Lance Armstrong absorbed hits much closer to home Wednesday: to his wallet and his heart.

 

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