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Soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan

Posted 5/31/2014 in National

The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday.

 

 

Obama says goodbye to White House press secretary

Posted 5/31/2014 in National

White House press secretary Jay Carney became the news instead of just delivering it Friday, when President Barack Obama unexpectedly interrupted the daily media briefing to announce Carney's resignation after three and a half years as his primary spokesman.

 

 

Barbour faces off with tea party at GOP conference

Posted 5/31/2014 in National

Even as Republicans preach the need for solidarity, divisions between the tea party and the GOP establishment are clear at a national conservative summit.

 

 

Village protests rape, killings of Indian sisters

Posted 5/30/2014 in National

Two teenage sisters in rural India were raped and killed by attackers who hung their bodies from a mango tree, which became the scene of a silent protest by villagers angry about alleged police inaction in the case. Two of the four men arrested so far are police officers.

 

 

41 charged in scam involving dead deer

Posted 5/30/2014 in National

Forty-one people in Philadelphia are facing charges in what prosecutors call an elaborate insurance fraud scheme that used dead deer to fake car accidents.

 

Police knew but didn't view Elliot Rodger videos

Posted 5/30/2014 in National

Law officers who visited Elliot Rodger three weeks before he killed six college students near a Santa Barbara university were aware that he had posted disturbing videos but didn't watch them, and they didn't know about his final video detailing his "Day of Retribution" until after the deadly rampage, officials said.

 

Grieving father takes center stage in gun control debate

Posted 5/30/2014 in National

Richard Martinez says he never set out to be a face of the gun-control movement and has no interest in taking deer rifles and shotguns from the hands of hunters. After all, he used to be one.

 

 

Pakistan: Slain woman's husband killed first wife

Posted 5/30/2014 in National

The husband of a woman stoned to death in Pakistan killed his first wife four years ago, police and relatives said Thursday, a shocking twist both showing how complicated justice can be and how dangerous life is for women in the country.

 

 

Abortion doctors restrictions take root

Posted 5/30/2014 in National

From Texas to Alabama, laws are being enacted that would greatly restrict access to abortion, forcing many women to travel hundreds of miles to find a clinic. The laws, requiring abortion doctors to have privileges to admit patients to local hospitals, could have a profound impact on women in poor and rural sections of the Bible Belt.

 

 

Guard in hot cell death has record of leaving post

Posted 5/30/2014 in National

A jail guard investigators say left her post without permission as an inmate lay dying in his 101-degree cell had been disciplined four years earlier for a similar infraction, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

 

A 1st in 52 years: Co-champs at the Spelling Bee

Posted 5/30/2014 in National

When the confetti flew, the two boys stood in the center of the stage and shook hands. They held up the trophy together. Both were champions, a Spelling Bee finish unseen in more than half a century.

Johnstown flood's legacy lives on 125 years later

Posted 5/29/2014 in National

A privately owned dam collapsed in western Pennsylvania 125 years ago on May 31, 1889, unleashing a flood that killed 2,209 people.

Nebraska woman wolfs down 2 4-pound steaks

Posted 5/29/2014 in National

A Nebraska woman celebrated breaking a Texas steakhouse's speed record for eating a 4-pound slab of beef by polishing off another one.

Maya Angelou, the nation's wise woman

Posted 5/29/2014 in National

Maya Angelou walked into a meeting of civil rights leaders discussing affirmative action back in the 1990s, looked around, and put them all in their place with a single, astute observation.

 

Michigan zoo sells exotic animal 'doo'

Posted 5/29/2014 in National

A zoo in southern Michigan is selling a composted mixture of manure produced by exotic animals.

 

 

Sweets makers work to keep names off e-cigarettes

Posted 5/29/2014 in National

Owners of brands geared toward children of all ages are battling to keep notable names like Thin Mint, Tootsie Roll and Cinnamon Toast Crunch off the flavored nicotine used in electronic cigarettes.

 

 

Colombia chocolate thief sentenced to 5 months

Posted 5/29/2014 in National

It's enough to make a candy junkie give up the sweet stuff forever.

 

Google to build prototype of truly driverless car

Posted 5/29/2014 in National

Google plans to build and launch onto city streets a small fleet of subcompact cars that could operate without a person at the wheel.

 

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