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'Stand your ground' law being tested in recent shootings

Posted 5/1/2014 in National

A Montana man is accused of setting a trap and blindly blasting a shotgun into his garage, killing a 17-year-old German exchange student. A Minnesota man is convicted of lying in wait in his basement for two teenagers and killing them during a break-in.

 

 

More than 100 injured in Florida jail explosion

Posted 5/1/2014 in National

A gas explosion at a jail has injured 100 to 150 inmates and corrections officers, a county spokeswoman said.

 

 

Toronto mayor says he'll take leave

Posted 5/1/2014 in National

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will take a leave of absence to seek help for alcohol, he said, as a report surfaced about a second video of the mayor smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.

 

'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' actor Hoskins dies at 71

Posted 5/1/2014 in National

Bob Hoskins never lost his Cockney accent, even as he became a global star who charmed and alarmed audiences in a vast range of roles.

FedEx gunman wasn't enthusiastic about job

Posted 5/1/2014 in National

A gunman who wounded six colleagues in an Atlanta-area rampage didn't seem enthusiastic about his job loading boxes but never mentioned problems with co-workers or supervisors, his father said Wednesday.

 

Gov. calls for review after botched execution

Posted 5/1/2014 in National

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin named a member of her Cabinet on Wednesday to lead a review of how the state conducts executions after a botched procedure that the White House said fell short of the humane standards required.

 

 

Military sex assault claims up 50 percent

Posted 5/1/2014 in National

Reports of sexual assaults by members of the military rose 50 percent after the Pentagon began a vigorous campaign to get more victims to come forward, prompting defense officials to order a greater focus on prevention programs, including plans to review alcohol sales and policies.

 

 

Drug resistance found worldwide, new drugs needed

Posted 5/1/2014 in National

Bacteria resistant to antibiotics have now spread to every part of the world and might lead to a future where minor infections could kill, according to a report published Wednesday by the World Health Organization.

 

Time is running short to save Rosie's plant

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

Loraine Osborne is a Rosie. She isn't THE Rosie, but she worked as a riveter at the Willow Run bomber plant in Michigan alongside Rose Will Monroe, the inspiration for a character that came to symbolize female empowerment and the we're-all-in-this-together spirit of the American homefront during World War II.

Italy court: Knox struck mortal blow in killing

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

The Italian appeals court that reinstated the conviction against Amanda Knox in her British roommate's 2007 murder said in a lengthy reasoning made public Tuesday that Knox herself delivered the fatal blow out of a desire to "overpower and humiliate" the victim.

 

Woman admits tossing dog into traffic over dispute

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

A New Jersey woman has admitted killing her neighbor's small dog by throwing it into traffic during an argument over a parking space.

 

Oklahoma inmate dies after botched execution

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

A botched execution that used a new drug combination left an Oklahoma inmate writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney Tuesday, leading prison officials to halt the proceedings before the inmate's eventual death from a heart attack.

 

Employee opens fire at FedEx center

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

A FedEx employee wearing ammunition draped across his chest "like Rambo" opened fire Tuesday at a package-sorting center outside Atlanta, wounding six people before committing suicide, police and witnesses said.

 

 

Senate ready to sink effort to boost minimum wage

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

Hemmed in by solid Republican opposition, the Senate seems ready to hand a fresh defeat to President Barack Obama by blocking an election-year bill increasing the federal minimum wage.

 

 

Education a new defining issue for 2016 GOP class

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

Raising U.S. educational expectations through national goals was a priority for Republican President George W. Bush. But many of his would-be successors in the GOP are calling for just the opposite of government-set rules, and it's splitting the party as the GOP class of 2016 presidential hopefuls takes shape.

 

 

Minimum wage approaches likely rejection

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

The push by President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage seems ready to join the parade of issues that gets buried in Congress but -- the party hopes -- propels voters to the polls this November.

 

 

Doctor: 3 victims critical in Ga. FedEx shootings

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

A doctor says three victims are in critical condition -- and two of them with life-threatening wounds -- after they were shot multiple times at a FedEx station outside Atlanta.

 

 

Campus rape addressed by White House task force

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

The Obama administration admonished colleges and universities -- "No more turning a blind eye" -- as it released guidelines designed to stem sexual assaults on campuses and help the victims.

 

 

Air search for missing Malaysian plane called off

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

The aerial search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was called off Monday, and the underwater hunt will be expanded to include a vast swath of ocean floor that may take at least eight months to thoroughly search, Australian officials said.

 

 

Kerry backs off Israel 'apartheid' comment

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

Secretary of State John Kerry says he chose the wrong word in describing Israel's potential future after coming under withering criticism for saying the Jewish state could become an "apartheid state" if it doesn't reach a peace deal with the Palestinians.

 

 

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