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Backers seek expansion of civil rights death law

Posted 9/24/2014 in National

There has only been one prosecution under the Emmett Till Act, even though the law was passed with the promise of $135 million for police work and an army of federal agents to investigate unsolved killings from the civil rights era. Some deaths aren't even under review because of a quirk in the law.

 

 

Poll: Support for gay marriage may be leveling off

Posted 9/23/2014 in National

A survey released Monday from the Pew Research Center indicates American support for same-sex marriage could be leveling off after several years of dramatic growth in acceptance of equal rights for gays and lesbians.

 

 

Editorial cartoon for 9-23-14

Posted 9/23/2014 in National

 

Media wants cameras for theater shooting trial

Posted 9/23/2014 in National

Prosecutors and defense lawyers in the Colorado theater shootings case urged the judge on Monday to bar cameras from the courtroom during the trial, saying witnesses could be harassed and threatened because of the coverage.

 

Gov't hackers try to crack HealthCare.gov

Posted 9/23/2014 in National

The government's own watchdogs tried to hack into HealthCare.gov earlier this year and found what they termed a critical vulnerability -- but also came away with respect for some of the health insurance site's security features.

 

 

Alaska TV reporter quits on air to promote pot

Posted 9/23/2014 in National

A television reporter quit her job on live TV with a big four-letter flourish after revealing she owns a medical marijuana business and intends to press for legalization of recreational pot in Alaska.

 

 

Dempsey: 'No safe haven' for militants

Posted 9/23/2014 in National

Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes at the heart of the Islamic State group's military strongholds in Syria achieved their strategic aim of showing the extremists that their savage attacks will not go unanswered, the top American military officer said Tuesday.

 

Accused White House intruder armed in July arrest

Posted 9/23/2014 in National

Two months before Omar J. Gonzalez allegedly hopped a White House fence, dashed across the North Lawn and entered the executive mansion, he was arrested in rural Virginia, heavily armed and carrying a map of Washington tucked inside a Bible -- with a circle drawn around the White House.

 

Tensions high as police ambush suspect evades capture

Posted 9/23/2014 in National

A 10-day manhunt for the survivalist accused of ambushing a Pennsylvania State Police barracks has narrowed to the rural area where he grew up and his parents still live, but the suspect has managed to elude capture despite the efforts of hundreds of law enforcement officials.

 

 

State investigated man who killed grandkids

Posted 9/23/2014 in National

Two weeks before a Florida man fatally shot his daughter and six grandchildren, someone called the state child abuse hotline, worried that adults were doing drugs in front of the kids, according to documents released Monday.

 

 

Islamic State group calls for attacking civilians

Posted 9/23/2014 in National

The Islamic State group's spokesman said its fighters are ready to battle a U.S.-led military coalition, casting it as a historic clash between Muslims and their enemies and calling for attacks at home and abroad.

 

 

Some 130,000 Syrians reach Turkey, fleeing ISIS

Posted 9/22/2014 in National

The number of Syrian refugees who have reached Turkey in the past four days after fleeing the advance of Islamic State militants now totals 130,000, Turkey's deputy prime minister said Monday.

 

 

Affluence eludes poor crowding into Asian cities

Posted 9/22/2014 in National

Down a concrete path, between rail tracks that buzz with each approaching train and a river choked by plastic and raw sewage, Asih Binti Arif cradles her baby and reflects on dreams gone dark.

 

'Maze Runner' surpasses 'Tombstones' with $32.5 M

Posted 9/22/2014 in National

The young-adult adaptation "The Maze Runner" raced to the top of the box-office with $32.5 million, giving a budding franchise a quick start out of the gate.

 

Obama and immigration: High hopes, a mixed record

Posted 9/22/2014 in National

There were about 30, all Mexican nationals desperate to avoid deportations that would separate them from their families. Living in Illinois, they appealed for help from their new U.S. senator, Barack Obama. He turned them down.

 

 

Agents nab intruder who darted into White House

Posted 9/20/2014 in National

An intruder made it through the front door of the White House after scaling the mansion's fence before Secret Service agents apprehended him. The first family was not in the residence.

 

 

Florida town knew shooter had troubled past

Posted 9/20/2014 in National

Most people in this rural, north Florida community seemed to know about the Spirit family's troubled and tragic past.

 

 

Police taking precautions in ambush suspect search

Posted 9/20/2014 in National

Authorities wearing bulletproof vests and carrying heavy rifles fanned out Saturday in the neighborhood around the home of a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper, exercising extreme caution as they combed a heavily wooded area for a suspect described as a self-taught survivalist.

 

 

Potential push for Obama to expand military effort

Posted 9/20/2014 in National

President Barack Obama's military campaign against the Islamic State group already has extended beyond the limits he first outlined.

 

 

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