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Rape joke on Fox cartoons draws attention

Posted 9/25/2014 in National

The Fox network isn't responding to suggestions that it edit its upcoming crossover episode of "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" to remove a joke where the punch line is "your sister's being raped."

 

New photos show toll of age, prison on pop legend

Posted 9/25/2014 in National

Two newly released photos of Phil Spector show the toll of age and prison on the once flamboyant music legend.

 

Businesses won't have to return BP spill payouts

Posted 9/25/2014 in National

BP wanted its money back -- hundreds of millions of dollars of it -- but a federal judge said Wednesday that the oil giant must stick by its agreement with the companies it compensated for business losses due to the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

 

Rights of same-sex military spouses vary by state

Posted 9/24/2014 in National

On the wall over her bunk in Kuwait, Marine Cpl. Nivia Huskey proudly displays a collection of sonogram printouts of the baby boy her pregnant spouse is carrying back home in North Carolina.

 

Mercedes labor chief seeks UAW foothold in Alabama

Posted 9/24/2014 in National

The head labor official on Daimler AG's supervisory board says he considers it "unacceptable" that the German automaker's Mercedes plant in Alabama stands alone among the company's factories around the world without union representation for its workers.

 

 

Police: Fired UPS employee kills 2 ex-colleagues

Posted 9/24/2014 in National

Fired a day earlier from UPS, a man put on his work uniform, drove to an Alabama package sorting center and evaded security by entering through a truck dock in the rear, police and the company say.

 

 

Filmmaker: Ambush suspect was odd but not a threat

Posted 9/24/2014 in National

Eric Frein obsessively collected military memorabilia, dismissed his fellow war re-enactors as dilettantes, and took his hobby so seriously that he spoke French during a simulated Vietnam War-era interrogation, according to a filmmaker who interviewed the man now suspected of ambushing a Pennsylvania State Police barracks.

 

 

Assad backs all efforts to fight terrorism

Posted 9/24/2014 in National

President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria.

 

 

GOP uses terror threat against Dems in campaign

Posted 9/24/2014 in National

The recurring image in the latest Republican campaign ads is a lone militant walking across a barren land with the black banner of the Islamic State group.

 

 

Oil near its low for the year despite turmoil

Posted 9/24/2014 in National

The oil market has lost its jitters.

 

Ohio college president backs skunk safety

Posted 9/24/2014 in National

An Ohio college president says the school supports safety for skunks, and for other furry creatures, too.

 

FDA to doctors: Beware fake drug distributors

Posted 9/24/2014 in National

U.S. health regulators are trying to help doctors spot counterfeit and unapproved drugs by raising awareness of illegal operations that peddle bogus drugs to health professionals.

 

 

Paula Deen documentary tells her side of downfall

Posted 9/24/2014 in National

Paula Deen is ready to tell her side of the story behind the racist remark that decimated her career, but you'll need to pay to hear it.

 

 

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.

 

 

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