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“It was the best of times and it was the worst of times.”
-Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

The Best of Times?


By many reckonings, it appears to be the best of times in America: We enjoy a robust economy, reinforced by continually advancing technologies. At least one computer in every home, and a personal telephone on almost everyone’s belt. People are buying their 3rd and 4th cars. Our military is the most feared throughout the world. Indeed, in many ways, it seems like the best of times.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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3 years later: No charges in missing toddler case

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:09:21 PMGo to full article
FILE - This undated file photo provided by Trista Reynolds shows Ayla Reynolds, her two-year-old daughter, who went missing on Dec. 16, 2011 from her father's home in Waterville, Maine. Three years after Ayla's disappearance, her mother Trista Reynolds wants prosecutors to bring lesser charges if they can’t prove a homicide. Maine has no statute of limitations for homicide and there’s a six-year limit for other felonies. But the limit is only three years on lesser charges. (AP Photo/Trista Reynolds, File)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The blood found throughout the home where Ayla Reynolds was last seen nearly three years ago is all her mother needs to demand charges — any charges — be brought against the child's father and two other adults who were with the toddler the night she disappeared, setting off the largest investigation in Maine's history.
 
 

Young patients share in a special Phillies sleepover

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:06:32 PMGo to full article
Young patients share in a special Phillies sleepoverSeveral young patients from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia turned in their hospital gowns and rooms for Phillies themed pajamas and a night at the ballpark.
 
 

Analysis: Veto gives Obama edge on immigration

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:04:09 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama delivers remarks on his executive action on immigration at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas. Obama has the upper hand in the fierce struggle over immigration now taking shape, with a veto pen ready to kill any Republican move to reverse his executive order, Democrats united behind him and GOP congressional leaders desperate to squelch talk of a government shutdown or even impeachment. With the public favoring changes in the current immigration system, the Republicans’ best short-term response appears to be purely rhetorical: that the president is granting amnesty to millions, and exceeding his constitutional authority in the process. Beyond that, their hopes of reversing his policies appear to be either a years-long lawsuit or the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has the upper hand in the fierce struggle over immigration now taking shape, with a veto pen ready to kill any Republican move to reverse his executive order, Democrats united behind him and GOP congressional leaders desperate to squelch talk of a government shutdown or even impeachment.
 
 

NY state OK's $3.6 million after conviction tossed

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:59:33 PMGo to full article
NEW YORK (AP) — A man whose New York City murder conviction was overturned after he spent over 20 years in prison is getting $3.6 million from the state.
 

California Indian casinos embroiled in turmoil

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:57:49 PMGo to full article
COARSEGOLD, Calif. (AP) — When it comes to controlling California's lucrative casinos, the stakes are enormous for tribes who own the gambling operations that collectively generate $7 billion annually and outperformed the Las Vegas Strip last year.
 

Midterm elections get a yawn, but not in Oregon

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:51:47 PMGo to full article
FILE- In this Nov. 3, 2014, file photo, Diego Valencia processes Oregon ballots at Multnomah County election headquarters in Portland, Ore. Voter turnout surpassed 50 percent in a handful of states: Maine, Wisconsin, Colorado, Alaska, Oregon and Minnesota. During each election over the past 10 years, the lineup of top performers has been nearly the same. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It's nearly as certain as Oregon's rainy season. When there's an election, voters in the state respond with an enthusiasm that's rare in most other places in America.
 
 

Family of NYC man killed by police seeks answers

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:46:23 PMGo to full article
A man who identified himself as a detective with the district attorney's office inspects the area in a stairwell where a man was allegedly shot by a police officer the night before at the Louis Pink Houses public housing complex, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Brooklyn borough of New York. A rookie police officer with his gun drawn shot to death 28-year-old Akai Gurley, an unarmed, innocent man in the darkened stairwell of the crime-ridden public housing complex, New York City police officials said Friday. The shooting appeared to be an accident, Police Commissioner William Bratton said at a news conference. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton says the police killing of an unarmed man in a darkened public housing stairwell spotlights questions about how the New York Police Department patrols public housing and assigns rookie officers.
 
 

Ferguson experiences 3rd straight night of unrest

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:32:59 PMGo to full article
Anthony Gray, attorney for the family of Michael Brown, speaks during a news conference Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in St. Louis County, Mo. Gray spoke about preparations as citizens wait for a decision from the grand jury whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities arrested three protesters during a third straight night of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
 
 

Flooding becomes new threat in snowy Buffalo

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:58:08 PMGo to full article
Heavy equipment moves snow at the Central Terminal that was removed from south Buffalo neighborhoods after heavy lake-effect snowstorms on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday, yet residents still couldn't breathe easy, as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and beyond raised the possibility of floods and more roofs collapsing under the heavy loads. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — After a three-day onslaught that dumped a historic 7 feet of snow on the Buffalo area and killed at least 12 people, the sun came out, but so did predictions of flooding caused by rain and temperatures of up to 60 degrees.
 
 

City: Quarter-toting 'Robin Hooders' must back off

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:50:22 PMGo to full article
In this photo taken Wednesday Nov. 19, 2014, one of many self-proclaimed “Robin Hooders” Garret Ean puts money in expired meters ahead of parking enforcement officers on Main St. in Keene, N.H. A merry band of Keene activists stalk parking enforcement officers, pumping quarters into expired meters before the officers write tickets. But city officials say their practice of taunting and videotaping the officers interferes with their work and stresses them out. The New Hampshire Supreme Court is deliberating if there is a line to be drawn between constitutionally-protected free speech rights and protecting government employees from harassment. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)KEENE, N.H. (AP) — The self-styled "Robin Hooders" race to the rescue of the parking peasantry, pumping quarters into their expired meters and leaving behind cards informing them they have been saved from "the king's tariff."
 
 

Race weekend steps off in Philadelphia

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:47:25 PMGo to full article
Race weekend steps off in Philadelphia30,000 competitors are expected to take part in Saturday's Rothman 8k and Sunday's Philadelphia Marathon races.
 
 

Fire damages town homes in Horsham Twp., Pa.

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:40:43 PMGo to full article
Fire damages town homes in Horsham Twp., Pa.Officials say fire damaged three town homes in Horsham Township, Pennsylvania early Saturday morning.
 
 

Dogfighting thrives in years since Vick case

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:31:23 PMGo to full article
In this photo taken Aug. 26, 2014, Jacksonville, Fla. dog fighting prosecutor Cyrus Zomorodian holds a dog pedigree chart seized from a well-known breeder who sold dogs for fighting. Police detectives and prosecutors around the U.S. say that despite being banned in all 50 states, the ancient blood sport of dogfighting is thriving in the underground, with hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake on big matches. The spotlight of NFL star Michael Vick’s 2007 case helped create more interest from police and federal investigators: the three largest dogfighting busts in U.S. history have occurred since 2009. But state laws still require no minimum mandatory jail time, so while arrests and convictions can be disruptive to dogfighting rings for a short while, the practice continues to flourish. (AP Photo/Jason Dearen)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — In the squalid Jacksonville dogfighting kennel, a champion named Bulletproof Sam sat in a makeshift wooden cage, his teeth exposed from a missing snout.
 
 

FBI arrests two would-be Ferguson bomb suspects: law enforcement source

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:25:19 PMGo to full article
An activist artist pastes images, part of the #AllHandsOnDeck project by artist Damon Davis, on top of boarded-up businesses in FergusonBy Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Two men suspected of buying explosives they planned to detonate during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, once a grand jury decides the Michael Brown case, were arrested on Friday and charged with federal firearms offenses, a law enforcement official told Reuters. Word of the arrests, reported by a number of media outlets Friday, came ahead of the grand jury's widely anticipated decision on whether the white police officer who fatally shot Brown, an unarmed black teenager, should be indicted on criminal charges. The Aug. ...
 
 

AccuWeather: Gradual Warming This Weekend

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:15:32 PMGo to full article
AccuWeather: Gradual Warming This WeekendMeteorologist Chris Sowers is tracking record warmth on the way Monday.
 
 

Fire in sports bar spreads to vacant homes in Kensington

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:55:12 PMGo to full article
Fire in sports bar spreads to vacant homes in KensingtonOfficials say a fire that started in a sports bar spread to two vacant homes in Philadelphia 's Kensington section early Saturday morning.
 
 

2 men sought in Upper Darby home invasion

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:53:58 PMGo to full article
2 men sought in Upper Darby home invasionPolice are looking for two men who forced their way into an Upper Darby, Pennsylvania home early Saturday morning.
 
 

Mother's death leads NFL player to fight domestic abuse

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:06:48 PMGo to full article
NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee TitansBy Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay remembers arriving at the hospital as a confused 7-year-old trying to understand why members of his family were sobbing uncontrollably. He soon learned that his mother had been shot in the back three times. The assailant, Gay's stepfather, shot himself in the head, the .38 caliber revolver landing between the bodies. Gay's mother, Carolyn Hall, was alive for five hours at the hospital before succumbing, while her husband died instantly. ...
 
 

Window washer falls onto car in San Francisco

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:30:36 AMGo to full article
A Toyota Camry has a caved in roof after a window washer fell at least 11 stories onto the moving vehicle in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Police say the San Francisco window washer survived the falling on Friday. (AP Photo/Lisa Leff)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A worker who fell 11 stories from a San Francisco building onto a moving car, crushing its roof and sending shattered glass flying into the street survived but was in critical condition.
 
 

Police: Client arrested in escort's 2007 killing

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:27:33 AMGo to full article
This undated law enforcement booking photo provided by the Mesa County, Colo., Sheriff's Office shows Lester Ralph Jones. Investigators said they have arrested Jones in the killing of a Colorado woman who led a double life as a devoted mom and a paid escort before she disappeared in 2007. Police on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 arrested Jones, 63, on charges of murder, kidnapping and arson in the death of 34-year-old Paige Birgfeld, of Grand Junction, Colo. Birgfeld's remains were found in a dry creek bed in 2012. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation's cold-case team was assigned the case. (AP Photo/Mesa County Sheriff's Office)DENVER (AP) — A single mother who vanished from western Colorado more than seven years ago led a double life as a paid escort with many unsavory clients, investigators say.
 
 

Classroom sex abuse case to cost nearly $140M

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:25:17 AMGo to full article
Plaintiffs' attorney John Manly, right, with co-counsel Luis Carrillo, left, talks to reporters outside Los Angeles Superior Court Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, following the settlement of litigation involving an elementary school teacher convicted of lewd conduct against his students. The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay $139 million to end all remaining litigation in the deal involving 81 students, ending a legal saga that began when Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt was arrested in 2012 and accused of blindfolding students and feeding them his semen on cookies. Plaintiff’s lawyers had planned to present evidence suggesting the school district was aware of sexual misconduct by Berndt three decades ago but failed to act until a photo processor at a pharmacy contacted police about film Berndt dropped off that showed pictures of blindfolded children and being fed some substance. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Once lawyers began digging into Mark Berndt's past, they discovered a three-decade pattern of odd behavior and complaints about the teacher that school administrators either missed or ignored.
 
 

Quotations in the News

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:02:17 AMGo to full article
"In the days ahead, the people's house will rise to this challenge. We will not stand idle as the president undermines the rule of law in our country and places lives at risk. ... He's damaging the presidency itself." — House Speaker John Boehner as Republicans struggled for a response on President Barack Obama's plan to reform immigration policy.
 

Officials prepare for Ferguson grand jury decision, urge calm

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:39:27 AMGo to full article
Protesters gather for candle light vigil, protesting over the August 9 police shooting of Michael Brown, outside the Ferguson Police Department in FergusonBy Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Police and protest organizers laid the groundwork on Friday for steps to avert street violence once a St. Louis-area grand jury decides whether to indict the white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August. Against the backdrop of heightened tension, the FBI arrested two men suspected of buying explosives they intended to detonate during demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, a law enforcement official told Reuters. ...
 
 

Highlights from report on Newtown school shooter

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:11:32 AMGo to full article
Some highlights from Friday's 114-page report from the Connecticut Office of Child Advocate that looked into the history of Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza:
 

Report questions role of wealth in Lanza's care

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:10:43 AMGo to full article
This undated identification file photo provided Wednesday, April 3, 2013, by Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn., shows former student Adam Lanza, who carried out the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. A Connecticut agency that investigated the background of the socially isolated, violence-obsessed man, Lanza, who carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School is issuing a report Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, on his mental health and educational history. The Office of Child Advocate investigates all child deaths in the state for lessons on prevention. (AP Photo/Western Connecticut State University, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new report asks whether the race and affluence of Adam Lanza's family influenced decisions about how to care for his mental health problems in the years before he committed the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
 
 

Today in History

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:00:26 AMGo to full article
Today is Saturday, Nov. 22, the 326th day of 2014. There are 39 days left in the year.
 

Boy who fell from cliff wakes from induced coma

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:56:56 AMGo to full article
BODEGA BAY, Calif. (AP) — The father of a 4-year-old boy who survived a 230-foot fall from a seaside cliff in Bodega Bay says his child has awakened from an induced coma.
 

Teacher charged, on leave for dragging student

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:54:05 AMGo to full article
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — A Central California physical education teacher was charged with a misdemeanor and put on leave after he tried to drag a 14-year-old girl across the concrete and into the high school's pool.
 

Investigation: Dangers of overcrowded taxi cabs

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:53:33 AMGo to full article
Investigation: Dangers of overcrowded taxi cabsAn Action News hidden camera investigation caught taxi drivers in Atlantic City overcrowding their cabs in an effort to make money. It's an illegal practice that could be putting passengers in a dangerous situation.
 
 

1 dead, 4 injured in Horsham crash

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:45:53 AMGo to full article
1 dead, 4 injured in Horsham crashAuthorities say one person was killed and four others injured in a crash in Horsham, Montgomery County.
 
 

Man passes out while working on scaffolding in South Philadelphia

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:28:18 AMGo to full article
Man passes out while working on scaffolding in South PhiladelphiaA man passed out while working on scaffolding at a chemical plant in South Philadelphia and had to be rescued.
 
 

Navajo Nation president approves junk-food tax

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:19:51 AMGo to full article
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The sales tax on cookies, chips, sodas and other junk food sold on the country's largest American Indian reservation is going up.
 

Dog stolen from parked car in South Philadelphia found

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:19:43 AMGo to full article
Dog stolen from parked car in South Philadelphia found'Louie' - a beloved dog that was stolen from his owner's car in South Philadelphia back in October has been found safe.
 
 

Pregnant woman, 3 others shot, killed; girl hurt

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:52:51 AMGo to full article
CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a pregnant woman and three others were shot and killed in a Cleveland, Ohio home, and a 10-year-old girl was wounded but expected to survive.
 

Federal judge denies sports betting in New Jersey

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:48:21 AMGo to full article
A federal judge ruled Friday night that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort to boost its struggling horse racing and casino industries, a finding Gov. Chris Christie's administration intends to appeal.
 

Marine with robotic leg braces gets Bronze Star

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:34:25 AMGo to full article
In this photo provided by the U.S. Marines, U.S. Marine Capt. Derek Herrera, center, 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, salutes during his awards and retirement ceremony at Camp Pendleton, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Herrera, who was left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan, fulfilled a promise to himself on Friday and walked using robotic leg braces at the ceremony, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. (AP Photo/U.S. Marines, Sgt. Scott A. Achtemeier)SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Marine who was left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan fulfilled a promise to himself on Friday and walked using robotic leg braces in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, where he was awarded a Bronze Star.
 
 

$139M deal reached in school sex abuse case

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:09:47 AMGo to full article
Plaintiffs' attorney John Manly, right, with co-counsel Luis Carrillo, left, talks to reporters outside Los Angeles Superior Court Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, following the settlement of litigation involving an elementary school teacher convicted of lewd conduct against his students. The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay $139 million to end all remaining litigation in the deal involving 81 students, ending a legal saga that began when Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt was arrested in 2012 and accused of blindfolding students and feeding them his semen on cookies. Plaintiff’s lawyers had planned to present evidence suggesting the school district was aware of sexual misconduct by Berndt three decades ago but failed to act until a photo processor at a pharmacy contacted police about film Berndt dropped off that showed pictures of blindfolded children and being fed some substance. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay more than $139 million to end remaining litigation involving an elementary school teacher convicted of committing numerous lewd acts on his students, according to the settlement announced Friday.
 
 

San Francisco window washer falls onto moving car

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:08:55 AMGo to full article
A Toyota Camry has a caved in roof after a window washer fell at least 11 stories onto the moving vehicle in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Police say the San Francisco window washer survived the falling on Friday. (AP Photo/Lisa Leff)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A worker fell screaming 11 stories from the roof of a bank building Friday morning onto a moving car, crushing its roof and sending shattered glass flying into the street, police and witnesses said.
 
 

5 Disturbing Things We Learned About Sandy Hook Shooter

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:03:50 AMGo to full article
Connecticut's Office of the Child Advocate issued a report about Adam Lanza.
 

Unarmed man killed by police in NY housing complex

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:36:45 AMGo to full article
A man who identified himself as a detective with the district attorney's office inspects the area in a stairwell where a man was allegedly shot by a police officer the night before at the Louis Pink Houses public housing complex, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Brooklyn borough of New York. A rookie police officer with his gun drawn shot to death 28-year-old Akai Gurley, an unarmed, innocent man in the darkened stairwell of the crime-ridden public housing complex, New York City police officials said Friday. The shooting appeared to be an accident, Police Commissioner William Bratton said at a news conference. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK (AP) — A rookie police officer walking with his gun drawn in a darkened stairwell of a crime-ridden public housing complex accidentally shot and killed a man who was leaving the building with his girlfriend, authorities said Friday.
 
 

$15,000 reward in shooting of Delaware State Trooper

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:36:25 AMGo to full article
$15,000 reward in shooting of Delaware State TrooperThe reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot a Delaware state trooper is now up to $15,000.
 
 

Students protest school response to rape claims

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:16:48 AMGo to full article
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Administrators and faculty at an Oklahoma high school are preparing for a protest Monday by students upset with the handling of an alleged rape.
 

Judge denies sports betting in New Jersey

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:16:37 AMGo to full article
Judge denies sports betting in New JerseyA federal judge ruled Friday that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort boost the state's struggling horse racing and casino industries.
 
 

Seattle police body cameras plan revived by deal with anonymous programmer

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:15:26 AMGo to full article
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Seattle police plan to outfit officers with body cameras was back on for early December after the agency struck an unusual deal with an anonymous programmer whose massive public-records requests threatened to cripple the program, police said on Friday. The programmer, who operates a YouTube channel of 911 calls, surveillance and police footage, had bombarded the department with requests for video content from police cameras, which the department said it lacks the funds and staff to quickly fulfill. ...
 

Louisiana AG disagrees with ruling that would free 'Angola Three' inmate

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:37:51 AMGo to full article
By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Louisiana's attorney general disagreed on Friday with a federal court ruling overturning the conviction of the last of the prisoners known as the "Angola Three," who has spent 42 years in solitary confinement. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Thursday affirmed a 2013 ruling that overturned the conviction of Albert Woodfox for the 1972 second-degree murder of a guard at the state prison at Angola. ...
 

Wolf travels hundreds of miles to northern Arizona

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:36:25 AMGo to full article
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A female gray wolf from the Northern Rockies traveled hundreds of miles into northern Arizona, marking the species' first appearance in the region in more than 70 years and the farthest journey south, wildlife officials confirmed Friday.
 

Obama touts immigration plan at Vegas high school

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:22:13 AMGo to full article
President Barack Obama waves to the crowd as he leaves the auditorium at Del Sol High School, in Las Vegas, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, after speaking about immigration. The president unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation, setting off a fierce fight with Republicans over the limits of presidential powers. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Dallamy Santos said she knows what it's like when immigration status tears a family apart. The Las Vegas casino worker experienced it when her husband had to go back to Mexico and wait indefinitely until he was cleared to return to the U.S.
 
 

Burglars break into home, steal husband's ashes

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:43:17 AMGo to full article
GARDEN CITY, Idaho (AP) — Police in southwestern Idaho are investigating after burglars broke into a woman's home and stole her husband's ashes.
 

Woman: Rape at Mardi Gras ignored by detectives

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:35:01 AMGo to full article
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A woman says she was raped in New Orleans during Mardi Gras festivities in a case among scores that the city's police department failed to properly investigate.
 

VIDEO: Press conference on Tabernacle murders

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:33:32 AMGo to full article
VIDEO: Press conference on Tabernacle murdersAuthorities provide an update on the investigation into the deaths of two children.
 
 

Official: Ferguson grand jury still meeting

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:29:27 AMGo to full article
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm Friday as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But it was unclear whether the panel was still at work or when it would render a decision.
 

Report: Grouse needs 3-mile buffer from drilling

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:28:14 AMGo to full article
This July, 26, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a Greater Sage Grouse at the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming. A government study recommends keeping oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects more than 3 miles away from the breeding grounds of a bird that ranges across much of the Western U.S. a finding that could carry significant impacts for the energy industry as the Obama administration weighs whether the greater sage grouse needs more protections after seeing its population plummet in recent decades. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,Tom Koerner)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A government report with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says a struggling bird species needs a 3-mile buffer between its breeding grounds and oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects.
 
 

Officer testifies about New York chokehold death

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:26:34 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2014 file photo, demonstrators march to protest the death of Eric Garner in the Staten Island borough of New York. An attorney for Officer Daniel Pantaleo, a New York City police officer involved in the chokehold death of Garner, said he spent about two hours on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, giving his account of the videotaped death of Garner to a grand jury. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A grand jury heard testimony Friday from a police officer involved in the chokehold death of an unarmed man, a development signaling that it could be close to deciding whether he should face criminal charges in the volatile case.
 
 

Arrest in 2007 killing of mom who led double life

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:11:50 AMGo to full article
This undated photo provided by the Mesa County Sheriff shows Paige Birgfeld, 34, of Grand Junction, Colo. Investigators say they have arrested a man in the killing of Birgfeld, who led a double life as a devoted mom and a paid escort before she disappeared in 2007. Police on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 arrested 63-year-old Lester Ralph Jones on charges of murder, kidnapping and arson in the death of Birgfeld. Birgfeld's remains were found in a dry creek bed in 2012. (AP Photo/Mesa County Sheriff)DENVER (AP) — A man arrested Friday in the killing of a Colorado single mom who vanished more than seven years ago was one of the many unsavory clients she had while leading a double life as a paid escort, investigators say.
 
 

2 women rescued from 2-alarm Gloucester City fire

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:07:31 AMGo to full article
2 women rescued from 2-alarm Gloucester City fireTwo women were rescued from a two alarm house fire in Gloucester City, New Jersey.
 
 

Audit: Ill NYC inmates leaving jail need more care

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:04:30 AMGo to full article
NEW YORK (AP) — An audit has found officials could do a better job of following up with seriously mentally ill inmates leaving New York City jails.
 

Letters detail thoughts of gunman killed at Florida university

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:01:16 AMGo to full article
Crime scene tape is seen in front of the library at Florida State University, in TallahasseeBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities are investigating mailed packages linked to a gunman who shot three people before he was killed by officers at Florida State University, the FBI said on Friday. Officials said the packages were part of their investigation into why the gunman opened fire in a crowded library. Thought to have been mailed by suspected shooter Myron May before his rampage, the packages were not considered a threat to the public, said U.S. Postal Inspection Service officials. ...
 
 

Obama's immigration speech gets most viewers on Univision

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:00:14 AMGo to full article
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the lead-in to the Latin Grammys, U.S. President Barack Obama's speech announcing his sweeping immigration reforms reached its largest audience on Spanish-language network Univision, according to figures released on Friday. Obama's 15-minute speech, which began at 8 p.m. EST on Thursday (0100 GMT), was watched by an average of 4.8 million viewers on Univision, according to Nielsen data. Univision, the largest Spanish-language U.S. broadcaster, chose to delay the start of the Latin Grammys, one of its most-watched events, for the presidential address. ...
 

Review set for University of Virginia policy after campus rape report

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:56:59 AMGo to full article
(Reuters) - An independent counsel will review the University of Virginia's sexual violence policies after a Rolling Stone story on an alleged gang rape at a fraternity, state Attorney General Mark Herring said on Friday. The magazine on Wednesday carried a female student's description of an assault by seven men at the Phi Kappa Psi house in September 2012. Police in Charlottesville, site of the school, are investigating the reported incident. ...
 

Connecticut man pleads not guilty in son's death in hot car

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:47:26 AMGo to full article
By Richard Weizel MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - A Connecticut man pleaded not guilty on Friday to a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the death of his 15-month-old son, who died on a hot summer day after the father left him in the back seat of his car and went into work. The cause of the boy's death on July 7 was "hyperthermia due to environmental exposure," the chief state medical examiner's office said, ruling the death as a homicide in August. Kyle Seitz, who faces up to a year in jail if convicted, has said he forgot he had the toddler in the back seat when he arrived at his ...
 

UN committee urges Myanmar action on Rohingya

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:46:16 AMGo to full article
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee on Friday approved a resolution urging Myanmar to allow its persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority "access to full citizenship on an equal basis."
 

Police: Mother shot 3 children in Tabernacle home, using pillow to muffle shots

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:37:17 AMGo to full article
Police: Mother shot 3 children in Tabernacle home, using pillow to muffle shotsNew Jersey State Police have released the names of the three children who were shot in what appears to have been an attempted murder-suicide in Tabernacle, New Jersey.
 
 

One man's drive to compete in the Philadelphia Marathon

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:37:07 AMGo to full article
One man's drive to compete in the Philadelphia MarathonWith the Philadelphia Marathon only two days away there is at least one competitor, who is facing the event with a new drive and a more positive spirit.
 
 

Feds vows to publicize vaccine injury help program

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:37:05 AMGo to full article
Leaders of the nation's system for helping people hurt by a routine vaccination have vowed to better publicize the little-known program, while the judge who oversees the special vaccine court that handles injury claims worries that if more are filed, they will take even longer to handle than they already do.
 

Worker in deadly Gulf blast was cleaning equipment

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:36:06 AMGo to full article
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A worker killed in an offshore explosion was cleaning a piece of equipment during routine maintenance at its oil-and-gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the company that runs the platform said Friday.
 

Lawyers descend on Ferguson ahead of grand jury decision

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:34:54 AMGo to full article
By Tim Reid FERGUSON Mo (Reuters) - Hundreds of civil rights lawyers from across America are descending on Ferguson, Missouri as police and protesters prepare for a grand jury decision on whether to charge the officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in August. The attorneys are arriving in Ferguson as talks between protest groups and police have stalled over a refusal by officials to rule out the use of riot gear, tear gas and militarized equipment if demonstrations turn violent should a grand jury decide not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, protest leaders say. ...
 

Obama's immigration plan to reach far fewer than 4.7 million: lawyers

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:33:09 AMGo to full article
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's executive action easing the threat of deportation for 4.7 million undocumented immigrants is unlikely to cover many of those eligible because of practical hurdles, immigration lawyers said. High application costs, extensive documentation requirements and lengthy waiting periods for approval sharply reduced participation in a 2012 executive action aimed at undocumented immigrants brought to the United States by their parents as children, and the process is expected to be even more arduous this time around, the lawyers said. ...
 

New Jersey home shooting appears to be murder-suicide gone awry

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:30:27 AMGo to full article
Police and investigators gather in front of the scene of a multiple shooting inside a home in TabernacleBy Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A day after a shooting in New Jersey that left two children dead and their mother and brother in critical condition, police said on Friday it appeared to be a murder-suicide attempt gone awry. Jeaninne LePage, 44, used a pillow to conceal the sounds of gunshots as she shot her three children before turning the gun on herself at their home in Tabernacle, New Jersey, state police said. ...
 
 

Suspect indicted in videotaped attack on New Jersey mom

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:30:15 AMGo to full article
Suspect indicted in videotaped attack on New Jersey momThe South Jersey woman, who police say was caught on video brutally attacking a young mother, has been indicted.
 
 

Juveniles at Philadelphia Family Court no longer subject to strip searches

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:27:11 AMGo to full article
Juveniles at Philadelphia Family Court no longer subject to strip searchesPhiladelphia's Family Court issued a new order saying that juveniles appearing in court will no longer be subjected to strip searches, as they were early this week.
 
 

6 wounded in shooting near Pittsburgh

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:27:01 AMGo to full article
CLAIRTON, Pa. (AP) — A shooting early Friday at a building outside Pittsburgh that police described as a speakeasy left six people wounded, and investigators were searching for a shooter or shooters.
 

Security preps already underway for Pope Francis' Philadelphia visit

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:24:03 AMGo to full article
Security preps already underway for Pope Francis' Philadelphia visitThe City of Philadelphia has hosted huge events on the Parkway - Welcome America, Made in America - but "the Pope in America" will dwarf them all.
 
 

Newtown massacre shooter indulged dark obsessions online, report says

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:22:23 AMGo to full article
Adam Lanza is pictured in this undated handout photoBy Richard Weizel MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - By the time Adam Lanza massacred 26 children and adults at a Connecticut school two years ago, he was living in nearly complete isolation, communicating with no one except an online network of people obsessed with mass murder, a report released on Friday said. The 20-year-old's fascination with violence, which came to a head in the December 2012 shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, was already evident when Lanza was himself in grade school, according to the state's Office of the Child Advocate. ...
 
 

Seagull with dart through neck spotted at park

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:19:50 AMGo to full article
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — A seagull with a dart through its neck is surviving at a park in the agricultural city of Wenatchee, in north central Washington state.
 

Transvaginal mesh trial losses put pressure on Boston Scientific

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:19:27 AMGo to full article
By Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boston Scientific Corp’s back-to-back losses in the first two federal trials over its transvaginal mesh devices could drive up the cost of resolving thousands of similar lawsuits, according to legal experts. On Thursday, a jury in West Virginia awarded four women $18.5 million for injuries they said were caused by the Massachusetts-based company’s Obtryx device for stress urinary incontinence, including $4 million for “gross negligence.” The verdict came one week after a Miami jury awarded $26. ...
 

Preliminary exams set in street artist's slaying

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:17:45 AMGo to full article
DETROIT (AP) — A judge has determined that two of three young men are competent to stand trial in the robbery and killing of a French street artist whose body was found in the ruins of an abandoned Detroit public housing project.
 

Bin Laden son-in-law's lawyer is heading to prison

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:14:14 AMGo to full article
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — An attorney for Osama bin Laden's son-in-law has been sentenced to 18 months in prison on tax charges.
 

Activists seek clemency for terminally ill Texas death row inmate

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:14:03 AMGo to full article
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Activists delivered a petition to Texas Governor Rick Perry on Friday with more than 100,000 signatures seeking the release of a death row inmate they say is terminally ill and only has weeks to live. The governor's office was not immediately available to comment on the petition launched by religious groups and activists including the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Max Soffar, convicted in the July 1980 slaying of three people at a Houston bowling alley. ...
 

Lawyer for bin Laden son-in-law gets 1-1/2 years prison in tax case

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:05:46 AMGo to full article
Suleiman Abu Ghaith's defense attorney Stanley Cohen speak to press outside Manhattan Federal Court house in New YorkBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A prominent New York defense lawyer who recently represented the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden was sentenced on Friday to 1-1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to tax offenses. Stanley Cohen, the lawyer, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Norman Mordue in Syracuse, New York, after pleading guilty earlier this year to obstructing and impeding the Internal Revenue Service and willful failure to file income tax returns. ...
 
 

Men want new trial on university sex-abuse claims

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:04:51 AMGo to full article
Three men who unsuccessfully sued a former state university administrator in northeastern Pennsylvania over allegations that he sexually abused them have demanded a new trial, saying the judge made numerous errors that prevented them from getting a fair hearing of their claims.
 

Judge in Colorado cinema rampage case allows second sanity exam at trial

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:02:40 AMGo to full article
James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A judge overseeing the Colorado theater massacre case rejected a defense motion on Friday to have a second sanity examination administered to accused gunman James Holmes barred from his upcoming murder trial, court records show. Holmes, 26, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to opening fire inside a Denver-area theater during a midnight screening of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises” in July of 2012, killing 12 moviegoers and wounding dozens more. ...
 
 

Woman found stabbed to death in Chester home

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:00:59 AMGo to full article
Woman found stabbed to death in Chester homeA beloved member of the community has been murdered in Chester, and police as well as neighbors want to know who stabbed the 51-year-old woman to death and why.
 
 

Soldier sentenced to life in girlfriend's slaying

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:00:32 AMGo to full article
FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — A Fort Carson soldier convicted of murder in the slaying of his soldier girlfriend has been ordered to spend life in prison without the possibility of parole.
 

First-time participants prep for Philadelphia Marathon

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:59:45 AMGo to full article
First-time participants prep for Philadelphia MarathonThis weekend 30,000 runners will hit the streets of Philadelphia for the Rothman 8K, the half-marathon and the Goretex Philadelphia Full Marathon - for many it will be their first marathon.
 
 

Four people injured in accident at Chicago Macy's

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:57:59 AMGo to full article
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Four Macy's employees were injured, one seriously, in a cooking accident after an aerosol can of butane got hot and ruptured at the Macy's store in downtown Chicago on Friday morning, according to fire and store officials. The accident happened during the preparation of an employee breakfast in the store's lower-level kitchen, before the store was open, said Andrea Schwartz, Macy's spokeswoman. One female employee suffered "severe facial burns," but they were not life-threatening, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. ...
 

More signs of Florida shooter's troubled life

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:56:10 AMGo to full article
Tallahassee police chief Michael DeLeo, right, and Florida State police chief David Perry speak at a news conference concerning the on-campus shooting on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man who shot three people at a Florida State University library complained to police and property managers in New Mexico that cameras were watching him in his apartment and that he heard voices talking about and laughing at him, according to police reports released Friday.
 
 

Illinois pension reform law tossed by state judge

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:54:04 AMGo to full article
By Karen Pierog CHICAGO (Reuters) - A judge ruled on Friday that an Illinois law aimed at easing the state's huge unfunded pension liability is unconstitutional, handing a victory to labor unions and state retirees who challenged the law and an initial defeat to the state's efforts to fix its sagging finances. The judge's sweeping ruling will send the case to the Illinois Supreme Court for a final determination on the law's constitutionality. The Illinois Attorney General's Office, which is defending the law, said it will ask the high court for an expedited appeal. ...
 

Indiana man beheaded in Syria remembered in Muslim prayer service

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:53:10 AMGo to full article
Paula and Ed Kassig attend a prayer service in memory of their son Abdul-Rahman Kassig, whose name was Peter before his conversion to Islam, in FishersBy Susan Guyett FISHERS Ind. (Reuters) - Muslims in Indiana held a funeral service on Friday for Abdul- Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter, who was beheaded by Islamic State militants in Syria after being held captive for a year. Kassig adopted Islam while he was a hostage. His family said he made a sincere conversion in a process that began before he was captured by Islamic State, which has seized parts of Iraq and Syria and is the target of U.S. bombings. ...
 
 

House GOP sues Obama administration on health law

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:49:23 AMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans filed a federal lawsuit Friday accusing the Obama administration of exceeding its constitutional powers in carrying out President Barack Obama's prized health care law, giving legal voice to conservatives who have long protested that he has abused his office's authority.
 

Police: Officer shot own patrol car in Winslow Township

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:49:09 AMGo to full article
Police: Officer shot own patrol car in Winslow TownshipInvestigators say a police officer shot his own patrol car last month in Winslow Township, Camden County.
 
 

Judge rules Illinois pension law unconstitutional

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:46:36 AMGo to full article
FILE - in this Dec. 5, 2013 file photo, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn hands off a pen during the signing of the pension overhaul legislation bill in Chicago. A Sangamon County judge's ruling Friday Nov. 21, 2014 on the constitutionality of the landmark Illinois pension overhaul could determine whether the matter is ultimately decided by the state Supreme Court. Looking on from left are: state Rep. Mike Zalewski, D-Riverside; Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington; Senate GOP leader Sen. Christine Radogno; Rep. Darlene Senger, R-Naperville; Rep. Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs and House Speaker Michael Madigan. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois judge tossed out a landmark law Friday intended to fix the nation's worst government-employee pension crisis, ruling that the plan lawmakers adopted less than a year ago violates the state constitution's ban on reducing retirement benefits once they're promised.
 
 

Man gets 18 months for Subway cash register hacks

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:44:31 AMGo to full article
BOSTON (AP) — A man who hacked into computerized cash registers at Subway sandwich shops and stole more than $40,000 in gift cards has been sentenced in Boston to 18 months in prison.
 

2 charged in infant starvation on suicide watch

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:39:45 AMGo to full article
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man and his 23-year-old daughter charged in the starvation death of an infant are under a suicide watch in jail, which has prevented them from preparing for court, their attorneys said Friday.
 

Mexico, Central America hail Obama's immigration reform

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:34:11 AMGo to full article
MEXICO CITY/TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto and Central American leaders hailed U.S. President Barack Obama's sweeping immigration reforms on Friday, with the Mexican leader calling them the "most important measures taken in several decades." Obama's plan, unveiled on Thursday, eases the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million immigrants who are in the United States without legal documents. "This is an act of justice which recognizes the great contribution of millions of Mexicans to the development of our neighbor," Pena Nieto told a conference in Mexico. ...
 

Obama seeks support for immigration plan, blasts Boehner

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:34:11 AMGo to full article
U.S. President Obama delivers remarks on his use of executive authority to relax U.S. immigration policy during a speech at Del Sol High School in Las VegasBy Steve Holland LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - President Barack Obama defended his decision to bypass Congress and overhaul U.S. immigration policy on his own on Friday, saying he was forced to act because House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner would not let legislation come to a vote. With many Americans skeptical of his decision to bypass Congress and impose an immigration overhaul unilaterally, Obama attempted to rally support for his move in a speech at a Las Vegas high school, saying illegal immigrants need a chance to come out of the shadows. ...
 
 

AccuWeather: Sunny, Windy and Cold Today

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:33:53 AMGo to full article
AccuWeather: Gradual Warming This WeekendMeteorologist David Murphy says the weekend becomes gradually milder.
 
 

Holder urges restraint ahead of decision on Ferguson shooting

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:33:25 AMGo to full article
By Julia Edwards and Daniel Wallis WASHINGTON/FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday urged police restraint in protests that may follow a grand jury's imminent decision on whether to indict the white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. As tensions simmered in the St. Louis suburb over a case that has become a flashpoint for U.S. race relations, police in riot gear arrested three people in overnight protests that led to scuffles, St. Louis County police said. ...
 

Woman says New Orleans police closed rape case as consensual sex

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:32:02 AMGo to full article
By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The lawyer for a woman who says her rape was dismissed by New Orleans police as consensual sex wants the case to be among the hundreds of mishandled sex crime and child abuse cases reopened by the department, she told a press conference on Friday. New Orleans officials announced plans earlier this week to re-examine at least 271 cases that were not properly investigated by five detectives and to launch an internal investigation to determine what went wrong. ...
 

Police: 3-year-old set fire that killed his family

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:29:21 AMGo to full article
In this photo provided by the Maine State Police, the remains of a mobile home in which four people died are cordoned off by police tape, in Caribou, Maine. Police identified the victims on Thursday as Norma Skidgel, and her three children, 2-year-old twins Mason and Madison Delisle and 3-year-old Trenton Delisle. Firefighters found the four victims in a back bedroom of the mobile home in Caribou. (AP Photo/Maine State Police)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 3-year-old boy set a fire in the living room of his Maine mobile home this week, a blaze that would engulf the structure and kill himself, his mother and his twin siblings, police said Friday.
 
 

L.A. school district settles teacher sex abuse suits for nearly $140 million

 
‎22 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:29:09 AMGo to full article
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles school district has agreed to pay nearly $140 million to families of students subjected to sexual abuse by an elementary school teacher who infamously took bondage-style photos of some pupils, school officials said on Friday. The district and attorneys for the families settled all remaining litigation in the case involving the teacher as jury selection was underway for a trial in some of the cases. School officials had previously paid $30 million to settle dozens of related lawsuits. ...

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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