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Introduction:

“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.

 

**ENEWS ARTICLES**

NEW! When PC Punishments Backfire December 23, 2013

Snowden to Reveal NSA Secrets to EU Parliament December 10, 2013

Beyond the Obamacare Website Fiasco November 05, 2013

America’s Location in the “Cycle of Nations” November 05, 2013

ObamaCare - What's Already Gone Wrong September 24, 2013

**K-HOUSE ARTICLES**

The Economy Jobs 3.0 by Dr. Steve Elwart

Culture Wars Christ in the Ranks by Dr. Steve Elwart

American Liberty Declaring our Independence by John Peterson

Culture Wars Parental Rights in Danger by Dr. Steve Elwart

Preparing For The Coming Battle A Time to Stand by Dr. Steve Elwart

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The Many Benefits of Traditional Marriage - The benefits of marriage are most observable within the measurable realms of health, wealth, and (self-reported) sexual fulfillment. In each of these categories, married couples experience immense advantages that cohabitating couples, or individuals who remain single, do not.
Is Homosexuality Genetic? - This site contains a variety of resources on the health dangers of the homosexual lifestyle and evidence that homosexuality is not innate and unchangeable.
The Declaration of Independence -
The Federalist Papers - A definitive review of the Constitution written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
NAFTA -
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NEW! Putin: “I Envy” Obama Over His Spying Program - Russian President Vladimir Putin said he’s jealous of President Barack Obama for being able to “get away” with U.S. spying even after damaging leaks by National Security Agency contractor-turned-fugitive Edward Snowden.

NEW! Obama Commutes Sentences of Eight Crack Cocaine Offenders - In a statement, Obama said the commutation “is an important step toward restoring fundamental ideals of justice and fairness” and noted that he signed legislation in 2010 to narrow the disparity between penalties for crimes related to powder and crack cocaine.

Obama’s Tanking Approval Rate Pulls Down Democrats, Poll Finds - President Obama’s approval rate is taking a plunge and he is pulling Democratic lawmakers down with him, a new Quinnipiac University national poll finds. The president’s job approval score is currently at 38 percent according to the poll released Tuesday, down from 39 percent in a Nov. 12 poll. The president’s approval among young voters ages 18-29 has dropped to 41 percent and he is hovering at 50 percent among Hispanic voters. He is in single digits with Republicans at 6 percent, 30 percent with independents and 70 percent with Democrats.

High Court Ends Liberty University Lawsuit Over ObamaCare - The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a challenge to ObamaCare brought by a Virginia-based Christian university, ending for now one of the biggest remaining legal fights against the health care law. The justices, in turning away the lawsuit from Liberty University and leaving in place a federal appeals court ruling dismissing it, did not comment on their decision.

American High School Students Slip in Global Education Rankings - The influential Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has just released its much-awaited triennial study of global education systems, and once again, the U.S. earns bad grades. According to the study, American 15 year-olds tested were average in reading and science skills, below-average in math.

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Fierce feline who terrorized family stumps TV host

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎06:00:36 PMGo to full article
This undated photo provided by Animal Planet shows a cat named Lux, in Portland, Ore., who is featured on Animal Planet’s "My Cat From Hell." If you watched the TV reality show this past weekend, you saw the feline behaviorist Jackson Galaxy trying to tame the Portland cat who became notorious after its owner placed a 9-1-1 call about Lux attacking the couple’s baby and then chasing the family into a bedroom. The show’s ending is a cliff-hanger. (AP Photo/Animal Planet)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In what truly epitomized the title of his TV show, "My Cat From Hell," feline behaviorist Jackson Galaxy is calling his attempt to tame the Portland cat notorious for attacking a baby and boxing his panicked owners into a bedroom "the hardest case I have ever worked."
 
 

Scientist gets World Food Prize for wheat advances

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎05:53:36 PMGo to full article
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A crop scientist credited with developing hundreds of varieties of disease-resistant wheat adaptable to many climates and difficult growing conditions was named Wednesday as the 2014 recipient of the World Food Prize.
 

Republican EPA chiefs to Congress: Act on climate

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎05:45:44 PMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top environmental regulators for four Republican presidents told Congress on Wednesday what many Republican lawmakers won't: Action is needed on global warming.
 

Officials: New Mexico bus driver had sex on job

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎05:43:19 PMGo to full article
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque officials say a bus driver in the New Mexico city has been fired after surveillance cameras caught him in a sex act with a woman while at work.
 

Judge scolds prosecutors in marathon bombing case

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎05:41:12 PMGo to full article
BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has issued a stern warning to prosecutors in the case against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) about current or former members of its team speaking to the media.
 

Car with 3 dead apparently was parked for hours

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎05:32:38 PMGo to full article
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Police say a car had apparently been parked in a Maryland school parking lot for hours before a woman and her two young daughters were found dead inside the vehicle.
 

Trademark board rules against Redskins name

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎05:32:05 PMGo to full article
A Washington Redskins football helmet lies on the field during NFL football minicamp, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Ashburn, Va. The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday, June 18, 2014, that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's federal trademarks for the name must be canceled. The ruling comes after a campaign to change the name has gained momentum over the past year. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's federal trademarks for the name must be canceled.
 
 

Mother of American worker imprisoned in Cuba dies

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎05:27:25 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2012 file photo provided by James L. Berenthal, shows jailed American Alan Gross poses for a photo during a visit by Rabbi Elie Abadie and U.S. lawyer James L. Berenthal at Finlay military hospital as he serves a prison sentence in Havana, Cuba. The mother of an American man who was imprisoned in Cuba while working to set up Internet access there has died. The family of 92-year-old Evelyn Gross said Wednesday that she died in Plano, Texas. She had suffered from lung cancer. Gross’ son Alan Gross was arrested in Cuba in 2009. The Maryland man had been working covertly in Cuba as a subcontractor for the U.S. government's U.S. Agency for International Development. (AP Photo/James L. Berenthal, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The mother of an American who was imprisoned in Cuba while working to set up Internet access there has died.
 
 

Crews battling Navajo wildfire brace for more wind

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎05:25:59 PMGo to full article
This image provided by Inci Web shows a plume of smoke in the Chuska Mountains near Naschitti, N.M. on Sunday, June 15, 2014. Residents of a Navajo community near the New Mexico-Arizona border prepared for evacuations Monday as strong winds fanned the flames of a wildfire burning in the Chuska Mountains. Fire officials were conducting reconnaissance missions to get a better handle on the fire's size, but Navajo Nation officials said more than 3 square miles have been charred since the fire was first reported Friday. (AP Photo/Inciweb)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters battling a growing wildfire that has consumed thousands of acres of pinon and juniper forest along with traditional grazing lands used by Navajo families are expecting to work against extreme heat and gusty winds.
 
 

Freeway reopens after beams fall into lanes

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎05:25:31 PMGo to full article
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — Interstate 405 in Southern California was closed for several hours early Wednesday after three steel beams weighing 50,000 pounds each tumbled from a construction site, injuring a construction worker who also fell onto the lanes below, transportation officials said.
 

FAA changes Houston sky corridors to save money

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎05:22:41 PMGo to full article
HOUSTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has completed the redesign of the Houston region's highways in the sky, it announced Wednesday, the first of several national projects designed to save money, fuel and time while cutting pollution.
 

Mother of U.S. aid contractor jailed in Cuba dies

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎05:21:15 PMGo to full article
By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - The mother of a U.S. aid contractor jailed in Cuba died on Wednesday, adding to the despondency of a prisoner whose case has strained U.S.-Cuba relations and prompted him to vow not to complete another year of his 15-year term, his lawyer's office said. U.S. Agency for International Development subcontractor Alan Gross, 65, was convicted for illegally attempting to establish Internet service on the island and ended an 8-day hunger strike in April at the urging of his mother. Evelyn Gross, 92, died in Plano, Texas, after a long battle with lung cancer, a statement from his lawyers said. "Evelyn Gross’s last wish was to see her son before she died.
 

Teen stowaway speaks about trip, mom

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎05:16:59 PMGo to full article
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A teenager who survived a flight to Hawaii as a stowaway in the plane's wheel well said he hopped on the closest flight that was going west in an effort to find his birth mom and can't believe he survived the journey.
 

Trial begins for former hedge fund owner's brother

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎04:58:22 PMGo to full article
NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor in the New York insider trading trial of an imprisoned hedge fund owner's brother says the pair teamed up to cheat ordinary investors.
 

Trademark board rules against Redskins name

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎04:56:47 PMGo to full article
The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's federal trademarks for the name must be canceled. The 2-1 ...
 

Social Security closes offices as baby boomers age

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎04:53:34 PMGo to full article
FILE - This Jan. 11, 2013, file photo shows the Social Security Administration's main campus in Woodlawn, Md. A new congressional report says the Social Security Administration has been closing a record number of field offices, even as millions of baby boomers approach retirement. The agency blames budget constraints. As a result, seniors seeking information and help from the agency are facing increasingly long waits _ in person and on the phone. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as millions of baby boomers approach retirement, the Social Security Administration has been closing dozens of field offices, forcing more and more seniors to seek help online instead of in person, according to a congressional report being released Wednesday.
 
 

Racehorses teach New York inmates unexpected lessons 30 years on

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎04:45:24 PMGo to full article
John Cook, an inmate at the State of New York Wallkill Correctional Facility, stands with retired thoroughbred on a prison farm in Wallkill, New YorkBy Ellen Wulfhorst WALLKILL N.Y. (Reuters) - When retired racehorses first arrived at Wallkill Correctional Facility, Jim Tremper expected to teach horsemanship skills to inmates who would be looking for jobs when they were freed. Three decades later, the horse program hasn't worked out as intended, and Tremper, the farm manager, as well as prison authorities and inmates are pleased with the results. A project of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, Second Chances marks its 30th anniversary this week at Wallkill, where it began in 1984. Noel Jiminez, 34, serving time at Wallkill for assault, said working with the horses is therapeutic.
 
 

Accused Boston bomber's lawyers denied bid for private family meetings

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎04:44:48 PMGo to full article
Photograph of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect in Boston Marathon bombing, is seen on his page of Russian social networking site Vkontakte, as pictured in St. PetersburgBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Wednesday denied a request by lawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber to allow them to meet jointly with their client and his sisters without having federal agents present. Defense attorneys had argued that understanding accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's relations with his family would be important to making a case that he does not deserve execution if convicted of the April 15, 2013 attack, saying the presence of a federal officers prevented normal conversations. U.S. District Judge George O'Toole instead ruled that he would approve a proposal by federal prosecutors to have a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent from outside Boston, who is not directly involved in the investigation to monitor the meetings at the prison west of Boston where Tsarnaev, 20, is being held. Tsarnaev is the surviving member of a pair of ethnic Chechen brothers who federal prosecutors contend planted the bombs at the crowded finish line of the Boston Marathon.
 
 

Alaska black bear, cubs steal kids' lunch boxes

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎04:35:10 PMGo to full article
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Witnesses say a black bear and two cubs that have been frequenting midtown Anchorage stole several lunch boxes at a children's day camp on the Alaska Pacific University campus.
 

Beams, worker plummet onto freeway; shut it down

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎04:22:38 PMGo to full article
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — Interstate 405 in northwestern Orange County was closed for several hours early Wednesday after three steel beams weighing 50,000 pounds each tumbled from a construction site, injuring a construction worker who also fell onto the lanes below, transportation officials said.
 

Defrocked Methodist pastor appealing punishment

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎04:07:28 PMGo to full article
In this June 14, 2014 photo, Frank Schaefer, left, and his son Tim Schaefer speak before a ceremony where Frank Schaefer received an award for his public advocacy marking 10 years of legal gay marriage in Massachusetts, at Old South Church, in Boston. Schaefer, a Methodist pastor who was defrocked for officiating his son Tim's wedding to another man, accepted the award the weekend before a Methodist judicial panel was scheduled to hear his appeal to continue in the ministry. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)Frank Schaefer lost his job but not his voice.
 
 

Woman charged after 3 Rhode Island girls got drunk

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎03:41:53 PMGo to full article
BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (AP) — Police in Rhode Island arrested a Burrillville woman after three fifth-grade girls got drunk and ended up in the hospital.
 

Lawmakers could press Barra on GM report findings

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎03:17:08 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this file combination made from file photos, General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, left, and former U.S. Attorney Anton R. Valukas testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on April 20, 2010, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Barra and Valukas will appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight subcommittee on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are likely to express skepticism about some findings of a General Motors' investigation into its mishandled recall of 2.6 million small cars when CEO Mary Barra appears before Congress Wednesday.
 
 

US current account deficit jumps from 14-year low

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎03:10:52 PMGo to full article
In this Monday, April 21, 2014 photo, workers load materials for export onto the Amsterdam-bound Fortunagracht at the Port of Cleveland in Cleveland. A drop in U.S. exports and lower income from overseas investments drove the U.S. current account deficit to its highest level in 18 months, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)WASHINGTON (AP) — A drop in U.S. exports and lower income from overseas investments drove the U.S. current account deficit to its highest level in 18 months.
 
 

Crews battling Navajo fire brace for more wind

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎03:03:29 PMGo to full article
This image provided by Inci Web shows a plume of smoke in the Chuska Mountains near Naschitti, N.M. on Sunday, June 15, 2014. Residents of a Navajo community near the New Mexico-Arizona border prepared for evacuations Monday as strong winds fanned the flames of a wildfire burning in the Chuska Mountains. Fire officials were conducting reconnaissance missions to get a better handle on the fire's size, but Navajo Nation officials said more than 3 square miles have been charred since the fire was first reported Friday. (AP Photo/Inciweb)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters are bracing for another day of hot, dry and windy conditions as they battle a fast-moving wildfire that has consumed thousands of acres of pinon and juniper forest along with traditional grazing lands that Navajo families depend on to raise sheep and other livestock.
 
 

Burned Ukrainian boy jubilant over ability to walk

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎02:59:37 PMGo to full article
In this Wednesday, May 28, 2014 photo, therapist Katherine Hartigan works with Ihor Lakatosh at Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston. Ihor had been burned in Ukraine, where his mother abandoned him at a hospital in 2011. Neglect had caused his burned skin to contract, fusing his arm to his chest and leaving him unable to walk. He was about 8 or 9 years old and weighed less than 30 pounds when he was flown to Boston in 2012 to treatment. He eventually returned to an orphanage in Ukraine, but has returned to Boston for additional surgeries. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — Ihor Lakatosh struggles to describe his life before the surgeries, when his severe burns went untreated for years in his native Ukraine, leaving him with one arm fused to his body, unable to walk and abandoned by his mother.
 
 

Police standoff in Lower Southampton Twp.

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎02:58:29 PMGo to full article
Suspect in Lower Southampton standoff ID'dA man barricaded himself in a home in Bucks County early Wednesday, leading to a standoff with police.
 
 

PHOTOS: Police standoff in Bucks County

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎02:52:13 PMGo to full article
PHOTOS: Police standoff in Bucks CountyChopper 6 HD was over Somers Avenue near Brownsville Road in Lower Southampton after a man barricaded himself inside a home.
 
 

Suspect surrenders in 'knockout game' attack

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎02:50:27 PMGo to full article
Suspect surrenders in 'knockout game' attackPolice say the suspect in a vicious 'knockout game' attack last week in Upper Darby has surrendered.
 
 

Fact sheet: 2015 Lexus RX

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎02:26:32 PMGo to full article
2015 Lexus RX 350 AWD
 

2015 Lexus RX: Luxury SUV doesn't miss a beat

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎02:25:25 PMGo to full article
Buyers of luxury sport utility vehicles keep choosing one SUV — the Lexus RX — in greater numbers than any other.
 

California mayor curbs self over dog poop incident

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎02:22:54 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this June 7, 2014 file image from from a security video provided by Philip Lao, shows Dennis Kneier, the mayor of San Marino, Calif., tosses a bag of dog waste onto the property of his Lao, in San Marino, Calif. The Pasadena Star-News reports San Marino Mayor Dennis Kneier resigned Tuesday, June 17, 2014 after outcry from residents who say he smeared their image. (AP Photo/Courtesy Philip Lao, File)SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) — The doo-doo has gotten too deep for the mayor of a wealthy Los Angeles suburb who flung dog poop onto a political opponent's property.
 
 

1st US executions since botched lethal injection

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎01:48:25 PMGo to full article
This undated photo made available by the Georgia Department of Law Enforcement shows Marcus Wellons. Wellons was executed Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Wellons is the first inmate put to death in the United States since a botched execution in Oklahoma in April. (AP Photo/Georgia Department of Law Enforcement)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Georgia and Missouri have carried out the nation's first executions since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April revived concerns about capital punishment.
 
 

Investors to seek clues from Fed on rate increase

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎01:43:31 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this May 7, 2014 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies about the economy before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Federal Reserve issues a policy statement when its two-day meting ends Wednesday afternoon, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A stay-the-course message is expected from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday after it ends a two-day policy meeting.
 
 

PHOTOS: Keeping cool in extreme heat

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎01:28:12 PMGo to full article
PHOTOS: Keeping cool in extreme heatThe Action Cam is finding people keeping cool in all kinds of ways as extreme heat and humidity arrives.
 
 

U.S. college student due in court over threatening Web comments: police

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎01:17:30 PMGo to full article
(Reuters) - A University of Washington student is due on Wednesday to appear in court where he could be charged with harassment and cyber-stalking, after posting online messages pledging to kill women and praising another college student who went on a killing spree in California in May, officials said. Police arrested Keshav Mukund Bhide, 23, on Saturday at his apartment-style suite at the campus in Seattle, said Major Steve Rittereiser, spokesman for the University of Washington Police Department. Bhide was taken into custody on suspicion of harassment and cyber stalking because of his online comments on youtube.com and Google+ and prosecutors could charge him in connection with those posts, Rittereiser said. Prosecutors have not formally charged Bhide but a judge on Monday ordered him held on bail of $150,000 until a court hearing for him at a Seattle jail on Wednesday, which is the deadline for prosecutors to charge him, officials said.
 

Family fights cops after knives nixed at fun park

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎12:57:57 PMGo to full article
This panel of booking photographs released by the Salem, N.H., Police Department show from left, Allen, Ashley, Brian, Damian and Joshua Perry, arrested on a variety of charges Monday, June 16, 2014, for assaulting police officers during a melee that erupted when security guards at Canobie Lake amusement park told them to leave their knives in the car. (AP Photo/Salem Police Department)SALEM, N.H. (AP) — Five members of a Vermont family assaulted police officers during a melee that erupted when security guards at a New Hampshire amusement park told them to leave their knives in the car, police said Tuesday.
 
 

Report: Ukraine president offers cease-fire

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎12:57:09 PMGo to full article
Ukrainian President Petro PoroshenkoUkraine's president said Wednesday that government forces will unilaterally cease fire to allow pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country a chance to lay down weapons or leave the country, a potential ...
 
 

NYC firefighters increase role in gas leak reports

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎12:52:14 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this March 12, 2014 file photo, emergency crews respond to an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York. The blast happened after a neighbor reported smelling natural gas. The New York City Fire Department will now have a much greater role in responding to reports of possible gas leaks, according to an order made by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Wednesday, June 18, 2014 in response to the March explosion that leveled two East Harlem buildings and killed eight people. (AP Photo/Jeremy Sailing)NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Fire Department will now have a much greater role in responding to reports of possible gas leaks, according to an order made by Mayor Bill de Blasio in response to the March explosion that leveled two East Harlem buildings and killed eight people.
 
 

VIDEO: Katherine Scott reports on Wednesday's scorcher

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎12:39:28 PMGo to full article
VIDEO: Katherine Scott reports on Wednesday's scorcherKatherine Scott reports on Wednesday's hot weather at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
 
 

First US executions since botched lethal injection

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎12:34:43 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2014 file photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is John E. Winfield. Winfield, was executed ten minutes after midnight Wednesday, June 18, 2014. He was one of three set to die this week as states move ahead with plans to carry out the death penalty. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Within an hour, Georgia, then Missouri carried out the nation's first executions since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April raised new concerns about capital punishment.
 
 

AccuWeather: Chasing Record Heat

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎12:32:23 PMGo to full article
AccuWeather: Chasing Record HeatAccuWeather says a Heat Advisory is in effect today, and we could set some new records.
 
 

Katherine Scott reports on Wednesday's scorcher

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎12:28:37 PMGo to full article
VIDEO: Katherine Scott reports on Wednesday's scorcherKatherine Scott reports on Wednesday's hot weather at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
 
 

FDNY to increase response to reports of gas leaks

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎12:10:03 PMGo to full article
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Fire Department will now have a much greater role in responding to reports of possible gas leaks, according to an order made by Mayor Bill de Blasio in response to the March explosion that leveled two East Harlem buildings and killed eight people.
 

10 Things to Know for Today

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎12:01:35 PMGo to full article
FILE - In a Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 file photo, gun violence protesters participate in a lie-in during an anti-gun rally at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Nearly six in 10 Americans want stricter gun laws in the aftermath of last month's deadly school shooting in Connecticut, with majorities favoring a nationwide ban on military-style, rapid-fire weapons and limits on gun violence depicted in video games and movies and on TV, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. A lopsided 84 percent of adults would like to see the establishment of a federal standard for background checks for people buying guns at gun shows, the poll showed. President Barack Obama was set Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 to unveil a wide-ranging package of steps for reducing gun violence expected to include a proposed ban on assault weapons, limits on the capacity of ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun sales. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
 
 

2 dead after riding mower hit by SUV in Delaware

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎11:53:25 AMGo to full article
2 dead after riding mower hit by SUV in DelawareDelaware State Police say two people are dead after an accident involving a riding lawn mower.
 
 

AccuWeather: Heat Advisory Wednesday

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎11:43:43 AMGo to full article
AccuWeather: Chasing Record HeatAccuWeather is tracking more heat, humidity and storms on the way.
 
 

Philadelphia schools plead for at least $96 million

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:28 AMGo to full article
Philadelphia schools plead for at least $96 millionThe head of Philadelphia's public schools says he needs at least $96 million to offer students even a "wholly inadequate" education next year.
 
 

Man shot on front steps of Logan home

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎11:28:29 AMGo to full article
Man shot on front steps of Logan homePolice say a 26-year-old man was shot on the front steps of a home in Philadelphia's Logan section Tuesday night.
 
 

Georgia execution 1st since botched injection

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎11:11:17 AMGo to full article
Death row inmate Marcus Wellons is seen in an undated picture from the Georgia Department of CorrectionsST. LOUIS (AP) — A Georgia inmate convicted of rape and murder has been put to death in the nation's first capital punishment since a botched execution in April raised new concerns about lethal injection.
 
 

White House: U.S. federal system can handle Benghazi suspect

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎10:40:43 AMGo to full article
The White House said on Tuesday the U.S. criminal justice system could prosecute the captured suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and that he would be questioned for intelligence. The comments came in response to criticism from some Republicans that President Barack Obama did not intend to send Ahmed Abu Khatallah, who was captured on Sunday, to the controversial U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. "We have used the federal court system to convict and incarcerate hundreds of terrorists," White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.
 

U.S. captures suspected ringleader of 2012 attack in Benghazi

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎10:40:43 AMGo to full article
File photo of damage at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi during a protestBy Phil Stewart and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it had captured a suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans including the U.S. ambassador and ignited a political firestorm in Washington. President Barack Obama said in a statement he had authorized the operation in Libya on Sunday, in which U.S. special operations forces captured Ahmed Abu Khatallah. He told an audience later in Pittsburgh that Khatallah was being transported to the United States.
 
 

U.S. to U.N.: Benghazi suspect was planning more attacks on Americans

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎10:40:43 AMGo to full article
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States told the U.N. Security Council that a suspected ringleader of the deadly 2012 attack on its diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya had been planning to target more Americans and that justified his capture. In a letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, notified the council of the capture on Sunday of Ahmed Abu Khatallah by U.S. special forces in Libya after an investigation identified him as a key figure in the 2012 attack that killed four Americans. "The measures we have taken to capture Abu Khatallah in Libya were therefore necessary to prevent such armed attacks, and were taken in accordance with the United States' inherent right of self-defense," she wrote. Power said the United States was reporting the capture of Khatallah to the Security Council under Article 51 of the U.N. Charter, which requires that the body be notified immediately of measures taken by states in self-defense against armed attack.
 

Georgia, Missouri executions mark first since Oklahoma bungle

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎10:24:28 AMGo to full article
Death row inmate Marcus Wellons is seen in an undated picture from the Georgia Department of Corrections(Reuters) - Two convicted murderers, one in Georgia and the other in Missouri, were put to death barely an hour apart in the first U.S. executions since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April renewed a national debate over capital punishment. Georgia inmate Marcus Wellons, 58, convicted of the 1989 rape and strangulation of a 15-year-old neighbor he abducted while she was walking to her school bus stop, was executed by lethal injection at 11:56 p.m. local time. State corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan said Wellons made a statement of apology and recited a short prayer just before his execution at a prison intake facility in Jackson, Georgia.
 
 

Missouri executes inmate for killing 2 women

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎10:10:26 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2014 file photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is John E. Winfield. Winfield, was executed ten minutes after midnight Wednesday, June 18, 2014. He was one of three set to die this week as states move ahead with plans to carry out the death penalty. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections, File)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri inmate was put to death early Wednesday for killing two St. Louis County women in 1996, marking the state's fifth execution this year.
 
 

U.S. Air Force installation in Los Angeles placed on lockdown

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎09:48:33 AMGo to full article
A U.S. Air Force installation in Los Angeles was placed under a security lockdown for more than six hours on Tuesday afternoon as police investigated a report of a suspicious person at the base. The Los Angeles Air Force Base, which serves as an administrative support post for a U.S. space and missile center in Colorado but conducts no flight operations of its own, was locked down as a precaution after security personnel received a report of suspicious activity on the base, the installation said. The nature of the activity that prompted the alert was not specified, but the lockdown was lifted and the base was reopened at about 8 p.m. local time, once a building-to-building search found no sign of an actual threat, a base statement said. The nearby Hawthorne Police Department said in a Twitter message posted at the start of the lockdown that it was assisting in the investigation of a "possible suspicious person on base," located about a mile from Los Angeles International Airport.
 

Georgia, Missouri carry out executions

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎09:01:51 AMGo to full article
ExecutionsST. LOUIS (AP) — A Georgia inmate convicted of rape and murder was executed Tuesday night in the nation's first capital punishment since a botched execution in April raised new concerns about lethal injection.
 
 

Senate to consider massive spending bill _ maybe

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎08:58:07 AMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — A massive spending bill to fund five Cabinet departments for the upcoming budget year is about to hit the Senate floor, giving senators a rare opportunity for open debate on legislation of any kind.
 

Obama to join inventors at White House Maker Faire

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎08:54:41 AMGo to full article
President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn on his return to the White House from a trip to Pittsburgh and New York City, Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Entrepreneurs, students and inventors are heading to the White House to show off their innovations at the White House's first "Maker Faire."
 
 

Your Top Plays for Today

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎08:46:09 AMGo to full article
A fan of the Brazilian national soccer team watches the Mexico vs. Brazil match at the FIFA Fan Fest, during the 2014 soccer World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Mexico claimed a deserved point against Brazil in a largely frustrating Group A game which finished 0-0 at Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide
 
 

Actor charged with murder due in Los Angeles court

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎08:16:00 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2012 file photo, actor Michael Jace attends WordTheatre presents Storytales at Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles. Jace is due back in court on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, for arraignment on a murder charge filed after police say he shot and killed his wife, April Jace, on May 19, 2014, in their Los Angeles home. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Michael Jace is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom on Wednesday for arraignment on a murder charge filed after his wife's shooting death last month.
 
 

Marathon bombing suspect's lawyers due in court

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎07:29:18 AMGo to full article
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) are due in court along with federal prosecutors for a status conference.
 

Georgia inmate put to death, first since Oklahoma's botched execution

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎07:25:21 AMGo to full article
Death row inmate Marcus Wellons is seen in an undated picture from the Georgia Department of CorrectionsBy David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A man convicted of the 1989 rape and strangulation of a teenage girl in Georgia was executed on Tuesday, the first U.S. inmate to be put to death since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April renewed a national debate over capital punishment. Marcus Wellons, 58, was executed by lethal injection at a prison inmate intake facility that also houses Georgia's death row and was pronounced dead at 11:56 pm local time, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his 11th-hour bid for a reprieve. State corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan said Wellons' execution went smoothly, without complications.
 
 

Missouri inmate loses 11th-hour bid for stay of execution

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎06:37:10 AMGo to full article
A man sentenced to death for the 1996 murder of two friends of his ex-girlfriend lost his bid for an 11th-hour reprieve from the U.S. Supreme Court, clearing the way for the state to carry out his execution by lethal injection early on Wednesday. The high court in Washington rejected four separate applications for a stay of execution filed late on Tuesday by attorneys for John Winfield, 43, hours after a federal appeals court vacated a lower-court order blocking the death sentence.
 

Arizona break-in highlights gun-possessing clergy

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎06:30:42 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this undated file photo provided by The Catholic Sun, the Rev. Kenneth Walker, left, and the Rev. Joseph Terra perform a Mass in Phoenix. Walker was killed and Terra was badly injured during a robbery attempt at Mother of Mercy Mission church on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Gary Michael Moran, a homeless ex-convict, is being held on $1 million bond on suspicion of first-degree murder, burglary, and armed robbery, among other charges, police announced Monday, June 16. (AP Photo/The Catholic Sun, File)PHOENIX (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest responding to a break-in at his downtown Phoenix church grabbed a handgun that police say ended up in the burglar's hands — and was then used to kill a fellow priest who tried to help.
 
 

Deadly brawl is latest test of self-defense laws

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎06:17:41 AMGo to full article
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado prosecutor said he's frustrated that the state's "Make My Day" law prevents him from charging a man who killed an acquaintance during a drunken brawl that spilled into his home, becoming the latest test to self-defense gun laws nationwide.
 

Georgia inmate 1st executed in US since botched Oklahoma lethal injection; state uses 1 drug

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎06:02:46 AMGo to full article
JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — Georgia inmate 1st executed in US since botched Oklahoma lethal injection; state uses 1 drug.
 

Hillary Clinton notes distance from Obama on Syria rebels

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎06:01:17 AMGo to full article
Clinton answers a question as she discusses her new book at George Washington University in WashingtonBy Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pointed out her differences with President Barack Obama on Tuesday over his decision not to arm moderate Syrian rebels, as neighboring Iraq struggles to cope with extremist spillover from Syria. But as I say in my book, I believe that Harry Truman was right, the buck stops with the president," Clinton said in a CNN interview. The former secretary of state said she, along with the then heads of the Pentagon and CIA tried but failed to persuade Obama to arm the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but that the White House resisted. Clinton said it was not clear whether arming moderates in Syria would have prevented the rise of the al Qaeda splinter group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which has swept toward Baghdad aiming to build a Muslim caliphate across the Iraqi-Syrian border.
 
 

Today in History

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎06:00:25 AMGo to full article
Today is Wednesday, June 18, the 169th day of 2014. There are 196 days left in the year.
 

New ridesharing legislation advances in California

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎05:59:06 AMGo to full article
A driver with the ride-sharing service Lyft waits for a customer on a street in Santa Monica, CaliforniaBy Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Bills that would make it more complicated and expensive for ridesharing companies to do business in California passed a state Senate committee on Tuesday, although stripped of one particularly onerous provision. But they face opposition from taxi companies which argue that the upstarts do not face the stringent regulation they do, while insurance companies want ridesharing drivers to carry more expensive insurance policies. In a victory, at least for now, for the ridesharing companies, a provision in one bill that would have required drivers to upgrade to expensive commercial policies from personal policies was stripped out by the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee. That bill, AB 612, retains provisions such as requiring mandatory drug and alcohol tests for all ridesharing drivers.
 
 

3 inmates set to die; previous execution botched

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎05:57:02 AMGo to full article
ST. LOUIS (AP) — There have been no U.S. executions in the seven weeks since an Oklahoma inmate died of a heart attack following a botched lethal injection. That soon could change, with three convicted killers scheduled to die in the span of about 24 hours.
 

Young students shed light on Camden park

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎05:43:11 AMGo to full article
Young students shed light on Camden parkThey held a celebration in a Camden park and with good reason.
 
 

California lawmakers reject sugary drink warnings

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎05:38:44 AMGo to full article
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill that would have made California the first state in the nation to require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks was effectively killed Tuesday.
 

PLCB warns of exploding wine bottles

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎05:36:28 AMGo to full article
PLCB warns of exploding wine bottlesThe Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is warning consumers about exploding bottles of wine.
 
 

Exclusive: Sidney Kimmel on his $110M gift to Jefferson

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎05:34:45 AMGo to full article
Exclusive: Sidney Kimmel on his $110M gift to JeffersonWednesday will be a historic day in the 190 year life of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
 
 

Hottest day of the year...so far

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎05:28:47 AMGo to full article
Hottest day of the year...so farTuesday was the hottest day of the year...so far.
 
 

Downed wires shut down Route 70 in Cherry Hill

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎05:25:08 AMGo to full article
Downed wires shut down Route 70 in Cherry HillA portion of Route 70 in Cherry Hill was shut down Tuesday night due to downed arching wires.
 
 

Lockdown ends, no threat found at Los Angeles base

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎05:17:57 AMGo to full article
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Officials say Los Angeles Air Force Base was locked down for nearly five hours after a man was reported on the grounds with ammunition and wires sticking out of a backpack.
 

Supreme Court refuses to stay execution of Georgia inmate

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎04:58:51 AMGo to full article
Death row inmate Marcus Wellons is seen in an undated picture from the Georgia Department of CorrectionsThe U.S. Supreme Court denied on Tuesday an 11th-hour request to block the execution of a Georgia inmate who was scheduled to be put to death Tuesday night in what would be the nation's first execution since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April. Marcus Wellons, 58, condemned for the 1989 rape and strangulation of a 15-year-old girl, also would become the first inmate executed in Georgia since the state Supreme Court upheld a new law in May shielding the identity and methods of compounding pharmacies that formulate lethal injection drugs.
 
 

Boy finds man's mummified body in closet of house

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎04:31:52 AMGo to full article
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An adolescent boy found the mummified body of a man hanging in a closet while exploring what appeared to be an abandoned house in southwestern Ohio.
 

Social Security closes offices as demand soars

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎04:21:02 AMGo to full article
FILE - This Jan. 11, 2013, file photo shows the Social Security Administration's main campus in Woodlawn, Md. A new congressional report says the Social Security Administration has been closing a record number of field offices, even as millions of baby boomers approach retirement. The agency blames budget constraints. As a result, seniors seeking information and help from the agency are facing increasingly long waits _ in person and on the phone. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Social Security Administration has been closing a record number of field offices because of budget constraints even as the demand for services soars, according to a congressional report being released on Wednesday.
 
 

Tornadoes flatten tiny rural Nebraska town; 2 dead

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎04:15:10 AMGo to full article
Map locates Pilger, NebraskaPILGER, Neb. (AP) — As two giant tornadoes bore down on this tiny farming town in northeast Nebraska, Trey Wisniewski heard the storm sirens, glanced out at the blackening sky and rushed with his wife into their basement.
 
 

Rare stamp sets record at NYC auction

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎04:05:32 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Sotheby’s Auction House, the 1-cent 1856 British Guiana stamp is shown. Already having set three price records for the sale of a single stamp, the stamp is poised to set a fourth when it is offered at auction by Sotheby’s on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Sotheby’s Auction House)NEW YORK (AP) — A 1-cent postage stamp from a 19th century British colony in South America has become the world's most valuable stamp — again.
 
 

SC sheriff latest to be charged in past 4 years

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎04:01:43 AMGo to full article
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's longest-serving sheriff has been indicted on bribery charges, according to federal prosecutors, making him the eighth sheriff in the state to face criminal charges or investigations in the past four years.
 

Prosecutor details 14 killings in Blackwater trial

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎03:57:32 AMGo to full article
FILE - This Sept. 25, 2007 file photo shows an Iraqi traffic policeman inspecting a car destroyed by a Blackwater security detail in al-Nisoor Square in Baghdad, Iraq. In a tale of death and destruction, a federal prosecutor has chronicled for a jury the alleged conduct of four Blackwater security guards accused of killing 14 Iraqis and wounding 18 others in downtown Baghdad nearly seven years ago. In opening statements Tuesday at the trial of the four guards, Assistant U.S. Attorney T. Patrick Martin said the victims were simply trying to get out of the way of gunfire from the Blackwater guards. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. government prosecutor on Tuesday chronicled for a jury the alleged conduct of four Blackwater security guards accused of killing 14 Iraqis and wounding 18 others in downtown Baghdad nearly seven years ago.
 
 

Teen charged in Bensalem apartment arson

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎03:57:24 AMGo to full article
Teen charged in Bensalem apartment arsonA 13-year-old has been charged in an arson that forced two dozen people and several pets from their homes in Bucks County last week, officials say.
 
 

Black bear on the move in South Jersey

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎03:50:23 AMGo to full article
Black bear on the move in South JerseyA black bear, that's popped up in several South Jersey communities, appears to be on the move.
 
 

Man accused of swindling churchgoers arrested

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎03:27:05 AMGo to full article
ATLANTA (AP) — A businessman accused of swindling churchgoers in an investment scheme was arrested Tuesday on fraud charges, federal prosecutors in Atlanta said.
 

Circus acrobats plan suit, say lives have changed

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎03:22:27 AMGo to full article
Circus acrobats Julissa Segrera, second from left, of the United States, and Dayana Costa, right, of Brazil, are tearful as Costa reads a statement to members of the media at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in Boston. Eight acrobats were injured during a May 4 performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Providence, R.I., when the apparatus from which they were suspended fell, sending them plummeting to the ground. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)Four of the acrobats seriously injured in a hair-hanging stunt gone awry are planning a lawsuit and are coming to terms with the idea their lives might never be the same, they said Tuesday from the hospital where they're recovering.
 
 

Charges against Paul Simon, Edie Brickell dropped

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎03:21:03 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this May 16, 2014 file photo, Paul Simon, right, and his wife, Edie Brickell, make a brief appearance in Superior Court in Norwalk, Conn., for a disorderly conduct case about an April 26 argument inside a cottage on their New Canaan property. The couple had been scheduled to return to court Tuesday, June 17, 2014, but prosecutors declined to pursue the case. The charges will be dropped and eventually erased after 13 months. (AP Photo/New York Post, Douglas Healey, Pool, File)NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Prosecutors on Tuesday said they were dropping a disorderly conduct case against Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell, that stemmed from a fight at the couple's home.
 
 

US, SunTrust announce nearly $1B settlement

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎03:20:47 AMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — SunTrust has agreed to pay nearly $1 billion to resolve allegations that it underwrote and endorsed faulty mortgage loans, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.
 

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎03:11:13 AMGo to full article
FBI Director James Comey, backed by law enforcement personnel, addresses a news conference Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the FBI Minneapolis field office in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Comey said the arrest Sunday of a Libyan militant in the deadly attack on Americans in Benghazi is a very good day for law enforcement and added that the FBI's No. 1 priority remains counterterrorism. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:
 
 

California drought plan would build reservoirs, clean up drinking water

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎02:44:32 AMGo to full article
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - After months of bickering, California lawmakers could vote as early as this week on a plan to shore up the drought-parched state's water supply that would include three new reservoirs, underground water storage and environmental cleanup. The proposal to sell $10.5 billion in bonds to pay for water projects must win support from two-thirds of the Legislature, Governor Jerry Brown and tax-averse California voters. "We're closing in on a vote," said state Senator Lois Wolk, a Democrat whose district includes the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, which supplies water for 25 million people and crop irrigation in the state's Central Valley breadbasket. Democrats pushed for underground storage, environmental cleanup and conservation measures, while Republicans fought for the inclusion of three long-planned reservoirs, along with a promise not to hold up the funding.
 

California sugary drink warning label effort fails

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎02:41:53 AMGo to full article
California sugary drink warning label effort failsA legislative committee has rejected a bill that would have made California the first state in the nation to require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks, effectively killing the legislation.
 
 

Dodgers' lawyers open defense in Giants fan case

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎02:34:57 AMGo to full article
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Major League Baseball security expert and former Secret Service agent testified Tuesday that the security he observed at Dodger Stadium on the day a fan was severely beaten was greater than any he had seen except for a presidential visit and the 2009 World Series.
 

Small plane crashes into Long Island yard; 1 dead

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎02:31:36 AMGo to full article
Kerry Gottlieb, center, owner of the home where a small airplane crashed in her backyard that killed the pilot is hugged by friend, Jill Cherveny, right on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in East Patchogue, N.Y. The plane crashed in between two houses on the tree-lined working-class street, according to Brookhaven Town spokesman Kevin Molloy. The Federal Aviation Administration said the aircraft was a single-engine Lancair Columbia with one person was on board. It was flying from Republic Airport in Farmingdale to MacArthur Airport in Islip, the agency said. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)EAST PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (AP) — A pilot radioed for help Tuesday just before his small plane crashed into the yard of a Long Island home and burst into flames, killing him.
 
 

North Dakota pumps 1 million barrels of oil a day

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎02:28:41 AMGo to full article
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has joined the ranks of the few places in the world that produce more than a million barrels of oil per day, due in large part to the rich Bakken shale formation in the western part of the state.
 

Pilot asked for help before crash that killed him

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎02:26:50 AMGo to full article
Kerry Gottlieb, center, owner of the home where a small airplane crashed in her backyard that killed the pilot is hugged by friend, Jill Cherveny, right on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in East Patchogue, N.Y. The plane crashed in between two houses on the tree-lined working-class street, according to Brookhaven Town spokesman Kevin Molloy. The Federal Aviation Administration said the aircraft was a single-engine Lancair Columbia with one person was on board. It was flying from Republic Airport in Farmingdale to MacArthur Airport in Islip, the agency said. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)EAST PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (AP) — A pilot radioed for help just before his small plane crashed into the yard of a Long Island home and burst into flames, killing him.
 
 

Bill that would have made California first state to require warnings on sugary drinks fails

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎02:20:04 AMGo to full article
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Bill that would have made California first state to require warnings on sugary drinks fails.
 

Businessman accused of bilking investors arrested

 
‎18 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎02:14:09 AMGo to full article
ATLANTA (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a businessman accused of swindling churchgoers in an investment scheme has been arrested.

 

 
 

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