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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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Illinois governor makes case to rating agencies on fiscal fix

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎06:39:11 PMGo to full article
Republican Bruce Rauner smiles after winning the midterm elections in Chicago, IllinoisBy Karen Pierog CHICAGO (Reuters) - Governor Bruce Rauner is seeking to persuade credit rating agencies from further downgrading Illinois' weak ratings, shortly after presenting his turnaround budget to the state General Assembly. The Republican governor spoke with the three major credit rating agencies about his spending plan and agenda, his office said late on Thursday. Rauner, who took office in January, delivered his first Illinois budget address on Wednesday. Illinois' credit ratings at A3 and A-minus are the lowest among the 50 states and due to negative outlooks are tipping toward triple-B, a low investment-grade rating level rarely assigned to states.
 
 

Driver who struck expectant parents is convicted in deaths

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎06:37:17 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Wednesday, March 6, 2013 file photo, Pennsylvania State Police, along with New York City police officers, transport Julio Acevedo, 44, from the State Police Barracks in Bethlehem, Pa., to the Lehigh County Prison. Acevedo, a speeding driver who in March 2013, crashed into a hired car taking expectant parents to a New York City hospital has been convicted in the deaths of the couple and their baby, who was delivered alive after the wreck but didn't survive. He was found guilty Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 of two counts of second-degree manslaughter and one count of criminally negligent homicide. (AP Photo/Tim Wynkoop)NEW YORK (AP) — A speeding driver who crashed into a hired car taking expectant parents to a New York City hospital has been convicted in the deaths of the couple and their baby, who was delivered alive after the wreck but didn't survive.
 
 

Witnesses: McDonnell was overwhelmed by first lady role

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎06:36:45 PMGo to full article
Former first lady Maureen McDonnell, right, arrives at federal court with her son Bobby for her sentencing on corruption charges in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Federal prosecutors have recommended an 18-month prison term, six months less than former Gov. Bob McDonnell received when he was convicted on 11 counts last month. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Supporters of former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell say she's already suffered enough from the corruption convictions and media attention that have driven her family apart.
 
 

Records fall, ferries freeze as eastern US faces arctic cold

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎06:36:26 PMGo to full article
A man walks past a sign recording the temperature at 3 degrees Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Cleveland. Ohioans bundled up for sub-zero wind chills on Thursday and braced for continued bitter cold temperatures and plummeting wind chills. Hundreds of schools and businesses across the state closed Thursday as wind chill temperatures dipped to 15 to 20 below zero. Several universities around Ohio also canceled classes. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Arctic air plunged parts of the Southeast and mid-Atlantic into deep freezes and broke records Friday.
 
 

Prosecution expert says 'American Sniper' suspect not insane

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎06:35:18 PMGo to full article
Former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh walks to take his seat in the court during his capital murder trial at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Stephenville, Texas. Routh is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero,Pool)STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A forensic psychologist says the ex-Marine who shot "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man wasn't legally insane, but had a paranoid disorder made worse by using alcohol and marijuana.
 
 

Wright State University sorry about Black History Month menu

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎06:28:11 PMGo to full article
FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — The president of Wright State University and its dining services vendor have apologized for a Black History Month menu that included fried chicken and collard greens.
 

Caterpillar staying put in Peoria, expanding headquarters

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎06:22:46 PMGo to full article
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. has announced it's keeping its headquarters in downtown Peoria and expanding its corporate campus in what it calls a re-commitment to the central Illinois city.
 

800,000 HealthCare.gov customers given wrong tax info

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎06:21:54 PMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — About 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers got the wrong tax information from the government, the Obama administration said Friday, and officials are asking those affected to delay filing their 2014 returns.
 

Kentucky governor: On union matters, we're no Tennessee

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎06:17:35 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this July 12, 2013, file photo, employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., work on the assembly of a Passat sedan. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is touting Kentucky’s neutrality on labor matters as “a positive sales point” for attracting automotive investment, particularly in contrast to the turmoil in Tennessee, where GOP officials have pulled out all the stops in what may yet be an unsuccessful effort to keep the United Auto Workers from gaining collective bargaining rights at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In an unexpected shot across the bow of his GOP neighbors to the south, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has a simple message on labor and economic development for automakers looking to build new plants: We're not Tennessee.
 
 

Girls describe stabbing classmate in interrogation video

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎05:58:07 PMGo to full article
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Police interrogation video of two Wisconsin girls accused of nearly killing a classmate to please a fictional character called Slender Man shows them describing their plan to kill their friend, telling her they were going to go bird watching.
 

7 Chicago dogs safe after minivan stolen from pet day care

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎05:57:37 PMGo to full article
Heather Ballard and Tad Tomita (married) retrieve their dog Mochi from a van recovered by police on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The van carrying seven dogs from a pet day care center was stolen at gunpoint in the River West neighborhood, police said. The van was found in the 2100 block of South Wabash Avenue about 11 a.m., police said. The dogs appeared to be cold but otherwise OK, authorities said. (AP Photo/Chicago Tribune, Antonio Perez)CHICAGO (AP) — Seven dogs have been safely reunited with their owners after two men stole a minivan they were left in outside a pet day care in Chicago.
 
 

Prosecutor defends Ferguson police shooting inquiry

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎05:56:29 PMGo to full article
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A law school lecture by St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch at his alma mater was repeatedly disrupted by protesters calling for judicial sanctions over his handling of the Ferguson police shooting.
 

Texas attorney general argues gay couple's marriage is void

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎05:50:49 PMGo to full article
Suzanne Bryant is overcome with joy as she shows off her wedding license certificate as she walks out the Travis County clerk's office with Sarah Goodfriend on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 Austin, Texas. Travis County spokeswoman Ginny Ballard said the marriage occurred Thursday, though it wasn't immediately clear if the license has legal standing. The marriage followed a state District Court order instructing that officials not rely on Texas' unconstitutional prohibitions on same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Ricardo B. Brazziell) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT; INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM; MAGS OUTAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As a newlywed lesbian couple in Texas celebrate defying a statewide ban on gay marriage, the state's Republican attorney general is preparing to tell a court Friday why it should rule their nuptials invalid.
 
 

Woman, 60, struck by SUV in Talleyville, Del.

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎05:49:25 PMGo to full article
Woman, 60, struck by SUV in Talleyville, Del.Police say a 60-year-old woman is critical after being struck by an SUV in Talleyville, Delaware Friday morning.
 
 

Doctors say fitness trackers, health apps can boost care

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎05:38:51 PMGo to full article
In this Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 photograph, Hackensack University Medical Center cardiologist Dr. Sarah Timmapuri, left, examines patient Gary Wilhelm, 51, as he looks at data on a new Fitbit Surge that is synchronized with hospital monitoring equipment, during an examination, in Hackensack, N.J. Wilhelm, who works at Hackensack University Medical Center on payroll and finance technology, joined Hackensack’s app test after he suffered a heart attack in October. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day.
 
 

US museum lets 'Imitation Game' fans encrypt their own codes

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎05:33:12 PMGo to full article
Kenneth Rendell, founder and director of the World War II Museum, poses with Nazi Enigma encryption machines on display in Natick, Mass., Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. In the Oscar-nominated film "The Imitation Game," Benedict Cumberbatch leads a code-breaking operation targeting the Nazis' infamous Enigma encryption machines. Rendell says his museum boasts the largest U.S. collection of Enigmas outside of the NSA. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)NATICK, Mass. (AP) — The Oscar-nominated film "The Imitation Game" may fudge some facts and amp up the drama, but there's still a lot it gets right about the Allied effort to crack the Germans' sophisticated communications code during World War II, says the owner of one of America's largest collections of Enigma encryption machines.
 
 

Challenges for doctors using fitness trackers & apps

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎05:32:34 PMGo to full article
In this Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 photograph, cardiologist Dr. Sarah Timmapuri, left, looks at data on a smart phone that is synchronized to a new Fitbit Surge on the wrist of patient Gary Wilhelm, 51, during an examination, in Hackensack, N.J. Wilhelm who works at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey on payroll and finance technology, joined Hackensack’s app test after he suffered a heart attack in October. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)NEW YORK (AP) — More hospitals and doctors are starting to use data from fitness trackers and health apps to help treat patients. But they are moving cautiously. The technology has a lot of potential, but there are key challenges to work out:
 
 

Want a meal on 2 wheels? Utah may halt bikes in drive-thrus

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎05:32:06 PMGo to full article
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Cyclists who want to grab a quick taco or hamburger while cruising through Salt Lake City may soon find that Utah has restricted their two-wheeled meals.
 

Parents of Michigan boy found in basement charged with torture

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎05:26:48 PMGo to full article
(Reuters) - The parents of a 12-year-old Detroit boy reported missing for 11 days before he was found last June by police emaciated in his family's basement have been charged with torture and child abuse, prosecutors said on Friday. Charles Bothuell IV, 46, and his wife, Monique Dillard-Bothuell, 37, could face up to life in prison if convicted of torture and four years in prison if convicted of second-degree child abuse, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement. The boy's father had reported him missing on June 14, triggering a widespread police search that came up empty until a Michigan State Police sergeant and an FBI agent found him alive and hungry barricaded behind boxes in the basement of his house. The child was very thin and had marks on his upper body when he was found, prosecutors said.
 

New Yorkers grimace through East Coast's bitter cold snap

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎05:24:34 PMGo to full article
A woman makes her way to work in Exchange Place, New Jersey, as the skyline of Lower manhattan is seen during low temperatures in New YorkBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Millions of people awoke to painfully cold weather in the eastern United States on Friday, with temperatures frigid enough in New York City to break a 65-year-old record low for Feb. 20. At his small grocery store in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood, Mohammad Islam, 30, anticipated selling a lot of hot coffee as the temperature outside hovered around 4 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 15 degrees Celsius), beating the record low of 7 degrees set in 1950 according to National Weather Service records. "I've never seen cold like this," he said, noting he had moved to New York from Bangladesh in 2003. "I love every kind of weather here, all I got to do is dress warm," Ludlow Chamberlain, a 76-year-old custodian at the concert hall across the street, said before counting his layers.
 
 

UN panel may name alleged perpetrators of Syrian war crimes

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎05:24:15 PMGo to full article
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. investigators say they are considering publishing their secret list of alleged perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria to press for justice for the thousands of victims.
 

'Frozen' Niagara Falls drawing tourists to winter spectacle

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎05:21:20 PMGo to full article
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — The winter's deep freeze has transformed Niagara Falls into an icy spectacle, encasing the trees around it into crystal shells and drawing tourists who are braving below-zero temperatures.
 

Guard troops staying on border, but some question mission

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎05:17:08 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this April 19, 2011 file photo, a member of the National Guard checks on his colleague inside a Border Patrol Skybox near the Hidalgo International Bridge in Hidalgo, Texas. If lawmakers in Austin have their way, the Texas National Guard will be staying at the border at a cost of $12 million. But is it worth it to have the guardsmen at the border? And what can they do, other than watch the brush, as the number of illegal immigrants crossing from Mexico continues to dwindle.(AP Photo/Delcia Lopez, File)McALLEN, Texas (AP) — On U.S. 83, the highway that hugs the southern stretch of the Texas-Mexico border, law enforcement is everywhere.
 
 

Father, stepmom charged in case of Detroit boy in basement

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎05:11:10 PMGo to full article
DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday brought torture and child abuse charges against the father and stepmother of a 12-year-old Detroit boy who was found in his father's basement last year after an 11-day disappearance.
 

Woman, 62, struck by SUV in Talleyville, Del.

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:09 PMGo to full article
Woman, 60, struck by SUV in Talleyville, Del.Police say a 62-year-old woman is critical after being struck by an SUV in Talleyville, Delaware Friday morning.
 
 

Testy over testing: More students snub standardized exams

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:54:19 PMGo to full article
Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences teachers Kelley Collings, left, and Amy Roat pose for a portrait Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, in Philadelphia. Nearly 20 percent of students at a Philadelphia middle school won’t be taking the state’s annual standardized tests after teachers informed parents of the right to opt out of the assessments. Having children sit out the high-stakes exams has become a form of civil disobedience nationwide for those who say education officials aren’t listening to complaints about the volume of such assessments. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The backlash against high-stakes testing is kicking into high gear this spring as millions of students start taking new, more rigorous exams.
 
 

Man in California rampage rehearsed stabbing roommates

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:51:27 PMGo to full article
FILE- In this May 25, 2014 file photo, images of Christopher Martinez are displayed as part of a memorial in front of a IV Deli Mart, where part of a mass shooting took place by Elliot Rodger in Isla Vista, Calif. Authorities concluded that Rodger, who killed six people and injured 13 others near the University of California, Santa Barbara, last year acted alone. The Sheriff's Office released a report Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, on its eight-month investigation into the massacre.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A young man went online to find ways to kill silently with a knife just before stabbing his first three victims — one of them 94 times — in a rampage last year that left six University of California, Santa Barbara, students dead, according to a new police report.
 
 

Woman, 62, struck by SUV in Wilmington

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:37:03 PMGo to full article
Woman, 60, struck by SUV in Talleyville, Del.Police say a 62-year-old woman is critical after being struck by an SUV in Wilmington, Delaware Friday morning.
 
 

Teen neighbor arrested in road-rage killing of Vegas mother

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:31:48 PMGo to full article
In this Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, photo, Robert Meyers, left, and others bow their heads during a prayer at a candlelight vigil for his wife, Tammy, who was taken off life support on Saturday after a shooting in Las Vegas. What police first described as a road rage-inspired shooting of an innocent mother of four has morphed into a more complex scenario, prompting a backlash Wednesday against the Las Vegas family and the way the case is being handled. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, L.E. Baskow) LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL OUTLAS VEGAS (AP) — Police took an important step toward solving the mystery surrounding the road-rage killing of a Las Vegas mother outside her home, arresting a teenage neighbor who had a history with the family that reached a boiling point the night of the shooting.
 
 

Limo driver shot and killed in Olney

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:24:01 PMGo to full article
Limo driver shot and killed in OlneyPolice say a limo driver was shot and killed in Philadelphia's Olney section.
 
 

Lawyer: Teen infected by 'superbug' struggling to survive

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:19:09 PMGo to full article
Dr. Zachary Rubin, medical director of clinical epidemiology and infection prevention at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, right, takes questions from the media in Los Angeles Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Los Angeles County health officials say a "superbug" bacterial outbreak at a local hospital doesn't pose any threat to public health. At left, Dr. Robert Cherry, chief medical and quality officer, UCLA Health System, and Dr. Benjamin Schwartz, deputy chief of the Acute Communicable Disease Control Program at the county Department of Public Health, middle. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — An 18-year-old student is struggling to survive after he was infected by a "superbug" outbreak tied to contaminated medical instruments at a Los Angeles hospital, his attorney said.
 
 

Hearing set for man accused of supplying terrorists

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:13:01 PMGo to full article
ST. LOUIS (AP) — One of six Bosnian immigrants accused of funneling money and military supplies to terror groups faces a hearing Friday to determine if he must remain jailed until trial.
 

This Week in the Civil War

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:05:22 PMGo to full article
This Week in The Civil war for Sunday, Feb. 22: Another blow to the Confederacy: Fall of Wilmington, North Carolina.
 

Germany's Bertelsmann moves into university business

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎03:57:04 PMGo to full article
Germany's Bertelsmann has agreed to take a controlling stake in United States-based Alliant International University in a step to diversify and expand into the business of operating universities. It has vowed to achieve 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) in revenue from a global market that advisory firm GSV has estimated will be worth $5.5 trillion this year and $6.4 trillion by 2017. The market for health and human sciences universities in North and Latin America is at about $115 billion Bertelsmann estimates, while the highly fragmented market offers operating margins of up to 30 percent. Bertelsmann said it expected to seal similar deals in the future.
 

NJ man pleads not guilty to creating black ice to mask crash

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎03:23:21 PMGo to full article
SPARTA, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who police say poured water onto a freezing road to try to fool police officers into thinking the cause of his drunken car crash was black ice has pleaded not guilty.
 

Amtrak train loses power, passengers forced off

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎03:15:36 PMGo to full article
Amtrak train loses power, passengers forced offAn Amtrak train lost power and about 100 passengers were transferred off the train early Friday morning.
 
 

Eva Pilgrim reports on coldest temps in decades

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎03:08:25 PMGo to full article
Eva Pilgrim reports on coldest temps in decadesAction News reporter Eva Pilgrim reports from Fern Rock on the dangerous cold weather.
 
 

7 residents forced from burning home in Darby, Pa.

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎03:02:56 PMGo to full article
7 residents forced from burning home in Darby, Pa.Seven residents were forced out into the cold after a house with apartments inside went up in flames early Friday morning.
 
 

Bitterly cold temperatures, wind chills hit Northeast

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎02:43:33 PMGo to full article
Beach accessories are displayed in the snow outside Erie County resident Brenda Taylor's house Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Summit Township, Pa. (AP Photo/Erie Times-News, Greg Wohlford) MAGAZINES OUT; MANDATORY CREDITPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Arctic air and bitterly cold wind is moving across the Northeast, plunging temperatures into record low single digits, accompanied by subzero wind chills.
 
 

Woman whose baby boy missing ruled competent to stand trial

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎02:31:43 PMGo to full article
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A 25-year-old Lansing-area woman whose baby boy is missing and presumed dead has been found competent to stand trial in the 2013 death of her baby daughter.
 

Pickup truck rear-ends tractor-trailer in Huntingdon Valley

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎02:25:25 PMGo to full article
Pickup truck rear-ends tractor-trailer in Huntingdon ValleyThe driver of a pickup truck is hospitalized after slamming into the back of a tractor-trailer in Huntingdon Valley.
 
 

Woman, 62, struck by vehicle in Talleyville, Del.

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎02:24:57 PMGo to full article
Woman, 60, struck by SUV in Talleyville, Del.Police say a 62-year-old woman is critical after being struck by a vehicle in Talleyville, Delaware Friday morning.
 
 

Man on fire runs from Kensington house

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎01:58:16 PMGo to full article
Man on fire runs from Kensington housePolice say they found a man on fire and running from a house in Philadelphia's Kensington section early Friday morning.
 
 

Dutch SIM card maker investigating reported UK-US hack

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎01:37:15 PMGo to full article
Exterior view of the building housing the head office of Gemalto, which produces "subscriber identity modules", or SIM cards, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Britain's electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency, hacked into the networks of Dutch company Gemalto to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide, according to the documents given to journalists by Edward Snowden. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch company that makes SIM cards for cellular phones says it is investigating reports that it was hacked by Britain's electronic spying agency in cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency.
 
 

Cab driver critically injured in head-on crash in West Philadelphia

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎01:26:36 PMGo to full article
Cab driver critically injured in head-on crash in West PhiladelphiaA cab driver is hospitalized after a head-on crash in West Philadelphia early Friday morning.
 
 

Virginia ex-first lady to be sentenced for corruption

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎01:06:24 PMGo to full article
Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell's wife Maureen arrives with her daughter for her trial in RichmondMcDonnell was convicted in September along with her estranged husband, former Governor Robert McDonnell, for accepting $177,000 in sweetheart loans and lavish gifts from entrepreneur Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's main product, an anti-inflammatory. The five-week trial in U.S. District Court laid bare rifts in the couple's marriage and tarnished Virginia's reputation for clean government. In court documents, prosecutors said Maureen McDonnell was unlikely ever again to have influence over an elected official but that an 18-month prison term would serve as a deterrent.
 
 

10 Things to Know for Today

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎01:02:24 PMGo to full article
In this Aug. 9, 2008 file photo, a woman and boy stand near Coca-Cola vending machines on the Olympic Green at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Beijing. When beverage giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo turned in their quarterly results last week, both blamed the dollar for cutting into their profits because, like most U.S. corporations, they rely on overseas sales. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, file)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
 
 

Cab driver injured in 2-vehicle crash in West Philadelphia

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎12:51:31 PMGo to full article
Cab driver critically injured in head-on crash in West PhiladelphiaA cab driver was injured after a two vehicle crash in West Philadelphia early Friday morning.
 
 

Man shot dead at close range in car in North Philadelphia

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎12:37:50 PMGo to full article
Man shot dead at close range in car in North PhiladelphiaPolice say a 39-year-old man was ambushed and murdered inside a car in North Philadelphia early Friday morning.
 
 

AccuWeather: Dangerous Cold Today, Snow Tomorrow

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎12:37:05 PMGo to full article
AccuWeather: Dangerous Cold Today, Snow TomorrowMeteorologist David Murphy says snow arrives Saturday afternoon.
 
 

AccuWeather: Windy, Dangerous Cold Today

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎12:15:44 PMGo to full article
AccuWeather: Dangerous Cold Today, Snow TomorrowMeteorologist David Murphy says snow arrives Saturday afternoon.
 
 

Significant events before and during 2014 California rampage

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎11:42:20 AMGo to full article
FILE- This undated file photo from the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows the driver license photo of Elliot Rodger, 22, who went on a murderous rampage Friday, May 23, 2014. Authorities concluded that Rodger who killed six people and injured 13 others near the University of California, Santa Barbara, last year acted alone. The Sheriff's Office released a report Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, on its eight-month investigation into the massacre. (AP Photo/California DMV, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Santa Barbara sheriff released a 64-page report Thursday detailing the May 23 rampage by Elliot Rodger that killed six University of California, Santa Barbara students and injured 14 others.
 
 

Raiders, Chargers plan possible shared Los Angeles-area home

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎10:44:30 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 file photo,The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers face off against each other during the second half of an NFL football game in San Diego. The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are planning a shared stadium in the Los Angeles area if both teams fail to get new stadium deals in their current hometowns. The teams announced plans for the $1.7 billion stadium in Carson in a joint statement Thursday night, Feb. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are planning a shared stadium in the Los Angeles area if both teams fail to get new stadium deals in their current hometowns, the teams said in a joint statement, adding another layer of complexity to a possible NFL return to the region.
 
 

Bill would compensate officers in '80 New Mexico prison riot

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎10:43:07 AMGo to full article
FILE - This Feb. 5, 1980 file photo shows inmates guarded at the back gate of the New Mexico State Penitentiary by National Guard in Santa Fe, N.M., following a prison riot. More than a dozen guards were held hostage during one of the nation's deadliest prison riots 35 years ago. Now, one lawmaker wants to compensate the guards who were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A dozen guards were held hostage 35 years ago during one of the nation's deadliest prison riots. Some were brutally beaten and sexually assaulted as rioting prisoners killed 33 of their fellow inmates during a clash that included beheadings, amputations and burned bodies.
 
 

U.S. West Coast ports talks break for night without deal

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎10:33:20 AMGo to full article
Freighters and cargo containers sit idle at the Port of Los Angeles as a back-log of over 30 container ships sit anchored outside the Port in Los AngelesShipping executives and union leaders for dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports ended a third straight day of contract talks late on Thursday without a settlement, despite arm-twisting from the U.S. labor secretary, but planned to meet again on Friday. Labor Secretary Tom Perez joined the talks in San Francisco on Tuesday at the behest of President Barack Obama, who has come under growing political pressure to intervene in a dispute that has rippled through the trans-Pacific commercial supply chain and could cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars.
 
 

Healthful diet report: Sugary drinks out; coffee, eggs in

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎10:31:04 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, eggs for sale are seen in a Des Moines, Iowa grocery store. Drink less sugary soda, but an extra cup of coffee or two is OK. So are eggs. And as always, don’t forget your vegetables. A government advisory committee is recommending the first real limits on added sugars, but backs off stricter ones for salt and cholesterol intake. It calls for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — An extra cup or two of coffee may be OK after all. More eggs, too. But you definitely need to drink less sugary soda. And, as always, don't forget your vegetables.
 
 

Dollar Drag: surging buck hits US corporate earnings

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎10:09:39 AMGo to full article
In this Feb. 24, 2011 file photo, a worker inspects bottles of Sprite at a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Cibitung , West Java, Indonesia. When beverage giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo turned in their quarterly results last week, both blamed the dollar for cutting into their profits because, like most U.S. corporations, they rely on overseas sales. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The biggest obstacle for Coca-Cola and Pepsi these days isn't tied to taste tests, the declining popularity of sugary drinks or even their century-long rivalry. It's the surging U.S. dollar.
 
 

Sheriff: N. Idaho escapee wounded by homeowner, captured

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎09:26:43 AMGo to full article
WALLACE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a prisoner who escaped earlier from the county jail in Wallace, Idaho, was captured after he was shot and wounded by a homeowner.
 

Unions begin 3 days of voting on FairPoint contract

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎09:11:57 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2015 file photo, Fairpoint employees Amber Lyman, left, and Julie Sawtelle picket outside the Fairpoint offices in Portland, Maine. Northern New England’s primary landline provider, FairPoint Communications, and two unions representing more than 1,700 workers announced Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 that they had reached a tentative agreement to end the four-month strike. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Just a day after the announcement of a tentative agreement, more than 1,700 striking FairPoint Communications workers begin three days of briefings and ratification votes in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
 
 

Food companies aim to reinvent diet foods to stay relevant

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎09:04:40 AMGo to full article
By Anjali Athavaley NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. consumers are shifting away from weight-management foods, forcing companies ranging from Kellogg Co to Nestle SA to change ingredients and focus their marketing on different health benefits as sales slip. Food companies are grappling with how to market brands such as Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice and Special K, and come out with new products tailored to changing tastes. Nestle will shift its Lean Cuisine frozen dinners from a diet brand to one built around "healthy eating and healthy lifestyles," said Jeff Hamilton, president of the prepared food division, in an interview on Thursday. The company, whose 2014 sales fell below its long-term goals, said that its performance in North America was hurt by its frozen foods business.
 

'Parks and Recreation' writer-producer Harris Wittels dies

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎08:25:19 AMGo to full article
Parks and Recreation Producer Found Dead of Apparent Drug OverdoseLOS ANGELES (AP) — Harris Wittels, who worked as a writer and executive producer on the NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation," was found dead Thursday of a possible drug overdose at his Los Angeles home, police said. He was 30.
 
 

California refinery unit was down with problems before blast

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎08:21:54 AMGo to full article
The ExxonMobil refinery is seen after an explosion in a gasoline processing unit at the facility, in Torrance, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Two workers suffered minor injuries and a small fire at the unit was quickly put out. The incident triggered a safety flare to burn off flammable substances. The facility about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles covers 750 acres, employs over a thousand people, and processes an average of 155,000 barrels of crude oil per day, according to the company. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A California oil refinery unit that was damaged by an explosion was already offline for unplanned maintenance when the fire occurred, industry analysts said Thursday.
 
 

Big year for sturgeon spearing in eastern Wisconsin lakes

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎08:18:42 AMGo to full article
In this Feb. 14, 2015 photo, Northland College student volunteers, from left: Matthew Kraus; Kaitlyn Windschitl and Logan Sikora register a sturgeon on opening day of sturgeon spearing in Winneconne, Wis. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)WINNECONNE, Wis. (AP) — Eastern Wisconsin lakes such as Lake Winnebago have lots of sturgeon this year.
 
 

SF archbishop answers disapproving letter from lawmakers

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎08:18:27 AMGo to full article
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The archbishop of San Francisco sent a letter to California lawmakers on Thursday asking them to respect his right to hire people who uphold Catholic teachings.
 

Clown from amusement park found in sex offender's home

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎08:14:08 AMGo to full article
Wichita police burglary detective Matt Lang discusses how he located Joyland's organ-playing mascot Louie the Clown, foreground, at the daily police briefing in the Wichita City Hall police headquarters, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Wichita, Kan. Louie, who went missing from a closed Wichita amusement park more than a decade ago, was found at the home of a sex offender who used to work at the park. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUTWICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A ceramic clown that went missing from a closed Wichita amusement park more than a decade ago has been found at the home of a sex offender who once worked at the park and two decades ago helped restore the clown.
 
 

For Obamacare challengers, a Supreme Court case built for speed

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎08:05:35 AMGo to full article
A man sits at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaBy Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court case that could shatter President Barack Obama’s healthcare law this year was launched as a backup plan by a libertarian group and a powerful Washington lawyer frustrated by the slow progress of their original lawsuit. Most states had declined to set up exchanges and the federal government stepped in to facilitate insurance-cost comparisons and enrollment.
 
 

US, Britain say Libya needs government before weapons

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎08:01:26 AMGo to full article
In this Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 photo, Libyan military soldiers stand guard, east of the city of Misrata, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two of the most powerful members of the U.N. Security Council are rejecting Libya's call to lift a U.N. arms embargo so it can defend itself against the Islamic State group, saying Thursday that the chaotic country needs a national unity government first.
 
 

Raiders, Chargers plan possible shared Los Angeles-area home

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎07:44:36 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 file photo,The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers face off against each other during the second half of an NFL football game in San Diego. The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are planning a shared stadium in the Los Angeles area if both teams fail to get new stadium deals in their current hometowns. The teams announced plans for the $1.7 billion stadium in Carson in a joint statement Thursday night, Feb. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are planning a shared stadium in the Los Angeles area if both teams fail to get new stadium deals in their current hometowns, the teams said in a joint statement Thursday night, adding another layer of complexity to a possible NFL return to the region.
 
 

Ferguson officials: No word on federal investigations

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎07:33:55 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2014, file photo, Ferguson mayor James Knowles III listens during a meeting of the Ferguson City Council in Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson city leaders said Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, they haven’t heard from the U.S. Department of Justice regarding two federal investigations, one into the shooting death of Michael Brown in August and the other into the city police department’s practices. Ferguson City Attorney Stephanie Karr and Knowles said they have not been contacted by the Department of Justice about any findings, nor given a timeline for completion of the investigations, which began soon after Ferguson officer Darren Wilson fatally shot the black 18-year-old on Aug. 9. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ferguson leaders said Thursday they haven't heard from the U.S. Department of Justice regarding two federal investigations, one into the shooting death of Michael Brown in August and the other into the practices of the city's police department.
 
 

Perez gives 2 sides in West Coast port talks Friday deadline

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎07:24:20 AMGo to full article
Loaded container trucks line-up at a gate at the Port of Seattle Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Seattle. Seaports in the U.S. West Coast that were all but shut over the weekend because of a contract dispute are reopening as the nation's top labor official tries to solve a stalemate between dockworkers and their employers that already has disrupted billions of dollars in U.S. international trade. U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez plans to meet Tuesday in San Francisco with negotiators for both the dockworkers' union and the maritime association, which represents shipping lines that carry cargo and port terminal operators that handle it once the ships dock. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's top labor official ratcheted up pressure on the two sides haggling over a new contract for dockworkers at West Coast seaports, telling them if they don't reach an agreement by Friday, they'll have to leave California and negotiate in Washington.
 
 

AccuWeather: Coldest Night In 21 Years

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎06:44:47 AMGo to full article
AccuWeather: Coldest Night In 21 YearsMeteorologist Adam Joseph says records will fall Friday before snow Saturday.
 
 

INVESTIGATION: Teens getting high on easy-to-get drugs

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎06:41:57 AMGo to full article
INVESTIGATION: Teens getting high on easy-to-get drugsThere is a new and dangerous way teens are getting high.
 
 

2 sought in armed robbery at T-Mobile store in Rhawnhurst

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎06:39:01 AMGo to full article
2 sought in armed robbery at T-Mobile store in RhawnhurstTwo suspects are being sought in an armed robbery of a T-Mobile store in Philadelphia's Rhawnhurst section.
 
 

Wynnewood couple celebrates 72nd wedding anniversary

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎06:27:58 AMGo to full article
Wynnewood couple celebrates 72nd wedding anniversaryA couple from Wynnewood is celebrating an incredible and rare milestone - their 72nd wedding anniversary.
 
 

Blast-hit Exxon refinery recently cited for violations: California

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎06:18:55 AMGo to full article
Refinery units are heavily damaged after an explosion at the Exxon-Mobil refinery in TorranceBy Jarrett Renshaw NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Exxon Mobil Corp refinery in Torrance, California, that was hit by an explosion this week was cited in November for eight serious violations following state inspections last year, according to documents released on Thursday. On Nov. 24, California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, cited the refinery for eight serious and 17 general violations and fined Exxon Mobil $41,320, according to the documents. The citation, which Exxon appealed, resulted from 10 routine inspections of the facility. Exxon Mobil spokesman Todd Spitler said that after an extensive review of the initial findings, Cal/OSHA cited the refinery for two serious violations - failure to maintain piping insulation and a missing guard on a cable winch - and 12 general violations.
 
 

'Superbug' outbreak raises questions about medical scope

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎06:08:35 AMGo to full article
This illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control depicts a three-dimensional (3D) computer-generated image of a group of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae bacteria. The artistic recreation was based upon scanning electron micrographic imagery. A potentially deadly "superbug" resistant to antibiotics infected seven patients, including two who died, and more than 100 others were exposed at a Southern California hospital through contaminated medical instruments, UCLA reported Wednesday Feb. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Centers for Disease Control)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A "superbug" outbreak suspected in the deaths of two Los Angeles hospital patients is raising disturbing questions about the design of a hard-to-clean medical instrument used on more than half a million people in the U.S. every year.
 
 

Family of Mexican farm worker slain in Washington state seeks new autopsy

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎06:05:56 AMGo to full article
By Eric M. Johnson KENNEWICK, Wash. (Reuters) - The family of a Mexican farm worker killed by police in Washington state after he pelted them with rocks has asked for an independent autopsy into his death, county officials said on Thursday. The family's request comes amid ongoing protests over the Feb. 10 death of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco, a small city of about 68,000 residents that is heavily Hispanic but controlled by a largely white power structure. "The family has requested that a second autopsy come in, and we are certainly going to allow that to happen," Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Shawn Sant told reporters in neighboring Kennewick.
 

Attorney general nominee defends British bank investigation

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎05:41:06 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general is defending her office’s handling of a money-laundering investigation involving British bank HSBC. The bank in 2012 agreed to pay $1.9 billion to settle the probe in a deal that spared individual executives from prosecution. Lynch, awaiting Senate confirmation as attorney general, is the top federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of New York, the office that handled the case. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general is defending her office's handling of a money-laundering investigation involving British bank HSBC, saying the deal carried stern penalties even though no individual executives were prosecuted.
 
 

Idaho college official accused of offering scholarships for sex

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎05:30:26 AMGo to full article
The financial aid director for a community college in northern Idaho, who was accused of offering scholarships to students in exchange for sex, is no longer employed at the school, its president said on Thursday. Idaho police on Wednesday arrested Joseph Bekken, 36, the head of financial aid for North Idaho College, on suspicion of procurement of prostitution and other charges in connection with ads he posted on Craigslist offering “grant money” for sexual favors from students who attended the two-year college in Coeur d’Alene, authorities said. "The individual charged in this case is no longer an employee of the college and North Idaho College has been cooperating fully with law enforcement from the very beginning of the investigation," school president Joe Dunlap said in a statement released Thursday.
 

Man in Santa Barbara rampage sought ways to silently kill

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:41:51 AMGo to full article
FILE- In this May 24, 2014, file photo, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown, right, walks past a board showing the photos of gunman Elliot Rodger and the weapons he used in the mass shooting that took place in Isla Vista, Calif., after a news conference in Santa Barbara, Calif. Authorities concluded that Rodger, who killed six people and injured 13 others near the University of California, Santa Barbara, last year acted alone. The Sheriff's Office released a report Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, on its eight-month investigation into the massacre.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A troubled 22-year-old man who killed six University of California, Santa Barbara, students last year searched online for ways to silently kill with a knife just before he repeatedly stabbed his first three victims, one of them 94 times, according to a police report released Thursday.
 
 

Christie stays focused on New Jersey in Washington speech

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:40:28 AMGo to full article
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's Walk to Washington and Congressional Dinner event at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Christie sent a clear message to New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday that he has no plans to raise taxes days before delivering his annual budget address.
 
 

Washington ACLU sues state hospital district over abortion services

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:34:52 AMGo to full article
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington state filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the state's third-largest public hospital district, accusing it of failing to comply with an abortion rights law. The lawsuit alleges that Skagit Regional Health, which operates a large hospital and several clinics in Skagit County about 100 miles north of Seattle, is not following the state's 1991 Reproductive Privacy Act.
 

Florist who refused to do flowers for gay wedding to appeal

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:22:08 AMGo to full article
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — A florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding plans to appeal a judge's ruling that she broke a Washington state antidiscrimination law.
 

4 injured when NJ Transit bus, truck collide

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:20:12 AMGo to full article
4 injured when NJ Transit bus, truck collideAuthorities say multiple people were injured in a crash involving a NJ Transit bus and a truck in Sicklerville, New Jersey.
 
 

Video from police, public examined in Washington shooting

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:15:00 AMGo to full article
A marcher holds a sign during a rally for Antonio Zambrano-Montes, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, in Pasco, Wash. Zambrano-Montes was shot and killed by Pasco police in Pasco on Tuesday. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDITKENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Investigators asked the public Thursday to provide more social media images and eyewitness accounts of a fatal police shooting that has sparked a series of protests in an agricultural community in Washington state.
 
 

Bill would compensate officers in '80 New Mexico prison riot

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:13:11 AMGo to full article
Correctional officer Robert Darnell, standing, testifies in support of legislation that calls for compensation for officers involved in the 1980 riot at the Penitentiary of New Mexico during a House committee hearing in Santa Fe, N.M., on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Lawmakers are considering legislation that would compensate the handful of surviving correctional officers who were at the prison when the riot erupted and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A dozen guards were held hostage 35 years ago during one of the nation's deadliest prison riots. Some were brutally beaten and sexually assaulted as rioting prisoners killed 33 of their fellow inmates during a clash that included beheadings, amputations and burned bodies.
 
 

California health officials say may not find source of measles outbreak

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:08:05 AMGo to full article
Measles poster is seen at Venice Family Clinic in Los AngelesBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A senior California health official said on Thursday the source of a measles outbreak that has sickened 119 people in the state may never be identified, despite a finding that the same strain of virus had led to a wave of illness in the Philippines. More than 150 people across the United States have been diagnosed with measles, many linked to an outbreak that authorities believe began when an infected international traveler visited Disneyland in late December. California Department of Public Health researchers who genotyped specimens from 30 of the state's measles patients found all were of the same strain that caused an outbreak in the Philippines. "It is unlikely that the source of this outbreak will be identified, and although identifying the source would be of interest, our immediate goal is to stop the outbreak and it is not necessary to know the source to do this," Dr. Gil Chavez, deputy director of the California Department of Health, told Reuters.
 
 

Police say 19-year-old suspect in Vegas killing was gunman

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:04:26 AMGo to full article
A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department photo shows a suspect in the fatal shooting February 12, 2015 of Tammy Meyers in Las Vegas being taken into custody in Las VegasLAS VEGAS (AP) — Police made an arrest Thursday in the mysterious road-rage killing of a Las Vegas mother, apprehending a teenage neighbor who had a history with the family before the shootout.
 
 

U.S. FDA issues device safety alert following "superbug" outbreak

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:02:42 AMGo to full article
(Reuters) - The complex design of endoscopes that have been linked to a "superbug" outbreak at the UCLA Health System in California may hinder proper cleaning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Thursday. The bug may have contributed to the death of two patients, UCLA said. Makers of the devices, known as duodenoscopes, include Olympus Corp , Fujifilm Holdings Corp and Pentax Medical.
 

Los Angeles hospital warns 179 patients possibly exposed to 'superbug'

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:02:42 AMGo to full article
People walk past the entrance to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Steve Gorman and Deena Beasley LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A large Los Angeles teaching hospital has told scores of patients they may have been exposed to a drug-resistant bacterial "superbug" during endoscopy procedures that infected seven patients and contributed to two deaths. More than 170 patients who may have been infected by the carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, are being offered home testing kits that would be analyzed by the University of California at Los Angeles hospital system, UCLA officials said. The possible exposures occurred at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center between Oct. 3 and Jan. 28 during procedures in which a specialized endoscope is inserted down the throat to diagnose and treat pancreatic and bile duct diseases. The UCLA hospital system said an internal investigation determined in late January that CRE may have been transmitted to patients by two of seven scopes being used by the center, all made by Olympus Medical Systems Group.
 
 

10 Things to Know for Friday

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:01:47 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this June 16, 2014 file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group, slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad. The operation to retake Iraq's second largest city from Islamic State militants will likely begin in April or May and will involve about 12 Iraqi brigades, or between 20,000 and 25,000 troops, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. (AP Photo, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
 
 

Oregon couple charged with murder by abuse for starving baby

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:00:53 AMGo to full article
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Police in Oregon have charged a couple with murder for allegedly starving their seven-week-old baby boy to death, authorities said on Thursday.  Amanda Hancock, 21, and Stephen Williams Jr, 26, appeared before a judge on Wednesday on murder by abuse charges, and if found guilty they could face life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years, said Douglas County Deputy District Attorney Shannon Sullivan. Sheriff's Deputy Dwes Hutson said an autopsy at the state medical examiner's office in Portland showed the cause of death was starvation and the fatality was declared a homicide.
 

Ex-Qualcomm manager pleads guilty to insider trading

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎03:56:49 AMGo to full article
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former Qualcomm sales director in San Diego has pleaded guilty to insider trading that netted him about $200,000.
 

Snowden leak: NSA helped British steal cell phone codes

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎03:50:43 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this June 6, 2013, file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. Britain's electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the NSA, hacked into the networks of a Dutch company to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide, according to the documents given to journalists by Edward Snowden. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Britain's electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency, hacked into the networks of a Dutch company to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide, according to the documents given to journalists by Edward Snowden.
 
 

Suge Knight returns to jail after trip from court to hospital

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎03:46:18 AMGo to full article
Rap mogul Suge Knight stands in court during his arraignment on murder charges at the Compton Courthouse in ComptonBy Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, who is charged with murder in a hit-and-run death, was hospitalized on Thursday before his scheduled Los Angeles court appearance in a separate camera theft case, a court official said. Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Mark Zuckman said in court that Knight, the 49-year-old co-founder of influential hip-hop label Death Row Records, "suffered some medical condition and was taken via ambulance to an undisclosed hospital." Knight was later returned to jail, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Sergeant Steve Wyatt. This marked the second time this month that Knight was taken to a hospital on a day he had a court hearing.
 
 

Suspect arrested in road-rage shooting death of Las Vegas mom

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎03:31:37 AMGo to full article
A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department photo shows a suspect in the fatal shooting February 12, 2015 of Tammy Meyers in Las Vegas being taken into custody in Las VegasBy Alexia Shurmur LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder on Thursday in the road-rage killing of a Las Vegas mother of four that stunned the community, and police said at least one more suspect remained at large. The arrest of Eric Nowsch after a brief stand-off marked the first break in the case since 44-year-old Tammy Meyers was shot outside her home on Feb. 12, just minutes after an angry confrontation with another driver. Meyers died on Saturday after being taken off life-support at a Las Vegas hospital. "A suspect involved in the killing of Ms. Meyers is in custody and off the streets of Las Vegas," said Captain Chris Tomaino of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at an afternoon press conference.
 
 

Ex-financial analyst pleads guilty in insider trading case

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎03:26:56 AMGo to full article
NEW YORK (AP) — A former Merck & Co. senior finance analyst has pleaded guilty in New York to insider trading charges.
 

Former Tennessee guard recruiter convicted in armory shooting

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎03:23:49 AMGo to full article
A former Tennessee National Guard recruiter was found guilty by a federal jury on Thursday of multiple charges in connection with the wounding of three superiors in a shooting at an armory near Memphis in October 2013, prosecutors said. Amos Patton, 43, had just been told he was being relieved of duty and recommended for a reduction in rank and separation from the active guard reserve for misconduct when he retrieved a handgun from a car and opened fire in a struggle with superiors, according to prosecutors. A major was wounded in the leg, a sergeant major in the foot and a lieutenant colonel was grazed in the shooting at the Millington, Tennessee, armory about 16 miles north of Memphis.
 

Colorado residents are first to ask feds to block legal pot

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎03:14:35 AMGo to full article
Mason Tvert, spokesperson for the Council on Responsible Cannabis Regulation, talks during a news conference in reaction to the announcement that a federal lawsuit is being filed on behalf of two Colorado citizens by a Washington D.C.-based group to shut down the state's $800-million-a-year marijuana industry early Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Denver. The lawsuit is being sponsored by a group called the Safe Streets Alliance, which is based in the nation's capital and opposes marijuana legalization. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — Colorado already is being sued by two neighboring states for legalizing marijuana. Now, the state faces groundbreaking lawsuits from its own residents, who are asking a federal judge to order the new recreational industry to close.
 
 

Vermont sergeant-at-arms ousted over inauguration protests

 
‎20 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎03:10:11 AMGo to full article
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers ousted the Statehouse's sergeant-at-arms on Thursday after he came under fire for the handling of a protest that disrupted the governor's inauguration in January.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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