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One reported dead in shooting at N.C. community college

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 06:07

A campus in Goldsboro was on lockdown as authorities searched for a shooter.

Jury in fifth day of deliberations in Aaron Hernandez's murder trial

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 05:15

The jury in the murder trial of former National Football League player Aaron Hernandez began its fifth day of deliberations on Monday over whether he is guilty of killing an acquaintance in 2013, in the first of two murder trials he will face this year. Hernandez, 25, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, is accused of fatally shooting semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in an industrial park near Hernandez's Massachusetts home in June 2013. If convicted of first-degree murder, Hernandez would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, is the first of two Hernandez faces this year.

The Rubio record: From tea party hero to immigration reformer and beyond

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 04:10

Rubio’s stint as conservative icon is now less a defining feature of his career than it is a discordant footnote to his political story.

Atlanta educators in cheating scandal due for sentencing

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 03:00
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Ten former Atlanta public school educators convicted earlier this month of racketeering in one of the nation's largest test-cheating scandals are set to be sentenced on Monday, facing potential penalties of more than 20 years in prison. A state investigation in 2011 found that 38 principals and 140 teachers in the Atlanta school district were involved in cheating on 2009 standardized tests, in a revelation that shook the city. Bernice King, daughter of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., last week urged the judge in the case to spare the 11 convicted educators from prison, one of whom is pregnant and due to be sentenced in August. It is unusual for teachers and principals to end up behind bars for cheating on student tests, said Bob Schaeffer, education director for the nonprofit group FairTest, which seeks to limit the use of standardized testing.

Convicted killer Jodi Arias faces sentencing in Arizona

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 02:02

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona judge is expected to decide on Monday whether Jodi Arias, who was convicted in 2013 of killing her ex-boyfriend, will spend the rest of her life in prison or possibly be eligible for parole after 25 years. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens is set to determine the fate of the former California waitress after a second jury last month failed to reach a unanimous verdict on whether she should be executed for the 2008 murder of Travis Alexander.

Shooting makes North Charleston chief's outreach job harder

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 00:42

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Eddie Driggers had been out of active policing for five years when North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey offered him the top job in South Carolina's third-largest city.

Final phase of jury selection to start in theater shooting

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 22:24
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The final phase of jury selection in the Colorado theater shooting case is set to begin with attorneys questioning prospective jurors as a large group.

Clinton takes White House bid on the road

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 22:09

The newly announced candidate boarded a simple minivan as she headed from New York to Iowa.

Clinton's 2016 White House launch contrasts with her 2008 bid

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 22:02

By Jonathan Allen and John Whitesides NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton cast herself as a champion for everyday Americans on Sunday, kicking off her long-awaited second run for the White House with a vow to fight for a level playing field for those recovering from tough economic times. Clinton, who begins the 2016 presidential race as the commanding Democratic front-runner, entered the fray with a flurry of video, email and social media announcements that indicated she had absorbed some of the lessons of her painful 2008 loss and would not take anything for granted this time. ...

US protests intercept of reconnaissance plane by Russia

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 21:03

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is protesting an intercept of a U.S. reconnaissance plane by a Russian fighter jet last week, calling it "unsafe and unprofessional" amid what it views as increasingly aggressive air operations by Moscow.

Police video shows killing of black Oklahoma suspect

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 17:23

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have released video showing the fatal encounter of a black suspect with a white reserve sheriff's deputy who police said thought he was holding a stun gun instead of his handgun when he shot the man during a recent arrest in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Jordan Spieth wins the Masters in record fashion

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 14:57

Jordan Spieth went wire-to-wire to win the 2015 Masters in spectacular fashion.

Wisconsin students' Rice Krispies treat a snap, crackle, colossus

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 13:21
By Mary Reardon MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - University of Wisconsin-Madison students said on Sunday they have completed a Rice Krispies cereal treat weighing more than 5-1/2 tons they hope will be entered into Guinness World Records. The colossus made by combining Rice Krispies cereal, marshmallows and butter was more than 1,000 pounds heavier than a 10,314 pound Rice Krispies treat made in California in 2010 that is recognized by Guinness World Records. The students had been aiming for a 15,000 pound dessert and manufacturers had donated 9,000 pounds of marshmallows, 5,500 pounds of Rice Krispies and 900 pounds of butter for the effort. Danny Lerner, one of the organizers, said Sunday he was pleased with the results after challenges posed by raw weather and warping in the wooden mold used to make the treat.

Alaska road to oilfield operations opens for limited traffic

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 12:58
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - Alaska’s lone road to North Slope oilfield operations reopened on Sunday to limited traffic after flooding from an adjacent river shut it down for nearly a week, state transportation officials said. Thirty trucks carrying what they deem critical loads are allowed to travel north on the Dalton Highway to Deadhorse, the base of operations for several oilfields that produce more than half a million barrels of crude oil daily, the officials said.

Republicans preemptively react to Hillary Clinton’s presidential announcement

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 12:11

Ahead of Hillary Clinton’s announcement of her bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, her Republican opponents preemptively reacted to the news Sunday by attacking her candidacy.

Hillary Clinton announces her presidential campaign

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 11:23

After years of often-breathless speculation about her future, Hillary Rodham Clinton's team confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in politics: She’s running for president.

Sharpton to preach in South Carolina town where officer shot black man

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 09:00

By Randall Hill NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton plans to deliver a sermon and attend a prayer vigil on Sunday in the South Carolina town where Walter Scott, an African-American father of four, was shot in the back while running from a white patrolman. New York-based Sharpton has said the shooting of Scott, whose death April 4 was filmed by a bystander, validates the need for a federal oversight of policing in the United States. Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral for Scott, 50, on Saturday in Summerville, north of North Charleston where the shooting took place. Sharpton remained in New York, where his National Action Network was wrapping up its national convention.

Shooting drew together ordinary lives of driver, officer

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 08:10

But for a series of split-second decisions that followed a traffic stop, Walter Scott might still be alive and police officer Michael Slager still patrolling the streets.

Pope calls Armenian slaughter '1st genocide of 20th century'

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 23:53

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday honored the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of Armenians by calling it "the first genocide of the 20th century," a politically explosive declaration that will certainly anger Turkey.

Capitol lockdown ends after man shoots himself dead

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 18:41

By Tom Ramstack and Joshua Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man shot himself dead in front of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, police said, sparking a temporary security lockdown at the complex on one of the busiest days for tourists in Washington. The man, who was wearing a backpack and had carried a rolling suitcase and a sign to the site, fired a single shot at himself, Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine told reporters. A bomb squad technician examined the suitcase and the backpack and officials later gave the all-clear, lifting the lockdown after more than two hours. Robert Bishop, a real estate developer from Annapolis, Maryland, who was visiting Washington and was at the scene of the shooting, said the man who killed himself had a sign that he thinks said, "Tax the 1 percent." The deadline for Americans to submit their tax returns is Wednesday.