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  • Stocks Plunge Along With Price of Oil; Dow off 500 Points

    01/20/2016 9:38:38 AM PST · by Deo volente · 70 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 20, 2016 | Marley Jay
    The Dow dropped 520 points, or 3.2 percent, to 15,549 as of 12:30 p.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 63 points, or 3.4 percent, to 1,817. The Nasdaq lost 150 points, or 3.4 percent, to 4,325. U.S. indexes are down 10 percent or more since the beginning of the year. Bond prices rose as investors shifted money out of stocks.
  • Two Dead, Including Gunman, in High School Shooting Near Seattle

    10/24/2014 1:54:02 PM PDT · by Deo volente · 80 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 24, 2014
    A student with a "blank stare" opened fire in the cafeteria of a high school north of Seattle on Friday, killing one person and wounding at least three others before fatally shooting himself, police and witnesses said. A hospital official said three patients were in "very critical condition" after the 10:30 a.m. PDT shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. A 14-year-old boy was in serious condition at another hospital with a jaw wound.
  • U.S. soon to recover all the jobs lost in the financial crisis (Orwell would be proud)

    06/04/2014 7:43:15 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 71 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | June 4, 2014 | Annalyn Kurtz
    Set your sights on this number: 113,000. That's how many jobs the U.S. economy needs to hit its break-even point, to finally recover all the jobs lost in the financial crisis. Get ready, because we're about to get there this Friday. That's when the U.S. Department of Labor will release its May jobs report, and the outlook is rosy. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney expect the U.S. economy added 200,000 jobs in May.
  • Wildfire burns out of control near Southern California homes

    01/16/2014 10:18:23 AM PST · by Deo volente · 83 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | January 16, 2014
    GLENDORA, Calif. -- Structures are burning in a wildfire threatening dozens of homes in dangerously dry foothills of Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains. Television images showed several structures engulfed in flames fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds that spit embers across neighborhoods Thursday morning. Evacuations are ordered for houses at the edge of the fire.
  • Stocks fall after Fed meeting minutes

    11/20/2013 12:35:40 PM PST · by Deo volente · 22 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | November 20, 2013 | Ken Sweet
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks edged lower Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting indicated that the central bank's top policymakers are nearly ready to start pulling back on its economic stimulus program.
  • BREAKING: Shots fired at Nevada middle school

    10/21/2013 8:41:27 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 50 replies
    CNN ^ | October 21, 2013
    (CNN) -- Some people were shot Monday at Sparks Middle School outside Reno, Nevada, police said. Commander Rocky Triplett of the Sparks Police Department said it was unclear how many people were shot.
  • 10-year Treasury yields close in on 3%

    09/05/2013 10:54:46 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 42 replies
    Marketwatch.com ^ | September 5, 2013 | Ben Eisen
    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Treasury prices tumbled on Thursday as the benchmark 10-year note yield pushed to the brink of 3%, a psychological threshold emblematic of its sharp climb since early May.
  • Unrepentant Fort Hood shooter calls himself 'Mujahideen' at trial

    08/06/2013 11:46:00 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 69 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | August 6, 2013
    The Army psychiatrist behind the shooting rampage at Fort Hood nearly four years ago called himself a "mujahideen" in a short and unrepentant opening statement at his military trial, which will likely feature the bizarre spectacle of him questioning his own victims.
  • U.S. Supreme Court wipes out Proposition 8's gay marriage ban

    06/26/2013 7:41:40 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 311 replies
    MercuryNews.com ^ | June 26, 2013 | Howard Mintz
    The U.S. Supreme Court today paved the way for same-sex couples to marry soon in California, effectively leaving intact a lower-court ruling that struck down the state's voter-approved ban on gay marriage. In a ruling that assures further legal battles, the high court found that backers of Proposition 8 did not have the legal right to defend the voter-approved gay marriage ban in place of the governor and attorney general, who have refused to press appeals of a federal judge's 2010 ruling finding the law unconstitutional. The Supreme Court ruling, which found it had no legal authority to decide the...
  • U.N. Ambassador Rice Helped Thwart Bin Laden Capture

    06/05/2013 8:09:38 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 11 replies
    Investors.com ^ | November 21, 2012
    As we mentioned in an earlier editorial about her possible appointment as secretary of state, "In 1996, while serving as assistant secretary of state for African affairs under former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Rice helped persuade President Clinton to rebuff Sudan's offer to turn Osama bin Laden, who was then living there, over to U.S. authorities." Richard Miniter, author of the book "Losing bin Laden," told World Magazine in 2003 that Rice played a primary role in scuttling the deal in which Sudan could have turned over bin Laden to the U.S.
  • Gosnell behind 'Mother’s Day Massacre' over 40 years ago that injured 9 women

    05/13/2013 3:50:12 PM PDT · by Deo volente · 8 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | April 16, 2013 | Ben Johnson
    PHILADELPHIA, April 16, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Kermit Gosnell's history of injuring women through reckless abortion practices extends as far back as 1972, when he injured nine women by testing an experimental abortion device on them that caused plastic razor blades to lacerate their wombs. Even then, however, Gosnell escaped receiving any disciplinary action, with the state turning a blind eye, as it would for the next four decades as he operated his "House of Horrors."
  • Gosnell defense ends without testimony

    04/24/2013 11:54:50 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 14 replies
    Philly.com ^ | April 24, 2013 | Joseph A. Slobodzian
    After five weeks of prosecution evidence, the defense in the murder trial of West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell ended abruptly today with the 72-year-old doctor not testifying and his lawyer presenting no witnesses.
  • Ricin suspect hearing cancelled, announcement set

    04/23/2013 9:18:25 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 31 replies
    SeattlePi.com ^ | April 23, 2013 | Jeff Amy
    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Officials have cancelled the third day of a hearing for the Mississippi man accused of mailing poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge. Christi McCoy, defense attorney for Paul Kevin Curtis, says that federal authorities and defense attorneys will speak to reporters at 5 p.m. CDT about the case.
  • Gosnell Witness: I assisted in abortions while in high school

    04/11/2013 2:00:07 PM PDT · by Deo volente · 11 replies
    Philly.com ^ | April 11, 2013 | Joseph A. Slobodzian
    Like a lot of high school sophomores, 15-year-old Ashley Baldwin found a job. Baldwin, however, wasn't working retail or fast-food. She was doing ultrasounds, administering intravenous medicine and, ultimately, assisting in abortions performed by West Philadelphia doctor Kermit Gosnell. Baldwin, now 22, and the mother of a two-year-old, today told a Philadelphia jury hearing Gosnell's murder trial of her unusual hands-on medical apprenticeship. She also told of seeing at least five aborted babies moving, breathing and, in one case, "screeching," after procedures at Gosnells' Women's Medical Society clinic at 3801 Lancaster Ave. "They looked just like regular babies," Baldwin said...
  • Cal State Long Beach will offer Queer Studies minor next fall

    11/26/2012 11:55:02 AM PST · by Deo volente · 52 replies
    Long Beach Press-Telegram ^ | November 25, 2012 | Phillip Zonkel
    LONG BEACH - Dina Perrone likes to talk about sex, specifically how laws are used to control, regulate and prohibit sex and sexuality. For example, in her "Sex, Sexuality, Crime & Punishment" course Perrone, an assistant professor in Cal State Long Beach's criminal justice department, will discuss Lawrence v. Texas, the United States Supreme Court's 2003 landmark decision making gay and lesbian sexual activity legal in every state. "Sex, Sexuality, Crime & Punishment" will be one of the courses students can take toward the university's new Queer Studies minor, which will be available Fall 2013.
  • Jeb Bush distances himself from GOP on taxes (wants to raise 'em)

    06/01/2012 6:16:07 PM PDT · by Deo volente · 68 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 1, 2012 | Rebecca Kaplan
    (CBS News) Showing his willingness to break from his party, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said on Friday he would accept $10 in spending cuts for every $1 in revenue increases and criticized activist Grover Norquist's no-tax pledge that most GOP lawmakers have signed.
  • High-speed spending: Bullet train may need $3.5 million a day (California Craziness)

    05/14/2012 10:31:09 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 13, 2012 | Ralph Vartabedian
    If California starts building a 130-mile segment of high-speed rail late this year as planned, it will enter into a risky race against a deadline set up under federal law. The bullet train track through the Central Valley would cost $6 billion and have to be completed by September 2017, or else potentially lose some of its federal funding. It would mean spending as much as $3.5 million every calendar day, holidays and weekends included — the fastest rate of transportation construction known in U.S. history, according to industry and academic experts.
  • Conservatives counter claims that Mitt Romney was a bully: Obama was even worse!

    05/11/2012 9:46:48 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 39 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | May 11, 2012 | ALIYAH SHAHID
    Conservatives are hitting back at claims that Mitt Romney in 1965 terrorized a classmate who some presumed to be gay: President Obama was a bully, too! Several right-leaning news outlets are pointing to an excerpt in the President's memoir, "Dreams from My Father," in which Obama details how he teased and shoved a middle school girl named Coretta — the only other black student in his grade.
  • Occupy Cleveland cancels 'May Day' rally, says bomb suspects involved with movement

    05/01/2012 2:17:59 PM PDT · by Deo volente · 22 replies
    newsnet5.com ^ | May 1, 2012 | Connor Kiesel
    CLEVELAND - Occupy Cleveland canceled a scheduled rally Tuesday after a group of men connected to the organization were arrested by the FBI. In a news release, Occupy Cleveland said the five men arrested in a terror plot to blow up the Route 82 bridge in Brecksville were "in no way representing or acting on behalf of Occupy Cleveland" and Occupy is rooted in non-violent principles.
  • Time Capsule: Mike Wallace hammers Margaret Sanger in 1957 interview

    04/08/2012 8:49:47 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 43 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | December 3, 2010 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    In 1957, an aging Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood and the international birth control movement, agreed to an interview with CBS News’ Mike Wallace. In stark contrast with the sympathetic reception Sanger could expect to receive today in a network television interview, Wallace hammered Sanger with difficult questions and caught her in contradictions, while Sanger squirmed, fidgeted, and denied statements she had made only a week earlier in pre-interview discussions with CBS staff.
  • Obama warns 'unelected' Supreme Court against striking down health law

    04/02/2012 12:46:07 PM PDT · by Deo volente · 318 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 2, 2012
    President Obama, employing his strongest language to date on the Supreme Court review of the federal health care overhaul, cautioned the court Monday against overturning the law -- while repeatedly saying he's "confident" it will be upheld.
  • Yikes, gas prices climb again (through the roof)

    02/25/2012 6:12:30 PM PST · by Deo volente · 105 replies · 4+ views
    Orange County Register (CA) ^ | February 25, 2012 | MARLA JO FISHER
    Gas prices climbed higher Saturday, continuing to march ever-closer to the all-time average local high of $4.60 per gallon set in 2008. Jitters over the standoff in Iran's nuclear program have led to surging oil prices and unstable markets worldwide. Locally, a big refinery fire also hiked prices for motorists, with no end in sight.
  • John Glenn reunites with Mercury team

    02/18/2012 7:18:52 PM PST · by Deo volente · 33 replies
    CBSnews.com ^ | February 18, 2012
    (AP) CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - John Glenn joined the proud, surviving veterans of NASA's Project Mercury on Saturday in celebrating the 50th anniversary of his historic orbital flight. The first American to orbit the Earth thanked the approximately 125 retired Mercury workers, now in their 70s and 80s, who gathered with their spouses at Kennedy Space Center to swap stories, pose for pictures and take a bow.
  • Romney tells SC voters he's 'pro-life' candidate

    01/12/2012 9:31:23 AM PST · by Deo volente · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | January 12, 2012 | Kasie Hunt, AP
    GREER, S.C.—Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Thursday insisted he is "pro-life" and said he's raising the issue on the campaign trail to counter his rivals' attacks. "I understand that there are some attack ads coming my way that question" his commitment to life, Romney told reporters gathered at a motorcycle dealership in Greer, S.C. "Obviously it's important for me to remind people that I'm pro-life."
  • Obama sets campaign theme: Middle class at stake (Gigantic Puff Piece Barf Alert)

    12/06/2011 10:54:05 PM PST · by Deo volente · 19 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | December 6, 2011 | BEN FELLER and KEN THOMAS
    OSAWATOMIE, Kan. (AP) — Declaring the American middle class in jeopardy, President Barack Obama on Tuesday outlined a populist economic vision that will drive his re-election bid, insisting the United States must reclaim its standing as a country in which everyone can prosper if provided "a fair shot and a fair share."
  • For Jobless, Little Hope of Restoring Better Days

    12/02/2011 11:28:49 PM PST · by Deo volente · 17 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | December 2, 2011 | Motoko Rich, New York Times
    ...According to the study, to be released Friday by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, just 7 percent of those who lost jobs after the financial crisis have returned to or exceeded their previous financial position and maintained their lifestyles. The vast majority say they have diminished lifestyles, and about 15 percent say the reduction in their incomes has been drastic and will probably be permanent.
  • Dow sinks 300 points

    11/21/2011 8:49:35 AM PST · by Deo volente · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | November 21, 2011 | Maureen Farrell
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- A sell-off on Wall Street gained momentum Monday, with the Dow sinking more than 300 points, as investors remained on edge about the lack of progress on solving U.S. and European debt progblems.
  • BofA Calls Off Debit-Fee Plan

    11/01/2011 9:36:00 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 1, 2011 | Dan Fitzpatrick
    Bank of America Corp. is dropping its plan to charge customers $5 a month for making purchases with their debit cards, a person familiar with the situation said.
  • Perry vs. Romney: Now it's personal (No mention of Cain!)

    10/19/2011 9:21:59 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 23 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | October 19, 2011 | Ben Smith, Jonathan Martin (Politico)
    LAS VEGAS – After months of diversions — sideshow candidates, Hamlet acts and straw polls — Tuesday night’s sizzling Republican presidential showdown boiled the nomination fight down to its essentials: a deeply personal, ideological and smashmouth contest between two rivals with almost nothing in common.
  • Fast and Furious weapons found in Mexico cartel enforcer's home

    10/08/2011 8:42:23 PM PDT · by Deo volente · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 8, 2011 | Richard A. Serrano
    High-powered assault weapons illegally purchased under the ATF's Fast and Furious program in Phoenix ended up in a home belonging to the purported top Sinaloa cartel enforcer in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, whose organization was terrorizing that city with the worst violence in the Mexican drug wars. In all, 100 assault weapons acquired under Fast and Furious were transported 350 miles from Phoenix to El Paso, making that West Texas city a central hub for gun traffickers. Forty of the weapons made it across the border and into the arsenal of Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo, a feared cartel leader in Ciudad...
  • Bank of America website woes enter 6th day

    10/05/2011 12:09:21 PM PDT · by Deo volente · 12 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | October 5, 2011 | Candice Choi, Associated Press
    NEW YORK -- Bank of America still isn't explaining why online banking may be slow for some of its customers for a sixth day in a row. A message on the bank's home page Wednesday said most of the site was working normally, but that customers may experience "occasional delays." A spokeswoman for Bank of America Corp., Tara Burke, says the company doesn't disclose the causes for website problems and noted that online banking was now available. She declined to say how many customers may still be experiencing slowness signing in.
  • Greece to miss deficit targets for 2011-2012

    10/02/2011 10:28:23 PM PDT · by Deo volente · 5 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | October 2, 2011 | Demetris Nellas, Associated Press
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece won't meet 2011-2012 deficit targets imposed by international lenders as part of the country's bailout, the Finance Ministry said Sunday. The country's deficit this year is expected to reach 8.5 percent of gross domestic product, or euro18.69 billion ($25.2 billion) -- higher than the targeted euro17.1 billion ($23.1 billion), which would have been 7.8 percent of GDP, the ministry said.
  • Together 74 years, Kirkland couple die less than a day apart

    08/10/2011 5:41:09 PM PDT · by Deo volente · 17 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | August 7, 2011 | Jeff Hodson
    Bob and Kay Sarver were married for more than 74 years. Last month, they died within 15 hours of each other. On Friday, they were laid to rest as one.
  • A record 45.8 million Americans using food stamps

    08/05/2011 11:55:25 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 37 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 5, 2011
    The number of Americans using the government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- more commonly referred to as food stamps -- shot to an all-time high of 45.8 million in May, the USDA reported. That's up 12% from a year ago, and 34% higher than two years ago. The program provides monthly benefits to low-income individuals and families, which they can use at stores that accept SNAP benefits.
  • Obama's Debt Limit Scare Tactics

    07/12/2011 1:12:31 PM PDT · by Deo volente · 42 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 22, 2011 | Peter Ferrara
    ...we are left with President Obama threatening to default on national debt interest, Social Security benefits, and paychecks for troops and their families if Congressional Republicans do not go along with his demand for trillions more in additional national debt with no spending controls, even though there is plenty of money in incoming tax revenues to pay all of these most urgent obligations. Pretty ugly conduct in my opinion.
  • Stocks slump as Greek crisis turns violent

    06/15/2011 11:06:08 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 60 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | June 15, 2011
    LONDON (AP) -- A violent protest against the Greek government's latest austerity package hit stocks hard Wednesday and sent the euro sliding over a percent against the dollar. With hundreds of protesters clashing with riot police and tear gas blanketing Athens' main Syntagma Square, investors are fretful that Greece's debt crisis is spiraling out of control.
  • Obama: US economy still facing challenges ("bumps on the road")

    06/03/2011 12:39:10 PM PDT · by Deo volente · 27 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | June 3, 2011 | JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press
    TOLEDO, Ohio – Faced with a dismal new jobs report, President Barack Obama said Friday that the economy faces challenges ahead and "bumps on the road to recovery." But at an event to celebrate the resurgence of the auto industry he made no mention of the dour economic news that threatened to obscure his optimistic message.
  • Orphanage home to only fond memories

    06/03/2011 10:50:27 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 10 replies
    CitizensVoice.com ^ | May 15, 2011 | Elizabeth Skrapits
    HARVEYS LAKE - Orphanages are often portrayed as grim, cheerless places where children are mistreated, but to Joe Penxa, nothing could be further from the truth. "I have absolutely no remembrance of anything bad about the orphanage. I can't recall a thing," Penxa said, reminiscing in the Harveys Lake home he shares with his wife Helene. He can recall the nice things, though: getting treats literally "under the table," having fun with his classmates and, best of all, spending summers at the orphanage's camp in Noxen. Penxa, now 94, was born in Larksville. When his father died in the influenza...
  • Stocks skid as banks slash jobs outlook

    06/01/2011 9:49:16 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 79 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | June 1, 2011
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks skidded on Wednesday, with the Nasdaq off 1 percent as more weak economic data cemented fears of a slowdown and prompted big Wall Street players to slash their forecasts ahead of the closely watched payrolls report on Friday.
  • War's toll honored by new generation

    05/30/2011 6:39:27 PM PDT · by Deo volente · 7 replies
    masslive.com ^ | May 30, 2011 | Jack Flynn
    Name by name, gravestone by gravestone, Emily Pin searched for a Northampton soldier's resting place at the Normandy American Cemetery. On a bluff above Omaha Beach, the Cathedral High School junior walked along row after row of white crosses and stars of David, burial sites for 9,387 soldiers killed in the June 6, 1944 D-Day landing and weeks of ensuing combat. Each marker summed up a young life lost - name, rank, unit, home state, date of death. Each row stretched to the horizon.
  • Schools yes, tax hikes no, statewide poll shows (CA)

    04/27/2011 10:12:29 PM PDT · by Deo volente · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 27, 2011 | Wyatt Buchanan
    A large majority of Californians favor the outline of Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to eliminate the state budget deficit, but they strongly oppose key elements of the proposal that would increase the personal income tax and the state sales tax, according to a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California.
  • Obama mixing politics and policy on West Coast (worshipful media alert)

    04/20/2011 1:08:03 PM PDT · by Deo volente · 12 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | April 20, 2011 | Julie Pace
    WASHINGTON – Stepping away from Washington's contentious fiscal debates, President Barack Obama is making a West Coast trip aimed at building support for his deficit-reduction plans and raising money for his re-election campaign.
  • Boehner signals compromise in budget talks

    03/31/2011 4:09:48 PM PDT · by Deo volente · 40 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | March 31, 2011 | DAVID ESPO and ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON – Despite fresh pressure from tea party conservatives, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that Republicans "can't impose our will" on the White House and Senate Democrats on legislation to cut tens of billions of dollars in federal spending. At a news conference, Boehner, R-Ohio, denied Democratic suggestions that he has already agreed to jettison nearly half of the $61 billion in cuts passed by the House a month ago
  • 6 dead, 37 injured in attack on Mexican nightclub

    02/12/2011 8:22:13 PM PST · by Deo volente · 45 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 12, 2011 | ARTURO PEREZ
    GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Armed men opened fire and hurled a grenade into a crowded nightclub early Saturday, killing six people and wounding at least 37 in a western city whose former tranquility has been shattered by escalating battles among drug cartels.
  • Grieving mother's videotaped slaying stuns Mexico

    12/18/2010 7:28:58 PM PST · by Deo volente · 108 replies · 2+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | December 18, 2010 | Tim Johnson
    MEXICO CITY - A mother campaigning to bring the confessed killer of her 16-year-old daughter to justice was herself gunned down in view of a closed-circuit television camera, leaving images that shocked Mexicans over the impunity of the killers. The killing of Marisela Escobedo unfolded Thursday night on the sidewalk in front of the governor's palace in the capital of Chihuahua state.
  • Students attack Prince Charles' car after fee hike

    12/09/2010 2:35:06 PM PST · by Deo volente · 96 replies · 12+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 9, 2010
    LONDON – In Britain's worst political violence in years, furious student protesters rained sticks and rocks on riot police, vandalized government buildings and attacked a car carrying Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, after lawmakers approved a controversial hike in university tuition fees.
  • Oregon bomb-plot suspect wanted 'spectacular show'

    11/27/2010 3:47:10 PM PST · by Deo volente · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 27, 2010 | TIM FOUGHT and NEDRA PICKLER
    PORTLAND, Ore. – A Somali-born teenager plotted "a spectacular show" of terrorism for months, saying he didn't mind that children would die if he bombed a crowded Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, according to a law-enforcement official and court documents. He never got the chance. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, was arrested Friday in downtown Portland after using a cell phone to try to detonate what he thought were explosives in a van, prosecutors said. It turned out to be a dummy bomb put together by FBI agents.
  • Frank Buckles, the last surviving Doughboy

    11/11/2010 9:01:13 AM PST · by Deo volente · 31 replies
    Cape Cod Times ^ | November 10, 2010 | Peter Abair
    Frank Woodruff Buckles of Charles Town, W. Va., is 109 years old. To appreciate his lifespan consider that, at 10 years old, Frank would have known a great many people who had lived during the Civil War, concluded just 45 years before.
  • Mexico: 13 dead in massacre at Ciudad Juarez party

    10/23/2010 9:59:40 PM PDT · by Deo volente · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 23, 2010
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Gunmen stormed two neighboring homes and massacred 13 young people at a birthday party in the latest large-scale attack in this violent border city, even as a new government strategy seeks to restore order with social programs and massive police deployments. Attackers in two vehicles pulled up to the houses in a lower-middle-class Ciudad Juarez neighborhood late Friday and opened fire on about four dozen partygoers gathered for a 15-year-old boy's birthday party.
  • California's first execution in five years delayed by legal issues (appeals court stops it)

    09/28/2010 10:49:35 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 28, 2010 | Carol J. Williams
    A federal appeals court in San Francisco late Monday ordered a trial judge to reconsider a ruling that allowed for a convicted murderer and rapist to be executed this week at San Quentin State Prison. Albert Greenwood Brown was scheduled to die at 9 p.m. Thursday for the 1980 killing of a 15-year-old Riverside girl. But the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel erred by offering Brown a choice of a one-drug lethal injection or a three-drug cocktail.