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  • Navy SEAL dies after accidentally shooting himself

    SAN DIEGO (AP) – Navy officials have confirmed that a Navy SEAL who accidentally shot himself in the head has died. Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Frank Magallon tells the U-T San Diego ( that Petty Officer 3rd Class Gene “Geno” Clayont, Jr. was taken off life support on Saturday. He is survived by his […]
  • Blackwater successor settles Baghdad shooting suit

    Associated Press RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) – The new owners of the security company formerly known as Blackwater said Saturday they have settled a lawsuit brought by some of the survivors and estates of Iraqis killed during an infamous 2007 shooting in Baghdad. The settlement closes the last lawsuit against the company, now called Academi, […]
  • 4 Ind. National Guardsmen killed in Afghanistan

    Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Four soldiers with an Indiana-based National Guard unit were killed in Afghanistan and a fifth was injured when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb as they were working to clear a supply route of the improvised bombs, guard officials said Saturday. Indiana Adjutant General Martin Umbarger said the four members […]
  • Breyer wades into Supreme Court ethics debate

    Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer waded into a recent debate over ethics on the nation’s highest court Saturday, defending the way he and his colleagues decide whether to remove themselves from considering a case. In recent months lawmakers and interest groups have called for two of the Supreme Court’s nine […]
  • Man charged with murder in 2 GA hospital shootings

    FORT OGLETHORPE, Ga. (AP) – A 59-year-old Tennessee man told his estranged wife and her mother “they’d be sorry” before he pulled a handgun from his coat pocket and fatally shot both women at a Georgia hospital while people watched in the waiting room, police said. “He shot the mother-in-law-first and then shot his wife,” […]
  • Rare Asian duck draws bird watchers to Calif.

    Associated Press FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – A rare duck normally only seen in Asia has somehow turned up in California, drawing excited bird watchers from all over the U.S. and Canada to a wildlife refuge in the state’s Central Valley. Wildlife officials say a male falcated duck, a bird common in China, was first spotted […]
  • Labor board ruling allows group claims in court

    Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Employers can no longer require workers to sign arbitration agreements that prevent them from pursuing group claims in court. The National Labor Relations Board ruled earlier this week that agreements that require workers to file class action claims with an arbitrator unlawfully bar activity protected under the National Labor Relations […]
  • Motorists salvage fur, food from critters’ demise

    Associated Press CASEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) – In six years of trapping, one thing has become apparent to Cody Champ: His pursuit of animal pelts isn’t cheap, costing him $100 a week just for gas. So, it’s little wonder the Illinois man welcomed a recent state law that allows him to get a few freebies, even […]
  • Child-on-child sex abuse poses complex challenges

    AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) – Recent high-profile cases of child sex abuse have roused national revulsion against the adults who perpetrated them. Rarely mentioned is the sobering statistic that more than one-third of the sexual abuse of America’s children is committed by other minors. For many of the therapists and attorneys who deal […]
  • LA tries new test to find gang members wanting out

    Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) – Melissa Pirraglio spent many of her 11 years of gang life in drug-addled despair seeking a way out. “There’s an inkling in every single gang member looking for an opportunity to come out,” said Pirraglio, now 34 and a counselor to troubled youth. “You get to the point where […]
  • Record air pollution hammers Calif’s ag heartland

    Associated Press FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – This is the time of year when residents who often live with the nation’s worst pollution often can draw a breath of fresh air. But this winter has not been kind to people who want to play outside in California’s Central Valley. A dry December and January has stagnated […]
  • New Yorkers demand more ‘police accountability’

    NEW YORK (AP) – Several New York City politicians and community leaders are demanding more accountability from the city’s police department when it comes to minorities. They rallied Saturday against what they say is a culture of discrimination against minorities within the New York City Police Department. They say officers stop and search hundreds of […]
  • C.T. Vivian returns to struggle to help guide SCLC

    Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) – At age 87, civil rights veteran C.T. Vivian could have easily retired from the struggle for justice and equality, but instead he is the new vice president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. As the venerable civil rights organization emerges from years of turmoil over its management and finances, Vivian’s […]
  • Ala. family lives amid rubble from April tornado

    Associated Press TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Geraldine Horton steps out of her apartment into a broken world that looks much as it did the day after a killer tornado plowed through town last spring. Buildings are sliced in two across the street from her home and next door; broken bricks litter her parking lot along […]
  • Late NY photographer’s FBI file reveals scrutiny

    Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Before photographer Milton Rogovin began documenting the lives of the poor and working class, the U.S. government was documenting Rogovin, relying on a network of informants in an era of paranoia toward suspected communists. “He is dangerous to the internal security because of his strong adherence to Marxist-Leninist principles,” […]