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  • Incidents of killings in child custody disputes

    (AP) – Incidents of a parent killing his or her child or children in a custody dispute include: _ December 2011: In Gargatha, Va., five people, including two children, were found dead in a mobile home. Police believe the father of the children was involved in a custody hearing with the mother and shot the […]
  • DC wax museum adds Harriet Tubman to collection

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Descendants of Harriet Tubman have gathered at The President’s Gallery by Madame Tussauds and unveiled a wax statue of the woman who led hundreds of slaves to freedom. Tubman’s great-great-great-grand-nephew, Charles E.T. Ross, and Tubman’s great-great-grand-niece, Valery Ross Manokey, were present at the Washington wax museum Tuesday to see the statue join […]
  • White House wants to address contraceptives rule

    Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says it wants to allay the concerns of Catholic church-affiliated employers over a new requirement for them to provide birth control coverage regardless of their religious beliefs. Press secretary Jay Carney didn’t say how those concerns could be addressed, though he said there were a lot of […]
  • Group wants DNA test in 1992 Ky. ‘satanic’ killing

    Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – When Rhonda Sue Warford died in a rural field near Brandenburg, she had multiple stab wounds to her chest, back and neck, including one that destroyed her brain stem, and two gray hairs clenched in her right hand. Two decades later, those hairs are at the center of a […]
  • House seeks to unload unneeded government property

    Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – The House on Tuesday backed legislation to sell off or consolidate some of the thousands of underused or unneeded federal buildings, potentially saving taxpayers billions of dollars. The House bill takes its cue from past efforts to close military bases, setting up a commission that would make recommendations on streamlining […]
  • APNewsBreak: SC sues feds for blocked voter ID law

    Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The U.S. Justice Department was wrong to block South Carolina from requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification to vote, the state’s top prosecutor argued in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. Enforcement of the new law “will not disenfranchise any potential South Carolina voter,” Attorney General Alan Wilson argues in […]
  • Excerpts from ruling on Calif’s gay marriage ban

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The following are excerpts from the ruling Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declaring California’s same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional: _ “Although the Constitution permits communities to enact most laws they believe to be desirable, it requires that there be at least a […]
  • Mel Gibson likely won’t testify at deputy’s trial

    LOS ANGELES (AP) – A judge says she is inclined to block Mel Gibson from testifying during the workplace discrimination trial of the deputy who arrested the Oscar-winner for drunken driving. Superior Court Judge Barbara Scheper tentatively ruled Tuesday that the deputy’s case shouldn’t focus on Gibson’s arrest or his anti-Semitic remarks at the time. […]
  • US court sides with CDC over fight with counselor

    Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) – A federal appeals court has rejected arguments from a former counselor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who claims her religious rights were violated because she was fired for refusing to counsel a gay woman. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a judge’s decision […]
  • ‘Mommy’s in the trunk’: Evidence or nothing?

    Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) – The summer after Susan Powell disappeared, her father said, her young son Braden drew a picture at day care of a van with three people in it and told caregivers it showed his family going camping: “Mommy’s in the trunk,” the boy said. That could strike some as a clue. […]
  • Oregon copter pilot has knack for finding the lost

    Associated Press GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – A few years ago, John Rachor painted his helicopter orange and yellow, so it would be easier to spot if he ever crashed and became the target of a search and rescue operation in the rugged forests of southwestern Oregon. Over the past six years, he has been […]
  • Correction: Congresswoman Shot

    PHOENIX (AP) – In stories on Jan. 1, Jan. 8 and Jan. 22 about former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the Tucson mass shooting, The Associated Press erroneously reported that suspect Jared Lee Loughner had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Court records say that he has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and had symptoms of depression. (Copyright […]
  • Florida postal worker falls into storm drain, dies

    MIAMI (AP) – U.S. Postal Service officials in Miami say an employee died when he tumbled into a storm drain while searching for his cell phone. Postal Service spokeswoman Debbie Fetterly says the accident happened early Tuesday at the Miami Processing and Distribution Center in Miami. Police identified the man as 70-year-old Shelby Wing of […]
  • Religious license plates for sale in SC

    Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina drivers can buy religious license plates that feature three crosses and a sunrise. A federal judge ruled in 2009 that “I Believe” tags that legislators created with a state law violated the First Amendment ban on establishment of religion by government. These new tags were not created […]
  • LBJ’s personal Lincoln Continental up for auction

    SMITHVILLE, Texas (AP) – A white 1964 Lincoln Continental convertible used by President Lyndon B. Johnson has been put up for auction in Texas. Dan Kruse Classics has announced the March 3 sale of LBJ’s personal vehicle, which he drove until his death in 1973. An auction spokeswoman said Tuesday that the convertible is on […]