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Is Moore, Okla., the ‘tornado alley of tornado alley’?
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:29:23 -0400

This May 21, 2013 file photo shows an aerial view of Plaza Towers Elementary School which was damaged during a May 20, 2013 tornado, in Moore, Oklahoma. For the second time since a tornado ravaged Moore, killing 24 people including seven students at Plaza Towers Elementary School, organizers plan to circulate an initiative petition calling for a statewide vote to fund the construction of school storm shelters. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)Residents are wondering why their community has been a frequent target of twisters.

Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps; families ask why
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:34:45 -0400

In this undated photo provided by the French Interior Ministry, French emergency rescue services work at the site of the Germanwings jet that crashed on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 near Seyne-les-Alpes, France. The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and intentionally rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. (AP Photo/French Interior Ministry, Francis Pellier)PARIS (AP) — Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.

Photos: Building collapse in New York City's East Village
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:15:37 -0400

Photos: Building collapse in New York City's East VillageA building burns after an explosion on 2nd Avenue on March 26, 2015 in New York City. The seven alarm fire drew firefighters from across the city. A number of injuries have been reported. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

New York buildings collapse in possible gas blast, 19 hurt
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:05:10 -0400

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four apartment buildings in New York's East Village neighborhood caught fire from an apparent gas explosion on Thursday and three collapsed, injuring 19 people, authorities said. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference that preliminary evidence indicated it was a gas-related explosion. A Fire Department spokesman said late on Thursday that three of the four buildings had collapsed or partially collapsed. A New York police spokesman there were no reports of anyone missing.

Police settle suit over use of tear gas during Missouri protests
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:27:18 -0400

(Reuters) - Three Missouri police agencies have agreed to restrict the use of tear gas as part of a settlement of a lawsuit alleging that officers used heavy-handed tactics to quell protests in Ferguson after a white officer fatally shot an unarmed black teen. The settlement requires police to warn demonstrators and give them reasonable time to disperse before using tear gas or other chemical agents in response to non-criminal activity. U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson dismissed the case formally on Thursday, but retained jurisdiction through 2017 to enforce the settlement terms. Sometimes violent protests followed the shooting in August of Michael Brown, 18, during a confrontation with Ferguson policeman Darren Wilson and a grand jury's decision in November not to indict Wilson.

Senior police official in Fresno, California, arrested on drug charges
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:09:46 -0400

(Reuters) - The deputy police chief in Fresno, California, was arrested on Thursday on charges of participating in multiple conspiracies to distribute heroin, oxycodone and marijuana, the FBI said. Keith Foster, 51, was arrested along with three other residents of Fresno, about 170 miles south of Sacramento, an FBI statement said. Two other Fresno residents also face drug charges but have not yet been arrested. "It is important that we do everything we can to maintain and enhance the trust that our citizens have in us," Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer told a news conference after Foster's arrest.

Icelandic whaling: Conservationists split over efficacy of Obama’s sanctions
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:07:42 -0400

Icelandic whaling: Conservationists split over efficacy of Obamaâs sanctions, E.U. protestThe Icelandic Hvalur whaling company’s killing of endangered fin whales has been denounced by the United States and the European Union. Is it time for greater action?

Explosion rocks NYC neighborhood
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:53:34 -0400

Building collapse in New York City's East VillageThe blast causes a fire and partial collapse at an apartment building in Manhattan.

Politicians are the only people who can't be addicted to their phones
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Life inside a presidential campaign bubble has long been maligned as a suffocating, alienating experience.

Germanwings tragedy: How post-9/11 safety measures factored into crash
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:21:02 -0400

After Sept. 11, many airline carriers strengthened cockpit doors and made it more difficult for anyone to get inside once the pilot activated the lock switch — which prevented the captain of Flight 4U 9525 from regaining control.

National Guardsman, cousin arrested for trying to join Islamic State
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:39:41 -0400

US National Guardsman and His Cousin Arrested for Trying to Join ISIS, Authorities SayThe FBI has arrested two men -- one of them a current member of the Illinois National Guard -- for allegedly trying to join ISIS, the brutal terrorist group wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, authorities said. Army National Guard Specialist Hasan Edmonds, 22, was arrested at Chicago Midway International Airport as he was trying to fly to Egypt, according to authorities. His cousin, Jonas Edmonds, 29, was arrested at his home. Hasan Edmonds first came onto the FBI’s radar in late 2014 as he hatched a plan for Hasan Edmonds to join ISIS overseas while Jonas Edmonds launched an attack inside the United States, according to the Justice Department.

'Distrust and Verify': How Obama will sell an Iran nuke deal
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

The White House is gearing up for an unprecedented campaign to sell a potential pact.

Grateful Oklahomans salvage belongings after killer storm
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:46:56 -0400

People survey storm damage in Sand Springs, Okla., Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The slow start to the nation's tornado season came to a blustery end Wednesday when tornadoes hit Arkansas and Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Joey Johnson) KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUTSAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — Oklahomans salvaged soggy belongings Thursday after the Plains' first tornado outbreak of 2015, expressing gratitude that casualties were low but understanding that nature's next punch could be far worse.

Bergdahl says he tried to escape Taliban captors a dozen times
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 01:50:41 -0400

File - In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. The U.S. military says it will make an announcement Wednesday on the case against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years before being released in a prisoner exchange. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File)U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl tried to escape his Taliban captors a dozen times in five years as a prisoner of war, once remaining free for nine days, but each time he was found and brutally beaten, he said in a statement released on Wednesday. The statement, Bergdahl's first account of his time as a Taliban prisoner, was released by his attorney, Eugene Fidell, after the Army charged Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior in the face of the enemy in connection with his capture.

Saudi Arabia begin airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:59:03 -0400

In this Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 file photo,Yemen's Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi gestures as he enters a polling center to cast his vote in Sanaa. Yemen's embattled president fled his palace in Aden for an undisclosed location Wednesday as Shiite rebels offered cash bounty for his capture and arrested his defense minister. Hadi left just hours after the rebels' own television station said they seized an air base where U.S. troops and Europeans advised the country in its fight against al-Qaida militants. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia began airstrikes Wednesday against Houthi rebel positions in Yemen, vowing that the Sunni kingdom will do "anything necessary" to restore a deposed government that has been routed by the Iranian-backed group.

James O'Keefe video purportedly catches Cornell dean encouraging pro-IS groups
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:12:25 -0400

Exclusive: James O'Keefe exposes Hollywood environmentalistsA video released this week by Project Veritas, O’Keefe’s nonprofit investigative organization, purports to expose Cornell as a welcoming environment for terrorist groups like IS and Hamas.

Bergdahl may face life in prison
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 23:30:35 -0400

File - In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. The U.S. military says it will make an announcement Wednesday on the case against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years before being released in a prisoner exchange. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File)The Army sergeant is charged with misbehavior before the enemy and desertion.

Germanwings plane went down in French Alps within a mile of 1953 crash site
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:39:11 -0400

A French army helicopter heads to the Germanwings flight crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, after the jetliner crashed Tuesday in the French Alps. French investigators cracked open the badly damaged black box of a German jetliner on Wednesday and sealed off the rugged Alpine crash site where 150 people died when their plane on a flight from Barcelona, Spain to Duesseldorf, Germany, slammed into a mountain. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)The Germanwings airplane fell from the sky extremely close to an Air France crash site from 1953.

U.S. conducting airstrikes to help Iraq retake Tikrit
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:07:00 -0400

Shiite militiamen guard at the front line in Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The U.S. and Iraq have been discussing possible U.S. airstrikes in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive against a dug-in Islamic State force in the northern city of Tikrit, U.S. officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)WASHINGTON (AP) — At Iraq's request, the U.S. began airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive to retake the city from Islamic State fighters. The bombing marked a significant expansion of the U.S. military role in Iraq.

Knox defense calls conviction grave error
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:02:34 -0400

Raffaele Sollecito, the ex-boyfriend of Amanda Knox, arrives at Italy's highest court building, in Rome, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Italy's high court took up the appeal of Amanda Knox's murder conviction Wednesday, considering the fate of the "very worried" American and her Italian former boyfriend in the brutal 2007 murder of Knox's British roommate. Dozens of journalists and camera crews were on hand for the final arguments and deliberations of the Court of Cassation in the death of Meredith Kercher. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)ROME (AP) — Amanda Knox's defense lawyer urged Italy's highest court on Wednesday to overturn the American's conviction in the 2007 murder of her British roommate, calling it a "grave judicial error."

Live updates: 3 Americans killed in French Alps plane crash
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:04:11 -0400

A French army helicopter heads to the Germanwings flight crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, after the jetliner crashed Tuesday in the French Alps. French investigators cracked open the badly damaged black box of a German jetliner on Wednesday and sealed off the rugged Alpine crash site where 150 people died when their plane on a flight from Barcelona, Spain to Duesseldorf, Germany, slammed into a mountain. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)Germanwings releases more information about the passengers as crews sift through debris.

Live: Jurors see dorm room evidence at Tsarnaev trial
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:23:30 -0400

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonThis is day 13 of testimony in admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s federal death penalty trial in Boston. Prosecutors are expected to continue with additional testimony about evidence found in Tsarnaev’s dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

Mark Holden wants you to love the Koch brothers
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Holden’s become the face of the Kochs’ push to reform the criminal justice system, an effort that’s made allies out of former enemies and softened the billionaire brothers’ image.

Italy court told Knox conviction case perfect, ruling delayed
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:30:10 -0400

Raffaele Sollecito leaves Italy's Supreme Court in Rome on March 25, 2015An Italian prosecutor told the country's top court Wednesday that Amanda Knox's conviction for the sensational murder of British student Meredith Kercher was "beyond reproach". Mario Pinelli said there should be no doubt that Knox, an American, and her Italian ex-lover Raffaele Sollecito were responsible for the 2007 killing, as ruled by a Florence court last year.

No Netanyahu veto on Iran deal, top senator says
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., on Tuesday flatly denied that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s influence in Congress means that he could kill a nuclear agreement with Iran.

Wisconsin officer, bank robbery suspect killed in shootout
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:26:45 -0400

Authorities investigate the scene, after capturing a fugitive accused of abducting a woman from a southeastern Wisconsin hospital and fleeing in an exchange of gunfire, in the Village of Mount Pleasant outside Racine, Wis., Monday, March 23, 2015. The sheriff's office said in a news release that authorities tracked the suspect to the Village of Mount Pleasant, where he was hiding in bushes. (AP Photo/The Journal Times, Scott Anderson)(Reuters) - A Wisconsin State Patrol officer and a bank robbery suspect were killed in a shootout on Tuesday evening, officials said. The trooper began following a car matching the description of the suspect's vehicle around 5:30 p.m. local time in the city of Fond du Lac before the gun battle, Fond du Lac Police Chief William Lamb told reporters at a brief news conference. Lamb said no other suspects were being sought and that the Wisconsin Department of Justice was leading the investigation. David Matthews, the administrator of the justice department's criminal investigation division, said it was too early to provide additional information about the shooting.

Could John Kasich be the GOP's secret weapon in 2016?
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Spend a few days with the governor and you start to see how he could shake up the race.

White House: U.S. to slow troop withdrawal from Afghanistan
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:12:39 -0400

From left, Afghanistan's Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, Vice President Joe Bidden, Defense Secretary Ash Carter, and Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, commanding general, U.S. Army Military District of Washington, stand together during a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. will slow its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, maintaining 9,800 troops in the country through the end of 2015 instead of cutting the number by about half as originally planned.

Israel denies report it spied on U.S.-Iran nuke talks
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 04:44:58 -0400

US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif held nuclear talks in the Swiss town of Lausanne on March 16, 2015Israel has spied on Iran's nuclear talks with the United States and other major powers, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Israel quickly dismissed the report as "not true", and denied spying on the United States. The Journal report, quoting current and former US officials, said the operation was designed to infiltrate the talks and help build a case against the emerging terms of a deal. Besides eavesdropping, Israel obtained information from confidential US briefings, informants and diplomatic contacts in Europe, the officials told the Journal.

Cancer experts laud Angelina Jolie's decision to remove ovaries
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:04:23 -0400

Actress and campaigner Angelina Jolie attends a summit to end sexual violence in conflict, at the Excel centre in LondonTwo years after a double mastectomy, actress Angelina Jolie has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to avoid the risk of ovarian cancer, a move cancer experts described as courageous and influential. The movie director and philanthropist, who is the wife of actor Brad Pitt and the mother of six children, said in an op-ed column in the New York Times on Tuesday that she had the surgery last week after blood tests showed what could have been early signs of the disease. Jolie, 39, carries a mutation in the BRCA1 gene that increases her risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Her mother died of ovarian cancer at the age of 56.

Utah becomes only state to restore firing squad
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 06:20:47 -0400

FILE - This June 18, 2010, file photo shows the firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. Utah's governor has signed a law that makes his state the only one to allow firing squads for carrying out executions if no lethal injection drugs are available. Gov. Gary Herbert signed the bill Monday, March 23, 2015. He has said he finds the method "a little bit gruesome," but that it gives the state a fallback execution method. (AP Photo/Trent Nelson, Pool, File)Utah became the only US state to restore the firing squad as a method of execution on Monday, as its governor Gary Herbert signed a bill on the emotive issue into law. The legislation, approved by the western US state's senate earlier this month, allows for a firing squad if drugs used for executions are unavailable, as has recently been the case in a number of US states. "We regret anyone ever commits the heinous crime of aggravated murder to merit the death penalty and we prefer to use our primary method of lethal injection when such a sentence is issued," added the spokesman, Marty Carpenter. "However, when a jury makes the decision and a judge signs a death warrant, enforcing that lawful decision is the obligation of the executive branch," he said.

Warrant: Ferguson shooting suspect confessed on hidden cam
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:00:24 -0400

A confidential informant wearing a hidden video camera recorded accused gunman Jeffrey L. Williams admitting that he fired the shots that seriously wounded two police officers during a recent demonstration in Ferguson, Mo., according to search warrants obtained by Yahoo News.

Poll: Most Boston residents oppose death penalty for Tsarnaev
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:39:11 -0400

Joe Kebartas of South Boston holds anti-death penalty sign as he stands next to the federal courthouse Monday March 9, 2015, in Boston, during the federal death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line that killed three and injured 260 spectators in April 2013. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)A new poll finds most Boston residents oppose the death penalty for admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.