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by AP posted May 28 2013 10:10AM

VIDEO - Within hours of a tornado touching down in Kilpatrick, Ala., church members and other volunteers from outside the community showed up to help pick up the pieces, and wary immigrants found out not everyone resented them being around. 

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Location : AlabamaKilpatrick
by CBS Los Angeles posted May 28 2013 7:47AM

Dramatic Story Behind Poignant Photo Of Grieving Soldier In LA Times

by AP posted May 28 2013 7:44AM

VIDEO - Cruise ship passenger Mark J. Ormesher is praising the conduct of the crew, after the fire on board the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship. 2,200 passengers are being flown back to the US, after a fire on board the ship.

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by AP posted May 28 2013 7:43AM

VIDEO - The Oregon high school student accused of plotting to set off bombs in his school is due in court Tuesday. Authorities say Grant Acord will be charged as an adult with attempted aggravated murder

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Topics : EducationLaw_Crime
Location : Oregon
People : Grant Acord
by AP posted May 28 2013 7:41AM

VIDEO -  A quickly-growing wildfire forced more than 1,000 people to evacuate the mountains near Santa Barbara, California on Monday. The fire is threatening about 50 homes.

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Location : CaliforniaSanta Barbara
by AP posted May 28 2013 7:40AM

VIDEO  - Police say the Brooklyn Bridge is closed while they investigate an abandoned car. Traffic in both directions was halted around 6 p.m. Monday.

by AP posted May 28 2013 7:38AM

VIDEO - A fire that broke out aboard a Royal Caribbean ship Monday did enough damage that the rest of the cruise was canceled and the cruise line said the more than 2,200 passengers aboard will be flown from the Bahamas back to Baltimore.

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by AP posted May 27 2013 11:46AM
     MIAMI (AP) - A fire has been reported aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that was on its way to the Bahamas.
     According to cruise line's statement on its website, the fire occurred on the mooring area of deck 3 about 2:15 a.m. Monday aboard the ship Grandeur of the Seas and was quickly extinguished.
     Miami-based Royal Caribbean says the 2,224 passengers and 796 crew members had to report to evacuation stations but that all are safe and have been accounted for. The cruise line also says the ship still has full power. No major injuries were reported.
     The ship left Baltimore on Friday for a 7-night cruise. It was on its way to CocoCay in the Bahamas, but instead went to Freeport, Bahamas, for further evaluation.
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Location : BaltimoreFreeportMiami
by AP posted May 27 2013 8:07AM

VIDEO - Laura Mae Davis Burlingame went to the National World War II Museum looking for a display commemorating her high-school sweetheart. What she found brought tears almost 70 years after 22-year-old Marine Cpl. Thomas "Cotton" Jones died.

by AP posted May 27 2013 7:53AM

VIDEO - The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a cargo train collision in southeast Missouri. Authorities say a highway overpass collapsed early today when rail cars slammed into one of the bridge's pillars after the collision.

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by AP posted May 27 2013 7:52AM

VIDEO - It's a real mess in south-central Texas. Heavy rains have led to massive flooding. Fire officials say about 130 people have been rescued from their homes and cars in the San Antonio area. 

by AP posted May 27 2013 7:48AM

VIDEO - One of the only six surviving original 1976 "Apple 1" computers still in working order sold for the world record price of $671,400 at an auction on Saturday

by AP posted May 27 2013 7:47AM

VIDEO - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urged graduating West Point cadets to stamp out the scourge of harrassment and sexual assault in the military. He called the issue a "profound betrayal of sacred oaths and trusts".

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by AP posted May 24 2013 8:17AM

VIDEO - Bridge collapse survivor Dan Sligh described his entire ordeal while talking to reporters in Washington State. Sligh was driving on the I-5 Bridge over the Skagit River when a section of it collapsed, sending his vehicle into the water. 

by AP posted May 24 2013 8:07AM

VIDEO - The Jersey Shore is open for business, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Rides, stores and the Boardwalk itself have been rebuilt, after the destruction that Superstorm Sandy brought to the area last October.

by AP posted May 24 2013 8:06AM

VIDEO - Washington State officials say a truck apparently hit a part of a bridge, before a section of the bridge collapsed into the Skagit River. Three people were rescued. Officials are certain that everyone who went into the water is accounted for.

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by AP posted May 24 2013 7:57AM

VIDEO - The Interstate 5 Bridge over the Skagit River in Northwestern Washington State collapsed on Thursday evening, dumping vehicles and people into the river. State troopers are not certain if there were any injuries or deaths.

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by AP posted May 24 2013 7:54AM

VIDEO - Jurors have deadlocked on a verdict of life or death for Jodi Arias in the 2008 killing of her one-time boyfriend. The judge declared a mistrial in the penalty phase.

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People : Jodi Arias
by AP posted May 24 2013 7:52AM

VIDEO - The Boy Scouts of America threw open its ranks Thursday to gay Scouts but not gay Scout leaders, a move that LGBT activists are calling the "first step" to full inclusion of gays in scouting.

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Topics : Social Issues
by CBS posted May 24 2013 7:44AM

VIDEO - A fire broke out on a railroad trestle in Texas - firefighters decided to let it burn out. Norah O'Donnell reports.

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by AP posted May 24 2013 7:42AM

VIDEO - City officials from Moore, Oklahoma, showed reporters for the first time a close look at the destroyed Plaza Towers Elementary School, where seven students were killed in Monday's tornado.

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Topics : Education
Location : MooreOklahoma
by Associated Press posted May 23 2013 7:05PM
  WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is outlining a narrowing terror threat that still imperils the nation but is now defined by smaller networks and homegrown extremists rather than the grandiose plots of al-Qaida. 
     Speaking at the National Defense University today, Obama argued that changing threats require changes to the nation's counterterrorism policies. He implored Congress to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba and pledged to allow greater oversight of the drone program. But he plans to keep the most lethal efforts with the unmanned aircraft under the control of the CIA.
     Although the president is casting the drone program as crucial in the counterterror effort, he acknowledges targeted strikes are no "cure-all" and says he's deeply troubled by the civilians unintentionally killed.
     Obama announced new "presidential policy guidelines" on the standards his administration uses when deciding to launch drone strikes. According to an unclassified summary of the guidelines, the U.S. will not strike if a target can be captured, and a strike can be launched only against a target posing an "imminent" threat. 
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Topics : PoliticsWar_Conflict
Location : Washington
by AP posted May 23 2013 9:51AM

VIDEO - A 37-year-old Washington state man was arrested Wednesday in a case involving the discovery of a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin. Authorities say one of the letters was sent to a federal judge.

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Location : Washington
by AP posted May 23 2013 9:48AM

VIDEO - After storms like Sandy inundated coastal areas last year, forecasters have developed an experimental model to show potential areas of impact in a deadly "storm surge."

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by AP posted May 23 2013 9:38AM

VIDEO - Two Oklahoma teens were able to use their cell phones from inside a storm shelter to get video of a deadly tornado as it passed through

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by Breitbart posted May 23 2013 9:15AM

VIDEO - State Department Deputy Spokesman Patrick Ventrell announced on Monday that employees identified by the Accountability Review Board as responsible for the security failures that lead to the Benghazi attacks are receiving pay five months after being put on administrative leave. They are not, however, doing any work for the State Department. 

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Topics : LaborPolitics
People : Patrick Ventrell
by Breitbart posted May 23 2013 9:11AM

VIDEO - White House Spokesman Jay Carney became a little defensive when he was asked by CBS' Major Garrett if the recent scandals were "partisan fishing expeditions" on Tuesday. After Carney asserted that Benghazi, IRS targeting, and Department of Justice seizure of AP records all had partisan elements, Carney was asked if the HHS Secretary fundraising for Obama (which is in a gray area of the law, at best) was a "partisan fishing expedition." "We could go down the list," Carney responded. "We could say, 'What about the President's birth certificate?'" "I'm not asking that," Garrett shot back. 

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Topics : Human Interest
People : GarrettJay Carney
by Associated Press posted May 22 2013 6:31PM
 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Officials say a Chechen immigrant who was being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was shot to death after a violent confrontation with an FBI agent.
     Three law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said earlier Wednesday that Ibragim Todashev lunged at the FBI agent with a knife before he was shot. However, two of those officials said later Wednesday it was no longer clear whether Todashev lunged at the agent with a knife. The third had not received any new information since earlier in the day.
     The FBI has publicly characterized the incident as a violent confrontation, providing no other details of what happened inside a townhouse in Orlando, Fla., before Todashev was shot.
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Location : BostonFloridaOrlando
by Associated Press posted May 22 2013 6:29PM
  HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The WikiLeaks organization and a handful of journalists are asking a federal judge in Baltimore to order greater transparency in the court-martial of an Army private who has acknowledged sending reams of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website.
     The Center for Constitutional Rights, representing WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court. It seeks an order requiring timely public access to documents in the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning.
     Manning's 3-year-old espionage case is headed for trial next month. Many records of the pretrial proceedings remain secret because the military contends the First Amendment doesn't require it to provide prompt public access to court-martial documents.
     The military's highest court rejected the transparency case in April and suggested it belonged in civilian court.
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Location : BaltimoreHagerstownMaryland
by Associated Press posted May 21 2013 6:27PM
  PHOENIX (AP) - A jury has been sent to begin deliberating Jodi Arias' fate, deciding whether she should be sentenced to life in prison or execution. 
     Arias spoke to jurors Tuesday in the penalty phase of her murder trial, asking them to spare her life. She says she'd use her time in prison to bring about positive changes, including helping recycle trash and raising money for domestic abuse victims. 
     The same jury earlier this month convicted the former waitress of first-degree murder in the 2008 killing of her one-time lover.
     Arias said Tuesday she "lacked perspective" when she told a local reporter in a post-conviction interview that she preferred execution to spending the rest of her days in jail. 
     Her lawyers have said Arias is the only witness they'll call to testify on her behalf. 
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Location : Phoenix
People : Jodi Arias
by Associated Press posted May 21 2013 6:27PM
  OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Hospital officials say they've treated hundreds of patients, including dozens of children, since a tornado hit an Oklahoma City suburb.
     About 60 patients remained hospitalized following Monday's tornado, though some were expected to be released Tuesday.
     Norman Regional Hospital spokeswoman Melissa Herron says 20 of the more than 100 patients her hospital treated remained hospitalized.
     Spokeswoman Brooke Cayot (KAY'-ot) says about 20 of the 90 patients seen at Integris Southwest Medical Center also remained at the hospital.
     OU Medical Center spokesman Scott Coppenbarger says his hospital has treated 93 people, including 59 children, since a round of storms Sunday. Twenty patients remained hospitalized Tuesday.
     St. Anthony Hospital spokeswoman Sandra Payne says her hospital and affiliated facilities have seen 36 patients, including 14 children. All patients were being released or transferred.
by AP posted May 21 2013 7:23AM

VIDEO -      MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Rescue crews are working through the night after a monstrous tornado barreled through the Oklahoma City suburbs, demolishing an elementary school and reducing homes to piles of splintered wood.
     Officials say at least 51 people were killed in Monday's twister, including at least 20 children. Those numbers were expected to climb.
     The center of the devastation is in Moore, a community of 41,000 people 10 miles south of Oklahoma City.
     More than 120 people were being treated at hospitals, including about 50 children. Amy Elliott, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office, said Tuesday that there could be as many as 40 more fatalities from Monday's tornado. 
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Location : OklahomaOklahoma City
People : Amy Elliott
by AP posted May 21 2013 7:10AM

VIDEO - Massive funnel clouds were videotaped in Oklahoma on Monday. One massive tornado struck Moore, near Oklahoma City, killing dozens.

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Location : OklahomaOklahoma City
by AP posted May 21 2013 7:08AM

VIDEO - A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbsMonday. In the city of Moore, emergency responders and bystanders worked together to rescue those trapped by debris.

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by AP posted May 21 2013 7:07AM

VIDEO - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says "hearts are broken" for parents who are wondering about the fate of their children after the tornado that devastated suburban Oklahoma City.

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Topics : EducationEnvironment
Location : OklahomaOklahoma City
People : Mary Fallin
by AP posted May 21 2013 5:53AM

VIDEO - Several children have been pulled out of the rubble alive at a school in an Oklahoma City suburb. Rescue workers lifted children from the rubble before they were taken to a triage center set up at Plaza Towers Elementary School.

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Location : OklahomaOklahoma City
by AP posted May 21 2013 5:51AM

VIDEO - A monstrous tornado as much as a mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbsMonday, flattening entire neighborhoods in Moore, Okla., setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.
by AP posted May 21 2013 5:21AM

VIDEO - Television footage shows flattened buildings and at least one fire after a mile-wide tornado tore through the Oklahoma City area. Video shows homes and buildings in Moore, Okla. reduced to rubble and vehicles littered roadways.

by AP posted May 21 2013 5:18AM

VIDEO - The day after tornadoes killed two people in Oklahoma, a new tornado was spotted on the ground in Newcastle.

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by Associated Press posted May 20 2013 5:48PM
  MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Authorities say an elementary school in an Oklahoma City suburb took a direct hit from a mile-wide tornado.
     Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department says there is no word of injuries from the elementary school. Knight says the school suffered "extensive damage" on Monday afternoon.
     Neighborhoods in Moore, Okla., are flattened and buildings are on fire. Television footage on Monday afternoon showed homes and buildings that had been reduced to rubble in the city south of Oklahoma City. Footage also showed vehicles littering roadways south and southwest of Oklahoma City.
     There were no immediate reports of injuries.
     The suburb of Moore was hit hard by a tornado in 1999. The storm had the highest winds ever recorded near the earth's surface.
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Location : MooreOklahomaOklahoma City
People : Gary Knight
by Associated Press posted May 20 2013 5:47PM
  MOORE, Okla. (AP) - A mix of volunteers and first responders are combing through debris in an Oklahoma City suburb looking for survivors.
     The city of Moore, Okla., was hit by a mile-wide tornado on Monday afternoon.
     People wearing neon-green vests were joined by residents in the search through rubble. Neighborhoods are flattened and homes blown apart.
     Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department says an elementary school took a direct hit from the mile-wide tornado, but did not say which school was hit.
     There were no immediate reports of injuries. 
     Shards of wood and pieces of insulation were strewn everywhere. Television footage also showed first responders picking through rubble and twisted metal.
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People : Gary Knight
by AP posted May 20 2013 11:25AM

VIDEO  - Amateur video captured the raw power of funnel clouds on Sunday in central Oklahoma. Several tornadoes struck parts of the nation's midsection Sunday, concentrating damage in central Oklahoma and Wichita, Kansas.

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by Breitbart posted May 20 2013 10:41AM

VIDEO - When asked on Friday to give details on an upcoming peace summit, State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki awkwardly tried to dodge announcing the location of the international meeting. Psaki was informed by members of the press that President Obama and Secretary John Kerry had both announced or suggested the conference would be held in Geneva. After multiple attempts to omit a location, Psaki declared "I'll stop being too cute about this" and said that a formal announcement will come from the United Nations.

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Location : Geneva
People : Jen PsakiJohn KerryObama
by CBS posted May 20 2013 10:39AM

VIDEO - A Publix grocery store in Florida sold the ticket for the biggest single payout in U.S. lottery history. This will be the sixth Powerball winner from the Sunshine State, which is more than any other. Ashley Potter reports.

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Location : Florida
People : Ashley Potter
by AP posted May 20 2013 10:33AM

VIDEO - Tornadoes and severe weather struck the states from Texas to Minnesota on Sunday. The worst damage reported is in Oklahoma, where one person was killed and at least 21 injured. 

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Location : MidwestMinnesotaOklahomaTexas
by AP posted May 20 2013 10:31AM

VIDEO - Thirty years after massive toxic contamination was discovered at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Marines and their families want help and answers. A federal health report is due this spring, but some answers may already lie in 'Babyland.'

by AP posted May 20 2013 10:29AM

VIDEO - A powerful storm system rumbled through the Plains and upper Midwest on Sunday, spawning tornadoes that damaged homes and buildings in Edmond, Arcadia, north of Wellston and west of Shawnee. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

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by AP posted May 20 2013 10:27AM

VIDEO - The president and CEO of The Associated Press says the government's seizure of AP phone records was 'unconstitutional' and has already had a chilling effect on newsgathering.

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by AP posted May 20 2013 10:26AM

VIDEO - President Barack Obama told graduates of Morehouse College Sunday to take the power of their example _ as black men graduating from college _ and use it to improve people's lives. 

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by Associated Press posted May 17 2013 3:34PM
 BALTIMORE (AP) - President Barack Obama says Washington lawmakers should spend every single day focused on the economy and helping people get back to work.
     Obama cited several signs of positive growth in the economy. But he said there's still more work to do and, in his words, "our focus cannot drift." 
     Obama commented during a visit to a Baltimore company that makes digging and pumping equipment for the mining industry. The visit is part of a new effort by the president to focus on his ideas for growing the middle class. 
     The trip also came at the end of a week that found Obama consumed by a trio of political controversies, including the targeting of conservative political groups by the Internal Revenue Service.
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Location : BaltimoreWashington
People : Barack Obama
by Associated Press posted May 17 2013 3:33PM
 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Military officials say a Humvee carrying six Navy SEALs and two other sailors overturned during a training exercise at Fort Knox in Kentucky, killing one of the SEALs and injuring the others on board.
     Lt. David Lloyd, a spokesman for the Naval Special Warfare Group Two in Virginia Beach, Va., says the Humvee was part of a convoy on the post when it overturned Wednesday night. What caused it to flip remains under investigation.
     The Navy says the SEAL who died was Special Warfare Operator Third Class Jonathan H. Kaloust, who was based in Virginia. He was from Massapequa, N.Y.
     Lloyd says the seven survivors were treated for minor injuries and released from a hospital.
     The sailors had been conducting tactical training, but Lloyd would not release further details about the exercise because it was considered sensitive.
by AP posted May 17 2013 10:25AM

VIDEO - Biofuel researchers at UC Berkeley may keep the tobacco industry from going up in smoke. Scientists are engineering tobacco plants to produce oils that can serve as biofuels to power airplanes, cars, trucks and other machines

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by AP posted May 17 2013 10:23AM

Federal authorities in Idaho said Thursday they have arrested an Uzbekistan national accused of conspiring with a designated terrorist organization in his home country and helping scheme to use a weapon of mass destruction.

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by Breitbart posted May 17 2013 10:12AM

VIDEO - President Obama was asked during a press conference on Thursday to "assure the American people that nobody in the White House knew about the IRS' actions before the Counsel’s Office found out on April 22nd. The President responded by saying, "I can assure you that I certainly did not know anything about the IG report before the IG report had been leaked through the press." The President went on to say that what he learned from the Inspector General's report was "unacceptable."

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by Associated Press posted May 16 2013 6:46PM
 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Powerball jackpot has jumped to $550 million, a major climb less than a day after the latest drawing produced no winning ticket.
     The announcement Thursday by the Multi-State Lottery Association means ticket sales have soared as the frenzy grows for a chance to win the big prize. 
     Mary Neubauer, spokeswoman for the Iowa Lottery, says the latest jackpot number has the potential to break the record for largest jump between drawings. That still belongs to a Powerball jackpot in November 2012, when the jackpot jumped $260 million to reach the all-time Powerball jackpot record of $587.5 million.
     The latest jackpot has climbed nearly $200 million since Wednesday's drawing, which was an estimated $360 million.
     The new jackpot has a $350.1 million cash option. The next drawing is scheduled for Saturday.
by AP posted May 16 2013 10:37AM

     GRANBURY, Texas (AP) - Officials awaited daybreak to fully assess the scope of the destruction left in the wake of a deadly tornado in Granbury.
     Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said he hoped the death toll from the tornado would hold at six, with about 50 people injured and 250 people left homeless.
     The twister was part of a swarm of tornadoes unleashed on North Texas, devastating two neighborhoods in southern Granbury and a neighborhood in nearby Cleburne.

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People : Roger Deeds
by AP posted May 16 2013 10:30AM

VIDEO - Music therapy using soft sounds and gentle rhythms may help preemies relax, grow and even go home from the hospital sooner. Music can even bond parents and their frail newborns during those difficult days in intensive care.

by AP posted May 16 2013 10:28AM

VIDEO - At least six people were killed Wednesday as a spring tornado outbreak devastated parts of North Texas, destroying or damaging dozens of homes and injuring dozens of people.

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Location : North Texas
by AP posted May 16 2013 10:25AM

VIDEO - President Barack Obama says the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Steven Miller, has submitted his resignation in the aftermath of an investigation that found the agency improperly targeted conservative groups.

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by AP posted May 16 2013 10:20AM

VIDEO - ttorney General Eric Holder sparred with Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican, at a hearing Wednesday. Holder said Issa's actions were, "unacceptable and shameful." 

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Topics : Politics
Location : California
by Breitbart posted May 16 2013 10:17AM

VIDEO - During the White House daily press briefing on Wednesday, a reporter challeneged Spokesman Jay Carney on the President's ability to sell the American people on trusting government. The reporter brought up that President Obama has in the past mocked those who have a distrust for the government and has repeatedly said "the government is us." The reporter asked that, "given the range of government, at least questionable if not bad behavior we're looking at ... how does the President say with a straight face, 'You Americans should trust your government?'" Carney replied by saying that the President can "only say" that "if" wrongdoing is discovered "it needs to be corrected and people need to be held accountable."

by Associated Press posted May 15 2013 5:50PM
  MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters say the first tropical storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season has formed off the coast of Mexico.
     The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Tropical Storm Alvin formed Wednesday. It had maximum sustained winds of about 40 mph (64 kph) and was moving west at 13 mph (21 kph). It was centered about 665 miles (1070 km) southwest of Acapulco, Mexico.
     Alvin could become a hurricane in several days. It isn't currently a threat to land.
     The eastern and north Pacific season began Wednesday and runs through Nov. 30.
     The National Hurricane Center says there is typically an average of 15 named storms each season, with four of those considered major hurricanes reaching at least Category 3 strength with top sustained winds of 111 mph (179 kph).
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Location : AcapulcoMiami
by WPMT- Harrisburg posted May 15 2013 9:52AM

VIDEO - The national Transportation Safety Board is recommending the lowering of the blood alcohol level from 0.08 to 0.05. So should we lower alcohol limits for drivers?

by AP posted May 15 2013 9:42AM

VIDEO - A Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies born alive at his rogue clinic dodged a possible death sentence Tuesday in a hasty post-verdict deal with prosecutors. 

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by AP posted May 15 2013 9:33AM

VIDEO - Attorney General Eric Holder defended the Justice Department's secret review of AP phone records, saying it was part of a probe into a "very serious" national security leak. Meanwhile, the White House sought to distance itself from the matter.

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Topics : Law_CrimePolitics
People : Eric Holder
by AP posted May 15 2013 9:29AM

VIDEO - Prince Harry toured two storm-battered towns in New Jersey before visiting New York City to talk business and sports.

by AP posted May 15 2013 9:21AM

VIDEO - Suddenly, President Obama is on the defensive over the Benghazi attack, the IRS Tea Party scandal, and a Justice Department probe of AP phone records. Is this what historians have come to call "the second-term curse"?

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Topics : Politics
People : Obama Hit
by AP posted May 15 2013 7:40AM

VIDEO - A GoPro camera mounted on the spire captured the moment it was permanently installed atop One World Trade Center on Friday, bringing the New York City structure to its symbolic height of 1,776 feet.

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Location : New York City
by AP posted May 15 2013 7:26AM

VIDEO - Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department decided to subpoena phone records of AP citing one of the "most serious leaks" he's ever encountered. Holder says he removed himself from the decision to subpoena the records.

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People : Eric Holder
by AP posted May 15 2013 7:26AM

VIDEO - Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department decided to subpoena phone records of AP citing one of the "most serious leaks" he's ever encountered. Holder says he removed himself from the decision to subpoena the records.

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People : Eric Holder
by AP posted May 15 2013 7:24AM

VIDEO - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the president had "no knowledge" of a Department of Justice probe into AP phone records, but says Obama also believes "classified information needs to remain classified."

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Topics : Politics
People : Jay Carney
by AP posted May 14 2013 11:39AM
     NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. airlines collected more than $6 billion in baggage and reservation change fees from passengers last year - the highest amount since the fees became common five years ago.
     These fees - along with charges for boarding early or picking prime seats - have helped return the industry to profitability.
     Airlines started charging for a first checked suitcase in 2008 and the fees have climbed since. Airlines typically charge $25 each way for the first checked bag, $35 for the second bag and then various extra amounts for overweight or oversized bags.
     The nation's 15 largest carriers collected a combined $3.5 billion in bag fees in 2012, up 3.8 percent from 2011, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Reservation change fees totaled $2.6 billion, up 7.3 percent.
by AP posted May 14 2013 10:47AM

VIDEO - Not so green: Obama administration allows wind-energy plants to kill eagles despite federal law 

by AP posted May 14 2013 10:46AM

VIDEO - Women with breast cancer now have more surgical options to treat their disease and save more of their breast. New techniques are faster, gentler and less disfiguring.

by AP posted May 14 2013 10:37AM

VIDEO - The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press. The news cooperative filed a letter of protest on Mondaycalling the broad search of records "unprecedented."

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by AP posted May 14 2013 10:36AM

VIDEO  - Fire tore through a family's eastern Pennsylvania home on Mother's Day, authorities said, killing four young children, their father and another relative while their mother was across the street doing laundry at a friend's house.

by AP posted May 14 2013 10:34AM

VIDEO - President Barak Obama joined a growing chorus of lawmakers demanding answers into the IRS' admission it targeted conservative political groups. The full inspector general's report from the Treasury Department is due out this week.

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Topics : PoliticsSocial Issues
People : Barak Obama
by CBS posted May 14 2013 10:23AM

VIDEO - Wounded Boston transit officer Richard Donohue says he didn't know right away that he was pursuing the marathon suspects -- until they started throwing explosives. 

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Location : Boston
People : Richard Donohue
by AP posted May 14 2013 10:16AM

VIDEO - A Philadelphia doctor accused of performing illegal, late-term abortions in a filthy clinic has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies born alive but acquitted in the death of a fourth baby.

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by AP posted May 14 2013 10:15AM

VIDEO - A Texas science teacher with pancreatic cancer is using her fight against a seemingly impossible foe to help inspire her students and colleagues.

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Location : Texas
by Associated Press posted May 13 2013 4:43PM
 CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) - A Marine officer in charge of snipers shown in a 2011 video urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters Afghanistan will be court-martialed.
     The U.S. Marine Corps announced Monday that Capt. James V. Clement will be tried for dereliction of duty, conduct unbecoming an officer and failure to stop misconduct by those under his command. The charges were referred for trial following an evidentiary hearing held last month at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
     A date for the upcoming court-martial has not been set. Two Marine sergeants have already been convicted in the case with another enlisted soldier still awaiting trial.
     Defense lawyer John Dowd says Clement is being scapegoated a result of political correctness and hysteria. Video of the incident posted on YouTube caused widespread outrage among Afghans.
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VIDEO - Video captured by a neighbor's cell phone shows the dramatic rescue of the Cleveland kidnap victims. Terrell Brown reports.

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by AP posted May 13 2013 7:43AM

Gunmen opened fire on dozens of people marching in a Mother's Day second-line parade in New Orleans on Sunday, wounding at least 17 people, police said.

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by AP posted May 13 2013 7:39AM

VIDEO - The bodies of a woman and a 13-year-old boy were found after a 37-hour long standoff at a home, and a suspect was killed as officers rescued three children who had been held captive, authorities said Sunday.

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by CBS posted May 10 2013 8:19AM

Federal prosecutors charged a gang of cyber thieves with robbing banks around the world of $45 million. John Miller reports on how it was all coordinated by a global operation that has found a new way to steal cash in staggering amounts.
by AP posted May 10 2013 8:11AM

A convicted felon is under arrest, in the deaths of three people found on a farm in Eastern Kansas this week. An 18-month old girl is missing, and authorities say they have reason to believe she is also a homicide victim.

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by AP posted May 10 2013 8:08AM

Prosecutors said Thursday they may seek the death penalty against Ariel Castro. Castro's former daughter-in-law, Monica Stephens, who asked that her face not be shown, says that her former husband said Castro had an extremely violent nature.

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by AP posted May 10 2013 7:44AM

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's transportation secretary says Interstate 81 and another road around the state capital will be closed for a few days after a tanker truck loaded with diesel fuel overturned and exploded.

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by Associated Press posted May 9 2013 5:22PM
 CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio prosecutor says he may seek the death penalty against the man accused of imprisoning three women at his home for about a decade for forcing them to suffer miscarriages.
     Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty says Ohio law calls for the death penalty for the "most depraved criminals who commit aggravated murder during the course of a kidnapping." He says aggravated murder charges could be filed related to pregnancies terminated by force.
     Ariel Castro is being held on $8 million bail. The 52-year-old former school bus driver was under a suicide watch in jail, where he was being held on kidnapping and rape charges.
     Authorities say he held three women inside his home for about a decade.
     McGinty suggests the charges could number in the hundreds, if not thousands.
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by Associated Press posted May 9 2013 5:21PM
   WASHINGTON (AP) - The bipartisan group of senators supporting a plan to overhaul immigration laws has been sticking together today, amid a critical series of early test votes.
     The coalition turned back challenges from conservative critics as the Senate Judiciary Committee worked to refine the legislation. It would secure the nation's borders and offer eventual citizenship to millions who are currently living illegally in the United States.
     The panel today rejected three efforts by opponents of the bill to toughen the improvements that must be made to border security before unauthorized immigrants can apply for legal status.
     Republicans Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake -- part of the bipartisan group that helped draft the measure -- joined all 10 Democrats on the panel in blocking each of the changes.
     If the political alignment remains intact, the committee is expected to approve the measure within two weeks. That would clear the way for a showdown on the Senate floor in June.
     President Barack Obama has made the bill a top priority in the opening months of his second term.
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by AP posted May 9 2013 8:16AM

There were no major injuries when a small helicopter crashed on a busy street in downtown Honolulu. The chopper damaged a parked car.

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by Apple Wang posted May 9 2013 8:11AM

The cruise ship Carnival Triumph left the port of Mobile, Alabama for more repairs in the Bahamas. The Triumph lost power and and spent days drifting through the Gulf of Mexico in February.

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by AP posted May 9 2013 8:07AM

Newly released police dispatch calls from Cleveland reveal the moments that officers entered a house and found Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight alive, after receiving Amanda Berry's 911 call. Officers said 'This might be for real,' 'We found 'em!'

by AP posted May 9 2013 8:06AM

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says there was enough information about Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev for the FBI to reopen an investigation into his activities.

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by AP posted May 9 2013 7:53AM

Around 100 neighbors and a pack of journalists were outside Amanda Berry's house as she returned home after a decade in captivity.

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by AP posted May 9 2013 7:52AM

After four months, verdict day at the Jodi Arias trial brought a crowd to the courthouse to find out the jury's decision. Dozens of people lined up daily to try to get a seat in the courtroom, and others stood or sat outside.

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by AP posted May 9 2013 7:50AM

Wednesday, friends and family remembered Ricardo Portillo at a wake followed by a religious ceremony

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by AP posted May 9 2013 7:49AM

Kidnapping and rape charges were filed Wednesday against a man arrested after three women missing for about a decade were found alive at his home. Ariel Castro was charged while his brothers were held but faced no immediate charges

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by Associated Press posted May 8 2013 6:30PM
  CLEVELAND (AP) - A Cleveland man arrested after three women missing for a decade were found alive at his run-down home was charged Wednesday with kidnapping and raping them. Prosecutors brought no charges against his brothers, saying there was no evidence they had any part in the crime.
     Ariel Castro, 52, was charged with four counts of kidnapping - covering all three captives and the daughter born to one of them while she was held - and three counts of rape against the three women.
     The former school bus driver owns the peeling home where the women were rescued on Monday, after one of them broke through a screen door while Castro apparently was away.
     At a news conference, authorities gave few details on the women's ordeal. But police said earlier in the day that they were apparently bound with ropes and chains, and a city councilman briefed on the case, Brian Cummins, said that they were subjected to prolonged sexual and psychological abuse and suffered miscarriages.
     "We know that the victims have confirmed miscarriages, but with who, how many and what conditions we don't know," Cummins said. He added: "It sounds pretty gruesome."
     Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba said the women could remember being outside only twice during their entire time in captivity. "We were told they left the house and went into the garage in disguise," he said.
     And their first opportunity to escape didn't come until Monday, he said. The women were not kept in the same room, but knew they were not alone, he said. 
     He also said a paternity test on Castro was being done to establish who fathered the now 6-year-old child of captive Amanda Berry.
     Castro was in custody and couldn't be reached for comment. A brother-in-law has said the family was "shocked" after hearing about the women at the home.
     Castro's brothers, Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50, were also arrested after the women were rescued, but there was no evidence they had any part in the crime, Cleveland Prosecutor Victor Perez said.
     Earlier in the day, Berry and former captive Gina DeJesus were welcomed home by jubilant crowds of loved ones and neighbors with balloons and banners Wednesday. Family members protectively took them inside, past hundreds of reporters and onlookers. 
     Neither woman spoke, and their families pleaded for patience and time alone.
     "Give us time and privacy to heal," said Sandra Ruiz, DeJesus' aunt. Ruiz thanked police for rescuing the women and urged the public not to retaliate against the suspects or their families.
     The third captive, Michelle Knight, 32, was reported in good condition at Metro Health Medical Center, which a day earlier had reported that all three victims had been released. There was no immediate explanation from the hospital.
     The Associated Press does not usually identify people who may be victims of sexual assault, but the names of the women were widely circulated by their families, friends and law enforcement authorities for years during their disappearance.
     In a development that astonished and exhilarated much of Cleveland, the three women were rescued after Berry, 27, broke through a screen door at the Castro house and told a 911 dispatcher: "Help me. I'm Amanda Berry. I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now."
     Law enforcement officials left many questions unanswered, including how the women were taken captive.
     Neighbors said that Ariel Castro took part in the search for one of the missing women, helped pass out fliers, performed music at a fundraiser for her and attended a candlelight vigil, where her comforted her mother. As recently as 2005, Castro was accused of repeated acts of violence against his children's mother.
     On NBC's "Today" show, Police Chief Michael McGrath said he was "absolutely" sure police did everything they could to find the women over the years. He disputed claims by neighbors that officers had been called to the house before for suspicious circumstances.
     "We have no record of those calls coming in over the past 10 years," McGrath said. On Tuesday, some neighbors said that they had told police years ago about hearing pounding on the doors of the home and seeing a naked woman crawling in the yard.
     DeJesus, who disappeared in 2004 and is in her early 20s, arrived home in the afternoon Wednesday to chants of "Gina! Gina!" Wearing a bright yellow hooded sweatshirt, she was led through the crowd and into the house by a woman who put her arm around the young woman's shoulders and held her tight.
     Her father pumped his fist after arriving home with his daughter, and he urged people across the country to watch over the children in their neighborhoods - including other people's kids.
     "Too many kids these days come up missing, and we always ask this question: How come I didn't see what happened to that kid? Why? Because we chose not to," he said
     Berry arrived at her sister's home, which was similarly festooned with dozens of colorful balloons and signs, one reading "We Never Lost Hope Mandy." Hundreds cheered wildly but weren't able to get a glimpse of Berry as she went in through the back.
     A 2005 domestic-violence filing in Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court accused Ariel Castro of twice breaking the nose of his children's mother, knocking out a tooth, dislocating each shoulder and threatening to kill her and her daughters three or four times in a year.
     The filing for a protective order by Grimilda Figueroa also said that Castro frequently abducted her daughters and kept them from her.
     In 1993, Castro was arrested on a domestic-violence charge and spent three days in jail before he was released on bail. A grand jury did not return an indictment against him, according to court documents, which don't detail the allegations. It was unclear who brought the charge.
     Police said Castro was also questioned about the 2007 disappearance of 14-year-old Ashley Summers, who vanished near the Castro house. But Tomba said there was no new information linking that case to Castro.
     "We're hoping for our miracle, too," said Ashley's aunt, Debra Summers.
by AP posted May 8 2013 10:04AM

Three Cleveland men could go to court on Wednesday. The three brothers are under arrest, in connection with the alleged kidnapping of three women who it is believed were held hostage for a decade.

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by AP posted May 8 2013 9:55AM

America's Most Wanted Host John Walsh and kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard spokeTuesday at National Center for Missing and Exploited Children awards dinner. Both discussed the three women who were found alive in Cleveland on Monday.

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by AP posted May 8 2013 9:53AM

Treat or monitor? It's a difficult decision prostate cancer patients and doctors must make based on how aggressive they think a tumor might be. But new genetic tests could lessen the guessing game and spare some men the side effects of treatment.

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by AP posted May 8 2013 7:51AM

The discovery of three women in a Cleveland home who all had gone missing separately about a decade ago brings to mind cases of abductions elsewhere. Elizabeth Smart says she is elated by the women's rescue.

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by AP posted May 8 2013 7:49AM

Gov. Chris Christie secretly underwent gastric band surgery in February to try to lose weight. He says the procedure is an intensely personal issue that is nobody's business but his.

by AP posted May 7 2013 11:40AM

Cleveland resident Charles Ramsey thought he was witnessing a domestic dispute when he heard a woman screaming, trying to get out of a house. He was shocked to find that three women were allegedly held hostage near his home for years

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by AP posted May 7 2013 11:33AM

Three women who went missing separately about a decade ago have been found alive in Cleveland. Three men are now under arrest.

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by AP posted May 7 2013 11:31AM

Three women who went missing about a decade ago were found alive Monday in a residential area just south of downtown, and a man was arrested.

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by AP posted May 7 2013 11:29AM

Two women who went missing as teenagers about a decade ago were found alive Monday in a residential area just south of downtown, within a few miles of where they disappeared.

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by AP posted May 7 2013 10:36AM

The driver of a limousine that burst into flames on a San Francisco Bay bridge, killing five women inside, said it happened so fast, he couldn't help everyone get out. Authorities are investigating, and said the vehicle had too many passengers.

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by AP posted May 7 2013 10:31AM

Amateur video captured the limousine that burst into flames on the San Mateo-Hayward bridge Saturday night, killing five women. The driver and four other passengers survived. Monday, authorities said the vehicle had too many passengers.
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by Associated Press posted May 6 2013 6:21PM
   SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah prosecutor says he plans to decide within a day or two what charges to file against a teenager whom police say punched a soccer referee who later died after slipping into a coma. 
     Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says he and his team are reviewing the evidence and state statutes to determine appropriate charges. Gill says there are strict rules to follow because the suspect is a juvenile. 
     Police say the 17-year-old, whose name hasn't been released, struck the 46-year-old Ricardo Portillo in the side of the head during a recreational soccer league match after the referee called a penalty. 
     Portillo died Saturday after a week in a coma.
     The teen is in juvenile detention on suspicion of aggravated assault. He may face more severe charges. 
     THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
     The oldest daughter of the Utah soccer referee who died Saturday a week after a teenage player punched him in the head hopes to forgive the young man who did it  - but not yet. 
     "I will, but not today; it's too soon," said Johana Portillo, 26, speaking Sunday night at a vigil to honor her father, Ricardo Portillo. "He was a father, he was a friend, he was a grandfather; he left a whole family behind. They should think before they do something stupid."
     Police have accused a 17-year-old player in a recreational soccer league of punching Ricardo Portillo, 46, after he called a foul on him and issued him a yellow card. 
     Portillo died Saturday night after a week in a coma. 
     Nearly 100 family and friends gathered at a candlelight vigil Sunday night on the front lawn of the Salt Lake City home of Ricardo Portillo. Wearing white shirts and holding signs that read, "In loving memory of Ricky," family and friends stood around a table that had a picture of Portillo raising his arms in victory, with flowers and candles surrounding it.
     The suspect, whose name is withheld because he's a minor, has been booked into juvenile detention on suspicion of aggravated assault. Authorities will consider additional charges since Portillo has passed away. An autopsy is planned. No cause of death was released.
     Johana Portillo said Sunday she doesn't care what punishment the teenager gets - saying nothing will bring her father back. 
     "When he did that, he took a part of me with him," she said, crying. "He took my daddy away from me."
     She added: "I feel sorry for him. I feel for his family. But if he was old enough to do what he did, then he's responsible to pay for it." 
     Pedro Lopez, his brother-in-law and a fellow soccer referee, said the teenager made a mistake and isn't solely to blame. He said he's been involved in soccer his entire life, playing and refereeing, and seen a troubling trend emerge. 
     "It's not the ignorance of the child, it's the poor manners of the parents," said Lopez in Spanish, who played soccer professionally. "The yells and insults from the sideline from the parents make kids more violent." 
     Lopez, Johana Portillo and youth soccer coach James Yapias called on athletes around the world to hold their tempers in check so another family doesn't have to suffer - and to bring something positive from Ricardo Portillo's death. 
     Yapias, a longtime friend of Ricardo Portillo coach in the same league, said coaches and parents need to do a better job teaching children about sportsmanship and being non-violent. He also called for more police presence at games. Portillo's death is a reminder that life can change in a second, he said. 
     "We all love this sport," Yapias said. "But we all need to respect the rules." 
     Johana Portillo said she hopes her father's death leads to more security at sporting events and better self-control from players. She said her father had been attacked by players twice before in his eight years refereeing soccer matches - even having his ribs and legs broken. 
     Lopez said players need to respect referees and remember it's a sport meant to relieve stress - not cause pain. 
     "Remember that we are human beings, and we make mistakes," Lopez said in Spanish. "Don't take justice into your own hands." 
     The former professional soccer player said he plans to continue working as a referee. He said leaving it behind would be abandoning his passion. He said he'll do so remembering Ricardo Portillo. 
     Ricardo Portillo's daughters had begged him to stop refereeing in a soccer league because of the growing risk of violence from angry players. But, like Lopez, Portillo told his daughters he couldn't quit.
     "It was his passion," she said. "We could not tell him no."
     Now his three daughters are faced with planning his funeral after he succumbed to injuries late Saturday that had put him in a coma for a week since teenager goalie punched him in the head.
     Accounts from a police report, Portillo's daughter and others offer further detail what occurred.
     The teenager was playing goalie during a game at Eisenhower Junior High School in Taylorsville when Portillo issued him a yellow card for pushing an opposing forward trying to score. In soccer, a yellow card is given as a warning to a player for an egregious violation of the rules. Two yellow cards lead to a red card and expulsion from the game.
     The teenager, quite a bit heavier than Portillo, began arguing with the referee, then punched him in the face. Portillo seemed fine at first, then asked to be held because he felt dizzy. He sat down and started vomiting blood, triggering his friend to call an ambulance.
     When police arrived around noon, the teenager was gone and Portillo was laying on the ground in the fetal position. Through translators, Portillo told emergency workers that his face and back hurt and he felt nauseous. He had no visible injuries and remained conscious. He was considered to be in fair condition when they took him to the Intermountain Medical Center.
     But when Portillo arrived to the hospital, he slipped into a coma with swelling in his brain. Johana Portillo called detectives to let them know his condition had worsened.
     That's when detectives intensified their search for the goalie. By Saturday evening, the teenager's father agreed to bring him down to speak with police.
     Johana Portillo said she last spoke to him that night before he fell into a coma. She grabbed his hand and told him he was going to be all right. He held her hand tightly and said, "no." Within seconds, doctors ushered her out of the room and he lost consciousness. 
     She said Sunday night, with tears streaming down her face, that her father will always be in her heart. 
     "It's going to be very difficult," she said. "But I know he's going to help us from heaven." 
by Associated Press posted May 6 2013 6:14PM
 BOSTON (AP) - A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has been released from federal custody while he awaits trial for allegedly lying to federal investigators probing the April 15 bombings. 
     Robel Phillipos was charged last week and faces up to eight years in prison if convicted. The 19-year-old was a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with Tsarnaev.
     Prosecutors initially asked that Phillipos be held while he awaits trial, arguing that he poses a serious flight risk.
     But prosecutors and Phillipos' lawyers said Monday in a joint motion they now agree that Phillipos can be released under strict conditions, including home confinement, monitoring with an electronic bracelet and a $100,000 secured bond.
     Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler agreed to the request during a hearing Monday afternoon.
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by Associated Press posted May 6 2013 6:13PM
 WASHINGTON (AP) - Goodbye, No. 2 pencils. Hello, iPads.
     Starting as early as spring 2015, the ACT college admissions exam will go digital, reflecting students' tech savvy and the demand for quicker results. The tests will still have the familiar multiple-choice options for college hopefuls but they will also expand to include interactive portions, such as a simulated science lab for students to conduct experiments or space for students to explain concepts in their own words.
     "The days of paper-and-pencil admission testing are changing," Jon Erickson, president of ACT's education division, said during an interview ahead of the company's announcement this week that it would shift to iPads, laptops and desktop computers and away from the familiar optical scan bubble sheets.
     "We're attempting to meet students where they are today," he said.
     Several states already use computers for statewide tests, and Iowa-based ACT works with 22 of them, from Alaska to Florida. But testing in Kentucky was suspended last week after ACT officials discovered glitches.
     Problems with other vendors forced Indiana, Minnesota and Oklahoma to delay their high-stakes testing.
     In part, that is why ACT is not rushing to start online offerings for the tests, which help determine, in part, if applicants get into their chosen schools and what scholarships they receive.
     ACT officials stress that the traditional, 215-question fill-in-the-bubble tests still would be available for those who prefer the paper-and-No. 2 pencil option.
     "Access and comfort level of students will continue to be on the top of our mind," Erickson said. "We don't want to measure a student's computer skills or fears. The most important part will be measuring their learning in school and college readiness standards."
     The new testing format - still two years away and optional even then - comes as 45 states and the District of Columbia align their classrooms with Common Core standards, which stress students' reasoning skills over rote memorization. The ACT, which is designed to test students' high school learning, naturally follows the shift in classroom instruction.
     "Hopefully, this will be more relevant than just sitting down and taking a fill-in-the-bubble test," Erickson said.
     The tests will still have the familiar sections to measure students' English, math, reading and science understanding, as well as the optional writing section that some colleges require.
     "It will look like an ACT in many ways. Some of it will be multiple choice," Erickson said. "There will be some areas where students will manipulate and write. One item that we've been playing with is in a science experiment where students pour liquids from one beaker into another. ... They will work through an experiment from start to finish."
     Erickson acknowledged several details have yet to be finalized. For instance, will students' scores be interchangeable and comparable whether they take the tests on an iPad or with a pencil? Will the tests have difference scales based on the format? Will students be able to bring their own iPads with them? What about testing sites that don't have enough devices for all students? And how can test proctors be sure no one is cheating on devices loaded with the Internet, email and all varieties of applications?
     "We've been working on this for a number of years. We'll be continuing some field tests," Erickson said.
     The digital option will also help ease students' impatience.
     The ACT advises students to expect their results in four to six weeks, but their scores typically arrive in about two weeks. With the shift to digital testing, the results could come within minutes of students clicking the "submit" button on their device, although company officials say some delay to verify and record the scores is likely.
     In 2012, almost 1.7 million students took the ACT, which is one of two dominant tests high school students take as part of their college applications. Roughly the same number took rival SAT. Those exams are still administered with pencil and paper.
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by WPIX-New York City posted May 6 2013 10:35AM

Utah soccer referee punched in the face by juvenile dies. 

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by Associated Press posted May 3 2013 7:22AM
  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Fresh off a huge victory over President Barack Obama on gun control, the National Rifle Association is gathering in Houston for its annual convention.
     Organizers for the powerful gun rights lobby anticipate a rollicking, Texas-sized party to celebrate the victory and recharge the troops for more political struggles with gun control advocates around the country.
     More than 70,000 people are expected to attend the three-day "Stand and Fight"-themed event. Friday's schedule includes a political forum with speeches from several state and national conservative leaders.
     Gun control advocates also will have a presence in Houston. They plan a vigil for victims of gun violence and a Saturday demonstration outside the convention hall.
     Despite their recent defeat in Washington, gun control advocates have passed new gun restrictions in several states.
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by AP posted May 2 2013 5:40PM

An annual ranking of the worst U.S. cities for spring allergies zeroed in on the Southeast but warned of an overall bad season everywhere. Some allergy experts say climate change may fuel earlier, longer, more intense allergy seasons.
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by AP posted May 2 2013 10:49AM

Firefighters battle five alarm fire in a detached garage in the Bronx.
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by AP posted May 2 2013 9:09AM

A United Airlines plane and a Scandanavian Airlines plane clipped wings on the runway of Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. Both planes were sent back to their gates. 
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by AP posted May 2 2013 9:08AM

Three college friends of surviving Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev now face charges, including conspiring to destroy evidence and lying to investigators.
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by AP posted May 2 2013 9:06AM

Want to know your blood pressure, weight, if you have an ear infection or eye problem? Portable medical devices that plug into smartphones can get you quick answers. They're changing how doctors and patients communicate
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Demonstrators demanded an overhaul of immigration laws Wednesday in an annual, nationwide ritual that carried special urgency as Congress considers sweeping immigration reform legislation
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by AP posted May 2 2013 7:52AM

A western Michigan police chief has released a second surveillance video showing a van that's believed to be connected to the disappearance of a 25-year-old mother and gas station night clerk.
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by AP posted May 2 2013 7:50AM

A Vermont woman revealed her new face Wednesday, six years after her ex-husband disfigured her by dousing her with industrial-strength lye, and said she went through "what some may call hell" but has found a way to be happy.
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by AP posted May 2 2013 7:49AM

Thousands of demonstrators joined May Day rallies from San Francisco to Los Angeles Wednesday, demanding an overhaul of immigration laws Wednesday in an annual, nationwide event.
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by Ora TV posted May 2 2013 7:43AM
The two men who own a BMW with the license plate ‘Terrorista #1’ and who are said to be friends with the younger Boston bombing suspect were taken into custody again on Saturday. This time the two foreign nationals were arrested over alleged immigration violations in the Massachusetts town, New Bedford, where police say the surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, may have once lived. 
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by Associated Press posted May 1 2013 6:52PM
 BOSTON (AP) - Lawyers for two men charged with conspiring to obstruct justice in the Boston bombing case say their clients had no idea the attack was being planned.
     The lawyers for Azamat Tazhayakov (AHZ'-maht tuh-ZAYE'-uh-kov) and Dias Kadyrbayev (DYE'-us kad-uhr-BYE-ev) held a brief news conference Wednesday after their clients' initial court appearance.
     Attorneys Robert Stahl and Harlan Protass say their clients were just as shocked as everyone else and didn't have anything to do with the attack.
     They are accused of removing a backpack containing hollowed-out fireworks from suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) dorm room three days after the attack to keep him from getting into trouble.
     A third man, Robel Phillipos, is charged with making false statements to federal investigators. He awaits a court appearance.
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by AP posted May 1 2013 11:59AM
    BOSTON (AP) - Boston police say three more suspects have been taken into custody in the marathon bombings.
     In a tweet Wednesday morning, the police department says only that three more suspects are in custody and more details will follow. Police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca confirmed the tweet but referred all other questions to the FBI.
     Three people were killed and more than 260 injured on April 15 when two bombs exploded near the finish line. 
     Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with police several days later. His brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was captured and lies in a hospital prison. 
     Both are Russian natives who lived for several years in the U.S. They are accused of using a weapon of mass destruction. 
by AP/CBS posted May 1 2013 11:57AM

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by CBS New York posted May 1 2013 11:10AM

The driver who was carjacked by the Boston bombing suspects, just before Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police, spoke exclusively Tuesday to CBS News. CBS 2's Jessica Schneider reports.
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Topics : War_Conflict
Location : Boston
by AP posted May 1 2013 9:30AM

The government is moving the morning-after pill over the counter but only those 15 and older can buy it -- an attempt to find middle ground just days before a court-imposed deadline to lift all age restrictions on the emergency contraceptive.
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by AP posted May 1 2013 9:29AM

Ricin was found in the former martial arts studio of the man suspected of sending poison letters to President Barack Obama and other public officials, according to court documents. 
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People : Barack Obama
by AP posted May 1 2013 9:27AM

Police in San Jose, California, are looking for a motive, after arresting a woman accused of sneaking orange juice bottles spiked with a lethal amount of rubbing alcohol into a Starbucks. 
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : CaliforniaSan Jose
by Breitbart posted May 1 2013 9:25AM

Associated Press reporter Matt Lee slammed the State Department today for not giving useful accounts of meetings with top foreign officials by State Department officials. Lee expressed his frustration saying that he didn't want to hear a generic explanation of a meeting without a list of possible topics. "I'm not being factitious," Lee assured the State Department Deputy Spokesman Patrick Ventrell. "I know you're not, Matt," Ventrell replied. "If we could actually get some remnant of scrap of substance," Lee pleaded before being cut off by Ventrell to answer another question.
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by CBS Boston posted May 1 2013 9:23AM

CBS News reports that a woman's DNA has been found on part of the bombs in Boston. Bobby Sisk reports.
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Location : Boston
People : Bobby Sisk

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