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3 dead in SC shooting rampage; gunman kills self

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 10:26 PM

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina authorities say a gunman killed two security guards and his stepfather and wounded a police officer before fatally shooting himself in the head.

Son of ex-Bush aide pleads guilty in Md. slaying

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 09:17 PM

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — The son of a former aide to President George W. Bush has pleaded guilty to killing a friend with a hatchet and will be committed to a state psychiatric facility.

The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/1ts0YFO) that 21-year-old Claude Alexander Allen III of Gaithersburg pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder in the slaying of 25-year-old Michael Phillip Harvey. Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Terrence McGann cited doctors' findings in ruling that Allen was not criminally responsible.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 08:59 PM

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


Steven Sotloff is apparently executed by a fighter with the Islamic State, the extremist group that has conquered wide swaths of territory across Syria and Iraq. The militants killed reporter James Foley two weeks ago.


Bill Clinton to attend fundraiser for Nunn

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 08:53 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton will be heading to Georgia to raise money for Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, who is working to win a key seat for Democrats this year.

A Nunn campaign spokesman said Tuesday that Clinton will be attending a Sept. 13 fundraiser for Nunn at the Atlanta home of R&B artist Usher.

The race is among a dozen with national implications as Republicans seek to gain control of the Senate. They need to pick up six seats and can't afford to lose the seat held by retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

350 more troops assigned to US Embassy in Baghdad

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 08:52 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is adding 350 more troops to help protect the American Embassy in Baghdad and its support facilities in the capital, raising the number of U.S. forces in the country to over 1,000, officials said Tuesday.

President Barack Obama approved the additional troops for protection of American personnel following a request by the State Department and a review and recommendation by the Defense Department, the White House said in a statement.

Recovery knocks 21 fish species from watch list

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 08:29 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twenty-one species of fish made the leap Tuesday off a watch list of seafood to avoid as unsustainably overfished, leaving conservationists and many fishermen and chefs celebrating the turnaround of a West Coast fishing ground declared an economic disaster area by the federal government just 14 years ago.

Airstrike near Mosul Dam targets armed vehicles

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 08:06 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials say that an airstrike against Islamic State militants in Iraq has damaged or destroyed 16 armed vehicles near the Mosul Dam.

In a statement Tuesday evening from U.S. Central Command, officials say an airstrike conducted Monday in northern Iraq involved fighters and attack aircraft.

By Central Command's count, that's the 124th airstrike in Iraq since operations against the Islamic State group began in early August.

Ebola survivor: 'I felt like I was about to die'

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 07:49 PM

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. doctor who survived after contracting Ebola while doing missionary work in Liberia is "very close" to the doctor most recently diagnosed with the disease and has spent time in "tearful prayer" for him, according to an interview with NBC News aired Tuesday.

Earlier, officials with the North Carolina-based missionary group Serving In Mission had announced the other doctor, a male obstetrician, had contracted the disease.

7 still at large after another teen from Nashville detention center turns self in

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 07:42 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Another of the 30 teenagers who escaped from a detention center in Nashville overnight has turned himself in, leaving the number still on the run at seven.

Tennessee Department of Children's Services said Tuesday that a youth surrendered at the guard shack at Woodland Hills Youth Development Center at about 5:30 p.m. CDT.

Centerplate: CEO resigns over dog's mistreatment

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 07:38 PM

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Sports catering business Centerplate has announced the resignation of its chief executive after video from an elevator security camera posted online shows a man kicking a puppy and yanking its leash.

The Stamford-based company, which caters to several professional sports venues, announced Tuesday the resignation of Desmond Hague, who admitted last week to mistreating the dog. The company said it doesn't condone or overlook animal abuse and the board chairman apologized for any distress caused anyone.

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