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US judge denies Spanier bid to halt criminal case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:50 PM

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge in Pennsylvania said Friday she will not halt the criminal case against former Penn State president Graham Spanier, who is accused of a criminal cover-up of child sex abuse complaints against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

U.S. Middle District Judge Yvette Kane dismissed the legal action brought by Spanier against state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, whose office is prosecuting him and two other former university administrators.

Colin Firth, Emma Stone riff on working with Woody

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:42 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Colin Firth had been hoping for decades to get a call from Woody Allen.

Emma Stone, at only 25, hadn't been waiting nearly as long — but she notes her family dog IS named Alvy, after a classic Allen character, and she can keep up with Firth in a spontaneous recounting of the bank robbery scene in "Take the Money and Run."

The two stars of "Magic in the Moonlight," opening Friday, were both working for the first time with Allen, and they sat down recently to recount what it was like.

California state senator facing additional charge

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:34 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal grand jury on Friday charged a California state senator with more felonies in addition to the eight counts he already faced in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown.

A new indictment unsealed in San Francisco federal court charged Sen. Leland Yee with racketeering and conspiracy "to obtain property under the color of official right." Those charges are in addition to the previous bribery, conspiracy and related charges.

Federal court upholds Fla.'s docs vs. glocks law

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:29 PM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't violate the doctors' First Amendment free speech rights.

The ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta overturned a previous decision that had declared the law unconstitutional. An injunction blocking enforcement of the law is still in effect, however.

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:24 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC's "This Week" — Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas.


NBC's "Meet the Press" — Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.


CBS' "Face the Nation" — Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee; former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.


CNN's "State of the Union" — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

Attorney: 'Fatal Vision' court case will continue

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:14 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The case of the Green Beret doctor who has maintained for decades that not him but a band of hippies chanting "acid is groovy, kill the pigs" slaughtered his wife and two young daughters will continue in court.

Despite the latest judicial rejection of his claims of innocence and a request for a new trial, his attorney Gordon Widenhouse said Friday, "There's going to be further litigation."

Judge dismisses lawsuit over Amelia Earhart search

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:11 PM

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday dismissed a Wyoming man's claims that an aircraft recovery group secretly found wreckage of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart's missing airplane in the South Pacific but kept it quiet so it could continue raising funds for the search.

District Judge Scott Skavdahl dismissed the lawsuit that Timothy Mellon filed last year against the Pennsylvania-based International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery and its executive director, Richard E. Gillespie.

How the Dow Jones industrial average did Friday

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:09 PM

Investors got some bad news about the American shopper on Friday, driving down stocks and sending the Dow Jones industrial average to a loss for the week.

Two major U.S. companies — the retail giant Amazon and the credit card processor Visa — both said that the second half of the year was looking more troubled than originally expected. The cautious outlook from two companies so heavily exposed to consumer spending spooked investors, causing the stock market to fall at the open and remain lower throughout the day.

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After teen pilot's crash, how young is too young?

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:02 PM

The deadly crash of a teenager on an around-the-world flight brought new attention to the dangers of record-setting youth adventures, and questions about how young is too young to fly a plane.

Yet pilots and flight instructors say that while some question the ability of kids and teens to deal with unforeseen difficulties, training matters more than age.

'Up the Down Staircase' writer Kaufman dies at 103

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 04:58 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Bel Kaufman, the witty and spirited fiction writer, educator and storyteller whose million-selling "Up the Down Staircase" captured the insanity and the humor, the pathos and the poetry of the American high school, died Friday at age 103.

Kaufman, the granddaughter of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem and a vital link to Yiddish culture, died at her Manhattan home after a brief illness, said her daughter, Thea Goldstine.

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