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Fla. dad charged with murder; baby left in truck

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 03:10 PM

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida man has been charged with murder in the death of his baby daughter, who authorities say was left in the man's truck for at least four hours.

Brevard County prosecutors officially charged 31-year-old Steven Darnell Lillie on Friday with third-degree felony murder, manslaughter and leaving a child under the age of six unsupervised in a motor vehicle. Florida Today (http://goo.gl/Znr54V) reports that he was previously charged with aggravated manslaughter.


Trial over Miss. GOP Senate race moved to Sept. 16

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 03:10 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A judge has adjusted the trial schedule for a lawsuit seeking to overturn Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's Republican primary win.

In an order Friday, Judge Hollis McGehee says the trial will start Sept. 16 and end by Oct. 6. The original dates were Sept. 15-Oct. 3.

Cochran's attorneys say state Sen. Chris McDaniel's lawsuit was filed too late and should be dismissed.

Cochran defeated McDaniel in the June 24 runoff, and the state GOP certified the results July 7.


Scientists urge rehiring of fired nuke lab worker

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 03:08 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A group of scientists who work to limit the spread of nuclear weapons is urging the U.S. Energy Secretary to intervene on behalf of a fired Los Alamos National Laboratory worker.

Santa Fe political scientist James Doyle was fired after 17 years on the job in July after writing an article for a nonprofit website in support of abolishing nuclear weapons. Doyle worked on the lab's non-proliferation team.


Jackson Hole demonstrators rally against rate hike

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 02:46 PM

JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (AP) — Shadowing central bankers and economists at the annual Federal Reserve conference here, a group of about 10 demonstrators pressed Fed Chair Janet Yellen not to yield to pressure to raise interest rates.

Carrying placards and green T-shirts embossed with the slogan "What recovery?" they said they'd come from New York, Missouri, Minnesota and elsewhere to draw attention to people left behind by the recovery and still unable to find work.


3 blacks among 12 grand jurors in Ferguson case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 02:44 PM

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Three black people are among the 12-member grand jury hearing evidence in the Michael Brown case.

Paul Fox, director of judicial administration for St. Louis County Circuit Court, confirmed the racial and gender makeup of the grand jury on Friday. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch has said it will be several weeks before a decision is made on whether to charge Darren Wilson, the Ferguson officer who shot and killed Brown on Aug. 9.


Sharpton to lead march against NY chokehold death

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 02:43 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Marchers are set to protest the death of an unarmed black man who was placed in a chokehold by a white New York police officer, the latest high-profile call to change relations between police and communities of color in the wake of recent violence.


Parole denied yet again for John Lennon's killer

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 02:41 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, correction officials said Friday.

The decision on Mark David Chapman by a three-member board came after a hearing Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections said.


County forgives $2.4M in bad speed-camera tickets

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 02:32 PM

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York county is forgiving $2.4 million in speed camera fines issued in the past month.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano says there were problems with the cameras installed at six school locations.

He tells Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1tsXH6I ) that five cameras issued tickets on days when school was not in session. Cameras at a sixth location began operating prematurely.

Mangano says he is declaring amnesty on the fines. He says enforcement resumes when school opens next month.


3 Japanese students killed in California car crash

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 02:29 PM

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Three Japanese college students were killed and five other foreign students were injured when a car carrying them veered off a Southern California freeway and struck a power pole.

A school spokeswoman says all eight were students and incoming freshmen in the international program at Palomar College in San Marcos.

The California Highway Patrol said the eight occupants were trapped in the 2000 Honda Prelude after the crash late Thursday on state Route 78 in Oceanside.


FBI: No credible threats to US from Islamic State

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 02:22 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI and Homeland Security Department say there are no specific or credible terror threats to the U.S. homeland from the Islamic State militant group.

An intelligence bulletin, issued to state and local law enforcement, says while there's no credible threat to the U.S. as a result of recent American airstrikes in Iraq, officials remain concerned that Islamic State supporters could attack overseas targets with little warning.


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