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NFL player Ray McDonald arrested in domestic violence case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 02:28 PM

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Police say Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald has been accused of domestic violence in Northern California, the latest arrest for the former San Francisco 49er.

Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke tells The San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1cWyGwZ ) that McDonald was taken into custody at 7 a.m. Monday on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment.

McDonald was arrested in August on suspicion of domestic violence against his then-fiancee following a party at his home. Charges were never filed.


Biden reassures Iraqi prime minister of US support

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 02:28 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has reassured Iraq's government of U.S. support in the fight against the Islamic State group in a telephone call to Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi.

The call comes a day after the Obama administration came under heavy criticism from Iraqi and Iranian quarters over Defense Secretary Ash Carter's comment in an interview that Iraqi forces showed in Ramadi that they lacked the "will to fight."


Latest in food-track tech: Swipe a code, meet your fisherman

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 02:25 PM

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group of scientists and fishermen in Maine is working on a new tool they say will allow seafood consumers to learn the backstory of a piece of fish by scanning a code at the supermarket.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Maine Coast Fishermen's Association are cooperating to develop the tool, which they say will likely be a smartphone application. Scientists say the planned application will allow consumers to learn the name of the fisherman who caught their fish and where they caught it.


Cause of death of child in swing undetermined after autopsy

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 02:23 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) — Law enforcement officials say an autopsy has been completed on a child who was found dead in a park swing as his mother pushed him, but the cause of death remains under investigation.

Charles County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said Monday that there were no findings on the cause or manner of death of the 3-year-old found Friday in La Plata, Maryland.


Protester leaves Shell ship after hanging on since Friday

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 02:09 PM

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The woman who has been hanging off the anchor chain of an Arctic oil-drilling support ship since Friday night has ended her protest north of Seattle.

The Coast Guard says student activist Chiara D'Angelo requested assistance getting down from her perch on the Arctic Challenger in the Bellingham harbor around 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer says D'Angelo was checked for hypothermia and then released.


Jeb Bush to get own home at family compound in Kennebunkport

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 02:07 PM

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is getting a house of his own at the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.

The Bush family says the likely Republican presidential contender and his family will stay in the cottage on Walker's Point during summer visits. Bush and his wife also have a home in Coral Gables, Florida.

The Boston Globe first reported on the four-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot home that will become the second-largest home at the compound. It's being built by a limited partnership; Bush won't own the property.


Couple missing for 2 weeks drank rainwater, ate oranges

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 01:52 PM

WARNER SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — An elderly couple stranded for two weeks in the Southern California wilderness ate oranges and pie and drank rainwater, but the husband died before they were found.

San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Kenneth Nelson said Monday that an autopsy will be conducted on 79-year-old Cecil Knutson that could determine when he died.

His wife, 68-year-old Dianna Bedwell, was found Sunday severely dehydrated in their car about 65 miles northeast of San Diego. Trees obscured the car in an off-road area near a Boy Scout camp.


Police: 3 kids injured when waterspout uproots bounce house

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 01:40 PM

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say three children have been injured after a waterspout made landfall at Fort Lauderdale Beach and sent an inflatable bounce house flying into the air.

Fort Lauderdale police Sgt. Deanna Greenlaw posted on Twitter that when the waterspout came ashore Monday afternoon, it uprooted the bounce house and sent it across a parking lot into the road.


Veterans History Project nears 100,000 items at US library

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 01:37 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Library of Congress has been working to build an oral history collection to capture veterans' memories of war, and the project is nearing a milestone of 100,000 records.

The Veterans History Project is now in its 15th year. It holds more than 96,000 remembrances from veterans, including oral history recordings, letters, photos and memoirs that can be used by researchers. Organizers hope to have 100,000 remembrances by the end of 2015.


Knotty exhibit planned for pope symbolizes life's challenges

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 01:20 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An exhibit being created for Pope Francis' trip to Philadelphia will honor the pontiff's teachings by offering visitors the chance to acknowledge the challenges in their daily lives.

An artist will build a grotto made of knots near the city's main cathedral. People will be encouraged to write their problems on ribbon or paper, then tie the material to the exhibit.

The idea is to leave troubles behind. Guests can also choose to remove an existing one to help another.


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