• Opponent calls for Putin's exit as Russia slides into crisis

    By Timothy Heritage MOSCOW (Reuters) - A prominent opponent has warned Vladimir Putin his days in power are numbered, as Russia awaits the president's response to the dramatic decline of the rouble. Putin has been silent as the currency collapsed against the U.S. dollar this week before making up…

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  • Doubts cast on cause of death for suspect in Pennsylvania killings

    By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The Iraq War veteran accused of killing his ex-wife and five of her family members in Pennsylvania did not die of self-inflicted stab wounds as had been previously reported, according to the county coroner overseeing the autopsy. Bradley William Stone, 35,…

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  • Obama: As a black man he's been mistaken for valet

    WASHINGTON (AP) — He may be president now, but Barack Obama says he's a black man who has been mistaken for the valet and worries his daughters could face stereotypes.

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  • South Carolina judge tosses conviction of black teen executed in 1944

    By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A South Carolina judge on Wednesday took the unusual step of vacating the 1944 conviction of a black 14-year-old boy, the youngest person executed in the United States in the past century, saying he did not receive a fair trial in the murders of two…

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  • FDA Warning: Stay Away From 'Keepsake' Ultrasounds

    Despite repeated warnings by the Food and Drug Administration over the years, commercial ultrasound businesses—often set up in shopping malls and run by untrained technicians—continue to offer their services to expectant parents. And consumers, despite the FDA’s pleas, continue to pay for them,…

    The Atlantic
  • Ax, machete, pill bottles near rampage suspect

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Marines who served with a man believed to have killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives said he fought constantly with her, although a Veterans Administration psychiatrist deemed him free of any suicidal or homicidal thoughts a week before the deadly rampage.

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  • In Pakistan School Attack, How One Girl Reportedly Escaped

    At least one student survived today's tragic Taliban attack at a Pakistan school by playing dead, the BBC reported.Shireen Khalid Wadud told the BBC that her friend's 13-year-old daughter was the only one to escape from her class when the attackers bombarded the military-run school in…

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  • South Korea balks as U.S. picks Japan, Australia to service F-35s in Asia

    By Andrea Shalal and Joyce Lee WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Thursday it will not send its F-35 fleet to Japan for heavy airframe maintenance, one of the two Asian hubs chosen by the United States to service the Lockheed Martin Corp stealth fighter. Instead, it is likely to fly…

    Reuters
  • 13-year-old boy faces murder charge

    London (AFP) - A 13-year-old boy is to appear in court on Wednesday charged with the murder of a middle-aged man in north London who died after a verbal altercation with a group of youngsters.

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    Cuba releases American Alan Gross as U.S. prepares to overhaul Cuba policy (28 photos)

    Cuba has released American aid worker Alan Gross after five years in prison, a U.S. official said on Wednesday amid reports of a prisoner exchange that heralds a major overhaul of U.S. policy toward Cuba. The U.S. official said Gross was released on humanitarian grounds. CNN reported a prisoner…

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  • Texas TV station says meteorologist shot, suspect at large

    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A meteorologist at Waco, Texas, broadcaster KCEN-TV was shot multiple times during a confrontation in the station's parking lot on Wednesday, and the suspect is still at large, the station said. Morning show meteorologist Patrick Crawford exchanged words with the suspect,…

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  • Colorado teen to get 10 years for killing father

    EAGLE, Colo. (AP) — A 14-year-old Colorado boy will spend 10 years behind bars after pleading guilty to killing his father and trying to conceal the slaying for six days by keeping the body at home and telling the man's employer he was sick.

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    Girl, 16, killed while getting on school bus in Bensalem

    A 16-year-old girl was struck and killed by a vehicle as she was getting on a school bus Wednesday morning in Bensalem, Pa.

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  • Governor abandons single-payer health care plan

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Calling it the biggest disappointment of his career, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he was abandoning plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded health care system.

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  • Oldest U.S. black college on verge of financial collapse

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Penn. (Reuters) - The nation's oldest black college, Cheyney University, one of Pennsylvania's 14 state-run universities, is on the verge of a financial meltdown that threatens its ability to continue operating, a state official said on Wednesday. Cheyney's student body…

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  • Without passports, actor Quaid and wife grounded

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evgenia are suing John Kerry and the State Department to recover passports that the government revoked three years ago.

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  • Texas ex-justice of the peace sentenced to death for revenge murder

    By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas jury on Wednesday sentenced to death a former justice of the peace convicted of murdering a suburban Dallas prosecutor's wife in a revenge plot, with the judge saying he acted like some of the most notorious killers in recent U.S. history. The same…

    Reuters
  • Cubans in Miami slam 'betrayal' after historic move

    Cubans in Miami's Little Havana reacted with anger and dismay to President Barack Obama's dramatic bid Wednesday to end a half-decade Cold War with the communist-ruled island. "It is a betrayal. The talks are only going to benefit Cuba," said Carlos Munoz Fontanil in Calle Ocho, the heart of an…

    AFP
  • News anchor breaks down in tears after learning she knew café hostage victim

    Australian TV news anchor Natalie Barr got choked up on air Tuesday morning as she discovered, while reading the names of the hostages killed in Monday’s siege at Sydney's Lindt Chocolate Café, that she knew one of the victims.

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