• 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…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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.

    Associated Press
  • 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.

    AFP
  • 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.

    Associated Press
  • 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,…

    Reuters
  • 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
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    Fake police officers invade home, shoot resident in the head

    A man is in critical condition after a group of men broke into his apartment, yelled 'police' and then shot him in the head

    KTRK – Houston
  • 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 cheer historic renewal of US relations

    HAVANA (AP) — Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility.

    Associated Press
  • Honda teases new supercar ahead of Detroit

    After three years of development work, the Honda Acura NSX is finally ready to hit the road and will no doubt be one of the star cars of the 2015 Detroit auto show.

    AFP Relax News
  • Palestinians set deadline for Israeli occupation

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday, while the Palestinians at the United Nations set a deadline for an Israeli withdrawal from lands captured nearly 50 years ago by the end of 2017.

    Associated Press
  • 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,…

    Reuters
  • US soldier jailed after joining French Foreign Legion

    An American soldier who abandoned his unit to join the French Foreign Legion has been convicted of desertion and sentenced by the US military to four years in prison, the New York Times reported Tuesday. Second Lieutenant Lawrence Franks told a military court that he had been struggling with…

    AFP
  • 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.

    Associated Press
  • 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.

    Yahoo News
  • 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…

    Reuters