• Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.

    Associated Press
  • Teen admits killing 2 at Oregon hunting cabin

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A 15-year-old who shot and killed his foster father and another man at a remote Oregon cabin in 2012 never meant to kill anyone and never should have been around loaded guns due to his lack of maturity after years of abuse and other problems, a defense lawyer says.

    Associated Press
  • Three killed, several injured in crash outside California church

    (Reuters) - Three people were killed and at least nine others injured when a driver ploughed into a group of pedestrians leaving a holiday church service in a southern California city of Redondo Beach on Wednesday night, police said. The driver ran into the crowd, who were taking the crosswalk…

    Reuters
  • Constitution Check: Is Obama’s new immigration policy already in legal trouble?

    The National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, Lyle Denniston, explains how a federal judge’s ruling in Pittsburgh about President Obama’s immigration orders could be a sign of things to come.

    National Constitution Center
  • Heavy snow kills 5, disrupts travel in Japan

    At least five people have died in heavy snow that has blanketed swathes of Japan, reports said on Thursday, with more than two metres (6ft 7ins) lying in some places and more forecast. Two elderly women were killed on the northernmost island of Hokkaido, Kyodo News reported, with one hit by a…

    AFP
  • AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

    BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.

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  • Cameroon army kills 116 Boko Haram militants, defence ministry says

    YAOUNDE (Reuters) - Cameroon's army killed 116 Boko Haram militants on Wednesday when they attacked a base in the Far North region of the country, said defence ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Didier Badjeck. Militants ambushed a column of army vehicles using an improvised explosive device and…

    Reuters
  • Canada man finds woman for free trip around world

    TORONTO (AP) — A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Right.

    Associated Press
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    Guns, drugs found after shooting in Strawberry Mansion

    The search for a shooting victim led police to an arsenal of guns and drugs.

    WPVI – Philadelphia
  • 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
  • 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
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    Photos of the day - December 17, 2014

    Pakistani students pray during a special ceremony for the victims of Tuesday's school attack in Peshawar, at a school in Lahore, Pakistan, Tian Tian, a giant panda eats a special Christmas panda cake crafted in the shape of a Christmas tree in the outdoor enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland and a…

    Yahoo News
  • Violent Volcanic Blasts Ripped Through Antarctic Ice Sheet Twice

    Volcanoes punched through a remote part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet twice in the last 50,000 years, according to research presented Monday (Dec. 15) here at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Distinctive layers of brown ash in a deep ice core are evidence of violent volcanic…

    LiveScience.com
  • 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
  • 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.

    Associated Press
  • 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.

    AFP