• 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.

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  • Pot Smokers Show Less Inflammation

    People who smoke marijuana may have lower levels of inflammation compared with people who have never smoked it, according to new research on one marker of inflammation. In the study, researchers examined data from more than 9,000 people on their history of marijuana use and their levels of…

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  • Russian sailors leaving France without warship

    PARIS (AP) — Russian sailors are leaving a French Atlantic port without the controversial French-made warship they were supposed to sail away on.

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  • 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
  • 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…

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  • 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.

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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…

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  • Sony film took aim at North Korea's biggest taboo

    TOKYO (AP) — If the U.S. government's claim is correct that North Korea was involved in the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures that scuttled Seth Rogen's latest comedy, no one can say they weren't warned. The movie, "The Interview," pushed all of North Korea's buttons.

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  • 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.

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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…

    Reuters
  • 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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    Cuba releases American Alan Gross as U.S. prepares to overhaul Cuba policy

    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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  • 5 Ways to Increase Your Retirement Income

    Social Security is the primary source of income for over half of older Americans, but the average payment is only about $1,200 per month. And the median individual retirement account balance was $59,000 in 2013, according to an Employee Benefit Research Institute analysis of Federal Reserve Board…

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  • 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…

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  • Decorating is in the details.

    Join in on all the holiday fun on Old Navy’s new Tumblr.

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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
  • Ford expands drivers air bag recall nationwide

    DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S.

    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