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Graduation speech by cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal spurs new Pa. victim rights law

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

People in Pennsylvania can now take civil action against offenders for conduct that causes a “continuing effect of the crime,” drawing the ire of civil rights advocates who say the law violates the First Amendment. Standing at the scene where Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was killed in 1981, Gov. Tom Corbett on Tuesday signed the “Re-victimization Relief Act,” a bill that sped through the Legislature after a college’s decision …

N. Korea frees US man; two more still detained

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — North Korea’s reclusive government abruptly freed an American man Tuesday, nearly six months after he was arrested on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, but Pyongyang refused to hand over two other U.S. citizens who are still being held. There was no immediate explanation for the release of Jeffrey …

Canada sees terrorist ideology in car attack

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Quebec — A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey, authorities said Tuesday. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said the attack Monday …

FBI: Denver girls left US, may have tried to join jihadis

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DENVER — Three teenage girls from suburban Denver may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria after stealing their parents’ money and flying to Germany, authorities said Tuesday. The girls — two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their 16-year-old friend — were reported missing …

Website contests child slavery lawsuit

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SEATTLE — A lawyer told the Washington Supreme Court on Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by three young girls who were sold as prostitutes on a website that which carries personal ads for people looking for sex should …

Accused White House intruder ‘not competent’

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — The man accused of running into the White House last month after scaling the fence and evading Secret Service officers has been found “presently not competent” to stand trial, according to a preliminary competency evaluation. But U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary L. Collyer said Tuesday that …

With US campaign, Assad shifts focus

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the U.S.-led coalition’s war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the country, trying to recapture …

Anti-government cleric ends protest in Islamabad

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ISLAMABAD — A fiery anti-government cleric has ended his 65-day long sit-in protest in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad Tuesday. Tahirul Qadri announced he will now tour major Pakistani cities holding sit-ins and agitating for the launch of a “revolution …

US expands Ebola checks

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Fending off demands to ban travel from Ebola-stricken West Africa, the Obama administration instead tightened the nation’s defenses against Ebola by requiring that all arrivals from the disease-ravaged zone pass through one of five U.S. airports. …

Nepal vows new rules after trekking disaster

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

KATMANDU, Nepal — Nepal on Tuesday said it will introduce new rules, improve weather forecasts and better monitor the movement of trekkers after the Himalayan country’s worst hiking disaster left dozens dead last week. Tourism Department official Tulasi …

Nigeria declared Ebola-free

Monday, October 20, 2014

ABUJA, Nigeria — Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff. Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives as the World Health Organization declared the country …

Suspect in Va. abduction charged in DC-area rape

Monday, October 20, 2014

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The suspect in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student was charged Monday with abducting and raping a woman in suburban Washington, D.C., in 2005. The indictment against Jesse L. Matthew Jr. was …

Comet Siding Spring gives Mars close call

Monday, October 20, 2014

Comet Siding Spring sailed past Mars on Sunday, coming 10 times closer to the Red Planet than any comet on record has come to Earth. At the time of the comet’s closest approach at 2:27 p.m. ET, it was just 87,000 miles from Mars. That’s less than half …