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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 …

Biden’s son leaves Navy over failed drug test

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hunter Biden, the youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden, has been kicked out of the military after testing positive for cocaine, two people familiar with the matter said Thursday. Biden, a former lobbyist who …

FBI director: Cellphone encryption aids crime

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and justice could …

Research tank might hold key to hurricane forecasts

Thursday, October 16, 2014

MIAMI — When hurricanes sweep across the ocean’s surface, they whip up a foamy mix of sea and air, swapping energy in a loop that can crank up the force of powerful storms. The physics of that exchange …

2nd Texas nurse tests positive for Ebola

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DALLAS — The Ebola crisis in the U.S. took another alarming turn Wednesday with word that a second Dallas nurse caught the disease from a patient and flew across the Midwest on an airliner the day before she …

Kurds hold their own vs. militants in Syria

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MURSITPINAR, Turkey — Intensified U.S.-led airstrikes and a determined Kurdish military force on the ground appear to have had some success in halting advances by Islamic State fighters on a strategic Kurdish town near Syria’s border with Turkey …

Egyptian warplanes hit Libyan militia positions

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BENGHAZI, Libya — Egypt deepened its involvement in the fight against Islamist militias who have taken over key parts of Libya on Wednesday, with officials saying Egyptian warplanes have bombed their positions in the eastern city of Benghazi. …

Speaker pulls out over Utah’s campus gun laws

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s campus gun laws are in the spotlight after a feminist speaker canceled a speech at Utah State University once she learned the school would allow concealed firearms despite an anonymous threat to kill …

Two cleared in 1985 murder

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NEW YORK — Cleared of the murder that had put him behind bars for almost 30 years, David McCallum sobbed and thought of the man who wasn’t there with him. Co-defendant Willie Stuckey’s conviction also had just been …

UN: Ebola response needs to be stepped up

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

LONDON — West Africa could face up to 10,000 new Ebola cases a week within two months, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday, adding that the death rate in the current outbreak has risen to 70 percent. WHO …

Justices block parts of Texas abortion law

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked key parts of a 2013 law in Texas that had closed all but eight facilities providing abortions in America’s second most-populous state. In an unsigned order, the justices sided with abortion rights advocates and health care providers in suspending an …