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Worry of copycats in states with assisted-suicide laws

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:12:10 -0500

Physicians, researchers and ethicists are grappling with the copycat effect of suicide and rising U.S. suicide rates as jurisdictions enact laws to allow the terminally ill to take their own lives with the help of a doctor.

Dr. William Toffler, national director of Physicians for Compassionate Care, says suicides do ...

Donald Trump choices for Cabinet lack executive experience to run massive federal agencies

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:09:08 -0500

Forget "Team of Rivals." President-elect Donald Trump is instead assembling what critics are calling a team of novices — government outsiders or politicians who have little executive experience at the helm of the kinds of massive federal agencies they'll be running.

Mr. Trump's pick of retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to ...

Dakota Access pipeline protesters defy tribe's plea to leave

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:06:10 -0500

The Standing Rock Sioux chairman called Monday for non-tribal activists to leave the protest area now that the Obama administration has blocked the Dakota Access pipeline, but they're not going anywhere.

Protest leaders vowed Monday to remain at the makeshift camps on federal land, pointing out that Energy Transfer Partners ...

Walter Scott shooting: Mistrial for Michael Slager, former S.C. police officer

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:00:00 -0500

A judge declared a mistrial Monday after the jury was unable to agree on a verdict in the murder case brought against a white South Carolina police officer who fatally shot a fleeing black man.

Many had expected an open-and-shut case because video taken by a bystander clearly showed former ...

Southern Poverty Law Center omits Trump-related 'hate crimes' against white children

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:45:37 -0500

A liberal nonprofit group dedicated to combating bigotry left out "hate crimes" committed against white students in a report titled "The Trump Effect: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Our Nation’s Schools."

The Southern Poverty Law Center surveyed over 10,000 K-12 teachers after the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential ...

Flights cancelled as forecast calls for more snow

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:47:03 -0500

SEATTLE (AP) - Alaska Airlines canceled about two dozen flights into and out of Sea-Tac Airport as snow was in the forecast throughout the Seattle area.

KOMO reports ( ) up to 1,600 passengers are affected by the cancellations Monday. Customers were to be rebooked on later flights.

While ...

Christopher L. Cornell, Capitol terror plotter, sentenced: 'Allah is in control, not this judge!'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:19:48 -0500

A federal judge has sentenced a man who plotted a Capitol terror attack in January 2015 to 30 years behind bars.

Christopher Lee Cornell, 22, was arrested last year in connection with a planned massacre in the nation's capital involving pipe bombs, 600 rounds of ammunition, and a semi-automatic rifle.


Walter Scott shooting: Michael Slager jury deliberation resumes in S.C. police shooting trial

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:54:37 -0500

Jurors considering a murder charge against a white South Carolina police officer who fatally shot a fleeing black man were back in deliberations Monday morning and apparently having a harder time reaching a verdict than originally thought.

Reading from a note sent by the jury Monday morning, Circuit Judge Clifton ...

Heidi Heitkamp, N.D. senator: Pipeline will be built under Trump; fight to stop it 'not winnable'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:33:33 -0500

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat under consideration for the Trump cabinet, said Monday that the Dakota Access oil pipeline will be finished after President-elect Donald Trump takes office, calling the fight to stop the project "not winnable."

"When you look at it, we know one thing for sure, ...

Justin Harris, Georgia man convicted in son's hot-car death, gets life and no parole

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:55:19 -0500

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A judge on Monday handed down a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for a Georgia man convicted of murder by jurors who believed he had intentionally left his toddler son in a hot SUV to die.

Jurors last month convicted Justin ...

Snow slows down traveling in Vermont, delays flights

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:31:22 -0500

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Snow slowed has slowed down traveling in Vermont and dozens of accidents have been reported.

Police in Burlington say Colchester Avenue was closed for about an hour from East Avenue to Bartlett due to a multi-vehicle pileup about Monday morning. There was no immediate word on ...

Death toll grows to 36 at Oakland warehouse fire

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 03:38:48 -0500

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The death toll in the Oakland warehouse fire has grown to 36 and authorities say they expect the number to rise when they resume work later Monday following a temporary work stoppage. A wall is leaning inward, posing a safety hazard to those who have been ...

Edgar Maddison Welch arrested after bringing gun to Comet Ping Pong to investigate #PizzaGate

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 23:08:47 -0500

D.C. police quickly apprehended Sunday a North Carolina man with a rifle who walked into the Comet Ping Pong restaurant on Connecticut Avenue in Northwest seeking to investigate a debunked internet conspiracy theory.

Just before 3 p.m. members of the Second District received a call for a man with a ...

Illegal immigrants seek asylum, claim fear of home country as 'magic words'

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:13:12 -0500

Nearly one out of every 10 illegal immigrants crossing the southwest border is now demanding asylum, using "magic words" to claim they fear their home country, and turning a program intended to be a humanitarian lifeline into a new path for unauthorized migrants to gain a foothold in the U.S.


Obama administration fails to check immigrants against FBI databases, approves citizenship

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 19:25:08 -0500

Some 175 immigrants were approved for citizenship even though their names weren't properly run through the FBI's name-check databases, potentially missing red flags that may have disqualified them from naturalization, the Obama administration admitted this weekend.

Homeland Security officials blamed computer code for the problem, which affected about 15,000 applications ...

Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees aided by Harry Reid's filibuster 'nuclear option'

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:48:11 -0500

Democrats are increasingly antsy over the lineup President-elect Donald Trump has announced for his Cabinet, but they are also powerless to do very much to stop him — thanks to their own leader, Sen. Harry Reid.

It's unlikely Mr. Reid had a President Trump in mind when he pulled the ...

Dakota Access pipeline: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denies easement

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:01:08 -0500

The Obama administration bowed Sunday to protesters by pulling its previously issued permit for the Dakota Access pipeline, leaving the company building the project in limbo for now and pushing the headache to the Trump administration.

The decision announced by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe calls for Energy Transfer Partners ...

Some streets closed as part of train derails in Toledo

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 14:07:22 -0500

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Some streets in Toledo are closed after part of a train derailed.

The derailment involving a 187-car CSX train happened about 8 a.m. Sunday.

CSX says 15 rail cars derailed, including one tank car carrying a hazardous solvent.

There were no injuries and fire officials say ...

Donald Trump announces 35 percent punishment tax on companies that offshore jobs

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:24:33 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump vowed to whiplash companies that offshore jobs then try to sell goods back into the U.S. with a 35 percent imports tax, in a series of Sunday-morning Twitter posts.

Just hours after using Twitter to complain about the most recent "Saturday Night Live" skit mocking him for ...

James Matthews, former Navy SEAL, pleads for legalization at sentencing for marijuana arrest

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:19:13 -0500

A former Navy SEAL who admitted transporting hundreds of pounds of pot from California to New Jersey praised the plant's "miracle-like" properties and called for its legalization Friday before being sentenced to seven years in prison.

James E. Matthews, 51, made an impassioned plea for pot while addressing New Jersey ...