Protester at party conventions could be armed
The thousands of protesters expected at the Democratic and Republican national conventions can come armed with a lot more than signs and slogans: State law in Florida and North Carolina allows concealed weapons,...
Edison CEO: No timeline on reopening of nuke plant
Edison International's chairman and CEO is offering no hint as to when the idled San Onofre nuclear plant might come back online. The Los Angeles Times (!a href="http://lat.ms/IfKFpm">http://lat.ms/IfKFpm!/a>) says Ted...
Quotations of the day
"For the president to make a campaign issue and then to travel to three battleground states and go to three large college campuses on taxpayers money to try to make this some political issue is pathetic. And his...
U.S. oil report seen supporting Iran sanctions
By Timothy Gardner and Matthew Robinson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The !a class="tagLink" href="http://townhall.com/tags/barack-obama">Obama!/a> administration is unlikely to pull back from levying sanctions aga
NAACP holds rally for Trayvon Martin in LA
Civil rights leaders and relatives of Trayvon Martin and a slain California teenager joined together at a Los Angeles rally Thursday, urging justice and tolerance and called for action to stop the violence. A photo of...
Texas man executed for role in robbery-shooting
A Texas man condemned for a robbery in which three people were shot, one fatally, apologized to a woman who survived the 2002 attack and family members of the slain man before receiving a lethal injection Thursday. ...
New evidence disclosed in death of Marine's wife
Brittany Killgore was hoping to unwind for three days after filing for divorce from her Marine husband serving in Afghanistan. Prosecutors believe things quickly went wrong when she met another Marine for a night out. ...
Exclusive: Senate probe finds little evidence of effective 'torture'
By Mark Hosenball (Reuters) - A nearly three-year-long investigation by Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats is expected to find there is little evidence the harsh "enhanced interrogation techniques" the
US to remove 9,000 Marines from Okinawa
About 9,000 U.S. Marines stationed on the Japanese island of Okinawa will be moved to the U.S. territory of Guam and other locations in the Asia-Pacific, including Hawaii, under a U.S.-Japan agreement announced...
UN proposes decrease in Darfur force
The U.N. peacekeeping chief is calling for a significant decrease and reorganization in the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur because fighting between Sudanese government forces and rebel...
Today in History
Today is Friday, April 27, the 118th day of 2012. There are 248 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 27, 2011, powerful tornadoes raked the South and Midwest. According to the National...
ACLU sues over Border Patrol stops in U.S. Pacific Northwest
By Laura L. Myers SEATTLE (Reuters) - The U.S. Border Patrol is unjustifiably stopping people based on their skin color in Washington state's Olympic Peninsula, just across the water from Canada, the America
UN maintains sanctions on Ivory Coast
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to maintain sanctions on Ivory Coast for another year, including an arms embargo and a ban on importing rough diamonds from the West African nation. A resolution...
CDC: Airline passenger didn't have monkeypox
Authorities say passengers aboard a Delta Air Lines flight from Detroit were kept from disembarking in Chicago for about three hours after one person was suspected of carrying a disease. The Centers for Disease Control...
Philadelphia transit workers hit $172.7 million jackpot
By Dave Warner PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Cheers and songs broke out at the Philadelphia's transit agency offices on Thursday when 48 employees learned they had literally hit the jackpot - the $172.7 million P
Kentucky judge orders state to consider single-drug executions
By Steve Robrahn LOUISVILLE, Ky (Reuters) - A Kentucky judge ordered state officials to consider using a single drug to carry out executions instead of a series of three drugs used by many states where the d
Police checking bodies of water for Arizona girl
Police in Tucson, Ariz., say they're checking bodies of water near the home of a missing 6-year-old girl for any signs of her. Officers aren't going into the water and no dive teams have been called in. Police say it's...
Accused "kingpin of cockfighting" arrested in Texas
By Jared Taylor EDINBURG, Texas (Reuters) - Deputies arrested a purported "kingpin of cockfighting" who they said profited off a Texas cockfighting ring that was the scene of an ambush last week where masked
Trayvon Martin's killer raises more than $200,000 for defense
(Reuters) - George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who is accused of murder in the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, has raised at least $200,000 through a website set up to fund his defe
Judge denies request to release Bin Laden photos
A federal judge Thursday denied a request to release photos and video taken of Osama bin Laden during and after a raid in which the terrorist leader was killed by U.S. commandos last year. "The court declines...
US: Mexico seized 68,000 guns from US since 2006
The government said Thursday that 68,000 guns recovered by Mexican authorities in the past five years have been traced back to the United States. The flood of tens of thousands of weapons underscores complaints from...
Lesbian Scout leader ousted in Ohio; parents upset
The first-graders in Ohio Pack 109's Tiger Scouts didn't know or care their den mother was a lesbian _ at least not until the Boy Scouts of America threw her out over the organization's ban on gays. Now, parents who...
EPA official apologizes for use of word 'crucify'
A top administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has apologized for using the word "crucify" two years ago when describing the agency's enforcement policies, and for saying it makes examples of bad...
ACLU sues Border Patrol over traffic stops
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Thursday against the U.S. Border Patrol seeking to bar agents from making traffic stops, saying people are being pulled over and questioned for the way they look and...
Ex-Edwards aide: Donors' cash went into NC house
John Edwards' former aide acknowledged Thursday that much of nearly $1 million in campaign supporters' cash went to build his North Carolina dream house, not to buy the silence of the presidential candidate's pregnant...
Titleholder of longest with bullet in head dies
The man who holds the Guinness World Record for living the longest with a bullet in his head has died in Central California at age 103. The Modesto Bee reports ( !a href="http://bit.ly/JHXmXv">http://bit.ly/JHXmXv!/a>)...
Feds prepare for another busy US fire season
More than 100 large fires have swept across parts of the nation already this year, and the head of the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday the rest of the 2012 fire season is expected to be just as active as last year's,...
Dog that was spared the death penalty is released
A mutt who sat on doggy death row for more than a year before given a reprieve is now officially free from government captivity and headed toward TV stardom. Prada, the 4-year-old pit bull mix that was ruled vicious...
US trucker nabbed in Mexico with ammo is charged
The Mexican government has charged a U.S. truck driver caught with 268,000 rounds of ammunition at a border crossing in Ciudad Juarez with smuggling military ammunition, U.S. embassy officials in Mexico said Thursday. ...
Texas executes man for 2002 shooting
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas man was executed on Thursday evening by lethal injection for a brutal triple shooting in a small town that left a 24-year-old man dead. Prosecutors say Beunka Adams and anot
Attorney: Zimmerman had $200K from web donations
George Zimmerman's attorney says a website created to raise money for his legal defense has raised more than $200,000. Mark O'Mara said on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 Thursday night that he learned about the money on...
German analysts say new North Korea missiles are fakes
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - German analysts who have studied photos of six new North Korean missiles unveiled at a military parade in Pyongyang this month have concluded that they were low-quality
U.S. ban sought on cell phone use while driving
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called on Thursday for a federal law to ban talking on a cell phone or texting while driving any type of vehicle on any road in
Report: Florida troopers erred before Jan. crashes
A Florida Highway Patrol sergeant opposed reopening a fog- and smoke-shrouded interstate highway, but he was overruled by a higher-ranking officer shortly before a series of crashes killed 11 people, state investigators...
Calif. gov mulls change to lethal injection method
In the state's latest effort to restart long-stalled executions in California, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday ordered prison officials to explore using a single drug for lethal injections instead of three. Brown's order...
Insurance co. balks at claims in fatal Conn. fire
An insurance company said it should not have to pay claims or lawsuits stemming from a Christmas morning fire that killed five people because a contractor renovating the house misrepresented the type and scope of work...
LA County board OKs phase 1 of 'Subway to Sea'
The first phase of the long-sought "Subway to the Sea" received final approval Thursday, but transit officials delayed final consideration of a disputed segment that would send a tunnel under Beverly Hills High School. ...
Victims of cyberbullying fight back in lawsuits
When a Georgia middle school student reported to police and school officials that she had been bullied on Facebook, they told her there was not much they could do because the harassment occurred off campus. So the...
CA sanctuary says killer elephant still welcome
An African elephant is still welcome at a California sanctuary after killing a zookeeper who was preparing to move the animal from New Zealand, the sanctuary owner said Thursday. Pat Derby's Performing Animal Welfare...
Calif. gov mulls change to lethal injection method
Gov. Jerry Brown is ordering California prison officials to explore using a single drug for lethal injections instead of three, in an effort to restart long-stalled executions in the state. Brown's order was contained...
Ohio struggles to draft tougher law after exotic animals' escape
By Jo Ingles COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - Ohio legislation designed to clamp down on ownership of wild animals after the escape last year from a farm of dozens of dangerous beasts including lions, tigers and b
Authorities investigate health issue in plane at Chicago airport
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago health and fire officials on Thursday were called to an airplane at Chicago Midway Airport after a report of a passenger with a medical problem, a spokeswoman for the city's aviation dep
Bird strikes on airliners targeted in Congress, at airports
By Thomas Zambito NEW YORK (Reuters) - Never mind unruly passengers, baggage fees and wind shear. The real scourges of air traffic these days are black-bellied plovers, herring gulls and yellow-bellied sapsu
Probe: Hospital official tried to cover up abuse
The chief investigator of a state-run hospital in Montana encouraged a mentally disabled woman to recant her accusation that a staffer sexually assaulted her, officials have found. The investigator, Keith Reeder, also...
Father, son indicted in $10M Navy kickbacks case
A civilian engineer from Virginia who worked for the Naval Sea Systems Command and his 80-year-old father were indicted on Thursday in Rhode Island in an alleged bribery and fraud plot that prosecutors say cost the U.S....
Md. man charged with murder in NC teen's death
A Baltimore man denies killing a teenager who was missing for months before her body was found _ a girl he considered a sibling of his own even as he broke up with the teen's half-sister, his attorney said Thursday. ...
S&P cuts Spain ratings two notches to BBB-plus
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Standard & Poor's on Thursday cut its credit rating on Spain to BBB-plus from A, a two-notch downgrade, citing its expectation the government's budget deficit will deteriorate even more tha
U.S. finds discrimination in Memphis juvenile courts
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn (Reuters) - Black youths arrested in Memphis, Tennessee, were much more likely than white juveniles to be jailed and tried as adults, discriminatory practices that also affect
Army beefs up leadership at troubled Lewis-McChord base
By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - The U.S. Army announced a new layer of command at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Thursday as it looks to strengthen leadership at the Tacoma, Washington-area post which has ear
"Joke" to "Hijack Plane, Kill Obama" gets Utah man in trouble
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A purported practical joke on a colleague that threatened a plane hijacking and the assassination of President !a class="tagLink" href="http://townhall.com/tags/