Navy: Ex-Blue Angels leader may have ‘encouraged’ sexual misconduct

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times on April 24, 2014, at 2:03 p.m.
SAN DIEGO — The Navy this week revealed details about the former commanding officer of the famed Blue Angels aerial demonstration team who was relieved of duty, saying in a statement that not only did he allow sexually inappropriate misconduct, he may have also encouraged it. Last week the Navy …
Stephanie Cordisco, president of R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co., explains how Reynolds is going to market their new electronic cigarette, the "Vuse" in the company's Customer Engagement Center, in Winston-Salem, N.C., March 4, 2014.

FDA moves to ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors

By Toni Clarke, Reuters on April 24, 2014, at 8:29 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say attract children. The long-awaited proposal would subject the $2 billion e-cigarette industry …

Mississippi sets 20-week limit on abortions

By Reuters on April 24, 2014, at 7:08 a.m.
Mississippi will ban abortions after more than 20 weeks of pregnancy from July, joining other conservative U.S. states that have placed restrictions on the procedure. The U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide in 1973 but the practice still polarizes U.S. society. A handful of states have in recent years enacted …

Army plans to remove about 2,000 officers due to budget cuts

By Jim Forsyth, Reuters on April 24, 2014, at 6:12 a.m.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The U.S. Army is looking to cut about 2,000 positions for captains and majors by the end of the year as part of its overall plans to reduce its active duty numbers due to budget cuts, the Army’s chief of staff said on Wednesday. “Probably this …

Oldest former Major League Baseball player Conrado Marrero dies in Cuba at 102

By Daniel Trotta, Reuters on April 23, 2014, at 4:12 p.m.
HAVANA — Conrado Marrero, at 102 the oldest former Major League Baseball player and a patriarch of Cuban baseball known for his quick wit and goofy pitching delivery, died Wednesday at his home in Havana, his grandson said. Marrero, who played for the Washington Senators, was two days short of …

Connecticut police charge man in Yale gunman hoax

By Reuters on April 23, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
NEW YORK — A Connecticut man was charged Wednesday with threatening and reckless endangerment in connection with a hoax telephone call to Yale University last year claiming a gunman was going to shoot people at the Ivy League school, police said. The threat prompted a six-hour lockdown of the campus …

The flu is back for a second round in New England

By Lena Sun, The Washington Post on April 23, 2014, at 3:09 p.m.
Here’s a tip for those who managed to duck the flu’s first punch: Watch out for the next one. Many communities are experiencing an increase in flu, part of a second wave that is hitting some regions of the country particularly hard, health officials say. Most of the effects are …

Retired nurse sues for $275,000 in Oregon pet duck attack

By Jonathan Kaminsky, Reuters on April 22, 2014, at 7:55 p.m.
OLYMPIA, Wash. — A woman visiting her mother in Oregon is suing her neighbor, seeking $275,000 for pain, suffering and other damages she says were inflicted when a pet duck ambushed her for no apparent reason. Cynthia Ruddell, 62, of Washougal, Wash., was on her mother’s property in Estacada, Ore., …

Seafood study: Up to 32 percent imported to US is caught illegally

By Darryl Fears, The Washington Post on April 22, 2014, at 7:55 p.m.
WASHINGTON — That seafood on your dinner plate is starting to look a little fishy. A new study that examined illegal and unreported marine harvests brought to the United States from around the globe says it maybe shouldn’t be there at all. Up to 32 percent of imported wild shrimp, …

Congress takes up food-labeling fight

By Jim Spencer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on April 22, 2014, at 5:56 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The federal government and a number of states are on a collision course over labels for genetically engineered food. A bill introduced in the U.S. House earlier this month would ban states from passing food labeling laws. One that the Vermont Senate passed last week would require labels …

Two wounded in gunfire near Washington, DC, zoo

By Reuters on April 22, 2014, at 6:13 a.m.
Two men were wounded on Monday by gunshots near a Washington, D.C., zoo shortly after it hosted an annual Easter event that drew thousands of people, police said. Police responding to reports of gunfire just after 5 p.m. found the men — one shot in the hand, the other in …

Boy Scouts revoke Seattle church’s charter over gay Scout leader

By Jonathan Kaminsky, Reuters on April 22, 2014, at 5:40 a.m.
The Boy Scouts of America has severed ties with a Seattle church that has insisted on allowing a gay man to remain as a troop leader, the youth organization said on Monday. It was likely the first time the national organization has severed ties with a Scout troop since a …

Man arrested in kidnapping of North Carolina prosecutor’s father

By Reuters on April 21, 2014, at 2:24 p.m.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Federal agents on Monday arrested a man in Pennsylvania wanted in the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor’s father, the FBI said. Jakym Tibbs, 20, is among eight people charged with plotting to snatch the prosecutor’s father, Frank Janssen, from his home in North Carolina this month …

Waldoboro police identify couple killed in Friday crash

By Beth Brogan on April 21, 2014, at 2:14 p.m.
WALDOBORO, Maine — Waldoboro police on Monday identified the Massachusetts couple killed in a head-on crash Friday afternoon on Atlantic Highway. Raymond Thompson, 68, and Peggy Aldrich, 70, both of Whitinsville, Mass., were headed north on Atlantic Highway when their 2014 Mitsubishi was struck head-on by a 2007 Dodge Caliber …

U.S. marshal fatally shoots defendant lunging at witness in Utah gang trial

By Peg McEntee, Reuters on April 21, 2014, at 1:32 p.m.
SALT LAKE CITY — An accused street gang member standing trial in federal court in Salt Lake City was shot to death by a deputy U.S. marshal Monday as the defendant attacked a witness who was testifying against him, federal law enforcement officials said. Siale Angilau, 25, lunged at the …
Borhan Muthana, 16, takes the Allstate Safe Driving Challenge in Detroit, Michigan, on August 27, 2012, at Comerica Park.

Apps for parents curb distracted teen drivers

By Ashley Halsey III, Washington Post on April 21, 2014, at 11:51 a.m.
Marty Williams recalls the conversations he and his wife would have with their two daughters about the dangers of talking and texting while driving. “It’s always a concern,” said Williams, who lives in Howard County, Md. “We just drilled it into their heads over and over until they said ‘OK, …

Washington, DC, theater cancels Russian festival amid chilled relations

By Peter Marks, Washington Post on April 21, 2014, at 8:07 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The dire turn in Russian-American relations has forced Washington’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre to cancel a major festival of contemporary Russian theater that would have brought four plays and as many as 90 Russian actors, directors and designers to the capital this fall. The decision to scrap the event, …
A decomposed fish lies in the water as workers pick up oil balls from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Waveland, Mississippi in this July 7, 2010 file photo.

Compensation battle rages four years after BP oil spill

By Jemima Kelly, Reuters on April 21, 2014, at 7:03 a.m.
Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over. Jules Melancon, the last remaining oyster fisherman on an island dotted with colorful houses …

Teenager survives flight to Hawaii in jet’s wheel well

By Reuters on April 21, 2014, at 6 a.m.
A teenage boy who ran away from home survived a five-hour flight in the freezing wheel well of a jetliner that reached 38,000 feet as it traveled from California to Hawaii, the FBI said. The 16-year-old, from Santa Clara, California, quickly lost consciousness as temperatures in the compartment sank as …
Cpl. Pat Tillman is seen in this 2003 file photo provided by Photography Plus.

Former US soldier says his friendly-fire shots might have killed Pat Tillman

By Reuters on April 20, 2014, at 8:31 p.m.
A former U.S. Army Ranger who was in the same platoon as ex-NFL player Pat Tillman has stated in a television interview that he believes he might have fired the shots that killed Tillman in a 2004 friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan. Steven Elliott, 33, told ESPN program “Outside the Lines” …
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