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” …

Smartphone kill switches are coming

By Lily Hay Newman, Slate on April 20, 2014, at 8:19 p.m.
Smartphones need kill switches. It’s a relatively easy solution to the pricey (and irritating) problem of smartphone theft. But who would have thought that the big carriers would team up with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and lots of other manufacturers to voluntarily begin adding the technology by July 2015? …
Joel (left) and Jackie Dalton leave mementos for Martin Richard, one of the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, at a memorial for all the victims at the site of the first bomb blast in Boston on April 20, 2014.

Boston Marathon looks to shake shadow of deadly 2013 bombing

By Scott Malone, Reuters on April 20, 2014, at 6:34 p.m.
BOSTON, Mass. — Runners, from the world’s elite racers to first-timers, will step to the Boston Marathon starting line on Monday for the first running of the world-renowned race since last year’s deadly bombing attack. Some 36,000 people, the second-largest field in the race’s 118-year history, will set out from …
Miss America 2014 contestant, Miss New York Nina Davuluri reacts as she is chosen to move on while competing in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, September 15, 2013.

Miss America defends student suspended for asking her to prom

By Chris Francescani, Reuters on April 20, 2014, at 6:32 p.m.
NEW YORK — Miss America has suggested officials at a Pennsylvania high school reconsider their decision to suspend a student for approaching her at a school assembly and asking her to be his prom date, the beauty queen said on Saturday. The disciplinary action taken by school administrators in York …

Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, boxer famous in folk song, dies at 76

By Cameron French and Emily Flitter, Reuters on April 20, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.
NEW YORK — Former U.S. professional boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who spent 19 years in prison for murder and then was released after it was determined he did not get a fair trial, died on Sunday at the age of 76, according to his friend and caretaker John Artis. Carter, …
Students walk across campus at the University of Maine in Orono recently.

Biggest student loan profits come from grad students — and that’s OK

By Jordan Weissmann, Slate magazine on April 20, 2014, at 6:31 a.m.
NEW YORK — This week, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal government would earn roughly $127 billion from student lending during the next 10 years. That estimate is down a bit from previous figures but is surely high enough to infuriate liberals like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who …
Former Defense Secretary William Cohen says he favors Jeb Bush in the 2016 presidential race. Cohen also said he fears other countries believe the U.S. is retreating from the foreign policy arena.

Bill Cohen favors Jeb Bush in 2016, says Iran may not rein in nuclear program after weak US response to Ukraine situation

By Gopal Ratnam, Bloomberg on April 19, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Former Defense Secretary William Cohen says he favors former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as a potential presidential candidate in 2016. Bush “would be a great candidate to appeal to the broad spectrum of the American people,” said Cohen, who served three terms each in the House of Representatives …

Calls against hate mount as victims of anti-Semitic gunman in Kansas mourned

By Carey Gillam and Kevin Murphy, Reuters on April 18, 2014, at 7:59 p.m.
LEAWOOD, Kan. — Thousands of mourners filled a church in Kansas on Friday to remember a teenager and his grandfather who were shot dead outside a Jewish community center last week in a suspected anti-Semitic hate crime. Adam Hamilton, the senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, …
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