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Lawyer: Omission of witness crippled 'Serial' case's defense

BALTIMORE (AP) — An attorney told a Baltimore judge Friday that a witness who could have provided an alibi for the convicted killer at the center of the popular "Serial" podcast would have been "critical" in the man's first trial, had she been contacted by his original defense team.<p>The failure of …

Crime

Flint crisis reaches Capitol Hill, and it's a blame game

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government officials tangled on Wednesday over who was to blame for the crisis in Flint, Michigan, that allowed lead-contaminated water to flow to thousands of residents at a combative congressional hearing that devolved into a partisan fight over witnesses and no-shows.<p>"A failure …

Flint

At Least 14 Dead in California Shooting, Two Suspects Killed

At least 14 people were killed and two suspects were dead Wednesday after two people on a mission that authorities described as "possibly terrorism" barged into a holiday party in a California conference room and unleashed a bloodbath.<p>The shooters fled in a black SUV after the rampage at about 11 …

California

Ronda Rousey's Judo Coach Slams Critics, Issues Warning After Holly Holm Loss

Ronda Rousey's judo and grappling coach has taken a shot at critics slamming the former UFC women's bantamweight champion after her shocking loss at the hands of Holly Holm at UFC 193.<p>Justin Flores, who has worked with Rousey for years, told MMAjunkie's John Morgan too many "fly-by-night ‘MMA …

Judo

Airlines Settle Suit in Death of 400-Pound Woman Denied a Seat

The husband of an obese woman who died shortly after being denied a seat on a flight back to New York City from Hungary has settled his $6 million lawsuit with the airlines involved, court documents show.<p>Janos Soltesz first filed the wrongful death suit again Delta, KLM and Lufthansa airlines in …

Corruption

Doubts cast on witness's account of black man killed by police in Walmart

Alleged to have threatened customers, John Crawford, 22, was having a phone conversation while holding an unloaded BB gun<p>When Ronald Ritchie called 911 from the aisles of a Walmart in western Ohio last month to report that a black man was “walking around with a gun in the store”, he said that …

Atlanta Hawks Owner To Sell Team After Sending A Racist Email About Attracting White Fans

In a statement on Sunday, Levenson said he sent an email in 2012 about attracting more suburban white fans that was "inappropriate and offensive."<p>"I trivialized our fans by making clichéd assumptions about their interests (i.e. hip hop vs. country, white vs. black cheerleaders, etc.) and by …

Stereotypes

Alaska Volcano Erupts With New Intensity, Prompting Scientists To Issue Highest Alert In Years

By Steve Quinn<p>JUNEAU, Alaska, June 3 (Reuters) - An Alaska volcano that has been spewing ash and lava for years began erupting with new intensity this week, pushing a plume of smoke and ash as high as 24,000 feet (7,315 meters) and prompting scientists to issue their highest volcanic alert in five …

James Holmes to appeal sanity test order in Aurora theater shootings

Defense attorneys for James E. Holmes, charged in the shooting rampage in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that left 12 dead and dozens wounded, will appeal a court order requiring him to undergo a second evaluation of his sanity.<p>His lawyers gave notice that they would appeal in a Tuesday court …

Goran Dragic wins the 2014 NBA Most Improved Player award

Phoenix Suns point guard Goran Dragic won the MIP award after leading the surprising Suns to 48 wins.<p>Point guard Goran Dragic was named the NBA's Most Improved Player on Wednesday after leading the upstart Suns to 48 wins.<p>The Slovenian earned 65 of 126 first-place votes and 408 total points. The …

Don't Mess With Texas Women

The Lone Star State—famous for red-blooded, gunslinging, rib-eating Republicans—is increasingly turning blue, thanks to a group of fired-up women who are determined to take Texas back from the good ol' boys.<p>The November midterm elections are still several months away, but inside a three-story brick …

SpaceX launches used supply ship on used rocket for NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- SpaceX has launched a used supply ship on a used rocket to the International Space Station.<p>The Falcon rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Monday, hoisting a Dragon capsule full of food, experiments and other station goods for NASA.<p>The Dragon and its …

Space Exploration

Prosecutor Says Pistorius Was a Selfish Boyfriend

The prosecutor in the murder trial against Oscar Pistorius accused the onetime Olympic sprinter of being self-centered and egotistical in his …

South Africa

School Stabbing Suspect Was 'Nice Young Boy,' Attorney Says

Until Wednesday, the 16-year-old Pennsylvania boy who's charged with multiple counts of attempted murder and aggravated assault after a stabbing attack at his high school was known as "a nice young boy," his attorney said this morning. Now the sophomore is in custody after the attack that left more …

Cinema-goer dies after being shot in Florida texting row

A US cinema-goer died after being shot by a former police officer in a row about texting, officials say.<p>Curtis Reeves, 71, opened fire after asking a man in front of him to stop sending texts, a police spokesman said.<p>The victim, Chad Oulson, 43, died in hospital.<p>The men were at a screening of new …

Associated Press News

Hell Has Frozen Over, Headline Writers Rejoice

When it gets super-cold in Hell, Mich., guess what headline writers and radio hosts have to say about it:<p>Hell Has Frozen Over<p>A Google News search of that phrase at 8:45 a.m. ET Wednesday turned up 3,980 results.<p>The hardy souls in the tiny town near Ann Arbor don't seem to mind the attention.<p>listen …

French Goodyear managers freed after 2 days held captive by workers

Two Goodyear managers held captive by angry French workers were freed Tuesday after police intervened, ending a two-day standoff over the factory's bleak future.<p>The release outraged union members, who made a bonfire of tires in front of the plant. It also left unresolved the larger problems that …

China's 'airpocalypse' kills 350,000 to 500,000 each year

Between 350,000 and 500,000 Chinese die prematurely each year because of the country's disastrous air pollution, says China's former health minister<p>The equivalent of the population of Bristol dies each year in China because of lethal air pollution, according to Chen Zhu, who was the country's …

Pollution

Teen at Center of the Maryville Rape Case Hospitalized After Attempted Suicide

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Daisy Coleman, the teenager who was run out of her town after accusing two fellow high school …

Red lightning is here to help Winston.

Record freeze extends to eastern United States, at least eight dead | Reuters

NEW YORK/MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A deadly blast of arctic air shattered decades-old temperature records as it enveloped the eastern United States on Tuesday, snarling air, road and rail travel, driving energy prices higher and overwhelming shelters for homeless people.<p>At least eight deaths have been …

100 Million People In Path Of 2014's First Wintry Blast

<b>Updated 11:30 p.m. ET</b><p>The Associated Press reports: "The National Weather Service said 21 inches of snow had fallen in Boxford, just north of Boston, by Thursday night, while other parts of the state had 17 or 18 inches. It said parts of upstate New York had 18 inches."<p><i>The New York Times</i> …

Planet likely to warm by 4C by 2100, scientists warn

New climate model taking greater account of cloud changes indicates heating will be at higher end of expectations<p>Temperature rises resulting from unchecked climate change will be at the severe end of those projected, according to a new scientific study.<p>The scientist leading the research said that …

Florida Will Soon Overtake New York as Third Largest State

New York, once the largest state in the Union, will soon fall to fourth-largest, demographers predict.<p>Florida, with growing population hubs in …

Mysterious object halts construction of Seattle's $3 billion tunnel

Deep below Seattle's picturesque waterfront, a subterranean drama is unfolding. A five-story drill named Bertha has been carving a new tunnel as part of a $3.1 billion plan to construct a highway beneath the city. On December 6th, drilling stopped. Something is blocking Bertha. Could it be a giant …