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U.S. traffic deaths up for first time since 2005, safety agency says

Traffic deaths are on the rise for the first time in many years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.<p>The agency said Thursday that highway deaths rose by 1,082, or 3.3%, to 33,561 in 2012, compared with the previous year.<p>Most of the increase, 72%, came in the first …

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Woman pulls a gun on TV journalist

TV reporter Claire Metz turned up on a doorstep to do what looked like a routine interview and ended up being held at gunpoint.<p>Metz, who works for WESH-TV in Orlando Florida, knocked on the door of Shauna Justice, a woman who had been suspended from her job as a police dispatcher after allegations …

Russia: New fines for bride-napping

<b>Russia's republic of Ingushetia has introduced hefty fines in an attempt to put an end to the ancient practice of bride-kidnapping, it's reported.</b><p>Anyone caught kidnapping a woman for marriage will now have to pay a fine of 200,000 roubles (more than $6,000). Their accomplices - including religious …

Officials say terrorist threat on U.S. soil is declining

WASHINGTON — The terrorist threat to Americans is greater overseas than at home and is significantly lower than before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, continuing a years-long trend, U.S. officials told a Senate committee Thursday.<p>FBI Director James B. Comey, in his first testimony before Congress …

LAX shooting: TSA officer Hernandez bled for 33 minutes at scene - report

LOS ANGELES - An airport security officer lay helplessly bleeding after a gunman opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport as paramedics waited 150 yards away because police had not declared the terminal safe to enter, according to two law enforcement officials.<p>It would be 33 minutes before …

Secret Service officials reportedly accused of misconduct in 17 countries

Secret Service officials are being accused of recently engaging in sexual misconduct and other indiscretions in a total of 17 countries, according to a report Friday in The Washington Post.<p>The paper reported that the claims were made by whistleblowers to a Senate committee. Sen. Ron Johnson, …