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Threat Level of Iceland Volcano Raised

<b>Correction appended, Aug. 19</b><p>In 2010, the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland erupted, costing airlines billions of dollars in canceled flights. Now, …

Volcanoes

Six Flags sorry for shirt ban

TRENTON, N.J. — A former Marine who wasn’t allowed into an amusement park because he was wearing a shirt with a red, white and blue rifle pictured on it has been given an apology.<p>Mario Alejandro, who served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, received a phone call from Six Flags Great Adventure …

Unsupervised 7-year-old shoots cousin in face in Texas

A Texas boy who was accidentally shot in the face by his 7-year-old cousin is out of surgery and expected to survive his injuries, police officials told the Los Angeles Times on Friday.<p>The 8-year-old was struck in the left cheek around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Harbor Oaks Apartments in Texas …

The Angel of the Gap – Australian Man Living Near a Cliff Saved 160 People from Suicide by Striking Up a Conversation

For nearly 50 years, Don Ritchie saved the lives of people who were on the verge of suicide. During his lifetime, he managed to stop 160 people from …

Australian Defence Force

Alabama Judge Rules Abortion Clinic Law Unconstitutional

An Alabama judge ruled Monday that a law requiring doctors who perform abortions in the state’s five clinics to have admitting privileges at local …

Planned Parenthood

Gun Control Advocate James Brady Has Died

"We are heartbroken to share the news that our beloved Jim 'Bear' Brady has passed away after a series of health issues," the family's statement said, adding, "Jim Brady's zest for life was apparent to all who knew him, and despite his injuries and the pain he endured every day, he used his humor, …

Gun Control

California's new state budget emphasizes funding for education | Reuters

(Reuters) - California’s newest budget package of $152.3 billion in state spending emphasizes large increases for education, pays down debts, and proposes a 32-year plan to fully fund the teachers’ pension system, the state’s nonpartisan fiscal and policy advisor said on Monday<p>California’s …

America's Most Dangerous States, Based On Law Street's Analysis Of FBI Crime Statistics

You may have heard about a recent uptick in violent crime, though the levels of crime are still far below the worst historical years.<p>Now, we know the most dangerous states.<p>Law Street took a look at the FBI's violent crime statistics for American cities with more than 25,000 people to come up with a …

Cannabis

Gay Marriage and the Political Psychology of Disgust

When Mi­chael Sam kissed his boy­friend on tele­vi­sion to cel­eb­rate his suc­cess­ful draft in­to the NFL, some view­ers were dis­gus­ted. The …

Psychology

New York Times says US must 'repeal prohibition' of federal marijuana ban

'Grey Lady' editorial calls for dropping of 44-year ban Rating of drug with LSD and heroin 'an increasing absurdity'<p>One of America’s most influential newspapers, the New York Times, on Sunday called the federal ban on marijuana a “laughing stock” and urged the White House to drop the law and give …

Martin O'Malley warms up in Iowa for possible Democratic run in 2016

The visit had all the trappings of a full-fledged presidential campaign: a speech at the state Democratic convention, a pep talk to door-knocking volunteers, breakfast with labor leaders, appearances alongside the party's candidate for governor.<p>The only thing absent was a formal announcement …

Massachusetts Sen. Warren hits road for Democrats

Judges Overturns D.C. Ban On Handguns In Public

A federal judge has overturned a District of Columbia ban on carrying handguns in public, concluding that the Second Amendment protects a person's right to firearms outside the home.<p>In a 19-page ruling that was written on Thursday, but only released late Saturday, Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. …

Comic-Con's dark side: Harassment amid the fantasy

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Amid the costumes and fantasy of this weekend's Comic-Con convention, a group of young women drew widespread attention to a very real issue — allegations of sexual harassment at the annual pop-culture festival.<p>Geeks for CONsent, founded by three women from Philadelphia, gathered …

Pakistan officials say al Qaeda trainer, not Taliban militant, arrested | Reuters

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan security officials said on Thursday they had arrested a top militant near the Afghan border but not a Pakistani Taliban leader who colleagues had identified last week as a man who once tried to blow up former president Pervez Musharraf.<p>Security officials said on July …

New York Court Rules Spanking Children Is A "Reasonable Use Of Force"

A four-judge panel in New York unanimously found that a father who spanked his young son was in the right.<p>A ruling last Wednesday from the state Appellate Division found that the spanking "was a reasonable use of force," despite a family court judge determining last year that the father had abused …

Legal marijuana milestone heads for Seattle museum

SEATTLE (AP) — The first recreational marijuana sold legally in Seattle will be put on display at the city's Museum of History and Industry after a woman donated part of her purchase Tuesday.<p>Deb Greene, a 65-year-old retiree, waited all night to be first in line at the Cannabis City store when …

Montana judge publicly reprimanded for comments about rape victim

The Montana Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a Billings judge for his comments that a 14-year-old rape victim was "older than her chronological age" and "as much in control of the situation" as her rapist when he sentenced the offender to 31 days in prison. <br>District Judge G. Todd Baugh appeared …

Ku Klux Klan gives out free candy in South Carolina recruiting effort

Some residents in South Carolina say they found bags of candy on their street containing a piece of paper asking them to join the Ku Klux Klan.<p>Residents in Oconee County found the bags Saturday night or Sunday morning.<p>The paper said "Save Our Land, Join the Klan." It had a phone number that led to …

Associated Press News

California death penalty delays 'violate Constitution'

<b>California's death penalty has been ruled unconstitutional and described as "dysfunctional" by a federal judge.</b><p>It follows a similar ruling in Northern California that has kept the death penalty on hold since 2005.<p>Death sentences in California are in reality "life in prison, with the remote …

Northern California

Missouri executes sixth inmate this year after legal battle

Missouri executed John Middleton on Wednesday night after two days of legal efforts to prevent it. He was pronounced dead at 7:06 p.m. local time.<p>The state's sixth execution of the year came the same day that a federal judge in California ruled that state's death penalty unconstitutional.<p>"Twenty …