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Man Says Money Woes, Failing Health Led To Standoff

(AP) – A West Texas man says financial problems and the failing health of both he and his wife prompted the couple to set fire to their home and then engage in a standoff with responding officers.  Gary Ray Wright told the San Angelo Standard-Times that the two hoped they would die in the January […]

Death Toll In Hungarian Bus Crash In Italy Rises To 17

(AP) – The director of Hungary’s Military Hospital says a survivor of a January bus crash in Verona, Italy, has died, raising the death toll to 17.   Robert Tamas said Wednesday that the male passenger, about 40 years old, was the most-severely burned survivor of the Jan. 20 crash of the bus carrying mostly Hungarian […]

Religious TV Station Accidentally Airs Porn

(AP) – An Islamic television station in Senegal says it has filed a formal complaint against unknown saboteur “X” for taking over the network and airing pornography instead of its regularly scheduled religious programming.   Viewers tuning into Touba TV on Monday afternoon got a shock when hardcore pornography was aired from 1:10 p.m. to 1:30 […]

Cops: Parents Killed Teen Son, Set Family’s Home On Fire

(AP) – Authorities have charged a New York couple with killing their teenage son and setting their rural upstate home on fire to cover up the crime.  The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that 35-year-old Ernest Franklin II and 33-year-old Heather Franklin have been charged with second-degree murder, arson and tampering with physical evidence.  […]

FDA Links Rare Cancer, 9 Deaths, To Textured Breast Implants

(AP) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it has received reports of 9 deaths and more than 350 cases of a rare blood cancer linked to breast implants.  The FDA said Tuesday it now agrees with the World Health Organization, which concluded years ago this type of lymphoma can develop following breasts implants. […]

Bird Flu Confirmed In 3 Southern States; Poultry Not At Risk

(AP) – Bird flu has now been confirmed in three Southern states, but officials say the nation’s poultry supply isn’t at risk.  The Kentucky Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that it’s temporarily banning the transportation of poultry after a form of the disease was found in a commercial flock of 22,000 hens in western Kentucky. […]

Strong Storms Kill 1, Damage Homes Across The South

(AP) – Severe storms caused at least one death, damaged homes, downed trees and knocked out power as areas around the South were pounded with wind, rain and hail.  In Georgia, northeast of Atlanta, Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum says a man, his wife and two children were in a bedroom when a tree crashed […]

Ex-Pharmacy Exec Acquitted Of Murder In Meningitis Outbreak

(AP) – The co-founder of a Massachusetts pharmacy has been acquitted of causing the deaths of 25 people but convicted of other racketeering charges in a nationwide meningitis outbreak in 2012.  Barry Cadden was charged with 25 counts of second-degree murder, conspiracy and other charges under the federal racketeering law. Overall, the outbreak killed 64 […]

UPDATE: Pentagon: US Airlifted Syria Fighters To IS Town

(AP) – A Pentagon spokesman says the U.S. military has provided an airlift for Syrian fighters taking part in an offensive underway on the town of Tabqa, west of the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Raqqa. Eric Pohan said on Tuesday that U.S. military advisers are also on the ground in the Tabqa area to […]

High Court Bolsters Rights Of Learning-Disabled Dtudents

(AP) – The Supreme Court is bolstering the rights of learning-disabled students in a ruling that requires public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards. The justices on Wednesday unanimously sided with parents of an autistic teen in Colorado who said their public school did not do enough to help their son […]