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Rebels Shell Aleppo Mosque, Kill 15

(AP) – There’s no letup in the deadly fighting in and around the Syrian city of Aleppo.  Insurgents shelled a mosque there today, killing at least 15 people as they left Friday prayers. Meanwhile, government airstrikes also struck parts of the city.   The violence in Syria’s largest city has killed more than 200 civilians over […]

Punishments But No Criminal Charges In US Attack On Hospital

(AP) – A top U.S. general says the gunship attack on a hospital in Afghanistan that killed 42 people occurred because of human errors, process errors and equipment failures and that none of the crew knew they were striking a trauma center.  No criminal charges have been leveled against U.S. military personnel for mistakes that […]

Obama Announces New Steps To Reduce Gun Violence

(AP) – President Barack Obama is announcing new steps to reduce gun violence, mainly by helping manufacturers understand what law enforcement agencies need from so-called smart guns.  Smart guns are firearms that use technology designed to prevent accidental shootings or help find a missing gun.  In a Facebook post Friday, Obama also announced a new […]

UPDATE: Cruz Is Endorsed By Indiana Governor

(AP) – Indiana’s governor has endorsed Ted Cruz ahead of the state’s Republican primary on Tuesday.  In a radio interview, Gov. Mike Pence called the Texas senator “a principled conservative” who has “shown the courage of his convictions.”  But Pence also had kind words for Cruz’s rival Donald Trump. He says Trump “has given voice […]

Autopsy: Famed Pianist’s 2 Daughters Likely Died Of Asphyxia

(AP) – A Texas medical examiner says the two young daughters of an internationally known pianist likely died of asphyxia.  The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office released the autopsy reports Thursday of 1-year-old Michela Kholodenko and 5-year-old Nika Kholodenko. Their mother, Sofya Tsygankova, has been charged in their deaths.  […]

Man Who Stalked Woman From India To US Sentenced In Texas

(AP) – A 32-year-old Los Angeles man who stalked a woman for almost a decade after he met her in India has been sentenced to 17 years in prison after a Texas jury convicted him of breaking into her Dallas-area apartment and setting up a false credit tracking account to locate her.  Attorneys for Jitender […]

Supreme Court Refuses To Block Texas Voter ID Law

(AP) – The Supreme Court has rejected an emergency appeal to stop Texas from enforcing its challenged voter ID law.  The law has been in effect for recent elections, even after a trial judge struck it down in 2014 and an appellate panel found last year the law had a discriminatory effect on minority voters. […]

2 Behind Planned Parenthood Videos Rejecting Plea Deals

(AP) – Two anti-abortion activists arrested in connection with making undercover Planned Parenthood videos are rejecting plea deals offering them probation.  Sandra Merritt’s attorneys said Friday she won’t settle the case through pretrial diversion, a form of probation that would keep her out of prison and ultimately have the charges dismissed. Attorneys for fellow activist […]

Texas Court Blocks Houston From Using Tougher Clean-Air Laws

(AP) – The Texas Supreme Court has blocked Houston from enforcing tougher clean-air laws over the hub of industrial pollution that makes it one of the smoggiest cities in the U.S.  Friday’s ruling is a victory for ExxonMobil Corp. and other companies with nearby refineries that sued in 2008 after the nation’s fourth-largest city essentially […]

Court Documents Show Rope, Concrete Link Man To Wife’s Death

(AP) – Court documents show a Texas man was arrested in the drowning of his estranged wife in a Fort Worth-area lake after police determined that a rope around her neck tied to concrete to weigh her down came from his home.  Jail records show Rodolfo Arellano is being held in Mansfield on $500,000 bond. […]