• Boy's 'military haircut' spurs suspension threat, outcry

    Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    A young boy's high and tight haircut meant to honor his soldier-stepbrother earned him the threat of suspension from an elementary school named for a Medal of Honor recipient, and the fallout from the incident has led a Tennessee school district to increase security measures, USA TODAY reports. Adam Stinnett went to Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School in McMinnville, about a 90-minute drive southeast from Nashville, on March 9 sporting the new hairdo. His mother, Amy Stinnett, said he'd requested the high and tight to be more like Spc. Justin Bloodworth, his active-duty stepbrother.

  • Museum's 'Little Syria' exhibit going to Ellis Island

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    DETROIT (AP) — The Arab American National Museum is sending its exhibition about one of the earliest Arab-American settlements to Ellis Island, the same place where many of those immigrants first set foot in the U.S. The "Little Syria" exhibit documents the once-thriving Lower Manhattan community that was home to many Arabs, including author and poet Khalil Gibran, and some of America's first Arabic language newspapers during the immigration wave of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibit was created by the Smithsonian-affiliated Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, a Detroit suburb that's home to one of the nation's largest Arab-American populations, with help from New York residents.

  • 35 students safely evacuated after school bus catches fire

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    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (AP) — Southern California fire officials say a school bus carrying 35 students was safely evacuated when a fire broke out in the engine compartment as it arrived at a middle school. Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Steve Concialdi says the driver got all the children off the bus Friday morning outside Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate School. No one was injured, but three children were treated for emotional distress. The blaze, which spread to a small area of vegetation, was put out in less than 15 minutes. Concialdi says the fire burned from the engine into the first three rows, and smoke damaged the rest of the bus, which is a total loss. Students already in the sc

  • TV Review: 'Cancer: The Emperor Of All Maladies'

    Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Cancer is “as old as human life itself,” and “nearly everyone will be close to someone who suffers from it,” Herrmann’s narration notes at the outset, citing 22 million cases that kill 600,000 people in the U.S. alone. Seeking to go beyond those statistics, the documentary — which derives its poetic title from Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book — opens with the story of parents dealing with the disease in their 17-month-old child, about as heartbreaking a thought as anyone could imagine.

  • Police: Man stabs wife to death while their 7 kids are home

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    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Police in a Phoenix suburb say a man slapped one of his seven children for playing videogames and then stabbed his wife to death while the whole family was home after she confronted him about it. Goodyear police say at least one of the kids — a 14-year-old daughter — witnessed the fatal attack Thursday night and called 911. According to authorities, the husband also called 911, reportedly crying and saying he'd lost his mind and stabbed his wife. A court document identifies the husband as 37-year-old John Leo Davis and the wife as Michele Davis. Police say she was 35. The husband was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and jailed on $2 million bond. He didn't have a lawyer whe

  • Man facing deportation in war crimes case seeks new trial

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    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man facing deportation for his conviction on charges he lied on a U.S. immigration form about his role in 1992 Bosnian war crimes is asking for a new trial. Attorneys for Edin Sakoc argue in court papers that the jury in his January trial found him guilty of making false statements about his memberships in military and political organizations, which the lawyers say he wasn't charged with. The 56-year-old Sakoc was originally charged with lying to immigration officials about his wartime activities when he applied for citizenship in 2007. Federal prosecutors contend he raped a Serb woman and aided in the killing of two elderly people she was caring for.

  • Texas interstate reopens after deadly tractor-trailer wreck

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    SALADO, Texas (AP) — Interstate 35 in Central Texas reopened Friday as engineers examined debris to determine what led an oversized tractor-trailer to slam into a bridge beam in a construction zone. Texas Department of Transportation spokesman David Glessner says engineers checked damage to a highway bridge, on which construction was nearly complete before Thursday morning's accident closed a section of the main north-south highway through the state. The driver of a pickup truck was killed and three other people were hurt, including the driver of the 18-wheeler blamed for the accident. His semi hit a construction beam and brought it down, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

  • Doctor: Detroit boy found in basement was denied food, water

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    DETROIT (AP) — A doctor says a Detroit boy missing for 11 days told authorities that he was sent to the basement because he couldn't do a rigorous workout. Charlie Bothuell V was 12 years old last June when police found him among boxes in the basement after a highly publicized search in Detroit. Charlie Bothuell IV and Monique Dillard-Bothuell are charged with child abuse and torture. A judge is hearing evidence Friday to determine whether the couple will face trial. Dr. Dena Nazer (NAH'-zer) didn't examine Charlie, but her testimony was based on a review of health records and interviews. Nazer says Charlie indicated that his stepmother sent him to the basement. She says Charlie was denied proper food and water and wo

  • Public defender: San Francisco jail inmates forced to fight

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sheriff's deputies arranged and gambled on fights between San Francisco jail inmates and told them to lie if they needed medical attention, an official said. Public defender Jeff Adachi, an elected official, said that over the past few weeks at least four deputies at San Francisco County Jail threatened inmates with violence or withheld food if they did not fight, the San Francisco Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/1xF2S9I ) Thursday. Adachi said the ringleader in the fights was Deputy Scott Neu, who was accused in 2006 of forcing inmates to perform sexual acts on him. That case was settled out of court.

  • MAPS 3 senior center partner seeks additional $500,000

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Delays have increased costs for Oklahoma City’s MAPS 3 senior center, the nonprofit that will operate the center says.

  • N. Carolina parents of missing teen sentenced for tax fraud

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    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The adoptive parents of a teenager missing from her home for years have received prison sentences from a federal judge who also scolded them for the girl's treatment. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder on Friday sentenced Casey Parsons to 10 years in prison for tax fraud. Her husband, Sandy, received an eight-year sentence. Erica Parsons lived with the family until she disappeared in 2011 at age 13. She wasn't reported missing until 2013. Schroeder said that, after sentencing more than 1,000 people, he has never been more troubled by a case. Last month, the judge delayed the sentencing after a hearing revealed the conditions under which Erica Parsons lived before her disappeara

  • Woman, friend charged with murder in alleged baby-theft plot

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    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A 47-year-old woman and a friend were charged Friday with kidnapping, murder and attempted murder in an alleged plot to steal babies that investigators say was an effort by the woman to convince her married boyfriend that she had given birth to his twins. Giseleangelique Rene D'Milian and Anthony Ray McCall, 29, were scheduled for arraignment Friday at the Long Beach courthouse, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Those charges involve the Jan. 3 abduction of a 3-week-old girl who was found dead the next day. The baby's parents and an uncle were shot and wounded. D'Milian, McCall and a third defendant, Todd Damon Boudreaux, 44, also were charged with attempted murder and a

  • Autopsies determine children found in freezer were slain

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    DETROIT (AP) — Autopsies have determined that two children found dead in a freezer in their Detroit home were beaten to death, with the youngest child also suffering "thermal injuries." The Wayne County medical examiner's office released the autopsy results Friday on Stoni Blair and her brother, Stephen Berry. It says both deaths were homicides. The children's mother, Mitchelle Blair, was arrested Tuesday after court officers found the bodies while conducting an eviction at her home. She is charged with child abuse but prosecutors said they may charge her with murder. Blair's two other children were placed with a relative. Child welfare officials say they were horribly abused. Investigators believe Stoni was 13

  • Ole Miss chancellor: Talks continue over job status

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones says he remains in talks over his job status, but he doesn't expect an agreement Friday, despite trustees calling a meeting to discuss the situation. Jones, chancellor at Ole Miss since 2009, said he met face-to-face with Higher Education Commissioner Jim Borsig on Wednesday and Thursday. But he declined to discuss details of what he described as "conversations" "It's likely going to take a couple of days for us to consummate our discussion," Jones said in a phone interview. "He and I don't want to negotiate through the media." Jones said he won't attend Friday's College Board meeting. The campus has been in turmoil since the board refused to r

  • Israel to stop withholding Palestinian tax revenues

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    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Friday that it will transfer Palestinian tax revenues it has been withholding as punishment for the Palestinians' application to join the International Criminal Court. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said the decision was made following the recommendation of Israel's security establishment and because of humanitarian considerations. Israel has been under international pressure to release the frozen funds and Israeli security officials had warned that continuing to hold back the revenue could spark violence. Under existing agreements, Israel collects taxes and customs on behalf of the Palestinians and then transfers the sums to them. It has withheld funds before as retaliation for unil

  • Swiss bankers avoid prison, get probation for tax fraud

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    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Two former Swiss bankers avoided jail time Friday for their roles in a tax fraud scheme that helped U.S. customers hide billions of dollars in assets. Prosecutors in U.S. District Court in Alexandria recommended probation for the two men, Andreas Bachmann and Josef Dorig. The two were among eight former employees of Zurich-based Credit Suisse and its subsidiaries who were indicted in 2011. The other six remain at large. Bachmann and Dorig voluntarily came to the U.S. to face charges and have cooperated with prosecutors' investigation. Last year, Credit Suisse pleaded guilty to aiding U.S. tax evaders and agreed to pay about $2.6 billion to the U.S. government and regulators.

  • 17 Moore homes destroyed in Wednesday tornado activity, officials estimate

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Updated: 2 hr ago

    City officials estimate 17 homes were destroyed by the Wednesday tornado in Moore. Twenty five homes suffered major damage and 71 had minor damage, city spokeswoman Diedre Ebry said Friday.

  • Iran says nuke talks focused despite Yemen crisis

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    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran's foreign minister sought Friday to dismiss concerns that his country's preoccupation with the crisis in Yemen could serve as a distraction at nuclear talks with six world powers, saying the negotiations remained focused on sealing a deal. Yemen is "the hot issue of the day" and has come up at the talks but "it doesn't mean that we negotiated about it," Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters. Saudi-led air strikes on Shiite rebels in Yemen are further straining relations between the Sunni Gulf kingdom and predominantly Shiite Iran. Zarif said they "have to stop and everybody has to encourage dialogue and national reconciliation." Despite Iran's concerns over Yemen, however, "our negotiat

  • Report: Cluster bomb wounds 6 boys in southern Lebanon

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    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's state-run National News Agency says a cluster bomb left behind by Israeli forces has wounded six boys, one of them seriously. NNA gave no further details about Friday's explosion on the outskirts of the southern village of Zibqine, close to the Israeli border. Local TV stations aired footage of the boys being treated at a hospital. According to the U.N. mine center, more than 30 Lebanese civilians have died in cluster bomb or land mine blasts in Lebanon since the 2006 war between Israel and the Hezbollah militant group. The United Nations and human rights groups say Israel dropped about 4 million cluster bomblets during the 34-day conflict. U.N.

  • Syria's Assad calls chemical attack allegations 'propaganda'

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    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has rejected allegations that his military used barrel bombs or chlorine gas against opposition-held areas, calling the accusations "malicious propaganda." In an interview with CBS News, the Syrian leader also said that he would be open to a dialogue with the United States, but that it must be "based on mutual respect." CBS published excerpts of the interview online Friday. The Syrian opposition and activists say government helicopters dropped bombs containing chlorine gas on the town of Sarmin in northwestern Syria's Idlib province on March 16, killing six people.