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Los Angeles, CA – California, Most Populous U.S. State, Gains 356,000 Residents

May 1, 2014 at 11:56 PM
Los Angeles, CA - California gained 356,000 people in 2013, many attracted to the San Francisco Bay area and its prospering technology industry, a state demographer said on Thursday. California, the most populous U.S. state since 1963, ended the year with 38.3 million residents following its largest population increase since 2003. The state's recovering economy has drawn immigrants from...

Waseca, MN – Officials: Police Foil ‘Unimaginable Tragedy’ At High School

May 1, 2014 at 11:22 PM
Waseca, MN - Authorities said Thursday that they prevented an "unimaginable tragedy" by foiling a teenager's elaborate plot to kill his family and bomb the junior and senior high school in the southern Minnesota city of Waseca. Police arrested the 17-year-old suspect Tuesday and charged him in juvenile court Thursday with four counts of attempted first-degree murder, six counts of possessing...

Columbus, OH – Botched Execution Could Renew ‘cruel’ Challenges

May 1, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Columbus, OH - The botched execution of an Oklahoma inmate is certain to fire up the debate over what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment — the phrase written into the U.S. Constitution and defined by the courts, piece by piece, over two centuries. Convicted killer Clayton Lockett, 38, began writhing, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head off the pillow Tuesday evening...

New York – NBA Panel Agrees To Act Swiftly On Bid To Oust Clippers Owner

May 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM
New York - The National Basketball Association on Thursday launched its bid to oust Donald Sterling as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers for racist comments as a panel of 10 fellow team owners or their proxies unanimously agreed to proceed "as expeditiously as possible," the NBA said. The decision, reached during a telephone conference call of the NBA Board of Governors' advisory-finance...

Los Angels, CA – LA NAACP Head Resigns Over Move To Honor Sterling

May 1, 2014 at 09:59 PM
Los Angeles, CA - The president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP has resigned, following scrutiny of his decision to give Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling an award for promoting civil rights. According to the national leader of the nation's oldest civil rights organization, Leon Jenkins resigned Thursday. Jenkins had planned to present Sterling with a "lifetime achievement...

Tel Aviv – Study: Israel Ranks Second In World In Self-Made Billionaires

May 1, 2014 at 09:36 PM
Tel Aviv - When it comes to making something out of nothing, Israel ranks second in the world. A new study by the London- based Center for Policy Studies found that next to Hong Kong, Israel has more self-made billionaires than any other country. The report looked at 1,000 self-made billionaires, termed “SuperEntrepreneurs,” from 15 years’ worth of Forbes annual lists and calculated how...

Madison, WI – Gubernatorial Candidate To Hand Out Klan Hoods

May 1, 2014 at 09:05 PM
Madison, WI - Democratic candidate for governor Brett Hulsey plans to hand out white Ku Klux Klan-style hoods to Wisconsin Republicans as they gather for their annual convention Friday to highlight what he says are their racist policies. Hulsey, a state representative from Madison who is white, came into the state Capitol press room on Thursday to show off a hood he says he made with his...

Washington – White House Calls For More Privacy Laws

May 1, 2014 at 08:11 PM
Washington - The White House is asking Congress to pass new privacy laws that would add more safeguards for Americans' data and provide more protections for emails sought in the course of a law enforcement investigation. The recommendations are among six offered by President Barack Obama's counselor John Podesta in a report released Thursday. While large sets of data make Americans' lives...

New York, NY – City Makes Erroneous Retiree Payments Worth $300M

May 1, 2014 at 07:43 PM
New York, NY - City Comptroller Scott Stringer says the city accidentally made duplicate deposits of nearly $300 million into the accounts of retired police officers and firefighters. Stringer said Thursday that the payments to 31,019 individuals will be electronically reversed on Friday. He said his office is "deeply concerned" about the process that led to the error. He said he will work...

Torrance, CA – Honda Recalling Nearly 25,000 2014 Odyssey Minivans

May 1, 2014 at 07:13 PM
Torrance, CA - Honda is recalling 24,889 Odyssey minivans from the 2014 model year because their side air bags may not deploy during a crash. Honda says a shorting terminal, which prevents deployment of the air bag before it's put into the vehicle, may have been damaged during the assembly process. That may illuminate the air bag warning light and prevent the side curtain air bags from...

Kiev – Despite Russia Crisis, Ukraine Hopeful For Future

May 1, 2014 at 06:22 PM
Kiev - Ukrainians live in fear of a Russian invasion. Their Crimean Peninsula has been taken over by Moscow. And the nation's economy has careened to the brink of collapse. Ukrainians might be forgiven for losing hope in the dreams of the protest movement that drove their corrupt president from power in February. But polls and conversations with ordinary Ukrainians show something that may...

Washington – Former U.S. President Bush Hopes Brother Jeb Runs For White House

May 1, 2014 at 05:37 PM
Washington - Former President George W. Bush said he wants his brother Jeb to run for president in 2016, in an interview with CNN released on Thursday. "I hope Jeb runs," Bush told CNN. "I think he would be a great president. I have no clue what's going on in his mind and we will talk when he's ready. I noticed he's moving around the country quite a bit." Jeb Bush, a former governor of...

Jerusalem – Kerry ‘Apartheid’ Comments Tap Into Israeli Debate

May 1, 2014 at 04:42 PM
Jerusalem - John Kerry's warning that Israel could become an "apartheid state" if it doesn't reach a peace deal with the Palestinians has set off an uproar from Israel's allies in Washington. The U.S. secretary of state backtracked from his comments, but he had voiced an opinion that is frequently heard in Israel itself and tapped into a debate that has become increasingly heated. Israel is...

New York, NY – NYC, Teachers Strike Deal That Could Be Template

May 1, 2014 at 04:35 PM
New York, NY - New York City and its largest teachers union struck a deal on a new contract Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced, ending a nearly five-year labor dispute and potentially setting a template for negotiations with the city's other unions. Teachers will receive back pay equivalent of nearly 8 percent of their salaries and a series of additional small raises through 2018...

Ocean Shores, WA – Boat Found In Washington Might Be Tsunami Debris

May 1, 2014 at 04:00 PM
Ocean Shores, WA - Washington authorities are working with the Japanese consulate to determine whether a small boat found on a beach in the town of Ocean Shores might have crossed the Pacific from the March 2011 tsunami. Ecology Department spokeswoman Linda Kent said Thursday there's a nameplate on the boat, but it's barely legible. The boat was found Monday covered with barnacles and...

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