Society

  • Helicopter crashes into Phoenix neighborhood
    0-1 2012-05-02 19:34:27 UTC
    PHOENIX (AP) — A small helicopter crashed in between two homes in east Phoenix, landing in a tree and knocking off part of a home's roof. The Phoenix fire department says two men were on board the helicopter when it went down in a neighborhood ...
  • 13 charged in hazing death of FAMU band member
    20120502__ea834da65fed730c0e0f6a706700e220_p1 2012-05-02 19:01:11 UTC
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A prosecutor says most of the 13 people charged in the death of Florida A&M university drum major will face a felony hazing charge. The prosecutor announced the charges at a news conference Wednesday. State Attorney Lawson ...
  • Detroit unions weigh strike option as layoffs loom
    14c6e2e1177e42538bde7578fe69e4a7-68305aaa3b80463f890b11f475f35b78-0 2012-05-02 18:16:55 UTC
    DETROIT (AP) — Unions angry that Detroit is trying to mend its financially-battered books by laying off hundreds of workers and imposing steep contract concessions on those who remain are considering an illegal strike. Several Detroit municipal...
  • Rare Cezanne watercolor fetches $19M at NY auction
    Bildschirmfoto_2012-05-02_um_13.33.41 2012-05-02 11:36:14 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — A rare watercolor study by Paul Cezanne believed lost for nearly 60 years fetched over $19 million at a New York City auction on Tuesday. Christie's auction house said "A Card Player" sold to a buyer who wished to remain anonymo...
  • Cause unknown in fire that killed NY family
    4d8f65ab45434655a25868939a8ab20a-bac40b9fc9be4c6b90c53f116f0880cf-0 2012-05-02 08:03:12 UTC
    CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) — The fire that killed a police captain and most of his family was so intense that it burned their bodies beyond recognition, destroyed the family's suburban New York home and melted paint off cars. Officials were still lookin...
  • Pettitte testifies uncomfortably in Clemens case
    105-tw2p8.aust.55 2012-05-02 07:39:46 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Andy Pettitte looked like he wanted to be anywhere but on the witness stand in the Roger Clemens perjury trial. During breaks Tuesday when the judge and lawyers haggled over legal procedures, Pettitte looked down or straight a...
  • NYC man convicted in thwarted subway bomb plot
    Bosnianconvict-reuters670 2012-05-02 07:34:30 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — In what authorities called the most serious terror threat since the Sept. 11 attacks, a New York City man was convicted Tuesday of plotting with two of his former classmates at a Queens high school to attack the subways as suicide ...
  • Munch's 'The Scream' may fetch $80M at NYC auction
    3844016-3x2-700x467 2012-05-02 07:30:36 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — One of the art world's most recognizable images — Edvard Munch's "The Scream" — could sell for $80 million or more when it is auctioned at Sotheby's on Wednesday. The 1895 painting of a man holding his head and screaming under a...
  • US claims father illegally moved kids to Gaza
    6adc5b1e69384b60bf20cc219338e1c9-a18fc9fafb81411f9309734c3c3e1329-0 2012-05-02 07:26:27 UTC
    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities in the U.S. have accused a divorced Palestinian man of illegally moving his three children from their home in Kansas to his native Gaza earlier this year. Their mother, Bethany Gonzales, says she wants her child...
  • Immigrant, labor, Occupy groups join for protests
    Filehrnusc.txt 2012-05-01 19:25:40 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of activists across the U.S. joined the worldwide May Day protests on Tuesday, with Occupy Wall Street members in several cities leading demonstrations against major financial institutions. In New York, police in r...
  • Parents cheer autism-friendly 'Mary Poppins'
    Untitled 2012-05-01 19:21:01 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — The afternoon performance of "Mary Poppins" was marked by loud yips, shouts and moans — and that was just fine. It was the second autism-friendly performance of a Broadway show, and for many families with a child who suffers fro...
  • FBI: 5 men arrested, wanted to blow up Ohio bridge
    Abc_cleveland_suspects_bom_bridge_plot_thg_120501_wg 2012-05-01 17:45:33 UTC
    CLEVELAND (AP) — Five men, at least three of them anarchists, plotted to blow up a bridge near Cleveland, but there was no danger to the public because the explosives were inoperable and were controlled by an undercover FBI employee, the agency sa...
  • Mom, son die in accidents hours apart in Wisconsin
    Untitled 2012-05-01 03:23:56 UTC
    WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman and her adult son were killed in separate traffic crashes just hours apart in a Milwaukee suburb, police said Monday. Mary J. Moore, 45, died after she was struck by a vehicle on a street in West Allis....
  • Mobile app helps report unfair airport screeners
    Untitled 2012-04-30 21:06:22 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Sikh advocacy group launched a free mobile application Monday that allows travelers to complain immediately to the government if they feel they've been treated unfairly by airport screeners. Launched at midnight by The Sikh ...
  • 3rd fugitive sibling sentenced in Colorado
    Untitled 2012-04-30 20:03:44 UTC
    WALSENBURG, Colo. (AP) — The last of three siblings accused in a multistate crime spree was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison on charges related to their capture in Colorado. Ryan Dougherty, 22, had faced up to 20 years after pleading guil...
  • World Trade Center is back on top in NYC
    19532freedometower3 2012-04-30 19:52:17 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Workers have raised a steel column to the top of the building that's been called the Freedom Tower to make it New York City's tallest skyscraper. One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the ...
  • AAA: Inadequate guardrails at NY site where 7 died
    Driver 2012-05-01 00:22:44 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — The section of highway where an accident sent seven members of a Bronx family flying over a guardrail and plummeting to their deaths has narrow lanes, steep hills, tight turns, inadequate guardrails and no breakdown lane, an auto s...
  • Activists on trial for arrests during NYPD protest
    628x471 2012-04-30 19:24:19 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty activists who converged on a police station to protest a controversial police technique went on trial Monday in a case that they hoped would highlight their cause but prosecutors called a simple matter of breaking the law. ...
  • Aide's wife: John Edwards knew about money
    Untitled 2012-04-30 18:25:29 UTC
    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The wife of an ex-aide to John Edwards testified Monday the former presidential candidate told her over the phone that it was legal to take money from a wealthy donor to take care of Edwards' mistress. Testifying at Edwa...
  • Invisible man dominates US-China talks
    Mw-ar210_china__20120429225024_mg 2012-04-30 18:05:14 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The blind Chinese lawyer at the center of a diplomatic storm between Washington and Beijing is a mostly taboo topic in each capital. Neither side wants the biggest human-rights issue between the two since Tiananmen Square to disr...
  • 1 dead after storm blows down St. Louis beer tent
    1_dead_after_storm_blows_down_st._louis_beer_tent 2012-04-29 01:14:48 UTC
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — High winds swept through a beer tent where 200 people gathered after a Cardinals game Saturday, killing one and critically injuring at least five others, authorities said. But the owner of the bar said it was lightning — not wind ...
  • Surge in child immigrants stresses support network
    4f9bb890d5d6b.image 2012-04-28 22:05:45 UTC
    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — An unprecedented surge of children caught trudging through South Texas scrublands or crossing at border ports of entry without their families has sent government and nonprofit agencies scrambling to expand their shelter, lega...
  • Man booked in hammer deaths of Vegas mom, child
    628x471 2012-04-28 21:35:15 UTC
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Using a hammer as a weapon, a "complete stranger" with no significant criminal history allegedly attacked a family in their Las Vegas home, killing a woman and her daughter, in a brutal crime that left investigators both baffled a...
  • Police blow Wash. mountain bunker, find man dead
    Images 2012-04-28 23:21:32 UTC
    NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) — Peter Keller spent eight years carving his hole in the side of the mountain, camouflaging the rugged underground bunker with ferns and sticks and stocking it with a generator and ammunition boxes sealed in Ziploc bags. Sus...
  • Fla. boy struck by SUV, killed at softball game
    Image 2012-04-28 21:11:39 UTC
    TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The wife of the police chief in a central Florida community accidentally ran over a family friend's 22-month-old son in a parking lot, authorities said. Pamela Bodenheimer, 51, was backing up from a parking spot Friday n...