Society

  • Space shuttle arrives in NYC; crowds watch in awe
    Filexilp6x 2012-04-28 04:28:47 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — In a city understandably wary of low-flying aircraft, New Yorkers and tourists alike watched with joy and excitement Friday as space shuttle Enterprise sailed over the skyline on its final flight before it becomes a museum piece. ...
  • Study: Most victims knew Ala. twisters were coming
    4f9a6357d4142.image 2012-04-27 16:03:24 UTC
    ATLANTA (AP) — Most of the victims of last year's epic tornado outbreak in Alabama had at least one thing in common: They knew the storm was coming. A year after the onslaught of dozens of twisters killed at least 250 people in Alabama and more...
  • Judge considers adjusting Zimmerman's bond
    Zimmerman 2012-04-27 14:36:03 UTC
    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A judge is considering whether to raise or revoke the bond for George Zimmerman after his lawyer told the judge a website raised $200,000 for the defense. Mark O'Mara told the judge Friday that Zimmerman's family hadn't tol...
  • Widow of civil rights activist wants him home
    Indian 2012-04-27 07:34:16 UTC
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — When civil rights activist Ray Robinson arrived at Wounded Knee in April 1973 to stand alongside Native Americans in their fight against social injustice, he excitedly called his wife back home in Alabama and told her, "Th...
  • Lesbian Scout leader ousted in Ohio; parents upset
    Untitled 2012-04-27 06:31:53 UTC
    The first-graders in Ohio Pack 109's Tiger Scouts didn't know or care their den mother was a lesbian — at least not until the Boy Scouts of America threw her out over the organization's ban on gays. Now, parents who were aware of Jennifer Tyrre...
  • Senate OKs renewing Violence Against Women Act
    0424_vawa 2012-04-26 20:56:43 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed a bill to renew the government's main domestic violence program. The 68-31 vote to renew and expand the Violence Against Women Act sends the matter to the House, which is writing its own version. The 1...
  • US: Mexico seized 68,000 guns from US since 2006
    0112-mexico-guns_full_600 2012-04-26 18:46:13 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government said Thursday that 68,000 guns recovered by Mexican authorities in the past five years have been traced back to the United States. The flood of tens of thousands of weapons underscores complaints from Mexico tha...
  • Judge refuses to combine charges in WikiLeaks case
    Untitled 2012-04-26 15:54:21 UTC
    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A military judge rejected a defense motion Thursday to consolidate some of charges against an Army private accused in the biggest leak of government secrets in U.S. history. Col. Denise Lind was still considering a motion...
  • Supreme Court takes up Arizona immigration law
    Untitled 2012-04-25 15:59:22 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears ready to allow Arizona to enforce a state law provision that requires police officers to check the immigration status of people they think are in the country illegally. The justices strongly suggested...
  • Federal agency says transgender people protected
    Story 2012-04-25 06:48:11 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The agency that enforces the federal job discrimination laws has for the first time ruled that transgender people are protected from bias in the workplace. In a groundbreaking decision late last week, the Equal Employment Oppo...
  • US women drawn with France, Colombia, North Korea
    6a00e54ef2975b8833016765a21b39970b-450wi 2012-04-25 04:15:14 UTC
    WEMBLEY, England (AP) — With tension escalating between their governments, the United States and North Korea were drawn Tuesday into the same first-round group for this summer's Olympic women's soccer tournament. The Americans will play in Grou...
  • New case of mad cow disease in California
    Cow-with-bse_wikimeida-620x485 2012-04-25 01:19:45 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The first new case of mad cow disease in the U.S. since 2006 has been discovered in a dairy cow in California, but health authorities said Tuesday the animal never was a threat to the nation's food supply. The infected cow, th...
  • Protesters crash Wells Fargo shareholder meeting
    Activists_protest_outside_wells_fargo_shareholders_qebvl8cxwwsl 2012-04-25 04:39:28 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators from across the country descended on San Francisco Tuesday in an attempt to crash banking giant Wells Fargo's annual shareholders meeting. Several dozen people representing commu...
  • Ex-Miss. mayor sentenced in inmate sex case
    Untitled 2012-04-24 18:24:08 UTC
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi mayor and prison warden was sentenced Tuesday to seven months behind bars for telling an inmate to lie to investigators about sex they had in a hotel room in 2009. Grady Sims, who served as the mayor o...
  • Police chief in Martin case remains under scrutiny
    1 2012-04-24 16:15:14 UTC
    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — While George Zimmerman is free on bail, the police chief criticized for not charging him after Trayvon Martin's slaying remains under scrutiny, as city commissioners want to wait for the results of a federal investigation to d...
  • Californians to vote on abolishing death penalty
    San-quentin-prison-aerial-view 2012-04-24 07:30:32 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California voters will soon get a chance to decide whether to replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole. A measure to abolish capital punishment in California qualified for the November...
  • Ben Affleck: Children Mending Hearts Benefit!
    Bildschirmfoto_2012-04-24_um_09.19.03 2012-04-24 07:21:36 UTC
    - - Ben Affleck lends his support at the Children Mending Hearts Spring Benefit on Sunday (April 22) in Pacific Palisades, Calif. At the event, the 39-year-old actor and director enjoyed the music by the DJ of the night: Tom Cruise‘s son ...
  • Now out of jail, George Zimmerman fades from sight
    303x235 2012-04-24 07:12:47 UTC
    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman, who slipped out of jail on $150,000 bail in the early morning darkness, went back into hiding Monday and likely fled to another state to avoid threats as he awaits his second-degree murder trial for the killi...
  • Ted Nugent set for court date in illegal kill case
    120418034228_ted-nugent 2012-04-24 07:04:13 UTC
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Rocker Ted Nugent is scheduled for a court hearing in Alaska on Tuesday, when he is expected to plead guilty to transporting a black bear he illegally killed. The conservative activist and gun rights advocate signed a p...
  • Picking jury without a Clemens bias was a cinch
    Untitled 2012-04-24 07:00:20 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a city that went 33 years without a major league baseball team, picking a jury without bias toward — or even much awareness of — Roger Clemens proved to be a cinch. But between other delays and a swirl of complicated argume...
  • Prosecutors open with Hudson at murder trial
    4f9609c532262.image 2012-04-24 06:55:41 UTC
    CHICAGO (AP) — The trial of the man accused of killing Jennifer Hudson's family opened with the marquee witness, as prosecutors put the award-winning actress and singer on the stand Monday for sometimes-tearful testimony that may well leave a last...
  • Twins born after mom stays on respirator for month
    Baby 2012-04-24 06:32:07 UTC
    DETROIT (AP) — Vance Terrell offered encouraging words to his pregnant sister during visits to a western Michigan hospital. It didn't matter that she couldn't see or hear him, and would never hold her twin sons. Christine Bolden, 26, was alread...
  • Dangerous booby traps found on popular Utah trail
    1 2012-04-24 06:24:34 UTC
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A deadly booby trap rigged along a popular Utah trail could have killed someone if they had tripped a ground wire set up to send a 20-pound, spiked boulder swinging into an unsuspecting hiker, authorities said Monday. Anot...
  • Ex-Edwards aide takes stand against former boss
    Key_un_panel_warns_us_over_'alarming'_racism__as_it_did_with_iraq_and_burundi 2012-04-24 06:14:15 UTC
    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Andrew Young was once much more than an aide to John Edwards. The linchpin of the government's criminal case against the ex-presidential candidate spent long hours driving to and from political events with the rising Dem...
  • California: Earthquake Rattles East Bay
    California_earthquake_rattles_east_bay 2017-06-21 21:59:06 UTC
    <blockquote><h3>earthquake, earthquakes today, earthquake today, earthquake bay area, usgs earthquake map, usgs</h3><hr> <strong>Bay Area</strong> — Dozens of residents of El Cerrito, Berkeley, Albany, El Sobrante, Richmond reported feeling the...