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What do you think now, Justice Scalia?

To the Honorable Antonin G. Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States:Dear Sir:Twenty-one years ago, your then-colleague, the late Justice Harry Blackmun, wrote what became a famous dissent to a Supreme Court decision not to review a Texas death penalty conviction. In ...

Journalist lets Internet supply her ‘facts’

WASHINGTON -- Sooner or later it was bound to happen. A highly regarded talk show host, widely considered nonpartisan and scrupulously fair, picked up an unverified report from the Internet and used it as fact. When the subject of the report flatly and justifiably denied it, she had to ...

Big-league hack

ST. LOUIS - Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating whether the St. Louis Cardinals illegally hacked into a computer database of the Houston Astros to obtain information on players, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday in an unusual case involving two former division ...

Things people are talking about

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. 6 CALIFORNIA BALCONY COLLAPSE VICTIMS HAD LIVES AHEAD OF THEMA group of Irish and Irish-American young men and women were enjoying their last blast summer in the U.S. before cracking down ...

Mushfire

HOUSTON, Alaska - When a wildfire threatened the epicenter of Alaska's mushing community, volunteers raced in to make sure man and man's best friend were safely evacuated.A human-caused wildfire is raging in the Willow area of Alaska, a far-flung community of about 2,000 people living along a ...

Tax credits for communities

DETROIT (AP) - Tax credits have been allocated for community development projects in Michigan and other states.U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan on Tuesday announced the credits through the Treasury Department's New Markets Tax Credit Program, which seeks to spur investment ...

Escaped emu still on the loose

IONIA, Mich. (AP) - An emu has been on the loose in Ionia County for the past few days after escaping from a farm.The owner said the large, flightless bird jumped the 6-foot fence and escaped Saturday. It might have been seen in Kent County near M-50, officials said Monday.Tasma would like to ...

Worn tires caused crash

LYON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Investigators say worn tires, not potholes, were responsible for a January crash in suburban Detroit that killed a man and his 9-year-old son.Documents obtained by the Detroit Free Press through a Freedom of Information Act request show that four potholes, including ...

Group can keep dogs for now

DETROIT (AP) - Police say a Detroit animal rescue group is being allowed to keep its dogs as officials work to make sure it's following state guidelines.The Detroit News reports leaders from Detroit Dog Rescue have said that they sometimes get dogs that aren't surrendered by owners. Detroit ...

Father pleads in son’s death

ALLEGAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A southwestern Michigan father has pleaded no contest to manslaughter and first-degree child abuse charges in the death of his 3-month-old son.Jase Colby was found unresponsive in December at an Allegan Township home about 30 miles south-southwest of Grand Rapids. ...

Military buildup: Russia to add 40 new intercontinental missiles

MOSCOW - Russia's military will add over 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles this year alone that are capable of piercing any missile defenses, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday in a blunt reminder of the nation's nuclear might amid tensions with the West over Ukraine.Putin spoke at ...

News guide: A look at Greece’s financial troubles

ATHENS, Greece - Greece is struggling to get a deal with its financial rescue creditors to get more loans. Without one, it could default on its debts, which could be the first step in a chain reaction that sees the country fall out of the euro currency union.Here is a broad look at the key ...

Progress in Ukraine talks reported

MINSK, Belarus (AP) - Negotiators say progress has been made at the latest round of talks on resolving the Ukraine conflict but there has been no breakthrough.The so-called Contact Group of representatives from Russia, Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation met Tuesday in the ...

7 killed in attack on police convoy

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) - Seven people, including two police officers, have been killed in what Mexican authorities call an ambush of a convoy in the southwestern state of Michoacan. The state Public Safety Department and Prosecutor's Office say three more officers were wounded.Police were ...

Palestinian government will dissolve

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced the national unity government he formed with Hamas last year will dissolve.Abbas said the move was "because Hamas didn't let it work in Gaza."The government was formed last year before the war between the Islamic militant ...

DR hopes ex-ambassador convicted

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - The attorney general of the Dominican Republic says he hopes the Vatican's former ambassador to the Caribbean nation is convicted of charges that he sexually abused young boys.The Holy See announced Monday that Jozef Wesolowski has been indicted on ...

Bright reason for hope in young people

The first time I met Marcia Grace, she adopted me as her project.She was 5 at the time.Marcia Grace was the niece of my future husband - I didn't know that yet - and the youngest granddaughter of his mother, an intimidating woman of Southern grace and iron will. I was meeting her for the first ...

David McCullough again shows he’s got the Wright-ing stuff

I was not surprised to see historian David McCullough's latest book rocket to the top position on The New York Times Best Sellers list.Not only is "The Wright Brothers" beautifully written in McCullough's familiar narrative style, it reminds Americans of what we once honored and promoted: ...

Al-Qaida’s out but replacement is worse

First, the good news: It turns out President Obama was right. Al-Qaida is being destroyed. One could even say he deserves some credit for this happy turn of events.Which brings us to the bad news: Al-Qaida is dying out because it's being replaced by something far worse.According to a ...

Hillary deploys ‘They hate you’ strategy

Hillary Clinton had one of the worst campaign rollouts in living memory. Her low-key (to the point of inaudibility) announcement video came in the midst of a months-long period of deeply damaging stories about her mania for secrecy (the private email server), which she indulged even at the ...