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Victims, public officials react to shooting verdict

How some survivors and public officials reacted to Thursday's conviction of 27-year-old James Holmes:"It's unreal. Someone attempted to murder me, in a movie theater, when I was just doing nothing. ... Finally, this is coming to a close." - Jansen Young, who was wounded in the attack. She went ...

Somali militant leader, others killed in US drone strike

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - A senior commander and other members of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab have been killed in a U.S. drone strike in southwestern Somalia, Somali and U.S. officials and a militant commander said Thursday.The attack Wednesday night near the rebel-held town of ...

10 things to know today: Friday, July 17

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT CHATTANOOGA SHOOTERFederal officials say they have no evidence yet that anyone but the 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez was involved in the rampage that killed ...

Train derails, leaking crude

CULBERTSON, Mont. (AP) - More than 20 cars on an oil train derailed in rural northeastern Montana and at least two of them were leaking crude, authorities said. Some area homes were evacuated.There were no immediate reports of injury or fire, but of the 21 cars that derailed only two remained ...

Coal pit collapse kills 5 miners

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A wall in a vast coal pit collapsed in the central Philippines early Friday, killing five workers and leaving at least four others missing at a site where a similar deadly accident occurred two years ago, a governor said Friday.Antique provincial Gov. Rhodora Cadiao ...

Court: man can’t recover cash

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - The state appeals court says Calhoun County can keep $11,400, a gun and a camera seized from a car, although the owner wasn't charged with a drug crime.The court says there's a preponderance of evidence that the cash was tied to illegal activity. In a seizure case, ...

Ford temprorily halts Edge sales

DETROIT (AP) - Ford is temporarily halting sales of some Edge SUVs because water can leak inside and cause damage.Ford began producing the new Edge in February. The issue involves Edges built before April 28.Ford Motor Co. says around 19,000 SUVs potentially affected by the issue have already ...

Oldest vet to meet Obama

DETROIT (AP) - A 110-year-old woman believed to be the nation's oldest veteran will soon be making a trip to Washington that includes a scheduled meeting with President Barack Obama.Longtime Detroit resident Emma Didlake, a veteran of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II, is ...

Race hustlers want Civil War to continue

In the wake of the recent murders in a South Carolina church, the killer's hope of igniting a race war produced the opposite effect. Blacks and whites in South Carolina came together to condemn his act and the race hate behind it.Some saw in the decision to remove the Confederate flag from in ...

Bill Cosby, public moralist, silenced

You might have missed the irony.If so, it would be easy to understand. Last week's bulletin about accused serial rapist Bill Cosby was sensational enough that one might be forgiven for failing to notice one of its more subtle facets.As you no doubt already know, a federal judge sided with the ...

Trump, Sanders shake up expected party narratives

WASHINGTON - A 2016 presidential longshot in each party contest - Donald Trump in the Republican and Bernie Sanders in the Democratic - is currently applying pressures on the other candidates, but in distinctly different ways.Trump is swinging a sledgehammer on the GOP field with his racist ...

Dear Texas: What are you afraid of now?

Well, there you go again, Texas, making me wish we still had your Molly Ivins around to make sense of you.As the late, great columnist once so wisely explained, "Many a time freedom has been rolled back - and always for the same reason: fear."I took that to heart while reading a boatload of ...

Declining media credibility results in bad leaders

In her 1985 speech after receiving the Best Actress Oscar for her role in "Places in the Heart," actress Sally Field famously gushed, "You like me; you really, really like me."The latest in a long history of surveys examining the public's level of trust in the news media might paraphrase ...

Clinton problem: truth estrangement

Hillary Clinton lies.This is a widely acknowledged fact among people who pay attention and aren't on her payroll. Nearly 20 years ago, New York Times columnist William Safire wrote: "Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our first lady - a woman of ...

Preening Trump card blocks serious political discourse

President Obama seems on the verge of the most abject diplomatic capitulation in American history - to Iran, our bitterest enemy - and Republicans are arguing about Donald Trump? The prospect of a deal with Iran is dumbfounding and infuriating, as the U.S. held all the cards in the protracted ...

Military-industrial-Congressional complex

President Obama is said to be considering an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending. He should sign it immediately.But he should go further and ban all political spending by federal contractors that receive more than half their revenues from ...

What (little) you see of Clinton is what you’ll get

It says something about Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign that it was big news that she submitted herself to an interview with a cable news journalist. It also says something that the journalist selected for this honor, Brianna Keilar of CNN, was recently a guest at the wedding of the ...

Deploying the 7 Cs to build resilience in children

One of the best ways to help our children become a successful, capable, happy human being is to teach resilience. Parents are role models for their children. People who can cope with the stress of everyday life, the occasional crisis, competently handle an emergency or natural disaster have ...

Sanders, socialists ignore how government oppresses poor

Nearly 10,000 people turned out to hear Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin. Why? Apparently, many Democrats want socialism.Sanders is the Vermont senator who is running for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.Sanders calls himself a "democratic socialist," not to be confused with New York ...

Kids locked up for failing to meet with dad released

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - A judge on Friday released three siblings who have spent two weeks in juvenile detention for refusing to meet with their estranged father.Oakland County Judge Lisa Gorcyca said she's sending the children to a summer camp, at the request of the father.She held a hearing ...