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Texas 'angel of death' nurse charged again in baby killing spree

Texas 'angel of death' nurse charged again in baby killing spree A former Texas nurse known as the "angel of death" for allegedly having killed up to 60 babies was served a new murder warrant linking her to the death of an infant boy more than 30 years ago, a district attorney said on Friday. Genene Jones, 66, was sentenced to 99 years in prison after being convicted of giving a fatal overdose to 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan in 1982. "She has been suspected in dozens of infant deaths, she has only been held accountable for one," Bexar County District Attorney Nicholas LaHood told reporters on Friday.


U.S. says Hezbollah associate pleads guilty to money laundering conspiracy

U.S. says Hezbollah associate pleads guilty to money laundering conspiracy (Reuters) - A Lebanese man accused of trying to use his ties to Hezbollah to further a scheme to launder drug money pleaded guilty on Friday in a Brooklyn, New York federal court to a U.S. money laundering conspiracy charge.


Alabama 'pill mill' doctor tied to Insys gets 21 years in prison

Alabama 'pill mill' doctor tied to Insys gets 21 years in prison Xiulu Ruan, who with John Couch ran the Physicians Pain Specialists of Alabama clinics, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Callie Granade in Mobile, Alabama, after a jury in March found them guilty of racketeering conspiracy and other felonies. Gordon Armstrong, a lawyer for Ruan, said he planned to appeal.


Sponsors abandon Puerto Rican parade in NY after nationalist honored

Sponsors abandon Puerto Rican parade in NY after nationalist honored Oscar Lopez Rivera, 74, was convicted in 1981 of numerous charges, along with other members of the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN), who sought to secure Puerto Rican independence from the United States. Rivera's sentence was commuted by former President Barack Obama, and the prisoner was freed this month.


How artists can heal – and heal others – after tragedy

How artists can heal – and heal others – after tragedy The American rock band Eagles of Death Metal was performing on stage at the Bataclan, a Paris club, when gunmen opened fire. “Music is important … It’s a talisman for helping those people heal, ” said Josh Homme, the band’s drummer, in a recent HBO documentary about their return to Paris. The documentary, “Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends),” captures an emotional journey after the attacks for the band and fans.


Texas teacher disciplined for 'terrorist' award for student

Texas teacher disciplined for 'terrorist' award for student At least one Houston-area teacher has been disciplined after presenting a seventh grade student with the mock award "most likely to be a terrorist," a school district official said on Friday. "The Channelview ISD Administration would like to apologize for the insensitive and offensive fake mock awards that were given to students in a classroom," Marcus Kramer, a spokesman for the district, said in a statement. The student, Lizeth Villanueva, 13, told Houston broadcaster KPRC she was shocked when she was given the award on Tuesday at the end of the school year, adding the teacher thought it would be funny.


Montana election victory is also a warning for Republicans

Montana election victory is also a warning for Republicans Montana’s wild election for an open US House seat is in the history books. Recommended: What do you know about Donald Trump? “There’s no question that the House is in play” in the midterms, says GOP strategist Ford O’Connell.


Accused South Carolina serial killer pleads guilty to seven murders: reports

Accused South Carolina serial killer pleads guilty to seven murders: reports The defendant, Todd Kohlhepp, 46, admitted to chaining a woman inside a storage shed on his rural property for two months and to a 2003 massacre of four people at a motorbike store, among other crimes, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported. As a part of the plea deal, Kohlhepp agreed not to contest the validity of the conviction in state or federal court and gave up his right to appeal, the newspaper reported. Lawyers for Kohlhepp and the Spartanburg County prosecutor were not immediately available for comment.


Trump at NATO: How Manchester delayed alliance's reckoning with Russia

Trump at NATO: How Manchester delayed alliance's reckoning with Russia The horrendous terrorist attack in Manchester this week gave a tragic assist to President Trump’s hopes of escaping, with a nine-day overseas trip, Washington’s focus on all things Russian. In these experts’ view, the diversion represents a failure to recognize that Vladimir Putin’s Russia and groups like the Islamic State are both adversaries of the Western liberal order – two peas in the same anti-Western pod, so to speak. Recommended: How much do you know about NATO?


Oakland, California construction collapse hurts 13 workers

Oakland, California construction collapse hurts 13 workers Workers were pouring concrete to create the second floor when the scaffolding gave way, according to Ian McWhorter, a fire department battalion chief. Some ended up trapped in wet concrete or beneath fallen debris, he told reporters at the scene, according to video footage of a news conference.


U.S. to carry out first ICBM intercept test

U.S. to carry out first ICBM intercept test The United States will test an existing missile defense system to try to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) next week, U.S. officials said on Friday, at a time when North Korea is trying to develop one. The test, scheduled for Tuesday, is the first time the United States will try to intercept an ICBM. The United States has used the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, managed by Boeing Co. and in place to counter attacks from rogue states such as North Korea, to intercept other types of missiles but never an ICBM.


Turkish NBA star tweets 'you can't catch me' at arrest warrant report

Turkish NBA star tweets 'you can't catch me' at arrest warrant report ANKARA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Enes Kanter, the Turkish NBA star whose home country has revoked his passport, on Friday expressed disdain on social media at reports that Turkey's government had issued a warrant for his arrest. Kanter's agent, the National Basketball Association player's union and representatives for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kanter's team, did not respond to requests for comment. Kanter, a vocal critic of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, was detained in Romania on May 20 when authorities learned his Turkish passport had been revoked.


'What you need to know': Jared Kushner

'What you need to know': Jared Kushner Jared Kushner now a focus of FBI Russian investigation.


A day for Africans to rise

A day for Africans to rise Across Africa on May 25, thousands of people celebrated Africa Day, an event first marked in 1963 to honor the continent’s liberation from colonial powers. The day was dubbed “Africans Rising,” which hints at both its optimism and its grass-roots nature. “Let this be the day that Africa starts having conversations of change with itself,” said Mildred Ngesa of Peace pen Communications in Kenya.


Ramadan 2017: Donald Trump issues statement mentioning terrorism in almost every sentence

Ramadan 2017: Donald Trump issues statement mentioning terrorism in almost every sentence Donald Trump has issued his first statement commemorating Ramadan as president, and fit mentions of terrorism into nearly half of it. Mr Bush at that time wrote of the diversity in Muslim communities, and of the teachings of Islam to be charitable, extend mercy, and search for peace.


Hillary Clinton attacks proposed Trump budget cuts as 'cruelty'

Hillary Clinton attacks proposed Trump budget cuts as 'cruelty' Hillary Clinton assailed the man who beat her to the White House, slamming as "unimaginable cruelty" President Donald Trump's proposal to cut $3.6 trillion in government spending over the next decade in a speech on Friday. The defeated Democratic candidate did not name the Republican president in her remarks to the graduating class at her alma mater, Wellesley College. It is an attack of unimaginable cruelty on the most vulnerable among us," Clinton told a crowd at the all-women's college, located in Boston's suburbs.


Fingers crossed! Washington zoo hopes to get panda pregnant again

Fingers crossed! Washington zoo hopes to get panda pregnant again Zoo officials in Washington hope they can get lucky again with female giant panda Mei Xiang. The Smithsonian's National Zoo is trying to get the 18-year-old giant panda pregnant in hopes she will deliver her fourth living cub in a move to boost the species, officials said on Friday. There are about 1,800 giant pandas in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which classifies them as "vulnerable." Mei Xiang had artificial insemination performed on her twice on Thursday after she had shown signs of being in estrus, or capable of becoming pregnant, the zoo said in a statement.


Atlanta Fed pares U.S. second-quarter GDP growth estimate to 3.7 percent

Atlanta Fed pares U.S. second-quarter GDP growth estimate to 3.7 percent NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. economy is expected to expand at a 3.7 percent annualized pace in the second quarter based on reports released earlier this week that showed decreases in new and existing home sales in April, the Atlanta Federal Reserve's GDP Now forecast model showed on Friday.


Woman awarded $95.6 million in Philadelphia building collapse settlement

Woman awarded $95.6 million in Philadelphia building collapse settlement A Ukrainian immigrant who underwent amputations after a Philadelphia building collapsed on her was awarded $95.6 million as part of a settlement for victims of the 2013 disaster that killed seven people and injured 12 others, her attorney said on Friday. An arbitrator responsible for dividing between victims the $227 million personal injury settlement reached in February assigned 55-year-old Mariya Plekan the biggest piece of the sum, attorney Andrew Stern said. Plekan was shopping in a Salvation Army on June 5, 2013, when the one-story thrift store was struck by debris from a vacant neighboring building that collapsed while being demolished.


Cat visits every national park

Cat visits every national park This adventurous feline really is an outdoors cat — as he is currently making his way around every national park in the United States.


Credit Myths That Cost You Money

Credit Myths That Cost You Money Credit scores are confusing. You can pay off your student loans and see your credit score drop. You can add significant credit card debt and see your score soar. It's no wonder there are so many misconceptions about how to build or improve credit.


U.S. fossil fuel groups pull out of climate change court case

U.S. fossil fuel groups pull out of climate change court case By Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three fossil fuel industry groups dropped their attempt to intervene in a court case over climate change this week after failing to reach an agreement on a unified legal position on climate science, court filings show. The American Petroleum Institute (API) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), prominent trade groups in the oil and gas industry, along with the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), intervened in a federal case in which a group of teenagers sued the U.S. government for violating their constitutional rights by causing climate change.


How to Maintain and Repair Your Gas Grill

How to Maintain and Repair Your Gas Grill Consumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. Whether you’ve been using it all year or haven’t touched it in months, you should give your grill the once-over before t...


U.S. home prices to rise at a strong pace on tight supply: Reuters poll

U.S. home prices to rise at a strong pace on tight supply: Reuters poll After climbing 5.0 percent in each of the last two years, the S&P/Case Shiller composite index of home prices in 20 metropolitan areas is expected to gain another 5.6 percent this year and 4.2 percent next year. This is the fifth straight quarterly Reuters poll in which analysts have bolstered their view of higher prices in 2017.


American service member dies in northern Syria: Pentagon

American service member dies in northern Syria: Pentagon WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. service member died after being hurt when a vehicle rolled over in northern Syria, the U.S. military said on Friday. No further details were immediately available, according to a statement from the Combined Joint Task Force that oversees the U.S.-led coalition in the region. (Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by David Alexander)


Attack on Egypt Christians kills 26

Attack on Egypt Christians kills 26 Masked gunmen attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians on a visit to a monastery south of the Egyptian capital on Friday, killing at least 26 people, officials said. The assailants sprayed the bus headed for Saint Samuel monastery in Minya province with gunfire before fleeing, provincial governor Essam el-Bedawi told state television. Health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed told state television that 26 people were killed and another 25 wounded.


NATO attempts to contain Russia, raising conflict risk: Moscow

NATO attempts to contain Russia, raising conflict risk: Moscow Russia on Friday accused NATO of increasing the threat of conflict, insisting attempts by the US-led alliance to curb Moscow have left ties at their lowest ebb since the USSR collapsed. "At present NATO-Russian relations are at their worst since the end of the Cold War," the foreign ministry in Moscow said in a statement. The ministry said NATO was pursuing a policy of "containment" towards Russia that has seen it bolster its forces along the country's border in eastern Europe.


U.S. college teaches veterans to heal each others' mental wounds

U.S. college teaches veterans to heal each others' mental wounds Former U.S. Army Specialist Tara Barney will never forget the 2013 night when a fellow soldier cried as he described holding a dying friend in his arms, a wartime memory he had not shared with anyone. Barney, now 34, says that moment defined her future. Founded in 2011, the school's programs aim to address the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and other mental health conditions experienced by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other conflicts.


Alabama executes 75-year-old inmate convicted of 1982 murder

Alabama executes 75-year-old inmate convicted of 1982 murder Tommy Arthur was put to death by lethal injection at 12:15 a.m. (0515 GMT) in Atmore, Alabama, prison spokesman Bob Horton said, adding there were no complications during the execution. Arthur said goodbye to his children before his execution, Horton said. Arthur was executed shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay on his execution as it considered arguments from his attorneys.


Republican wins Montana special election despite assault charge

Republican wins Montana special election despite assault charge By Justin Mitchell BOZEMAN, Mont. (Reuters) - Republican Greg Gianforte defeated a political novice to win Montana's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, barely 24 hours after he was charged with assaulting a reporter who asked him about the Republican healthcare bill. A race that was expected to be a test of President Donald Trump's political influence ahead of next year's U.S. congressional elections was jolted by the charge against Gianforte, a wealthy technology executive who had urged voters to send him to Congress to help Trump. "I should not have treated that reporter that way." Gianforte beat Democrat Rob Quist, a banjo player and first-time candidate who had focused his campaign on criticism of the Republican effort to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's healthcare law.


US prisoner executed in eighth date with death

US prisoner executed in eighth date with death Tommy Arthur was executed late Thursday after his eighth, and final, rendezvous with the US state of Alabama's capital punishment system. The 75-year-old was given a lethal injection after the US Supreme Court allowed the execution to proceed by denying the inmate's stay requests. Arthur's death ends a legal saga spanning more than three decades in which he became known by some as the Houdini of death row, managing to evade his final sentence seven times.


Alabama executes man for 1982 murder-for-hire

Alabama executes man for 1982 murder-for-hire ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An inmate once called the "Houdini" of Alabama's death row for escaping seven past execution dates through legal challenges was put to death early Friday for a 1982 murder-for-hire shooting.


Chris Cornell Had Fresh Track Marks On His Arm: Report

Chris Cornell Had Fresh Track Marks On His Arm: Report While authorities ruled the Audioslave and Soundgarden frontman took his own life last week Thursday, his family raised doubts over the findings.


The Latest: Alabama executes man for 1982 murder-for-hire

The Latest: Alabama executes man for 1982 murder-for-hire MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the execution of Alabama prisoner Tommy Arthur (all times local):


Colorado oil tank fire kills one, injures three

Colorado oil tank fire kills one, injures three A blaze engulfed a Colorado oil tank battery on Thursday, killing one worker and injuring three, authorities said. Emergency crews were dispatched to the Anadarko Petroleum Corp plant outside the town of Mead and found the site in flames, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Two workers were taken to a local hospital for burns while a third worker was taken to a separate hospital for undisclosed injuries, the sheriff said.


The Latest: Gianforte wins House race after assault charge

The Latest: Gianforte wins House race after assault charge BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the misdemeanor assault case against Greg Gianforte, a Republican candidate for a Montana congressional seat in a special election Thursday. (all times local):


Trump berates NATO for dodging defence dues

Trump berates NATO for dodging defence dues US President Donald Trump on Thursday launched an extraordinary broadside at NATO allies for failing to pay their fair share of the defence bill. The billionaire leader used the highest possible profile platform of his first NATO summit in Brussels to accuse members of the alliance of owing "massive amounts of money". Unveiling a memorial to the 9/11 attacks at NATO's new headquarters, Trump also urged the alliance to get tougher on tackling terrorism and immigration in the wake of the Manchester attack.


U.S. court fines UPS $247 million over illegal cigarette shipments

U.S. court fines UPS $247 million over illegal cigarette shipments The ruling by District Judge Katherine Forrest of Manhattan justified the amount saying the court was convinced "modest penalties" will not make a "sufficient corporate impact" on UPS. In total, New York state is awarded $165.8 million and plaintiff New York City is awarded $81.2 million. The federal judge in March held UPS liable for having illegally shipped hundreds of thousands of cartons of untaxed cigarettes in New York, depriving the state and New York City of millions of dollars of taxes.


DARPA reveals design of its space plane for faster, cheaper satellite launches

DARPA reveals design of its space plane for faster, cheaper satellite launches Launching satellites into orbit could get a lot cheaper thanks to an experimental space plane.  SEE ALSO: NASA's new space fabric looks like chain mail and can protect astronauts This week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) revealed the design for the XS-1, which is set to be built by Boeing. The hypersonic aircraft would launch vertically, deploy a second stage to carry a satellite into orbit, and then land like a normal airplane.  Although the aircraft is still in the concept phase, DARPA believes the final result will be a vehicle that will provide "short-notice, low-cost access to space" for both military and commercial use. Initial tests of the XS-1 technology will attempt 10 flights over the course of 10 days with the ultimate goal being routine low-Earth orbit flights for around $5 million or less per launch. (Currently, it costs SpaceX about $62 million to launch its Falcon 9 rocket into orbit.) "We're delighted to see this truly futuristic capability coming closer to reality," DARPA's Brad Tousley said in a statement on the agency's website. "Demonstration of aircraft-like, on-demand, and routine access to space is important for meeting critical Defense Department needs and could help open the door to a range of next-generation commercial opportunities." And while this futuristic space plane and the opportunities it may afford sound exciting, actual flight tests aren't scheduled to happen until 2020. For now, you'll have to use the concept video (above) to imagine this very near future of space travel.  WATCH:


San Bernardino attack suspects shot up to 27 times

San Bernardino attack suspects shot up to 27 times LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities released a report Thursday detailing the manhunt and shootout with a husband and wife who killed 14 people and wounded 22 others in the San Bernardino attack in December 2015.


Up to 600,000 immigrants in U.S. South may have path to legal status: analysis

Up to 600,000 immigrants in U.S. South may have path to legal status: analysis A statistical review of immigrant screenings done by Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) determined that around 15 percent of the 4 million illegal immigrants in seven southern U.S. states had grounds to apply for legal status based on fears of persecution in their homeland, family ties or other factors. The percentage of the 11 million illegal immigrants across the country who might be eligible to stay in the United States could be even higher, according to University of California at San Diego political scientist Tom Wong, who conducted the analysis for CLINIC. "As we ramp up immigration enforcement in the United States, we should take this figure and remind ourselves that we shouldn't deport first and then ask questions," Wong said in a telephone interview.


Report yields new details in 2014 Yosemite air tanker crash

Report yields new details in 2014 Yosemite air tanker crash LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 2014 fatal crash of an air tanker fighting a forest fire in Yosemite National Park came just after the pilot was warned to avoid a tree to the right but then struck trees to the left, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report.


California inmate firefighter killed in line of duty

California inmate firefighter killed in line of duty One of thousands of prison inmate volunteers trained to fight wildfires in California was killed by a falling tree in the far northwestern corner of the state, marking the fourth such fatality in 60 years, state corrections officials said on Thursday. Matthew Beck, 26, who had been serving a six-year sentence for burglary and was due to be paroled in October, was leading a crew in clearing brush to contain a fire in the Hoopa Valley area of Del Norte County on Wednesday. Beck was one of roughly 3,900 specially trained prison inmates, all volunteers and all non-violent offenders, who form the backbone of California's wildfire protection force.


'Racially motivated' fight leaves Arizona prison on lockdown

'Racially motivated' fight leaves Arizona prison on lockdown PHOENIX (AP) — A privately run prison in Arizona remained on lockdown Thursday after four inmates were injured in a brawl involving about 80 prisoners that authorities had to use pepper spray to break up.


Alabama inmate seeking to avoid eighth execution date given temporary reprieve

Alabama inmate seeking to avoid eighth execution date given temporary reprieve In a two-sentence order, the court issued a temporary stay for the execution of Tommy Arthur, with the action announced less than an hour before he was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. CDT (2300 GMT) in Atmore, Alabama. Alabama was still planning for the execution to be held on Thursday night, Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton said. Three juries have found him guilty of shooting Troy Wicker to death as he slept.


Trump son-in-law Kushner under FBI scrutiny in Russia probe: media reports

Trump son-in-law Kushner under FBI scrutiny in Russia probe: media reports President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser, is under scrutiny by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Russia probe, the Washington Post and NBC News reported on Thursday. Kushner is being investigated because of his meetings in December and other possible interactions with the Russian ambassador and a banker from Moscow, the Post reported, citing people familiar with the investigation. Kushner is the only current White House official known to be considered a key person in the probe, the newspaper reported.


Civil rights group sues in U.S. court over immigration detention

Civil rights group sues in U.S. court over immigration detention The ACLU said in its filing that in recent weeks there have been a new series of hunger strikes at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers in Georgia, Oregon and Washington, adding hunger strikes have previously hit detention centers in Arizona, Florida, Louisiana and Texas. The suit comes as U.S. Republican President Donald Trump has promised a crackdown on illegal immigration and the Republican-dominated U.S. Congress this month agreed to fund an additional 5,300 detention beds for those suspected of illegally entering the country.


Alabama doctor tied to Insys gets 20 years for illegal prescriptions

Alabama doctor tied to Insys gets 20 years for illegal prescriptions John Couch, who with Xiulu Ruan ran the Physicians Pain Specialists of Alabama clinics, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Callie Granade in Mobile, Alabama, after a jury in March found them guilty of racketeering conspiracy and other felonies. According to court papers, Physician's Pain Specialists of Alabama had two clinic locations in Mobile. The case, filed in 2015, focused partly on two brand name instant-release fentanyl drugs, Subsys, manufactured by Insys, and Abstral, which was then manufactured by Galena Biopharma Inc.


San Francisco fund manager pleads guilty to fraud conspiracy

San Francisco fund manager pleads guilty to fraud conspiracy A San Francisco investment fund manager pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring to defraud investors by fabricating an impressive investing track record, New York federal prosecutors announced. Nicholas Mitsakos, who ran a fund called Matrix Capital Markets, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and wire fraud in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors said.


The Latest: California guards recovering after mass attack

The Latest: California guards recovering after mass attack SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a mass assault on guards at a California state prison (all times local):