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  • Connecticut Repeals Death Penalty

    Connecticut Repeals Death Penalty

    (HARTFORD, Conn.) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed the state’s death penalty repeal bill into law Wednesday, but the new law will not affect the 11 convicted killers already on death row, including the two men who killed the wife and daughters of Dr. William Petit. The bill signing made Connecticut the seventeenth state to abolish the death penalty. The new law replaces the death penalty with a sentence of life without parole. It abolished the death penalty for future cases only and does not affect those on death row curently in the state. The state has only put to […]

  • Hiding John Edward’s Mistress Was a Job

    Hiding John Edward’s Mistress Was a Job

    (GREENSBORO, N.C.) — John Edwards’ former aide testified today that even after Edwards lost the presidential nomination, he was told that hiding Edwards’ mistress was still “the most important job on the campaign” because Edwards was angling to be vice president. Andrew Young told the court that living with Edwards’ demanding girlfriend Rielle Hunter was unpleasant and that he began to suspect that Edwards was not going to keep promises made to Young. The tension became so great that during a meeting, Edwards and Young came close to throwing punches, Young said on Wednesday. Young and his wife, Cheri, had […]

  • President Obama is ‘Angry’ About Secret Service Scandal, Carney Says

    President Obama is ‘Angry’ About Secret Service Scandal, Carney Says

    (WASHINGTON) — Now that the allegations against the dozen U.S. Secret Service agents and officers have been investigated and proven accurate, President Obama is “angry,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters Wednesday. The president had previously stated he was withholding judgment until the allegations were investigated. “Yes,” Carney said when asked if the president was “angry.” “I think he said as much in the interview he did with Jimmy Fallon last night. But he also believes that the actions of these individuals do not represent the Service as a whole… 99 percent of the men and women who […]

  • Bradley Manning: Judge Denies Dismissal, Sets Trial Date

    Bradley Manning: Judge Denies Dismissal, Sets Trial Date

    (FORT MEADE, Md.) — The judge overseeing the hearings of the alleged WikiLeaker PFC Bradley Manning denied a defense request Wednesday to dismiss all charges with prejudice. Manning’s lawyers had argued that they didn’t receive key pieces of evidence from the prosecution and therefore the charges should be dismissed. At the Ft. Meade, Md., courthouse Wednesday morning Col. Denise Lind said that the defense does not have a right for discovery prior to the referral for court martial, which was made in early January; therefore there were no violations by the government in disclosure of information to the defense. Citing […]

  • Clues for Missing Tucson Girl Sought in Surveillance Video

    Clues for Missing Tucson Girl Sought in Surveillance Video

    (TUCSON, Ariz.) — The answer to how 6-year-old Isabel Celis disappeared from her Tucson home last Saturday may be found in surveillance videos from neighboring houses and stores, police said Wednesday. One camera is attached to a home just 75 yards away and points directly at the Celis family’s house, while others are attached to nearby businesses. Police hope they could yield clues to the girl’s overnight disappearance. Celis was reported missing by her father around 8 a.m. Saturday after her mother left for work and her father went to wake her up. The child was not in her room, […]

  • New Jersey Autistic Boy Records Teachers’ Alleged Abuse

    New Jersey Autistic Boy Records Teachers’ Alleged Abuse

    (NEW YORK) — A New Jersey dad who suspected something was “horrifyingly wrong” at school when his autistic son began acting violently, had the boy wear a digital recorder and discovered teachers verbally abusing him. Stuart Chaifetz, 44, described his 10-year-old son Akian as a “sweet and gentle child” with a penchant for acrobatics and a deep bond with his three dogs. So Chaifetz said it was totally out of character when he began receiving reports from Horace Mann Elementary School that Akian was hitting his teacher and a teacher’s aide. “The thing that said to me that something horrifyingly […]

  • Boy on Heart Transplant List Found After Being Kidnapped from Hospital

    Boy on Heart Transplant List Found After Being Kidnapped from Hospital

    (ST. LOUIS) — A boy awaiting a heart transplant was found outside of Chicago after he was taken from a St. Louis hospital by his father, who does not have custody of his son. An Amber Alert and a SARAA missing child alert were issued for Porter Stone, 5, after he was taken from the hospital by his 33-year-old father, Jeffrey Stone, at approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday.  The father then called Tiffany Stone, the boy’s mother who has sole custody of him, to inform her that he was taking their son.  Tiffany Stone was reportedly at the hospital at the […]