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Jury mulls fate of defendant in New Hampshire prep school rape trial

Friday August 28, 2015    8:43 AM

CONCORD, N.H. (Reuters) - A New Hampshire jury is set to begin its first full day of deliberations on Friday in the trial of Owen Labrie, a former student at an elite prep school accused of raping a 15-year-old freshman girl on campus days before his graduation. The trial, which began last week, has exposed uncomfortable aspects of the culture of St. Paulâ??s School, a nearly 160-year-old academy whose alumni in ... Full Story

Obama to herald New Orleans' progress ahead of Katrina anniversary

Thursday August 27, 2015    7:31 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday will highlight the "structural inequality" that hurt poor black people in New Orleans before the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, during a visit to celebrate the city's progress 10 years after the storm. On wh ... Full Story

On-air killings gripped millions in social media storm

Thursday August 27, 2015    5:16 AM

Within hours, the carefully scripted carnage carried out by a disgruntled former colleague spread to millions of viewers gripped by what had transformed into a social media storm. The governor initially described a car chase on his weekly radio show, with police on the shooter's tail on an int ... Full Story

Fire crews eye weather as heat, wind build in parts of West

Wednesday August 26, 2015    1:49 AM

"It's been a nightmare to breathe," said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers in Washington state.Conditions were starting to improve Tuesday and Rogers said he could see the sun for the first time in a week.That sun brought more heat to Washington, where firefighters kept a wary eye o ... Full Story

San Francisco judge deciding if murder suspect stands trial

Wednesday August 26, 2015    1:22 AM

San Francisco Judge Brendan Conroy could rule as early as Wednesday after a second day of testimony concludes in the preliminary hearing for Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez.Lopez-Sanchez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges. His lawyer says the shooting of Kate Steinle, 32, on July 1 ... Full Story

Improving economy shares blame for worst US traffic ever

Wednesday August 26, 2015    12:46 AM

Commuters in Washington, D.C., suffer the most, losing an average of 82 hours a year to rush-hour slowdowns, a new study finds. Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York come next on the list of urban areas with the longest delays.But the pain reaches across the nation.Overall, American motorist ... Full Story

Less-lethal weapons get new interest amid police shootings

Tuesday August 25, 2015    4:22 AM

Police have long had what they considered "nonlethal" weapons at their disposal, including pepper spray, stun guns and beanbag projectiles. But even those weapons have caused deaths, leading to a search for "less lethal" alternatives. The quest has taken on new urgency in the past year amid furor over a string of hig ... Full Story

Behind bright facade, Mississippi coast still battles Katrina demons

Friday August 28, 2015    8:16 AM

PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. (Reuters) - The columned facade of Pass Christian's city hall looks out over the Mississippi coastline to a refurbished harbor, a new yacht club and a bar where locals streamed in for sundown cocktails.     A few miles west, in the city of Bay St. Louis, tourists strolled through the colorful galleries, antique stores and cafes that dot its quaint main street.     Ten years ago this week, the eye of Hurricane Katrina ripped through these two small towns, which face ... Full Story

Study finds peak months for college students' 1st drug use

Thursday August 27, 2015    6:01 AM

College students tend to try stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin for the first time in November, December or April, according to the examination of 12 years of government survey data. They may believe the attention deficit disorder medications will help them ace their exams, even though ther ... Full Story

Grieving station comes together for newscast after deaths

Thursday August 27, 2015    5:07 AM

The show began with an image of the two victims â?? reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward â?? and the words "In Memory."Morning anchor Kim McBroom, who was on the air Wednesday morning when the shooting happened, briefly fought through tears as she prepared for the newscast T ... Full Story

Judge set to sentence Colorado theater shooter to life

Wednesday August 26, 2015    1:40 AM

"We know that is very, very hard for people to see," Arlene Holmes testified during her son's final sentencing hearing. "We cannot feel the depths of your pain. We can only listen to everything you have expressed, and we pray for you... We are very sorry this tragedy happened, and sorry everyone has suffered so much."With her husband, Robert, by her side, she was the final witness to take the lectern Tuesday, capping a sentencing hearing where more than 100 victims and survivors testified about the searing physical and emotional scars the 2012 shooting has left.Samour on Wednesday will formally sentence Holmes to life in prison without parole for the murders of 12 people and up to 3,318 additional years on attempte ... Full Story

Sex abuse charges against ex-school official prompt review

Wednesday August 26, 2015    1:04 AM

Jason Martinez's appointment to head the Albuquerque School District's instruction and technology division in June has prompted review into how a public employee could be hired at a district serving some 90,000 students with accusations as serious as those he is facing. He resigned abr ... Full Story

Urban areas where commuters endure the most extra hours

Wednesday August 26, 2015    12:37 AM

The following are urban areas ranked by the average annual extra hours commuters spend in their cars due to delay, together with the cost in lost time and fuel.1. Washington, D.C.-Virginia-Maryland, 82 hours, $1,8342. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, 80 hours, $1,7113. San Francisco-Oakland, 78 ho ... Full Story

New Orleans' finances still vulnerable 10 years after Katrina: Moody's

Monday August 24, 2015    8:07 AM

(Reuters) - A decade after New Orleans was hit by Hurricane Katrina, the costliest storm in U.S. history, the city's finances have improved but still face several challenges, according to a Moody's Investors Service report released on Monday. Pension, retiree healthcare and debt ... Full Story

Justin Bieber look-alike found dead at Motel 6 in SoCal

Thursday August 27, 2015    12:10 PM

Reality star and self-proclaimed Justin Bieber look-alike Tobias Strebel was found dead in a San Fernando Valley motel room, Eyewitness News has learned.The 35-year-old was found dead on Aug. 21 at a Motel 6. Strebel, who also goes by Toby Sheldon, appeared on reality series "Botched" and claimed to have spent $100,000 on plastic surgery to look like the pop star.