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Today in History (04/27/15)
Today is Monday, April 27, the 117th day of 2015. There are 248 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On April 27, 1865, in America's worst maritime disaster, the steamer Sultana, carrying freed Union prisoners of war, exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee; death toll estimates vary from 1,500 to 2,000. Cornell University was established as New York Gov. Reuben E. Fenton signed a measure approving its charter...
College's guardian donkey has surprise birth (04/27/15)
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. -- The University of Rhode Island may have a new guard for its animal herd after a baby donkey was born. Jenny, one of the university's two guard donkeys, gave birth to the foal last week at the school's Peckham Farm. The university uses the donkeys to protect its goats and sheep from coyotes and feral dogs. The birth came as a surprise, since both older donkeys are female. University officials believe she was pregnant when they acquired her in May...
Aftershocks terrify quake survivors; 3,200 dead (04/27/15)
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Shell-shocked and sleeping in the streets, tens of thousands of Nepalis braced against aftershocks Sunday while digging for survivors of the massive earthquake that ripped this Himalayan nation a day earlier, killing more than 3,200 people...
Family, friends in Baltimore mourn death of arrested man (04/27/15)
BALTIMORE -- Mourners filed for hours Sunday past the coffin of the man who died after sustaining serious injuries in the custody of Baltimore police, somberly paying respects after a night of violent protests. All afternoon, a steady stream of people entered the funeral home for a wake for Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died a week after an encounter with police left him with grave spinal injuries...
Late spring complicates already-perilous amphibian migration (04/27/15)
CONCORD, N.H. -- Northern New England's annual amphibian migration is always perilous, but critters that cross roads to breed are facing an additional challenge this year: a delayed start after the long winter. Every spring, several species of salamanders and frogs travel to vernal pools -- temporary bodies of water created by melted snow -- to mate and lay eggs, and the resulting offspring need several months to develop and grow legs before the pools dry up in summer. ...
Clinton Foundation admits missteps in donor disclosure (04/27/15)
WASHINGTON -- The acting chief executive of the Clinton Foundation is acknowledging the global philanthropy made mistakes in how it disclosed its donors amid growing scrutiny as Hillary Rodham Clinton opens her presidential campaign. In a blog posting Sunday, Maura Pally defended the foundation's work and reaffirmed its commitment to transparency, describing its policies on donor disclosure and contributions from foreign governments as "stronger than ever."...
Nepal quake kills more than 1,900; toll will rise (04/26/15)
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Tens of thousands of people were spending the night in the open under a chilly and thunderous sky after a powerful earthquake devastated Nepal on Saturday, killing more than 1,900, collapsing modern houses and ancient temples and triggering a landslide on Mount Everest...
As contributions fall, House GOP rebels blame party leaders (04/26/15)
WASHINGTON -- As he began his first re-election run in early 2013, tea party Rep. Thomas Massie had no trouble raising money from business interests. Then came 2015. The Kentucky Republican voted against returning John Boehner, R-Ohio, to the speaker's job and opposed an effort by GOP leaders to avoid a standoff with President Barack Obama over immigration that threatened to shut down the Department of Homeland Security...
Thief sneaks ice cream cooler past sleeping store clerk (04/26/15)
OAKLAND PARK, Fla. -- Deputies say a thief worked for 15 minutes to drag a cooler full of Good Humor ice cream past a sleeping clerk at a gas station. Surveillance cameras captured a man walking up to the store at 4:09 a.m. April 2 to find the clerk sleeping. Authorities say the man opened the ice cream cooler, peered at the clerk, looked into the camera and flashed a middle finger. He pulled the $2,500 cooler through the store's doors. Dennis Norman later was arrested on grand theft charges...
Thousands take to the streets for Freddie Gray rally (04/26/15)
BALTIMORE -- Thousands of protesters took to the streets Saturday to demand answers in the case of Freddie Gray, the largest rally since the 25-year-old black man died in police custody. After a few hours of peaceful demonstrations, scores of rowdy protesters crowded outside of Camden Yards, where the Baltimore Orioles were set to play the Boston Red Sox...
Today in History 4-26-15 (04/26/15)
Today is Sunday, April 26, the 116th day of 2015. There are 249 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 26, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was surrounded by federal troops near Port Royal, Virginia, and killed. (As he lay dying, Booth looked at his hands and supposedly gasped, "Useless, useless.")...
Today in History (04/25/15)
Today is Saturday, April 25, the 115th day of 2015. There are 250 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On April 25, 1945, during World War II, U.S. and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe River, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germany's defenses. Delegates from some 50 countries gathered in San Francisco to organize the United Nations...
Few vets getting care through $10 billion VA program (04/24/15)
NEW YORK -- A new program that was supposed to get patients off waiting lists at Veterans Affairs medical centers by letting them switch to private-sector doctors is proving to be an even bigger disappointment than initially thought. The Veteran's Choice program launched Nov. ...
American, Italian hostages killed in U.S. drone strike (04/24/15)
WASHINGTON -- Blaming the "fog of war," President Barack Obama revealed Thursday that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan inadvertently killed two hostages held by al-Qaida, as well as two Americans who had leadership roles with the terror network. Obama somberly said he took full responsibility for the January CIA strikes and regretted the deaths of hostages Warren Weinstein of Rockville, Maryland, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian aid worker...
Firefighters rescue man who wedged inside wall to evade cops (04/24/15)
Firefighters rescue man who wedged inside wall to evade cops MONROVIA, Ind. -- A central Indiana man who hid inside a wall in his home to avoid arrest had to be rescued by firefighters after he became wedged next to its chimney for more than a day. Steven Shuler was trying to avoid arrest on a probation violation Monday when he squeezed down a narrow hole in the attic floor next to the chimney in his home in Monrovia, about 25 miles southwest of Indianapolis, officials said...
Nasdaq sets record high, 15 years after dot-com bubble (04/24/15)
NEW YORK -- Fifteen years, one month and thirteen days. That's how long it took the Nasdaq composite index to close above the record it set at the apex of the dot-com bubble. The Nasdaq rose 20.89 points, or 0.4 percent, to 5,056.06, above the record of 5,048.62 it set on March 10, 2000. In many ways, the crossing of that threshold is purely ceremonial and psychological...
'Rough ride'? Lawyer says fatally injured arrestee lacked belt (04/24/15)
BALTIMORE -- No video captured what happened to Freddie Gray inside the police van where officers heaved him into a metal compartment after pinning him to a sidewalk. The cause of his fatal spine injury has not been revealed. But a troubling detail emerged as hundreds of protesters converged on City Hall again Thursday: He was not only handcuffed and put in leg irons, but left without a seat belt during his trip to the station, a police union's lawyer said...
Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general (04/24/15)
WASHINGTON -- Loretta Lynch won confirmation as the nation's first black female attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end. The 56-43 vote installs Lynch, now U.S. ...
Petraeus sentenced to 2 years' probation for military leak (04/24/15)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Former CIA director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced Thursday to two years' probation and fined $100,000 for giving her classified material while she was working on the book...
Today in History (04/24/15)
Today is Friday, April 24, the 114th day of 2015. There are 251 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 24, 1915, what's regarded as the start of the Armenian genocide began as the Ottoman Empire rounded up Armenian political and cultural leaders in Constantinople...
Nation, world briefs (04/23/15)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate unanimously passed legislation Wednesday to help the victims of human trafficking, ending a tortuous partisan standoff over abortion that also delayed confirmation of President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch. ...
Gyrocopter pilot flew 30 miles in restricted space (04/23/15)
WASHINGTON -- A Florida postal carrier steered his small gyrocopter through protected Washington airspace for 30 miles to the U.S. Capitol, tracked by the nation's top security agencies, which feared harming tourists on the National Mall if they tried to shoot him down, senior lawmakers said Wednesday...
Officials: Extremist's misfire foiled attack on Paris church (04/23/15)
PARIS -- An Islamic extremist with an arsenal of loaded guns was prevented from opening fire on churchgoers only because he accidentally shot himself in the leg, French officials said Wednesday. The 24-year-old computer science student, who also was suspected in the death of a young woman whose body was found Sunday shortly before his arrest, had been flagged as a risk for intent to travel to Syria, but there had been no specific reason to open a judicial investigation, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Wednesday.. ...
8 million phone calls unanswered as IRS cut taxpayer service (04/23/15)
WASHINGTON -- The IRS' overloaded phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this filing season as the agency cut millions of dollars from taxpayer services. For those who weren't disconnected, 40 percent got through to a person. Many of those had to wait on hold for more than 30 minutes, IRS commissioner John Koskinen said Wednesday...
Today in History (04/23/15)
Today is Thursday, April 23, the 113th day of 2015. There are 252 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 23, 2005, the recently created video-sharing website YouTube uploaded its first clip. Titled "Me at the Zoo," the video consisted of 18 seconds of YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim standing in front of an elephant enclosure at the San Diego Zoo, commenting on the animals' "really, really, really long, uh, trunks." (Today, YouTube claims more than 1 billion users and says that 300 hours of video are uploaded every minute.). ...
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