BOOST TO BUSH? Romney exit from '16 race resets GOP field

Friday, 30 January 2015 18:47
Mitt Romney’s announcement Friday that he will not run for president a third time has reset the budding 2016 field – with political strategists saying his exit could position Jeb Bush as establishment favorite while helping him assemble a campaign team in key early-voting states. At the same time, the former Florida governor could become an even bigger target for party conservatives who criticize both Bush and Romney as too moderate; now, only Bush remains.
New York City pharmacist who tried to make ricin, weapons-grade toxins, sentenced to prison
Friday, 30 January 2015 18:09
TRENTON, N.J. – A New York City pharmacist who admitted to trying to make weapons-grade ricin and other legal toxins has been sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison. Jordan Gonzalez was arrested on drug-related charges in 2013. He pleaded guilty in May 2014 to knowingly attempting to develop, produce and possess toxins and to possessing equipment for producing illegal narcotics. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT He admitted he had been assembling equipment and materials to produce ricin,…
Attorney wants mistrial declared in Vanderbilt rape case, says juror did not disclose rape
Friday, 30 January 2015 18:09
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An attorney for one of the ex-Vanderbilt University football players convicted of raping an unconscious fellow student says he will ask that a mistrial be declared after learning that a jury member was a rape victim. Fletcher Long says the juror was asked during jury selection about past experience with the criminal justice system, as either a victim or defendant. Long says the juror failed to disclose the rape. ADVERTISEMENT
Defense in Etan Patz murder trial in New York attacks confession
Friday, 30 January 2015 17:43
By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - The mother of Etan Patz, a boy whose disappearance from a New York City street in 1979 ignited a national movement to find missing children, will tell jurors at his accused killer's trial about the "nightmare that never ended," a prosecutor said on Friday. In opening statements in the kidnapping and murder trial of Pedro Hernandez, Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said the former deli worker who confessed…
'DRAGON' DINOSAUR New species of dino discovered in China
Friday, 30 January 2015 17:43
Artist's conception of Qijianglong, chased by two carnivorous dinosaurs in southern China 160 million years ago. (Illustration: Lida Xing) A new species of long-necked dinosaur was discovered by Canadian paleontologists from bones discovered in central China, according to the "Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology." Dubbed the Qijianglong (“dragon of Quijang”), the sauropod has a neck that measures 25 feet long, virtually half of its body length. “As far as I know, there are no more bones…
Aviation leaders seek new safety mandate after deadly 2014
Friday, 30 January 2015 17:17
Children write messages of hope for passengers of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) outside Kuala Lumpur June 14, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said By Allison Lampert and Allison Martell MONTREAL (Reuters) – Aviation leaders will try to secure a mandate to implement new safety standards when they meet next week after a string of high-profile accidents around the world made 2014 the deadliest year for commercial airlines in almost a decade.
Canadian PM seeks wider terror laws
Friday, 30 January 2015 17:08
30 January 2015Last updated at 21:52 Share this pageDeliciousDiggFacebookredditStumbleUponTwitterEmailPrint "Violent jihadism is not a human right," Stephen Harper said. "It is an act of war." Continue reading the main story Related StoriesAftermath of Ottawa attackCanada shootings and the terrorism debate Encouraging terror attacks against Canada will become a crime under legislation proposed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Ohio judge stays order to return seized tigers, other exotic animals to Ohio sanctuary owner
Friday, 30 January 2015 17:07
TOLEDO, Ohio – A judge's ruling ordering Ohio officials to return six tigers, a lion and other animals to their owner is on hold for now. The judge on Friday issued a stay to his order from earlier in the week. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT That means Ohio officials will be able to keep the 11 exotic animals at least until a hearing on the matter next Tuesday. The state also filed a formal appeal of the…
Ohio reschedules executions for 7 death row inmates meaning no inmate put to death in 2015
Friday, 30 January 2015 17:07
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The state has rescheduled executions for seven death row inmates as it tries to find new lethal drugs, meaning no inmate will be put to death in Ohio in 2015. The announcement Friday affects six executions this year, including one set for Feb. 11, and one previously scheduled for 2016 that was pushed farther back. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The state prisons agency said the move follows a federal judge's previous order delaying executions…
OREGON KISS OFF? Dem gov deflects questions on fiancee's payments
Friday, 30 January 2015 16:43
Jan. 30, 2015: Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber answers questions during a news conference in Portland, Ore. (AP) Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber on Friday deflected mounting ethics questions swirling around him and fiancee Cylvia Hayes over newly disclosed, six-figure consulting payments she received from a clean energy group -- while she was advising the governor on similar issues. The Democratic governor, during a press conference called to address the issue, also pushed back on calls to…

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