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Historic leadership change at NY Assembly looks like done deal despite calls for transparency

Saturday, 31 January 2015 11:33
FILE--In this Jan. 26, 2015 file photo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, right, walks with Assembly members Catherine Nolan, D-Sunnyside, Herman Farrell Jr, D-Manhattan, Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Rochester, and Joseph Lentol, D-Brooklyn, in Albany, N.Y. Sheldon Silver announced his resignation as two lawmakers jockeyed for his position Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 following federal charges that the longtime leader took nearly $4 million in kickbacks. Morelle dropped out of the race and threw his support…
FUNERAL HOME ON HOOK Texas judge orders return of JFK assassin's casket
Saturday, 31 January 2015 11:08
This file photo shows reporters that were enlisted to act as pall bearers at the interment of Lee Harvey Oswald at the Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Gene Gordon, File) A funeral home that sold Lee Harvey Oswald's pine casket for $87,468 must return it to the accused presidential assassin's brother, a judge ruled Friday. Robert Oswald had bought the pine bluff casket for his brother, whose body was exhumed in…
U.S. reports 27 more strikes against Islamic State
Saturday, 31 January 2015 10:34
A Kurdish refugee boy from the Syrian town of Kobani carries food for his family during lunch time at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province January 31, 2015. REUTERS/Umit BektasA fighter of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) stands on the debris of a damaged building in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 30, 2015.
Aaron Hernandez won't be allowed to watch the Super Bowl
Saturday, 31 January 2015 10:33
FILE 2014: Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, left, attends a pretrial hearing in Fall River, Mass. (AP) BOSTON – Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez won't be allowed to watch the team take on the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl while on trial for murder. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson says Hernandez is not allowed to watch television and has other restrictions imposed on him because he's isolated from other…
Police: Atlanta area man shot dead trying to rob dog breeder
Saturday, 31 January 2015 10:33
Police say a metro Atlanta man was fatally shot as he tried to rob a bulldog breeder he had contacted through the website Craigslist. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://on-ajc.com/1zGdq93 ) DeKalb County police have linked the dead man to at least four other cases in which people trying to sell items online were robbed. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Police say the man, whose name has not been released, was killed early Friday by one of two men…
SUGE THE VICTIM? Lawyer for rap mogul claims client was attacked
Saturday, 31 January 2015 10:07
August 2008. File photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight. (The Associated Press) As Marion "Suge" Knight sat jailed on suspicion of murder, dueling narratives cast him as attacker and victim in the hip-hop music mogul's latest and most serious run-in with the law. Sheriff's deputies said he hit and killed a man with his pickup truck, injured another and then fled.
DEADLINE CAME AND WENT Fate of ISIS hostages a mystery
Saturday, 31 January 2015 10:07
AMMAN, Jordan – The family of a Jordanian fighter pilot held by the Islamic State group said Saturday it has received no word on his fate since the militants threatened to kill him earlier this week. The Islamic State group purportedly threatened to kill Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh by Thursday unless Jordan released a female al-Qaida prisoner, Sajida al-Rishawi, from death row. Jordan has said it cannot release her without proof the pilot is alive.
Macedonian opposition leader charged with plot to seize power
Saturday, 31 January 2015 09:31
SKOPJE (Reuters) – Macedonia’s chief opposition leader was charged by police on Saturday with conspiring with a foreign intelligence service to topple the government. Zoran Zaev, leader of the Social Democrats, denied the charges, saying authorities were trying in vain to prevent the publication of what he says is incendiary evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the conservative government of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. Gruevski, in power since mid-2006, accused Zaev of trying to blackmail him…
Ukraine, rebels hold fresh peace talks as fighting rages in east
Saturday, 31 January 2015 09:31
A woman ties a Ukrainian national flag on a member of a special unit of the Ukrainian armed forces at a farewell ceremony, before the unit departs to take part in a military operation, in Kharkiv, January 30, 2015.
Balloonists complete Pacific journey
Saturday, 31 January 2015 09:30
31 January 2015Last updated at 15:02 Share this pageDeliciousDiggFacebookredditStumbleUponTwitterEmailPrint Two pilots in a helium balloon have completed their crossing of the Pacific with a sea-landing off Mexico, setting new milestones on a six-day trip. American Troy Bradley and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev landed safely, their Two Eagles Balloon team said. They claim to have beaten the world distance and duration records by flying for more than 137 hours and travelling more than 5,209 miles (8,383km).

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