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Police ramp up for 'Draw Mohammad' protest outside Phoenix mosque

Friday, 29 May 2015 13:17 Written by
Arizona police stepped up security on Friday near a mosque for a planned outdoor protest that includes drawing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, weeks after a similar competition in Texas came under attack by two gunmen. Friday's event is set to run concurrently with evening prayers at the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix. Many Muslims believe it is blasphemous to create pictures of the Prophet Mohammad. "Dealing with this type of activity is a challenge…
Live anthrax found in U.S. military shipment to Australia: official
Friday, 29 May 2015 13:04 Written by
WASHINGTON Live anthrax has been found in a 2008 sample sent to Australia from the same U.S. Army facility identified this week for more recent, mistaken shipments to nine U.S. states and an air base in South Korea, a U.S. defense official said on Friday. The U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not know what kind of facility in Australia received the sample, which, like the others, was meant to have been…
Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch on the market for $100 million
Friday, 29 May 2015 13:04 Written by
NEW YORK The sprawling Neverland ranch in California once owned by the late pop star Michael Jackson is for sale for $100 million, Sotheby's International Realty said on Friday. The 2,700 acre (1,,100-hectare) estate in Los Olivos, which once featured a zoo and amusement park where Jackson entertained children, has been renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch. It is being sold jointly by Sotheby's and Hilton & Hyland. "It officially went on the market this morning," said…
Report: Health Insurer Humana Considering a Sale
Friday, 29 May 2015 12:54 Written by
Trading of Humana shares halted briefly Friday afternoon as speculation grew that one of the nation's biggest health insurers might be up for sale. Analysts have been discussing for a few weeks the possibility that large health insurers flush with cash may be deal hunting. Humana is considering a sale and has received takeover interest, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing anonymous sources. Humana is the second-largest provider of Medicare Advantage plans, which
U.S. FAA proposes penalties against Air Methods, Allegiant Air
Friday, 29 May 2015 12:44 Written by
WASHINGTON The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday said it has proposed civil penalties against emergency medical helicopter operator Air Methods Corp and airline Allegiant Air for failing to comply with U.S. regulations. For Air Methods, it proposed a $91,500 civil penalty for allegedly operating a Bell 407 helicopter that was overdue for an inspection, the agency said in a statement. For Allegiant Air, owned by Allegiant Travel Co, the FAA said it had proposed a
Woman dies from fall at Southern California fair attraction
Friday, 29 May 2015 12:39 Written by
LOS ANGELES A woman at a county fair in Southern California died after falling from an attraction that normally has participants jump onto a giant cushion, authorities said on Friday. A sheriff's spokeswoman could not immediately say how far the woman fell but local media reported it was about 35 feet (11 meters). Sabrina Gordon, 31, plummeted on Thursday evening from an elevated platform, hitting the ground and not the cushion that is part of…
Idaho abortion restrictions are unconstitutional: appeals court
Friday, 29 May 2015 12:39 Written by
SAN FRANCISCO An Idaho law that prohibits abortions of fetuses twenty or more weeks after fertilization is unconstitutional, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday. The ruling, from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, also struck down an Idaho law which required that all second trimester abortions occur in a hospital. (Reporting by Dan Levine)
Head of UAW Rival: No Close Ties to Anti-Labor Group at VW
Friday, 29 May 2015 12:25 Written by
The head of a rival group to the United Auto Workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee says his group doesn't share close links to another outfit that worked against a union election at the factory last year. The American Council of Employees was formed after the UAW narrowly lost that vote. A group called Southern Momentum organized opposition to unionization at the Chattanooga plant. The newer group, ACE, now has an attorney who
Connecticut teen pleads not guilty to fatal stabbing over coffee
Friday, 29 May 2015 12:13 Written by
STAMFORD, Conn. A 15-year-old Connecticut boy accused of fatally stabbing a 52-year-old Guatemalan man with a pocket knife over a spilled cup of coffee in front of a McDonald's restaurant has pleaded not guilty to murder charges. The teenager, charged as an adult and being held on $2 million bond, entered his plea in Superior Court in Stamford on Thursday. He is accused of stabbing Antonio Muralles¬†in the heart on March 11 after the…
Idaho laws restricting abortions are unconstitutional: appeals court
Friday, 29 May 2015 12:03 Written by
SAN FRANCISCO An Idaho law that prohibits abortions of fetuses twenty or more weeks after fertilization is unconstitutional, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday. The ruling, from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, also struck down an Idaho law which required that all second trimester abortions occur in a hospital. (Reporting by Dan Levine)

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