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Compensation battle rages four years after BP's U.S. oil spill
News ImageFour years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over. Jules Melancon, the last remaining oyster fisherman on an island dotted with colorful houses on stilts, says he has not found a single oyster alive in his leases in the area since the leak and relies on an onshore oyster nursery to make a living. The British oil major has paid out billions of dollars in compensation under a settlement experts say is unprecedented in its breadth. Some claimants are satisfied, but others are irate that BP is now challenging aspects of the settlement.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:36:58 -0400
Smuggled cellphone use a growing concern for U.S. prisons
News ImageBy Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - Cellphones smuggled into prisons by corrupt guards, concealed in food containers or hurled over security fences are an increasing worry for law enforcement as prisoners use them to intimidate witnesses, direct drug deals and plan escapes. The concerns about these contraband devices came into the national spotlight this month when U.S. officials accused a member of the notorious Bloods gang serving a life sentence in North Carolina of using a mobile phone hidden in his prison cell to arrange the kidnapping of the father of a woman who prosecuted him. There are no widely available reliable figures on how many cellphones are in the hands of the 2.3 million inmates in local, state and federal prisons in the United States, but statistics point to a swift rise of the problem. In California, for instance, the number of contraband cellphones discovered by corrections staff jumped to more than 15,000 in 2011, more than 10 times the 1,400 seized in 2007.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:02:02 -0400
Florida man charged with murdering son so he could play video games
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler and left him to die in a playpen, police said on Friday. Cody Wygant, 24, was arrested on Thursday on charges of third-degree murder, which is an unplanned killing, and child neglect with great bodily harm, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, Heather Yates, said. Wygant, who is from Homosassa, located about 92 miles west of Orlando, told investigators that he was trying to play Xbox games online at 1 a.m. on Thursday and became frustrated by his son, Daymeon, who was crying uncontrollably, according to the arrest affidavit. Wygant said he placed his hand over the boy's mouth and nose for three to four minutes until the child appeared exhausted and lethargic. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:52:37 -0400
USDA orders farms to report pig virus infections
MILWAUKEE (AP) Farms stricken with a deadly pig virus must report outbreaks as part of a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of the disease, the federal government announced Friday. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:50:40 -0400
MIT honors officer slain after bombs went off
News ImageCAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) Like many other youngsters, Sean Collier wanted to be a police officer. Unlike most, he brought that dream to life and then died doing it, becoming a central character in the gripping hunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:45:59 -0400
Atlanta residents object to planned priests' home
News ImageATLANTA (AP) Residents are objecting to the Archdiocese of Atlanta's plans to renovate a house in an upscale neighborhood so it can be a home for a group of priests, in the latest issue involving the home.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:43:33 -0400
APNewsBreak: Vengeful note left in 2 boys' murder
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A woman who shot and killed her two young grandsons before committing suicide last year left a note to the boys' parents saying they did not deserve to have the children, according to a police report. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:39:05 -0400
Ohio school shooting victim's dad died from heroin
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) A coroner in Ohio says the father of a boy killed in a 2012 school shooting died of an accidental heroin overdose on the second anniversary of his son's death. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:26:27 -0400
Sudden movement raises alarm in Wyoming slide area
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) A slow-moving landslide in the Wyoming resort town of Jackson has suddenly sped up, buckling a road and a Walgreens parking lot and threatening to destroy several unoccupied homes and businesses. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:16:18 -0400
New Jersey woman sues over '8THEIST' license plate
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) A New Jersey woman claims she was denied a license plate proclaiming herself to be an atheist because it might be considered offensive. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:11:27 -0400
US arrests about 80 immigrants at Texas camp
News ImageMcALLEN, Texas (AP) At least 80 immigrants suspected of entering the United States illegally have been arrested in a makeshift encampment in South Texas.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:04:49 -0400
Post-rehab, injured snowy owl ready to be released
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) A rare snowy owl that gained national attention when it was apparently hit by a bus in the nation's capital is scheduled to be released into the wild after a rehab stint in Minnesota. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:04:28 -0400
Eyewitness testimony no longer a gold standard
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:58:36 -0400
Storms threaten 2nd launch try to space station
News ImageCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) SpaceX returned to the launch pad Friday in hopes of finally delivering supplies to the International Space Station, but stormy weather threatened to interfere.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:46:42 -0400
State of Texas seizes ranch of imprisoned polygamist leader
News ImageBy Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - The sprawling Yearning for Zion Ranch in west Texas, where polygamist leader Warren Jeffs sexually assaulted young girls and justified it by claiming he was the "prophet of God," is now the property of the State of Texas. The Texas Department of Public Safety, which raided the Eldorado, Texas, ranch in April of 2008, said in a statement released on Thursday that the walled compound has been entered by law enforcement officers and "the residents have agreed to vacate the property." Jeffs was convicted of sexual assault in 2011. The statement noted that the state on January 6 secured a forfeiture judgment from the 51st Judicial District Court. "Law enforcement personnel are working with the occupants of the ranch to take all reasonable actions to assist with their departure of the property, to preserve the property, and to successfully execute the court order," the DPS said.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:45:03 -0400
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