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On the Calendar:  Thursday, 3/5/2015 11:00 AM
~Red Beans & Blues Brunch~: DUE TO WEATHER: This event has been moved back to March 5. Join the Union Arts Council and the Union Parish Library as we host a Red Beans and Blues Brunch with local blues artist Slim Finley. Calendar

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South Korea police probing U.S. ambassador attacker's visits to North Korea

Handout photo of U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Lippert leaving after he was slashed in the face by a member of a pro-Korean unification group at a public forum in central SeoulBy Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean police said on Friday they are investigating possible links between a knife attack on the U.S. ambassador to Seoul and the assailant's frequent visits to North Korea, as they also sought to charge him with attempted murder. U.S. ambassador Mark Lippert needed 80 stitches after his face was slashed at a forum discussing Korean unification in the capital, Seoul, on Thursday. The attack was carried out by a Korean nationalist who said he was protesting against annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises that began this week. Investigators have established that Kim made seven visits to North Korea between 1999 and 2007.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:56:52 -0500
Knife attack wounds nine at Chinese train station

BEIJING (Reuters) - Knife-wielding attackers slashed and stabbed people at a railway station in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, wounding at least nine before police shot dead one of the suspected assailants and arrested another. It was the latest in a string of knife attacks that have unnerved the country, and was launched during the morning rush hour, at 8:18 a.m., the city's public security authorities said via an official microblog account. Investigations were ongoing, and the offenders would be severely punished, the microblog said. ...

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:51:59 -0500
Late winter snowstorm blankets South, Northeast

Cleo Driver walks down an ice covered University Avenue in Oxford, Miss. on Thursday, March 5, 2015. A combination of sleet and ice has closed both the Lafayette County and Oxford School districts, as well as the University of Mississippi. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman) MAGS OUT NO SALES MANDATORY CREDITPHILADELPHIA (AP) A late winter storm blanketed the Northeast on Thursday after zipping across much of the South, leaving hundreds of drivers and their passengers stranded on highways in Kentucky and thousands of customers without power in West Virginia.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:45:12 -0500
Jurors in Jodi Arias case: We were 11-1 for death penalty

Tanisha Sorenson, sister of murder victim Travis Alexander, cries as she leaves the courthouse with family and friends, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Phoenix. A judge declared a mistrial Thursday in the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial after a jury deadlocked on whether the convicted murderer should be executed or sent to prison for life for the 2008 killing of Travis Alexander. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX (AP) It took just one juror to spare the life of convicted murderer Jodi Arias on Thursday and the woman had to survive an attempt by her colleagues to boot her from the jury before she could do it.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:44:57 -0500
Harrison Ford 'battered but OK' after LA plane crash

Firefighters inspect the cockpit of a plane piloted by US actor Harrison Ford that crashed on a golf course, on March 5, 2015 in Venice, CaliforniaHollywood star Harrison Ford was injured when the small plane he was flying suffered engine failure and crash-landed on a golf course outside Los Angeles, officials said. The 72-year-old "Indiana Jones" and "Star Wars" actor suffered multiple gashes to his head and was left bleeding after the crash of the vintage two-seater plane, according to the TMZ celebrity website. He is an incredibly strong man," said Ford's son Ben in a tweet. The striking yellow-silver plane -- which was left with its nose cone ripped open after the crash -- had just taken off from Santa Monica Airport.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:27:57 -0500
MLB players union rips leaks on Josh Hamilton's issues

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Major League Baseball Players Association is furious about information leaks surrounding Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:22:11 -0500
S. Korea police probe US envoy attacker's links with North

US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert (C) covers a wound to his face and arm after being attacked at the Sejong Cultural Institute in Seoul on March 5, 2015South Korean police said Friday they were investigating possible links the man behind a shocking knife attack on the US ambassador may have had with North Korea, as Seoul voiced disgust at Pyongyang's reaction to the incident. Kim Ki-Jong, 55, faces possible attempted murder charges after slashing ambassador Mark Lippert with a paring knife in an assault that left the US envoy needing 80 stitches to a deep gash on his face. Any red flags such activities may have raised were only underlined by North Korea's reaction to the attack, which the official KCNA news agency described as "just punishment" and a valid "expression of resistance" to ongoing US-South Korea joint military exercises. "We are investigating his possible connection with North Korea," Yoon Myung-Soon, the police chief of the central Seoul district where the attack took place, told reporters.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:20:04 -0500
Hillary Clinton email trove reviewed for release, security

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, where he answered questions including on Iran, and about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of email. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) The government will examine thousands of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails for public release and for possible security lapses after revelations she used a private account to conduct official business as secretary of state, a senior State Department official said Thursday.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:19:45 -0500
Harrison Ford survives crash-landing on golf course

A small plane lies where it crash-landed on Penmar Golf Course in the Venice area of Los Angeles on Thursday, March 5, 2015. The course is near the Santa Monica, Calif. Municipal Airport, just west of a runway, but there was no immediate confirmation on whether the plane had taken off or was trying to land. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) Harrison Ford crash-landed his vintage plane Thursday after losing engine power, suffering serious but not life-threatening injuries as he used his extensive piloting experience to skillfully bring down the plane on a golf course and avoid nearby homes.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:17:35 -0500
Actor Harrison Ford injured in small-plane crash in Los Angeles

An airplane sits after crash landing at Penmar Golf Course in Venice CaliforniaBy Dan Whitcomb and Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Film star Harrison Ford was injured on Thursday when the "Star Wars" actor crashed his vintage plane on a Los Angeles golf course shortly after taking off from a nearby airport, his publicist said. The single-engine plane clipped a tree as it attempted to return to Santa Monica Airport shortly after take-off, and the pilot was "alert and talking" as he was taken to a local hospital, Assistant Los Angeles Fire Chief Patrick Butler said. Butler declined to confirm that Ford was on board the silver and yellow aircraft, but Ina Treciokas, publicist for the 72-year-old actor, issued a statement confirming the details: "Harrison was flying a WW2 vintage plane today, which had engine trouble upon take off.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:15:31 -0500
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