Kansas Jewish center shooting suspect asks court for delay
By Kevin Murphy and Carey Gillam OLATHE, Kansas (Reuters) - The white supremacist charged with killing three people at two Jewish facilities near Kansas City on Passover Sunday appeared in a Kansas courtroom on Thursday and was granted a month-long delay in the proceedings against him. Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 73, also known as Glenn Miller, was wearing an orange jumpsuit, with hands and feet shackled. Johnson County District Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan agreed to a request by Cross's attorney to set the next hearing for May 29, when scheduling details for a trial will be discussed. Authorities have said he could face the death penalty in the April 13 shooting death of 14-year-old Reat Underwood, and his grandfather William Corporon, 69, outside a Jewish community center in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas.
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:52:42 -0400
U.S. proposal would ban e-cigarette sales to minors, allow advertising
By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say attract children. Bonnie Herzog, an analyst at Wells Fargo, said the proposal is "positive for industry." But public health advocates lamented the fact that the proposal does not take aim at e-cigarette advertising or sweetly-flavored products, which they say risk introducing a new generation of young people to conventional cigarettes when little is known about the long-term health impact of the electronic devices. "It's very disappointing because they don't do anything to rein in the wild-west marketing that is targeting kids," said Stanton Glantz, a professor at the Center of Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said at a briefing on Wednesday that the proposal represented the first "foundational" step toward broader restrictions if scientific evidence shows they are needed to protect public health.
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:32:45 -0400
Father thanks God for stowaway son's survival on Hawaii flight
A Somali immigrant whose 15-year-old son survived a flight from California to Hawaii stowed away amid freezing temperatures and low oxygen levels in the wheel well of a jet said in a radio interview that he thanks God his son is alive. The 15-year-old boy from the San Francisco Bay area city of Santa Clara, who ran away from home and sneaked into Mineta San Jose International Airport to creep into a Boeing 767 that took off on Sunday, is one of a fraction of stowaways to walk away alive from such a treacherous trip. "When I watched the analysis about the extraordinary and dangerous trip of my son on local TVs and that Allah had saved him, I thanked God and I was very happy," Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi, the father, told Voice of America's Somali service in an interview on Wednesday. Authorities have not released the boy's name, but his father identified him to Voice of America as Yahya Abdi.
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:22:51 -0400
After court drama, Oklahoma to have 2 executions
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says two death row inmates at the center of the state's legal flap will both be executed Tuesday, the state's first double execution since 1937.
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:33:13 -0400
Florida school stops serving soda before tests
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) A central Florida elementary school has stopped a long-standing practice of serving students Mountain Dew before standardized tests.
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:28:06 -0400
Wyoming gas explosion prompts evacuation of town
OPAL, Wyo. (AP) Residents and emergency crews were waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming.
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:27:14 -0400
2-week truce for hot sauce maker, California city
LOS ANGELES (AP) A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of Sriracha hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:25:37 -0400
Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuclear-armed powers
NEW YORK (AP) The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world's eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of "flagrant violations" of international law.
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:15:18 -0400
US to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards
LOS ANGELES (AP) The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new Internet rules that would allow Internet service providers to charge content companies for faster delivery of their services over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes.
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:08:46 -0400
10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos
Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:05:15 -0400
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