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Barricaded Soldier Shoots Herself At Fort Lee

WASHINGTON (MCT) — A distraught female solider at the Fort Lee army garrison shot herself in the head Monday morning as negotiators tried to calm her at the base south of Richmond, Va. The incident triggered fears of another deadly base rampage. Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, commander of Fort Lee, told reporters that the […]

The Lower Congress Sinks, The Higher Voter Turnout Might Be

The Lower Congress Sinks, The Higher Voter Turnout Might Be

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Could voter disdain for Congress motivate more people to turn out this November? Could be. A new Gallup study suggests that in recent elections, disapproval of Congress’ job performance meant higher turnout. Currently, Gallup’s congressional job approval is 13 percent, with 19 percent of registered voters saying members of Congress deserve re-election. […]

Ukraine Accuses Russians Of Sending Tanks, Separatists Across Border

Ukraine Accuses Russians Of Sending Tanks, Separatists Across Border

MOSCOW (MCT) — Ukraine accused Russia of sending separatist fighters and an armored column into its embattled eastern region on Monday, describing the incursion as an attempt to open up a second front in the conflict now that pro-Russia forces are bottled up in their last two strongholds. Two of the 10 tanks in the […]

Media, ACLU Sue Oklahoma Over Right To Watch Executions

Media, ACLU Sue Oklahoma Over Right To Watch Executions

(MCT) — Oklahoma prison officials violated the First Amendment when they closed the blinds to witnesses during a botched execution in April, media and civil liberties advocates allege in a federal lawsuit filed Monday. The American Civil Liberties Union and its Oklahoma affiliate teamed up with the Guardian U.S. and the Oklahoma Observer to file […]

Thousands Attend Michael Brown Funeral

Thousands Attend Michael Brown Funeral

FERGUSON, Mo. (MCT) — Relatives of Michael Brown urged mourners Monday to turn their anger into a catalyst for change as thousands attended the funeral for Brown, an unarmed black man whose death at the hands of a white police officer has focused attention on what protesters say is racial profiling by law enforcement. “Michael […]

Napa Earthquake: Power Restored To Thousands; Cleanup Continues

Napa Earthquake: Power Restored To Thousands; Cleanup Continues

(MCT) — Power has been restored to nearly all of the approximately 70,000 customers in Napa County whose lights went out after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck early Sunday, utility officials said Monday. The approximately 150 customers who remained without power were expected to have their service restored later Monday morning, according to Pacific Gas […]

U.S. Drops Search For New Shelters To House Young Illegals

U.S. Drops Search For New Shelters To House Young Illegals

Fewer children are illegally crossing the southern border alone, prompting the Obama administration to stop searching for additional emergency shelters. But advocacy groups that work with immigrants cautioned that there is always a dip in the numbers during hot summer months and that they could spike again.

In Wake Of Ferguson, Miami-Dade Mayor Wants ‘A Camera On Every Police Officer’

In Wake Of Ferguson, Miami-Dade Mayor Wants ‘A Camera On Every Police Officer’

MIAMI (MCT) — In the wake of national outrage over alleged police misconduct in Ferguson, Mo., Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Thursday vowed to make “body cameras” mandatory for all county patrol officers. His proposed budget calls for purchasing 500 of the mini cameras, enough to outfit about half of Miami-Dade’s patrol force. Made by […]

Harry Reid Apologizes For Jokes At Asian-American Function

Harry Reid Apologizes For Jokes At Asian-American Function

(MCT) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has a history of insensitive and off-color remarks, apologized Friday for a pair of jokes he made before the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. “I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are,” the Nevada Democrat said to […]

Ferguson Protests Subdued And Smaller As National Guard Pulls Out

Ferguson Protests Subdued And Smaller As National Guard Pulls Out

FERGUSON, Mo. (MCT) — As Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to begin withdrawing from this St. Louis suburb Thursday, the persistent protests over the police killing of Michael Brown appeared smaller and much more subdued for the second night in a row. About 75 demonstrators marched along West Florissant Avenue, at times […]

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