Monthly Archives: May 2013

Jury foreman says Arias testimony didn't help her

The jury foreman in Jodi Arias’ murder trial says the 18 days she spent on the witness stand didn’t do her any good. William Zervakos says the jury began the case presuming innocence, but Arias told many contradictory stories while testifying, some of it during a prosecutor’s aggressive cross-examination. Zervakos was interviewed on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday, a day after the judge declared a mistrial when the jury couldn’t decide whether to sentence her to death or to life in prison. The jury previously convicted Arias of first-degree murder in the killing of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Zervakos says he believed Alexander mentally and verbally abused Arias. Continue Reading →

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Gov. Christie, 'Jersey Shore' cast reopen state's beaches post-Sandy

New Jersey rolled out some of its big guns Friday to proclaim that the shore is back following Superstorm Sandy, using Gov. Chris Christie and the cast of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” to tell a national audience the state is ready for summer fun. In fact, they even hired fun. — the rock band whose anthem “We Are Young” captures the spirit of this blue-collar oceanfront playground that was devastated by the Oct. 29 storm and has been furiously rebuilding ever since. The band played a free concert on the beach. Continue Reading →

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Texas officer on leave after shooting neighbor's cat with arrow

A South Texas police officer has been put on administrative leave after being charged with shooting an arrow into a neighbor’s cat. Police in Boerne say Officer Lance Deleon was not on duty when the cat named Bobby was wounded. Police Chief Jim Kohler says the cat was shot using a crossbow. Officials with South Texas Veterinary Specialists say the 2-year-old male cat has been treated for a punctured lung and broken front right leg. Vets say Bobby is expected to recover after being shot Tuesday. Continue Reading →

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Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay members

After lengthy and wrenching debate, local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have voted to open their ranks to openly gay boys for the first time, but heated reactions from the left and right made clear that the BSA’s controversies are far from over. The Scouts’ longstanding ban on gay adults remains in force, and many liberal Scout leaders — as well as gay-rights groups — plan to continue pressing for an end to that exclusion even though the BSA’s top officials aren’t ready for that step. Meanwhile, many conservatives within the Scouts are distraught at the outcome of the vote and some are threatening to defect. A meeting is planned for next month to discuss the formation of a new organization for boys. The vote was conducted by secret ballot Thursday during the National Council’s annual meeting at conference center not far from Boy Scout headquarters in suburban Dallas. Continue Reading →

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Bridge Collapses in Washington State as Truck Hits Overhead Span

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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) _ The Washington State Patrol chief says the Interstate 5 bridge collapse into the Skagit  River at Mount Vernon was caused by an oversize truck. Chief John Batiste told an overnight news conference that the truck hit an overhead span. The truck made it off the bridge and the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. Two other vehicles went into the water Thursday evening as the bridge collapsed. Continue Reading →

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