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A dual tale of love and sacrifice

Nothing says spring like a good love story — and nothing says love like the life shared by Ian Ralston and Nicole Sanders. This June marks one year since the couple wed in an outdoor ceremony in Waterloo, Iowa — a celebration that would have seemed impossible back when Ralston, a 27-year-old U.S. Army soldier, was wounded by an improvised explosive device in Iraq, leaving him a quadriplegic. Sanders, wearing a vintage-looking gown, walked down the aisle to Frank Sinatra’s, “The Way You Look Tonight,” meeting her groom, wheelchair-bound and hooked up to a breathing tube, at an altar adorned with blue and cream hydrangeas. “It was euphoric … watching her come down the aisle,” said Ralston, a former combat medic whose neck was struck by a ball bearing when an IED exploded underneath an over pass in Iraq in 2009. Continue Reading →

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Search for LA kidnap and sex assault suspect extends to Mexico

The search for a man suspected of kidnapping a 10-year-old girl from her Southern California home and sexually assaulting has extended to Mexico after he was spotted crossing the border. Police spokesman Kevin Maiberger said Friday that video showed Tobias Summers, 30, at the Tecate border crossing east of San Diego. Police said the video was taken after the abduction, but will not release when it was recorded. The Los Angeles Times reports Tijuana Police Department have distributed “wanted” posters with Summers’ image, and police in the Baja California cities of Tecate, Ensenada and Rosarito Beach have been put on alert. In the video Summers was wearing a hat, Maiberger said. Continue Reading →

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Dropouts: Discouraged Americans leave labor force

After a full year of fruitless job hunting, Natasha Baebler just gave up. She’d already abandoned hope of getting work in her field, counseling the disabled. But she couldn’t land anything else, either — not even a job interview at a telephone call center. Until she feels confident enough to send out resumes again, she’ll get by on food stamps and disability checks from Social Security and live with her parents in St. Louis. Continue Reading →

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Arrested NY assemblyman denies bribery allegation

A New York state assemblyman is vowing to fight charges that he accepted $20,000 in bribes. Bronx Democrat Eric Stevenson tells the New York Daily News (http://nydn.us/Zee5WB ) in an interview published Saturday that he “unequivocally” denies that he took the money. Federal prosecutors charged Stevenson on Thursday with taking cash from developers of adult day care centers. They say that in exchange for the money, the assemblyman pushed through legislation protecting the centers from competition. Stevenson denies it. Continue Reading →

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Target apologizes for 'manatee' label on plus-size dress

Shoppers at a Target store in Brooklyn say a label that listed the color of a plus-size dress as “manatee gray” was insulting. The label for the same dress in smaller sizes described it as “dark heather gray.” Target apologized for the label. Michelle Ho, shopping at the store at Atlantic Terminal Mall, told the New York Post that Target was “putting down one set of people over another” with the different labels. Spokeswoman Jessica Deede called the labeling of the Mossimo-brand “Women’s Plus-Size Kimono Maxi Dress” ”an unintentional oversight.” Continue Reading →

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Soldier recovering from brain injury gets Silver Star, re-enlists to help others

A Fort Campbell soldier who suffered a traumatic brain injury has received the Silver Star, the military’s third highest medal for valor, for his actions to help evacuate wounded troops during a mission in Afghanistan in 2010. After receiving the medal on Friday at the installation on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line, Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Loheide of Patchogue, N.Y., immediately re-enlisted in the Army to serve other wounded warriors. Loheide and others were injured when an Air Force jet mistakenly dropped a bomb on their position during a mission that involved the clearance of a Taliban haven, according to The Leaf-Chronicle. “I remember hearing the jet coming in,” Loheide told the paper. Continue Reading →

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New York professor apologizes for 'hypothetical' questions about rape

A University of Rochester professor has apologizes for a personal blog post in which he questions whether the rape of unconscious victims should be illegal. “I am both sad and sorry that my recent blog post has distressed so many people so deeply, both on campus and off,” economics professor Steven Landsburgsaid in a statement released Friday. “I am particularly sad because many readers got the impression that I was endorsing rape, while my intent was to say exactly the opposite—namely that the horror of rape is so great that we should rethink accepted principles of policy analysis that might sometimes minimize that horror.” The then suggested people read his follow-up post, where he “tried to say things more clearly.” “I very much wish I’d said them more clearly in the first place, and I do very much regret having caused any unnecessary offense,” he said. Continue Reading →

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As FoxNews.com wages free press battle in court, where is mainstream media?

FoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter could face a tough time avoiding jail for protecting her source in an exclusive story in the aftermath of the movie theater massacre last year in Aurora, Colo., but questions are being raised how much the mainstream media is raising the issue, as it has in past similar cases. Commentators Jim Pinkerton and Julie Roginsky discussed aspects of the legal case and the media coverage on Friday on FoxNews.com Live. Winter’s story was about law enforcement officers obtaining a notebook of the defendant in the massacre, James Holmes. A Colorado judge is expected to decide Wednesday whether Winter will be called to testify about her source. Click for full coverage of Fox News’ First Amendment fight. Continue Reading →

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Trayvon Martin's parents settle with Fla. HOA

Trayvon Martin’s parents have settled a wrongful-death claim against the homeowners association of the Florida subdivision where their teenage son was killed. The Orlando Sentinel (http://thesent.nl/YYnBB7 ) reports that Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin’s attorney, Benjamin Crump, filed that paperwork in Seminole County. Crump told The Associated Press that the filing was confidential. The newspaper reports that the settlement amount was marked out in five pages made available for public review. In the agreement, the parties specify that they will keep the amount confidential. Continue Reading →

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