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Strong earthquake jolts southern Iranian town

Iran’s state TV is reporting that a 6.1 magnitude earthquake has jolted a town in the country’s south. The Tuesday report by the English-language channel Press TV says the earthquake struck Khormooj some 80 kilometers southeast of Bushehr, the home of Iran’s first nuclear power plant. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. Another report by semi-official Fars news agency says fearful residents poured into the streets. The quake was felt across the Gulf in Bahrain and Qatar, where workers were evacuated from high-rise buildings as a precaution. Continue Reading →

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Police: 6-year-old accidentally shot by 4-year-old

Authorities are deciding whether to charge anyone after police say a 6-year-old was shot in the head by a 4-year-old in New Jersey. The older boy is in serious condition. Authorities are still investigating how the younger child obtained the .22-caliber rifle from his family’s Toms River home Monday night. Police Chief Michael Mastronardy says the children were outside the 4-year-old’s home when the boy went inside, got the rifle and shot the 6-year-old about 15 yards away. It’s not clear if the 4-year-old pulled the trigger or if the rifle accidentally discharged. Continue Reading →

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Spelling Bee kids will have to know definitions

It’ll take more than spelling to win this year’s National Spelling Bee. The youngsters will have to know some definitions as well. For the first time, vocabulary will be a part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee when the competition is held next month near the nation’s capital. The spellers will still take part in the traditional on-stage spelling rounds with the familiar bell, but they’ll also take multiple-choice vocabulary tests to help determine the semifinalists and the finalists. The final rounds will look the same, with spellers eliminated until there’s a champion. Continue Reading →

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New Hampshire man cited for 41 pounds of illegal eels in Maine

Maine’s Marine Patrol has cited a New Hampshire man for having tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of baby eels without a license in what’s being called the biggest case of illegal eel possession in the history of the fishery. Officials said Monday that 41-year-old Phillip Parker, of Candia, N.H., was summonsed last Wednesday in Newport with 41 pounds of eels, known as elvers. Fishermen have been getting about $2,000 per pound for their catch this season. Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher says Parker faces up to a $2,000 fine if guilty. He says a bill now before the Legislature would make illegal possession of elvers a criminal offense, rather than a civil violation, to provide an added deterrent. Continue Reading →

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Testimony resumes in the Jodi Arias murder trial

Testimony is set to resume in the Jodi Arias murder trial as the prosecutor works to undermine the credibility of a defense witness who he accuses of being biased. Psychotherapist Alyce LaViolette (la-VY’-oh-let) has been testifying for more than a week about her conclusion that Arias suffered domestic abuse by the victim. Prosecutor Juan Martinez on Monday noted how the woman apologized to Arias upon their first meeting for having read her journals. LaViolette denied the accusations. She resumes testimony Tuesday. Continue Reading →

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Exchanges heat up between prosecutor, psyche expert during Arias trial

Testimony has concluded for the day in Jodi Arias’ murder trial as the prosecutor worked to undermine a defense witness’ credibility and accused her of being biased. Psychotherapist Alyce LaViolette has been testifying for more than a week about her conclusion that Arias suffered domestic abuse by the victim. Prosecutor Juan Martinez accused her on Monday of being biased, noting how the woman apologized to Arias upon their first meeting for having read her journals. LaViolette denied the accusations. She resumes testimony Tuesday. Continue Reading →

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