Friday, February 27, 2015 01:08

Notre Dame president credited for transforming school dies
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh transformed the University of Notre Dame into a school known almost as much for academics as for football, even if it meant challenging popes, presidents or legendary football coaches.
Man gets 66-year term for shooting Phoenix officer, robbery
PHOENIX (AP) — A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to 66 years in prison for shooting a Phoenix police officer and a volunteer sheriff's posse member minutes after robbing two strip-club employees of $18,000 by gunpoint.
Man gets life for killing 80-year-old who was bound, beaten
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — A Washington state man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing an 80-year-old woman who was duct-taped to a chair, blindfolded and beaten during a robbery at her northeast Oregon home.
Jimmy Rollins adjusts to new Dodgers uniform
Jimmy Rollins savors a bite of bacon at his locker, then steals a quick glimpse at the bright blue No. 11 uniform hanging behind him.
Muslim day at Oklahoma Capitol hit by anti-Islamic protests
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A rally by hundreds of American Muslims at the Oklahoma Capitol on Friday to promote religious tolerance was interrupted by anti-Islamic protesters holding signs proclaiming the United States a Christian nation. While an American Muslim girl sang the "Star Spangled Banner" inside the statehouse in Oklahoma City, about two dozen anti-Islamic protesters outside hurled insults at the group, mostly students, as they visited the Capitol to speak with lawmakers...
Syria expels 3 key UN humanitarian staffers
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Syrian government has expelled three key U.N. humanitarian staffers, a decision the U.N. says could have "a major impact" on critical aid operations and harm a new effort to secure a six-week truce in the country's largest city.
Louisiana governor's budget: Avoid tax hikes, but limit cuts
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal offers a $24.6 billion state budget proposal, the potential presidential hopeful is seeking to protect his longstanding refusal to raise taxes while avoiding deep slashes to health care and colleges that might damage a national campaign.
White House drafts privacy bill, consumers push for more
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid "rapid growth" in the collection of data on Americans, the White House is proposing legislation that calls on businesses to do more to help consumers protect their personal information.
Jury: Billionaire looted mining firm; trial eyed huge home
NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors in New York have found that billionaire Ira Rennert plundered a now-bankrupt mining company to pay for personal luxuries, including a Hamptons mansion that's one of the world's biggest private homes.
Testimony: Several Hernandez texts are missing from phone
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Texts and phone records shown to jurors Friday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez showed that several messages he exchanged with a co-defendant before the killing were deleted from his phone.
California farmers to go another year without federal water
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal agency said Friday it will not release water for most Central Valley farms this year, forcing farmers to continue to scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted.
Police: 7 fatally shot, gunman dead in southeastern Missouri
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says seven people have been killed in overnight shootings in southeastern Missouri and that the gunman is also dead.
County supervisor who killed self was target in prison case
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's state auditor says an indicted county official who committed suicide had been targeted in a prison corruption case, and he is predicting that more charges are to come.
Water gushes after pipe bursts on Germantown street
Dozens of homes are being affected by a water main break in Philadelphia's Germantown section.
New York banana magnate faces prison after beating, fatal sex romp
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former Long Island banana importer was sent to prison on Friday for as long as four years for beating his girlfriend, despite her emotional courtroom appeal to a judge for leniency. Thomas Hoey Jr., 46, the wealthy owner of now-bankrupt Long Island Banana Corp, was sentenced in state court in Manhattan about a month before he is to be sentenced in federal court in the unrelated 2009 death of a woman who joined him in a three-way sex party...
Black Madam: Amber Rose hired me for buttocks injections
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Gothic hip-hop artist charged with killing a London break dancer with an illegal buttocks injection name-dropped her way through testimony Friday, claiming that one of the celebrities who sought her out became "a walking billboard" for her work.
Man charged in 125 mph fatal Ohio crash competent for trial
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of driving more than 125 mph and causing a crash that killed two people on the Ohio Turnpike is now competent to stand trial, a judge has ruled.
Environmental group sues U.S. EPA over monarch butterfly demise
An environmental group sued the U.S. government on Friday, accusing regulators of discounting the dangers of a widely used herbicide on the declining monarch butterfly population. The suit claimed the agency has failed to heed warnings about the dangers to monarchs posed by glyphosate, the key ingredient in a widely used herbicide. Federal law requires EPA to ensure that pesticides it approves will not cause "unreasonable adverse effects on the environment, including wildlife," the lawsuit states...
California farmers may face another year without U.S. water supplies
Many farms in drought-stricken California face the prospect of a second year without water supplies from the Central Valley Project, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said on Friday, noting its initial allocation of water supplies for water service contractors in the valley has been set at zero percent. Allocation levels will be reexamined on a monthly basis and may be adjusted depending on whether California's drought eases and its reservoir and snowpack levels improve, said Bureau spokesman Louis Moore...