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.
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.
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.
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.
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...