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Friday
Sep242010

Only Living African-American WWII Medal Of Honor Recipient Buried In Arlington National Cemetery

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images.(ARLINGTON COUNTY, Va.) -- ABC News reports that the only living African-American veteran to receive the Medal of Honor for valor in World War II was laid to rest with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery Friday.  Vernon Baker, 90, died of complications of brain cancer in July.  Baker was buried among the nation's fallen heroes, in the same section as the only other African American Medal of Honor recipient and World War II veteran buried at Arlington.  President Clinton presented Vernon Joseph Baker with the Medal of Honor in 1997, after an investigation revealed that the high climate of racism during World War II had prevented recognition of heroic deeds of black soldiers.

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Friday
Sep242010

Freed Hiker Pleaded Her Case to Iranian President

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Sarah Shourd, the American hiker recently released from Iran after nearly 14 months of detention, says she met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Friday to plead for the release of fellow hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, who are still in Iranian custody.

"For me to talk to the president [is] something I prayed for while in prison," Shourd told ABC News outside a New York hotel. "I just want to thank Mr. Ahmadinejad for this gesture of allowing my mother and I to meet with him and for the mothers of Shane and Josh. It was a very gracious gesture and a good meeting."

Shourd did not reveal where she and the others met with the Iranian president, though she said Ahmadinejad seemed much friendlier than his public personna during "a very human encounter, very personal."

"I'm just going to keep pushing every minute for their release on humanitarian grounds," Shourd said. "I feel my case sets a precedent for their release."

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Friday
Sep242010

Mother Charged With Child Abuse After Cheering on Daughter's Fight

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(PALMETTO, Fla.) -- A recent high school brawl caught on tape has created a public stir because of one member of the cheering audience: one combatant's mom.  "Don't stop. Punch her in the [expletive] body," Palmetto, Florida mother April Newcomb is heard yelling to her child during the fight.

The Sept. 17 fight, which appeared to be a scheduled event with several student spectators, was recorded by one of dozens of cell phone cameras. That same day, police received not one, but three YouTube videos showing the fight from various angles.  After viewing the video, police arrested Newcomb and charged her with child abuse.

Newcomb stated in the police report, "of course we were both wrong and I understand that," apparently referring to her daughter as well as herself. "And I understand where y'all are coming from. I think unfortunately, it was going to happen no matter what," she told police.

According to police, Newcomb said she only wanted to be at the fight because her daughter had suffered a head injury previously and wanted to make sure she would not be hit in the head. The mother of the other girl also appears about five minutes into the fight, but rather than intervene, she chats with the mother of her daughter's opponent while the girls continue to pound away at each other, The Bradenton Herald reported.

Newcomb has been released on bail and the other girl's mother has not been charged. Both students, who are juniors, are also back in school and reportedly do not face disciplinary measures, since the fight took place off campus.

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Friday
Sep242010

Bank of America Hostage Crisis Over

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UPDATE: The FBI says the device was indeed composed of explosive materials.  A bomb squad was called in to defuse it, and it remains inside the bank.  No injuries were reported.

(CORAL GABLES, Fla.) -- A hostage situation at a Bank of America held under siege after an employee was reportedly kidnapped from his home and forced into the bank with explosives strapped to his body, has ended.  Local police have led away a suspect from the crime scene.  It is unclear whether the suspect was involved in the home invasion or hostage taking.  The Bank of America employee, who has not been identified, was abducted from his South Miami apartment complex, news station WFOR reported, and forced into the bank before its 9 a.m. opening with a bomb strapped to his body.  Police are still trying to determine the nature of the device.

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Thursday
Sep232010

Facebook Experiencing Second Outage in Two Days

Image Courtesy - ABC News(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- Having trouble connecting to Facebook? So is everyone else. For the second time in two days, Facebook users reported problems Thursday with the popular social networking site. Some Facebook members said the site was slow, others said they couldn't access the website at all.

When contacted by ABC News, Facebook confirmed the problem. "We're currently experiencing some site issues causing Facebook to be slow or unavailable for some users. We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible," a spokeswoman said in a statement.

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Thursday
Sep232010

NTSB Investigating Near Mid-Air Crash Involving US Airways Flight

Image Courtesy - ABC News Radio(WASHINGTON) -- The NTSB is investigating a near mid-air collision over Minneapolis involving a US Airways jetliner. Flight 1848 was carrying 90 passengers and five crewmembers from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Philadelphia on Sept. 16 when it came within an estimated 50 to 100 feet of a small cargo plane. There were no reports of damage or injuries as a result of the near-miss.

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Thursday
Sep232010

Zuckerberg's Donation: Good PR or Just Generosity?

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is preparing to announce a $100 million charitable donation to Newark, N.J. public schools.  News broke Wednesday that Zuckerberg, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are expected to announce the philanthropic effort, believed to be Zuckerberg's largest-ever public charitable donation, on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Friday.  But the timing of Zuckerberg's announcement has led some to speculate whether the donation could be part of an effort to help bolster the young CEO's public profile, as well as the image of a company that's weathered a few PR storms over the past couple of years.  The Oprah-worthy announcement comes just one week before the release of "The Social Network," a Hollywood movie expected to depict Zuckerberg as a socially-awkward genius hungry for power and prestige.

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Thursday
Sep232010

An Apology And No Apologies From Iowa Egg Farmers 

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images.(WASHINGTON) -- The “egg men” appeared on Capitol Hill Wednesday to answer lawmakers’ questions about the recent salmonella outbreak that made more than 1,700 people sick and called into question the conditions on farms that produce the tainted eggs that caused the illnesses.  Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, asked farm owner Austin "Jack" DeCoster to comment on the damage done to Iowa's egg industry caused by the revelation of filthy conditions at his farm.  DeCoster replied, "I feel very bad about it, very very bad.  It's a horrible thing."  DeCoster offered an apology to individuals sickened by eating eggs from his farm. Hillandale Farms chief executive Orland Bethel chose not to answer questions and invoked his Fifth Amendment right to avoid incriminating himself.  All told, more than 500 million eggs were recalled from the two Iowa farms in the largest such action in U.S. history, with dozens of brands in 22 states affected by the recall.

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Thursday
Sep232010

Texas Board to Vote on Whether Textbooks Glorify Islam

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(AUSTIN, Texas) -- According to some state education leaders in Texas, students may be getting a glorified view of Islam.  They are pushing for a resolution that would denounce social studies textbooks as biased against Christianity.  Though the president of the Texas State Board of Education supports the measure as promoting religious equality in schools, faith leaders and activists have condemned the board's proposal as intolerant and anti-Muslim.  "It's clearly just an attempt to propagandize the state's student population against the faith of Islam," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Washington D.C.-based Council on Islamic-American Relations. "Somehow they were getting too rosy a picture of Islam."  The board of education is set to vote Friday on the resolution.

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Thursday
Sep232010

Woman to Be Executed in Virginia

(WASHINGTON) -- When Teresa Lewis is put to death Thursday she will leave behind a trail of statistics.

- She will be the first woman executed in Virginia in nearly a century.
- Her death will leave 60 women on death row nationally, constituting less than 2% of the total death row population.
- She will be among about 40 women who have been executed in the United States over the past 100 years.

The statistics are according to the Death Penalty Information Center, a group which opposes the death penalty and tracks its impact.

A judge determined that Lewis was the “mastermind” of a grisly plan to hire two hit men to kill her husband and stepson in 2002. Teresa Lewis pleaded guilty for her role in the crime and repeatedly expressed regret. But while the triggermen received sentences of life in prison, Lewis was sentenced to die.

The Supreme Court refused to hear her appeal earlier this week, and Gov. Bob McDonnell denied her petitions for clemency.

Those opposed to her death sentence say the fact that she is a woman should not cause her to be treated differently. But they say what is unfair is that she has been diagnosed as borderline mentally retarded and her sentence is more severe than that of the triggermen.

Teresa Lewis will become the 12th woman put to death in the United States since 1976.

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