One killed in partial building collapse in New York

One killed in partial building collapse in New York

Reuters A building undergoing demolition work in New York partially collapsed on Friday, killing one person and trapping another in the rubble, authorities said. Approximately 65 firefighters responded to the collapse, which occurred about 10:30 a.m. in the rear of a multistory building on West 38th Street in midtown Manhattan, a fire department spokesman said.

Man arrested in St. Louis area church fires

Man arrested in St. Louis area church fires

Reuters A 35-year-old man was arrested in connection with a string of suspected arson fires at St. Louis-area churches, police said on Friday. Federal and local authorities are investigating seven fires set at doors of churches with primarily black congregations in the area since Oct. 8. St. Louis Metropolitan police said the man they had

Bible-citing Marine raises religious freedom questions in appeal of court-martial conviction

Bible-citing Marine raises religious freedom questions in appeal of court-martial conviction

McClatchy Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — A North Carolina-based Marine will now get to challenge a court-martial conviction that raises tricky questions about military discipline and religious freedom. Reinforced by members of Congress and some leading conservative lawyers, former Lance Cpl. Monifa F. Sterling this week convinced the nation’s highest military appeals court to hear a case that started with…

GOP official admits to faking threats — and an innocent man may have spent 18 years in prison for it

GOP official admits to faking threats — and an innocent man may have spent 18 years in prison for it

Tom Boggioni A former Republican candidate for Congress has admitted to a judge that she was the author of threatening letters she sent to herself during her campaign in 2013 and 2014, reports Sacramento news outlet Fox40. Former Stanislaus County clerk recorder Karen Mathews Davis, who claimed she stood up to terrorists in the 1990s, admitted to

Virginia Repubs’ unconstitutional campaign ad: We are the party of ‘Christian heritage’

Virginia Repubs’ unconstitutional campaign ad: We are the party of ‘Christian heritage’

Arturo Garcia Republicans in Augusta County, Virginia flouted the separation of church and state after releasing an ad suggesting that only their candidates would defend “Christian heritage” if elected. “God is a foundation of our nation,” county party commitee chair Larry Roller told the Staunton News-Leader. “If you read the histories of our founding fathers,

White House will not release emails between Obama and Clinton while she was Secretary of State

White House will not release emails between Obama and Clinton while she was Secretary of State

Reuters The White House will not allow the release of emails exchanged between President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton from when she was secretary of state, a senior administration official said on Friday. The emails may be withheld until after Obama leaves office under the Presidential Records Act, according to the White House, which governs

Geologists investigate ‘slow-moving landslide’ developing in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains

Geologists investigate ‘slow-moving landslide’ developing in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains

Reuters A massive fissure that has mysteriously appeared on the flanks of the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming is a slow-moving landslide possibly triggered by excessive precipitation combined with moisture from a nearby spring, a state geologist said on Friday. The mass geologic movement in the remote area where no people or property are directly at