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  • Jury seated in Sandusky sex-abuse trial

    A jury was selected Wednesday in the child molestation scandal that brought down Joe Paterno, and the makeup of the panel left no doubt this is Penn State country.

    The seven women and five men who will hear opening statements on Monday in the case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky include an engineering administrative assistant at Penn State, a dance teacher in the school's continuing education program and a professor who has been on the faculty for 24 years.

    June 6, 2012

  • facebook.png Lawmakers press Zuckerberg on Facebook users under 13

    Facebook is taking heat from U.S. lawmakers after reports that the company is exploring ways to let children under 13 onto its social network.

    June 6, 2012 1 Photo

  • Penn State Abuse_Rayk.jpg 3 jurors picked for Sandusky child sex abuse trial

    Three of the 16 jurors and alternates needed for former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky's child sex-abuse trial were selected Tuesday morning as the high-profile case got under way in earnest after months of legal wrangling and intense publicity.

    June 5, 2012 1 Photo

  • CADAVERS273.jpg Medical students learned on the bodies, now honor the donors

    After exploring bodies of anatomical donors for months, medical students at Georgetown University give their thanks to families who shared "their most intimate possession."

    May 31, 2012 3 Photos

  • Five Dead Florida_Rayk.jpg Deputies: Fla. mom killed 4 kids, then herself

    A Florida mother who fatally shot her four children before killing herself Tuesday called three of the kids who had sought help from a neighbor back to the house before firing the fatal shots, authorities said.

    Thirty-three-year-old Tonya Thomas fatally shot her four children, who ranged in age from 12 to 17, said Lt. Tod Goodyear, a spokesman for the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.


    May 15, 2012 1 Photo

  • Obit Dick Clark_Rayk(1).jpg Dick Clark, world's oldest teenager, dies at 82

    Dick Clark, the ever-youthful television host and tireless entrepreneur who helped bring rock 'n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand," and later produced and hosted a vast range of programming from game shows to the New Year's Eve countdown from Times Square, has died. He was 82.

    April 18, 2012 2 Photos

  • Prosecutor: 'We do not prosecute by public pressure or by petition'

    Amid furious public pressure to make an arrest in the killing of Trayvon Martin, the special prosecutor on the case went for the maximum Wednesday, bringing a second-degree murder charge against the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot the unarmed black teenager.

    George Zimmerman, 28, was jailed in Sanford — the site of the shooting Feb. 26 that set off a nationwide debate over racial profiling and self-defense — on charges that carry a minimum of 25 years in prison and a maximum sentence that could put him in prison for life.


    April 11, 2012

  • Zimmerman charged with second-degree murder in Trayvon Martin's death

    Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who is in custody,  is being charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose death ignited nationwide protests.

    Special prosecutor Angela Corey says that the 28-year-old Zimmerman is in custody. She wouldn't disclose Zimmerman's whereabouts for his safety, but said that he will be in court within 24 hours.

    April 11, 2012

  • Fla. Neighborhood Watch's Zimmerman loses attorneys

    Two attorneys for the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin withdrew from the case Tuesday they say because they haven't heard from George Zimmerman in days and is taking actions related to the case without consulting them.

    Attorneys Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig said at a news conference they haven't heard from George Zimmerman since Sunday. They said that against their advice, Zimmerman contacted special prosecutor Angela Corey who will decide if he should face charges. A spokeswoman for Corey's office didn't immediately respond to an email and two phone calls.

    April 10, 2012

  • Religious School Shoo_Rayk(1).jpg Gunman opens fire, kills 5 at a Christian university in California

    A gunman opened fire at a Christian university in California Monday, killing at least five people, law enforcement officials said. Police say they have a suspect in custody.

    The shooting erupted at midmorning at Oikos University in Oakland and left five dead, the law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

    April 2, 2012 2 Photos

  • Flight Disrupted-Capt_Rayk.jpg JetBlue pilot needs to be subdued after 'medical situation'

    Screaming "They're going to take us down!" a JetBlue pilot stormed through his plane rambling about a bomb and threats from Iraq Tuesday until passengers on the Las Vegas-bound flight tackled him to the ground just outside the cockpit, passengers said.

    The captain of JetBlue Airways Flight 191 from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport was taken to a hospital after suffering a "medical situation" on board that forced the co-pilot to take over the plane and land it in Amarillo, Texas, the airline said.

    March 27, 2012 2 Photos

  • SAT cheating prompts changes in rules

    Students taking college entrance exams this fall will have to submit photo IDs with their applications — a key security upgrade following a widespread cheating scandal at a number of high schools on New York's Long Island, a prosecutor and testing officials announced Tuesday.

    March 27, 2012

  • Fly A Little Easier_Rayk.jpg House blasts TSA for being rude, ineffective

    House members of both parties on Monday teed off against the agency in charge of airport and port anti-terrorist screening, saying it uses ineffective tactics, wastes money on faulty equipment and treats travelers rudely.

    "We're not cattle," said Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., adding that 'barking orders" undermines the good work of the Transportation Security Administration.

    March 26, 2012 1 Photo

  • Neighborhood Watch_Rayk.jpg Obama: "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon"

    Urging Americans to "do some soul searching," President Barack Obama injected himself into the emotional debate over the fatal shooting of a teenager in Florida, turning the racially charged case into a personal matter for the nation's first black president.

    "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," Obama said Friday.

    March 23, 2012 1 Photo

  • Penn State Paterno_Rayk.jpg Judge denies Sandusky bid for more particulars

    The judge in former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse case said Tuesday that a defense request for more information regarding when and where the alleged crimes occurred is moot because prosecutors have said they cannot produce additional detail.

    Judge John Cleland issued the order a day after the two sides debated the matter before him in a central Pennsylvania courtroom.

    March 13, 2012 1 Photo