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Florida executes John Ferguson convicted in eight slayings

Written by  |  Monday, 05 August 2013 05:11  |  Published in US NEWS

STARKE, Fla., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- John Ferguson, convicted of eight murders, was executed by lethal injection in Florida Monday after a final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court failed.

The Miami Herald reported Ferguson's death at the state prison in Starke, officially clocked at 6:17 p.m. EDT, came about an hour after the nation's highest court declined to intercede. His final words could not be understood by witnesses, the newspaper said.

He was the fifth Florida death row inmate to be executed since December.

Fukushima plant leaking toxic water into Pacific

Written by  |  Saturday, 03 August 2013 12:38  |  Published in US NEWS

FUKUSHIMA, Japan, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Up to 40 trillion becquerels of tritium -- a radioactive isotope of hydrogen -- washed out to sea from the Fukushima plant, Japanese nuclear officials said.

Jury finds George Zimmerman not guilty in Trayvon Martin's death

Written by  |  Thursday, 11 July 2013 13:00  |  Published in US NEWS

SANFORD, Fla., July 13 (UPI) -- A jury in Florida Saturday night found neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

The verdict came after the Seminole County jury of six women deliberated a total of about 15 hours over two days following a five-week trial, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The panel could have found him guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter.

GenDyn tapped for C5SR services

Written by  |  Tuesday, 30 July 2013 15:59  |  Published in US NEWS

FAIRFAX, Va., July 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic has given a prime contract for C5ISR services to General Dynamics One Source.

The award is one of 15 under the Business and Force Support Multiple Award Pillar contract with an overall value of more than $900 million over five years to all awardees if all options are exercised.

The command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services to be provided will be global in scope.

U.S. black leaders urge discussions on race relations

Written by  |  Friday, 19 July 2013 20:00  |  Published in US NEWS

WASHINGTON, July 21 (UPI) -- The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus said President Obama's remarks on the Trayvon Martin verdict were a step toward a new debate on race relations.

Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, said Sunday Obama gave validation to long-held feelings in the black community that they were in treacherous waters when dealing with the justice system and with Congress.

"I think that it was timely, but more importantly I think that he could feel the anger that was going around across this country," Fudge said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "And he felt that he needed to respond in a way that I think took a lot of courage."

Return of wolves to Yellowstone helping national parks grizzlies

Written by  |  Sunday, 28 July 2013 07:39  |  Published in US NEWS

CORVALLIS, Ore., July 29 (UPI) -- The return of wolves to Yellowstone is helping the national park's grizzly bears by restoring one of the staples of their diet -- berries, experts say.

The level of berries consumed by Yellowstone grizzlies is significantly higher now that shrubs are starting to recover following the re-introduction of wolves, which have reduced over-browsing by elk herds, scientists at the Oregon State University reported Monday.

Berries are important to help bears put on fat before going into hibernation, they said.

Trayvon Martins mom calls for repeal of Stand Your Ground law

Written by  |  Sunday, 28 July 2013 06:22  |  Published in US NEWS

MIAMI, July 29 (UPI) -- The mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin said Monday she believes Florida's Stand Your Ground law helped her son's killer get away with murder.

Sybrina Fulton's comments came during the National Bar Association's annual conference in South Florida, The Miami Herald reported.

"The thing about this law is I just think it assisted the person who killed my son to get away with murder," Fulton said, adding, "I think we have to change these laws so people don't get away with murder."

Conrad Murray to be released from prison in October

Written by  |  Saturday, 27 July 2013 12:19  |  Published in US NEWS

LOS ANGELES, July 28 (UPI) -- Relatives of pop icon Michael Jackson say they are outraged Dr. Conrad Murray will not serve his full sentence for manslaughter, Britain's Daily Mirror said.

Murray, 60, gave Jackson a lethal dose of anesthetic while he was treating him, leading to Jackson's death at age 50 in 2009.

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison, but is scheduled to be released Oct. 28, after serving less than half the sentence.

Obama observes 60th anniversary of Korean armistice

Written by  |  Friday, 26 July 2013 17:19  |  Published in US NEWS

WASHINGTON, July 27 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama observed the 60th anniversary of America's "Forgotten War" on the Korean peninsula saying, "No veteran should ever be overlooked."

Saturday was the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War and Obama, in a brief ceremony at the Korean War monument in Washington, commended those who fought in the conflict for preventing a takeover of South Korea by the north.

Russian Postal Service fined for delayed airmail

Written by  |  Thursday, 25 July 2013 12:18  |  Published in US NEWS

MOSCOW, July 26 (UPI) -- The Russian Postal Service has been fined $11,000 for allowing letters and packages to pile up at airports in the Moscow region, prosecutors said Friday.



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