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Missouri executes mastermind in 1993 cattle-stealing plot that left couple dead

Missouri on Wednesday executed a man who had been convicted in 1993 of murdering an elderly farming couple in a plot to steal their cattle, a state official said. William Rousan, 57, was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m. local time at a state prison in Bonne Terre, said Mike O’Connell,…

Dead teen’s mother sues FedEx for negligence after California crash kills 10

The mother of a 17-year-old student who was among 10 people killed in a highway crash in northern California earlier this month has sued FedEx Corp for negligence, California-based City News Service reported. More than 30 others were injured when a FedEx tractor-trailer crossed a highway median and slammed into…

‘Bridgegate’ scandal threatens completion of third World Trade Center tower

The “Bridgegate” scandal that rocked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration earlier this year is threatening a deal that would allow developer Larry Silverstein to finish building the next World Trade Center skyscraper. Silverstein needs a guarantee from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to secure a…

Canadian woman’s letter arrives — after 45-year delay

A 45-year-old letter arrived in the mailbox of a Canadian woman, who received the correspondence from her younger sister decades after it was sent, Canadian media reported. The missive, mailed by her then nine-year-old sibling, was sent in 1969 with a six-cent stamp, Anne Tingle told public radio CBC. It…

Federal investigators: Deadly Texas fertilizer warehouse blast was preventable

By Erwin Seba DALLAS (Reuters) – A deadly 2013 fertilizer warehouse explosion in Texas that claimed at least 14 lives could have been prevented, U.S. safety investigators said on Tuesday. Between 40 and 60 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded 22 minutes after a fire broke out at the West Fertilizer…

Chris Christie’s spokesperson and Port Authority officials subpoenaed in ‘Bridgegate’ probe

(Reuters) – A New Jersey legislative panel investigating the “Bridgegate” traffic scandal subpoenaed the press spokesman to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and three other officials on Tuesday. The Legislative Select Committee on Investigation ordered Michael Drewniak, Christie’s press spokesman, to appear before it in May. Christie, a Republican seen…

Ariz. Supreme Court: Marijuana traces in the system aren’t enough for DUI charges

(Reuters) – Arizona prosecutors cannot charge pot users for driving under the influence of marijuana simply because traces of the drug remain in their bloodstream, without evidence of actual impairment, the state Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. The 4-1 decision by the Arizona Supreme Court comes as states are increasingly…

Mexico arrests 110 people for posing as anti-cartel vigilantes

Mexican authorities have detained more than 110 people posing as vigilantes battling a drug cartel in the western state of Michoacan in the last two weeks, an official said Tuesday. At least 46 suspected members of criminal groups were arrested in recent days in the town of Huetamo, where they…

Violent protest hits fabled Rio beach district after dancer is beaten to death

Violent protests broke out in Rio’s landmark beachfront district, Copacabana, on Tuesday following the death of a resident, an AFP photographer said, less than two months before the World Cup. Two main thoroughfares were closed after angry demonstrators from a slum set ablaze barricades of tires to protest the death…

Venezuelan government to resume negotiations with opposition on Thursday

A Venezuelan opposition coalition and President Nicolas Maduro’s government will meet for new talks aimed at ending more than two months of deadly anti-government protests, officials said Tuesday. “We have a date, Thursday, but we still do not have a time and place,” said Ramon Guillermo Aveledo of the Democratic…

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