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Americans Pause to Remember Those Who Died Sept. 11, 2001 (photos) 4

Americans Pause to Remember Those Who Died Sept. 11, 2001 (photos)

Americans and others around the world honored the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks in New York City and Washington D.C. on the 15th anniversary of the tragic event. The nation is still at war with Islamic extremists but have suffered no major terror attacks since then. The national day of mourning included ceremonies at Ground Zero in New York City as well as at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.. The Defense Department headquarters was hit by one plane. ...
Zika Virus Scammers Preying on Fearful, NY Attorney General Warns 6

Zika Virus Scammers Preying on Fearful, NY Attorney General Warns

Zika virus infections have been rising in the United States, causing scammers to prey on fearful citizens by selling a host of products that are ineffective against mosquitoes that carry the virus, New York Attorney General A.G. Schneiderman warned today. The state’s top cop said he issued “cease and desist” orders against seven companies that have been busted for selling bogus preventive products....
Bernie Sanders Endorses Hillary Clinton; Ready to Campaign for Her (video) 8

Bernie Sanders Endorses Hillary Clinton; Ready to Campaign for Her (video)

Bernie Sanders, as expected, endorsed Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign today (July 12) at a political rally in New Hampshire. Sanders will campaign for Clinton against presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump in a big boost for Clinton. Clinton made the announcement in a fund raising appeal this morning just before the she appeared with Sanders at the rally....
Micah Xavier Johnson, Dallas Lone Shooter, America's Worst Nightmare 10

Micah Xavier Johnson, Dallas Lone Shooter, America’s Worst Nightmare

Micah Xavier Johnson, who now appears to be the lone shooter in the Dallas police massacre, is America’s worst nightmare. An Army reservist with combat experience, he systematically shot 12 police officers using an AR-15 assault rifle, the kind used in the overwhelming majority of mass shootings. He had the means, and he believed, the right to exact his own brand of revenge for the police shooting deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA and Philando Castile in Minnesota....
Texas Reaps Gun Culture Whirlwind; 'Snipers' Slay 5 Dallas Police Officers 12

Texas Reaps Gun Culture Whirlwind; ‘Snipers’ Slay 5 Dallas Police Officers

Texas is reaping a whirlwind from the seeds it sowed leading to its free-wheeling gun culture. Five Dallas police officers were killed and six others injured last night by four “snipers” who were armed with assault rifles and wore military-style body armor. Last year, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, a longtime gun rights advocate, signed a bill into law, enacting the loosest open carry law in the country. Buying an assault rifle in the Lone Star State is as easy as picking up a loaf of bread. Any owner is free to carry guns in public with an easy-to-obtain permit. ...
Bill Cosby Wants Judge To Throw Out Pennsylvania Sex Assault Case 14

Bill Cosby Wants Judge To Throw Out Pennsylvania Sex Assault Case

Bill Cosby returned to court in Pennsylvania today (July 7) in a bid to quash a criminal trial stemming from his alleged 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand. At the time, she worked at Cosby’s alma mater Temple University in Philadelphia. Cosby, now 78, and his lawyer, Christopher Tayback, appeared before Montgomery County (Pa) Judge Steven O’Neill to seek dismissal of the charges, according to media reports....
Hillary Clinton Spared Email Criminal Charges, But Faces Political Pushback 16

Hillary Clinton Spared Email Criminal Charges, But Faces Political Pushback

Hillary Clinton was cleared of criminal charges in a months long federal investigation of her handling of classified information on her personal email server. But she still faces political fallout that could affect her presidential campaign. In a dramatic news conference this morning, FBI Director James Comey laid out in painstaking detail the department’s recommendation to federal prosecutors....
Led Zeppelin Climbed 'Stairway to Heaven' on Their Own, Jury Finds 18

Led Zeppelin Climbed ‘Stairway to Heaven’ on Their Own, Jury Finds

Led Zeppelin, the’70s rock supergroup led by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, was cleared of copyright claims over it’s classic 1971 song “Stairway to Heaven,” in a case that could have had massive implications for artists and the music industry. Michael Skidmore, trustee for the estate of musician Randy Craig Wolfe, claimed in a lawsuit that Page and Plant lifted the introduction to “Stairway to Heaven” from “Taurus,” a 1968 tune written by Wolfe for his group Spirit. ...
Big Apple Circus Pared to Core by Cash Crunch; Faces Looming Shutdown 20

Big Apple Circus Pared to Core by Cash Crunch; Faces Looming Shutdown

The Big Apple Circus, founded in New York City 38 years ago, may be dropping its big top for the last time. The show put out an urgent appeal today for a “cash infusion” to stave off shuttering “next season and possibly for good.” Anybody have a spare $600,000? The circus revealed its financial crisis several weeks ago and began an urgent $2 million fundraising campaign to keep it afloat....
Prince, Iconic Musician Known for Pop, Funk, Folk, Rock Fusion, Dead at 57 22

Prince, Iconic Musician Known for Pop, Funk, Folk, Rock Fusion, Dead at 57

Prince, a multi-talent singer known for his ability to fuse pop, funk, folk and rock into his own unique sound, was found dead this morning in his Minnesota home. His death is being attributed to the flu, although mystery surrounds the circumstances leading up to his demise. He was 57. Prince, real name Prince Rogers Nelson, had reportedly been battling flu-like symptoms for several weeks. ...