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Ex-Scout Leaders Facing Felony Charges In Utah

Two former Boy Scout leaders are facing felony charges for knocking over a prehistoric rock formation in Utah's Goblin Valley State Park. If convicted, they could face up to five years in prison and be fined up to $5,000. Glenn Taylor, 45, was charged Friday with criminal mischief for toppling the mushroom-shaped rock October 11. David Hall, 42, was charged with aiding criminal mischief for recording the destruction. The video, which was uploaded to YouTube and has been viewed more than million times, shows Taylor pushing over the rock, which weighed thousands of pounds. Both Taylor and Hall said that…
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NASA Observes Day of Remembrance

NASA will pay will tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the agency's Day of Remembrance on Friday, Jan. 31. NASA's Day of Remembrance honors members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other agency senior officials will hold an observance and wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery Friday morning.  
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Amanda Knox found guilty of murder again by Italian court

  An appeals court in Florence on Thursday upheld the guilty verdict against student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend for the 2007 murder of her British roommate. Knox was sentenced to 28 1/2 years in prison, raising the specter of a long legal battle over her extradition if the conviction is upheld.
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Strollers Recalled by Britax Due to Partial Fingertip Amputation Hazard

WASHINGTON, - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Recall Summary Name of Product: B-Agile, B-Agile Double and BOB Motion strollers Hazard: The hinge on the stroller's folding mechanism can partially amputate consumers' fingertips, break their fingers or cause severe lacerations, among other injuries, when they press the release button while pulling on the release strap. Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled strollers immediately and contact Britax to receive a free repair kit. Consumer Contact: Britax; toll-free at (866) 204-1665 from 8:30 to 6:00…
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Statement of Gov. Patrick on Announcement In Tsarnaev Case

BOSTON - Thursday, January 30, 2014 - Governor Deval Patrick today released the following statement: "One way or another, based on the evidence, Tsarnaev will die in prison. In each milestone of this case -- today's announcement, the trial and every other significant step in the justice process -- the people hurt by the Marathon bombings and the rest of us so shocked by it will relive that tragedy. The best we can do is remind each other that we are a stronger Commonwealth than ever, and that nothing can break that spirit."
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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Will Face Death Penalty For Boston Marathon Bombing

WASHINGTON—Attorney General Eric Holder today released the following statement regarding the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: “After consideration of the relevant facts, the applicable regulations and the submissions made by the defendant’s counsel, I have determined that the United States will seek the death penalty in this matter. The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision.” The Boston Marathon Bomber who killed three people and wounded 260 will face the death penalty. On Thursday, federal prosecutors announced that they would be seeking the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20. Seventeen of the thrity federal charges…
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President’s State of the Union

During tonight's State of the Union Address, President Obama expressed his desire to work with COngress to improve the nation's economy. But he also stressed that if necessary he would take executive action. One big theme of the night was income inequality. Obama urged Congress to increase the minimum wage for all Americans, while issuing an executive order to increase the minimum wage for some federal workers from $ to $ an hour. He touched on concerns that the gap between the rich and poor is increasing and said that these trends must be reversed. That includes redressing inequality for…
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Honolulu Teen Shot After Attacking Officers

Authorities say a police officer fired two shots, hitting a 17-year-old runaway in the wrist at a Hawaii high school after the teen lunged at officers and proceeded to cut one with a knife and punch two others. Police had been alerted by Roosevelt High School officials who had recognized the boy as a runaway Tuesday morning. The 17 year old was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The public high school near downtown Honolulu was placed on lock down, but students have since been released.
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Truck explodes in Fall River

A vehicle hauling 11,000 gallons of gasoline crashed and exploded Monday morning on the route 24 off  ramp in Fall River. This was the Massachusetts trucking company’s, J P Noonan, 15th crash in 24 months. The driver, Lisa Korch, 46, has had her commercial driver’s license since 1992 and has no violations on record. She was not seriously injured in the crash. According to US Department of Transportation inspection records, J P Noonan vehicles that carry hazardous materials have been inspected 128 times in the past 24 months, with two Noonan vehicles ordered “out of service.” US DOT statistics indicate…
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Improving the Economy a Main Concern for Americans

Eighty percent of Americans believe the economy should be a main priority for the president and Congress in 2014. When broken down, eighty-five percent of Democrats, seventy-five percent of Republicans, and eighty-one percent of Independents held this view. These results from a Pew Research Center survey come on the eve of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Based on the survey the top five priorities include: Strengthening the nation’s economy Improving the job situation Improving the education system Making the Social Security system sound Reducing the budget deficit
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