A grand jury investigating Jonbenet Ramsey´s death voted to indict her parents on child abuse resulting in death, according to an exclusive report by our partners at The Boulder Daily Camera. However, then-Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter refused to sign the indictment and prosecute the case, the Camera reports. Hunter reportedly believed he could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt. The 6-year-old beauty queen was found dead in her home on Christmas night in 1996.
CHARLOTTE — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal stands out among the Republican Party’s up-and-comers. As president of the Republican Governors Association and a frequent speaker for the GOP, he’s one of a new generation of reform-minded, young Republican leaders — among them, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, and Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Susana Martinez of New Mexico. Many observers consider Jindal, 41, potential presidential material. He is a blunt talker who pushes big change for government and his party.
Freshman Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Saturday chided the GOP over its 2012 electoral losses, saying "Republicans are and should be the party of the 47 percent," a clear allusion to the remarks caught on video by presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the campaign. Cruz, speaking at the National Review Institute summit in Washington, was quick to say he wasn´t criticizing Romney, but that the party lost a messaging battle with the electorate and that comment was just a symptom of the problem.
Britain is ´self-segregating´ as white families flee urban areas for the countryside and outer suburbs. The trend is causing an ´ethnic cliff´, in which the proportion of households from minority backgrounds is vastly different in areas just a few miles apart. Some outer London boroughs--including Enfield, Waltham Forest and Redbridge--have seen their white British population drop by as much as a quarter over the past decade. The same applies to urban areas around the capital such as Luton, Reading and Bedfordshire. Meanwhile, the white British population in many suburban and rural districts just next door has soared, according to research
A Secret Service dog tragically fell to its death Saturday night in New Orleans while doing a security sweep of six-story building next a hotel where Vice President Joe Biden was hosting an event. The Belgian Malinois fell from the roof of a parking garage deck adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton where Biden was speaking at a fundraiser for U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu. The dog was working in the Premier Parking garage on Iberville Street near the French Quarter hotel blocks away from rowdy Bourbon Street when it fell off the roof around 6 pm Saturday night,
NEW YORK-(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) RADDATZ (voice-over): Good morning. Welcome to "This Week." ROBERTS: So help you God? OBAMA: So help me God. RADDATZ: The president takes a stand. OBAMA: We are made for this moment, and we will seize it. RADDATZ: How far will he push in his new term? The secretary of state takes on her critics. CLINTON: What difference at this point does it make? RADDATZ: And tough words as Republicans regroup.JINDAL: We´ve got to stop being the stupid party. RADDATZ: Plus, senators crossing the aisle to work on immigration reform. What´s in their plan?
MEXICO CITY — In a country where citizens are regularly victimized by corrupt and abusive police, a court ruling freeing a woman from prison because of police mistreatment would seem welcome. Instead, many Mexicans are outraged. Ending a long legal case that had generated front-page headlines on two continents, the Mexican Supreme Court this week freed Florence Cassez, a 38-year-old French woman jailed for kidnapping, because authorities had trampled her right to due process. The 3-2 ruling came in the midst of a sweeping judicial reform being implemented with millions of dollars in U.S. aid and a small army of U.S. advisors.
If you´re a believer who takes the Bible seriously, you have asked yourself this question many times. I have. It has baffled me. Maybe a quick look at the Bible -- specifically, the Torah -- can clarify matters. Let me say right off -- America does not replace ancient Israel. And we certainly should not bring back old rituals and regulations. But we can look for general principles, just as our founders did.
A Pennsylvania man with a life-long passion for fast food got a whopper of a funeral when his procession made one last visit to a drive-thru Burger King. Marking 88-year-old David S. Kime Jr.´s love of the popular restaurant chain, family and friends picked up 40 Whopper Jr. burgers on the way to the cemetery--including one they buried with him. Described by relatives as a man who ´lived by his own rules´, his daughter, Linda Phiel said, ´His version of eating healthy was the lettuce on the Whopper Jr.´ Saturday´s funeral was organized in conjunction with the Manchester Township Burger
President Barack Obama said if he had a son, he would have to think "long and hard" before he let him play football and suggested he--along with other football fans--watches football against his conscience. "I´m a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I´d have to think long and hard before I let him play football," Obama said. In an interview with the left-of-centerThe New Republic, Obama said football will "probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence" and that may allow fans to not have to "examine our consciences
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is a big football fan with two daughters, but if he had a son, he says he´d "have to think long and hard" before letting him play because of the physical toll the game takes. "I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence," Obama tells The New Republic. "In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better
At least 245 people have been killed in a Brazil nightclub after a fire ravaged through the building in the early hours of this morning. Initial reports were that 90 people perished in the blaze, but firefighters quickly updated the figures as the extent of the fire was revealed. The total number of victims is still unknown and there may be hundreds injured, civil police and regional government spokesman Marcelo Arigoni told Radio Gaucha. He told the radio a truck carrying 70 bodies had arrived at the Municipal Sports Centre, which was being used as an improvised morgue. Police believe
Faced with an unimaginable dilemma, Bettine Le Beau’s mother decided to give her and her brother to a stranger to save them from a concentration camp. To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Bettine tells Louette Harding about her dangerous escape and her remarkable life after the war. The depths of winter, 1940: an agent from a humanitarian organisation smuggles herself into Gurs concentration camp near the French Pyrenees. In the women’s barrack, she explains, ‘I am able to take ten children out of here. Tell me if you want me to take yours.’
Washington -President Barack Obama says gun-control advocates should be better listeners in the debate over firearms in America. In an interview with The New Republic, Obama says he has "a profound respect" for the tradition of hunting that dates back for generations. "And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake. Part of being able to move this forward is understanding the reality of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas," he says. (Snip) The president says it´s understandable that people are protective of their family traditions
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said there "basically" is a bipartisan agreement already for immigration reform in the House. President Barack Obama will unveil his plan for comprehensive immigration reform on Tuesday. Boehner made the comments last week at the Ripon Society. "I think there’s a bipartisan group of members that have been meeting now for three or four years," Boehner said. "Frankly, I think they basically have an agreement. I’ve not seen the agreement. I don’t know all the pitfalls in it, but it’s in my view, the right group of members.”
Springfield, IL - Jake McNiece was gone before we even knew he was here. His name might not resonate with you. It didn’t with me until I heard that he had died. After that, it didn’t take long to learn Jake’s story. It’s worth learning. In a nutshell, he was the real-life model for Lee Marvin’s character in the 1967 movie “The Dirty Dozen.” Jake, 93, died in Chatham on Monday.(Snip) The actual group of WWII soldiers the movie is based on was called The Filthy Thirteen. They were rounders — not murderers and psychopaths, as Hollywood portrayed them, but brawlers and no respecters of authority. Source location and text added by Staff.
WASHINGTON — As President Obama settles on a strategy to overhaul the nation´s immigration laws, he faces a quandary that speaks volumes about the bitter nature of politics in a divided capital: The very fact that a plan has Obama´s name on it might be enough to kill it. (Snip) Republicans, they say, would feel compelled to oppose a bill identified explicitly with the president. Better, they advise, to announce broad principles and avoid particulars, even if that means violating a campaign pledge to propose legislation. Obama promised to do that in his first campaign, did not deliver,
BRASILIA, Brazil — A fire swept through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, killing at least 245 people and leaving at least 200 injured, police and firefighters said. Police Maj. Cleberson Braida told local news media that the 245 bodies were brought for identification to a gymnasium in the city of Santa Maria. That toll would make it one of the deadliest nightclub fires more than a decade. The cause of the fire is not yet known, officials said. Officials earlier put the death toll at 180.
There was an 1854 Lefaucheux pinfire pistol carbine on display, as well as an 1876 .22-caliber derringer in a glass box. But neither was for sale. It wouldn´t have mattered if they were. The gun enthusiasts who showed up in Rosemont on Friday for what was billed as the first-ever Chicagoland Gun Show didn´t seem interested in gawking at antique pistols. Some wanted to buy high-powered rifles, semi-automatic handguns and high-capacity magazines. But there wasn´t a single gun dealer at the show, only a Chicago collector who said he was there to show off his collection.
Four shootings -- two of them double homicides -- and a stabbing left 7 people dead Saturday, authorities said. In what appeared to be the last homicide of the day, a 32-year-old man was fatally stabbed about 11:50 p.m. in the South Shore neighborhood on the South Side, police said. The stabbing happened during a domestic argument in the 2500 block of East 73rd Street, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said. Byline corrected to site style by Staff.
SANTA MARIA, Brazil- A fire at a Brazilian nightclub early Sunday killed at least 137 people and left scores of others injured, police said. The fire broke out around 2:30 a.m. at Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, CNN reported. There were 300 to 400 people in the club when the fire erupted and only one exit door, O Globo, Rio de Janeiro, reported. "It was a small door for a lot of people" Luana Santos Silva, who was at the nightclub, told O Globo. Col. Adilomar Silva, the regional coordinator of civil defense, said rescue crews were still pulling bodies
First things first: the Second Amendment to the Constitution is simple and clear. The version of it that was ratified by the states reads as follows: A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, President Obama and a host of senators and congressmen launched an all-out assault on so-called "assault weapons", high-capacity magazines, and gun ownership in general.
It´s hardly a secret. After all, in a letter to a senior officer, no less than a young Bill Clinton openly admitted that many of his cohort to "loath[ed] the military." Still, it´s stunning to hear a modern-day liberal make a similar admission. On her MSNBC show today, Melissa Harris-Perry stated that the U.S. military is "despised as an engine of war by many progressives." View the video after the jump. MHP made her admission as a preface to observing that our military has also been "a leading institution in America´s fight for racial equality." No doubt.
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry, finding biblical significance in the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, assured thousands of activists at Saturday´s Rally for Life at the Texas Capitol that this legislative session will build on past efforts to restrict abortion. "The ideal world is one without abortion. Until then, we will continue to pass laws to ensure abortions are as rare as possible," Perry told a crowd. Joined by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Attorney General Greg Abbott and anti-abortion groups, Perry said he was with "men and women who understand those Biblical stories."
As she takes a break from her acting career, Eva Longoria is making strides in the world of politics. Dressed a sexy black V-neck jumpsuit and open-toed Christian Louboutin booties, the former Desperate Housewives actress looked ready for a political power play as she hosted a forum in Beverly Hills on Saturday. Sitting across from Eva on stage was United States Justice Sonia Sotomayor, one of the most influential women in American politics. Saturday´s event highlights Eva´s passion for politics as well as Sonia´s book, My Beloved World, in which she discusses her unlikely journey