• Natalie Portman urges new Harvard graduates to take chances

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Natalie Portman is advising graduating Harvard seniors to use their inexperience to their advantage. The Academy Award-winning actress spoke Wednesday at Harvard College's Class Day. She told graduates that not knowing their limitations can help them take risks...

  • Nebraska abolishes death penalty in landmark override vote

    The Associated Press
    Updated: 22 hr ago

    LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska abolished the death penalty on Wednesday over the governor's objections in a move pushed through the Legislature with unusual backing from conservatives who oppose capital punishment. Senators in the one-house Legislature voted 30-19 to override Gov. Pete...

  • Citing illness, Suge Knight refuses to leave cell for court

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge stopped short of ordering Marion "Suge" Knight forcibly removed from his jail cell Wednesday after the rap music mogul said he was sick and refused to go to court for a hearing in his robbery case. Los Angeles Superior Court Ronald S. Coen said Knight told...

  • CBS' Bob Schieffer is ready for retirement

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At 78, Bob Schieffer is entitled to reminisce about the "good old days" of reporting. He believes young people coming into the business can also learn from them. Schieffer will host CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday for the last time after 24 years. He's retiring from...

  • Harry Potter author shuts down Westboro Baptist Church on Twitter

    News services -
    Yesterday

    The Westboro Baptist Church tried to troll J.K. Rowling on Twitter recently and the Harry Potter author quickly shut the church group with a tweet. Rowling cheered on Twitter Ireland's historic vote to legalize same-sex marriage.

  • More rain threatens to complicate the cleanup in Houston

    Associated Press
    Yesterday

    WIMBERLEY, Texas — More rain fell on Houston on Wednesday, threatening to complicate the cleanup after a long holiday weekend of storms and floods that left at least 17 people dead and more than a dozen others missing in Texas and Oklahoma. The forecast was for 2 to 3 more inches of...

  • Penn State frat linked to nude photos shut down for 3 years

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A fraternity linked to a secret Facebook page on which photos of nude and semi-nude women were posted was shut down by Penn State for at least three years on Tuesday after the university's Interfraternity Council recommended a milder punishment. Penn State said...

  • 911 tapes released about NFL defensive end Ray McDonald

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Highway Patrol has released audio from the 911 call that led to the arrest of NFL defensive end Ray McDonald on suspicion of child endangerment and domestic violence. A woman, who is identified as the mother of the alleged victim, tells a dispatcher...

  • 'John Wayne Day' in Texas honors actor's 108th birthday

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Wearing a brown plaid coat worn by John Wayne in 1945's "Flame of Barbary Coast," Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has declared a day in honor of the quintessential screen cowboy. An avid collector of movie memorabilia, Patrick wore the coat as he presided over the...

  • Slain Omaha officer who was new mom honored at her funeral

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police officer Kerrie Orozco was one day away from going on maternity leave to care for the daughter she had delivered prematurely three months earlier when she answered a call to help a fellow officer. Within minutes, Orozco lay in a yard fatally wounded. She...

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