SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Astronomers have their own version of the single person's dilemma: Do you wait by the phone for a call from that certain someone? Or do you make the call yourself and risk getting shot down?
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday praised three young Muslims killed in North Carolina as representing the best values of global citizenship and said he was deeply moved by scenes of thousands of people mourning their deaths. Deah Barakat, 23, a University of North Carolina dental student, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19, a student at North Carolina State University, were gunned down on Tuesday in Chapel Hill.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army has approved gender-reassignment hormone therapy for Chelsea Manning, the former intelligence analyst convicted of espionage for sending classified documents to the WikiLeaks website, but says she can't grow out her hair.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Valentine's Day 2014 was coming to a close. There were fewer than a dozen workers holding down the night shift at the federal government's nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.
NEW YORK (AP) — The city medical examiner's office said Friday that it plans to look into the death of New York Times media columnist David Carr, who collapsed just hours after moderating a "Times Talks" conversation with Edward Snowden, director Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald.
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Nick Gordon, who calls himself the husband of Bobbi Kristina Brown, cannot visit her at the hospital where she is being treated after having been found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub last month, Brown's cousin told a local television station. Lawyers for Gordon disputed the cousin's contention that he was pursuing legal action to gain access to Brown, who is the daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. "In response to reports that Nick Gordon is taking legal action, he would like it to be clear, he is not," lawyers Randy Kessler and Joe Habachy said in a statement Thursday evening. Family members have said Brown, 21, the only child of singers Bobby Brown and Houston, is fighting for her life after Gordon and a friend discovered her in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta home on Jan. 31.
By Richard Weizel HARTFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - The Connecticut panel charged with finding ways to reduce school violence after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre on Friday approved a final package of recommendations including calls for tougher gun laws and improved school designs. The 16-member commission appointed by Governor Dannel Malloy voted unanimously to approve a 256-page report that also recommended that schools have doors that lock from the inside and calls for trigger locks to be provided for any firearm when it is sold or transferred in ownership. The commission was established after Adam Lanza, 20, killed 26 children and educators at the elementary school in one of the most horrific school shootings in U.S. history.
(Reuters) - Indiana officials have identified the last two of seven victims linked to an alleged serial killer in the town of Gary, the Lake County coroner said on Friday. DNA tests confirmed the identities of Tanya Gatlin, 27, and Sonya Billingsley, 53, both of Gary, whose remains were found in the same abandoned building in that city, the coroner's office said in a statement. The bodies were discovered in October after police arrested Darren Vann, 43, a suspect in the murder of a woman in a hotel in neighboring Hammond, Indiana.
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Governor Tom Wolf declared a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania on Friday, saying it was a flawed system that is "ineffective, unjust and expensive." The moratorium will remain in effect, Wolf's office said, until the Democratic governor has received and reviewed a report by a task force established by the legislature in 2011 to study the effectiveness of the death penalty. Wolf immediately granted a reprieve to murderer Terrance Williams, whose execution was scheduled for March 4. The governor noted that six people on death row in Pennsylvania had been exonerated since the death penalty was reinstated in 1978.