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Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner dies at 74

Paul Kantner dies at 74Paul Kantner, one of the giants of the San Francisco music scene, died Thursday. Mr. Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane, was 74 and had suffered a heart attack this week.

His death was confirmed by longtime publicist and friend, Cynthia Bowman, who said he died of multiple organ failure and septic shock.

Mr. Kantner had a string of health problems in recent years, including a heart attack in March.


Police: 6 dead in murder-suicide in Virginia

six dead in murder suicide in VirginiaSix people are dead in what police here are calling a murder-suicide.

The deaths were found in two locations in Chesapeake, a community in the southeastern part of Virginia about 24 miles west of Virginia Beach.

Chesapeake Police were called to a home Wednesday afternoon to perform a welfare check. When they arrived, they said they found a dead body.

While investigating that scene, they were lead to a nearby home, where an armed person was barricaded inside.


How Planned Parenthood's accusers became the accused in Texas case

Planned Parenthood becomes the accuserAn aggressive legal strategy pursued by U.S. women's healthcare provider Planned Parenthood may have been critical in turning the tables on opponents who were seeking to prosecute it in Texas for allegedly profiting from sales of aborted fetal tissue.

In a surprise move disclosed on Monday, a grand jury in Harris County not only cleared Planned Parenthood's Gulf Coast affiliate but also indicted the two anti-abortion activists, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, who had prompted the probe in the first place.


Three protesters arrested at Oregon refuge as standoff winds down

three protesters arrested at Oregon standoff Three protesters who were involved in the weeks-long Malheur National Wildlife Refuge armed occupation were arrested early Thursday at a checkpoint outside the compound, the FBI said.

Duane Leo Ehmer, 45, Dylan Wade Anderson, 34, and Jason S. Patrick, 43, each face a felony count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation or threats. It's the same charge leveled against other protesters arrested Tuesday. Five other people who left the compound early Thursday were released, the FBI said. The FBI said the arrests were without incident.


I am Tyra Patterson: celebrities and activists call for release of Ohio woman

I am Tyra PattersonCelebrities, activists and criminal justice officials have called for the release from prison of Tyra Patterson, an Ohio woman who was convicted of murder over 20 years ago despite the fact that she and her co-defendants all vehemently deny she was involved.

In a new video entitled I am Tyra Patterson, figures such as Michelle Alexander and former Ohio attorney general Jim Petro lend their names to Patterson’s cause.


Meet The New Leader Of The Oregon Standoff

Jason PatrickWith the Oregon standoff's leaders either dead or in custody, a Georgia man has emerged overnight as the new leader of the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.

If federal law enforcement had hoped taking out the standoff's leaders while they were away from the refuge would decapitate the movement, the emergence of Jason Patrick as the new leader may not be welcome news. According to the Anti-Defamation League's Mark Pitcavage, Patrick–a sympathizer with the Three Percenter movement– has a history of right-wing extremism.


Activists sue to replace Flint, Mich., water lines

Flint water piipelines object of activist suitA group of Flint, Mich., activists filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday to demand the city's water lines be replaced with no cost to local residents after toxic levels of lead were found in the city's drinking water supply.

The coalition says city and state leaders have repeatedly violated the federal Safe Drinking Water Act by failing to operate and maintain anti-corrosive treatments on the lead water pipes, adequately monitor household tap water for lead, and correctly report any problems. The complaint was filed by Concerned Pastors for Social Action, the Michigan American Civil Liberties Union, the Natural Resources Defense Council and local resident Melissa Mays.


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