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New York man creates 'sovereign nation' in Utah

NY man creates sovereign nationA New York man is building his own sovereign nation called Zaqistan on a remote piece of land in Utah.

Zaq Landsberg has created a yellow-and-red flag, official-looking passports and a border patrol gate guarded by a giant robot sentry for the realm, KSL-TV reported (


3 killed, 34 hurt when car hits crowd at Oklahoma State parade

Oklahoma parade acciidentA woman suspected of drunken driving crashed a car into a crowd of spectators at Oklahoma State University's homecoming parade, killing three people, authorities in Stillwater said Saturday.

Another thirty-four people were injured, eight of them critically, according to a police spokesman. Seven of those eight were taken by helicopter to a hospital, while 10 spectators -- one critical and nine "seriously injured persons" -- were taken by ambulance. Another 17 "walking wounded" took themselves to the hospital, according to Capt. Kyle Gibbs.


Studies show fewer gun deaths in states with strict gun laws

gun laws mean fewer gun deathsDo states with stricter gun laws have less gun violence than those with few restrictions?

Researchers who have studied the issue argue they generally do, but with some caveats. They cannot say whether the laws, or some other factors, are the reason for a lower rate of firearm deaths and that there are exceptions.

President Barack Obama addressed the matter in a news conference hours after a gunman killed eight students and a teacher at an Oregon community college.


'Armed with reason': Texas campus carry law sees pushback from academics

Texas campus gun carry backlashBryan Jones is not anti-gun – he keeps two rifles and a handgun at his country home and is a former member of the National Rifle Association. But he does not want weapons in his workplace, and he is not alone.

The government professor at the University of Texas is one of about 800 academics there who have signed a petition opposing the campus carry law that is set to go into effect in Texas on 1 August 2016.


Maureen O'Hara, 'How Green Was My Valley' Star, Dies At 95

Maureen O'Hara e3qe at 85Maureen O'Hara, the flame-haired Irish movie star who appeared in classics ranging from the grim "How Green Was My Valley" to the uplifting "Miracle on 34th Street" and bantered unforgettably with John Wayne in several films. She was 95.

O'Hara died in her sleep at her home in Boise, Idaho, said Johnny Nicoletti, her longtime manager.

"She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family as they celebrated her life listening to music from her favorite movie, 'The Quiet Man,'" said a statement from her family.


Obama: Cap class time devoted to standardized student tests

Testing prep timePresident Barack Obama is calling for capping standardized testing at 2 percent of classroom time, and he says the government shares responsibility for the excessive focus on testing.

He's targeting one of the most divisive issues in education today.

It's not known how much classroom time students spend preparing for standardized tests. The tests became mandatory starting in third grade under the No Child Left Behind law.


Top Judge Joked About Raping, Tasing Women

Michael EakinA Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice sent and received hundreds of emails containing racist, pornographic, and misogynistic material in correspondence with public officials.

Justice J. Michael Eakin used a private email account with the pseudonym “John Smith” to communicate with state and federal officials, including prosecutors, judges, and attorneys. One email from Eakin among many obtained by The Daily Beast suggests a battered wife treat her wounds by “keeping her mouth shut.”


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