Oscar Pistorius trial: Why culpable homicide, not murder  

BBC By : Staff Reporting

The state argued that Mr Pistorius had had an argument with Ms Steenkamp, after which he deliberately shot her dead.

The judge ruled this had not been proved, as there was only circumstantial evidence of an argument - uncorroborated witnesses' statements. - Full Article

Scott Brown Tries to Win Over Female Voters by Giving Them Plaques  

New York Magazine By : Margaret Hartmann

Former Massachusetts senator and current New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown has a problem: If he doesn't start attracting more female voters, he's going to become the first man to lose two Senate races to two women.

Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, the state's former governor and current senator, has a 14-point lead among women, according to a recent poll, despite the fact that Brown can wear the heck out of a sweater. - Full Article

Law Enforcement Official Sent Copy of Ray Rice Tape to NFL Executive in April  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

If the AP Source is correct Roger Goodell should be fired for incompetence, but it won't come on the heels of Terry O'Neill demanding it. The issue of sweeping domestic violence under the rug predates Goodell by a long shot. There's too much hypocrisy at many many levels here

AP Source: Law enforcement official sent copy of Ray Rice tape to NFL executive in April.

Congress probes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Ray Rice case  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Twelve House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Democrats sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Wednesday demanding "the highest level of transparency" concerning how the league investigated the Ray Rice domestic violence incident.

Goodell made clear in interviews Tuesday night with USA TODAY Sports and CBS that he does not feel his job is in jeopardy. - Full Article

France Ready to Participate in Iraq Airstrikes  

Time By : Staff Reporting

France’s foreign minister said Wednesday his country is ready to take part in airstrikes against extremist fighters in Iraq if needed.

Laurent Fabius called for international mobilization against “this transnational danger that could reach all the way to our soil.” - Full Article

Obama says he has the authority he needs for strikes  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

President Obama told congressional leaders Tuesday that he "has the authority he needs" to take action against the jihadist group known as the Islamic State, the White House said.

Obama, who addresses the nation Wednesday night, outlined a plan that includes continued U.S. air strikes, counter-terrorism actions, aid from other nations, and military training and assistance to moderates in Iraq and Syria... - Full Article

Chinese Supersonic Sub Could Get From China to California in 2 Hours  

Mashable By : Stan Schroeder

Shanghai to San Francisco is a trek that takes nearly 12 hours by plane. Imagine that transatlantic trip taking just two hours.

The feat could be achieved with a new supersonic submarine, but this one doesn’t look like your typical sub.

It more closely resembles a torpedo; its unusual shape helps... - Full Article

Scottish independence: Vote will go to the wire  

BBC By : Staff Reporting

The Yes camp claims to have the "big momentum" behind it, while opponents of independence insist they will win. It comes as one poll put Yes Scotland narrowly ahead for the first time. - Full Article

European Central Bank to Start Asset Purchases After Further Rate Cut  


The European Central Bank surprised many analysts on Thursday by cutting interest rates from their already record-low levels and said it would soon begin buying packages of bank loans, in its continuing efforts to stimulate lending in the faltering eurozone economy. - Full Article

2 NC men's convictions overturned in 1983 killing  


Superior Court Judge Douglass Sasser ordered the immediate release of Henry McCollum, 50, and Leon Brown, 46.

The half brothers were convicted in the 1983 slaying of Sabrina Buie in Robeson County. Lawyers for the men petitioned for their release after DNA evidence from a cigarette butt recovered at the crime scene pointed to another man. - Full Article

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