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White House anti-assault campaign uses stars, sports to reach campuses

U.S. President Barack Obama stands next to Vice President Joseph Biden (L) as he launches the "It's On Us" campaign to help prevent sexual assault on school campuses while in WashingtonBy Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who have long talked about the need to curb sexual assault at universities, will get some help on Friday from some people who young adults actually listen to: celebrities and athletes. In its latest effort to help college campuses tackle the issue, the White House is relying on a combination of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, social media and star power to spread its message aimed at preventing and coping with such assaults. ...



Judge concerned over U.S. embassy bombing case guilty plea

Terror suspects Khalid al-Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary are seen in this courtroom sketch during a court appearance in Manhattan Federal Court in New YorkBy Joseph Ax and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Egyptian man pleaded guilty in New York on Friday to charges stemming from the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people. Wiping tears from his eyes and frequently shaking his head, Adel Abdul Bary, 54, pleaded guilty to three counts, including threatening to kill, injure or destroy property by means of an explosive and conspiring to murder U.S. citizens abroad. However, U.S. ...



Exclusive: Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession

A girl holds a U.S. flagBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found. Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion. ...



Correction: Newlyweds-Craigslist Killing story

Miranda Barbour is led into court by sheriff deputies in Sunbury PennsylvaniaSUNBURY, Pa. (AP) ? In a Sept. 18 story about the sentencing of a couple who lured a stranger to his death with a Craigslist ad, The Associated Press erroneously reported how The Daily Item newspaper interviewed one of the defendants. It was conducted in person, not by telephone. The story also incorrectly reported when an earlier interview by the newspaper with the same defendant took place. It was in February, not April.



Detroit council approves regional water authority deal

DETROIT (Reuters) - The Detroit City Council on Friday approved in a 7-2 vote the creation of a regional water authority, moving forward an integral part of the city's plan to exit the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy. A deal Detroit reached last week with the heads of Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties creates a regional water and sewer authority, but allows Detroit to maintain control of its local system. The plan must now be approved by at least one of the counties. ...


Utah doctor gets up to life in wife's murder

Martin MacNeill is removed from the courtroom following his sentencing Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Provo, Utah. MacNeill, a Utah doctor convicted of killing his wife, has been sentenced to 17 years to life in prison. MacNeill was found guilty of giving his wife drugs prescribed after cosmetic surgery and leaving her to drown in the bathtub of their home in 2007 so he could begin a new life with his mistress. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)PROVO, Utah (AP) ? A Utah doctor found guilty of killing his wife in a trial that became a national true-crime cable TV obsession will serve 17 years to life in prison, a state judge decided Friday.



Judge says jury has reached a verdict in salmonella trial of Georgia peanut plant owner

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) ? Judge says jury has reached a verdict in salmonella trial of Georgia peanut plant owner .


Crews hope break in weather will aid fight against California wildfire

A piece of burnt metal is seen at the King Fire in Fresh Pond northeast of SacramentoBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews hoped to take advantage of improved weather conditions on Friday to stop a raging Northern California wildfire before it claims 12,000 homes in the path of the flames that have already charred nearly 120 square miles of drought-parched forest land. Some 4,400 firefighters have been deployed against the so-called King Fire, which officials say is the most dangerous of 11 major wildfires raging across California, but they had cut containment lines around just 10 percent of the flames burning through heavy timber and steep terrain as of Friday ...



Suspect in 1998 bombings pleads to lesser charges

NEW YORK (AP) ? An Egyptian lawyer pleaded guilty on Friday to lesser charges in the 1998 plot to bomb U.S. embassies in Africa as part of a deal that would greatly reduce his sentence.


Woman, 19, critically injured in Delaware crash

Woman, 19, critically injured in Delaware crashA 19-year-old woman is hospitalized in critical condition after a crash in Bear.