L. Carol Ritchie

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Fresh Tensions Flare In Ferguson, Mo., With More Tear Gas, Looting

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A 24-hour period of calm was broken early Saturday when police returned to the streets in riot gear and some protesters began looting stores and breaking car windows.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a festive atmosphere reigned for most of Friday night, as hundreds of people lined ...


Police: NASCAR's Tony Stewart Hits, Kills Dirt Track Driver

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Updated at 10:25 a.m. ET.

In a tragic collision, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart hit and killed sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr., who was walking on a racetrack in upstate New York on Saturday night, authorities said.

Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said Ward was dead on arrival at an ...


At Least 13 Israeli Soldiers, 87 Palestinians Killed In Gaza Strip Sunday

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Updated at 10:30 p.m. ET.

A spokesman for Hamas claimed Sunday that the group has captured an Israeli soldier. Reuters quotes Israel's ambassador to the U.N., Ron Prosor, as saying that no Israeli soldier has been kidnapped.

It's the latest development in a bloody day of fighting between Israel and ...

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Kerry: Evidence Points Clearly To Rebels Shooting Down MH17

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET.

In the most emphatic U.S. statement to date on culpability for the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Eastern Ukraine that killed 298 people, Secretary of State John Kerry says evidence overwhelmingly points to Russian-backed separatists.

In an interview with CNN, he says that U.S. ...


Gaza Toll Near 340 As Israel Presses Ground War

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET.

Nearly 340 people have been killed and nearly 2,400 wounded in 11 days of fighting in the Gaza Strip, as tens of thousands have been displaced in the conflict, according to health officials in the Palestinian territory.

Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gazan health official, says 338 ...


Ukraine Accuses Rebels Of Destroying Evidence At MH17 Crash Site

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Updated at 4:35 p.m. ET.

International investigators say armed rebels have limited their inspection of the Eastern Ukraine site of the downed Malaysian Airlines flight that killed nearly 300 passengers and crew, as Kiev accused pro-Russian separatists of destroying evidence at the scene.

Malaysia Airlines on Saturday released a


California Approves $500 Fines For Residential Water-Wasters

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Californians who waste water will have to pay up to $500 a day for their extravagance under new restrictions approved Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board.

The move comes after the board concluded that voluntary conservation measures have failed to achieve the 20 percent reduction in water use ...


The Moon Puts On A Triple Super Summer Spectacle

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Summer 2014 promises to be more super than most, and not just because of the World Cup or LeBron James returning to Cleveland.

This summer, the moon will reach "super" status not once, not twice, but three times — and the first time happens Saturday night.

A supermoon, or a ...


Oklahoma, Arizona Inmates Sue To Stop Executions

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Death row inmates in two states are taking legal action to stop states from using the kind of multi-drug protocol that resulted in botched executions in Oklahoma and Ohio.

The inmates are not challenging their convictions or death sentences, only the way in which the sentences are to be carried ...


A Modern Twist On Mexican Tradition Hits The Runway

Saturday, June 28, 2014

In a small shed in Tenancingo, Mexico, partly open to the sky, about a half-dozen men stand behind huge wooden looms. They pedal side-by-side, their churning feet making a beautiful harmony as they craft handmade rebozos.

Rebozos, long rectangular shawls that came into style in Mexico in the 16th century, ...


Miss. Sen Thad Cochran Defeats Tea Party Challenger

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Republican Sen. Thad Cochran held on to a slim margin of votes to defeat his Tea Party-backed challenger and win his party's nomination.

Cochran, who at 76 has served six terms in the Senate, made a last-ditch effort to attract traditionally Democratic voters into the Republican primary runoff to bolster ...


Revelers Greet The Solstice Sunrise At Stonehenge

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Thousands danced and sang and celebrated the sunrise at Stonehenge on Saturday on this summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

The Associated Press said the site was filled with new-agers, revelers practicing yoga, pagans and modern-day Druids — what the Guardian calls ...


Deep Underground, Oceans Of Water May Be Trapped In A Crystal 'Sponge'

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Science teachers may have to add a whole new layer to the water cycle.

Scientists have discovered evidence of a vast reservoir of water hiding up to 400 miles beneath the surface.

The discovery could transform our understanding of how the planet was formed, suggesting that Earth's water may ...


Afghans Head To Polls Despite Violence

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Afghans chose between two former government ministers in a presidential election that will be the first transfer of power by ballot in Afghanistan's history.

The winner of Saturday's balloting, as Arab News puts it, "will inherit an unfinished war and an economy in the doldrums."

Abdullah Abdullah, an ...


College Colleagues Will Face Off For Eric Cantor's Seat

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Two professors at Virginia's Randolph-Macon College find themselves in an unexpected position: facing each other in November for a seat in Congress.


Meet David Brat, The Giant-Killer Who Knocked Off Eric Cantor

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Who is David Brat, the slayer of a goliath of congressional politics, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor?

The man who rocked the political world Tuesday is a 52-year-old, passionate, self-described "free-market, Milton Friedman economist" and a professor at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia. In addition to economics, Brat ...


A Horse — And A Horse Story — For The Ages

Saturday, June 07, 2014

It's hard not to fall for a horse like California Chrome, a foal bred of ordinary parents who beats all odds and wins at the sport of kings. With Saturday's running of the Belmont Stakes, he has a shot at the Triple Crown and a fairytale ending to his Cinderella ...


A Sisyphean Task Begins As 'Forget' Requests Roll Into Google

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Google opened an online form this week allowing European users to request that information about their lives be deleted from the search engine.

In the first 24 hours, more than 12,000 people asked to be "forgotten."

The company was responding to a European Court of Justice ruling in ...


Chilean Miners Rally To Beat The Odds Again, At The World Cup

Saturday, May 31, 2014

You don't need to understand Spanish to be stirred by the breathtaking ad released in Chile ahead of the World Cup.

You also don't need to be a devotee of soccer to watch this one-minute, 14-second masterpiece and suddenly feel a burning love for the game.

The ad features the ...


Oldest Serving Member Of The House Loses To Tea Party Opponent

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The oldest member of Congress has lost his bid for an 18th term in the House.

Rep. Ralph Hall of Texas, 91, was defeated in a Republican primary runoff by John Ratcliffe, 48, a former U.S. attorney with Tea Party support.

Hall, who has been in the House since 1981, ...