|19 MAY 2013|
NationalSCHENECTADY : Fire victims mourned
On a sunny Saturday morning, the mood inside Bond Funeral Home was gray, with dark clouds of emotion brimming with electricity.
NationalPlayers pin hopes on giant jackpot
DES MOINES, Iowa — It’s all about the odds. With four out of every five possible combinations of Powerball numbers in play, someone is almost sure to have won the game’s highest jackpot after Saturday night’s drawing, a windfall of hundreds of millions of dollars — and that’s after taxes.
NationalWILTON : WarHorse helps heal invisible wounds
Who knew Butter could bring Nathan Fahlin relief from the anxiety and anger that plagued him after his deployment to Iraq?
NationalNames & Faces CELEBRITY NEWS
A SPECIAL SPEAKER First lady Michelle Obama has some advice for some Nashville, Tenn., high school graduates: Strike your own path in college and life — and work to overcome inevitable failures with determination and grit.
NationalParade vehicle crashes into hikers in Va.
DAMASCUS, Va. — As many as 60 people were injured Saturday when a driver described by witnesses as an elderly man drove his car into a group of hikers marching in a parade in a small Virginia mountain town.
NationalApartment searched over ricin letters mailed in Spokane
SPOKANE, Wash. — Authorities in hazardous materials suits searched a downtown Spokane apartment Saturday, investigating the recent discovery of a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin.
NationalDanish singer, 20, wins Eurovision
MALMO, Sweden — Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest Saturday with her ethno-inspired fl ute and drum tune “Only Teardrops,” despite tough competition from spectacular stage shows by performers from Azerbaijan and Ukraine.
NationalWith Islamists ruling Egypt, blasphemy cases surging
CAIRO — The pale, young Christian woman sat handcuffed in the courtroom, accused of insulting Islam while teaching history of religions to fourth-graders. A team of Islamist lawyers with long beards sang in unison a chant for the Prophet Muhammad.
NationalPope pushes for free faith and stronger Catholic ties
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis toured St. Peter’s Square to greet tens of thousands of people attending a rally of prayer, music and speeches Saturday, and he embraced the brother of a Pakistani politician who was assassinated in his country after calling for greater religious freedom for Christians there.
NationalSurvival of all in Conn. wreck linked to tougher train design
FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Officials described a scene of shattered cars where two commuter-packed trains collided in Connecticut, saying Saturday that it is fortunate that no one was killed and that there weren’t even more injuries.
NationalCouncil to decide fate of Boy Scout policy on gays
With its ranks deeply divided, the Boy Scouts of America is asking its local leaders from across the country to decide whether its contentious membership policy should be overhauled so that openly gay boys can participate in Scout units.
NationalMarines criticized for no water testing at Camp Lejeune
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — A simple test could have alerted offi cials that the drinking water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated, long before authorities determined as many as a million Marines and their families were exposed to a witch’s brew of cancer-causing chemicals.
NationalTourists revive leatherbacks
GRANDE RIVIERE, Trinidad — Giant leatherback turtles, some weighing half as much as a small car, drag themselves out of the ocean and up the sloping shore on the northeastern coast of Trinidad while villagers await, wearing dimmed headlamps in the dark.