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CDC reports nearly 1 in 5 U.S. women have been raped

CDC - one out of five american women rapedAn estimated 19.3 percent of women and 1.7 percent of men in the United States have been raped in their lifetimes, a study released Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said.

The study, conducted in 2011, also found much higher numbers of women and men had experienced other forms of sexual violence — like sexual coercion and unwanted sexual contact — during their lives, 43.9 percent and 23.4 percent, respectively.


Ex.-Va. Gov., Wife Found Guilty on Multiple Counts in Corruption Trial

mcdonnell trialFormer Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife have been found guilty of most of the dozens of public corruption charges they faced in a marathon trial centered on lavish gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman.

The former governor has been found guilty on 11 of the 13 charges against him. Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell has been found guilty on nine of the 13 charges against her.

Courtroom observers said sobs broke out as the verdict was read; two jurors were seen wiping their eyes. Members of the McDonnell family were crying hysterically as the guilty counts were read.


U.S. fast-food workers arrested in protests for wage hike

Fast-food workers protestU.S. fast-food workers staged protests in some 150 cities on Thursday in a fight for higher pay, and organizers said dozens were arrested from Manhattan's Times Square to Las Vegas.

About 400 protesters clogged Times Square during morning rush hour in the latest of ongoing actions aimed at raising their wage to $15 an hour.


Comedian Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81

Joan Rivers diesJoan Rivers, a pioneering female stand-up comic and the queen of "Can We Talk?" gossip, has died. She was 81, her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said Thursday.

Rivers was undergoing surgery on her vocal cords at a clinic in New York City on Aug. 28 when she stopped breathing and had to be transported to Mount Sinai Hospital. Melissa Rivers and her 13-year-old grandson, Cooper, who lived with her in Malibu, California, rushed to her bedside.


Murder Charges for Dad in Hot-Car Death

Murder charge for dad in hot car deathJustin Ross Harris will be tried for intentionally murdering his son as well as seven other felonies, charges that carry a possible death sentence.

A Cobb County grand jury indicted Harris for malice murder this morning after prosecutors presented their evidence in the case. Harris’ 22-month-old son, Cooper, died June 18 after his father left him for seven hours in a sweltering SUV in the parking lot of the Home Depot office where he worked.


BP found grossly negligent in 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill

BP negligent A federal judge ruled BP committed gross negligence that contributed to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, a finding that may lead to the energy company owing billions in fines.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier found BP to hold the most responsibility for the catastrophe that killed 11 people and dumped millions of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf, spreading to impact the shorelines of five states.


Okla. executioners unaware drugs missed inmate's vein

Okla. executionAn official report released Thursday finds that Oklahoma prison staff attempting to execute inmate Clayton Lockett in April failed to realize that lethal drugs were not going directly into his vein, leading to a botched execution and gruesome death that stirred a national debate over capital punishment.

Prison officials initially concluded that Lockett died of a heart attack, but an autopsy conducted in connection with the probe ordered by Oklahoma Gov.Mary Fallin found that he died from the lethal drugs.


Court grants Obama plea to re-hear health case

ObamacareThe federal appeals court in Washington threw out a ruling Thursday that called into question the subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their premiums under the president's health care law.

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia granted an Obama administration request to have its full complement of judges re-hear a challenge to regulations that allow health insurance tax credits under the Affordable Care Act for consumers in all 50 states.


France halts warship delivery to Russia

France halts Russian warship deliveryFrance has said conditions are "not right" for delivery of the first of two Mistral navy assault ships to Russia.

President Francois Hollande's office blamed Moscow's recent actions in Ukraine.

France had until now resisted pressure to halt the delivery, saying it had to respect an existing contract.


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