Virginia Tech families plead for gun law changes

January 23, 2008 Signal Editorial Staff 0

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Survivors and families of the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings faced off Monday against gun-rights advocates over a bill that would prevent criminals and the mentally ill from buying firearms at gun shows.

About 100 supporters of the measure lay on the Capitol lawn to honor the victims of gun violence, as about 200 opponents stood nearby, holding signs that read, “Here Lie Disarmed Victims. […]

Chavez loses bid for indefinite re-election

December 5, 2007 Signal Editorial Staff 0

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Humbled by his first electoral defeat ever, President Hugo Chavez said Monday he may have been too ambitious in asking voters to let him stand indefinitely for re-election and endorse a huge leap to a socialist state.

“I understand and accept that the proposal I made was quite profound and intense,” he said after voters narrowly rejected the sweeping constitutional reforms by 51 percent to 49 percent. […]

Chimp beats college students in memory game

December 5, 2007 Signal Editorial Staff 0

NEW YORK (AP) – Think you’re smarter than a fifth-grader? How about a 5-year-old chimp? Japanese researchers pitted young chimps against human adults in tests of short-term memory, and overall, the chimps won.

The results challenge the belief of many people, including many scientists, that “humans are superior to chimpanzees in all cognitive functions,” researcher Tetsuro Matsuzawa of Kyoto University said. […]

Jury deliberates on Sears Tower terror plot case

December 5, 2007 Signal Editorial Staff 0

MIAMI (AP) – Jurors began deliberations Monday on charges against seven men accused of conspiring to destroy Chicago’s Sears Tower and blow up FBI offices in an attempt to start an anti-government insurrection.

The members of the so-called “Liberty City Seven” face sentences of up to 70 years in prison if convicted of four terrorism-related conspiracy charges, including plotting to wage war on the United States and attempting to provide material support to al-Qaida. […]

Bush optimistic going into Mideast peace talks

November 28, 2007 Signal Editorial Staff 0

WASHINGTON (AP) – President George W. Bush stepped cautiously into the most direct Mideast peacemaking of his administration on Monday, meeting separately with the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to explore whether peace is possible.

A day ahead of a major Mideast peace conference in Annapolis, Md. […]

Man cuts off arm to free himself from machine

November 28, 2007 Signal Editorial Staff 0

CAMDEN, S.C. (AP) – A man whose hand got caught in a corn harvester cut off his own arm with a pocket knife after the machine started a brush fire.

“I just told myself, ‘I’m not going to die here,'” Sampson Parker said Monday on NBC’s “Today Show.”

“I just kept fighting, kept praying. […]

No talks in Broadway stagehand strike

November 14, 2007 Signal Editorial Staff 0

NEW YORK (AP) – Striking stagehands and theater producers traded accusations but not much else as the work stoppage that has shut down more than two dozen Broadway shows entered its third day Monday.

James J. Claffey Jr., president of the Local One stagehand union, fired the first salvo Sunday, declaring that the stagehands would remain off the job until producers started acting “honorably” at the negotiating table. […]

Studios buy ads to make their case

November 14, 2007 Signal Editorial Staff 0

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Producers took out full-page ads in Monday’s trade papers to present their side of the story in the strike by Hollywood writers.

In ads in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, studios emphasized that writers already get paid when TV episodes and films are downloaded from Internet stores such as Apple Inc. […]

Seven students killed in N. Carolina fire

October 31, 2007 Signal Editorial Staff 0

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. (AP) – A fire at a vacation house where college students went to take advantage of the last good beach weather may have started on a deck, an official said Monday, as two campuses waited to find out the names of the seven dead.

The home erupted into a storm of fire and smoke Sunday morning in Ocean Isle Beach, N. […]

Rowan student dies following robbery/beating

October 31, 2007 Signal Editorial Staff 0

TRENTON (AP) – A Rowan University student died early Sunday, just hours after he was beaten during a campus robbery, university and law enforcement officials said.

Donald Farrell, 19, of Boonton, died at Cooper University Hospital, where he had been taken after Saturday night’s attack, Rowan spokesman Joe Cardona said. […]

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