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Syrian peace talks stuck over Assad's future PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 07:18

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — Syrian peace talks began Wednesday in Switzerland with a bitter clash over President Bashar Assad's future.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Assad's decision to meet peaceful dissent with brutal force had robbed him of all legitimacy while Assad's foreign minister declared that no one outside Syria had the right to remove the government. The Syrian opposition said the whole point of the peace conference was to create a transitional government without Assad.

Less than three hours into peace talks that have been on the verge of collapse since they were first floated, the two sides seemed impossibly far apart.

"We really need to deal with reality," Kerry said. "There is no way — no way possible in the imagination — that the man who has led the brutal response to his own people could regain the legitimacy to govern. One man and those who have supported him can no longer hold an entire nation and a region hostage."

"The right to lead a country does not come from torture, nor barrel bombs, nor Scud missiles. It comes from the consent of the people," he added.

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Former Virginia governor wife indicted for corruption PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by LARRY O'DELL, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 07:16

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Bob McDonnell had just been elected governor of Virginia when a wealthy businessman who had donated the use of his private jet during the Republican's campaign requested a meeting at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York.

The governor-elect obliged and brought along his wife, Maureen, who during the meeting told Jonnie Williams she needed a dress for the inauguration the following month, according to a federal indictment of the McDonnells.

Williams agreed to buy her an Oscar de la Renta gown, but a Bob McDonnell aide said it would be inappropriate and nixed the idea, according to the indictment returned by a grand jury Tuesday.

Peeved, the former Washington Redskins cheerleader and future first lady fired off an email to the staffer.

"I need to talk to you about Inaugural clothing budget," the email said. "I need answers and Bob is screaming about the thousands I'm charging up in credit card debt. We are broke and have an unconscionable amount in credit card debt already and this Inaugural is killing us!! I need answers and I need help, and I need to get this done."

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Purdue University says one dead in campus shooting PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by KEN KUSMER, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 16:04

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Officials at Purdue University in Indiana say one person was killed in a shooting at a campus classroom building.

Purdue Provost Tim Sands says he didn't immediately know the identity of the person killed or the person's connection to the university.

Campus police chief John Cox says the suspect is in custody after surrendering outside the Electrical Engineering Building following the shooting about noon Tuesday.

Cox says the person appeared to have targeted the victim.


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Cyclist: Driver didn't see me stuck in windshield PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 January 2014 14:32

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man who became lodged in the windshield of a car that struck him said he turned to the driver and said, "Hello, I'm the guy you hit on the bicycle."

The driver did not respond, but continued on, running a stop sign and hitting another vehicle before he arrived home, the cyclist, Steven Gove, told HTR Media about the Saturday incident (http://htrne.ws/1bI58jh ).

The man finally noticed Gove when he stopped the car outside his home.

"He looked at me and said 'Who are you? What are you doing in the car?'" Gove said. "He started freaking out: 'I'm going to jail, I'm going to jail.'"

The man then locked the car doors and went into his home. Gove, whose body had gone most of the way through the windshield, then pulled his knees and feet into the car.

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Shooting reported on Purdue University campus PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 January 2014 14:24

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Police have a person in custody following a reported shooting at Purdue University in Indiana.

A Twitter post from the university says the shooting happened Tuesday at the electrical engineering building on the school's campus in West Lafayette, about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

Further posts say police have a person in custody, though no details have been released. The university says it told people to take shelter and has cleared the building.

A spokesman couldn't immediately be reached. About 40,000 students attend the school.

Television footage shows a fire truck and several law enforcement vehicles around the building, which is across from the building housing President Mitch Daniels' office.

Purdue employee Chris Adam told WRTV that the university sent a text alert telling those on campus to take shelter.


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