Portland Church Joins National Commemoration of End of Civil War

Posted by Pat Boyle on April 9, 2015
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PORTLAND, Ore. — The First Congregational Church of Christ in downtown Portland will join organizations across the country by ringing its bells at 12:15pm Thursday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

This is the day Union General Ulysses S. Grant met at the Appomattox Court House with Confederate General Robert E. Lee to determine the terms …

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Convicted In Boston Marathon Bombing

Posted by Associated Press on April 8, 2015
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BOSTON (AP) — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a federal jury that now must decide whether the 21-year-old former college student should be executed.

Tsarnaev kept his hands folded in front of him and looked down at the defense table as listened to the verdict, reached after a day and a half of …

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Amanda Knox Murder Conviction Overturned

Posted by Associated Press on March 27, 2015
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ROME — Italy’s highest court overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Friday over the 2007 slaying of Knox’s roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides of the Atlantic.

“Finished!” Knox’s lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova exulted after the decision was read out late Friday. “It couldn’t be better than this.”

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U.S. Military to Charge Bowe Bergdahl with Desertion

Posted by Associated Press on March 25, 2015
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WASHINGTON — The Army sergeant who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban for five years will be court-martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will also be charged with misbehavior before the enemy, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the announcement on …

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Netanyahu Assails Iran-Nuclear Talks in Congress Address

Posted by Associated Press on March 3, 2015
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WASHINGTON — In a speech that stirred political controversy in two countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that negotiations underway between Iran and the United States would “all but guarantee” that Tehran would get nuclear weapons, a step he said the world must avoid at all costs.

“Iran has proven time and again that it cannot be …

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