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Posted Apr 4, 2014 at 2:01 AM

Last month, Ebony Wilkerson, a pregnant mother of three, drove her minivan into the ocean off the coast of Daytona Beach, Fla. The South Carolina woman and her three children—ages 3, 9 and 11—were all in the van. Their lives were saved by a couple of good Samaritans and fast-acting police.Wilkerson is charged with attempted murder. According to a police affidavit, one of her children told detectives that "Mom tried to kill us."

Posted Mar 28, 2014 at 2:01 AM

During the violence-laden years between 1984 and 1996, policymakers scrambled to find a way to throttle crime. In 1991, the national murder rate was 9.8 per 100,000 people. By 2012, the rate fell to 4.7, according to FBI data.

Updated Mar 27, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Motive is the most important element of any action.I find myself more concerned about why people do things instead of merely what they do.

Updated Mar 25, 2014 at 12:48 PM

The Rev. Fred Phelps, provocateur-in-chief of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., recently died at 84. The death of a pastor from a tiny Kansas church normally wouldn’t be national news, but Phelps and his flock gained infamy for turning...

Updated Mar 20, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Earlier this month President Barack Obama set a record that if I become commander in chief will never be broached. He spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin for more than 90 minutes about the invasion of the Crimean region of the Ukraine.

Updated Mar 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM

I’m re-thinking my poppy seed bagel habit.I’m also concerned about the gin and tonics I like to drink on my deck during hot weather.

Updated Mar 17, 2014 at 11:29 AM

When President Barack Obama was running for office in 2008 he used “change” as a part of his campaign slogan. Obviously, it struck a chord with the American public. He is now in year five of his change agenda.

Updated Mar 12, 2014 at 3:11 PM

It’s not the kind of shift you can feel beneath your feet, but make no mistake, America is undergoing some seismic changes.Recent studies present us with a glimpse of a future America we couldn’t have envisioned even 25 years ago.

Updated Mar 11, 2014 at 10:53 AM

And in this corner … .A fight is brewing, and the control of the Republican Party is at stake. That fight would headline any pay-per-view event but with a wide-open 2016 presidential election on the horizon, the stakes are a lot higher.

Updated Mar 3, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Homosexuality is one of the real moral issues of our time. For the most part, issues related to sex between consenting adults are judged by the courts to be private matters left to the individual. In recent years, our government has dealt with the...

Updated Feb 28, 2014 at 2:40 PM

If there is one thing that makes me happy, it is that racism is dead.I guess that is why I’m never happy.

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