By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Nation news briefs
Placeholder Image

TEXAN WINS 'WACKY WARNINGS' CONTEST WITH GLOBE: WINONA, Texas (AP) — A decorative globe not meant for use in getting from here to there has helped a Texas woman win the 15th Annual Wacky Warning Labels contest.

Organizers on Monday announced the top entry was submitted by Kelly Watson of Winona, about 100 miles southeast of Dallas.

The 7-inch worldly item includes a label warning that says: "These globes should not be referred to for navigation."

The contest is a project of the nonprofit Center for America. The group promotes itself as helping to educate, motivate and empower Americans to expand skills, entrepreneurship, prosperity and freedom.

Watson has won $1,000 from the organization, which calls out silly warning labels and rails against lawsuits it deems frivolous.

DEMOCRATIC W.VA. GOVERNOR WON'T ATTEND CONVENTION: CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Democratic West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he won't attend the party's national convention, citing serious problems with President Barack Obama.

A Tomblin spokesman, Chris Stadelman, said Monday that the governor has serious problems with Republican Mitt Romney, too.

Tomblin is an automatic superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention. He says his time is best spent working in West Virginia, not attending the four-day political rally in Charlotte, N.C.

In West Virginia's presidential primary, Tomblin refused to say whether he voted for Obama.

Tomlbin isn't alone in sitting this one out — West Virginia's Sen. Joe Manchin and congressman Nick Rahall say they don't plan to attend the convention, either.

Each of the three faces a Republican opponent in November.

IMMIGRATION: EX-RUTGERS STUDENT WON'T BE DEPORTED: TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former Rutgers University student convicted of using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate will not be deported to his native India, federal immigration authorities said Monday.

Twenty-year-old Dharun Ravi is due to be released from the Middlesex County Jail on Tuesday after serving 20 days of a 30-day jail sentence.

He was convicted this year of 15 criminal counts, including bias intimidation and invasion of privacy, for using a webcam to see his roommate kissing another man in September 2010. Days later, the roommate, Tyler Clementi, threw himself to his death off the George Washington Bridge.

The issue of deportation has hung over the case.

Ravi was born in India, lived there until he was 5 years old and remains a citizen, though he is in the United States legally.

LIKELY INSIDER ATTACK KILLS US TROOP:WASHINGTON (AP) — In the latest likely case of an insider attack, an American service member was killed and several others injured Monday when individuals dressed in Afghan police uniforms turned their guns on them in southern Afghanistan, U.S. officials said.

Jamie Graybeal, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, confirmed the death and said that the three Afghan shooters fled and are being sought. Although they were wearing police uniforms, it was not yet certain if they were actually Afghan police or were just wearing the clothing.

Other U.S. officials said that nine U.S. troops were injured in the shooting, mostly with fairly minor wounds. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an investigation.

Neither Graybeal nor other officials would say which branch of the service the U.S. troops were from or provide details on the location of the shooting.