newportindependent.com http://www.newportindependent.com/section/ newportindependent.com delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 01:01:29 +0000 Today in the News: Obama nominates Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head HHS http://www.newportindependent.com/article/20140411/NEWS/140419814?rssfeed=true Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://www.newportindependent.com/article/20140411/NEWS/140419814 News to know

President Barack Obama today said he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Burwell, 48, currently leads the White House budget office and is a familiar face to politicians, as she played a role in last year's budget crisis.

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"I went outside, and [...]]]> Morning Jolt: 10 killed in truck-bus crash in California http://www.newportindependent.com/article/20140411/NEWS/140419886?rssfeed=true Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:52:42 +0000 http://www.newportindependent.com/article/20140411/NEWS/140419886 In the news

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — A FedEx tractor-trailer crossed over a grassy median on a Northern California freeway and slammed into a bus carrying more than 40 high school students in an explosive crash that left 10 people dead, authorities said.

Both the bus and semi driver were among those killed in the fiery crash, authorities said. Many of those on the bus escaped through a window that someone had kicked open, Clavijo said, running for their lives to [...]]]> Today in the News: 'Jesus' wife' papyrus is not a fake, experts say http://www.newportindependent.com/article/20140410/NEWS/140419895?rssfeed=true Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:08:11 +0000 http://www.newportindependent.com/article/20140410/NEWS/140419895 News to know

A group of scientists that tested a controversial business-card sized piece of papyrus that mentions Jesus' wife concluded that the document is not a fake. Harvard Divinity School said in a statement, "A wide range of scientific testing indicates that a papyrus fragment containing the words, 'Jesus said to them, my wife' is an ancient [...]]]> Morning Jolt: Prosecutor says Pa. school stabber used kitchen knives http://www.newportindependent.com/article/20140410/NEWS/140419981?rssfeed=true Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:15:56 +0000 http://www.newportindependent.com/article/20140410/NEWS/140419981 In the news

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The district attorney says a 16-year-old charged with stabbing 21 other students and a security officer at his Pittsburgh-area high school used two "ordinary kitchen knives."

Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck called the weapons "common items you'd find in a kitchen."

However, he stopped short of saying that the suspect, Alex Hribal, took them from his home.

Peck says he doubts anyone other than Hribal will [...]]]> Today in the News: Tale of hero emerges from tragedy of Pa. school stabbings http://www.newportindependent.com/article/20140409/NEWS/140409488?rssfeed=true Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://www.newportindependent.com/article/20140409/NEWS/140409488 Quote of note

"I don't know if Nate did it on purpose or just instinct. He took the stab right in his arm and saved my friend and me. I'm pretty sure it was his instinct. He didn't want anyone to get hurt. He told everybody to run away. I'm pretty sure he pulled the fire alarm." - Trinity McCool, a sophomore at Franklin Regional High School, talking about student Police: Pennsylvania student flashed 2 knives, injured 20 http://www.newportindependent.com/article/20140409/NEWS/140409548?rssfeed=true Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:05:53 +0000 By Kevin Begos, The Associated Press http://www.newportindependent.com/article/20140409/NEWS/140409548 MURRYSVILLE, Pa. — A 16-year-old boy "was flashing two knives around" when he injured 19 students and a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, a police chief said.

Murrysville police Chief Thomas Seefeld said the bloody crime scene at Franklin Regional High School, some 15 miles east of Pittsburgh, was "vast" and may take a couple days to process.

Police haven't named the suspect, who [...]]]> Today in the News: Is that a UFO on Mars? http://www.newportindependent.com/article/20140408/NEWS/140409557?rssfeed=true Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://www.newportindependent.com/article/20140408/NEWS/140409557 Quote of note

"This could indicate there is intelligent life below the ground [that] uses light as we do. This is not a glare from the sun, nor is it an artifact of the photo process." - UFO Sightings Daily, talking about an image taken on Mars by Curiosity that shows a mysterious light on the planet. UFO enthusiasts are lighting up the Internet with talk [...]]]> Morning Jolt: 'Staggering' breakthrough in paralysis research http://www.newportindependent.com/article/20140408/NEWS/140409604?rssfeed=true Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:55:48 +0000 http://www.newportindependent.com/article/20140408/NEWS/140409604 In the news

A study hailed as "staggering" published today in the journal Brain details how four paralyzed men have been able to regain control of their lower limbs. Doctors sent an electrical current through the spines of the patients, and the men were able to lift their legs, support their own weight and more. However, when the current is [...]]]> Today in the News: White House may ban selfies http://www.newportindependent.com/article/20140407/NEWS/140409637?rssfeed=true Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://www.newportindependent.com/article/20140407/NEWS/140409637 Hot video

The White House wasn't too pleased after Red Sox player David Ortiz snapped a selfie with President Barack Obama that was later used promotionally by Samsung. Lisa D'Souza explains why our days of viewing up-close and personal pics of the POTUS could be numbered.