Recy Taylor has a picture of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama in the living room of her home in Winter Haven. She never imagined she would visit the Obamas' house in Washington. Taylor, 91, is touring the nation's capital a month after her home state of Alabama apologized to her for never bringing to justice the seven white men who were accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting her in 1944. Two grand juries, made up of white men, refused to indict anyone. Taylor took her first trip to Washington to attend a forum at the National Press Club about late civil rights activist Rosa Parks, who championed Taylor's cause as a field caseworker with the NAACP.
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Billy Graham reported to be improving
Doctors said that evangelist Billy Graham continues to improve while hospitalized with pneumonia. A spokesman for Mission Hospital said Graham, 92, was able to resume a normal routine Thursday, a day after being admitted for treatment. Graham got up for all his meals, and completed a physical therapy program. No discharge date has been set for Graham, a confidant to presidents and one of the most famous Christian leaders of the last century. His son, Franklin Graham, is in North Korea and has no plans to cut his trip short and return home.
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Two arrested in plot against synagogue
Two Americans, including one who complained the world treated Muslims "like dogs," bought guns and a grenade and wanted to carry out a terror plot against a New York synagogue, officials said Thursday. One of the men also expressed interest in bombing the Empire State Building, police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. Ahmed Ferhani, 26 and of Algerian descent, and Mohammed Mamdouh, 20, of Moroccan descent, plotted to bomb a "major synagogue" in Manhattan and bought several weapons and an inert hand grenade from an undercover officer, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. The men were charged under state terror laws.
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Two Border Patrol agents killed in crash
Two Border Patrol agents rushing to pursue suspected illegal immigrants Thursday were killed when they entered a marked railroad crossing and their SUV was struck by a freight train, authorities said. The wreck happened in a rural area near Interstate 8 and the town of Gila Bend, about 85 miles southwest of Phoenix. The agents, Eduardo Rojas Jr. and Hector Clark, were rushing to assist other agents who were trying to capture a group of suspected illegal immigrants, said Agent Kenneth Quillin, spokesman for the Border Patrol's Yuma sector.
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MEXICO: The bodies of eight decapitated men were dumped Thursday along roads in Durango, a drug-gang-plagued northern state already grappling with the horror of discovering mass graves where 196 corpses have been unearthed, the state attorney general's office said.
SPAIN: Thousands of Spaniards fled the small agricultural city of Lorca on Thursday, fearing major aftershocks after the country's deadliest earthquakes in 55 years killed nine people and caused extensive damage.
IRELAND: Police arrested Muslim convert Khalid Kelly, 44, dubbed "Taliban Terry" for his support of al-Qaida, over his reported death threats against President Barack Obama.