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James Traficant dies...Beheading suspect regains consciousness...Brown's parents unmoved by chief's apology

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 27, 2014 at 1:01 p.m.



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CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Congressman James Traficant (TRAF'-ih-kant) has died, four days after being injured in a tractor accident. The Ohio Democrat was known for his rants on the House floor ending with the signoff "Beam me up." In 2002 he became only the second person to be expelled from Congress since the Civil War after being convicted of taking bribes and kickbacks. The 73-year-old was seriously injured Tuesday when a vintage tractor flipped over on him as he tried to park it inside a barn on the family farm near Youngstown.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Police say a man who was shot after allegedly beheading a woman at an Oklahoma food processing plant has regained consciousness and will be charged with first-degree murder. Police say 30-year-old Alton Nolen severed the head of the 54-year-old woman Thursday at the Vaughn Foods plant in Moore, near Oklahoma City, and was stabbing a second woman when a company executive shot him. Police say he'll be charged on Monday with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Brown's parents say they are unmoved by the Ferguson, Missouri, police chief's apology in their son's shooting death. Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. tell The Associated Press they would rather see the police officer who shot their son arrested. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson offered an apology this week for letting Brown's body lie in the street for more than four hours.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say a night of cool, wet weather has helped crews make more progress against a massive wildfire in Northern California. They say the King Fire is now 78 percent contained. The massive fire has burned more than 150 square miles of a heavily forested region east of Sacramento and destroyed about a dozen homes.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton say they are "blessed, grateful, and so happy" to become grandparents. Their daughter, Chelsea, gave birth last night to her first child, Charlotte. In a statement today, the former president and the former secretary of state say "Chelsea is well and glowing," her husband Marc Mezvinsky is "bursting with pride" and "Charlotte's life is off to a good start."

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