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May 14, 2013

NJN/am for Tuesday, May 14

Good Tuesday morning…

Weather: That’s nice. Sunny skies are in store today with a high in the lower 80s; tonight’s low will be near 60. Ditto for Wednesday.

Former fire chief arrested. A Warrior man is in the Blount County Correctional Center after he was arrested for theft from the Bangor Fire Department. Michael Watson was charged with two counts of first-degree theft of property and one count of second-degree theft, which involves using department funds for purchases for his own use while chief of the department through last year. The arrests came after an investigation by the state fire marshal’s office.

Washington scandals mounting. On the heels of controversies about the Benghazi attacks and last week’s IRS admission that they subjected conservative groups to extra scrutiny for tax-exempt status comes another problem for the Obama administration: an admission by the Justice Department that they secretly obtained phone records for more than a dozen Associated Press reporters. In what AP’s top boss called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into their newsgathering operation, the government obtained records of incoming and outgoing calls for AP phones in New York and Washington, including the press gallery of the House of Representatives. Obama’s chief spokesman said the president had no knowledge of the operation.

Abortion doctor found guilty of murder. A Philadelphia jury found Dr. Kermit Gosnell guilty of three counts of first-degree murder, as well as hundreds of lesser charges. Gosnell was charged with killing babies who had been born alive despite abortion procedures, as well as performing third-trimester abortions in violation of Pennsylvania law. Gosnell, 72, could be sentenced to death.

Sports: No blues in Memphis. The Grizzlies are one game away from advancing to the NBA conference finals, thanks to an 103-97 overtime win over Oklahoma City on Monday. Marc Gasol has 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies, while Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 27 points. Memphis leads the series 3-1… NHL: An epic comeback by the Boston Bruins resulted in a 5-4 overtime victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Game 7 of their first-round playoff series. The Leafs were up by three goals in the third period and by two with 90 seconds left before the Bruins scored twice within 31 seconds, the scored the series winner six minutes into sudden-death overtime. It’s the first time an NHL team has won a Game 7 when down by three in the third period.

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