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Report: Alps crash pilot told ex 'everyone will know my name'

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 02:51

German prosecutors cite "medical documents that suggest an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment."


Arkansas Senate passes religion bill seen as targeting gays

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 20:06
The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill whose authors say is intended to protect religious freedoms but critics contend could allow businesses to refuse service to gay people. The bill advancing in the Republican-led Arkansas legislature says "governments should not substantially burden the free exercise of religion without compelling justification." Supporters say a business should not be forced to, for example, cater a same-sex wedding if doing so would violate the religious beliefs of the owner. Two of the most powerful companies in the United States, retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc, which has its home office in Arkansas, and technology giant Apple Inc have criticized the measure. "We feel this legislation is counter to this core basic belief of respect for the individual and sends the wrong message about Arkansas, as well as the diverse environment which exists in the state," a Walmart spokesman said in a statement.

Boston police officer shot and critically wounded

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:28
(Reuters) - A Boston police officer was shot in the face and critically wounded on Friday during a traffic stop, and other officers killed the suspected gunman, police said. Police Commissioner William Evans told a news conference the suspect came out of a car during a traffic stop and shot the officer under the right eye. Evans did not identify the officer but said he was in critical condition at Boston Medical Center.

Jury clears Kleiner firm in Silicon Valley gender bias case

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:15

By Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California jury on Friday cleared venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers of gender discrimination claims brought against it by a woman former partner, in a trial that transfixed Silicon Valley. After further deliberation, the jury also cleared Kleiner on a claim that the firm had retaliated against the former partner, Ellen Pao, by terminating her employment after she sued in 2012. Despite days of courtroom drama about affairs, books of erotic poetry and office flirting, juror Steve Sammut, who mostly voted for Kleiner, said the decision came down to Pao's effectiveness at her job. The verdict dashed Pao's hopes for personal vindication, but the trial revealed embarrassing disclosures about how Pao and other women were treated at Kleiner and Silicon Valley's corporate culture and its lack of diversity.


Student group that revealed racist SAE video causes change at Oklahoma

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 15:56

At a press conference announcing the findings of an investigation into a racist chant that prompted the shuttering of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s Oklahoma University chapter and the expulsion of two fraternity members, OU President David Boren saluted the student activists of Unheard, who first brought the now widely viewed SAE video to light.


Ferguson grand jury wanted to make public statement, documents reveal

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 15:49

A week before the Ferguson grand jury chose not to charge police Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown, it was denied a request to make a public statement about the controversial case, court documents filed Friday reveal.


Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:56

Italy's highest court rules in favor of the American and her ex-boyfriend.


Jury clears Kleiner of gender bias in Silicon Valley case

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:22

By Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California jury on Friday cleared venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers of gender discrimination claims brought against it by a woman former partner in a trial that transfixed Silicon Valley. The jury also said it had cleared Kleiner on a claim that the firm had retaliated against former partner Ellen Pao by "teminating" her employment after she sued in 2012. At least nine jurors must agree to reach a verdict, the judge in California Superior Court said, sending jurors back for more deliberations. It is "extremely unlikely" that the judge would dismiss the decision on gender discrimination regardless of what happens on the retaliation claim, said San Francisco employment attorney Mark Schickman, who mostly represents companies, and was not involved in the Pao litigation.


Two new accusers say Bill Cosby drugged, sexually assaulted them

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:05

Two more women came forward on Friday accusing veteran comedian Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them decades ago, when they were in their teens. Sunni Welles and Margie Shapiro joined the more than three dozen women who have accused the 77-year-old comedian of sexual assault, reading statements alongside celebrity attorney Gloria Allred. He was Bill Cosby and I buried it in my memory until all of these brave women began to come forward," said Welles, who sobbed during her statement. Best known for his "America's Dad" persona Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-rated "Cosby Show," Cosby has never been charged over any of the allegations.


Astronauts blast off for 1-year trip to space station

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:26

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — American astronaut Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko blasted off early Saturday on a mission to spend an entire year away from the Earth.


Shopping center near Pentagon given 'all-clear' over bomb threat: police

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 11:26
Arlington County Police said in a tweet on Friday they gave the "all-clear" to a shopping center near the headquarters of the U.S. Defense Department, with business returning to normal and roads re-opening after bomb-sniffing dogs inspected the area. The stores had been evacuated after an anonymous bomb threat was made to the center on Friday afternoon, Arlington County Police Department spokesman Lt. Kip Malcolm said. Some roads in the area had also been closed, the police department said, while the entrance to the Metrorail station near the shopping center was closed, according to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The retail area, known as the Pentagon Centre, is located at 1201 South Hayes Street, less than a mile from the Pentagon.

Senate's Harry Reid announces he won't seek re-election

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 04:12

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is announcing he will not seek re-election to another term.


White supremacist to be arraigned in Kansas Jewish center killings

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 04:06

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Reuters) - A Missouri white supremacist is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday afternoon on charges that he fatally shot three people outside two Jewish centers in a Kansas City suburb last April. Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 74, is expected to enter a plea to three charges of capital murder and three charges of attempted murder in a shooting spree April 13 in Overland Park, Kansas. Cross, a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan who had expressed a hatred for Jews, could face the death penalty if convicted on the capital murder charges.


Inside the elaborate, often unglamorous world of presidential hotel stays

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:31

President Barack Obama has visited scores of foreign countries in his six years in the White House, conducting high-stakes diplomacy amid high-priced luxury at some of the world’s poshest destinations.


Germany hunts for co-pilot motive amid reports of depression

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 03:20

Police have searched the homes of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in two cities.


Woman charged with scamming Boston bombing victims fund

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 01:37
(Reuters) - A Boston woman has been indicted with fraudulently obtaining $8,000 from the fund set up for victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and thousands more from other fundraising, officials said on Thursday. Investigators found that Joanna Leigh, 41, was at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 when two bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring more than 260, but they argued that she was not injured, the Boston Police Department said in a statement. Leigh was indicted earlier this month by a Suffolk County grand jury on five larceny counts and a charge of making a false claim to the government, the police department said. It said Leigh received $8,000 from The One Fund Boston, which raised nearly $80 million in the aftermath of the attack.

Senate OKs Republican balanced-budget plan, following House

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early Friday, positioning Congress for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law.


San Francisco jail guards forced inmates to fight: public defender

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:14
By Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Several guards at San Francisco's main county jail orchestrated "gladiator-style" fights between inmates, placed bets on the outcomes and threatened those who disobeyed, the city's public defender said on Thursday. The report released by San Francisco's elected public defender, Jeff Adachi, highlighted fights arranged between two inmates who were promised hamburgers if they won or beatings and other punishment if they refused. Adachi alleged that San Francisco sheriff's deputy Scott Neu, who was accused in 2006 of forcing inmates to perform sex acts on him, forced the inmates to fight twice. "Deputy Neu forced these young men to participate in gladiator-style fights for his own sadistic entertainment," Adachi said in a statement The San Francisco Deputy Sheriff's Association told the San Francisco Chronicle that the allegations were "exaggerated" and the fighting was "little more than horseplay." "(Adachi) has done a cursory sham investigation by interviewing a few inmates over a scant two days rather than having the decency to request a serious impartial investigation," Harry Stern, an attorney for the deputy's union, told the Chronicle in a statement.

Senior police official in Fresno, California, arrested on drug charges

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 18:09
(Reuters) - The deputy police chief in Fresno, California, was arrested on Thursday on charges of participating in multiple conspiracies to distribute heroin, oxycodone and marijuana, the FBI said. Keith Foster, 51, was arrested along with three other residents of Fresno, about 170 miles south of Sacramento, an FBI statement said. Two other Fresno residents also face drug charges but have not yet been arrested. "It is important that we do everything we can to maintain and enhance the trust that our citizens have in us," Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer told a news conference after Foster's arrest.

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