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Justice Department said ready to clear Ferguson officer: N.Y. Times

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 17:50

The U.S. Justice Department is about to close the investigation into the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, and clear the white police officer involved of any civil rights charges, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. The newspaper quoted law enforcement officials as saying that federal prosecutors had begun work on a legal memo recommending no civil rights charges against the officer, Darren Wilson, after an FBI investigation found no evidence to support charges against him. The Justice Department declined comment. The agency is still conducting a probe into the Ferguson police force.


Newtown votes to raze home of gunman in school massacre

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 16:09

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Officials in Newtown have voted to tear down the home where Adam Lanza lived before he carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.


Texas executes man for 1993 triple murder in San Antonio home

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 15:52

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas on Wednesday executed a 41-year-old man convicted of stabbing three people to death with a screwdriver, including his great-uncle and great-aunt, in a San Antonio home robbery in 1993, a prison officials said. Arnold Prieto died at 6:31 p.m. CST at the state's prison death chamber in Huntsville after receiving a lethal injection, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. He was the 519th person executed in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state. Prieto and two other men went to the home of Rodolfo Rodriguez, 72, and his wife, Virginia, 62, who cooked the visitors breakfast.


Tootsie Roll's 95-year-old CEO dies, sparks takeover speculation

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:47

The chief executive of Tootsie Roll Industries Inc has died after more than half a century at the helm of the U.S. candy maker, sparking speculation that the company could soon be ripe for acquisition. Tootsie Roll's shares rose as much as 8 percent to a 17-month high of $33.28 on Wednesday. Melvin Gordon died, aged 95, after a brief illness, according to a statement from the company he had headed since 1962. His wife, Ellen Gordon, takes over as chief executive.


Justice Department said ready to clear Ferguson officer: N.Y. Times

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:43

The U.S. Justice Department is about to close the investigation into the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, and clear the white police officer involved of any civil rights charges, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. The newspaper quoted law enforcement officials as saying that federal prosecutors had begun work on a legal memo recommending no civil rights charges against the officer, Darren Wilson, after an FBI investigation found no evidence to support charges against him. The Justice Department declined comment. The agency is still conducting a probe into the Ferguson police force.


Reappearance of 'Jihadi John' raises questions, concerns about his identity

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:11

The masked terrorist known as “Jihadi John” reappeared in another hostage video this week, prompting many to question what U.S. and British intelligence agencies know about him.


Police release video of more than 180 Ferguson looting suspects

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:31

Footage taken from surveillance cameras shows more than 180 suspected looters storming the Dellwood Market.


U.S. and Cuba start historic talks on restoring ties

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 07:06

By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in 35 years began talks on Wednesday aimed at restoring diplomatic relations and eventually opening up full trade and travel ties between two adversaries locked in Cold War-era hostilities. The two days of meetings are the first since U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced on Dec. 17 they had reached a historic breakthrough after 18 months of secret negotiations. Obama has set the United States on a path toward removing economic sanctions and a 53-year-old trade embargo against the communist-ruled island. He also urged Congress to start work on ending the embargo but critics at home say Obama first needs to win concessions from Cuba's communist government on political prisoners and democratic rights, the claims of U.S. citizens whose property was nationalized after Cuba's 1959 revolution, and U.S. fugitives who have been given asylum in Cuba.


Town to vote on demolishing Sandy Hook killer's Connecticut home

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 07:04

By Richard Weizel NEWTOWN, Conn. (Reuters) - Civic officials will vote on Wednesday evening whether to demolish the Connecticut home of the 20-year-old man who killed 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, on Dec. 14, 2012, at the white colonial-style house shortly before driving to the school to continue his shooting spree, which ended with him killing himself. "The best thing we can do to honor the families is to demolish the house," Patricia Llodra, Newtown's most senior elected official, said in telephone interview ahead of Wednesday's public hearing. Llodra said the Newtown Board of Selectmen, the administrative body that she leads, had unanimously approved a recommendation to demolish the house.


Boehner invites Israeli leader to address Congress on Iran

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 07:03

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rebuffing President Barack Obama on Iran, House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday he had invited Israel's prime minister to address a joint meeting of Congress next month about the threats from Tehran and radical Islam.


Legal experts warn of stealth jurors infiltrating Colorado movie theater shooting trial

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 07:00
Trial experts say the James Holmes trial is ripe for a stealth juror with an agenda.

Biden's 2016 comment turns heads

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 03:51

The VP said, "I think I could do a good job" as president


Texas to execute man for triple murder in San Antonio home

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 03:11
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas plans to execute on Wednesday a man who was convicted of stabbing three people to death with a screwdriver, including his great-uncle and great-aunt, in a San Antonio home robbery in 1993. Arnold Prieto's execution by injection is planned for 6 p.m. CST at the state's prison death chamber in Huntsville. If it takes place, Prieto, 41, will be the 519th person executed in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state. Prieto and two other men went to the home of Rodolfo Rodriguez, 72, and his wife, Virginia, 62, who cooked the visitors breakfast.

Matt Bai: Obama declares victory, way too late

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 01:09

At long last, President Obama champions his own economic recovery.


U.S. couple present defense in Bali suitcase murder case

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 01:09

By Trisha Sertori DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - A U.S. man and his pregnant girlfriend presented their defense on Wednesday at a hearing where they stand accused of murdering the woman's mother, whose battered body was found stuffed in a suitcase on the resort island of Bali last August. Tommy Schaefer and Heather Mack, both from Chicago, argued through their lawyers that the prosecutor's case lacked credible witnesses and was unclear on where the crime took place. "We object to the prosecutor's letter because it's not valid," said Edi Iswahyudi, a member of Schaefer's legal team. Schaefer was charged last week with premeditated murder and Mack is charged with assisting her boyfriend in the killing of her mother, Sheila von Weise-Mack.


On scale of 1-10, it's 11 for Patriots in deflate-gate mess

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 00:33

Eleven? Eleven. Eleven footballs the New England Patriots brought to Sunday's AFC championship game have now been determined by the NFL to be under-inflated – by 2 full pounds – according to ESPN, which cited the preliminary findings of a league investigation.


Boston hospital surgeon dies after shooting

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 20:19

A cardiac surgeon at a major Boston hospital died of gunshot wounds on Tuesday evening, hours after he was shot by a man who opened fire inside the medical center and later killed himself, officials said. Dr. Michael Davidson, the director of endovascular cardiac surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, died as a result of the morning shooting that occurred at the Shapiro Cardiovascular Center, the hospital said in a statement late on Tuesday. The city's Police Commissioner William Evans told reporters that the shooter, also male, had asked for his victim by name before the attack. Brigham & Women's, located in downtown Boston amid a cluster of major healthcare facilities, is a teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School.


Some Republicans see areas of common ground in Obama's speech

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 19:34

Rank-and-file congressional Republicans leaving the House chamber Tuesday night took a more measured tone in responding to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, focusing on specific policy areas where they agreed with him, even as their leaders released boilerplate statements panning the speech.


Obama in State of the Union: Tax wealthy, help middle class

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 18:56

WASHINGTON (AP) — Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle class and a torrent of veto threats for the GOP's own plans.


How Obama ‘turned the page’

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 18:48

Comparing Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union with his SOTU two years ago is a tale of two speeches that tells a larger story about the changes that America, its politics and its president have gone through since the beginning of Obama’s second term.


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