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San Francisco police officer resigns amid racist text probe

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 22:54
A San Francisco police officer involved in a scandal over racist and homophobic text messages allegedly sent by four officers has resigned, officials said on Thursday. The San Francisco police department confirmed on Thursday night that Michael Robison had stepped down, but was unable to provide additional details. The Los Angeles Times reported that Robison, who is a 23-year-veteran and is gay, left the department on Wednesday, citing his attorney Tony Brass. "He's a gay police officer that joined the most diverse police department in the country," Brass told The Times.

FBI probing death of black man hanging from tree in Mississippi

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 21:31
The FBI is investigating the death of a black man found hanging from a tree in Mississippi on Thursday in what may be either a criminal case or a suicide, the agency said. The man, who authorities did not name, was found more than two weeks after he had gone missing in a wooded area in Claiborne County in western Mississippi, about half a mile from his home, Jackson-based FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jason Pack said in a statement. State and local authorities are also probing the death, Pack said. The Mississippi chapter of the NAACP identified the dead man as Otis Byrd, 54, and called for a swift and thorough federal investigation into his death.

Teen accomplice gets 16 years in Spokane murder of World War Two vet

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 18:03
A Washington state teenager was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Thursday for his role in the murder of an 88-year-old World War Two veteran who was beaten to death during a robbery outside a Spokane fraternal lodge, his lawyer said. Demetruis Glenn, 17, received the sentence in Spokane County Superior Court, his lawyer Christian Phelps said. Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard, also 17, were accused of assaulting Delbert "Shorty" Belton as he sat in his vehicle in the August 2013 incident. Adams-Kinard was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Feb. 5 after changing his plea to guilty in January.

Jeb Bush live-streams Atlanta speech using Meerkat

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 16:08

Jeb Bush became the first potential presidential candidate to use Meerkat on Thursday, delivering a speech via the live-streaming app that’s been predicted to change the 2016 election.

Secret Service chief insists no crash at White House

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 14:47

Joseph Clancy pushed back on any suggestion that his agency deliberately erased surveillance video.

Britain's Prince Charles meets Obama on U.S. goodwill tour

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 14:28

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday as part of a goodwill tour of the United States. Obama and the Prince of Wales chatted amiably in front of reporters and television cameras while the Duchess of Cornwall sat smiling on a couch nearby. "I think it’s fair to say that the American people are quite fond of the royal family," Obama told the prince. It was the first White House visit by Charles since May 2011.

Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton promise, charity did not disclose donors

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 13:40

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - In 2008, Hillary Clinton promised Barack Obama, the president-elect, there would be no mystery about who was giving money to her family's globe-circling charities. She made a pledge to publish all the donors on an annual basis to ease concerns that as secretary of state she could be vulnerable to accusations of foreign influence. At the outset, the Clinton Foundation did indeed publish what they said was a complete list of the names of more than 200,000 donors and has continued to update it. In response to questions from Reuters, officials at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and the foundation confirmed no complete list of donors to the Clintons' charities has been published since 2010.

Israeli leader backtracks from Palestinian state opposition

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 13:18

JERUSALEM (AP) — Days after winning re-election, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday backtracked from hard-line statements against the establishment of a Palestinian state in the face of a diplomatic backlash.

Judge refuses to order release of Garner grand jury transcripts

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 11:26
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state judge on Thursday refused to order the release the transcripts of secret grand jury proceedings into the killing of an unarmed black man last July by a white police officer who put him in a chokehold. Acting Supreme Court Justice William Garnett said that civil liberty groups, the news media, public defenders and New York's elected public advocate had not shown that they had a need for the records. (Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

Judge won't release grand jury testimony in Eric Garner death

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 11:16

The judge argued there wasn't a good enough reason to release the secret information.

Suspect in fatal Arizona shooting rampage appears in court

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:24

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona ex-convict appeared in court on Thursday accused of killing one person and wounding five others in a shooting rampage that began at a motel in suburban Phoenix and ended with his capture four hours later. Ryan Elliott Giroux, 41, who is alleged to have white supremacist ties, is charged with multiple felonies including first- and second-degree murder. Video released by the Maricopa County Superior Court on Thursday showed the tattooed and shackled Giroux wearing striped jail clothing and appearing for fewer than four minutes before Court Commissioner Sigmund Popko.

Pentagon official who sought to move judges to Guantanamo quits

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 08:02
A Pentagon official who sought to move military judges to Guantanamo Bay to speed up slow-moving trials of al Qaeda suspects is resigning, the Defense Department has said. Retired Marine Corps Major General Vaugh Ary, who sparked a judicial rebellion as overseer of military tribunals at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, will be replaced on an interim basis by Paul Oostburg Sanz, the general counsel of the Navy Department, the Pentagon said in a Wednesday statement.

IS claims deadly museum attack in Tunisia

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 08:00

According to an online audio recording, the militant group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a museum in the Tunisian capital on Wednesday which killed 20 foreign tourists. It praised the two attackers whom the recording said were "knights of the Islamic State" who were armed with machineguns and bombs. (Reporting By Omar Fahmy; Writing by Noah Browning; Editing by Toby Chopra)

Total solar eclipse: How to watch it live online

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:41

Even though most people around the world won't be able to see Friday's total solar eclipse in person, anyone with an Internet connection can watch it live online thanks to two webcasts featuring the cosmic event. The March 20 total solar eclipse — the first since November 2013 — will make the daytime sky go dark for people in the Faroe Islands and parts of the North Atlantic. You can watch the 2.5-hour-long solar eclipse webcast through the Slooh website starting at 4:30 a.m. EDT (0830 GMT) on March 20. "Nothing — and I mean absolutely nothing in nature — is as powerful and spectacular as the totality of a solar eclipse," Slooh astronomer Bob Berman said in a statement.

Tunisia makes arrests after deadly museum attack

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 05:11

Authorities have arrested nine people in connection with a gun attack at the Bardo Museum in Tunis that killed 22 people and two alleged attackers, a spokeswoman for the Tunisian presidential office told ABC News.

Some video of Secret Service scandal may have been erased: CNN

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 04:57

Surveillance video of two U.S. Secret Service agents drunk driving at the White House may have been erased as part of the agency's policy of deleting recordings every 72 hours, CNN reported on Thursday. Two videos of the incident, where the agents slowly pulled onto White House grounds and into an active bomb investigation, exist, but the chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee, Jason Chaffetz, told CNN that he learned other recordings may have been deleted. The director of the agency charged with protecting the president as well as other agents, Joseph Clancy, is set to testify about this latest scandal before a Senate committee Thursday afternoon. He testified earlier this week at the House of Representatives.

Gunfight, bombs in focus at Boston bombing trial

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 03:05

The Boston Marathon bombing trial is due to turn on Thursday to damage to a residential street where prosecutors say defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev detonated a pressure-cooker bomb similar to the two devices he is accused of setting off at the race. Tsarnaev, 21, is charged with killing three people and injuring 264 with a pair of homemade bombs on April 15, 2013, and with fatally shooting a university police officer three days later. FBI Special Agent Brian Corcoran testified on Wednesday that a pressure-cooker bomb became embedded in a car parked on a Watertown, Massachusetts, street when Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, threw explosives at police officers during a gunfight as the duo tried to flee the city on April 19, 2013. The gunfight ended when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hopped into a black Mercedes and attempted to run over three police officers who were trying to arrest Tamerlan.

Apparent murder-suicide investigated in California wine country: newspaper

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:32
Authorities on Wednesday were investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Napa, California's wine-producing region north of San Francisco, that left a troubled vineyard owner and his business partner dead, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Napa County Sheriff's Captain Doug Pike said investigators found 1,000 rounds of ammunition in the car of Robert Dahl, the owner of Dahl Vineyards, who apparently shot and killed Emad Tawfilis and then shot himself dead on Monday, the Chronicle said.

Why Mitt Romney isn't running for president

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:23

The former GOP candidate tells Yahoo's Katie Couric the reason he decided not to run again.

Matt Bai: A Yelp for teachers

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 00:32

Maybe what we need, and what teachers should welcome, isn’t the data on the test scores and “value-added” rankings that some parents are demanding — or, at least, not that alone. What we need is for some tech entrepreneur to come up with a Yelp or an Angie’s List for public schools, because the amalgamated voice of the consumer is the most powerful kind of accountability in American life.