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Secret Service supervisor suspended after sex assault accusation: Washington Post

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 18:56

The U.S. Secret Service has put a senior supervisor on leave and suspended his security clearance after a female employee accused him of assaulting her after-hours at the agency's headquarters last week, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. The District of Columbia police sex-crimes division and a U.S. government inspector general are investigating the female agent's allegation that Xavier Morales of the security clearance division grabbed her on the night of March 31 after they came back from a party at a downtown Washington restaurant, the newspaper said, citing two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the probe.

Video of fatal police shooting may have major impact

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 17:45

NEW YORK (AP) — Graphic videos have surfaced previously that kindled outrage over police use of force — the Rodney King beating in Los Angeles, last year's chokehold death in New York City. The new video from South Carolina is perhaps the most striking yet — its depiction of a fleeing, unarmed black man being shot in the back by a white policeman so vivid that a murder charge came swiftly.

South Carolina officer dismissed after shooting man in back

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 16:01

By Harriet McLeod NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A white South Carolina police officer has been fired after being charged with murder for shooting a black man in the back as he fled, but questions remained on Wednesday about some details of the killing that was filmed by a witness. The shooting occurred on Saturday in North Charleston, a town of about 100,000 people, nearly half of whom are black, but it gained national media attention on Tuesday when the video became public. The incident was recorded by a man identified by NBC News as Feidin Santana. In an interview with the network, he said the victim, 50-year-old Walter Scott, had been hit by the officer's stun gun before fleeing to avoid further stun gun fire.

Family of mentally ill Florida man releases videos of police shooting

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 15:40
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - New videos showing a mentally ill Florida man being shot dead by police call into question a Miami area department's explanation of the shooting, said attorneys for the victim's family who released the footage on Wednesday. Footage captured from within a police car at the scene show shell cases flying as a police officer shot 25-year-old Lavall Hall on Feb. 15. Two of the bullets hit Hall, Miami Gardens police told reporters in the days after the incident, explaining that Hall had attacked officers with a broom stick. A spokesman for the Miami Gardens Police Department was not immediately available to comment.

Victims react to Boston bombing verdicts

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 14:22

A jury finds Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 counts for his role in the 2013 attacks.

Man arrested for making ‘disturbing’ phone calls to Sandy Hook school

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 13:50

A Connecticut man was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly placing harassing phone calls to Sandy Hook Elementary School, accusing staffers of staging the 2012 school shootings.

Live updates: Guilty verdict in Boston Marathon bombing trial

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:58

A jury finds Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 counts in the 2013 attack.

Islamic State group releases over 200 captive Iraqi Yazidis

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:19

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group released more than 200 Yazidis on Wednesday after holding them for eight months, the latest mass release of captives by the extremists targeted by U.S.-led airstrikes and an Iraqi ground offensive.

Surge in voter turnout gives blacks new voice in Ferguson, Missouri

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:12
A surge in voter turnout helped elect two new black city council members in Ferguson, a Missouri city found by the U.S. Justice Department to be rife with racial abuses in its police and court systems. After months of street protests, turnout in Tuesday's vote was 30 percent, or more than double recent municipal elections in the St. Louis suburb, which is two-thirds black but has had only two African-American council members in its 120 year history. Mayor James Knowles on Wednesday called the election a "milestone" for the city. The six-member city council will be split with three African-American and three white members.

Guilty verdict in Boston bombing trial

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:12

A jury finds Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 counts for his role in the 2013 attacks.

Boston bombing jury reaches verdict in Tsarnaev trial

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 09:35

By Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - The jury hearing the Boston Marathon bombing trial on Wednesday reached a verdict on the guilt of defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged with killing three people and injuring 264 in the 2013 attack, according to federal prosecutors. The verdict was not immediately disclosed but was expected to be read out in U.S. District Court in Boston later on Wednesday.

Mayor vows body cams for entire force after shooting video

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 09:23

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A white South Carolina police officer who claimed he killed a black man in self-defense has been fired and faces murder charges after a bystander's video recorded him firing eight shots at the man's back as he ran away. The city's mayor also said he's ordered body cameras to be worn by every single officer on the force.

New York woman sentenced to 20 years to life for killing son with salt

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:38
A suburban New York woman who wrote a blog about motherhood was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison on Wednesday for murdering her son through salt poisoning so she could use his illness to gain social media attention. Lacey Spears, 27, who chronicled her son Garnett's illnesses on a personal blog called "Garnett's Journey" and other social media, was convicted by a jury in White Plains, New York, last month of second-degree murder in his 2014 death at Westchester Medical Center in Vahalla, New York.

American, Afghan killed in firefight between Afghan and NATO soldiers

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 05:11

By Rafiq Sherzad JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - An American soldier and an Afghan soldier were killed when a firefight broke out between Afghan and NATO coalition forces at a compound where a senior U.S. diplomat met a provincial governor in eastern Afghanistan, police and U.S. sources said. A handful of others from both sides were wounded in the shooting, which erupted shortly after the diplomat left the compound aboard a helicopter, according to U.S. and Afghan sources. The NATO soldiers involved in the incident were American, according to Afghan police, and had been leaving the venue to return to Camp Gamberi in east Afghanistan where they were stationed.

Report: Iran sends navy vessels near Yemen amid airstrikes

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 04:53

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Iran dispatched a naval destroyer and another vessel Wednesday to waters near Yemen as the United States quickened weapons supply to the Saudi-led coalition striking rebels there, underlining how foreign powers are deepening their involvement in the conflict.

'Gunned down like an animal': Walter Scott's family reacts to video of his killing

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 04:20
Family members speak out after a white S.C. police officer is charged with murder.

Texas judge refuses to lift block on Obama immigration plan

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 01:29

(Reuters) - A federal judge in Texas has refused to lift a temporary block on a White House immigration plan that would have shielded millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, court documents show. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the border with Mexico, rejected a U.S. Justice Department request to remove a ban on the plan he issued in February. Twenty-six U.S. states filed a lawsuit alleging Obama had exceeded his powers with executive orders that would let up to 4.7 million illegal immigrants stay in the country without threat of deportation.

Ferguson, Missouri elects two black city councillors

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:42
Residents elected a black man and a black woman to Ferguson's city council on Tuesday in the Missouri city's first municipal election since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teen, triggering months of sometimes violent protests. Like the police force in Ferguson, two-thirds of whose residents are black, the city's leadership has long been dominated by whites. Ferguson has about 21,000 residents but has had only two black councillors since its incorporation in 1894, including incumbent Dwayne James. Eight candidates, including four African-Americans, were up for three seats in an election seen as critical to addressing the racially discriminatory practices that threw Ferguson into the spotlight when Michael Brown, 18, was shot dead in August.

White S.C. officer charged with murder in black man's shooting

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 21:56

Dramatic video appears to show the officer shooting a fleeing man several times in the back.

Ferguson election triples number of blacks on City Council

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 20:20

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Two black candidates were among three people elected to the Ferguson City Council Tuesday, tripling African-American representation in the St. Louis suburb where poor race relations have been a focal point since the August shooting death of an 18-year-old black by a white police officer.