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Obama makes personal appeal on trade before key House vote

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 09:28

President Barack Obama made an unusual, personal 11th-hour appeal to dubious Democrats on Friday in a tense run-up to a House vote on legislation to strengthen his hand in global trade talks.


Arctic drilling opponents hanging from Shell ship in Washington state

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 09:11
Two activists strapped themselves on Friday to the anchor chain of a Shell Royal Dutch Shell vessel docked in Washington state that will be part of a fleet sent north to Alaska to resume drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic. The women used camping gear and hammocks to attach themselves to the massive chain on the barge in Bellingham, Washington, north of Seattle, the activist group ShellNo said. Both are students at Western Washington University, KIRO-TV reported.

2 charged with conspiring with Boston man to help IS group

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 08:39

Two men were charged Friday with conspiring to help the Islamic State group by plotting with a Boston terror suspect to kill U.S. citizens to support the objectives of the terrorist organization.


Obama's trade bill faces showdown vote on Capitol Hill

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 06:31

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama made an 11th-hour appeal to dubious fellow Democrats on Friday in a tense run-up to a House showdown on legislation to strengthen his hand in global trade talks.


Two men charged with conspiracy to support ISIS in Boston terror probe

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 06:06
U.S. prosecutors charged two men on Friday with conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS, following an investigation that led law enforcement officers to shoot a suspect dead last week in Boston after he approached them with a large knife. One of the men, Nicholas Rovinski, 24, of Rhode Island was taken into custody on Thursday night, according to the FBI. The other, David Wright, of Massachusetts, was already in custody after being arrested last week on lesser charges.

Former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn acquitted in pimping trial

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 05:22

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was cleared of pimping charges on Friday in France, ending four years of legal drama that began with a sexual assault charge in a New York ...


Female prison worker supplied tools to New York escapees: CNN

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 05:00

A female prison worker "provided some form of equipment or tools" to two escapees from an upstate New York correctional center whom authorities are hunting for a seventh day, Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie told CNN on Friday. Joyce Mitchell, an industrial training supervisor in the tailor shop at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, was being questioned about her possible role in the prison break of convicted killers Richard Matt, 48 and David Sweat 34, authorities said. "There is information as far as the contraband that (Joyce Mitchell) did provide to both Matt and Sweat," Wylie told CNN.


Manhunt for two New York prison escapees focuses on nearby woods

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 00:38

Hundreds of law enforcement agents hunting for two upstate New York prison escapees focused their search on Thursday on a heavily wooded area just a few miles from the maximum security facility where they broke out last week, police said. Convicted murderers Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, escaped from the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York through underground pipes and a manhole. More than 500 law enforcement officers, along with sniffer dogs and aviation units, were involved in the manhunt, along with the FBI and other agencies, New York State Police said.


Virginia officer indicted over fatal shooting of mentally ill black man

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 00:18
The decision comes amid a national outcry over police violence against minorities, sparked by high profile police killings of unarmed black men in cities across the country in the past year, as well as grand jury decisions to not criminally charge the officers involved. Norfolk Police officer Michael Carlton Edington Jr. was charged with voluntary manslaughter over the June 6, 2014 shooting death of 35-year-old David Latham, the Office of the Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney said in a statement.

Man arrested in connection with Boston terror probe

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 21:10

A Rhode Island man has been linked to an alleged terror plotter who was shot dead by police.


In Minnesota, high employment and weak wages show Fed's quandary

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 21:07
By Howard Schneider MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - By all rights wages should be soaring in Minnesota, a Midwestern state that boasts one of the best educated and well-paid workforces in the United States and where the unemployment rate stands at a 14-year low. Retail workers, who account for 6,000 of the union's 10,000 Minnesota members, agreed to keep wages flat to avoid an increase in health care premiums. Health care is "where our members are in demand...There are no bodies," Hesse said, while "the retailers are saying: 'we will bargain pay for health care'." That push and pull has played out statewide in what may offer a cautionary tale for Federal Reserve officials debating whether to raise interest rates for the first time in a decade.

Minnesota Somali-American ordered held for trial on charges of trying to help Islamic State

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 17:12
A federal judge in Minnesota ordered on Thursday that a Somali-American man remain in custody pending trial on charges of conspiring to support Islamic State and lying to federal agents. Mohamed Farah, 21, who was born in Minneapolis and was a full-time college student before his arrest in April, was one of six men charged as a group in April with conspiring to support Islamic State militants. U.S. District Judge Michael Davis ruled that Farah was a flight risk and danger to the community, despite the defense's contention he had no criminal record or history of violence and that the case against him was weak.

Ohio judge recommends police officers face charges in Tamir Rice case

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 14:36

A Cleveland judge on Thursday found probable cause that a police officer who shot to death a 12-year-old boy last year should face a murder charge in an opinion that puts pressure on prosecutors. Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine said Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann, who shot Tamir Rice, should face charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, negligent homicide and dereliction of duty.


Union: Hackers have personnel data on every federal employee

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 12:17

Hackers stole personnel data and identity numbers for every federal employee, a government worker union says.


House panel OKs bill punishing State over Benghazi response

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 11:20

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over White House objections, a House panel approved a bill Thursday that withholds hundreds of millions of dollars from the State Department until it produces more documents to lawmakers investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.


Bernie Sanders wants to take back 'family values' from the GOP

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:32

Bernie Sanders, elected as an independent, caucuses with Senate Democrats and calls himself a “Democratic socialist.” And now that he’s running for the White House, he’d like to keep busting categories and take back a key phrase from Republicans and redefine it for the 2016 election: “family values.”


Manhunt for two New York prison escapees focuses on nearby woods

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 09:53

Hundreds of law enforcement agents hunting for two upstate New York prison escapees focused their search on Thursday on a heavily wooded area just a few miles from the maximum security facility where they broke out last week, police said. Convicted murderers Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, escaped from the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York through underground pipes and a manhole. More than 500 law enforcement officers, along with canine and aviation units, were involved in the manhunt, along with the FBI and other agencies, New York State Police said.


Uzbek citizen charged in U.S. for plotting to support Islamic State

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 09:22
A citizen of Uzbekistan has been indicted alongside four previously-charged New York City residents for taking part in a plot to try to provide support to Islamic State militants, prosecutors said Thursday. Akmal Zakirov, 29, is scheduled to be arraigned later on Thursday in U.S. federal court in Brooklyn, New York, after he was charged for attempting and conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State, prosecutors said.

Prosecutor: Germanwings co-pilot feared going blind

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 09:22

The co-pilot who crashed a Germanwings jet into the Alps feared that he was losing his eyesight, and some of the many doctors he consulted felt he was unfit to fly, a French prosecutor said Thursday.


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