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Trooper in Sandra Bland arrest once warned for conduct

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 01:43

DALLAS (AP) — The Texas trooper who arrested Sandra Bland after a confrontation that began with a traffic stop was once cautioned about "unprofessional conduct" in a 2014 incident while he was still a probationary trooper, according to his personnel file.

Pacific trade ministers fail to reach deal in Hawaii talks

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 21:06

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific Rim nations failed to reach a deal on a new trade agreement that would cover nearly 40 percent of the global economy, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said Friday.

Mexican judge suspends U.S. extradition order for fugitive 'Chapo' Guzman

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 18:46

A Mexican judge temporarily suspended a U.S. extradition order on Friday for the fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman even though the federal attorney general's office had approved it a day earlier. Guzman, one of the world's most notorious drug traffickers, broke out of a maximum security prison earlier this month, escaping in a tunnel built right under his cell. The United States requested Guzman's extradition on June 25, just a couple weeks before his escape, but Mexican officials said in January that Guzman would not be handed over because he must first serve time in his home country.

'Gut-wrenching' decision: Search for teens suspended

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 18:42

After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard's search for two teenage fishermen ended Friday, a heart-rending decision for families so convinced the boys could be alive they're pressing on with their own hunt.

Exclusive: Donald Trump's companies have sought visas to import at least 1,100 workers

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 18:06

By Mica Rosenberg, Ryan McNeill, Megan Twohey and Michelle Conlin NEW YORK (Reuters) - Donald Trump is staking his run for U.S. president in part on a vow to protect American jobs. Trump owns companies that have sought to import at least 1,100 foreign workers on temporary visas since 2000, according to U.S. Department of Labor data reviewed by Reuters. Nine companies majority-owned by Trump have sought to bring in foreign waitresses, cooks, vineyard workers and other laborers on temporary work-visa programs administered by the Labor Department.

White House lockdown lifted, woman arrested after jumping barricade: CBS

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 16:07
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House was briefly put on lockdown on Friday evening after a woman jumped over a barricade that is in front of the presidential mansion's fence, CBS News reported.

Clinton releases tax, health records on busy Friday

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 15:59

Hillary Clinton is in "excellent physical condition and fit to serve as president," her physician declared Friday — just one in a flood of disclosures about the Democratic presidential candidate pushed out by her campaign on a busy summer day.

Cannabis credit union sues Federal Reserve

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 15:20

The Fourth Corner Credit Union claims it is being prevented from providing financial services to the marijuana industry.

Ohio shooting stokes debate over U.S. campus police forces

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 14:49

For all that was shocking about a university police officer shooting a man at point blank range during a routine traffic stop near the University of Cincinnati campus this month, one thing was not. It is just one of the many powers held by the majority of campus police forces that have become a daily part of university life in the United States but this month came under unprecedented scrutiny. Ranks have grown since campus policing began in earnest amid civil unrest in the late 1960s, as have resources, helping campus police departments become the well-equipped, career-based force they are today.

Florida faceoff: Clinton and Bush offer stark contrast in strategies

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:59

One week before Jeb Bush jumps into the Republican free-for-all primary on a debate stage with nine other candidates, he faced off with the likely Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, as the two of them gave dueling speeches to the National Urban League.

Not guilty plea in federal court for church shooting suspect

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 08:42

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston wants to plead guilty to 33 federal charges, but his lawyer said in court Friday that he wouldn't do so until prosecutors say whether they'll see the death penalty.

Two Ohio campus police officers won't face charges: prosecutor

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 08:36

Ray Tensing, 25, a former University of Cincinnati police officer, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Samuel DuBose, who had been stopped for a missing license plate. The two other University of Cincinnati officers, Phillip Kidd and David Lindenschmidt, were placed on administrative leave on Thursday.

St. Louis justice system discriminates against black children: U.S.

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:46
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The St. Louis County, Missouri, Family Court discriminates against black children in its administration of juvenile justice and fails to ensure youth have adequate legal representation, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.

How Pentagon war fund became a budget buster Washington can't resist

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:12

By Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of U.S. troops deployed in battle zones is at its lowest level since before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The contradiction is the legacy of an emergency war fund, started in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, that has become a favorite Washington way to sidestep the impact of fiscal constraints on military spending. The Overseas Contingency Operations account, or OCO, has been tapped to fund tens of billions of dollars in programs with questionable links, or none, to wars, according to current and former U.S. officials, analysts and budget documents.

Suspect in Charleston church massacre to be arraigned on hate charges

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 03:39

Relatives of nine African-Americans killed at a historic South Carolina church may get a second opportunity to address the white man accused in the murders on Friday when he is arraigned on federal hate crime charges, sources close to the case said. At an earlier court appearance, family members riveted the country by expressing heartfelt forgiveness to Dylann Storm Roof, the suspect in last month's massacre at Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, saying their Christian faith compelled them to rise above their grief. Friday's arraignment comes a week after a federal grand jury in South Carolina returned a 33-count indictment accusing Roof of hate crimes and firearms charges, adding to the raft of state murder and attempted murder counts he already faces.

Beijing selected to host 2022 Winter Olympics

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 02:28

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Beijing was selected Friday to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games.

Killer of Cecil the lion should be extradited, Zimbabwe says

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 01:18

Zimbabwe is calling for a U.S. dentist to be extradited for killing a beloved lion.

Australia 'confident' that plane wreckage is from MH370

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 00:43

Authorities hunting for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 said Friday they were "increasingly confident" that wreckage found on an Indian Ocean island was from the ill-fated jet, raising hopes of solving one of aviation's great mysteries. The two-metre (six-foot) long piece of wreckage is to be sent to France for analysis, with expectations building it will be the first tangible proof the plane went down in the Indian Ocean. Investigators are hoping they will then move closer to understanding the mystery swirling around the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, which vanished 16 months ago with 239 people aboard, most of them Chinese.

Ex-cop accused of murdering motorist freed on bail

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 00:18

Police Officer Ray Tensing, who is accused of murdering Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop in Cincinnati, was released Thursday evening hours after his arraignment on a murder indictment.