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Senator Sanders enters 2016 race in challenge to Clinton

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 04:09

Independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Thursday announced he would seek the 2016 Democratic nomination for president in a bid likely to pressure Hillary Clinton from the left and challenge her on financial issues. Sanders, a self-described socialist and one of the most outspoken liberals in Congress, faces a difficult fight against Clinton, the presumptive party frontrunner.


Baltimore waits for answers on black man's death in police custody

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 03:57

By Scott Malone and Ian Simpson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Residents of Baltimore and activists across the United States waited on Thursday for official word on the cause of a black man's death in police custody earlier this month, as protests over the case spread to other cities. More than 100 people were arrested in New York overnight on Wednesday during protests against police violence, while Baltimore saw a largely peaceful night as a curfew held after rioting over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. Thousands of National Guard troops and police remained in the mostly black city of Baltimore on Thursday morning to maintain order and enforce a 10:00 p.m. curfew set after unrest on Monday saw buildings and cars burned, stores looted and 20 officers hurt. Baltimore officials tried to tamp down expectations that there would be a quick answer on the fate of the six police officers involved in the arrest that preceded Gray's death.


Jury to weigh Boston bomber's past in sentencing phase

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 03:03

By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers seeking to spare Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the death penalty will continue to argue on Thursday that he was a good young man whose life was derailed when he fell under the influence of his now-dead older brother. Teachers and friends who knew him before he attacked the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, said he was a bright student who was generous, kind, and likeable. Tsarnaev’s attorneys have sketched for jurors how his immigrant family unraveled in the years before the bombings, chronicling how his mother and older brother, Tamerlan, became deeply interested in Islam. They are seeking to paint Tsarnaev as a sweet kid who grew up in the wrong household, ultimately falling in with his 26-year-old brother's plan to bomb the marathon to satisfy a growing longing for violent jihad.


The Bernie Sanders record: A progressive social media star and pragmatic legislator

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 01:47

He's the first left-leaning candidate to formally launch a challenge against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.


Rescuers pull survivor from rubble 5 days after Nepal quake

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 00:02

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Crowds cheered Thursday as a teenage boy was pulled, dazed and dusty, from the wreckage of a seven-story Kathmandu building that collapsed around him five days ago when an enormous earthquake shook Nepal.


Marchers protest police violence in Baltimore, New York

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 19:22
By Scott Malone, Ian Simpson and Warren Strobel BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Protesters marched against police violence in cities from New York to Denver on Wednesday, and a large demonstration in Baltimore ended peacefully two days after rioting over the death of a black man injured in police custody. New York City police arrested more than 60 people as protesters roved in separate groups through Manhattan, blocking traffic in a few areas. In Baltimore, 3,000 National Guard troops and police stood by to enforce a 10 p.m. curfew as thousands of peaceful marchers converged on city hall.

North Carolina House passes bill aimed at resuming executions

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 18:35
By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina lawmakers approved a measure on Wednesday aimed at resuming executions in the state after a nine-year break by removing the requirement that a doctor be present at all lethal injections. The state's House of Representatives passed legislation in an 84-33 vote Wednesday night that would also allow nurses, physician assistants or paramedics to oversee lethal injections. There are 149 inmates on death row in North Carolina, according to the state Department of Public Safety. Other legislators who were critical of the measure noted that legal challenges to lethal injection protocols would likely continue to postpone executions even if the bill passes.

Sanders: Obama sounds like Bush, Clinton on trade

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 16:47

The senator all but confirmed in an interview that he's running for president.


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders running for president

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 16:14

Promising to fight what he deems "obscene levels" of income disparity and a campaign finance system that is a "real disgrace," independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Wednesday he will run for president as a Democrat.


America’s pastime gives silence a try in Baltimore

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 13:46

The Orioles take drastic step after rioting follows funeral of man who died in Baltimore police custody.


Ferguson protesters stand with Baltimore

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:21

Protesters in Ferguson took to the streets to support the African-American communities of Baltimore in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death.


Baby pulled safely from under rubble in Nepal

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:37

A 4-month-old boy was buried for 22 hours after his family's house collapsed in Saturday's earthquake. He was finally rescued, with no injuries, Sunday morning.


Orioles, White Sox prepare for bizarre fan-less game in Baltimore

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:46

“Does anyone know if the mascot works today?” Orioles manager Buck Showalter asked a room full of reporters in a pre-game press conference unlike any other ever held in the history of Major League Baseball...


Colorado theater shooting trial: Special fund helps soothe victims and family members

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:33

Many clutched tear-soaked tissues. Some closed their eyes. Others covered their faces with the palms of their hands. Those sitting in the victims’ section of the courtroom coped in different ways as they sat through the first day of testimony in the Colorado theater shooting trial.


Former Goldman banker acquitted of all charges in rape case

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:24
A former Goldman Sachs banker was found not guilty on Wednesday of charges that he raped an Irish student at his rental home while vacationing in Long Island in the summer of 2013. After a three-week trial, Judge Barbara Kahn acquitted Jason Lee, 38, of the most serious charge of rape at a Suffolk county court in Riverhead, New York.

Japan PM offers condolences for WWII dead in historic speech

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 08:22

Declaring "history is harsh," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan offered solemn condolences Wednesday for the Americans who died in World War II as he became the first Japanese leader to address a joint meeting of Congress.


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