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Virginia 17-year-old pleads guilty to providing support to Islamic State

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 06:21
A Virginia 17-year-old pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court to charges of conspiring to provide support and resources to Islamic State militants, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. Ali Amin, of Manassas, Virginia, used social media to provide instructions on how to use the virtual currency Bitcoin to send funds to militants, and he helped another Virginia resident travel to Syria to join the group, the department said.

Koch brothers and Republican Party go to war — with each other

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 06:18

The Republican National Committee’s data arm last year called it a “historic” occasion when it struck a deal to share voter information with the Koch brothers’ rapidly expanding political empire.

Police searching area near New York prison for 2 escapees

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 06:08

DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — Police blocked off the main road outside a northern New York village as authorities on Thursday concentrated their sixth day of searching for two escaped murderers on a swampy area just a couple of miles from the prison the convicts broke out of last weekend.

Escape tests New York prison's ties with rural town

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 05:10
The rural New York prison, that two inmates escaped from over the weekend, has long been nicknamed "Little Siberia" by officials who viewed its location in the state's far north as an ideal place to tuck hardened offenders. With more than 450 state, federal and local law enforcement officers now in their sixth day of a manhunt for Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, following their escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility, that comfortable relationship is being tested. "Everybody in town here always had in the back of their mind that an escape could happen, but no one ever thought it would," said David Benjamin, a Dannemora town councilman who spent 25 years working at Clinton before retiring in April.

New York man who fatally shot police officer due in court

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 03:43

A New York man accused of shooting a plainclothes police officer last month is due in court on Thursday, where prosecutors plan to add murder to the list of charges he faces following the officer's death. Demetrius Blackwell, 35, was arrested hours after he allegedly shot New York Police Department officer Brian Moore, 25, in the head after Moore attempted to question him in a middle-class section of the borough of Queens on May 2. Blackwell was initially charged with first-degree attempted murder, aggravated assault on a police officer, first-degree assault and weapons possession.

Police chase new lead in hunt for escaped killers

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 03:38

Authorities close an 8-mile stretch of road near the prison where the inmates went missing.

Why Republican candidates should want to be shut out of debates

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 03:38

Now that we know the number of Republicans running for president this year is exponentially higher than the number of voters Rick Santorum can lure into a room in Iowa, the media that sponsor debates are freaking out.

Man shot dead, 8 injured at Connecticut apartment complex: media

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 02:52
One of the men was killed and most of the others were undergoing surgery at local hospitals, WFSB reported. One of those was an elderly person who was in the bath when a bullet was shot through the bathroom wall, WFSB said. A representative for Bridgeport Police Department confirmed that an incident had occurred overnight but declined to give any details.

Manhunt for escaped New York inmates expands to Vermont

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:58

The hunt for two inmates who escaped from a New York maximum security prison expanded to neighboring Vermont on Wednesday as the pair set a record for the longest jailbreak in New York history, authorities said. More than 450 state, federal and local law enforcement agents were searching the area north of New York's rugged Adirondack Park on Wednesday, with the hunt extending into neighboring Vermont, New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico told reporters.

Florida high school principal removed after defending Texas officer

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 22:10
(Reuters) - A Florida high school principal has been removed from his job after commenting online in support of the Texas police officer who resigned after a video surfaced showing him manhandling a black bikini-clad teenager and pulling his gun on other black teens, according to officials and local media.

Californian oil spill clean-up costs exceed $60 million: newspaper

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 21:30

(Reuters) - Clean-up costs associated with a Californian oil pipeline rupture that dumped as much as 2,400 barrels of crude onto a pristine stretch of coastline and into the Pacific Ocean have exceeded $60 million, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday. Plains All American Pipeline spokeswoman Meredith Mathews told the newspaper that expenses for restoring the affected area near Santa Barbara ran as high as $3 million a day. On Tuesday Santa Barbara County rejected Exxon Mobil Corp's emergency permit application to temporarily haul crude using tanker trucks following the spill.

Rapper Rick Ross arrested for marijuana possession: official

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 19:37

(Reuters) - Rapper Rick Ross was arrested on Wednesday in Georgia for marijuana possession, according to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. The 39-year-old Ross, whose legal name is William Leonard Roberts II, was pulled over at around 4 p.m. on Highway 279 in Georgia for a window tint violation, according to an official with the sheriff's office, who declined to be named. Deputies went to his car, smelled marijuana, and after searching the vehicle placed Ross under arrest for possession, the officer said.

Colorado cinema gunman outwardly shy but outgoing in private: ex-girlfriend

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 19:30

The former girlfriend of Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes testified at his capital murder trial on Wednesday that the admitted shooter was quiet in public but was more outgoing when alone with her or their friends. The line of questioning appeared to focus on the personality of the man prosecutors say went on a killing spree just months after facing difficulties in graduate school and being rejected by his then-girlfriend, Gargi Datta, who said she met Holmes when they attended University of Colorado-Denver in 2011. Holmes, 27, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to fatally shooting 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more at a suburban Denver multiplex in July 2012.

U.S. lawmakers vote to scrap meat labeling laws

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 18:26
By Krista Hughes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to repeal meat labeling laws, which were widely backed by U.S. consumer groups, after Canada and Mexico threatened $3 billion in trade sanctions. The House voted 300-131 to repeal country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules on beef, pork and poultry, after the World Trade Organization ruled they discriminated against imported meat. Canada wants to impose just over C$3 billion ($2.4 billion) in sanctions on U.S. imports while Mexico is looking for $653 million worth of punitive measures.

D.C. watchdog group calls for feds to probe alleged violations by NRA

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 15:37

A watchdog group asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the National Rifle Association for failing to disclose $33.5 million in political expenditures on its tax returns over a six-year period.

New trial for man who said he killed New York boy to open in 2016

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 14:05

A new trial for the former New York deli worker who confessed to strangling 6-year-old Etan Patz in a case that changed the way the U.S. responds to missing children will open in 2016, a judge said on Wednesday. A month after declaring a mistrial because of a hung jury, Judge Maxwell Wiley told Pedro Hernandez that a new jury would be picked as early as December to hear the kidnapping and murder case in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. Seven jurors from Hernandez' first murder trial, in which a single holdout declined to convict him in the 1979 killing, returned to court to hear the judge's decision.

Person of interest in upstate New York prison break: Who is Joyce Mitchell?

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 13:39

Authorities are questioning Joyce Mitchell, a female prison employee, about the inmates who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility last weekend.

Exclusive: Confusion clouds count of cars hit by Takata air bag recall

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 13:29

The number of vehicles on U.S. roads with potentially defective Takata air bags appears to be less than half the 34 million initially estimated by federal regulators, according to a Reuters analysis of recall records submitted to the watchdog and confirmed by the car companies. About 16.2 million vehicles — roughly one out of every 16 cars on U.S. highways — may have one or two defective air bags supplied by Japan’s Takata Corp , vehicle manufacturers confirmed to Reuters. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday said it has not counted the absolute number of vehicles, but said it was aware of 30 million potentially defective Takata parts that need to be replaced.

U.S. officials looking into possible seventh Takata air bag death

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:11

U.S. auto safety regulators said on Wednesday that they are looking into a possible seventh death linked to defective Takata air bag inflators, a Louisiana woman who died after her 2005 Honda Civic hit a utility pole in the early hours of April 5. A lawsuit filed on Monday in U.S. District Court by the family of the victim, 22-year-old Kylan Rae Langlinais, claims the car's Takata driver-side air bag exploded on impact, sending shards of metal into the passenger compartment and severing the woman's carotid artery.

Los Angeles City Council approves minimum wage hike

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:48

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday gave final approval to an ordinance raising the minimum wage in America's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020 from the current $9. Eric Garcetti, would require businesses with more than 25 employees to gradually increase wages to meet a $15 hourly pay level by 2020, while smaller businesses would have an extra year to comply with each step. Garcetti, a Democrat, has said that he would sign the wage hike into law, seen as a victory for labor and community groups that have successfully pushed for similar pay hikes in other major U.S. cities, including Seattle and San Francisco.