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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.

WWE wrestler Roddy Piper dies at 61

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 20:00

He also worked as an actor, most notably in John Carpenter's 'They Live.' His rep said he died Thursday in his sleep.

Donald Trump offered access to the Republican National Committee’s voter file

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 18:18

The Republican National Committee has the names, voting history, and consumer data of 250 million people.

U.S. launches investigation into killing of Cecil the lion

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 17:54

The American dentist who hunted the big cat remained in hiding amid mounting global outrage.

In Brooklyn and the rest of America, a movement for Bernie Sanders

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 15:17

The senator raised $15 million in three months, but most of the money didn't come from billionaires.

Three injured when American Airlines plane evacuated in Texas

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:24
Three people were injured when an American Airlines flight at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was evacuated on Thursday before takeoff because of smoke in the cabin, the airline said. Hydraulic fluid leaked into the auxiliary power unit of Flight 1658 to Chicago, which led to 141 passengers and five crew members to leave the airplane by emergency slides and exits, according to the airline. Three people suffered minor injuries, the airline said.

Cincinnati mayor speaks to Katie Couric on police shooting

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 09:49

A University of Cincinnati police officer pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the fatal shooting of Sam DuBose.

Senator: Md. governor to close Baltimore detention center

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 08:44
A Maryland lawmaker says the state will shut down a Baltimore jail that was the focus of a federal corruption investigation.

NY federal judge to hear U.S. football star Brady's appeal

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 08:35

The National Football League players union filed the petition in the midwestern state on Wednesday on behalf of Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback and four-time Super Bowl champion. The union wanted the case to be heard in Minnesota, where U.S. District Judge David Doty has a history of ruling in favor of players in labor cases against the NFL.