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White South Carolina policeman charged with murdering black man

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 16:52

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A white South Carolina police officer was charged with murder on Tuesday after a video showed him shooting eight times at the back of a 50-year-old black man who was running away. North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said state investigators decided to charge officer Michael Slager, 33, with the murder of Walter Scott after they viewed the video of the incident, which followed a traffic stop on Saturday morning. The FBI and U.S. Justice Department have begun a separate investigation. A video of the encounter published by the New York Times shows a brief scuffle between Slager and Scott before the latter begins running away.

White SC police officer charged with murder in shooting of black man

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 15:43

The man appeared to be fleeing from the officer, local authorities say.

Jurors end 1st day of deliberations in marathon bombing case

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 13:30

BOSTON (AP) — Jurors in the trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deliberated for a little more than seven hours Tuesday before ending their first day of deliberations without reaching a verdict.

U.S. appeals court rejects challenge to 2012 Obama deportation relief

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 11:50
A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday rejected a challenge to President Barack Obama's 2012 executive action granting deportation relief to immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children, upholding a lower court's earlier ruling. A panel of the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the plaintiffs in the case - the state of Mississippi and a group of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers upset by White House directives - had not shown they had been sufficiently harmed by the rule to keep the case alive. The ruling comes as the same appellate court prepares to hear the Obama administration's appeal of a challenge to a landmark immigration overhaul unveiled last year that would let up to 4.7 million illegal immigrants stay without threat of deportation. In the case stemming from the 2012 executive action, Mississippi had sought to show it had standing as a plaintiff by arguing illegal immigrants drained state resources, while the ICE agents said they were being forced to violate their oaths to enforce the law.

Power outage strikes much of D.C., including the White House

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 11:00

A power outage reportedly struck much of Washington, D.C., Tuesday morning. The U.S. State Department, White House, Capitol, and Justice Department were among the buildings that lost power.

Widespread power outages affect White House, Capitol

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 09:33
Widespread power outages in the U.S. capital and its suburbs on Tuesday cut electricity to a number of government buildings, including the White House and State Department, and at several of the Smithsonian museums. The State Department's daily news briefing was suspended after power was lost. A U.S. official said the White House was without power for a few minutes. Some subway stations were running on backup power, according to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Rand Paul announces he is running for president

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 09:30

The Kentucky senator made it official Tuesday, announcing that he will will run for president in 2016 during a fiery speech in Louisville.

Kansas governor signs nation's 1st ban on abortion procedure

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 08:50

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas became the first state Tuesday to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus.

Detroit-area woman, 115, now listed as world's oldest person

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 08:50

INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A 115-year-old Detroit-area woman now listed as the world's oldest living person still makes plans for a fishing trip each year and credits God for her longevity.

Chicago voters head to polls for mayor's race

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 06:44

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago voters headed to the polls Tuesday in the city's first mayoral runoff as Rahm Emanuel seeks a second term over Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

Kentucky's Rand Paul: 'I am running for president'

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 06:39

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky entered the campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a declaration that he's running for the White House to "return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government."

U.S. Ebola patient's condition improves to good: NIH

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 06:20

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. patient in treatment for the Ebola virus at a National Institutes of Health facility in Maryland has improved to good condition from fair, the NIH said on Tuesday. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Lisa Lambert)

Republican candidate Rand Paul tries to broaden libertarian appeal

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 06:01

By Andy Sullivan LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky built a national reputation on his willingness to challenge Republican orthodoxies. Paul announced his candidacy on Tuesday in a post on his website, a few hours before what his political action committee described as "a very special rally" scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at a hotel in Louisville, Kentucky's largest city. The firebrand who wants to scale back the authority of the Federal Reserve has been quietly courting Wall Street donors. Tuesday's announcement makes Paul the second major Republican figure to announce presidential ambitions for 2016, after Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

Race, reforms eyed as Ferguson, Missouri, voters head to polls

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 03:39
Residents in Ferguson, Missouri, are casting their votes on Tuesday in a closely watched election some see as a critical step toward ending discriminatory practices detailed in a federal probe of the St. Louis suburb, which was wracked by months of racially charged protests. Three seats are up for election on the six-member City Council in Ferguson, where two-thirds of the residents are African-American and the municipal leadership has been long dominated by whites. Community activists say a lack of adequate representation for African-Americans in Ferguson has contributed to a range of problems that were exposed when a white police officer killed an unarmed black teenager in August. Activists hope new City Council membership will change that, and African-American representation is guaranteed to double to two after Tuesday's election and could increase to three seats.

Boston bombing jury to begin weighing whether Tsarnaev is guilty

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 03:09

By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - The jury that will determine whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is guilty of carrying out the 2013 bombing attack on the Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured 264 is due to begin deliberations on Tuesday. Tsarnaev, 21, is also charged with shooting a police officer to death three days after prosecutors contend he and his older brother set of a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013. The question of whether the ethnic Chechen defendant is guilty of 30 criminal counts may be the easy part of the jury's job. "The judgment is entirely yours," U.S. District Judge George O’Toole told the jurors on Monday after they heard closing arguments by prosecutors and Tsarnaev's lawyers.

Discredited rape story a test for Wenner, Rolling Stone

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 22:15

NEW YORK (AP) — Through decades of digging into the private lives of rock stars and providing a forum for colorful writers like Hunter S. Thompson and P.J. O'Rourke, Rolling Stone magazine publisher Jann Wenner has never been afraid to push boundaries.

Unlikely freshmen power Duke to title

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 19:24

The Blue Devils surge past Wisconsin to claim their fifth national championship.

Prosecution, defense deliver closing arguments in Boston bombing trial

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 13:41

The jury is expected to begin deliberating Tuesday morning.

Untangling Rolling Stone reporter's key mistakes

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 12:19

On the heels of the Columbia Journalism Review’s blistering investigation that found Rolling Stone failed in its “reporting, editing, editorial supervision and fact-checking” of its explosive 2014 report about an alleged gang rape on the University of Virginia campus, journalism experts are weighing in on the case.