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Dems hit Bush after comments on funding for women's health

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 17:54

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush vowed Tuesday to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood if elected to the White House, but drew immediate fire from Democrats for adding, "I'm not sure we need half a billion dollars for women's health issues."

Americans say blacks treated less fairly in 2015 than 2007: Gallup

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 17:51

Whites, blacks and Hispanics also expressed a new low in their satisfaction with the way blacks are treated in U.S. society, according to the Gallup 2015 Minority Rights and Relations poll. Overall, about 49 percent of respondents said they were satisfied, compared to 62 percent just two years ago, pollsters said. The survey of more than 2,000 respondents, conducted from June 15 until July 10, comes at a tense time between U.S. law enforcement and the communities in which they operate, particularly after grand jury decisions not to indict white officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York City.

Debate field is set: Trump, Bush in; Santorum, Fiorina out

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 15:27

Fox News has named the Republican candidates who will take part in Thursday night's debate — the first of the 2016 White House campaign.

Shots fired near Camp Shelby in Mississippi, no injuries

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:03
No one was injured in the shooting, which took place off the base while soldiers were training at the camp, said Lt. Col. Christian Patterson, director of public affairs at the Mississippi Military Department. Authorities were searching for two suspects in a red Ford pickup truck, both possibly white males but details remained uncertain, said Regina Hegwood, an officer with the Perry County Sheriff's Office. Soldiers at the camp, located 110 miles north of New Orleans, reported the shots to their commanding officers, who in turn told local authorities, Patterson said in a news release.

University of Cincinnati creates safety post after fatal shooting

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 10:00

Robin Engel, a criminal justice professor and researcher at the university, has been named to the post and her appointment will be effective immediately, it said. "I am fully committed to making any needed changes to our UC Police Department. University police officer Raymond Tensing was indicted in July on murder charges in the fatal shooting of unarmed black motorist Samuel DuBose.

Family of woman found dead in Texas jail files wrongful death suit

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 07:36

The family of Sandra Bland filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Tuesday against a Texas trooper, a sheriff’s office and her jailers, accusing them of being responsible for the woman's apparent suicide in a county jail. The suit, filed in a federal court in Texas, said officials violated her constitutional rights. The family said it was seeking financial damages, but court papers did not specify an amount.

Three days, five killings and a year of pain in Baltimore

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 07:24

Kajuan Guinn was just 8, and recently reunited with his family after years in foster care, when his chronically ill mother died of complications from lupus. Two years after his mother died, Guinn ran away, following his father's path into a world of gangs, drugs and violence on the streets of Baltimore.

Family of woman found dead in Texas jail files wrongful death suit

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 06:24

The family of Sandra Bland filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Tuesday against a Texas trooper, a sheriff's office and her jailers, accusing them of being responsible for the woman's apparent suicide in a county jail.

Major U.S. airlines end trophy hunter shipments after Cecil outcry

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 02:16

Three U.S. airlines have banned the transport of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino or buffalo killed by trophy hunters, in the latest fallout from the killing of Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion last month. American Airlines said on Tuesday it would join Delta Airlines and United Airlines in banning the transport of animals known in Africa as the "big five", coined by hunters because they are the hardest to kill on foot. There has been an international outcry against trophy hunting among animal lovers since it emerged that American dentist Walter Palmer killed Cecil, a rare black-maned lion that was a familiar sight at Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park.

Two people shot outside New Jersey hip hop concert

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 23:44
(Reuters) - A gunman shot and wounded two people outside a hip hop concert in New Jersey late on Monday and is thought to have fled to nearby woods, police said.

More fights ahead on Planned Parenthood after Senate vote

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 23:16

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the aftermath of the Senate's derailing of Republican legislation halting federal dollars for Planned Parenthood, one thing seems clear: Many on both sides think they can ring up gains from the battle.

2 dead, 22 hurt in New Hampshire tent collapse

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 21:04

A circus tent collapses as a severe storm rakes a northern New Hampshire fairground.

Bottle in car of Ohio man shot by police held fragrance: coroner

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 16:17

DuBose was pulled over by police officer Raymond Tensing on July 19 because the vehicle he was driving did not have a front license plate. DuBose handed him the bottle, marked as gin, and told him it was air freshener. About a minute later, the two men struggled after DuBose, 43, refused Tensing's request to step out of the car.

Senate blocks GOP bill to halt Planned Parenthood fed funds

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 15:03

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes — a potential government shutdown that could echo into next year's presidential and congressional elections.

Idaho woman comes under fire for celebrating her killing of giraffe

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 14:28
A big-game trophy collector from Idaho has ignited a firestorm of criticism from animal-rights activists for flaunting online images of herself posed with the carcasses of a giraffe and other wildlife she killed during a recent guided hunt in South Africa. Sabrina Corgatelli, an accountant for Idaho State University, appeared on NBC's "Today” show on Monday to defend trophy hunting amid mounting international outrage over last month's killing of Cecil, Zimbabwe's most famous lion, by an American dentist. Giraffes are very dangerous animals.

Families of Newtown massacre victims in $1.5 million settlement

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 12:55

The families of 14 people killed in the 2012 massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School, and two survivors reached a $1.5 million legal settlement on Monday against the gunman's mother's estate, according to court records. The families of victims and two school employees who survived the attack will each receive a $93,750 share of an insurance policy on the Newtown, Connecticut, home where Nancy Lanza lived with her son, gunman Adam Lanza, according to filings at a Bethel, Connecticut, probate court. The 20-year-old gunman began his rampage on Dec. 14, 2012, by shooting and killing his mother with a Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle before driving to his former elementary school, where he gunned down 20 first-graders and six educators.

Holmes jury keeps execution as option as sentencing advances

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 12:26

Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial declined to rule out the death penalty Monday as they move toward sentencing James Holmes, finding his defense failed to persuade them to show him mercy.

Special Report: State Department watered down human trafficking report

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 11:19

By Jason Szep and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the weeks leading up to a critical annual U.S. report on human trafficking that publicly shames the world’s worst offenders, human rights experts at the State Department concluded that trafficking conditions hadn’t improved in Malaysia and Cuba. The State Department’s senior political staff saw it differently — and they prevailed. A Reuters examination, based on interviews with more than a dozen sources in Washington and foreign capitals, shows that the government office set up to independently grade global efforts to fight human trafficking was repeatedly overruled by senior American diplomats and pressured into inflating assessments of 14 strategically important countries in this year’s Trafficking in Persons report.

Jury keeps death penalty as possibility for Colorado movie gunman Holmes

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 10:47

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - James Holmes, the gunman in the Colorado movie massacre, could face the death penalty after jurors found on Monday that aggravating factors in the case counted for more than mitigating ones such as mental illness.