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Freddie Gray protests show how much America has already changed

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 15:12

Eight months ago, the future of the civil rights movement that convulsed Ferguson, Mo., remained an open question. The protests in Baltimore this weekend are the latest proof that something has already changed. In the end, it seems, it has not mattered that the groups that came together in Ferguson have not been able to spawn an organized national movement of the scope that Martin Luther King Jr. did in the 1960s. This past week, that trend has added the name Freddie Gray to the list of black men whose deaths have recently brought attention to the issue of police violence.


New Jersey doc, Google exec among Nepal earthquake victims on Everest

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 07:26

A Google executive-turned-mountain climber and New Jersey doctor working at a Mount Everest base camp were among three Americans killed in Saturday's devastating earthquake in Nepal.


Top U.S. court appears on cusp of declaring right to gay marriage

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 05:45

By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's arguments on Tuesday over same-sex marriage will cap more than two decades of litigation and a transformation in public attitudes. Based on the court's actions during the past two years, a sense of inevitability is in the air: That a majority is on the verge of declaring gay marriage legal nationwide. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court's pivotal member on gay rights, has been marching in this direction with opinions dating to 1996. In his most recent gay rights decision for the court in 2013, rejecting a legal definition of marriage limited to a man and woman for purposes of federal benefits, Kennedy deplored that U.S. law for making gay marriages "unequal." That 5-4 decision did not address a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, but lower court judges interpreted the ruling as an endorsement of it and began invalidating state bans.


Baltimore protests turn violent after death of suspect

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 05:11
BALTIMORE (AP) — A protest over the death of Freddie Gray, who was critically injured in police custody, started peacefully with thousands marching through downtown streets before the demonstration turned violent and volatile.

Oklahoma lethal injection drug faces U.S. Supreme Court test

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 05:08

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments this week on whether a drug used in Oklahoma's lethal injection mix should be banned in a case that comes as a shortage of execution chemicals has sent some states scrambling for alternatives. The main question before the nine justices in the case brought by three death row inmates that will be heard on Wednesday is whether the use of the sedative midazolam violates constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. The case does not address the constitutionality of the death penalty in general, but brings fresh attention to the debate over whether executions should continue in the United States. Opponents say midazolam is not approved for use in painful surgeries and should not be used in the death chamber because it cannot maintain a coma-like unconsciousness, potentially leaving inmates in intense pain from lethal injection drugs that halt breathing and stop the heart.


Choppers rescue Everest avalanche victims

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 03:04

At least six helicopters landed at base camp in Nepal.


Magnitude 6.7 aftershock hits Nepal, causes panic

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 01:07

The jolt comes a day after a massive earthquake devastated the region with more than 1,900 deaths and destroyed homes and infrastructure.


Obama turns 2016 hopefuls into comic fodder for media dinner

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 01:02

WASHINGTON (AP) — A presidential election just getting into gear provided President Barack Obama plenty of new material to work with on the night he describes as Washington celebrating itself.


Three people dead in possible Molotov cocktail attack in California

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 19:40
(Reuters) - Three people were found dead inside a Los Angeles-area business on Saturday in what might have been a fire bomb or Molotov cocktail attack, law enforcement said. One victim was alive but covered in flames when firefighters arrived at the early morning blaze in the city of El Monte, east of downtown Los Angeles, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Grace Medrano. The sheriff's office did not release the name of the business, but the Los Angeles Times said it was a tire shop. A witness who called 911 told authorities he saw several suspects throw a Molotov cocktail at the business before driving away, Medrano said.

Live blog: Hollywood collides with politics at WHCD

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 19:37

The annual D.C. event brings together journalists, politicians, and celebrities.


Pockets of violence erupt in Baltimore after march to protest black man's death

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 19:18

By Lacey Johnson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Thousands of people marched through downtown Baltimore on Saturday to protest the unexplained death of a black man in police custody but the demonstrations turned violent when some protesters threw metal objects at officers and broke windows. Saturday's protests began peacefully, with at least 2,000 demonstrators marching to City Hall for a rally, the biggest since 25-year-old Freddie Gray died six days ago, a week after his arrest. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the overwhelming majority of the protesters were peaceful but that agitators disrupted the demonstration. “After a week of peaceful demonstrations I am profoundly disappointed to see the violence in our city this evening,” Rawlings-Blake said at a news conference.


Photos from the red carpet at White House Correspondents' Dinner

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 16:37

Celebrities and journalists arrive for annual affair to celebrate another year of White House coverage.


Russian hackers read Obama's unclassified emails last year: NYT

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 16:01

Russian hackers who penetrated sensitive parts of the White House computer system last year read President Barack Obama's unclassified emails, the New York Times reported on Saturday, quoting U.S. officials. "There is no evidence that the president's email account itself was hacked, White House officials said. Still, the fact that some of Mr. Obama's communications were among those retrieved by hackers has been one of the most closely held findings of the inquiry," the paper said. A White House spokeswoman declined to comment on the report but the White House earlier this month confirmed the breach, saying it took place last year and that it did not affect classified information.


Leaders, charities offer condolences, help after Nepal quake

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 15:17

LONDON (AP) — As world leaders and global charities tried to grasp the scope of an earthquake that devastated Nepal, they offered condolences for the nearly 1,400 people killed and readied emergency aid for the survivors. Mountaineering groups struggled to check on climbers, and Nepalese abroad did their best to reach families in the stricken area.


FBI investigating possible Islamic State terrorism plot in U.S.: CNN

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 15:07
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating a possible Islamic State-inspired terrorism plot in the United States, CNN reported on Saturday, quoting law enforcement officials. A Federal law enforcement official who asked not to be named said there was a known threat to Los Angeles International Airport, but did not say whether this was a new threat or was associated with Islamic State. The Transportation Security Administration had also alerted local law enforcement agencies responsible for security around airports in the state although the possible threat was not necessarily related to aviation, CNN said. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson also declined to comment on the reported threat to Las Angeles airport.

11 stories reportedly under scrutiny so far in NBC's Brian Williams investigation

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 11:22

Sources report that an NBC internal investigation has so far revealed 11 occasions on which the former "Nightly News" anchor appears to have bent the truth about his reporting.


Hey, that's my cappuccino! Coyote captured outside lower Manhattan cafe

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 10:44

Police captured a young, female coyote outside a cafe in a residential area of lower Manhattan on Saturday, the latest in a series of coyote sightings in New York City, where an increasing number of the predators are making their home. An emergency operator fielded a 911 call early Saturday morning reporting a coyote sighting at North Cove Marina near Battery Park City, said Detective Annette Markowski, spokeswoman for the New York Police Department. It was placed in a cage and transported in a police cruiser to Manhattan Animal Care and Control for examination. "It is healthy and will be released into an appropriate wilderness area somewhere in New York City, probably today," said a spokesman for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.


Day of protests planned in Baltimore after black man's death

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 10:19

Waves of demonstrators were expected to descend on Baltimore on Saturday to protest the unexplained death of a black man after he was taken into custody, a day after the city's police chief said officers had failed to give him timely medical attention for a spinal injury. Both were due to start at the place where Freddie Gray, 25, was detained on April 12 for carrying a switchblade knife and placed inside a police transport van.


Protests in Baltimore over man's death in police custody

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 09:24

Protesters who have been holding demonstrations almost daily this week over the death of Freddie Gray are promising their biggest march yet a day after the Baltimore Police Department acknowledged that it failed to get him the medical attention he needed after his arrest.


Photos from the ground: Devastating earthquake hits Nepal

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 07:16

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal Saturday, causing an avalanche on Mount Everest and crumbling buildings in Katmandu, the capital. Nepal’s Home Ministry announced an initial death toll of 686, a number that is continuing to rise. We are collecting stories and from the ground and live updates on the death toll and damages as the story develops.


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