The White House said Thursday that a US operation in January against an Al Qaeda compound near the Afghan-Pakistan border killed one American and one Italian hostage, along with an American member of the jihadist group. Another American, Al-Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn, was killed, "likely in a separate US government counterterrorism operation." "No words can fully express our regret over this terrible tragedy," the White House said, revealing the previously classified finding. The president "takes full responsibility for these operations." US President Barack Obama expressed his profound regrets to their families. The White House identified the hostages killed in the operation against the border compound as US contractor Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto.
By Will Dunham and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An American and an Italian who had been held hostage for several years by al Qaeda in the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan were inadvertently killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January, President Barack Obama said on Thursday. On behalf of the United States government, I offer our deepest apologies to the families," Obama said in an appearance at the White House. The operation in which American doctor Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto were killed also resulted in the death of an American al Qaeda leader, Ahmed Farouq, the White House said.
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. military commander and CIA director David Petraeus will appear in federal court in North Carolina on Thursday to face sentencing for allegedly leaking secrets to a mistress who was writing his biography. Petraeus, a now-retired U.S. Army General, has already agreed to plead guilty to a criminal misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material. Instead, Petraeus will agree to pay a $40,000 fine and receive two years of probation, according to court documents. Petraeus, who served stints as the top U.S. commander in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, resigned from the CIA in 2012 after it was revealed that he was having an affair with the biographer, Army Reserve officer Paula Broadwell.
By Julia Edwards and Anjali Athavaley WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A recent series of widely publicized police shootings of unarmed civilians has heightened interest across the United States in outfitting patrol officers with body cameras. More than a half-dozen companies are competing to supply the nation's nearly 700,000 sworn officers with body cameras, which can cost between $350 and $700 apiece.
(Reuters) - The family of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old killed in Ferguson last summer by a white police officer, will file a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, attorneys for the family said on Wednesday. Brown's shooting by officer Darren Wilson last August sparked a wave of angry demonstrations and unrest over police violence, particularly against minorities. The lawsuit will be filed on Thursday morning, lawyers Benjamin Crump and Daryl Parks said in a brief statement.
(Reuters) - The police chief of a Detroit suburb resigned on Wednesday, the Detroit Free Press newspaper reported, just days after one of the department's officers was charged over a beating of a black driver in January that was caught on video. It was the latest resignation of a police chief following allegations of excessive force used by officers against minorities, which have sparked protests and unrest in cities across the United States. A statement from the city of Inkster said that Police Chief Vicki Yost's resignation was effective immediately, though it did not specifically mention the beating case and thanked Yost for her work, the newspaper reported. On Monday, prosecutors charged former Inkster officer William Melendez, 46, with misconduct and assault in the beating of black motorist, Floyd Dent.
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton's family's charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case of other errors. The foundation and its list of donors have been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks. Republican critics say the foundation makes Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, vulnerable to undue influence. Her campaign team calls these claims "absurd conspiracy theories." The charities' errors generally take the form of under-reporting or over-reporting, by millions of dollars, donations from foreign governments, or in other instances omitting to break out government donations entirely when reporting revenue, the charities confirmed to Reuters.
Southern Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted for the first time in nearly half a century, spewing a giant funnel of ash 10 kilometers (six miles) into the sky and prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency. Emergency measures were also in place in neighboring Argentina, where the picturesque city of Bariloche -- about 100 kilometers from the volcano -- said it was anticipating the arrival of ash clouds within hours and warned people to stay at home. Puerto Montt, over the border from Bariloche and the largest Chilean city in the area, was already blanketed in a cloud of ash. "People are very, very frightened," said Gervoy Paredes, mayor of Puerto Montt.
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Controversial Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio dodged questions on Wednesday over whether he was to blame for allowing deputies to violate a court order blocking immigrants from being detained solely on the suspicion of being in the country illegally. Arpaio, who bills himself as "America's toughest sheriff," was testifying at a hearing in federal court to determine if he and four others should be held in civil contempt in connection with the long-running racial profiling case. Speaking in a rasping and sometimes shaky voice, the 82-year-old told the Phoenix courtroom that others were given the task of complying with the judge's 2011 court order. "I delegated this court order to my subordinates and counsel that represent me," Arpaio said.
By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors deliberating murder and kidnapping charges against a man who confessed to strangling 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 ended a sixth day of deliberations on Wednesday without reaching a verdict in the notorious case. Pedro Hernandez, 54, is on trial in the killing of Patz, whose disappearance from his New York City neighborhood nearly 36 years ago changed the way U.S. authorities respond to reports of missing or abducted children. During the deliberations in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, the jurors asked Judge Maxwell Wiley for a list of all the witnesses and exhibits from the three months of testimony in the trial. One the earliest was the boy's mother, Julie Patz, who took the stand in January.
By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned on Wednesday that the military's sexual assault problem could drive away new recruits, and urged a group of officer trainees to have the courage to speak out against behavior that contributes to sexual misconduct. Carter's remarks to reserve officer trainees at Georgetown University came ahead of the Pentagon's annual report to Congress on sexual assault and prevention efforts, which is expected in the next few weeks. The U.S. defense chief noted that the department had achieved some success in dealing with the problem, implementing 150 congressional and Pentagon directives in recent years to curb sexual assault and encourage reporting of the crime.
Where does the investigation stand in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Baltimore man who apparently suffered grievous injuries to his spine while in police custody? Billy Murphy, Jr., an attorney for Freddie Gray's family, speaks to Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga and offers his views on where the case stands, and what needs to be done to ensure justice for Mr. Gray and his family.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A SkyWest Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing on Wednesday in Buffalo, New York, after a door opened in flight and the plane's cabin lost air pressure, NBC News reported. Several passengers reportedly lost consciousness on the Hartford, Connecticut-bound flight that took off from Chicago, NBC said. (Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst, editing by G Crosse)