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Obama tells Jon Stewart: You 'cannot leave the show'

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 19:42

Fulfilling yet another obligation as an outgoing President, Barack Obama paid a ceremonial visit to The Daily Show on Tuesday night, his farewell to another outgoing dignitary, Jon Stewart.  “I’m going to issue a new executive order,” said the President. “Jon Stewart cannot leave the show.” Then he added wryly, “It’s being challenged in the courts.” With a tone approaching jealousy, Obama said, “I can’t believe you’re leaving before me.”

Video shows how traffic stop escalated into confrontation

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 19:39

HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — A police dashboard video released Tuesday shows that a Texas state trooper tried to pull a black motorist out of her car, then drew his stun gun and threatened her after she refused to follow his orders during a traffic stop.

Video shows that traffic stop of woman who died in Texas jail escalated quickly

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 18:01

Dashboard camera video released on Tuesday involving the traffic stop in Texas of a woman later found hanging dead in her jail cell showed how the incident quickly escalated into an altercation between her and a state trooper. Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman from the Chicago area, was pulled over on July 10 in Prairie View, Texas, northwest of Houston, for failing to signal a lane change. The 52-minute video, released by the Texas Department of Public Safety, shows the trooper, Brian Encinia, approaching the car and asking if Bland is irritated.

Tennessee suspect's family sees depression, shame behind rampage

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 17:20

Members of Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez's family believe deep depression and shame over an drunken driving charge may have led him to go on a rampage in which five U.S. servicemen died last week, a source close to the family said on Tuesday. Two days before the Chattanooga attack, Abdulazeez told his family he was going to work, the source said, but they learned from his friends that he instead took a marijuana and alcohol-fueled "joy ride" in a rented car. The trigger for his "bender" was the worsening of depression that had dogged him for years, the family believes.

Trump gives out Lindsey Graham's cell number

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 14:47

Rogue GOP candidate Donald Trump retaliates after Graham calls him "the world's biggest jackass."

On 'Daily Show,' Obama teases Cheney fans on Iran deal

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 13:21

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama told comedian Jon Stewart on Tuesday that critics of his Iran deal think he should have sent former Vice President Dick Cheney to the negotiations with the Iranians.

Facebook must hand over New York users' info to prosecutors, court rules

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 11:47

Facebook Inc cannot challenge search warrants New York prosecutors used to get information from its site on hundreds of users suspected of Social Security fraud, a state appeals court said on Tuesday, in a decision likely making it harder for New Yorkers to keep their digital lives private. The warrants, which applied to 381 users' photos, private messages and other account information, could only be challenged by individual defendants after prosecutors gathered evidence, the Manhattan-based court unanimously ruled. Facebook was backed in the case by a group of large Internet companies including Google Inc and Microsoft Corp, which argued the case could set a troubling precedent giving prosecutors access to all kinds of digital information.

U.S. appeals court vacates some convictions of former Illinois Governor Blagojevich

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 11:27

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday said it had vacated some convictions of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was charged with attempted extortion from campaign contributors, wire fraud and other crimes.

Texas senator to release video in jail death case

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 08:54
A Texas lawmaker will release a trooper's dashboard camera video on Tuesday that sheds light on the arrest of a Chicago-area woman who died three days later in jail, his spokesman said. State Senator Royce West will make the video public at Prairie View A&M University, near where school employee Sandra Bland, 28, was arrested, said his spokesman, Kelvin Bass. Jailhouse video released on Monday showed a space of about 90 minutes between the last physical check-up of Bland in her cell, and when she was discovered dead, hanging by a plastic trash bag at about 9 a.m.

Tennessee shooting suspect's uncle detained by Jordan, lawyer tells AP

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 08:29

The lawyer, Abdel Qader al-Khatib, said he has been barred from seeing his client, identified as Asaad Ibrahim Abdulazeez Haj Ali, a maternal uncle of the 24-year old engineer who died in gunfire after Thursday's rampage in Chattanooga. Abdulazeez traveled to Jordan for a months-long visit with his uncle in 2014.

Baltimore judge tosses request on evidence in Freddie Gray death case

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:08

State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who is prosecuting six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, had wanted a Circuit Court hearing to argue for a protective order barring release of evidence. The death of Gray, a 25-year-old black man, from a spinal injury suffered in police custody triggered protests and rioting. Mosby said she was concerned that defense lawyers would leak only evidence that supported their clients' defense, jeopardizing the chance for a fair trial.

The John Kasich record

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 03:27

Yahoo Politics looks at what’s behind the launch of the 16th GOP presidential primary campaign.

New York inmate explored tunnels under prison for months before escape: report

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 02:18

David Sweat, 35, and Richard Matt, 49, escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., on June 6 after they cut through their cell walls, carved a hole in a steam pipe and made their way to a manhole cover outside the grounds. After an extensive manhunt, Matt was shot and killed by a federal agent on June 26 about 27 miles (43 km) away from the prison. Sweat was shot and apprehended two days later.

Kerry says Iran vow to defy U.S. is 'very disturbing'

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 01:32

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear program was "very disturbing". Ayatollah Khamenei told supporters on Saturday that U.S. policies in the region were "180 degrees" opposed to Iran's, at a speech in a Tehran mosque punctuated by chants of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel". "Even after this deal our policy toward the arrogant U.S. will not change," Khamenei said.

Death of woman found hanged in Texas cell to be treated like murder probe: prosecutor

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 23:09
Sandra Bland, 28, was found dead on July 13, three days after she was arrested for assaulting an officer during a traffic stop in Waller County, about 50 miles (80 km) west of Houston, authorities have said. The Waller County Sheriff's Office said Bland took her own life and the death was ruled a suicide by the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office. At a news conference on Monday, Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said there were "too many questions" to determine how she died.

Toshiba CEO to step down over accounting scandal

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 23:06

By Ritsuko Ando TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp said its chief executive was stepping down on Tuesday after an independent investigation found he had been aware the company had been inflating its profits over a number of years. CEO and President Hisao Tanaka will be replaced by Chairman Masashi Muromachi effective Wednesday, the company said in a statement, adding it was considering appointing outside directors to over half of its board seats. Tanaka's predecessors, Vice Chairman Norio Sasaki and adviser Atsutoshi Nishida, will also step down after the third-party report showed they also played a part in the overstatement of profits going back to the 2008 financial year.

Mississippi authorities probe crash that killed Confederate flag advocate: reports

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 22:36

Anthony Hervey, 49, the author of "Why I wave the Confederate Flag: Written by a Black Man," died on Sunday while returning home to Oxford, Mississippi, from a Confederate flag rally in Alabama, broadcaster WMCA reported. A companion in Hervey's car told Mississippi investigators he swerved on a state highway to avoid another vehicle that had pulled alongside them, the New York Times reported. Mississippi's Clarion-Ledger newspaper said the companion told investigators it appeared they were being chased.

Former California fraternity president will not face charges in hazing death-LA Times

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 19:51
The former president of a disbanded southern California fraternity will not face criminal charges after a student died on a grueling hike during an initiation rite for the group, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday. The Los Angeles County district attorney said there was insufficient evidence to charge Alex Terzibachian with hazing or involuntary manslaughter, the Times reported, citing documents from prosecutors. Terzibachian was president of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity at California State University, Northridge, when 19-year-old Armando Villa died last July.

California proposes historic $1.5M fine for taking water

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 17:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators on Monday proposed a first-of-its-kind, $1.5 million fine for a group of Central Valley farmers accused of illegally taking water during the drought.