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Rep. Nancy Pelosi on 2016, her future

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 14:42

The Democratic leader talks to Katie Couric about the 2016 presidential campaign and more.

Details emerge about jury picked for Colorado theater shooting trial

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:32

The State of Colorado v. James Holmes finally has a jury: 19 women, five men and a host of potential concerns.

#OneBostonDay: Boston marks 2nd anniversary of marathon bombings

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:29
Boston marked the second anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings on Wednesday with quiet ceremonies on what city officials are calling One Boston Day.

Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin seeks to have conviction tossed

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:41

Attorneys for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who is serving a 10-year sentence in federal prison for corruption, are seeking to have his 2014 conviction overturned because of what they say were flawed instructions given to the jury, court papers show. He was thrust into the national spotlight in 2005 when the storm's waters overwhelmed levees and flooded 80 percent of New Orleans, killing 1,500 people and causing some $80 billion in damage. In a court papers filed on Tuesday, Nagin's attorneys said the judge in the case erred in telling jurors to find him guilty of nine counts of fraud and one count of conspiracy even if he would have acted in the same way without the inducement of a payoff.

Small helicopter lands on U.S. Capitol grounds, one person detained: police

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:03
A small helicopter landed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol with a single occupant aboard on Wednesday, and one person was detained, U.S. Capitol Police said. Nearby streets were temporarily closed as police investigated, according to a police statement that called the craft a "gyro copter." The copter resembled a small open-air helicopter with a single rotor on top.

Harry Reid on 2016 Republican field: ‘I think they’re all losers’

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 09:29

The Senate minority leader is not mincing words on his way out the door.

Pacquiao on Mayweather: 'The Lord… will deliver him into my hands'

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 08:53

The prizefighter opens up to Katie Couric about his past, his preparation for the fight, and his life outside of the ring.

Why Lindsey Graham might run for president

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 08:17

His nomination may be a long shot, but the senator still is serious about solving the thorniest problems in politics.

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez found guilty of 2013 murder

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 06:41

By Elizabeth Barber FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez murdered an acquaintance in an industrial park near his Massachusetts home, a jury determined on Wednesday, concluding the first of two murder trials he faces this year. The jury found Hernandez, 25, guilty of first-degree murder in the June 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd, who had been dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée at the time. During the trial, the men were described as having been in the early stages of friendship, but Hernandez soured on Lloyd after the man hung out with people the former New England Patriots tight end disliked. Hernandez, who had stood to hear the verdict, collapsed into his chair after the verdict was read, and court security officers handcuffed him.

Aaron Hernandez found guilty of first-degree murder

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 06:25

The conviction of the former NFL star carries a sentence of automatic life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Right-wing group blamed in leak of U.S. officials' home addresses: CBS

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:31
U.S. authorities are investigating the online leak of home addresses of senior officials and former officials from the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies, CBS News reported on Wednesday. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed the leak but would not elaborate on who was affected or how many addresses had been leaked. DHS will adjust security measures, as appropriate, to protect our employees," said Homeland Security spokeswoman Marsha Catron.

Chicago expected to approve $5.25 million for police cases

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 03:24
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago City Council is expected to approve on Wednesday $5.25 million in settlements in two alleged police misconduct cases: the fatal shooting of a black teenager and a botched manslaughter investigation involving a former mayor's nephew. The council's finance committee voted this week to recommend that the third-largest U.S. city pay $5 million to the family of Laquan McDonald, 17, six months after he was shot 16 times by a police officer. The U.S. Department of Justice and state authorities are investigating McDonald's death at a time of increased scrutiny of police conduct around the country, including the indictment last week of a South Carolina police officer in the murder of an unarmed black man. The council also is expected to approve a $250,000 payment to Nanci Koschman, the mother of David Koschman, 21, who died in 2004 after being punched by Richard J. Vanecko, the nephew of longtime mayor Richard M. Daley and grandson of the late mayor Richard J. Daley.

Panel unanimously approves Iran bill after surprise White House retreat

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 01:13

A key Senate panel quickly approves a measure giving Congress final say on a nuclear deal.

U.S. fast-food workers plan rallies demanding higher wages

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 01:03

U.S. fast food workers fighting for better wages enlisted students, healthcare workers and racial justice activists to swell the ranks of rallies set for Wednesday in 230 cities. Fast-food workers will walk off the job and be joined at protests by students from 200 colleges and activists from the Black Lives Matter movement, which protests police brutality, they said. The campaign by low-wage workers for higher pay has been building for several years as they protest that the U.S. federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is not enough to lift them from poverty. Fast-food and retail chains are starting to respond, but their wage increases are generally below the level organizers are demanding.

5 things to know about Tax Day: For most, it's not that bad

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 23:25

Wednesday is the deadline for filing income tax returns, a day filled with dread for many.

Boston marks somber second anniversary of deadly marathon bombing

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 23:03

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The city of Boston faces a somber day on Wednesday as it marks the second anniversary of the bombing attack on its marathon that killed three people and injured 264. Mayor Martin Walsh plans to mark the day with a low-key ceremony at the site where twin pressure-cooker bombs went off on April 15, 2013, ripping through a crowd of some of the thousands of spectators, volunteers and athletes at the Boston Marathon. The anniversary comes amid a break in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted last week of carrying out the bombing attack, before the same jury that found him guilty decides whether to sentence him to death or life in prison without possibility of parole. Tsarnaev, 21, was the younger of two brothers who carried out the attack and three days later shot dead a police officer as they prepared to flee the city.

Missouri executes man convicted of murder over child support

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:47

(Reuters) - Missouri on Tuesday executed a man convicted of attacking his former wife over child support payments and killing her friend, a prison spokesman said. Andre Cole, 52, was killed by lethal injection and pronounced dead at 10:24 p.m. at the state's death chamber in Bonne Terre, Missouri. He became the 12th inmate executed in the U.S. and the third in Missouri in 2015. (Reporting by Brendan O'Brien; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

Tennessee attorney general says Bible bill unconstitutional

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 17:53
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Tennessee's attorney general said on Tuesday a bill under consideration in the legislature to make the Bible the official state book would be an unconstitutional endorsement that the sacred text does not need. The bill would violate both the U.S. Constitution and Tennessee's state constitution, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III said. He said Tennessee's constitution states that "no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship." Governor Bill Haslam, a Republican, also has opposed the measure, which was debated on the floor of the state House of Representatives on Tuesday. The bill has also drawn criticism from religious leaders and others who say it violates the separation of church and state under the U.S. Constitution and Tennessee's constitution.

Protests in U.S. cities against police violence prompt arrests

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 17:52

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Protesters in several U.S. cities blocked highways and swarmed police precincts, leading to at least two dozen arrests in demonstrations touched off by fresh cases of police violence against unarmed black men. Marching across New York's Brooklyn Bridge, some 250 placard-bearing activists organized by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network protested the latest incidents of violent police tactics used against minorities. Police in Los Angeles said they arrested 15 protesters in a group of nearly 100 after they stopped on Metro Rail tracks and ignored orders to disperse. Elsewhere on the West Coast, more than 100 protesters in San Francisco surrounded a police station and disrupted a meeting at City Hall of the Board of Supervisors.

White House agrees to give Congress a say on Iran deal

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:35

President Obama bows to pressure from Republicans and his own party.