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Sandra Bland had marijuana in her system: family attorney

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:17

Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis made the disclosure in a text message to attorney Cannon Lambert, who has called the state's autopsy on the Chicago-area woman defective, Lambert said. "Looking at the autopsy results and toxicology, it appears she swallowed a large quantity of marijuana or smoked it in the jail," Mathis said in a text message to Lambert that the attorney disclosed to Reuters.


Bill Clinton says Hillary once told him she'd never run for office

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 07:26

When Bill Clinton first proposed to Hillary, he told her, “I want you to marry me, but you shouldn’t it.” The future president told the future first lady-turned-senator-turned-secretary of state-turned-presidential candidate he wanted her to get into politics instead. “Oh my God,” Hillary responded. “I’ll never run for office. I’m too aggressive, and nobody will ever vote for me.”


District of Columbia clears path to vote on $15 per hour minimum wage

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 07:21
The District of Columbia could raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by mid-2020 under a ballot initiative cleared this week, making it the latest U.S. city to consider raising base pay for hourly workers. Washington's elections board on Wednesday allowed backers to start a petition drive that could put the $15-an-hour minimum wage on the November 2016 ballot. If approved, the hike would raise Washington's minimum wage to above that of any other city on the East Coast.

Sheriff: Sandra Bland told jailer of prior suicide attempt

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 22:55

Bland told a Texas guard she had tried to kill herself in the past, the sheriff said.


Some public hospitals win, others lose with Obamacare

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 22:49

By Robin Respaut SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A year and a half after the Affordable Care Act brought widespread reforms to the U.S. healthcare system, Chicago's Cook County Health & Hospitals System has made its first profit in 180 years. Seven hundred miles south, the fortunes of Atlanta's primary public hospital, Grady Health System, haven't improved, and it remains as dependent as ever on philanthropy and county funding to stay afloat. In states like Illinois that have opted to accept federal money to expand Medicaid, some large, public hospitals are finding themselves on solid financial footing for the first time in decades, and formerly uninsured patients are now getting regular care.


Four adults, three teens shot across Baltimore in overnight gun violence: police

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 21:23
The three teenagers, ages 13, 15 and 16, sustained non-life threatening gunshot wounds around 11 p.m. on Wednesday in East Baltimore, police said. Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, who went to the crime scene, said the community had seen enough violence. "It is certainly unacceptable for this community to see three teenagers being shot on a beautiful summer night like this," he told the Baltimore Sun newspaper.

Police make arrest in California officer's shooting death

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 19:36

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area police sergeant was shot and killed during an early morning traffic stop Wednesday, and the man suspected in the shooting has been placed under arrest at a hospital where he is being treated for gunshot wounds, authorities said.


New York moves to raise state minimum wage to $15 for fast-food workers

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 16:26

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York moved on Wednesday to raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour by the end of 2018 in New York City and by mid-2021 in the rest of the state. The New York Wage Board voted unanimously for the increase, which would cover some 180,000 workers statewide and affect fast-food chains with 30 locations or more in the United States. The three-member board was formed at the behest of Governor Andrew Cuomo in May after the state legislature turned down his proposals for minimum wage increases for most workers.


Armed man arrested in LA where Biden was due to speak

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 14:14
A man with a loaded handgun was arrested in Los Angeles on Wednesday as he tried to drive through a security checkpoint outside a business where U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was due to speak a few hours later, police said. Biden was not at the venue when the man was taken into custody at about 9:15 a.m. in the city's North Hollywood area, just west of the Bob Hope Airport in neighboring Burbank, according to Los Angeles police Sergeant Kyle Kirkman. Law enforcement officers confronting the man were alerted to the possibility of a gun when he "advised them that he had a loaded weapon in the vehicle," a Secret Service spokeswoman in Washington, Nicole Mainor, told Reuters.

Federal charges including hate crimes for accused shooter

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 14:01

The man accused of killing nine black church members last month in Charleston, South Carolina, was indicted Wednesday on 33 federal counts, including hate crimes, firearms violations and obstructing the practice of religion, which could include the death penalty.


New York moves to raise state minimum wage to $15 for fast-food workers

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 13:45

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York moved on Wednesday to raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour by the end of 2018 in New York City and by mid-2021 in the rest of the state. The New York Wage Board voted unanimously for the increase, which would cover some 180,000 workers statewide and affect fast-food chains with 30 locations or more in the United States. The three-member board was formed at the behest of Governor Andrew Cuomo in May after the state legislature turned down his proposals for minimum wage increases for most workers.


Alleged Charleston shooter faces federal hate crime charges: Lynch

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 11:42

(Reuters) - Alleged Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof faces federal hate crimes and firearms charges that could lead to the death penalty or life in prison, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Wednesday. A federal grand jury in South Carolina returned a 33-count indictment against Roof, accused of killing nine people attending Bible study at a historically black church last month, Lynch said. The federal government has not decided if it will seek the death penalty if Roof is convicted, according to Lynch.


LaGuardia, JFK workers suspend plans to strike Wednesday: union

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 10:09
(Reuters) - Command Security Corp employees who work at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport have suspended plans to strike on Wednesday, the 32BJ SEIU service workers union said.

FBI says still not known if Tennessee shooting suspect was radicalized

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 09:42

The FBI still has not determined whether the suspect in the fatal shootings of five U.S. servicemen in Tennessee last week was radicalized in the run-up to the rampage, the special agent in charge of the investigation said on Wednesday. "At this time, we’re treating him as a homegrown violent extremist," Reinhold said.


Unearthed: 1970s Bill Cosby on drugs and downers

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 08:26

Bill Cosby discussed downers on a Grammy Award-winning album for children called “Bill Cosby Talks to Kids About Drugs” in the 1970s.


Texas officials say video of Sandra Bland traffic stop not edited

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 08:20

(Reuters) - The dashboard video camera of a traffic stop in Texas of a black woman later found hanging dead in her jail cell was not edited but efforts are being made to repost it, Texas officials said on Wednesday, citing technical issues. The video, released publicly late on Tuesday, shows how the stop of Sandra Bland for a failure to signal a lane change quickly escalated into an altercation between her and a state trooper. Footage where a car or a tow truck driver are suddenly seen in different places or gone raised questions about whether the video had been altered.


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