A federal judge on Friday ordered U.S. marshals to seize documents from the office of controversial Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio as part of an ongoing racial profiling case. U.S. District Judge Murray Snow issued the order at an emergency hearing he convened after a court-appointed monitor reported that the sheriff’s office had failed to turn over information being sought in connection with the case. In a brief order, Snow required that 1,459 identifications apparently taken from people by sheriff’s deputies during law enforcement actions and which were about to be destroyed be produced for federal marshals.
By Kathy Finn LAFAYETTE, La. (Reuters) - A 59-year-old man who had been committed to a hospital for psychiatric care was identified by authorities on Friday as the gunman who fatally shot two people in a rampage at a movie theater in central Louisiana before turning the gun on himself as police closed in. The gunman, John R. Houser, had a volatile relationship with his family and railed against the U.S. government online. This is Anywhere, USA," said Republican Governor Bobby Jindal, a presidential contender who went to the crime scene in Lafayette.
By Bernie Woodall and Joseph Menn DETROIT/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler will recall 1.4 million vehicles in the United States to install software to prevent hackers from gaining remote control of the engine, steering and other systems in what federal officials said was the first such action of its kind. The announcement on Friday by FCA US LLC, formerly Chrysler Group LLC, was made days after reports that cybersecurity researchers used a wireless connection to turn off a Jeep Cherokee's engine as it drove, increasing concerns about the safety of Internet-enabled vehicles. The researchers used Fiat Chrysler's telematics system to break into a volunteer's Cherokee being driven on the highway and issue commands to the engine, steering and brakes.
By Jeff Mason NAIROBI (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama dined with his step grandmother, his sister and other extended family members after arriving in Kenya for his first presidential visit to his father's homeland on Friday. Obama's plane, Air Force One, landed in the evening in the Kenyan capital, where he will co-host a conference on boosting entrepreneurs in Africa before traveling on to Ethiopia. After being greeted by President Uhuru Kenyatta and other top Kenyan officials, Obama was whisked through the capital.
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department is investigating possible price gouging by the five biggest U.S. airlines while train service was disabled between New York and Washington following a deadly Amtrak crash in May, it said on Friday. The review involves Delta Air Lines Inc , American Airlines Group Inc , United Continental Holdings Inc , Southwest Airlines Co and JetBlue Airways Corp , all of which said they were cooperating with the probe.
One of the women in the cell across from Sandra Bland says that she was "distraught" in the days before she was found dead. "She was crying and I could barely understand her, and I was like, ‘It'll be OK, don’t cry, it’ll be alright, you can’t be in here forever,’" fellow inmate Alexandra Pyle said of Bland to ABC station KTRK in Houston.
By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - The judge in the Colorado movie massacre trial sent the jury home until Monday after a member of the panel complained early on Friday that she was suffering from a sinus infection, fever and headache and could not concentrate. "We've all been sick before ... we can all empathize," Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour told the juror. The panel of nine women and three men are hearing the punishment phase of the trial of gunman James Holmes, 27, who killed 12 people and wounded 70 in a July 2012 rampage at a midnight screening of a Batman film at a Denver area theater.
The female prison worker accused of smuggling tools to two inmates who recently staged a daring escape from an upstate New York facility will be arraigned on criminal charges next week, her lawyer said on Friday. Joyce Mitchell, 51, who worked as a training supervisor at Clinton Correctional Facility, will be arraigned at the Plattsburgh County Court on July 28, said her attorney Steve Johnston.
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The movie theater gunman who stood up about 20 minutes into the showing of "Trainwreck" and began firing into the crowd, killing two people, was described as a drifter from Alabama whose escape plan was thwarted by police officers who arrived almost immediately, authorities said Friday. The gunman killed himself.
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is weighing a request by two government inspectors general to open a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email account for her work as secretary of state, the New York Times reported on Thursday. The inspectors general, who were not clearly identified in the Times's report, have asked the Justice Department to decide whether Clinton, the leading Democratic contender for the 2016 presidential election, mishandled classified information while she was the nation's most senior diplomat. The Justice Department has not decided whether it will pursue a criminal inquiry, the Times said in its report published online late Thursday night, which cited unnamed government officials.