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Oklahoma charges deputy with second-degree manslaughter in Tulsa shooting

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:38

(Reuters) - Prosecutors in Oklahoma have charged a sheriff's reserve deputy with second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a man this month in Tulsa, prosecutors said on Monday. The Tulsa County Sheriff said reserve deputy Robert Bates, 73, fatally shot Eric Harris, 44, on April 2.

Former Blackwater guards sentenced to prison in 2007 Baghdad killings

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:34

A federal judge sentenced four former Blackwater security guards to lengthy prison terms on Monday in the 2007 massacre of 14 unarmed Iraqis, closing a chapter of the U.S. war in Iraq that tested relations between the two countries. Nicholas Slatten was sentenced to life in prison for his murder conviction in the killings at a Baghdad traffic circle. U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth sentenced three other former Blackwater guards, convicted of manslaughter in the killings, to 30 years each. A heavily armed, four-truck Blackwater Worldwide convoy had been trying to clear a path for U.S. diplomats.

Killer Jodi Arias gets life term with no chance for release

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 09:26

A judge sentenced convicted murderer Jodi Arias to life in prison without the possibility of release on Monday, ending a nearly seven-year-old case that attracted worldwide attention with its salacious details.

Hillary Clinton hits the road in her 'Scooby van'

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 07:12

Shortly after officially launching her 2016 presidential bid Sunday with a video saying she wants to be the champion of “everyday Americans,“ Hillary Clinton hit the road for Iowa — in a minivan.

Rubio tells donors he is running for White House

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 06:46

The Republican senator says he feels "uniquely qualified" to defend the American Dream.

One reported dead in shooting at N.C. community college

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 06:07

A campus in Goldsboro was on lockdown as authorities searched for a shooter.

Jury in fifth day of deliberations in Aaron Hernandez's murder trial

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 05:15

The jury in the murder trial of former National Football League player Aaron Hernandez began its fifth day of deliberations on Monday over whether he is guilty of killing an acquaintance in 2013, in the first of two murder trials he will face this year. Hernandez, 25, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, is accused of fatally shooting semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in an industrial park near Hernandez's Massachusetts home in June 2013. If convicted of first-degree murder, Hernandez would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, is the first of two Hernandez faces this year.

The Rubio record: From tea party hero to immigration reformer and beyond

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 04:10

Rubio’s stint as conservative icon is now less a defining feature of his career than it is a discordant footnote to his political story.

Atlanta educators in cheating scandal due for sentencing

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 03:00
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Ten former Atlanta public school educators convicted earlier this month of racketeering in one of the nation's largest test-cheating scandals are set to be sentenced on Monday, facing potential penalties of more than 20 years in prison. A state investigation in 2011 found that 38 principals and 140 teachers in the Atlanta school district were involved in cheating on 2009 standardized tests, in a revelation that shook the city. Bernice King, daughter of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., last week urged the judge in the case to spare the 11 convicted educators from prison, one of whom is pregnant and due to be sentenced in August. It is unusual for teachers and principals to end up behind bars for cheating on student tests, said Bob Schaeffer, education director for the nonprofit group FairTest, which seeks to limit the use of standardized testing.

Convicted killer Jodi Arias faces sentencing in Arizona

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 02:02

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona judge is expected to decide on Monday whether Jodi Arias, who was convicted in 2013 of killing her ex-boyfriend, will spend the rest of her life in prison or possibly be eligible for parole after 25 years. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens is set to determine the fate of the former California waitress after a second jury last month failed to reach a unanimous verdict on whether she should be executed for the 2008 murder of Travis Alexander.

Shooting makes North Charleston chief's outreach job harder

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 00:42

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Eddie Driggers had been out of active policing for five years when North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey offered him the top job in South Carolina's third-largest city.

Final phase of jury selection to start in theater shooting

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 22:24
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The final phase of jury selection in the Colorado theater shooting case is set to begin with attorneys questioning prospective jurors as a large group.

Clinton takes White House bid on the road

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 22:09

The newly announced candidate boarded a simple minivan as she headed from New York to Iowa.

Clinton's 2016 White House launch contrasts with her 2008 bid

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 22:02

By Jonathan Allen and John Whitesides NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton cast herself as a champion for everyday Americans on Sunday, kicking off her long-awaited second run for the White House with a vow to fight for a level playing field for those recovering from tough economic times. Clinton, who begins the 2016 presidential race as the commanding Democratic front-runner, entered the fray with a flurry of video, email and social media announcements that indicated she had absorbed some of the lessons of her painful 2008 loss and would not take anything for granted this time. ...

US protests intercept of reconnaissance plane by Russia

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 21:03

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is protesting an intercept of a U.S. reconnaissance plane by a Russian fighter jet last week, calling it "unsafe and unprofessional" amid what it views as increasingly aggressive air operations by Moscow.

Police video shows killing of black Oklahoma suspect

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 17:23

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have released video showing the fatal encounter of a black suspect with a white reserve sheriff's deputy who police said thought he was holding a stun gun instead of his handgun when he shot the man during a recent arrest in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Jordan Spieth wins the Masters in record fashion

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 14:57

Jordan Spieth went wire-to-wire to win the 2015 Masters in spectacular fashion.

Wisconsin students' Rice Krispies treat a snap, crackle, colossus

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 13:21
By Mary Reardon MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - University of Wisconsin-Madison students said on Sunday they have completed a Rice Krispies cereal treat weighing more than 5-1/2 tons they hope will be entered into Guinness World Records. The colossus made by combining Rice Krispies cereal, marshmallows and butter was more than 1,000 pounds heavier than a 10,314 pound Rice Krispies treat made in California in 2010 that is recognized by Guinness World Records. The students had been aiming for a 15,000 pound dessert and manufacturers had donated 9,000 pounds of marshmallows, 5,500 pounds of Rice Krispies and 900 pounds of butter for the effort. Danny Lerner, one of the organizers, said Sunday he was pleased with the results after challenges posed by raw weather and warping in the wooden mold used to make the treat.

Alaska road to oilfield operations opens for limited traffic

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 12:58
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - Alaska’s lone road to North Slope oilfield operations reopened on Sunday to limited traffic after flooding from an adjacent river shut it down for nearly a week, state transportation officials said. Thirty trucks carrying what they deem critical loads are allowed to travel north on the Dalton Highway to Deadhorse, the base of operations for several oilfields that produce more than half a million barrels of crude oil daily, the officials said.

Republicans preemptively react to Hillary Clinton’s presidential announcement

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 12:11

Ahead of Hillary Clinton’s announcement of her bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, her Republican opponents preemptively reacted to the news Sunday by attacking her candidacy.