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U.S. likely to file hate crime charges in Charleston shooting: New York Times

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 11:27

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department likely will file federal hate crime charges against the suspect in the recent South Carolina church shooting, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing law enforcement officials.

Tsarnaev: 'I am sorry for the lives I have taken'

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:14

The Boston Marathon bomber speaks publicly for the first time since the 2013 attack.

New York prison escapees may have guns from cabin hideaway: police

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:09

Two prison escapees may have at least one gun from a cache of weapons in an upstate New York cabin where they hid about 20 miles from a maximum security facility, police said on Wednesday. As the manhunt entered its 19th day, convicted killers David Sweat and Richard Matt were believed to have been last seen entering woods near the cabin in Owls Head, New York, on Saturday morning, Major Charles Guess of the New York State Police said at a press conference. More than 1,000 law enforcement officers scoured 75 square miles in rugged Franklin County, east of Clinton Correctional Facility, where the breakout was discovered on June 6.

In new hostage policy, U.S. will not prosecute families for paying ransom

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:51

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday released a new policy aimed at becoming more sensitive to the needs of families of U.S. hostages held abroad.

A big, dark Chicago room will get a view when it goes on the market

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 06:00

When CME Group Inc's futures pits in the cavernous trading floor at the Chicago Board of Trade building fall quiet next month, real estate broker Holly Duran will be working overtime to find a tenant to occupy a storied piece of America's financial history. Prospective candidates could include big trading companies like BP Plc, whose hundreds of Chicago-based traders now occupy another former CME trading floor two blocks away, or tech firms like CoCo, an incubator that brought tents and beanbags onto the floor of the former grain exchange in Minneapolis. "There's not a lot of high-ceiling unique office space in Chicago," said Duran, who has advised CME Group on its property holdings since 1980.

France calls in US envoy over spying, holds security meeting

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 03:49

Leaked documents appear to show that the U.S. spied on the past three French presidents.

What went wrong for Bobby Jindal

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 03:43

The Louisiana governor was supposed to be ‘the next Ronald Reagan’ - but now he barely registers in 2016 polls.

Boston bomber to face victims as judge orders him sentenced to death

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 03:01

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Wednesday will face about 20 people who lost limbs or loved ones in the deadly 2013 attack as a federal judge sentences him to death for his crimes. The same federal jury that earlier this year found Tsarnaev guilty of killing four people and injuring 264 in the bombing and its aftermath voted in May to sentence him to death by lethal injection. The trial of Tsarnaev, 21, stirred some of Boston's darkest living memories.

Prison worker smuggled escape tools in meat

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:14

Joyce Mitchell put hacksaw blades and other tools in hamburger meat, the DA says.

Lawmakers move from Confederate flag debate to grieving

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 00:26

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Having agreed to consider removing the Confederate flag from South Carolina's Statehouse, lawmakers are now saying goodbye to a beloved black colleague whose slaying in a mass church shooting has reignited debate about Civil War symbols in the South.

Will Tsarnaev finally break his silence?

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 19:16

A federal judge will formally sentence the Boston Marathon bomber to death on Wednesday. But first, he'll give victims and the convicted bomber a chance to speak.

Thunderstorms lash U.S. Mid-Atlantic, disrupt travel, cut power

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 19:00

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Powerful thunderstorms packing heavy rain and high winds lashed the U.S. Middle Atlantic area late on Tuesday, snarling travel and cutting off power to hundreds of thousands of customers. The fast-moving band of storms stretching from Virginia to southern New Jersey dumped up to an inch (2.5 cm) of rain in less than an hour in some places, said Jim Hayes, a National Weather Service meteorologist in College Park, Maryland. Private forecaster AccuWeather said the storms would reach into northern New England through the evening as a cold front intersected with hot and humid air.

Battle over Confederate flag unfurls in South Carolina and beyond

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 18:58

By Harriet McLeod COLUMBIA, S.C. (Reuters) - An initiative to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House grounds picked up steam on Tuesday, a week after the massacre of nine black church members, and criticism over the emblem long associated with slavery spread to other U.S. southern states. U.S. retailers joined lawmakers in distancing themselves from the banner, with industry leaders Inc and Wal-Mart Stores Inc pulling the images of the rebel flag from their stores and websites, joining Google Inc , Sears Holdings Corp and eBay Inc . The Civil War-era flag of the South's pro-slavery Confederacy has become a lightning rod for outrage over the shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, which authorities say was motivated by racial hatred.

Former Facebook bad boy Sean Parker trying to do good

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 18:30

At just 35, Sean Parker has been public enemy No. 1 to the music industry and one of the first “friends” of Facebook, and he’s made billions along the way. In 1999, he co-founded Napster, a music-sharing site that attracted millions of users — and enough lawsuits from record labels to shut it down. Five years later, after seeing a site called “The Facebook” on the computer of his roommate’s girlfriend at Stanford, he met founder Mark Zuckerberg and soon became the president of Facebook.

Big retailers feel pressure on Confederate flag merchandise

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 15:52

Even as national retailers pull Confederate flags from shelves and websites after the shooting deaths of nine black church members in South Carolina, manufacturers that produce the divisive symbol say that sales are now surging.

California can refuse anti-gay ballot initiative, judge rules

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 15:18

The author of a proposed California ballot initiative advocating the murder of gays and lesbians should not be authorized to gather signatures to place it before voters, a judge in the state capital of Sacramento has ruled. "The proposed initiative titled the "Sodomite Suppression Act" ... is patently unconstitutional on its face," Superior Court Judge Raymond Cadei wrote in an order released to the public on Tuesday. California Attorney General Kamala Harris had filed a complaint against the author of the measure, which she called unconstitutional and bigoted.

Autopsy shows Freddie Gray died of 'high-energy injury': Baltimore newspaper

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 14:59

The spinal injury to Freddie Gray, whose death in April triggered protests and rioting, was most likely caused when the police van in which he was riding suddenly decelerated, the newspaper said. The state medical examiner's office concluded that Gray's death fit the medical and legal definition of an accident. Gray, 25, was arrested on April 12 following a foot chase by officers and suffered a severe spinal injury while in police custody.

SC lawmakers overwhelmingly vote to debate Confederate flag

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 14:56

For years, South Carolina lawmakers refused to revisit the Confederate flag on Statehouse grounds, saying the law that took it off the dome was a bipartisan compromise, and renewing the debate would unnecessarily expose divisive wounds.