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Manhunt for suspects in Illinois police officer's death enters day two

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 05:37

The police hunt in northern Illinois for three suspects believed to be involved in the fatal shooting of a 30-year veteran police officer entered a second day on Wednesday, as local schools were closed and a vigil for the slain officer was planned. More than 100 officers, including federal marshals, Illinois State Police and McHenry and Lake County Sheriff's units, have searched by air and ground in dense woods in the area of Fox Lake, nearly 60 miles (97 km) north of Chicago and close to the Wisconsin border. Fox Lake Police Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was found wounded on Tuesday morning after reporting that he was pursuing three suspects on foot, the Lake County Sheriff's Office said.

Clerk in gay marriage fight: 'A heaven or hell decision'

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 05:02

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — Kim Davis sat in a church pew on a Sunday morning about four years ago, listening as the man in the pulpit preached of forgiveness and God's grace.

Obama visit puts spotlight on rough plight in rural Alaska

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 03:28

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — It's a good bet that President Barack Obama will never use a honey bucket.

Baltimore judge to weigh motions in high-profile police death case

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 02:03

A Baltimore court will hear pretrial arguments on Wednesday in the case against six U.S. police officers accused in the death of a black man from an injury in police custody. The death of Freddie Gray, 25, in April drew worldwide attention when it triggered protests and a day of rioting, arson and looting. The case became part of a national debate on police treatment of minorities in the United States.

Obama visits Arctic community to discuss Native issues

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 01:56

By Roberta Rampton and Steve Quinn ANCHORAGE/JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit a community north of the Arctic Circle, a trek the White House hopes will bring into focus how climate change is affecting Americans. After meeting tribal leaders and fishermen in Dillingham, home to the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery, Obama will fly into Kotzebue, an Arctic town of about 3,000 that is battling coastal erosion caused by rising seas. The stops, at the end of a three-day tour of Alaska, are also aimed at cementing Obama's legacy on improving ties with Native Americans.

Defying Supreme Court, county clerk again refuses to wed gays

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 22:56

A county clerk in Kentucky refused to provide marriage licenses to gay couples Tuesday despite a Supreme Court injunction, saying that she was operating “under the authority of God.”

Officials search for 3 suspects in Illinois officer's death

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 22:46

A huge manhunt continued overnight for the suspects in the slaying of a veteran officer.

Police in Illinois hunt for 3 suspects after officer killed

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 20:40

Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles are conducting a massive manhunt.

Parents of woman shot in San Francisco file wrongful death claims

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 19:40

The family of a woman shot dead on a San Francisco pier in July filed wrongful death claims on Tuesday against the sheriff and two federal agencies, citing negligence and other errors in the handling of an undocumented immigrant accused of killing her. Kathryn Steinle, 32, was gunned down, apparently at random, on July 1 as she walked arm-in-arm with her father along the city's waterfront. A convicted felon who had been deported from the United States to Mexico five times, Juan Francisco Sanchez-Lopez, is facing murder charges in connection with Steinle's death.

Police hunt for suspects in killing of Illinois veteran officer

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 19:25

By Brendan O'Brien FOX LAKE, Ill. (Reuters) - More than 100 police officers using aircraft and dogs searched northern Illinois on Tuesday night for three suspects believed to be involved in the fatal shooting of a 30-year veteran police officer, officials said. Fox Lake Police Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was found wounded on Tuesday morning after reporting that he was pursuing three suspects on foot, the Lake County Sheriff's Office said. Officials described the three suspects as two white males and one black male.

Uber drivers granted class action status in lawsuit over employment

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 13:46

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber drivers are entitled to class action status in litigation over whether they are independent contractors or employees, a U.S. judge ruled on Tuesday, in a case that could have wide implications for the sharing economy. Three drivers sued Uber in a federal court in San Francisco, contending they are employees and entitled to reimbursement for expenses, including gas and vehicle maintenance. In the ruling, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco said drivers could sue as a group on the question of whether they are employees or contractors, and over their demand for payment of tips that were not passed on to them.

White supremacist should die for three Kansas murders, prosecutor argues

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:30

A prosecutor urged a jury on Tuesday to give a Missouri white supremacist he called a "remorseless killer" a death sentence for murdering three people, including a boy, he thought were Jewish outside two Jewish centers in Kansas last year. Frazier Glenn Cross, 74, was convicted Monday of capital murder for the April 2014 shooting spree that left a man and his grandson dead in a Jewish community center parking lot along with a woman visiting a nearby retirement home. Cross, a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan, said during his trial that he wanted to kill as many Jews as possible because he believes they are destroying the white gentile race.

Police hunt for suspects after officer shot dead north of Chicago

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 09:44
Police with dogs and helicopters are searching woods and swampy areas north of Chicago for three armed suspects after a police officer was shot dead on Tuesday in the suburb of Fox Lake, a local law enforcement official said. Lake County sheriff's office Sergeant Christopher Covelli told Reuters the officer had died after being shot, but declined to identify him. Trains were stopped, roads were blocked and schools were on lock-down during the widespread manhunt that encompassed in a heavily wooded area about 40 miles north of Chicago, near the Wisconsin border, media reports said.

That time Hillary Clinton emailed about Gefilte fish

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 08:04

The latest batch of Clinton’s emails includes high-level diplomatic discussions — and a few surprises.

Clerk defies U.S. high court, denies gay marriage licenses

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 07:25

Citing her religious objections, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused to issue any marriage licenses since the Supreme Court in June ruled that same-sex couples had the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution. On Monday the same court rejected Davis' request for an emergency order allowing her to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples while she appeals a federal judge's order requiring her to issue them. Eight people filed a federal lawsuit against Davis in July challenging her office's policy of not issuing marriage licenses to any couples – gay or straight.

Kentucky clerk still won't issue same-sex marriage licenses

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 07:01

Kim Davis invokes her religious beliefs and "God's authority" — this time in defiance of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against her.

Video shows San Antonio man with arm raised fatally shot by deputies

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 06:57
Gilbert Flores, 41, was shot on Friday by two Bexar County deputies responding to a domestic disturbance call at a home in Northwest San Antonio, the San Antonio Express-News and KSAT-12 television station reported.

Pope: Priests in Holy Year can absolve 'sin of abortion'

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 05:26

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis declared Tuesday he is allowing all priests in the church's upcoming Year of Mercy to absolve women of the "sin of abortion" if they repent with a "contrite heart."

Thai prime minister says bombing suspect arrested at border

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 04:20
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities arrested a man they believe is part of a group responsible for a deadly bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok two weeks ago, the prime minister announced Tuesday. He said the suspect resembles a yellow-shirted man in a surveillance video who police say planted the bomb.