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Texas trooper violated policy stopping woman who died in jail: agency

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 00:53
The Texas Department of Public Safety said on Friday the trooper has been put on desk duty while the FBI and the Texas Rangers, a statewide police and investigation agency, probe the death of Sandra Bland, 28, an African-American. Relatives and friends of Bland, who was found hanged in her Waller County jail cell on Monday, said they do not believe the official version given by the Waller County Sheriff's Office. Bland, from the Chicago suburb of Naperville, was arrested on July 10 for allegedly assaulting an officer during a traffic stop in Prairie View, northwest of Houston.

One killed, four rescued in Alaska plane crash

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 21:04
One person was killed and four were rescued from rugged terrain in Alaska on Friday after a small plane crashed during a short flight from Juneau to a nearby island, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The plane went down 18 miles west of Juneau, the state capital, Coast Guard Petty Office Grant DeVuyst said. The plane was operated by Wings of Alaska and was making the 20-minute flight from Juneau to Hoonah, according to the carrier.

Suspect in slaying of U.S. Marines made 2014 trip to Mideast

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 18:04

By Richard Valdmanis and Mark Hosenball CHATTANOOGA, Tenn./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The suspect in the fatal shootings of four U.S. Marines traveled to Jordan and possibly other Middle Eastern countries for seven months last year, authorities said on Friday, as the investigation focused on any signs of a connection to Islamist militants. Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a Kuwaiti-born naturalized U.S. citizen, died on Thursday in a firefight with police after a rampage at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The 24-year-old engineer traveled to Jordan, from around April to November, U.S. government sources and friends of Abdulazeez in Chattanooga told Reuters.

Authorities: 20 vehicles destroyed in California wildfire

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 17:13

HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a fast-moving wildfire that swept across a Southern California freeway has destroyed 20 vehicles and burned five homes while threatening dozens of other structures.

Wildfire overruns packed California freeway, burns cars

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 16:33

A brush fire burning in the Southern California foothills overran a packed freeway in a mountain pass on Friday, torching several vehicles as drivers abandoned their cars and scrambled to safety. At least three cars and two tractor-trailer rigs, one carrying new vehicles, were in flames on the Interstate 15 freeway that links Southern California and Las Vegas.

Boston Marathon bomber moved to Colorado Supermax prison

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 15:20

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) is now detained in the highest-security prison in the country.

One-way ticket at heart of Tenn. shooting probe

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 14:40

In 2014, Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez traveled to Jordan, and ended up spending seven months overseas.

Family, supporters mark anniversary of New York chokehold death

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 09:22

Family and supporters on Friday marked the one-year anniversary of the chokehold death of Eric Garner with rallies and vigils demanding police reforms and justice in the controversial case. Protesters headed to Staten Island, the New York City borough where Garner, a 43-year-old black father of six, died last July 17 after New York police put him in a banned chokehold. Video footage of police arresting Garner, in which he could be heard repeatedly saying he couldn't breathe, went viral on the Internet, helping draw attention to the case.

Colorado movie rampage survivors want gunman put to death

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 08:36

After all 165 guilty verdicts were read and Colorado's movie massacre gunman was taken back to a cell to await his fate, many of his victims rejoiced and said James Holmes must be executed for justice to be done. Survivors and their loved ones smiled and hugged outside the rain-swept courthouse on Thursday evening, after Holmes was convicted of killing 12 people and wounding 70 inside a Denver-area theater. "As soon as we heard the first 'guilty' we knew the other dominoes were going to fall," said Tom Sullivan, 60.

Utah police find girl, 12, dead in field; say likely homicide

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 06:54
The West Valley City Police Department said the girl's mother approached two officers at a 7-Eleven store at 1:30 a.m. and told them her daughter had been missing since midnight. "Evidence of trauma and indicators at scene suggest 12-year-old girl's death is homicide," it said. West Valley City is a western suburb of Salt Lake City.

First victims in Chattanooga shooting identified

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 06:14
Twenty-four hours after a deadly shooting spree that began at one military recruitment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and ended at another, details are starting to emerge about the four Marines who were killed in Thursday's attack.

Little known about suspect in fatal shooting of marines

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 03:30

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The man who authorities say killed four Marines in an attack on a military recruiting center and another U.S. military site was a 24-year-old, Kuwait-born engineer who had not been on the radar of federal authorities until the bloodshed.

A year after Ferguson, U.S. civil rights groups gather pace

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 03:08

By Edward McAllister NEW YORK (Reuters) - Taurean Russell was preparing to coach high school football in St. Louis last Aug. 9 when his Twitter feed began flashing images of a black teenager lying facedown on the street of a nearby suburb, shot dead by police.     Within hours came photos of the dead 18-year-old's stepfather, stony-faced, holding a cardboard sign that read: "Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!!!"     "I've seen dead bodies on the street all my life," said Russell, 30. "Michael Brown's death was different.

Bush: Clinton’s good intentions can't fix economy

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 23:30

The GOP presidential candidate says the Democrat's economic plan would stifle tech innovation.

Tornado caused 'significant' damage to Illinois town: police

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 23:15
(Reuters) - A tornado ripped through a town in western Illinois on Thursday, badly damaging homes, downing power lines and causing several gas leaks, state police said. There were no immediate reports of injuries in Cameron, a town of about 600 people some 200 miles southwest of Chicago, or in neighboring communities, but search and rescue missions would work through the night, Illinois State Police said.

Colorado movie massacre gunman found guilty of multiple murders

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 17:11

Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes was found guilty on Thursday of multiple counts of first degree murder, a verdict that enables prosecutors to seek the death penalty for the former graduate student who killed 12 people and wounded 70 at a midnight premiere of a Batman film in 2012. After a three-month trial in which hundreds of witnesses testified and thousands of pieces of evidence were presented, jurors deliberated for about a day and a half, then found Holmes guilty on all 165 counts against him. Before the jury was called in at around 4:00 p.m. local time (1800 EDT), Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour warned the packed public gallery to refrain from emotional outbursts.

Four Marines and gunman killed in Tennessee shootings

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 16:50

By Rich McKay CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Reuters) - Four Marines were killed on Thursday by a gunman who opened fire at two military offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee, before being fatally shot in an attack officials called a brazen, brutal act of domestic terrorism. The Federal Bureau of Investigation named the suspect as Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, but said it was too early to speculate on a motive for the rampage, which comes at a time when U.S. military and law enforcement authorities are increasingly concerned about the threat posed by "lone wolves" to domestic targets. NBC News reported that Abdulazeez was a naturalized American who was born in Kuwait.

Judge begins reading verdict in Colorado movie massacre trial

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 14:22

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - The judge in the Colorado movie massacre trial began reading the verdict on Thursday in the case against gunman James Holmes, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Holmes, a 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student, faces 165 counts of first degree murder, attempted murder and explosives offenses, meaning the verdict forms filled out by the jury of nine women and three men could take some time to read. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty for the California native if he is convicted. ...

James Holmes guilty in Colorado movie theater shooting

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 14:16
CENTENNIAL, Colo. — James Holmes, the gunman who killed 12 people when he opened fire on a sold-out Colorado movie theater in July 2012, could face the death penalty..

Shootings at Chattanooga Naval Reserve Center leave 4 Marines, gunman dead

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:56

A gunman opened fire at a pair of military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., Thursday, killing four Marines at a naval reserve center.