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Cleveland, Justice Department to announce police settlement

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 08:37

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cleveland officials and the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday will announce their settlement over a pattern of excessive force and civil rights violations by the city's police department.


Two killed in shooting at Walmart in North Dakota: report

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 05:04
(Reuters) - Shots were fired at a Walmart store in Grand Forks, North Dakota, early on Tuesday and two people were killed, including the gunman, WDAZ television reported. The 1 a.m. shooting involved an airman from the Grand Forks Air Force Base, WDAZ reported. The store was on lockdown as the investigation continued, WDAZ reported.

Joint Chiefs Chairman says U.S. blindsided by fall of Mosul

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 04:36

Gen. Martin Dempsey admits in a new documentary that the Pentagon did no contingency planning for the Islamic State advance.


Wisconsin judge to hold juvenile court hearing in Slenderman case

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 02:10
A Wisconsin judge on Tuesday will begin a hearing on whether to move a trial from adult to juvenile court for one of the girls accused of stabbing her classmate 19 times to please Slenderman, a fictional Internet character. The girls, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, who were both 12 at the time, were charged as adults with attempted first-degree homicide in the May 2014 attack on a classmate in Waukesha, a suburb of Milwaukee. Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren will hold a two-day hearing to determine if the case against Weier belongs in adult court.

Iraq launches operation to drive IS from Anbar

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 02:00

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq on Tuesday announced the launch of a military operation to drive the Islamic State group out of the western Anbar province, where the extremists captured the provincial capital, Ramadi, earlier this month.


Washington Post reporter stands trial in Iran for spying

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 01:42

Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian went on trial behind closed doors in Iran Tuesday on charges of spying, a case that has clouded a rapprochement with the United States. Rezaian's wife, Yeganeh Salehi, who is also a journalist, appeared in court alongside her husband and a female press photographer, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported. The trial is being held in Branch 15 of the Tehran revolutionary court, which usually presides over political cases or those related to national security.


Lawyer says allegations B.B. King was poisoned 'ridiculous'

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 01:38

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two B.B. King heirs who've been most outspoken about the blues legend's care in his final days have accused King's two closest aides of poisoning him, but the attorney for King's estate called the claims ridiculous and police said there was no active homicide investigation.


Homicide probe to be launched into B.B. King's death: officials

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 21:22

(Reuters) - Nevada officials said on Monday they would conduct a homicide investigation into the death of B.B. King who died this month at age 89, after two of his daughters leveled accusations that the blues great was murdered. The Clark County, Nevada coroner's office said in a posting on Twitter that it had taken jurisdiction over King's body, and that autopsy results would take a minimum of six to eight weeks. "Our coroner takes jurisdiction over #BBKing body, performs autopsy.


Governor says deadly flooding is worst ever seen in Texas area

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 17:32

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday likened the ferocity of flash flooding that killed at least three people to a tsunami, and authorities said a dam had given way in a state park. Abbott declared states of disaster in 24 counties and flew over the area south of Austin to assess the damage caused by tornadoes, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flooding that forced evacuations and rooftop rescues and left thousands of residents without electricity. "This is the biggest flood this area of Texas has ever seen," Abbott said.


Cleveland, U.S. Justice Department reach settlement over police: New York Times

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 16:56

Cleveland has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over what federal authorities said was a pattern of unconstitutional policing and excessive use of force, the New York Times reported on Monday. The settlement could be announced as early as Tuesday, the newspaper said, citing people briefed on the matter. The settlement would come days after a judge declared a white Cleveland police officer not guilty in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black man and a woman in 2012.


Charter nears deal for Time Warner Cable

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 14:45

Charter Communications Inc. is close to buying Time Warner Cable for about $55 billion, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.


Plane safe? Hacker case points to deeper cyber issues

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 13:05

Security researcher Chris Roberts made headlines last month when he was hauled off a plane in New York by the FBI and accused of hacking into flight controls via his underseat entertainment unit. Other security researchers say Roberts - who was quoted by the FBI as saying he once caused "a sideways movement of the plane during a flight" - has helped draw attention to a wider issue: that the aviation industry has not kept pace with the threat hackers pose to increasingly computer-connected airplanes. It will force the hand of organizations (in the aviation industry)," says Jonathan Butts, a former US Air Force researcher who now runs a company working on IT security issues in aviation and other industries.


Cleveland, U.S. Justice Department reach settlement over police: New York Times

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 12:27

Cleveland has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over what federal authorities said was a pattern of unconstitutional policing and excessive use of force, the New York Times reported on Monday. The settlement could be announced as early as Tuesday, the newspaper said, citing people briefed on the matter. The settlement would come days after a judge declared a white Cleveland police officer not guilty in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black man and a woman in 2012.


Business at the high end is grand for Trump

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 11:47

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warnings bells have sounded on the health of golf, from lower participation and course closures to environmental demands for reduced water use, but billionaire Donald Trump says business at the high end is grand. Trump on Tuesday will stage the grand opening of Trump Links at Ferry Point, his latest golf enterprise, where he oversaw the transformation of a New York City dump into a jewel of a public course designed by Jack Nicklaus. People are thrilled," the businessman told Reuters from behind his massive desk on the top floor of Trump Tower on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.


Mexico officials stand by account of deadly ranch shootout

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 11:44

Mexican officials stood by their account Monday of a shootout that killed 42 suspected criminals and one federal police officer last week, dismissing questions raised about the lopsided death toll.


Anonymous threats against airliners prompt plane searches

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 11:42

A series of anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners Monday, possibly from the same source, prompted searches of at least two planes at Kennedy Airport and nearly interrupted a third flight from England, authorities said.


Afghan official: 19 police, 7 soldiers dead in ongoing siege

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 11:06

An Afghan official says that 19 policemen and seven soldiers have been killed by Taliban militants who have surrounded a police compound in an ongoing siege.


Obama heralds first U.S. Memorial Day without ground war in 14 years

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 10:45

President Barack Obama heralded the first U.S. Memorial Day in 14 years without a major ground war in an annual ceremony of remembrance on Monday for fallen American forces. In remarks at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, Obama paid tribute to U.S. military personnel who served in conflicts such as World War Two as well as the more recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which he wound down as commander in chief. "For many of us, this Memorial Day is especially meaningful.


Tens of thousands turn up for funeral of Saudi suicide attack victims

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 10:21

Tens of thousands of people turned out at a mass funeral in eastern Saudi Arabia for 21 Shi'ite Muslims killed last week in a suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State, a Reuters witness said. Saudi security forces stayed away from the funeral in Qatif, as delegates converged on the city from various regions in the eastern province, where most of the country's Shi'ite Muslim minority live, to attend the burial. "Here I am, O Hussein," the crowd chanted, invoking the name of Prophet Mohammad's grandson Imam Hussein, one of the most revered figures in Shi'ite Islam, as they marched toward the cemetery behind the flower-covered coffins, held shoulder-high by local men.


Texas governor declares states of emergency, more severe weather expected

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 10:19

The governor of Texas on Monday declared states of disaster in 24 counties, citing the severe weather and flash flooding that have killed at least two people.


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