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U.S. Army refers Bergdahl case to commander, punishment possible

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:42

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. general will decide whether to pursue disciplinary action against Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl over his 2009 disappearance from his base in Afghanistan, after the Army said on Monday it forwarded the findings of its investigation to him. General Mark Milley, head of U.S. Army Forces Command, would determine "appropriate action - which ranges from no further action to convening a court martial," the Army said in a brief statement. Bergdahl was released in May in a prisoner swap with the Taliban after five years in captivity. ...

Secret Service needs to beef up IT security: report

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 10:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service refused to provide data on its computer security systems to the Department of Homeland Security in 2014, preventing it from being able to verify if it was complying with security policies, an inspector general's report said on Monday. The service, which has faced withering criticism after several security lapses including a White House breach in September, "refused to comply with mandated computer security policies," according to the report by the DHS inspector general. ...

New York mayor calls for pause in protests after police killings

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 10:26

By Jonathan Allen and Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to ease tensions with the police force on Monday, calling for a suspension of protests against the use of excessive force until after the funerals of two officers killed by a gunman over the weekend. De Blasio, a Democrat who has come under intense criticism from some police unions for his handling of protests over police killings of unarmed black men, asked the city to stand by families of the officers slain on Saturday. ...

'Serious incident' unfolding in Glasgow

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 07:19

LONDON (AP) — Police say some people died when a garbage truck crashed into a group of pedestrians in the city center of Glasgow in Scotland.

No charges against ex-police officer in fatal Milwaukee shooting

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 07:16
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A former Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man was justified in using force and will not be charged, the district attorney said on Monday, two days after more than 70 demonstrators calling for justice in the case were arrested. Christopher Manney, who was fired from the Milwaukee police force, was acting in self defense when he shot Dontre Hamilton 14 times during a struggle in Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee on April 30, Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm said in a statement. ...

Georgia man killed after firing hail of bullets at police, neighbors

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 06:12
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A man with a high-powered rifle was killed by police near Atlanta early on Monday after a tense four-hour standoff during which he fired at officers and neighbors, a police spokesman said. Police were called to a home in DeKalb County near Decatur on Sunday night after a relative reported that the 20-year-old gunman was suicidal, police spokesman Steven Fore said. When officers arrived at the scene, the suspect began firing shots at them from inside the home, Fore said. ...

Russia's first bailout

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 05:51

It's a clear sign that the ruble is in serious trouble.

How President Obama unwinds

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 01:03

Presidents have perhaps the most stressful job in the world. For Barack Obama, recharging his batteries requires a mix of golf, books, Nicorette — but most of all, time with his family.

Police departments on alert after cop killings

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 21:11

Officers are being warned to wear bulletproof vests and avoid inflammatory online posts.

Republicans weigh big changes at U.S. budget referee agency

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 21:07

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Republicans take full control of Congress on Jan. 6, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional Budget Office, including possibly naming a new head and changing the rules used to assess the cost of legislation. Conservative groups have been calling for the replacement of CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, who was appointed by Democrats in 2009 and whose term expires next month. ...

N. Korea threatens strikes on 'whole U.S. mainland'

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 19:25

Pyongyang accuses the U.S. of "recklessly" spreading rumors that it led an attack on Sony.

Maine man charged with killing girlfriend, two children

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 19:06
(Reuters) - A 27-year-old man was arrested in Maine on Sunday and charged with killing his girlfriend and her two young children, whose bodies were discovered in their mobile home a day earlier, state police said. Keith Coleman, of Garland, about 28 miles northwest of Bangor, was charged with three counts of murder and was awaiting a first court appearance either Monday or Tuesday, Maine State Police said in a news release. ...

Florida police officer dies on duty after getting shot, run over

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 16:54

By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A veteran Florida police officer died on Sunday after being gunned down and run over with a car by a felon who said he "felt like a caged rat" because he faced likely arrest and more prison time, a law enforcement official said. Officer Charles Kondek, a 45-year-old married father of six, was killed in Tarpon Springs, about 30 miles northwest of Tampa, after responding to a noise complaint around 0700 GMT, the local police department said. Authorities charged Marco Antonio Parilla Jr. ...

Police officers' slaying raises pressure on New York mayor

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 15:34

By Laila Kearney and Edward McAllister NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio faced the biggest crisis of his political career on Sunday after a gunman killed two police officers in an attack intended to avenge recent police killings of unarmed black men in the United States. New York police officers turned their backs on de Blasio in protest during a news conference and their union said the mayor had blood on his hands after Saturday's shooting. ...

In wake of police killings, New York officers on edge

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 13:59

By Michelle Conlin (Reuters) - On December 13, as thousands of protesters mobbed the New York streets, Yuseff Hamm, an NYPD police officer, was monitoring the demonstrations from a mobile command unit near the Brooklyn Bridge. As the protest drew near, Hamm and his fellow officers could hear the chants of the noisy throngs:  “What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want them? Now.”     In his 13 years on the force, Hamm had never encountered demonstrators shouting out anything like that. ...

Obama to name Sally Yates as pick for deputy attorney general

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 13:24
HONOLULU (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is expected to announce Attorney Sally Yates as his nominee for deputy attorney general on Monday, a U.S. official said. Yates currently serves as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia where she has made a name for herself by prosecuting several high-profile cases. (Reporting by Julia Edwards; Editing by Eric Walsh)

Popess role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 11:30

The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.

13-year-old son of slain NYPD officer mourns father on Facebook

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 10:23

In a pair of a heart-wrenching Facebook posts, the son of one of the two NYPD officers killed in Saturday's apparent ambush paid tribute to his slain father.

Pakistan makes arrests in Taliban school carnage

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 10:04

Authorities made several arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar, on Sunday, officials said.

Obama, de Blasio blasted over NYPD cop slayings

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 08:55

Lawmakers, civil rights leaders and other officials took to Sunday-morning talk shows to condemn Saturday's slayings of two NYPD police officers.