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Matt Bai: Hillary’s third-term conundrum

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 04:00

As a party's third-term candidate, you have to be both more ideologically pure and more flexible than the incumbent president.

Texas to execute man for bludgeoning mechanic to death in robbery

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 03:05
Texas is set on Thursday to execute Gregory Russeau, 45, who was convicted of killing a 75-year-old auto mechanic in a 2001 robbery and driving off from the crime scene in the victim's car. Texas plans to put Russeau to death by lethal injection at its death chamber in Huntsville at 6 p.m. CDT. If the execution goes ahead, it would be the 527th in the state since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

Friend of Boston bombers to be sentenced for lying to investigators

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 03:03

A citizen of Kyrgyzstan who was friends with the Boston Marathon bombers is due to be sentenced to two-and-a-half years in federal prison on Thursday for lying to investigators probing the deadly 2013 attack. Cab driver Khairullozhon Matanov is the fourth person connected to ethic Chechen brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev to face jail time for misleading investigators during the massive search for the men who killed three people and injured 264 with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs. Matanov's case dates back to the morning of April 19, 2013, when he went to a police station in Braintree, Massachusetts, south of Boston, to say that he recognized the Tsarnaevs in surveillance photos the FBI had released the night before.

Pope urges revolution to save Earth, fix 'perverse' economy

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 02:11

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Thursday for a bold cultural revolution to correct what he calls the "structurally perverse" economic system of the rich exploiting the poor that is turning Earth into an "immense pile of filth."

Experts point to likely wood rot in California balcony collapse

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:19

Wood rot from exposure to excess moisture probably weakened the horizontal beams supporting an apartment balcony that collapsed in Berkeley, California, killing six people, several independent experts said a day after the tragedy. All 13, mostly college students from Ireland working in the San Francisco Bay Area for the summer on temporary visas, plunged to the street below when the balcony gave way during a birthday celebration on Tuesday.

9 fatally shot at historic black church in Charleston, SC

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 21:22

Authorities described the shooting as a hate crime; suspect remains at large.

American soldier found dead at U.S. Army base in South Korea

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 18:49
A U.S. soldier attached to an intelligence battalion in Japan has died during training exercises in South Korea, the U.S. military said in a statement on Thursday. The body of Michael William Corey, a non-commissioned officer from Oro Valley, Arizona, was found on Monday by Korean residents near the outskirts of Camp Jackson, a U.S. Army base north of the South Korean capital, Seoul, the statement said. Corey "died while conducting land navigation training at Camp Jackson", the United States Forces Korea statement said.

Shooting reported at church in Charleston, South Carolina

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 18:36
(Reuters) - A shooter opened fire on Wednesday at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, and was still at large, a police official said, following media reports of possible fatalities in the attack. Charleston Police Department spokesman Charles Francis said the shooting occurred at the Emanuel AME Church around 9 p.m. local time. North Carolina television station WGHP, a Fox affiliate, reported on its website that the shooting might have caused fatalities.

U.S. to put woman on new $10 bill

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 18:28

A yet-unchosen woman, likely "a champion for our inclusive democracy," will be featured on the $10 note from 2020.

Messy trade debate: An explainer

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 15:59

Obama is trying to score a major policy win, but Dems are standing in the way.

How the White House failed on trade

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 15:59

Last week, 157 House Democrats voted against giving Obama fast-track authority

FAA investigating close call at Chicago's Midway Airport

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 14:40

CHICAGO (AP) — Two passenger jets began to take off at the same time on intersecting runways at Chicago's Midway International Airport, prompting a controller to shout over the radio for one of the pilots to halt to avoid a collision, aviation officials said Wednesday.

U.S. regulators compile Takata recall data from automakers

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 14:13

Automakers affected by the Takata air bag inflator recall have loaded the ID numbers of millions of recalled vehicles into a searchable system, allowing consumers and government officials to examine the data, U.S. safety regulators said on Wednesday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will begin combing through the filings of 11 automakers to see how their Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) match with information provided earlier by Takata Corp . "We’ll revise that number if necessary," NHTSA spokesman Gordon Trowbridge said.

City probe finds Washington state ex-NAACP official violated ethics rules

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 13:22

Former Washington state NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal, who drew national attention after being accused of lying about her racial background, has violated ethics rules while heading a police oversight commission, a senior city official said on Wednesday. Investigators hired by the city of Spokane to probe a whistleblower complaint found Dolezal had publicly named citizens who made complaints against police officers, in violation of confidentiality rules, City Council President Ben Stuckart said.

New York man attacks FBI agent in Islamic State-tied probe: U.S.

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 12:53
A New York City man was arrested on Wednesday after authorities said he tried to stab an FBI agent executing a search warrant in connection with an alleged plot to carry out an attack in support of the militant group Islamic State. Fareed Mumuni, 21, was charged with attempting to murder a federal officer after authorities came to his residence in the borough of Staten Island, according to a complaint filed in federal court in Brooklyn.

Prosecutor: Prison worker discussed murder-for-hire with inmates

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 12:22

The employee charged with helping two convicted murderers escape from a maximum-security facility had discussed with them a murder-for-hire plot involving her husband, a district attorney confirmed Wednesday.

Arabs, Muslims can sue U.S. officials over post-9/11 jail treatment

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 12:06

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A divided U.S. appeals court said the federal government's top law enforcers can be sued by former inmates who claim their civil rights were violated while jailed after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks because they were Arab, Muslim or stereotyped that way. Wednesday's 2-1 decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals prompted an impassioned dissent that the ruling could make it harder to protect the country against terrorism. The court revived claims against Bush administration officials including Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI director Robert Mueller and Immigration and Naturalization Services Commissioner James Ziglar by former inmates at Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center.

Obama continues to have confidence in OPM director after breach: White House

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 09:41

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama continues to have confidence in Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta despite recent cyber data breaches at the agency, the White House said on Wednesday. (Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Bill Trott)

Female prison worker, NY escapees plotted husband's murder: prosecutor

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 09:21

Joyce Mitchell, 51, was arrested last week in connection with the escape of murderers Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 35, who broke out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, about 20 miles south of the Canadian border, nearly two weeks ago. Mitchell and the two men, who she has been linked to romantically, planned to kill her husband, Lyle Mitchell, Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie told reporters.