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Man shot, suspect in custody at Ferguson, Missouri protest: newspaper

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 19:22
(Reuters) - A man was shot and wounded, and a suspect quickly taken into custody at a Tuesday night protest in Ferguson, Missouri, near the site where unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by police last summer, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The newspaper said it was unclear if the shooting was linked to the demonstration, where some 50 people gathered and intermittently blocked traffic near where white Ferguson officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Brown in August. Representatives for the Ferguson police department could not be immediately reached. Brown's shooting, and subsequent police killings of unarmed black men, has sparked months of sometimes destructive protests against police violence, which have flared anew most recently in Baltimore where authorities have clashed with thousands protesting a black man's death in police custody.

Police enforce curfew in Baltimore, disperse protesters

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 19:20

By Scott Malone and Warren Strobel BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Police in riot gear used pepper spray and rubber bullets to disperse a group of protesters in Baltimore on Tuesday night after a curfew took effect a day after the worst rioting in the United States in years. Most protesters were at an intersection in West Baltimore that was the scene of the heaviest looting and rioting on Monday over the death of a black man who was injured in police custody. When protesters threw bottles and jeered in response, the police slowly advanced a few feet at a time, breaking up the crowd by firing rubber bullets and projectiles containing a chemical irritant. "Officers are now deploying pepper balls," the Baltimore Police department said on Twitter.

Commission approves policy for Los Angeles police body cameras

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 14:13
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Police Commission approved a policy on Tuesday clearing the way for the widespread use of body cameras by patrol officers in the second-largest U.S. city, as tensions rise in the United States over police use-of-force incidents. Mayor Eric Garcetti said in December the city would equip 7,000 Los Angeles Police Department officers with the devices over the next two years to capture their day-to-day interactions with civilians. The commission's 3-1 vote on rules governing the use of the devices brings Los Angeles closer to becoming the largest U.S. city to put body cameras into widespread use. Officials are also testing the use of body cameras by officers in Baltimore, which on Monday saw riots following several days of protests over the death of a black man who suffered a fatal spine injury while in police custody.

Sources: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to run for president

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 13:13

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will announce his plans to seek the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, presenting a liberal challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Court dismisses appeal in $1 billion divorce of oil executive Hamm

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 12:18

(Reuters) - Sue Ann Arnall, the ex-wife of Oklahoma oil executive Harold Hamm, lost an appeal of the couple's divorce case because she had accepted an award of nearly $1 billion, the state Supreme Court said on Tuesday. In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled in favor of a motion filed in January by Hamm, chief executive officer of oil company Continental Resources Inc, to dismiss Arnall's appeal. In its ruling, the Oklahoma Supreme Court allowed his appeal to proceed despite dismissing Arnall’s. Craig Box, a lawyer for Hamm, said he had not read the opinion yet. Last November, an Oklahoma district court ordered Hamm to pay his ex-wife about $1 billion in cash and assets when the couple divorced after a 26-year marriage.

Survivors of Colorado cinema massacre describe horrors for jury

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 12:00

By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - A woman who survived Colorado's movie theater massacre found an escape route blocked by bodies, she told jurors on Tuesday in the murder trial of gunman James Holmes. Holmes, a 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple charges of murder and attempted murder in the rampage at the theater, which was showing the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises." His long-awaited trial began in Arapahoe County District Court in nearby Centennial on Monday. On Tuesday, the prosecution's first witness, Katie Medley, described how she was nine months pregnant when she went to see the movie with her husband Caleb, an aspiring stand-up comedian. The brain injury Caleb Medley suffered left him unable to walk or speak clearly.

Baltimore violence evokes 1968 riots after MLK assassination

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 11:12

National Guard troops have been dispatched to quell the violence in the streets of Baltimore for the first time since the 1968 riots after the death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Baltimore riot shows 'crisis' in community policing: Obama

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 09:09

President Obama condemned rioting in Baltimore, saying there was "no excuse" for the violence, but acknowledged a "slow-rolling crisis" in community policing, especially in treatment of African Americans. "We have seen too many instances of what appears to be police officers interacting with individuals -- primarily African American, often poor -- in ways that raise troubling questions," Obama told reporters at the White House. "I think there are police departments that have to do some soul-searching. Obama was reacting to the violence that erupted in Baltimore after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American man who died after suffering a spine injury while in police custody.

Iran diverts Marshall Islands cargo ship in Strait of Hormuz

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 09:03

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps ships intercepted a Marshall Islands-flagged commercial cargo vessel in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, forcing it “further into Iranian waters,” the Pentagon said. Multiple U.S. government sources said there were no Americans aboard the Maersk Tigris.

Supreme Court hearing historic same-sex marriage arguments

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 08:27

The debate over gay marriage in America is underway in the Supreme Court, and the cases could make same-sex marriage the law of the land.

Judge sets ex-NY Assembly Speaker Silver's corruption trial for Nov. 2

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:59

By Tom Brown NEW YORK (Reuters) - Embattled former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, accused by prosecutors of taking millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks, will go to trial on Nov. 2 on a sweeping series of corruption charges. A federal judge in Manhattan set the trial date on Tuesday during a hearing in which Silver's lawyers said he pleaded not guilty to all charges in a revised indictment unveiled last week. After the hearing, one of Silver's lawyers, Steven Molo, accused the government of "withholding" evidence that could help his client, who was one of the most powerful politicians in New York until he was accused of taking bribes in January. The new indictment issued on Thursday by a Manhattan federal grand jury added four new counts to three earlier ones facing the Democratic politician.

Skeptical Supreme Court justices hear gay marriage case

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:09

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday on whether the Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, with a majority of the nine justices firing skeptical questions at a lawyer asking them to legalize gay marriage nationwide. Five justices including a possible swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy, and a member of the court's liberal wing, Justice Stephen Breyer, asked lawyer Mary Bonauto why the high court should change a definition of marriage that has existed for millennia, rather than allowing American voters to decide. The oral arguments, scheduled for 2-1/2 hours, continued and were expected to end about 12:30 p.m.. A lively crowd estimated at more than 1,000 people, with those favoring legalized gay marriage outnumbering those opposed, gathered outside the white marble courthouse as the justices heard arguments in the case, known as Obergefell v. Hodges.

Boston bomber's lawyers to probe Tsarnaev's troubled history

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 03:05

Lawyers for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Tuesday are set to probe his troubled family history as they make their plea for a jury to sentence him to life in prison rather than death. The 21-year-old ethnic Chechen was convicted earlier this month of killing three people and injuring 264 in the April 15, 2013, bombing, as well as shooting dead a police officer three days later alongside his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Defense attorneys opened their case on Monday by arguing that 26-year-old Tamerlan, who died following a gunfight with police hours after the police officer's shooting, was the driving force behind the attack and that his younger brother had been raised to follow his lead. During the first day of defense witness testimony, the jury heard from people who had seen Tamerlan's outbursts at a mosque near his Cambridge, Massachusetts, home and from his mother-in-law, who described his growing obsession with religion.

Closing arguments due in rape trial of former Goldman banker

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 03:01
By Edward Krudy NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York judge is set to hear closing arguments on Tuesday in the trial of a former Goldman Sachs banker accused of raping an Irish student on Long Island in the summer of 2013. Jason Lee, a former managing director, is accused of barging into a bathroom and raping the woman, who was 20 years old at the time, after a night of drinking at a popular night spot. He left Goldman Sachs soon thereafter. Lee's lawyer, Andrew Lankler, argued that the circumstances were consistent with consensual sex and said injuries on the woman were either old or may have been caused during consensual sex.

The speech that put Chuck Robb ahead of history on gay marriage

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 01:42

The moderate Virginia Democrat was an unlikely — and unsung — trailblazer for gay equality.

Helicopters ferry injured from Nepal villages near epicenter

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 00:42

GORKHA, Nepal (AP) — Helicopters crisscrossed the skies above the high mountains of Gorkha district on Tuesday near the epicenter of the weekend earthquake in Nepal, ferrying the injured to clinics, and taking emergency supplies back to remote villages devastated by the disaster that killed more than 4,400 people across the region.

Tyson Foods plans to cut human antibiotics in U.S. chicken flocks by 2017

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 00:02
By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. poultry producer, plans to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by September 2017 - one of the most aggressive timelines yet set by an American poultry company. The move marks the latest push by the livestock and food industries to reduce the use of antibiotics crucial to human health in meat production. Authorities are concerned that the routine feeding of antibiotics to animals could spur the creation of antibiotic resistant superbugs in humans, creating a health hazard. Tyson's move, announced on Tuesday morning, aims to help the company meet a deadline recently outlined by McDonald's Corp. to have its U.S. restaurants gradually stop buying chicken raised with human antibiotics over the next two years.

National Guard deployed as Baltimore burns

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 23:48

Riots erupt following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody.