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Reports: Officer's shooting of boy with pellet gun justified

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 19:28

A white Cleveland police officer was justified in fatally shooting a black 12-year-old boy holding a pellet gun moments after pulling up beside him, according to two outside reviews conducted at the request of the prosecutor investigating the death.

Ex-Benghazi investigator says U.S. panel targeted Clinton: media

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 15:45

A former investigator for the House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi is accusing the Republican-led panel of targeting Democrat Hillary Clinton to scupper her presidential bid, the New York Times and CNN reported on Saturday. "These are explosive allegations," Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement.

Attorney: Army officer recommends no jail time for Bergdahl

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 14:29

An Army officer is recommending that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl face a lower-level court martial and be spared the possibility of jail time for leaving his post in Afghanistan, his lawyer said Saturday.

Cosby testifies for seven hours in abuse suit, lawyer says

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 10:35

By Valerie Vande Panne BOSTON (Reuters) - Bill Cosby testified under oath for about seven hours on Friday in response to a civil suit brought by a woman who accuses the veteran comedian of sexually abusing her when she was 15, a lawyer for the plaintiff said on Saturday. It was the first time Cosby, 78, testified under oath since dozens of women came forward over the past year with accusations of sexual misconduct, some of which date back to the 1960s. The plaintiff's attorney Gloria Allred gave few details of the deposition in Boston, the exact location of which was not disclosed.

U.S. Army hearing officer recommends no jail for Bergdahl

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 09:36

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The U.S. military officer who headed a hearing in the case of accused deserter Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl recommended that the man held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan should not be sent to a military prison, Bergdahl's lawyers said. In a memorandum issued on Friday, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Visger, the presiding officer at the so-called Article 32 hearing last month in San Antonio, recommended "non-judicial punishment" for Bergdahl, the lawyers said. U.S. military prosecutors told the two-day hearing in September that Bergdahl had intended to desert his post.

Some conservatives quietly campaign against Ryan for speaker

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 08:54

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some conservatives in the Republican party are sharpening their knives to keep Representative Paul Ryan from succeeding House Speaker John Boehner, even as they say publicly the election of the next speaker will center on reforms in the U.S. House of Representatives instead of the candidates. "The focus is on, in my opinion, not who is speaker, but the process changes we can put in place," said Representative Barry Loudermilk, a member of the Freedom Caucus made up of the most conservative Republicans in the House. At least one caucus member has outlined requirements a candidate must meet in order to win an endorsement in the speaker's race, and it is not clear if Ryan can pass the test.

Secret Service agent credited with saving Reagan dies at 85

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 08:31
Parr passed away "surrounded by loved ones" near his home in Washington, D.C. on Friday, according to a statement posted on his website. Parr became one of the most famous Secret Service agents in history when he pushed Reagan to safety after a young gunman, John Hinckley Jr., opened fire on the president outside a hotel in Washington on March 30, 1981.

California governor approves bill to help immigrant crime victims

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 06:44

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill designed to help undocumented immigrants who are victims of violent crime, by introducing time limits on law enforcement's response to their U.S. visa applications in an attempt to standardize police forces' uneven treatment of applicants. The federal government grants visas to undocumented immigrants who help law enforcement try to catch criminals. The so-called U visa allows the recipient to live and work in the United States for four years, but to apply, a victim must first ask local law enforcement to verify their cooperation.

30 killed, 126 injured in Ankara bomb attacks

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 01:59

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two bomb explosions targeting a peace rally in Turkey's capital Ankara on Saturday killed at least 30 people and injured 126 others, Turkey's Interior Ministry said.

California border patrol supervisor accused of false alerts on U.S. resident

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 21:28
A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor has been charged with creating bogus alerts in the agency's database to force routine stops, sometimes at gunpoint, of a legal U.S. resident who frequently crosses the border with Mexico, court documents said on Friday. The supervisor at the border station in San Diego, Martin Rene Duran, was trying to force his target to withdraw allegations that his brother-in-law had sexually abused the target's son and stepson, according to a federal complaint. Duran's brother-in-law, Raymundo Estrada Figueroa, was charged with two counts of international travel for illicit sex in the same complaint.

In familiar ritual, Obama consoles families from Oregon mass shooting

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 17:07

President Barack Obama, in a ritual that has become both familiar and frustrating to him, traveled to Oregon on Friday to console families of the victims of a community college shooting that once again sparked a push for U.S. gun reform. The president, a Democrat who tried but failed to tighten firearms laws after previous mass shootings, arrived in a community where support for gun rights remains strong despite the deaths of 10 people, including the gunman, in the deadliest massacre on U.S. soil in two years. Obama met privately for about an hour with the families at a local high school.

Bernie Sanders outraises every Republican candidate

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 16:05

It’s undoubtedly the era of Big Money in politics. But for the time being...

Judge refuses to throw out defamation suit against Cosby

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 15:09

BOSTON (AP) — A defamation lawsuit brought against Bill Cosby by three women who say he sexually abused them decades ago can move forward, a federal judge in Massachusetts ruled Friday, delivering a legal blow to the comedian as he attempts to defend himself against accusations of sexual assault by dozens of women.

Obama says 'it's about the families' after Oregon meeting

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 14:47

The president travels to Roseburg to meet with grieving families of victims of the community college shooting.

Why urbanization is globally on the rise

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 13:10

Urbanization — the expansion of cities — is on the rise. People across the globe are heading into urban areas looking for work, education and health care. Others arrive, fleeing wars and natural disasters. Without the proper planning, the rapid increase in urban areas, especially in developing countries where most growth is happening, can lead to some big problems.

One killed, one wounded in shooting near Texas Southern University

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 12:22
One person was fatally shot on Friday and another person was wounded in a shooting an apartment complex adjacent to the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston, and two suspects have been taken into custody, the school said. The incident came several hours after an 18-year-old student opened fire with a handgun on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff early on Friday, killing one person and wounding three, in the latest in a series of U.S. school shootings. Texas Southern said there was a separate shooting incident at an apartment complex near campus on Thursday night.

UAW leaders send Fiat Chrysler pact to workers for vote

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 09:58

U.S. union United Auto Workers' leaders on Friday approved a tentative four-year contract with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV , sending the proposed pact to 40,000 workers for a ratification vote. The move follows Fiat Chrysler workers' rejection last week of a previous tentative contract. A new tentative agreement was reached on Wednesday night, averting a call by the UAW to have its members strike Fiat Chrysler’s U.S. operations.

Baltimore history buffs raise Edgar Allan Poe tradition from the dead

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 08:31

The Maryland Historical Society is resurrecting the tradition of the "Poe Toaster," a shadowy figure who would sneak to Edgar Allan Poe's gravesite for a mysterious tribute.