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Ohio man indicted on U.S. charges of providing material support to Islamic State

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Ohio man has been indicted on charges of providing material support to the Islamic State militant group and firearms and narcotics violations, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

Chris Christie says too many people are in prison, but wouldn’t ease drug laws

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:16

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will call on the justice system to “stop treating the victims of addiction as enemies in a war” in his first major criminal justice speech since he announced his bid for the presidency.

Jurors mull fate of Colorado movie gunman for second day

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:43

Jurors deliberated for a second day on Thursday in the capital trial of Colorado movie rampage gunman James Holmes, weighing whether he was sane when he killed 12 people and wounded 70 as they watched a midnight premiere of a Batman film. Holmes' court-appointed attorneys say he suffers schizophrenia, that since high school he has heard voices ordering him to kill, and that he was not in control of his actions. The jury of nine women and three men submitted several written questions to Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour during their first day of deliberations on Wednesday, including asking for a white board and an index to the thousands of pieces of evidence brought up at trial.

Elder Bush in fair condition after breaking bone in neck

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:40

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush, at 91 the oldest living former president, was hospitalized Thursday in fair condition after breaking a bone in his neck during a fall.

Obama rediscovers audacity

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 03:26

Recent boldness on Iran and other issues may force a reevaluation of his presidency.

Gay marriage ruling leaves U.S. firms unclear on spousal benefits

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 03:05

The Supreme Court was definitive in its decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide, but what is far from clear is whether U.S. companies must offer corporate benefits to same-sex spouses. Many large and mid-sized employers are self-insured, which means their benefits are governed by a 1974 act that has no language on preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act allows companies to bypass differing state laws that complicate healthcare options for employees spread out across the country.

Suspected South Carolina church gunman due in court for hearing

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 01:02

The suspected gunman in the slaying of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston last month is expected in court on Thursday when a judge will hear a media challenge to a ban on the release of documents in the case. Dylann Roof, 21, was arrested a day after the killings and charged with nine counts of murder in what authorities say was a racially motivated massacre. Nicholson said he issued the order "due to substantial pre-trial publicity" that could jeopardize Roof's right to a fair trial.

Obama will go to prison for a fairer justice system

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 23:49

President Barack Obama's push for a fairer justice system is literally sending him to prison.

Poll: Americans view Clinton, Republicans unfavorably

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 23:19

More Americans now have an unfavorable than a favorable view of Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll that finds negative ratings of the former secretary of state have increased over the past few months, especially among Democrats.

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush breaks bone in neck during fall at home

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 19:53

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush broke a bone in his neck during a fall at his home in Maine on Wednesday, though he was listed in stable condition and his hospital stay was expected to be brief, his spokesman said. Bush, 91, who served as America's 41st president, was last hospitalized in Houston for a week in December 2014 after experiencing breathing difficulties. "His condition is stable - he is fine - but he'll be in a neck brace," spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement posted on Twitter following the accident.

George H.W. Bush, 91, falls at Maine home, breaks bone in neck

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 19:31

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — George H.W. Bush, the oldest living former U.S. president, fell at his summer home on Wednesday and broke a bone in his neck but was doing OK, a spokesman said.

Four dead after flash floods in Kentucky, Indiana

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 15:50
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Four people have died and at least five were still unaccounted for on Wednesday after a series of storms struck the Ohio Valley, producing flash floods that swept through parts of eastern Kentucky and southern Indiana, officials said. Three bodies have been recovered in Johnson County, Kentucky, which was hard hit by flooding, and a fourth person drowned in southern Indiana after his car was swept into a creek, officials said. Searchers recovered the body of a 22-year-old man on Wednesday afternoon, one of two people listed as missing who were last seen being swept away on Monday by floods in Johnson County, about 125 miles east of Lexington, officials said.

Lindsey Graham on the Iran deal, Cuba, and being a bachelor president

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 15:30

Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham told Yahoo News in an interview on Wednesday that he would break the Iran nuclear deal on his first day in the White House. He also said he would shut the U.S. embassy in Cuba, and joked that America is ready for a bachelor like him to be president because “married people have screwed up the world.”

Obama vigorously challenges critics of landmark Iran deal

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 14:05

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vigorously challenging his critics, President Barack Obama launched an aggressive and detailed defense of a landmark Iranian nuclear accord Wednesday, rejecting the idea that it leaves Tehran on the brink of a bomb and arguing the only alternative to the diplomatic deal is war.

Impact of Iran deal on detained American journalist

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:20

The family of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post journalist accused of espionage and imprisoned in Iran for nearly 1 year, is hoping this week’s Iranian nuclear agreement could somehow lead to his release.

Sons of Confederacy sees flag controversy as 'nightmare'

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:16

The commander in chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans says he fails to understand the wave of hostility directed at the Confederate flag following the massacre of nine black people at a South Carolina church last month. "I’ll use the words of Jefferson Davis: ‘We just want to be left alone,’” Charles Kelly Barrow said on Wednesday, quoting the man who served as the president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War of 1861-65. Barrow and about 1,000 members of his organization were in Richmond, Virginia, this week for the 120th national reunion of the SCV, formed in 1896 and open to male descendants of Confederate soldiers.

Convicted sex offender charged in case of Maryland girls missing for 40 years

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 11:36

A convicted sex offender has been charged with the murder of two young Maryland sisters whose 1975 disappearance triggered one of the biggest police investigations in suburban Washington history, authorities said on Wednesday. Lloyd Lee Welch, a former drifter and carnival worker, has been the focus of the 40-year investigation for two years, Maryland and Virginia authorities said. Katherine and Sheila Lyon, ages 10 and 12, disappeared on March 25, 1975, when they walked to a mall in Wheaton, Maryland, and were never seen again.

Kate Steinle's brother: Trump 'sensationalizing' my sister's death

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:59

The brother of Kate Steinle — the 32-year-old woman who was killed in a random shooting in San Francisco earlier this month — says Donald Trump is sensationalizing his sister’s death to score political points.

Flagship FAO Schwarz toy store in New York closes, plans to relocate

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:19

FAO Schwarz will officially close the doors of its flagship Fifth Avenue toy store in New York City on Wednesday night to the dismay of shoppers charmed by the famous destination for childhood fun. The store, which has been the face of FAO Schwarz since 1986, is moving from its location on fashionable Fifth Avenue due to rising rent. The Fifth Avenue store famously included an oversized piano keyboard that actors Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia danced on in the 1988 movie "Big." It also included a 4,000-square-foot candy shop and real-life toy soldiers who greeted shoppers as they entered.

Obama: Prison rape is no joke

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 07:51

The president is calling for sweeping reforms to fix a criminal justice system he says is "skewed by race and wealth” and plagued with problems in its prisons. Among them: Overcrowding, gang activity, and rape.