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Texas ex-justice of the peace sentenced to death for revenge murder

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:50

DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas jury on Wednesday sentenced to death a former justice of the peace convicted of murdering a suburban Dallas prosecutor's wife in a revenge plot. The same jury that convicted Eric Williams, 47, on Dec. 4 of murdering Cynthia McLelland sentenced him to death after deliberating for less than four hours. Williams has also been charged with murdering District Attorney Mike McLelland, who was Cynthia McClelland's husband, and Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hassle. ...

After Alan Gross release, Obama seeks to resume full diplomatic ties with Cuba

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:23

President Obama will launch negotiations with Cuba.

Clinton early 2016 front-runner — but 'barely': NBC News/WSJ poll

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 04:36

While Hillary Clinton may be the prohibitive favorite to win the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, the margin of American voters who would support her in a general election is razor thin.

'The Interview' New York premiere canceled after threat

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 04:30

The Interview's planned premiere in New York has been canceled, a Landmark spokesperson said Tuesday. The Sony film was scheduled to screen at Landmark's Sunshine Cinema.

Pakistan mourns as mass funerals begin

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 03:40

The nation begins burying the 142 victims, most of them children, of the school attack.

Vastly changed electoral system presents risks and opportunities for Jeb Bush

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 03:14

The Internet may be Jeb's best hope of becoming the GOP nominee.

Democrats go searching for a message ahead of 2016

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:21

Democrats are worried that they've become too focused on specific groups within their coalition and have lost focus on winning over moderate voters who care most about the economy and view government with skepticism.

Court-appointed panel to monitor Los Angeles county jails

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 22:15

(Reuters) - A court-appointed panel will begin to oversee the Los Angeles County jail system, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Tuesday, as part of a settlement to a 2012 class-action lawsuit that alleged sheriff's deputies beat inmates. The agreement requires the sheriff's department to adopt an action plan to drawn up by the three-person panel, aimed at reforming its use-of-force policy and give further training to its jail deputies, the civil rights group said. ...

Aussie leader: Siege gunman dropped off watch list

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 21:00

SYDNEY (AP) — A gunman responsible for a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe was once on the national security agency's watch list — but was dropped off it years ago for reasons that remain unclear, Australia's prime minister said Wednesday.

Pakistan mourns as it prepares for mass funerals

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 20:26

Parents of the 132 children killed in Tuesday's school attack prepared for burials.

Tennessee police looking for Christmas tree thief

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:56
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Police in suburban Nashville are looking for a Scrooge who sawed off a live Christmas tree loaded with decorations in a suspected holiday season theft. All that was left of the 10-foot tree was a tiny stump and a lot of questions as to who made off with heavily adorned tree from the front yard of Karen Wilkes, who told reporters it cost her $600 to have the tree planted about a month ago. Nothing else was taken from the yard, police said. ...

Obama signs bill $1.1 trillion government spending bill

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 17:59

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by Congress last week that lifted the threat of a government shutdown. The legislation funds most government agencies through September 2015. The Department of Homeland Security will be treated differently, getting a funding extension only through Feb. 27, by which time Republicans will control both chambers of Congress. ...

Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into law

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 17:54

A rare bipartisan achievement, the bill will keep the government operating over the next nine months.

L.A. mayor plans to equip city's police officers with body cameras

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 15:32
By Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles Mayor Gil Garcetti on Tuesday announced a plan to equip 7,000 of the city's police officers on the streets with body cameras, an ambitious initiative that comes amid nationwide protests over police killings of unarmed black men. The proposal would expand a privately funded, $1.5 million pilot project launched in January to provide officers on foot patrol in downtown Los Angeles with cameras to test. ...

USOC decides to bid for 2024; city still undecided

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 15:13

The U.S. Olympic Committee has decided to bid for the 2024 Olympics, hoping to bring the Summer Games back to America after a 28-year absence.

Terrorist massacre of children ‘blowback’ from U.S.-backed Pakistani offensive against Taliban, officials say

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:02
The Pakistani Taliban assault on a school — killing 145, including 132 children — appears to be ”blowback” from a months-long Pakistani military offensive against the terror group that was encouraged and supported by the U.S. government, Pakistani and U.S. officials said today.

Cosby won't be charged in 1974 sex claim

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 13:46

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby, who has been the subject of dozens of sex abuse allegations over the past two months, will not be charged in connection with a 1974 sexual molestation claim, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said on Tuesday. The claim, which was recently brought by a California woman Judy Huth, was deemed to have been too old and surpassed the state's statute of limitations. Huth alleges Cosby molested her as a 15-year-old at the Playboy mansion. (Reporting by Eric Kelsey)

No credible sign of plot on theaters over Sony movie: U.S. officials

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 13:07

BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. security agencies are investigating a threat against theaters planning to show Sony Corp's controversial movie about an assassination of the leader of North Korea, and so far they have seen no real sign of an active plot, two U.S. officials said. A hacking group published what appear to be more internal emails on Tuesday and promised a "bitter fate" for those who went to see the movie, "The Interview" following a cyber attack that severely damaged movie studio's network. An official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and another U.S. ...

Sony hackers reference 9/11 in new threats against theaters

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:31

NEW YORK (AP) — Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace made ominous threats Tuesday against movie theaters showing Sony Pictures' film "The Interview" that referenced the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

U.S. torture report puts Romania's role under scrutiny

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 09:42

By Radu-Sorin Marinas and Christian Lowe BUCHAREST/WARSAW (Reuters) - The lawyer for a man tortured by the CIA said Romania's authorities should acknowledge the role they played after a U.S. Senate report pointed to Romania as the site of the secret CIA jail where the man was interrogated. The report did not name countries that hosted CIA jails, but it gave details of prisoners being transferred to and from "detention center BLACK" which matched air traffic records of CIA-chartered planes passing through Romanian airports between 2003 and 2005. ...