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Pistorius release put on hold by SAfrican justice department

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 06:50

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oscar Pistorius' release from prison was put on hold Wednesday by South Africa's Department of Justice, which said his case must be reviewed again by a parole board because he was approved to be moved to house arrest too early.

Judge sets Ohio police officer's murder trial for November

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 06:32

A former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop will stand trial in November, a judge said on Wednesday. Ray Tensing, 25, has pleaded not guilty to murder and voluntary manslaughter charges in the death of Samuel DuBose, 43, who was shot in the head after Tensing stopped him for a missing license plate on July 19. Tensing was not present at the brief court hearing when Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Megan Shanahan scheduled his jury trial to begin Nov. 16.

Victim in New Hampshire prep school rape trial due to testify

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 03:04
A female teen who New Hampshire prosecutors contend was raped by a fellow student at an elite prep school last year is expected to resume testimony against her alleged attacker on Wednesday. Labrie's attorney said that the two had exchange friendly and occasionally flirtatious emails prior to the incident, and contended that the encounter was consensual but that no intercourse took place.

Yvonne Craig, TV's 'Batgirl,' dies at 78

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 01:19

The actress, best known for her role in the popular 1960s "Batman" series, also co-starred in two Elvis Presley movies.

Chelsea Manning found guilty of violating military prison rules

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 22:23

The former intelligence analyst was convicted in 2013 of providing more than 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts to WikiLeaks, in the biggest breach of classified materials in U.S. history. "Chelsea's ridiculous convictions today will not silence her," her attorney Nancy Hollander said on Twitter.

TV report: Ex-Subway pitchman to admit to child-porn charges

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 21:46

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle is expected to plead guilty to child-pornography charges, an Indiana television station reported.

Americans back federal funds to Planned Parenthood for health services: poll

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 21:02

Support for federal funding of Planned Parenthood itself to provide those women's health services was even stronger, according to the Reuters/Ipsos released on Wednesday. The non-profit's image has taken a hit, the poll found, after an anti-abortion group earlier this year began releasing videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials negotiating prices for aborted fetal tissue. Of the participants who had seen the videos, 44 percent said their views toward Planned Parenthood had become more negative.

Hackers dump data from cheating website Ashley Madison online: reports

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 18:01

Hackers have followed through on a threat to release online a huge cache of data, including customer information, that was stolen a month ago from cheating spouses website, several tech websites reported on Tuesday. The hackers, who call themselves The Impact Team, leaked snippets of the compromised data in July and threatened to publish names and salacious details of as many as 37 million customers unless Ashley Madison and, another site owned by Toronto-based parent company Avid Life Media, were taken down. While other higher-profile attacks such as those on big companies, like Sony Pictures Entertainment and Target, have seen credit card data of customers stolen, this attack appeared to confirm that the hackers were not driven by blackmail or commercial motives, but rather ideological ones.

Second Yosemite National Park visitor diagnosed with plague

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 18:00

A second person to visit California's Yosemite National Park has been diagnosed with the plague, the latest of several such infections in the Western United States this year, health officials said on Tuesday. The traveler from Georgia spent time vacationing in Yosemite, the Sierra National Forest and other nearby areas earlier this month before coming down with a presumptive positive case of the disease, the California Department of Public Health said in a statement. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still performing confirmatory testing, the statement said.

Report: Subway pitchman to admit to child-porn charges

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 15:51

Jared Fogle is expected to plead guilty to child-pornography charges, an Indiana television station reported Tuesday.

FDA approves female sex pill, but with safety restrictions

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 15:40

The FDA approved the first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women, a milestone long sought by a pharmaceutical industry eager to replicate the blockbuster success of impotence drugs for men.

U.S. military probe of Afghan shooting found Bales' camp had lax discipline

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 15:31

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The month before he killed 16 Afghan civilians in a shooting rampage, Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales bloodied the nose of an Afghan truck driver in an assault that was not reported to his camp commanders, according to a report released on Tuesday. The assault, and the failure to report it to senior officers, was one of several signs that the post where Bales served in Afghanistan was suffering from "low standards of personal conduct and discipline," said the military's administrative investigation of the 2012 shooting incident. The week before the shootings, Bales used steroids while on a mission and one fellow non-commissioned officer was worried about his erratic behavior, but those concerns were not passed on to camp leadership, the report said.

Scott Walker goes after fellow Republicans in health care pitch

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 13:17

Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker on Tuesday announced the first major policy initiative of his campaign...

Philadelphia archdiocese cancels LGBT program ahead of pope visit

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:39

Workshops and other discussions around lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues were scheduled to be held at St. John the Evangelist Church on Sept. 26, the day the pope arrives in Philadelphia for a two-day visit. Pope Francis will attend a summit on families being held in the city, and LGBT Catholic groups have asked for an official presence at the gatherings to express their view that gays and lesbians should be more included in the Church. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has said he would allow the presence of openly gay and transgender Catholics at the World Meeting of Families but did not want the groups to lobby for their issues during the event.

Wildfires burn homes, prompt evacuations, kill wild horses

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:06

By David Ryder and Laura Zuckerman CHELAN, Wash./SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Dozens of wildfires burning across the drought-parched U.S. Northwest on Tuesday have destroyed scores of structures, sparked evacuation orders for thousands of people, and killed at least 27 wild horses. More than 100 homes have been destroyed since Friday in Washington state, Idaho and Oregon, authorities said. About 200 U.S. soldiers have been called in to reinforce civilian firefighters battling almost 90 blazes that have blackened more than 1 million acres (400,000 hectares) across the country's arid West.

Texas man arrested for luring college students into prostitution

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 09:45
Police in San Antonio have arrested what they describe as a "smooth talking man" who preyed on college women who were financially vulnerable, convincing dozens of them to be part of his prostitution business, officials said on Tuesday. Steven Sumlin, 38, was arrested at his home in San Antonio on Monday and charged with felony aggravated promotion of prostitution, police said. Sumlin is suspected of going to college campuses in San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas and telling women they could make hundreds or thousands of dollars doing unspecified jobs in his business, according to San Antonio Police Officer Douglas Greene, a spokesman.

Texas launches jail safety study weeks after woman's death in custody

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 09:44

Texas will conduct a study on jail safety with the goal of preventing suicide in custody, officials said on Tuesday, weeks after the death of a black woman in a county jail renewed questions about racial bias in U.S. policing. The announcement by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick comes a day after five special prosecutors were appointed to look into the death of Sandra Bland, 28. Patrick, a Republican, told a news conference he had asked a Texas Senate committee to conduct the study.

North Carolina officer's manslaughter trial goes to jury

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 09:43

The trial of a North Carolina police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black man in 2013 went to a jury Tuesday afternoon. Jurors, who began hearing testimony Aug. 3, will have to decide whether Randall Kerrick was justified in using lethal force against 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell in the early hours of Sept. 14, 2013. Kerrick, 29, was charged with voluntary manslaughter and placed on unpaid leave from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department the same day as the shooting.