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Nationality trumps race in sentencing gap

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:21

Study after study has shown that black men do more time in jail than white men who committ similar crimes—an entrenched racial disparity in the nation’s justice system that Attorney General Eric Holder has decried as “shameful” and unacceptable.

Two Colorados, two visions, one tight race

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:20

No one expected the 2014 Colorado governor's race to be tight — or even much of a race. Now the contest between Gov. John Hickenlooper and former dairy farmer, community banker, and Congressman Bob Beauprez is a textbook tossup.

Royals slip past A's in epic 12-inning AL wild-card game

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 23:25

K.C. scores a crazy, come-from-behind, 12-inning, walk-off 9-8 victory over the Oakland A’s.

Mayor of Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens shot to death

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 18:26

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The mayor of Bell Gardens, California, a small Los Angeles suburb, was shot to death by his wife on Tuesday in an apparent domestic dispute, and his spouse has been detained by investigators, according to the county sheriff's department. The shooting stemmed from an afternoon quarrel between the mayor, Daniel Crespo, 45, and his wife, Lavette, 43, that escalated when their 19-year-old son, Daniel Jr., intervened, sheriff's spokeswoman Crystal Hernandez said. ...

U.S. lawmakers rebuke Secret Service over White House breach

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 17:20

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Secret Service faced scathing criticism on Tuesday for the agency allowing an intruder with a knife to run into the White House, while details emerged of a separate security lapse involving an armed contractor who rode an elevator with President Barack Obama. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged the agency charged with protecting Obama had failed on Sept. ...

Mayor of suburban L.A. city fatally shot; wife in custody

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 17:19

BELL GARDENS, Calif. (AP) — The mayor of a Los Angeles suburb was shot to death Tuesday during an argument with his wife, who was taken into custody, authorities said.

Traveler from Liberia is first Ebola patient diagnosed in U.S

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 16:59

By Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley (Reuters) - A man who flew from Liberia to Texas has become the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus to be diagnosed in the United States, health officials said on Tuesday, a sign the outbreak ravaging West Africa may spread globally. The patient sought treatment six days after arriving in Texas on Sept. 20, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told reporters. He was admitted two days later to an isolation room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. U.S. ...

3 charged in Mexico army killing of 22

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 16:12

Three soldiers have been charged with homicide in the June killings of 22 suspected gang members in southern Mexico, Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam announced on Tuesday.

Plea accepted in embassy bombings case

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 15:25

Judge accepts Egyptian lawyer's guilty plea in 1998 blasts of two U.S. embassies.

Colorado movie theater massacre trial may be televised, judge rules

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 15:09

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A judge presiding over the Colorado theater massacre case ruled on Tuesday that he will allow the murder trial of accused gunman James Holmes to be recorded for television despite opposition from lawyers on both sides, a court ruling showed. The request by media outlets for such coverage had been opposed by both prosecutors and defense lawyers, who argued that allowing cameras in the courtroom could expose witnesses and attorneys to threats, intimidation or other forms of harassment. ...

First Ebola case diagnosed in the United States: CDC

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:53

By Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley (Reuters) - U.S. health officials said on Tuesday the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been diagnosed in the country, in a new sign of how the outbreak ravaging West Africa can spread globally. The patient had recently traveled to West Africa and developed symptoms several days after returning to Texas, state officials said. The patient was admitted to an isolation room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the diagnosis. U.S. ...

Police in manhunt for ambush suspect find pipe bombs

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:40

State police searching for a man accused of killing a state trooper said Tuesday they found two pipe bombs in the Pennsylvania woods during their manhunt.

CDC: First Ebola case diagnosed in U.S.

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:50

Texas man just back from West Africa confirmed as first Ebola case diagnosed in U.S.

Olympic swimming champ Phelps arrested on drunken driving charge

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:45

By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was arrested for drunken driving early on Tuesday after speeding and then crossing the double-lane lines inside a Baltimore tunnel, police said. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist later apologized for the incident, saying he was "deeply sorry to everyone I have let down." Police said Phelps, 29, was clocked by radar around 1:40 a.m. traveling 84 miles per hour (135 kph) in a 45-mph (72-kph) zone. He was booked and released. ...

U.S. loosens civilian death policy in IS fight

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:30

Exclusive: New standards in Iraq, Syria follow reports of Idlib missile strike casualties.

Louisville high school placed on lockdown

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:03

One child injured, students evacuated after reports of weapon on campus: police.

Student injured in shooting at Kentucky high school: officials

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:03

By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE Ky. (Reuters) - A student was injured on Tuesday in a shooting at a Louisville, Kentucky, high school, and police are searching for a suspect, officials said. The extent of the Fern Creek High School student's injuries were not known, said Jody Duncan, spokeswoman for Louisville's Emergency Management Agency. The parents of the student, who is believed to be male, are en route to the hospital, she said. Duncan did not know if the suspect is another student. ...

California becomes first U.S. state to ban plastic grocery bags

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:36

By Aaron Mendelson SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Single-use plastic bags are set to disappear from California grocery stores over the next two years under a first-in-the-nation state law signed on Tuesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, despite opposition from bag manufacturers. The law would ban grocery stores from handing out such bags with customers' purchases, and provide money to local plastic bag companies to retool to make heavier, multiple-use bags that customers could buy. ...

Murder charge in Oklahoma beheading case

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:27

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man apparently uttered Arabic words during an attack in which he allegedly severed a co-worker's head, and had "some sort of infatuation with beheadings," but the killing appeared to have more to do with the man's suspension from his job than his recent conversion to Islam, a prosecutor said Tuesday.