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Islamic State group releases over 200 captive Iraqi Yazidis

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:19

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group released more than 200 Yazidis on Wednesday after holding them for eight months, the latest mass release of captives by the extremists targeted by U.S.-led airstrikes and an Iraqi ground offensive.

Surge in voter turnout gives blacks new voice in Ferguson, Missouri

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:12
A surge in voter turnout helped elect two new black city council members in Ferguson, a Missouri city found by the U.S. Justice Department to be rife with racial abuses in its police and court systems. After months of street protests, turnout in Tuesday's vote was 30 percent, or more than double recent municipal elections in the St. Louis suburb, which is two-thirds black but has had only two African-American council members in its 120 year history. Mayor James Knowles on Wednesday called the election a "milestone" for the city. The six-member city council will be split with three African-American and three white members.

Guilty verdict in Boston bombing trial

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:12

A jury finds Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 counts for his role in the 2013 attacks.

Boston bombing jury reaches verdict in Tsarnaev trial

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 09:35

By Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - The jury hearing the Boston Marathon bombing trial on Wednesday reached a verdict on the guilt of defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged with killing three people and injuring 264 in the 2013 attack, according to federal prosecutors. The verdict was not immediately disclosed but was expected to be read out in U.S. District Court in Boston later on Wednesday.

Mayor vows body cams for entire force after shooting video

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 09:23

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A white South Carolina police officer who claimed he killed a black man in self-defense has been fired and faces murder charges after a bystander's video recorded him firing eight shots at the man's back as he ran away. The city's mayor also said he's ordered body cameras to be worn by every single officer on the force.

New York woman sentenced to 20 years to life for killing son with salt

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:38
A suburban New York woman who wrote a blog about motherhood was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison on Wednesday for murdering her son through salt poisoning so she could use his illness to gain social media attention. Lacey Spears, 27, who chronicled her son Garnett's illnesses on a personal blog called "Garnett's Journey" and other social media, was convicted by a jury in White Plains, New York, last month of second-degree murder in his 2014 death at Westchester Medical Center in Vahalla, New York.

American, Afghan killed in firefight between Afghan and NATO soldiers

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 05:11

By Rafiq Sherzad JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - An American soldier and an Afghan soldier were killed when a firefight broke out between Afghan and NATO coalition forces at a compound where a senior U.S. diplomat met a provincial governor in eastern Afghanistan, police and U.S. sources said. A handful of others from both sides were wounded in the shooting, which erupted shortly after the diplomat left the compound aboard a helicopter, according to U.S. and Afghan sources. The NATO soldiers involved in the incident were American, according to Afghan police, and had been leaving the venue to return to Camp Gamberi in east Afghanistan where they were stationed.

Report: Iran sends navy vessels near Yemen amid airstrikes

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 04:53

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Iran dispatched a naval destroyer and another vessel Wednesday to waters near Yemen as the United States quickened weapons supply to the Saudi-led coalition striking rebels there, underlining how foreign powers are deepening their involvement in the conflict.

'Gunned down like an animal': Walter Scott's family reacts to video of his killing

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 04:20
Family members speak out after a white S.C. police officer is charged with murder.

Texas judge refuses to lift block on Obama immigration plan

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 01:29

(Reuters) - A federal judge in Texas has refused to lift a temporary block on a White House immigration plan that would have shielded millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, court documents show. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the border with Mexico, rejected a U.S. Justice Department request to remove a ban on the plan he issued in February. Twenty-six U.S. states filed a lawsuit alleging Obama had exceeded his powers with executive orders that would let up to 4.7 million illegal immigrants stay in the country without threat of deportation.

Ferguson, Missouri elects two black city councillors

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:42
Residents elected a black man and a black woman to Ferguson's city council on Tuesday in the Missouri city's first municipal election since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teen, triggering months of sometimes violent protests. Like the police force in Ferguson, two-thirds of whose residents are black, the city's leadership has long been dominated by whites. Ferguson has about 21,000 residents but has had only two black councillors since its incorporation in 1894, including incumbent Dwayne James. Eight candidates, including four African-Americans, were up for three seats in an election seen as critical to addressing the racially discriminatory practices that threw Ferguson into the spotlight when Michael Brown, 18, was shot dead in August.

White S.C. officer charged with murder in black man's shooting

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 21:56

Dramatic video appears to show the officer shooting a fleeing man several times in the back.

Ferguson election triples number of blacks on City Council

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 20:20

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Two black candidates were among three people elected to the Ferguson City Council Tuesday, tripling African-American representation in the St. Louis suburb where poor race relations have been a focal point since the August shooting death of an 18-year-old black by a white police officer.

Power line break puts out the lights in Washington, D.C

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 19:06

By Lisa Lambert and Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A power line broke loose at an electrical substation near Washington on Tuesday, briefly dimming the White House, emptying museums and cutting electricity to government buildings and the U.S. Capitol for hours. The Justice Department and State Department were among thousands of customers whose power was cut in the early afternoon, along with the University of Maryland and some World Bank offices.

Geno Auriemma ties John Wooden with 10 titles as UConn beats Notre Dame

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 18:48

The Huskies delivered a three-peat for the second time under Auriemma.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wins 2nd term in runoff victory

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 18:34

The expensive campaign hinged on serious financial challenges facing the nation's third-largest city.

White South Carolina policeman charged with murdering black man

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 16:52

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A white South Carolina police officer was charged with murder on Tuesday after a video showed him shooting eight times at the back of a 50-year-old black man who was running away. North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said state investigators decided to charge officer Michael Slager, 33, with the murder of Walter Scott after they viewed the video of the incident, which followed a traffic stop on Saturday morning. The FBI and U.S. Justice Department have begun a separate investigation. A video of the encounter published by the New York Times shows a brief scuffle between Slager and Scott before the latter begins running away.

White SC police officer charged with murder in shooting of black man

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 15:43

The man appeared to be fleeing from the officer, local authorities say.

Jurors end 1st day of deliberations in marathon bombing case

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 13:30

BOSTON (AP) — Jurors in the trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deliberated for a little more than seven hours Tuesday before ending their first day of deliberations without reaching a verdict.

U.S. appeals court rejects challenge to 2012 Obama deportation relief

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 11:50
A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday rejected a challenge to President Barack Obama's 2012 executive action granting deportation relief to immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children, upholding a lower court's earlier ruling. A panel of the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the plaintiffs in the case - the state of Mississippi and a group of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers upset by White House directives - had not shown they had been sufficiently harmed by the rule to keep the case alive. The ruling comes as the same appellate court prepares to hear the Obama administration's appeal of a challenge to a landmark immigration overhaul unveiled last year that would let up to 4.7 million illegal immigrants stay without threat of deportation. In the case stemming from the 2012 executive action, Mississippi had sought to show it had standing as a plaintiff by arguing illegal immigrants drained state resources, while the ICE agents said they were being forced to violate their oaths to enforce the law.