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South Africa's Supreme Court finds Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 01:08

By Zandi Shabalala BLOEMFONTEIN (Reuters) - Paralympian Oscar Pistorius's conviction for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has been scaled up to murder from culpable homicide by South Africa's top appeals court. "Blade Runner" Pistorius could now be sent back to jail for at least 15 years for shooting Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day 2013. The athlete is expected to be sentenced for the new murder conviction by a lower court at a date still to be determined.

2 FIFA officials arrested in new round of pre-dawn raids

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 23:30

ZURICH (AP) — Two FIFA officials were arrested at the request of U.S. authorities on Thursday in a widening bribery case that has rocked soccer's scandal-hit governing body.

14 dead, 17 wounded in California shooting; 2 suspects dead

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 23:18

A heavily armed man and woman dressed for battle opened fire on a holiday banquet for his co-workers, killing 14 people and seriously wounding more than a dozen others in a precision assault, authorities said. Hours later, they died in a shootout with police.

California Muslims condemn 'horrific' mass shooting

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 21:35

California's Muslim community expressed its horror at the mass shooting that killed at least 14 in San Bernardino, after a local Muslim man was widely identified as a suspect. Syed Farook, a US citizen who worked for the town's health department, is believed to have been killed in a shootout with police hours after opening fire inside a Christmas party at a local social services center. "The Muslim community stands shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Americans in repudiating any twisted mindset that would claim to justify such sickening acts of violence," he added in a statement.

Texas sues U.S., relief agency, to block Syrian refugees

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 19:02

A Texas state agency sued the U.S. State Department, a relief agency and others in federal court on Wednesday, seeking to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state just ahead of a plan to bring a new group of Syrians within a week. The International Rescue Committee is set to relocate two Syrian refugee families to Texas in the coming days despite a threat from state officials that such a move would be reckless and met with a cut in funding for the agency. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission sued, asking the U.S. District Court in Dallas for an immediate restraining order and a hearing by Dec. 9 for an injunction that would prevent resettlement.

UK poised for Syria air strikes after parliament vote

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 16:42

Britain will join the US-led bombing campaign against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria after a decisive parliamentary vote, with fighter jets launching their first air strike as early as Thursday. Prime Minister David Cameron's government was backed by 397 lawmakers compared to 223 who opposed the bombing, giving him at 174 the strong mandate he said was essential for military action. Royal Air Force planes based at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus are already helping to bomb targets in Iraq and government sources indicated that they could start flying missions over Syria imminently.

Shooting rampage in California leaves 14 dead, 17 wounded

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 16:18

By Tim Reid and Dan Whitcomb SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (Reuters) - Gunmen opened fire on a holiday party on Wednesday at a social services agency in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people and wounding 17 others, then fled the scene, triggering an intense manhunt and a shootout with police, authorities said. One suspect was struck by gunfire and one officer was injured in a confrontation hours after the mass shooting, San Bernardino police spokeswoman Sergeant Vicki Cervantes told reporters, adding that a second suspect might still be "outstanding." She did not know the condition of the struck suspect but said the officer's injuries were not considered to be life-threatening. San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said in a televised news briefing earlier that as many as three suspects were believed to have made their getaway in a dark-colored sport utility vehicle.

Baltimore officer was negligent in black man's death: prosecutor

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 16:03

A Baltimore policeman on trial for the death of a black man from a spinal injury while in custody failed to secure him in the back of a van and ignored his request for medical aid, a prosecutor said in opening statements on Wednesday. Gray's death in April triggered rioting, arson and protests in the largely black city and fueled a national debate over police tactics and relations with minorities. Porter, 26, faces charges in Baltimore City Circuit Court that include manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct.

Timeline of deadly U.S. shootings over 25 years

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 14:00

At least one gunman opened fire inside a center for the disabled in San Bernardino, California on Wednesday, killing 14 people and wounding the same number before fleeing the scene. A stock-market trader goes on a day-long shooting rampage, killing 12 people, including his wife and two children, before taking his own life. A teenage boy kills two people at his grandfather's home on an Indian reservation and then goes to his local high school, where he kills seven others before committing suicide.

San Bernardino shooting: What we know about the Inland Regional Center for persons with disabilities

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 13:34

Gunmen opened fire at the Inland Regional Center for persons with developmental disabilities in California on Wednesday.

Reports of 20 victims wounded in shooting in San Bernardino, California

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 10:35
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - San Bernardino Fire Department units were responding on Wednesday to reports that 20 people had been wounded in a shooting in that Southern California city, the department said in a tweet. No further details on the incident were immediately available. (Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Leslie Adler)

Donald Trump on ISIS: ‘You have to take out their families’

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 07:52

Donald Trump’s plan to defeat the Islamic State involves destroying them — and their families.

Millions at stake, the ‘Adelson primary’ is neck and neck

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 07:52

It is the biggest financial prize in Republican presidential politics: the endorsement of multibillionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.

Jury selected in Baltimore's Freddie Gray killing trial

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 07:27

A jury was selected on Wednesday in the trial of the first of six police officers charged in a black man's death that triggered rioting and fueled a U.S. debate on police brutality and race relations. Opening arguments in the trial of Officer William Porter could begin as early as Wednesday after the panel of eight black and four white jurors was chosen in Baltimore City Circuit Court, a court spokeswoman said. The jurors' identities will be shielded, and Judge Barry Williams has said the trial will run no later than Dec. 17.

Climate change artist-activists sidestep protest ban during COP21 summit

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 07:23

Artists and activists have circumvented the French government’s controversial ban on public protests – in the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks that killed 130 people – through art installations that capitalize the presence of world leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Secret Service agent indicted for 'sexting'

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 07:13

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal grand jury has indicted a U.S. Secret Service officer who allegedly sent naked pictures of himself to an undercover police officer posing as a 14-year-old girl, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday.

Chicago police force needs a cultural change: mayor

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 07:10

Chicago's 12,000-member police force, one of the biggest in the country and one of the most prone to use lethal force, needs a cultural change that will take time, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Wednesday in an interview with Politico. Emanuel fired Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on Tuesday and has launched a search for a replacement, following protests over the police killing of Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old African-American teenager, which was caught on video. Jason Van Dyke, the white police officer who shot McDonald on Oct. 20, 2014, has been charged with murder and is out on bail.

When climate negotiations proceed just like an 'action movie'

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 04:20

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — With world leaders back home, it's time for the hardcore climate negotiators to work on the more mundane guts of a deal and they are being told to quicken the pace at it.

California man pleads guilty to seeking to join Islamic State

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 01:41
A California man has pleaded guilty to planning to join the Islamic State militant group in Syria, prosecutors said, and faces up to 15 years in prison. Nicholas Michael Teausant, 22, from the town of Acampo, on Tuesday pleaded guilty in a federal court in Sacramento to attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Teausant is one of a number of people arrested in the United States in the last two years for planning to join Islamic State, which controls large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria and claimed responsibility for the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people.

Ex-wife says clinic suspect targeted Planned Parenthood

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 23:23
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — An ex-wife of the man charged with killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood said that he has targeted the reproductive health organization before.