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Two arrested in shooting of volunteer policeman near Arizona marijuana farm

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 12:12
The volunteer followed a speeding quad bike to the entrance of a residence near Ash Fork, about 140 miles north of Phoenix. When he exited his police car, he was shot in the hip by three of about twenty rounds aimed at him and his vehicle, according to a statement from sheriff's office on Saturday. After police surrounded the residence and its many out buildings, Jason Niedermeyer, 24, and his father, Gregory, 49, were arrested and charged with attempted homicide and marijuana production, the sheriff's office said.

Apparent explosion injures woman on Rhode Island beach: officials

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 11:04
"There is no real evidence of a device so we are still trying to piece this together as far as what could have caused this explosion," Kurt Blanchard of the Rhode Island Environment Police said in an interview with CNN. Blanchard confirmed the details with Reuters. Officials from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said they were searching for a suspect they believe planted something in the sand before fleeing, according to CBS News.

Afghanistan says US strikes destroy its Islamic State branch

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 09:39

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan said Saturday that recent U.S. airstrikes it assisted destroyed the top leadership of a fledging Islamic State affiliate there, potentially striking a major blow to an insurgent group already targeted by local Taliban fighters.

US psychology group colluded with govt 'torture' program: report

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 07:00

The US's top psychology association colluded with the Pentagon and the CIA to devise ethical guidelines to support post-9/11 interrogation techniques that have since been labeled as torture, a report said Friday. The association colluded with several government agencies, including the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), to devise ethical guidelines for the interrogation program under former president George W. Bush, according to the review.

Greeks in Brussels for crucial talks with creditors

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 03:48

Bailout proposals now enough backing to set up a weekend of negotiations to stave off financial collapse.

At least 1 killed by blast at Italian Consulate in Cairo

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 01:28

CAIRO (AP) — Italy's foreign minister vowed that his country would not be intimidated after a deadly explosion Saturday morning killed one person and heavily damaged the Italian Consulate in the Egyptian capital.

In Los Angeles, Trump speaks out on undocumented immigrants

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 22:06

By Phoenix Tso LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump met in Los Angeles on Friday with families whose loved ones were killed by undocumented immigrants, saying U.S. immigration policy has allowed criminals from other countries to find sanctuary in American borders. “People came into the country illegally and killed their children,” Trump said at a press conference at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Friday. During his speech, Trump vented about illegal immigrants, claiming that many of the people crossing the border from Mexico are criminals and rapists.

Judge in drought-hit California blocks water cut orders for some farmers

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 21:17
California regulators violated the rights of some farmers by demanding mandatory water cutbacks without giving them a prior hearing, a state judge ruled on Friday. California is in the fourth year of a catastrophic drought that has cost its farm sector billions, and prompted the state's first-ever mandatory cutbacks in urban water use. Sacramento Superior Court Shelleyanne Chang issued a temporary order restraining the state from punishing four Central Valley districts, which includes dozens of farmers, for disregarding curtailment orders imposed to help conserve water, court records show.

Exclusive: At White House, 30-day sprint kicks off cyber marathon to stop intrusions

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 21:03
It's not unique to the federal government," said Tony Scott, who spent 35 years in the private sector running systems at companies such as Microsoft Corp, Walt Disney Co and General Motors Co. Scott was named as the federal CIO in February and knew from the start that stepping up cyber defenses would be a focus. The hacks have created a political firestorm and led on Friday to the resignation of the chief of the Office of Personnel Management as Americans questioned the security of government-housed data. Scott began reviewing the status of cyber security at government agencies early in his tenure.

Judge refuses to remove himself from Arizona sheriff's profiling case

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 19:40
A federal judge on Friday refused to remove himself from a racial-profiling case being pressed against hardline Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio and his deputies. U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow rejected a motion made by Arpaio's lawyers that the judge recuse himself because his decisions in the high-profile case could be seen as biased. In a 40-page written ruling, Snow said the basis for the claims made in May by the Maricopa County sheriff and his chief deputy Gerard Sheridan were “legally insufficient and untimely” and that the case should proceed, including civil contempt hearings.

Greek lawmakers back bailout reform plan

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 18:54

Greece's parliament backed the government's reform plan containing austerity measures to win a third bailout early Saturday, but with the government suffering significant losses from dissenting lawmakers.

San Francisco sheriff, U.S. officials clash over immigrant suspect's release

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 18:08

The San Francisco sheriff and federal immigration officials traded accusations on Friday over who was responsible for the release from custody of a five-time deported Mexican immigrant accused of shooting to death a woman at a tourist site. San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's department released from jail Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez in April despite a request from federal officials that the illegal immigrant be held until they could pick him up. Lopez-Sanchez, who was deported from the United States five times, has been charged with murder for the July 1 shooting of Kathryn Steinle, 32, at a San Francisco tourist site.

Confederate flag taken down in South Carolina after 54 years

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 14:52

South Carolina pulled the Confederate flag from its place of honor at the Statehouse on Friday, marking a milestone in how America commemorates the war that tore the United States apart 150 years ago.

Reddit interim CEO Pao resigns; Huffman regains CEO title

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 14:50

NEW YORK (AP) — Reddit said Friday that interim CEO Ellen Pao resigned from the company, and co-founder Steve Huffman is back as its CEO.

Cleveland judge won't be forced to issue warrants in Rice shooting

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 13:38

A divided Ohio appeals court panel on Friday said it would not force a municipal judge to issue arrest warrants for Cleveland police officers involved in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in a city park last November. A group of community activists who have sought to bring charges against the officers directly through a little known Ohio law had asked the 8th District Court of Appeals to compel the judge to issue arrest warrants in the case. Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine in June found probable cause for Officer Timothy Loehmann, who shot Rice, and his partner, Frank Garmback, to face charges in the shooting.

CIA, FBI looking into forged letter from top Democrat

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 10:34

The request for comment reached Sen. Dick Durbin’s staff just after midnight on Monday. What did the No. 2 Senate Democrat have to say about a letter, over his signature, in which he appeared to dictate to Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk who should be in his government? A Washington, D.C.-based reporter for Russian outlet RIA Novosti wanted to know.

Suspected Charleston shooter could buy gun due to background check mix-up: FBI

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 10:30

By Lindsay Dunsmuir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The suspect in the shootings of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, was erroneously able to buy a gun due to a mix-up in a background check which should have revealed an admission of drug possession, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said on Friday. The examiner of suspect Dylann Roof's federal background check did not see a police report in which Roof admitted to drug possession, which would have barred him from buying the weapon, Comey told reporters at a briefing. Roof, a 21-year-old white man linked to racist views, is charged in the June 17 shootings at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, where the nine were gunned down during a Bible-study session.

Lawyers for Colorado movie gunman James Holmes wrap up case

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 09:26

By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - Defense lawyers trying to avoid the death penalty for Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes wrapped up their case on Friday, hoping they have convinced jurors he was legally insane when he carried out one of the worst U.S. mass shootings. Prosecutors accuse Holmes of being a cold-blooded murderer who aimed to kill all 400 people in the packed midnight premiere of a Batman film at the Century 16 cinema in Aurora, a Denver suburb. The defense team had earlier called a succession of psychiatrists and psychologists who studied Holmes, as well as jail staff who met him after he was arrested at the scene dressed head-to-toe in body armor, a gas mask and a helmet.