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No prison time for NYPD officer in stairwell shooting case

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 13:09

NEW YORK (AP) — A former police officer who shot an unarmed man to death in a darkened stairwell was spared prison time Tuesday, and a judge reduced his manslaughter conviction to a lesser charge in a case that became a flashpoint for police accountability.

At encryption hearing, lawmakers search in vain for workable solutions

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:01

The nearly four-hour hearing comes less than a month after the FBI abandoned a controversial case against Apple involving the iPhone of a San Bernardino shooter.

Trump has a 9/11 problem — and it’s not ‘7/11’

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 09:27

Trumps’s assertion that he helped clear rubble in the search for 9/11 survivors — an anecdote meant to show his “New York values” — is fraught with questions.

MH17 families mulling lawsuit against Malaysia Airlines

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:47

Dozens of families of those killed when a missile shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine two years ago are considering suing the carrier for compensation, their lawyer told AFP Tuesday. All 298 passengers and crew -- the majority of them Dutch -- died when the Boeing 777 was hit by a Russian-made BUK anti-aircraft missile over war-torn eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. Under a 1999 international accord dubbed the Montreal Convention, the families have until the second anniversary of the disaster -- July 17 -- to decide if they want to press a lawsuit.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battle for momentum in New York’s Democratic primary

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 06:31

Bill Clinton starkly laid out the stakes for New York’s Democratic presidential primary at an event in the Long Island suburb of Elmont earlier this month. This election in so many ways psychologically is coming down to New York,” he said. Indeed, while Hillary Clinton has racked up enough delegates in earlier primaries to put her on a path to victory, the race in New York remains crucial to her campaign.

Majority of Americans can't fathom supporting Trump or Clinton (or Cruz)

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 06:30

According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal national poll, 68 percent of registered voters say they couldn’t see themselves supporting Trump, while 58 percent say the same about Clinton. Sixty-one percent of voters surveyed said they couldn’t see themselves backing Cruz.

Trump and the NY ‘establishment’: If you can’t join ’em, beat ’em

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 04:16

NEW YORK—Donald Trump was having a moment. Dressed in a tuxedo jacket and bow tie, the real estate mogul and former reality television star took the stage at last week’s New York State Republican Gala as the unlikely frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination. Instead, as he scanned the crowd of nearly 1,000 Republican donors and party officials, including many from the Manhattan social orbit he’d been circling just outside of for decades, Trump sought a different kind of validation: one focusing on his business achievements.

Clinton trips up in the Big Apple. New Yorkers can relate

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 04:06

Clinton, attempting to use the subway. Earlier this month, a little more than two weeks before New York’s Tuesday primary, Hillary Clinton decided to take the subway. “You can tell Hillary hasn’t done the subway in a while since she’s talking to people,” Chuck Ross, a reporter at the Daily Caller, tweeted, nodding to an unspoken rule of silence among New York commuters.

Death toll from Taliban attack in Afghan capital rises to 28: police

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 01:30

The death toll from a Taliban attack on a government security agency's building in the Afghan capital on Tuesday has risen to at least 28, the Kabul police chief said, with more than 320 wounded. Police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said civilians and members of the Afghan security forces were among the dead and wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Obama: Top intel official reviewing secret 9/11 material

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 23:19
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the top-ranking U.S. intelligence official is reviewing classified material in a Sept. 11 report that families of attack victims and some lawmakers are demanding be made public.

New York set to vote, Clinton and Trump tipped to win

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 21:52

New York goes to the polls Tuesday in a pivotal presidential primary tipped to hand Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump victories in the race to clinch the Democratic and Republican tickets to the White House. The former secretary of state, first lady and New York senator leads the polls by double digits over her Brooklyn-born challenger, Bernie Sanders, even if nationwide surveys put them neck and neck. Trump, the brash Manhattan billionaire whose controversial campaign has appalled the Republican establishment, is streets ahead of his evangelical rival Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Homes damaged, at least 5 dead in massive Houston flooding

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 20:32

More than a foot of rain had fallen by Monday evening in parts of Houston, submerging scores of subdivisions and several major interstate highways, forcing the closure of schools and knocking out power ...

Transgender bathroom bill fails in Tennessee legislature

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 16:32

The House sponsor withdraws the legislation while waiting to see how legal challenges play out in other states that have passed similar measures.

Houston deluged, five reported dead in Texas floods

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 16:26

Torrential rainfall totaling 18 inches pummeled the city and turned roads into lakes.

Doris Roberts, Star of 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' Dies at 90

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 16:12
The five-time Emmy winner excelled at playing motherly types. "I'm not some celebrity thinking, 'I'm greater than anybody else,' " she once said.

Bernie Sanders blasts critics who call his ideas unrealistic: ‘Nothing is radical’

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 08:06

On CNN’s “New Day” Monday, one day before New York’s primary, Sanders pointed out that he called for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour from $7.50 more than five years ago. California, New York, Oregon have done it.

Unconventional #3: The return of the dark-horse nominee, why Trump is ‘out of his mind’ (and more!)

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 08:00
A primer on the history of convention dark horses, an expert colorfully counters Trump’s claim that the delegate system is “rigged,” RNC goes to Hollywood, more.

Party primaries are not ‘public decisions,’ rules expert says

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 07:45

Politics guru Elaine Kamarck explains how our political parties choose they're presidential nominees and says Donald Trump is "out of his f***ing mind."

In quake-devastated Ecuador, loss piles up amid the rubble

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 03:32

At least 272 people died in the 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

Top Trump aide lobbied for Pakistani spy front

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 01:00

Paul Manafort, convention manager for the Trump campaign, on “Meet the Press,” April 10. For more than five years, Donald Trump’s new top campaign aide, Paul Manafort, lobbied for a Washington-based group that Justice Department prosecutors have charged operated as a front for Pakistan’s intelligence service, according to court and lobbying records reviewed by Yahoo News. Manafort’s work in the 1990s as a registered lobbyist for the Kashmiri American Council was only one part of a wide-ranging portfolio that, over several decades, included a gallery of controversial foreign clients ranging from Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and Zaire’s brutal dictator Mobutu Sese Seko to an Angolan rebel leader accused by human rights groups of torture.