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In Iran deal, Obama sees validation for diplomatic gamble

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 00:54

WASHINGTON (AP) — To President Barack Obama, the historic nuclear accord with Iran is a validation of an arduous, politically fraught diplomatic gamble, one he foreshadowed before winning the White House and one that will shape his legacy long after he leaves.

California judge orders release of video of police shooting Latino man

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 00:50
A federal judge has ordered the release of a video showing three Los Angeles-area police officers fatally shooting an unarmed man in 2013, saying the public had the right to review the footage. U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson said he saw no reason not to release the video after the city of Gardena, 15 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, paid victim Ricardo Diaz Zeferino's family what local media reported was a $4.7 million settlement. Attorneys for Zeferino's relatives and several media outlets had pushed for the video's release amid a national debate over police use of force following a string of fatal shootings of unarmed black and Latino men.

Trump campaign to reveal wealth details: 'I'm really rich'

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 23:30

WASHINGTON (AP) — As other presidential candidates fight to raise money, Donald Trump is reminding everyone he's already got a lot of it.

GOP candidates slam Iran deal, but how will that play in 2016?

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 23:29

The agreement was only a few hours old when Republican White House hopefuls began vowing to overturn it.

SeaWorld accused of infiltrating animal rights group in California

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 20:28

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - An animal rights group said SeaWorld Entertainment Inc, known for its dolphin and killer whale performances, sent an employee on secret missions to infiltrate events organized by the group in an attempt to undermine its work. For years, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has campaigned against SeaWorld over its treatment of killer whales. In 2011, the group sued the company for violating the civil rights of a captive orca.

Family of New York chokehold victim renews calls to charge officer

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 18:58

The family of Eric Garner, a black man who died after a white police officer put him in a chokehold a year ago, renewed calls to criminally charge the police officer on Tuesday, a day after the family reached a $5.9 million settlement with New York City. A grand jury in December declined to indict the officer Daniel Pantaleo, who placed Garner, 43, in the chokehold, a maneuver banned by the New York City Police Department. After the state grand jury declined to indict, then-U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in December promised a full investigation into Garner's death.

With Iran deal reached, what should Israel do now?

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 17:39

Some are saying Benjamin Netanyahu should accept it as a fait accompli and try to repair his relationship with President Obama, which is more tense and troubled than any between an Israeli and American leader in more than 30 years.

The lost Gerald Ford portrait: An art mystery

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 16:55

How did a painting Time magazine commissioned in 1974 end up in a cluttered coat closet 40 years later?

U.S. has yet to notify 21.5 million data breach victims: officials

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 15:00

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two months after discovering that sensitive personal information on 21.5 million Americans was compromised in a hack of government databanks, none of those affected has been officially notified, government officials said on Tuesday. The officials from multiple agencies, who are familiar with an investigation into the breach, said the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which oversaw the data, is working with other agencies to set up a system to inform the victims. One official at OPM, who declined to be identified, said that because of the complicated nature of the data and the fact that government employees and contractors often move among different agencies, it would be weeks before a mechanism was in place.

Planned Parenthood slams secret video as false portrayal of fetus tissue program

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 13:55

(Reuters) - Planned Parenthood said on Tuesday a secretly recorded video that surfaced on the Internet falsely portrayed the reproductive health group's participation in the sale of tissue and body parts from aborted fetuses. The non-profit organization said the video had been heavily edited and recorded by a group that was established to damage its reputation. It said in a statement the video "falsely portrays Planned Parenthood's participation in tissue donation programs that support lifesaving scientific research." The video, which has gotten widespread exposure on the Internet, was produced by the California-based Center for Medical Progress, a self-described organization of citizen journalists dedicated to monitoring and reporting on medical ethics and advances.

'Mockingbird's' Scout: What Gregory Peck would think of new Atticus Finch

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 11:23

Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” the long-awaited follow-up to her 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” hit bookshelves shortly after midnight on Tuesday...

Officials: 4 escape from Mississippi jail; 2 still at large

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 09:20

RAYMOND, Miss. (AP) — Four prisoners escaped from a Mississippi jail before a late-night bed check with help from inside and outside the facility, officials said, and two remained at large Tuesday.

Your questions on Iran nuke deal answered

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 08:49

Katie Couric and guests break down what the historic accord means for the U.S. and the world.

Colorado cinema massacre trial to hear closing arguments

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 07:01

By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - Lawyers in the trial of Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes will make their closing arguments on Tuesday to jurors who must decide whether he is a calculating mass murderer or was legally insane when he killed 12 people. Prosecutors and the defense have been allotted two hours each to present their case by Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour, after testimony in the almost three-month-long capital trial ended last week. When the shooting stopped, 12 moviegoers lay dead and 70 were either wounded by gunfire or were injured fleeing the theater. Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Holmes if he is convicted.

Wal-Mart sued over denying health insurance to gay worker's wife

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:12

A Wal-Mart Stores Inc employee sued the retailer on Tuesday, saying its prior policy of denying health insurance benefits to the spouses of gay employees violated gender discrimination laws. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Boston, seeks nationwide class-action status. Wal-Mart, the largest private U.S. employer, began offering health insurance benefits to same-sex spouses last year, after the Supreme Court in 2013 struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to married gay couples.

Harper Lee's town joyful, anxious over 'Mockingbird' sequel

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 04:37

MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Author Harper Lee's hometown of Monroeville buzzed with excitement for the Tuesday release of her novel "Go Set a Watchman," the sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning "To Kill a Mockingbird." The town has planned a full day of celebrations, including readings, walking tours and a mint julep cocktail hour outside the old courthouse.

Missouri to execute man who killed teenage girl and left body in cemetery

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 03:21

David Zink, 55, is scheduled to die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. CDT (1900 ET) at a state prison for the murder of Amanda Morton of Strafford, Missouri. Lawyers for Zink have filed a flurry of appeals seeking to halt the execution, including claims that Missouri officials will be violating federal law by using compounded pentobarbital in the execution. Zink is the named plaintiff in a lawsuit brought by a group of death row inmates in Missouri against state officials alleging its lethal-injection protocol is unconstitutional and creates a substantial risk of severe pain.

Formal nuclear deal has been reached with Iran

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 22:55

VIENNA (AP) — A landmark Iran nuclear agreement was reached Tuesday after clearing final obstacles, and a senior diplomat said it included a compromise between Washington and Tehran that would allow U.N. inspectors to press for visits to Iranian military sites as part of their monitoring duties.