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Elbows flying, rhetorically, at Romney's 2016 retreat

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 18:41

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Govs. Scott Walker and Chris Christie said presidential rivals in the Senate don't do anything. Sen. Marco Rubio denounced "old ways" in an indirect slap at older contenders. Sen. Lindsey Graham said his party may be going down a "death spiral" if it doesn't embrace minority and younger voters.

McKinney pool party officer’s past includes allegations of racial profiling

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 18:28

The latest law enforcement officer to fuel the national uproar about race and policing once jailed an African-American man for a defective headlight and was sued by another man for racial profiling, excessive force and other civil rights violations.

Officials: Second hack exposed military and intel data

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 15:28

Several U.S. officials say hackers linked to China appear to have gained access to sensitive background information submitted by intelligence and military personnel seeking security clearances. The break is the second cyberbreach of federal records revealed in a week and could dramatically compound the potential damage.

Prison worker arrested, accused of aiding 2 N.Y. escapees

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 15:23

A worker at an upstate New York maximum-security prison has been arrested on charges she helped two convicted killers escape, state police said Friday.

Documents show bitter CIA dispute over pre-9/11 performance

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 14:57

By Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top CIA officials fought bitterly in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks over whether U.S. intelligence agencies could have done more to stop the deadliest terrorist strikes in American history, documents released on Friday show. The once-secret documents include a more complete version of a 2005 report by the spy agency's inspector general, which found that the CIA did not have a comprehensive strategy or marshal adequate resources to combat al Qaeda before hijacked planes hit New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 9/11. At stake in the years-long dispute are the legacies of former top CIA officials and the agency itself.

Court blocks immediate release of last of Louisiana's 'Angola Three'

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 14:05
Albert Woodfox, 68, is the last of three black inmates who gained notoriety for their long stays in isolation at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. The men said they were targeted for joining the Black Panther Party and advocating for prison reforms. Woodfox is believed to have spent more time in solitary confinement than nearly any other prisoner in U.S. penal history, mostly in Louisiana's infamous Angola prison in a cell measuring roughly 6 feet by 8 feet (1.8 metres by 2.4 metres), according to his attorney.

Obama quest for fast-track trade bill defeated for now in House

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 11:11

By Krista Hughes and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives on Friday delivered a blow to President Barack Obama's signature goal of strengthening ties with Asia but could try again as soon as Tuesday to reverse defeat of a measure central to a Pacific Rim trade pact. In a dramatic vote, Obama's own Democrats, as well as Republicans, rejected a program to give aid to workers who lose their jobs as a result of U.S. trade deals with other countries.

Judge signs Justice Department pact with Cleveland Police

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:06
A federal judge on Friday signed off on an agreement between the U.S. Justice Department and Cleveland to address complaints of widespread racial bias and use of excessive force in the city's police department. The agreement released in May was detailed in a 105-page plan for changes to use-of-force policies, training and standards of accountability within the Cleveland Police and calls for an outside monitor to report directly to the court. The plan is "fair, reasonable and adequate" to address the issues of excessive use of force in the Cleveland department and could be a model for the rest of the nation, U.S. District Court Judge Solomon Oliver said in a court hearing on Friday.

Obama makes personal appeal on trade before key House vote

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 09:28

President Barack Obama made an unusual, personal 11th-hour appeal to dubious Democrats on Friday in a tense run-up to a House vote on legislation to strengthen his hand in global trade talks.

Arctic drilling opponents hanging from Shell ship in Washington state

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 09:11
Two activists strapped themselves on Friday to the anchor chain of a Shell Royal Dutch Shell vessel docked in Washington state that will be part of a fleet sent north to Alaska to resume drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic. The women used camping gear and hammocks to attach themselves to the massive chain on the barge in Bellingham, Washington, north of Seattle, the activist group ShellNo said. Both are students at Western Washington University, KIRO-TV reported.

2 charged with conspiring with Boston man to help IS group

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 08:39

Two men were charged Friday with conspiring to help the Islamic State group by plotting with a Boston terror suspect to kill U.S. citizens to support the objectives of the terrorist organization.

Obama's trade bill faces showdown vote on Capitol Hill

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 06:31

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama made an 11th-hour appeal to dubious fellow Democrats on Friday in a tense run-up to a House showdown on legislation to strengthen his hand in global trade talks.

Two men charged with conspiracy to support ISIS in Boston terror probe

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 06:06
U.S. prosecutors charged two men on Friday with conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS, following an investigation that led law enforcement officers to shoot a suspect dead last week in Boston after he approached them with a large knife. One of the men, Nicholas Rovinski, 24, of Rhode Island was taken into custody on Thursday night, according to the FBI. The other, David Wright, of Massachusetts, was already in custody after being arrested last week on lesser charges.

Former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn acquitted in pimping trial

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 05:22

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was cleared of pimping charges on Friday in France, ending four years of legal drama that began with a sexual assault charge in a New York ...

Female prison worker supplied tools to New York escapees: CNN

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 05:00

A female prison worker "provided some form of equipment or tools" to two escapees from an upstate New York correctional center whom authorities are hunting for a seventh day, Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie told CNN on Friday. Joyce Mitchell, an industrial training supervisor in the tailor shop at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, was being questioned about her possible role in the prison break of convicted killers Richard Matt, 48 and David Sweat 34, authorities said. "There is information as far as the contraband that (Joyce Mitchell) did provide to both Matt and Sweat," Wylie told CNN.

Manhunt for two New York prison escapees focuses on nearby woods

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 00:38

Hundreds of law enforcement agents hunting for two upstate New York prison escapees focused their search on Thursday on a heavily wooded area just a few miles from the maximum security facility where they broke out last week, police said. Convicted murderers Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, escaped from the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York through underground pipes and a manhole. More than 500 law enforcement officers, along with sniffer dogs and aviation units, were involved in the manhunt, along with the FBI and other agencies, New York State Police said.

Virginia officer indicted over fatal shooting of mentally ill black man

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 00:18
The decision comes amid a national outcry over police violence against minorities, sparked by high profile police killings of unarmed black men in cities across the country in the past year, as well as grand jury decisions to not criminally charge the officers involved. Norfolk Police officer Michael Carlton Edington Jr. was charged with voluntary manslaughter over the June 6, 2014 shooting death of 35-year-old David Latham, the Office of the Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney said in a statement.

Man arrested in connection with Boston terror probe

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 21:10

A Rhode Island man has been linked to an alleged terror plotter who was shot dead by police.

In Minnesota, high employment and weak wages show Fed's quandary

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 21:07
By Howard Schneider MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - By all rights wages should be soaring in Minnesota, a Midwestern state that boasts one of the best educated and well-paid workforces in the United States and where the unemployment rate stands at a 14-year low. Retail workers, who account for 6,000 of the union's 10,000 Minnesota members, agreed to keep wages flat to avoid an increase in health care premiums. Health care is "where our members are in demand...There are no bodies," Hesse said, while "the retailers are saying: 'we will bargain pay for health care'." That push and pull has played out statewide in what may offer a cautionary tale for Federal Reserve officials debating whether to raise interest rates for the first time in a decade.