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No arrests in Ferguson protests for first time in five days: police

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:49

Protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over last year's police killing of an unarmed black teenager ended peacefully on Wednesday morning, law enforcement officials said, after shots had been fired and shop windows smashed earlier in the week. It was the first night since Friday to end without arrests, said St. Louis County police spokesman Shawn McGuire. The mainly black St. Louis suburb of 21,000 people has had months of largely peaceful protests punctuated by nights of rioting, arson and gunfire since a white police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014.

Rise of the Female Superhero

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 03:59

U.S. military helicopter crashes off Japan's Okinawa, seven hurt

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 03:25

All 17 people on the UH-60 Black Hawk have been rescued, including seven who were injured.

Texas to execute man convicted of killing veteran police officer

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 03:19
Texas plans on Wednesday to execute Daniel Lopez, 27, who was convicted of killing a veteran police officer in 2009 and has waived his rights to appeal his death sentence. If the execution goes ahead, it would be the 528th in Texas, the most of any state since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Lopez was convicted of striking Corpus Christi Police Lieutenant Stuart Alexander at high speed with a sports utility vehicle as he was fleeing from police.

After 2 nights of tension, a peaceful protest in Ferguson

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 00:32

Police outnumbered protesters along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson on Tuesday night.

Wildfire escalates in northern California, people flee homes

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 23:42

By Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A wildfire burning in northern California grew rapidly on Tuesday near another massive blaze that has destroyed dozens of buildings, forcing some residents to evacuate their homes for the second time in as many weeks. The so-called Jerusalem Fire, sparked on Sunday, has spread across 14,000 acres (5,665 hectares) and was burning aggressively through drought-parched vegetation north of Napa Valley wine country, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said. The fire, burning about 100 miles (160 km) north of San Francisco, was 5 percent contained, Cal Fire said.

Officer fired for 'troubling' decisions in shooting of Texas teen

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 19:47

A white officer who fatally shot a black Texas teenager last week at a Dallas-area car dealership has been fired after making a series of troubling decisions, Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson said on Tuesday. Christian Taylor, a 19-year-old college football player at Angelo State University, became the latest unarmed black man to die at the hands of a white police officer after officials said he was seen on security surveillance tape vandalizing cars at an auto dealership in Arlington. Taylor was shot multiple times by Arlington police officer Brad Miller, 49, who was still undergoing training with the department, police said.

Trump says he'll release policy specifics soon

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 18:48

BIRCH RUN, Mich. (AP) — Donald Trump says his campaign is prepared to lay out specific policy plans. He's just not ready yet.

Police release video they say shows Ferguson suspect with gun

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 18:13

St. Louis County Police released a video on Tuesday that they said shows a suspect, who has been accused of firing on police, drawing a pistol from his pants during protests in strife-torn Ferguson, Missouri. Tyrone Harris, 18, was shot by police and is in critical condition. The incident occurred on Sunday in the St. Louis suburb where largely peaceful demonstrations over police shootings of unarmed black men have been punctuated by violence.

Clinton relents, gives up possession of private email server

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 17:41

After months of demands she relinquish the server, she directs her team to give the device to the Justice Department.

New York probes allegations of inmates beaten after prison escape

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 15:06

Authorities are investigating allegations that guards beat and abused dozens of inmates in an upstate New York prison after the daring escape of two convicted killers in June, state corrections officials said on Tuesday. The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said it had been investigating for several weeks the allegations of prisoner abuse at the Clinton Correctional Center, which were first reported in the New York Times on Tuesday. Prisoners left behind in the so-called honor section of the prison, reserved for inmates with good behavior including Richard Matt and David Sweat before their June 6 escape, described "being beaten while handcuffed, choked, and slammed against cell bars and walls," the Times reported.

New Hampshire to make criminals face victims' families at sentencing

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 13:33

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan on Tuesday signed a law that requires convicted criminals to appear in court at sentencing when victims’ families and friends are given the opportunity to express their pain. In the end, convicted murderer Seth Mazzaglia, 33, dropped the request and attended the sentencing, where family members of his victim, Elizabeth "Lizzy" Marriott, expressed profound grief and anger toward him.

Sen. Claire McCaskill on Ferguson, Iran, Trump

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:56

Katie Couric sits down for an interview with Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), who remains undecided about the president’s Iran Deal...

John Kerry: Dollar could suffer if U.S. walks away from Iran deal

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:56

If the United States walks away from the nuclear deal struck with Iran last month in Vienna and demands that its allies comply with U.S. sanctions, the dollar may soon cease to be the world’s reserve currency, the top U.S. diplomat...

Oath Keepers return to Ferguson, angering police

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 11:41

A group of five heavily armed white men calling themselves the Oath Keepers arrived in Ferguson, Mo., late Monday night, angering police who feared their presence would only inflame tensions.

Donald Trump: 'I whine until I win'

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 09:56

Prison bus collides with truck in Arizona, seriously injuring three

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 08:32
Another 19 people on the bus were taken to area hospitals for evaluation and treatment after the violent crash that scattered debris across the highway about 100 miles south of Phoenix, said Arizona Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Lamoreaux. The seriously injured inmates and driver were transported to hospitals, as well, said Bart Graves, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety. The driver of semi-truck told state troopers he toppled his vehicle trying to avoid an animal that had darted onto the roadway, Graves said.

More than 30 people arrested in Arkansas drug, gun case

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 07:21
More than 30 people in northeast Arkansas have been arrested on firearms and drug charges in a major federal investigation, a U.S. Attorney's office said on Tuesday. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas scheduled a news conference later in the day to discuss the unsealing of 40 federal indictments charging 70 defendants with drug and gun crimes in the case, it said in a statement.

Virginia ex-governor's conviction appeal denied by U.S. court

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 06:52

A U.S. appeals court denied former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell's appeal of his 2014 corruption conviction on Tuesday, setting the stage for an appeal to the Supreme Court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a brief opinion that no judge had voted for a rehearing of McDonnell's appeal of his 11 convictions. A three-judge panel of the court in July had upheld McDonnell's conviction for taking $177,000 in gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting one of his company’s dietary supplements.

Rivers hardest hit by Colorado mine waste spill to stay closed until Aug. 17

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 03:05

Two rivers in Colorado and New Mexico hardest hit by contamination from toxic wastewater spilled from a defunct gold mine will remain closed to drinking water and irrigation intakes for at least another week, U.S. environmental officials said. The San Juan River and its northern tributary, the Animas River, have been fouled by the release of more than 3 million gallons (11.3 million liters) of acid mine drainage inadvertently triggered by a team of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) workers last week. The discharge has continued to flow at the rate of 500 gallons (1,900 liters) per minute from the site of the century-old Gold King Mine, near the town of Silverton in southwestern Colorado, into a stream below called Cement Creek.