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'Slicing and dicing': How some U.S. firms could win big in 2016 elections

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 21:06

By Robin Respaut and Lucas Iberico Lozada NEW YORK (Reuters) - By one estimate U.S. online political advertising could quadruple to nearly $1 billion in the 2016 election, creating huge opportunities for digital strategy firms eager to capitalize on a shift from traditional mediums like television. These firms - mostly small, partisan and based in Washington and surrounding suburbs - have grown in sophistication since the last presidential election in 2012. A niche sector in a multi-billion election industry, they are poised to play a much bigger role in 2016 as digital ads assume more importance and change the way political money is spent on advertising. A candidate's ability to micro-target likely voters with adverts on issues they care about is crucial in a modern American political campaign.

2nd controversial video of S.C. officer surfaces

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 19:19

A man claims Officer Michael Slager shot him in the back last summer with a Taser.

Ben Carson to make 'major announcement' on May 4: CNN

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 18:48

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Retired physician Ben Carson, considered a potential Republican presidential contender, plans a major announcement on May 4 in Detroit, CNN reported on Monday, citing his spokeswoman. "He will make an announcement. But he's still very much in the exploratory phase, so he hasn't made a decision yet," the spokeswoman, Deana Bass, told the network. Carson, 63, who is popular with Tea Party conservatives, said in February he was considering a possible presidential announcement in May. ...

Oklahoma deputy charged with manslaughter in fatal Tulsa shooting

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:32

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma prosecutors charged a sheriff's reserve deputy with second-degree manslaughter on Monday in the fatal shooting of a black man this month in Tulsa, the most recent in a series of U.S. cases that have raised questions about race relations and policing. Reserve deputy Robert Bates, 73 and white, fatally shot Eric Harris, 44, an African-American, on April 2. Bates thought he was using a Taser instead of his gun, the Tulsa Sheriff's office said of the incident seen in a video released over the weekend. Legal experts said second-degree manslaughter in Oklahoma can bring between two and four years in prison.

'What’s that noise?' Plane takes off with worker in cargo hold

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:20

An Alaska Airlines flight made an emergency landing because a worker got trapped inside the cargo hold. How did it happen?

Oklahoma deputy charged in suspect's shooting death

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 14:43

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors charged a reserve sheriff's deputy with manslaughter Monday in the death of a man who was fatally shot as he lay on the ground at the officer's feet — a shooting that was certain to raise questions about the use of volunteer officers to supplement full-time police.

Rubio announces 2016 run

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 14:29

The conservative 43-year-old first-term lawmaker, son to poor immigrants from Cuba, presented the 2016 presidential election as "a generational choice" -- a clear jab at his more senior rivals, notably the newly-announced Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and his fellow Republican and potential adversary Jeb Bush.

Ex-guards get lengthy prison sentences for Iraq shootings

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 14:14

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rejecting pleas for mercy, a federal judge on Monday sentenced former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians and wounded 17 others.

Oklahoma charges deputy with second-degree manslaughter in Tulsa shooting

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:38

(Reuters) - Prosecutors in Oklahoma have charged a sheriff's reserve deputy with second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a man this month in Tulsa, prosecutors said on Monday. The Tulsa County Sheriff said reserve deputy Robert Bates, 73, fatally shot Eric Harris, 44, on April 2.

Former Blackwater guards sentenced to prison in 2007 Baghdad killings

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:34

A federal judge sentenced four former Blackwater security guards to lengthy prison terms on Monday in the 2007 massacre of 14 unarmed Iraqis, closing a chapter of the U.S. war in Iraq that tested relations between the two countries. Nicholas Slatten was sentenced to life in prison for his murder conviction in the killings at a Baghdad traffic circle. U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth sentenced three other former Blackwater guards, convicted of manslaughter in the killings, to 30 years each. A heavily armed, four-truck Blackwater Worldwide convoy had been trying to clear a path for U.S. diplomats.

Killer Jodi Arias gets life term with no chance for release

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 09:26

A judge sentenced convicted murderer Jodi Arias to life in prison without the possibility of release on Monday, ending a nearly seven-year-old case that attracted worldwide attention with its salacious details.

Hillary Clinton hits the road in her 'Scooby van'

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 07:12

Shortly after officially launching her 2016 presidential bid Sunday with a video saying she wants to be the champion of “everyday Americans,“ Hillary Clinton hit the road for Iowa — in a minivan.

Rubio tells donors he is running for White House

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 06:46

The Republican senator says he feels "uniquely qualified" to defend the American Dream.

One reported dead in shooting at N.C. community college

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 06:07

A campus in Goldsboro was on lockdown as authorities searched for a shooter.

Jury in fifth day of deliberations in Aaron Hernandez's murder trial

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 05:15

The jury in the murder trial of former National Football League player Aaron Hernandez began its fifth day of deliberations on Monday over whether he is guilty of killing an acquaintance in 2013, in the first of two murder trials he will face this year. Hernandez, 25, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, is accused of fatally shooting semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in an industrial park near Hernandez's Massachusetts home in June 2013. If convicted of first-degree murder, Hernandez would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, is the first of two Hernandez faces this year.

The Rubio record: From tea party hero to immigration reformer and beyond

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 04:10

Rubio’s stint as conservative icon is now less a defining feature of his career than it is a discordant footnote to his political story.

Atlanta educators in cheating scandal due for sentencing

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 03:00
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Ten former Atlanta public school educators convicted earlier this month of racketeering in one of the nation's largest test-cheating scandals are set to be sentenced on Monday, facing potential penalties of more than 20 years in prison. A state investigation in 2011 found that 38 principals and 140 teachers in the Atlanta school district were involved in cheating on 2009 standardized tests, in a revelation that shook the city. Bernice King, daughter of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., last week urged the judge in the case to spare the 11 convicted educators from prison, one of whom is pregnant and due to be sentenced in August. It is unusual for teachers and principals to end up behind bars for cheating on student tests, said Bob Schaeffer, education director for the nonprofit group FairTest, which seeks to limit the use of standardized testing.

Convicted killer Jodi Arias faces sentencing in Arizona

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 02:02

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona judge is expected to decide on Monday whether Jodi Arias, who was convicted in 2013 of killing her ex-boyfriend, will spend the rest of her life in prison or possibly be eligible for parole after 25 years. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens is set to determine the fate of the former California waitress after a second jury last month failed to reach a unanimous verdict on whether she should be executed for the 2008 murder of Travis Alexander.

Shooting makes North Charleston chief's outreach job harder

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 00:42

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Eddie Driggers had been out of active policing for five years when North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey offered him the top job in South Carolina's third-largest city.

Final phase of jury selection to start in theater shooting

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 22:24
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The final phase of jury selection in the Colorado theater shooting case is set to begin with attorneys questioning prospective jurors as a large group.