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At least two protesters arrested in Ferguson hours after U.S. report

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 20:49
(Reuters) - At least two protesters were arrested outside police headquarters in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday, according to police and online video, just hours after the release of a U.S. probe that found racial bias in the department. The footage, shared by protesters, a local lawmaker and reporters on Twitter late on Wednesday, showed police take into custody at least two of the few dozen demonstrators. When contacted, Ferguson police were not able to provide exact arrest totals or specify the charges, but a dispatcher said protesters had been asked to move out of the street "many, many times." The arrests come just hours after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder unveiled a report that found systemic racial bias created a "toxic environment" in the St. Louis suburb, but cleared white officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown there last August. Brown's killing touched off a national debate on race, led to months of street protests and amplified long-standing complaints in Ferguson and across the country of police harassment and mistreatment of minorities.

Photo: The legacy of the march in Selma

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 20:26
In this March 7, 1965 file photo, state troopers use clubs against participants of a civil rights voting march in Selma, Ala. At foreground right, John Lewis, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, is beaten by a state trooper. The day, which became known as "Bloody Sunday," is widely credited for galvanizing the nation's leaders and ultimately yielded passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

U.S. ambassador to S. Korea slashed on face and wrist in attack

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 18:00

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean media say U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert has been attacked while giving a lecture and taken to a hospital for treatment.

U.S. Supreme Court split over Obamacare challenge

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 16:19

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it tackled a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as a likely swing vote in a ruling. The nine justices heard 85 minutes of arguments in the case brought by conservative opponents of the law who contend its tax credits aimed at helping people afford medical insurance should not be available in most states. A ruling favoring the challengers could cripple the law dubbed Obamacare, the president's signature domestic policy achievement. Kennedy, a conservative who often casts the deciding vote in close cases, raised concerns to lawyers on both sides about the possible negative impact on states if the government loses the case, suggesting he could back the Obama administration.

U.S. ambassador attacked in Seoul

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 16:05

The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was slashed on his face and arm by a blade-wielding assailant shouting anti-war slogans in an attack in Seoul Thursday, police and television reports said. The United States strongly condemned the "act of violence" which left the ambassador bleeding profusely as he was taken to hospital, and said that President Barack Obama had spoken with him. "The President called (Lippert) to tell him that he and his wife Robyn are in his thoughts and prayers, and to wish him the very best for a speedy recovery," said Bernadette Meehan, National Security Council spokeswoman.

Ferguson policies targeted blacks, created toxic environment: U.S. attorney general

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:51

By Lisa Lambert and Carey Gillam WASHINGTON/KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - A U.S. probe found systemic racial bias targeted blacks and created a "toxic environment" in Ferguson, Missouri, but cleared a white officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager there, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday. The report said the St. Louis suburb overwhelmingly arrested and issued traffic citations to blacks to boost city coffers through fines, used police as a collection agency and created a culture of distrust that exploded in August when Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Brown's killing touched off a national debate on race, led to months of street protests and amplified long-standing complaints in Ferguson and across the country of police harassment and mistreatment of minorities. "But seen in this context, amid a highly toxic environment, defined by mistrust and resentment, stoked by years of bad feelings, and spurred by illegal and misguided practices, it is not difficult to imagine how a single tragic incident set off the city of Ferguson like a powder keg." Holder, who is stepping down soon as attorney general, called for wholesale and immediate change in the way Ferguson operates.

'It WAS him': Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:26

BOSTON (AP) — The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It's whether he deserves to die for it.

Ferguson federal probe reveals racist emails

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 14:05

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says report shows deep distrust and hostility in the community.

'It was him' Boston bomber's lawyers admit guilt, focus on brother

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:48
By Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A lawyer for the accused Boston Marathon bomber said at the start of his trial that their client bore responsibility for the attacks that killed three people and injured 264 with a blunt admission: "It was him." But Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a secondary player in the April 15, 2013 bombings at the famous race and the fatal shooting days later of a police officer, defense attorney Judith Clarke said in her opening argument in U.S. District Court in Boston. She indicated that the 21-year-old's older brother, Tamerlan, was the prime mover. A prosecutor, William Weinreb, told jurors how Tsarnaev and his brother, both ethnic Chechens, carefully selected the places where they left the bombs in an effort to punish the United States for military actions in Muslim-dominated countries.

Benghazi committee to subpoena Hillary Clinton's emails

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:28

The House Select Committee on Benghazi is planning to subpoena

Live: Day 1 of the Boston Marathon bombing trial

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:06

Follow Yahoo News' live coverage from inside the courtroom.

Ala. judges stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples after ruling

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:54

Local judges across Alabama appeared on Wednesday to have stopped issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, gay rights advocates said, in compliance with a ruling a day earlier by the Alabama Supreme Court that was in apparent defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court. None of the probate judges in Alabama's 67 counties said they were issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, with some providing no comment when asked, the Human Rights Campaign said. Before Tuesday's ruling, most probate judges were issuing the licenses.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who saved Obamacare in 2012, stays quiet this time

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:45
Chief Justice John Roberts, who saved President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul three years ago by unexpectedly joining the liberal wing of the court, stayed largely silent in oral arguments Wednesday on a new challenge that could deal a mortal blow to the law.

US clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:38

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department won't prosecute a former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but in a scathing report released Wednesday faulted the city and its law enforcement for racial bias and unconstitutional practices.

McDonald's dropping human antibiotics from chicken

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:20

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics commonly used in humans, and milk from cows that are not treated with an artificial growth hormone.

Justices sharply divided over health care law subsidies

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:20
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court was sharply divided Wednesday in the latest challenge to President Barack Obama's health overhaul, this time over the tax subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of Americans.

In Israel, analysts see election boost for Netanyahu from speech

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 08:29

Many analysts in Israel say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before Congress, which challenged President Obama's strategy on Iran, may help him garner votes in upcoming elections.

Georgia police officer killed in shootout: WXIA

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:38
(Reuters) - A Georgia police officer was killed in a shootout with a suspect early on Wednesday, local broadcaster WXIA reported. Fulton County officers went out to investigate reports of shots and came under fire around 1:30 a.m. local time, WXIA said citing police. The officer, who has not been identified, was hit in the head and a suspect was wounded when police fired back, the station added. Police could not be immediately reached for comment. (Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

Opening statements in Boston Marathon bomber trial set for today

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:12

After nearly two months of jury selection, the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is set to begin.

Ferguson police review of Brown shooting remains a secret

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 23:58

Seven months after one of its white officers fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old, the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department’s own findings of what transpired remain under wraps. Excessive force and possible civil rights violations by the suburban St. Louis department have been the focus of a Justice Department investigation since Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown Jr. multiple times last August.