Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, who claims incumbent Thad Cochran stole the Republican primary by encouraging voter fraud. Ruling on a contest once seen as a test of Tea Party clout, Special Judge Hollis McGehee found that McDaniel waited too long to file an initial complaint with the state Republican Party. “The law requires it to be done within 20 days.” The McDaniel campaign has the option to appeal, campaign spokesman Noel Fritsch said. McDaniel, a state senator, lost the Republican nomination in a June 24 runoff election by roughly 7,700 votes.
(Reuters) - Authorities in Connecticut on Friday were investigating a possible threat against President Barack Obama, local media reported. The U.S. Secret Service, which is responsible for presidential security, issued a statement saying, "Information has been received by law enforcement regarding a potentially suspicious person and vehicle. We are working with our local law enforcement partners to determine the validity of the information provided. ...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State corrections officials on Friday agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into separate specialized housing that will offer them more treatment instead of placing them in the same isolation units as other inmates, a decision that marks a major shift in how the system deals with such prisoners.
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve U.S. Shrem, the former vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, will plead guilty next Thursday in New York federal court to unlicensed money transmission, Marc Agnifilo, his lawyer told Reuters in an email. Prosecutors had previously charged Shrem with operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, money laundering conspiracy and failing to file suspicious activity reports with government banking authorities. Federal authorities shut down Silk Road last year, though a new Internet marketplace under the same name was launched in November.
- Fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc was the hero as Montpellier gained a shock 21-20 win at Clermont in the French Top 14 on Friday. Trinh-Duc kicked 18 of the visitors' 21 points with four penalties and two drop-goals. It was a thrilling comeback from Montpellier, last season's Top 14 semi-finalists, after they trailed by five points following a 10-minute period with 14 men following prop Nicolas Mas's sin-binning. Having lost their almost five-year-long unbeaten home record in the play-offs at the end of last season -- they fell 22-16 to Castres -- Clermont suffered a second home loss in quick succession.
The board of the International Monetary Fund reiterated its support for Managing Director Christine Lagarde Friday, after a French court placed her under formal investigation in a graft scandal. A Paris court placed Lagarde under formal investigation earlier this week for alleged "negligence" in a 2008 graft case dating back to when she was a French finance minister. In France, being placed under formal investigation is the nearest equivalent to being charged, and occurs when an examining magistrate decides there is a case to be answered. The judge may eventually decide to remove Lagarde from being under investigation, and she would not face prosecution.
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A police officer has resigned after pointing a rifle at protesters during racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, and another has been fired for inappropriate social media posts stemming from the two weeks of civil unrest, officials said on Friday. Violent protests erupted in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson after white police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed black 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, drawing global attention to the state of race relations in the United States. Police and demonstrators in Ferguson clashed nightly for days after the shooting, with authorities coming under fire for mass arrests and the what critics said were the use of heavy-handed tactics and military gear. At a protest on Aug. 19, Ray Albers, a police officer in the neighboring community of St. Ann, pointed his rifle at a Ferguson protester during a heated verbal exchange, an episode that was captured on video and widely circulated on social media.