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Georgia police officer shot to death; gunman killed

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 06:19:07 -0500

A rookie suburban Atlanta police officer was shot and killed Thursday by a man who was also killed in a shoot-out with other officers, officials said. The names of the DeKalb County police officer an....
Australia, NZ investigating bomb threat emails: cyber security agencies

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:45:40 -0500

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Law enforcement agencies in Australia and New Zealand are investigating bomb threat emails received by some residents, cyber security officials said on Friday, after simi....
Number of U.S. inmates on death row at 25-year low: report

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:11:47 -0500

The number of U.S. inmates executed this year has reached a 25-year low as fewer death sentences are handed down and death row inmates clear their names or die of natural causes, the Death Penalty Inf....
U.S. Green Beret charged with murder of man in Afghanistan

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 23:46:30 -0500

A U.S. Army Green Beret has been charged with the murder of an Afghan man during his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan, a U.S. military spokesman said on Thursday. Major Matthew Golsteyn has admitted to....
Florida executes man convicted of killing woman during 1992 burglary

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 22:52:36 -0500

Jose Jimenez, 55, was put to death by lethal injection at 9:48 p.m. EST at Florida's execution chamber in Raiford, according to Patrick Manderfield, a spokesman for the state department of corrections....
No free money in New Jersey: Police want spilled banknotes back

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:54:09 -0500

East Rutherford police began receiving calls at around 8:30 a.m. EST (1330 GMT) on Thursday that cash was blowing out of the bullet-resistant truck and multiple vehicles had crashed after several moto....
Girl dies after being detained by U.S. Border Patrol-Washington Post

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:33:06 -0500

A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock hours after she was taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. Early on Dec. 7, the girl started h....
No foul play suspected in deaths of two workers at U.S. research station in Antarctica

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:33:51 -0500

The two fire-safety technicians died in unexplained circumstances on Wednesday while performing preventive maintenance on a building that houses a generator for a radio transmitter outside the NSF-man....
U.S. appeals court narrows order on Trump birth control rules

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 19:49:52 -0500

Last year two federal judges - one in Philadelphia and one in Oakland, California - had blocked the government from enforcing a new guideline allowing businesses or nonprofits to obtain exemptions fro....
Bitcoin ransoms just are not what they used to be

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 19:06:08 -0500

(Reuters) - Give me bitcoin or your life. Seriously? The people behind a rash of bomb threats made across the United States and Canada on Thursday demanded a $20,000 ransom to be paid in bitcoin. Auth....
New Zealand police investigating bomb threat emails: cyber security agency

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:48:12 -0500

Police in New Zealand are investigating email threats received by some residents that claim explosive devices were hidden in their offices, the cyber security agency CERT NZ said on Friday after simil....
New York sues Target, Walmart for sale of lead-contaminated toys

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:31:16 -0500

Underwood said her office conducted tests in New York City, Long Island, and the Syracuse and Buffalo areas on "Cra-Z-Jewelz" jewelry-making kits that were imported by LaRose and found levels up to 10....
Bomb threats demanding bitcoin sweep U.S., Canada, none found credible

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:25:05 -0500

One email targeting a St. Louis-area middle school was traced by local investigators to an internet protocol, or IP, address in Moscow, the sheriff's office in Lincoln County, Missouri said. Two week....
Curry agrees to lunar lab visit: NASA

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:51:54 -0500

Allard Beutel, a spokesman for the agency who this week invited Curry to tour the Johnson Space Center in Houston, told science publication Inverse on Thursday the Golden State guard said he would be ....
Butina admits being Russian agent, pleads guilty in U.S. to conspiracy

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:09:19 -0500

Maria Butina, a former graduate student at American University in Washington who publicly advocated for gun rights, entered the plea to a charge of conspiracy to act as a foreign agent at a hearing in....
U.S. appeals court narrows Trump birth control ruling

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:00:47 -0500

Last year two federal judges, one in Philadelphia and one in Oakland, California, had blocked the government from enforcing rules allowing businesses or nonprofits to obtain exemptions from the contra....
Jury convicts ex-employees of pharmacy in U.S. meningitis outbreak

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:15:09 -0500

A co-owner and four ex-employees of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy were convicted on Thursday of committing frauds and other illegal activities that helped boost its business before a deadly 201....
Alabama attorney general takes over probe of police shooting at mall

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:21:12 -0500

In a letter to Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr, Attorney General Steve Marshall said he made the decision after Carr admitted the presence of potential conflicts and biases between him a....
Craps: Dice roll sinks Arkansas candidate who twice missed voting for himself

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:11:05 -0500

Becky Linebaugh, an incumbent alderman in the small town of Hoxie, rolled a "six" to hold on to her seat for a third term, defeating challenger Cliff Farmer who came up short with a "four." The dice ....
Florida set to execute man convicted of killing woman during burglary

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:09:24 -0500

Jose Jimenez, 55, is set to die by lethal injection at the Florida's execution chamber in Raiford at 6 p.m. EST (2300 GMT), the state's department of corrections said. Jimenez was convicted of first-....
Kentucky Supreme Court tosses pension law on procedural factors

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:21:22 -0500

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a law aimed at addressing the state's cash-strapped retirement system because it was improperly passed by the Republican-contro....
Accused Russia agent pleads guilty over U.S. charges: Fox

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:45:41 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Maria Butina, accused of acting as an agent of Russia's government, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in a U.S. court on Thursday as part of a deal with prosecutors,....
Teen fatally shoots himself at Indiana school, police say

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:32:53 -0500

No students were injured in the incident at David W. Dennis Intermediate School, in Richmond, Indiana, about 70 miles east of Indianapolis, state police said on Twitter. Police received information t....
Advocacy group drafts U.S. privacy bill as effort grows to make law next year

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 09:24:23 -0500

The Washington-based Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) said it hopes members of Congress incorporate its proposal into a number of draft privacy bills they have begun to discuss in recent week....
More Americans view climate change as 'imminent' threat: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 07:29:36 -0500

A growing percentage of Americans see climate change as an “imminent” threat driven mainly by human activity, and more than two-thirds want Washington to work with other nations to combat it, accordin....
Three rescued from West Virginia mine may have been seeking copper scrap

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 23:58:23 -0500

Erica Treadway, 31, Kayla Williams, 25, and Cody Beverly, 21, were all being taken to a hospital for treatment after the rescue, said Samantha Smith of the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safe....
Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billion

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 21:54:39 -0500

Insurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires, including one ranked as the most deadly and destructive in state history, have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state ins....
South Carolina boy, 16, pleads guilty in school shooting rampage

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 20:29:57 -0500

Jesse Osborne, who was 14 at the time of the 2016 attack on Townville Elementary School some 40 miles (65 km) southwest of Greenville, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. Prosecutors said the....
Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billion

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:39:34 -0500

Insurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires, including one ranked as the most deadly and destructive in state history, have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state ins....
Opioid maker Insys paid kickbacks to physician assistant, jury hears

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:09:40 -0500

The testimony came at the start of the trial in federal court in Concord, New Hampshire, of Christopher Clough, a physician assistant who prosecutors say accepted nearly $50,000 from Insys in exchange....
U.S. probe cites 'ineffective' safeguard in Husky oil refinery blast

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:45:34 -0500

An "ineffective" safeguard failed to prevent an explosive mixing of air and fuel at a Husky Energy refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, leading to a blast and fire in the plant's gasoline-producing unit i....
West Virginia mine explorers still missing as rescuers dig deeper

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:37:59 -0500

Erica Treadway, 31, Kayla Williams, 25, and Cody Beverly, 21, have been stranded deep inside the Rock House Powellton mine near the town of Clear Creek since they crawled through a ventilation shaft i....
Chicago mayor pushes bond sale, constitutional change to aid pensions

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:33:53 -0500

Mayor Rahm Emanuel laid out a multi-pronged plan on Wednesday to tackle Chicago's huge pension burden, urging the city council to approve the issuance of $10 billion of bonds to boost funding for the ....
U.S. Commerce Sec. Ross unaware of any planned warning for China travel

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:43:30 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Thursday downplayed talk that President Donald Trump's administration is poised to warn Americans against traveling to China.....
United Airlines to add international routes from San Francisco

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:31:55 -0500

The airline also plans to start a second daily flight between San Francisco and Seoul as well as new year-round nonstop flights between the U.S. city and Auckland, Tahiti and Amsterdam in 2019. "This....
Ex-N.Y. state university official gets prison for bid rigging

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 07:44:39 -0500

The former president of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute was sentenced to three and a half years in prison on Tuesday for helping to rig the bidding process for a billion-dolla....
Trump administration asks top court to restore asylum order

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 07:44:27 -0500

The U.S. Justice Department asked the court to lift a temporary restraining order against the asylum rules issued by San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar. Trump has taken a hard line to....
Cosby's lawyers cite grounds for appealing sexual assault conviction

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 07:43:58 -0500

The 81-year-old performer, best known for his role as the lovable family man and physician on the hit television sitcom "The Cosby Show," was found guilty by a Pennsylvania jury in April of drugging a....
Texas executes man convicted of 1993 murder

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 07:43:25 -0500

Alvin Braziel, 43, was pronounced dead at 7:19 p.m. local time, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Asked by the warden if he had any last words before he was put to death, Braziel....
PG&E says cause of Camp Fire not yet determined despite probe

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 23:31:47 -0500

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) released a new report on Tuesday into a massive California wildfire that ignited near one of its damaged towers, offering new details of the incident but st....
No evidence for Trump claim on 'terrorists': government sources

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 20:30:23 -0500

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that U.S. authorities had "caught 10 terrorists," citing it as a reason for why the United States should build a wall on its Mexican border, but four government ....
Chicago mayor to leave pension bond decision to successor: source

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 19:22:25 -0500

Chicago will not immediately pursue the issuance of up to $10 billion of pension bonds to buoy its underfunded retirement system, under steps Mayor Rahm Emanuel will outline to the city council on Wed....
U.S. weighs China travel warning over Huawei case: sources

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 18:45:18 -0500

Such an advisory from the State Department would warn U.S. nationals of the risk that China could retaliate against them for the detention of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, according to ....
Trump administration asks top court to restore asylum order

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 17:45:14 -0500

(Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to let his order barring asylum for immigrants who enter the United States illegally take effect even as....
Ex-N.Y. state university official gets prison for bid rigging

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 17:19:41 -0500

The former president of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute was sentenced to three and a half years in prison on Tuesday for helping to rig the bidding process for a billion-dolla....
Senate approves farm bill compromise that avoids food stamp cuts

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 17:03:31 -0500

U.S. lawmakers have reached an agreement on a farm bill that leaves out a proposal to tighten food stamps criteria backed by President Donald Trump, and offers some financial certainty to farmers suff....
Conservation groups sue Trump administration over Atlantic oil testing

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:56:39 -0500

Environmental groups opposed to offshore drilling sued the federal government on Tuesday to prevent future seismic tests for oil and gas deposits in Atlantic waters off the U.S. East Coast. Seismic t....
Virginia jury wants life sentence for neo-Nazi who killed protester

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:26:08 -0500

A Virginia jury on Tuesday sentenced to life in prison a self-described neo-Nazi who killed a woman when he rammed his car into a crowd protesting two days of white supremacist rallies in the college ....
Trump administration official defends tear gas use at Mexico border

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:32:33 -0500

The firing of tear gas canisters by U.S. border agents toward migrants in Mexico near a border crossing last month followed regulations, a senior Trump administration official said in testimony to Con....
Texas ready to execute man convicted of 1993 murder, assault

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:24:23 -0500

Alvin Braziel, 43, is scheduled to die by lethal injection in the state's death chamber in Huntsville at 6 p.m. CST (0000 GMT), the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. Braziel was convicted a....