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Oregon standoff ends after 41 days with dramatic surrender

Thursday February 11, 2016    6:21 PM

BURNS, Ore. (Reuters) - The four holdouts in the armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered on Thursday, with the last protester repeatedly threatening suicide in a dramatic final phone call with mediators before he gave up, ending the 41-day standoff. David Fry, 27, stayed behind for more than an hour and told supporters by phone he had not agreed with the other three to leave the Malheur Na ... Full Story

Ex-LA sheriff pleads guilty to lying during corruption probe

Thursday February 11, 2016    6:20 PM

Baca, a media-savvy lawman who used his platform as head of the nation's largest sheriff's department to travel the world touting progressive policing policies, had largely been out of sight since leaving office a year early in January 2014. He consistently dodged questions about any con ... Full Story

Latest: Ex-DOJ official says Ferguson could face lawsuit

Wednesday February 10, 2016    11:26 AM

11 a.m.A former top official at the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division says a lawsuit is likely unless the city of Ferguson agrees to a consent decree.The Ferguson City Council voted 6-0 Tuesday to approve the decree, but with seven changes, some of them significant.Samue ... Full Story

New York City budget boss to state: We're not a 'piggy bank'

Wednesday February 10, 2016    11:26 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's fiscal watchdog said the city faces much bigger budget deficits in coming years than the mayor has forecast and warned state lawmakers about treating the city like a "piggy bank." The state, like the city, is finaliz ... Full Story

Slide in energy companies moves US stocks modestly lower

Tuesday February 9, 2016    5:40 PM

KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average was down 87 points, or 0.5 percent, to 15,939 as of 1:26 p.m. Eastern Time. The Standard & Poor's 500 lost 11 points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,842. The Nasdaq composite fell 47 points, or 1.1 percent, to 4,236. Stocks posted steep slides Monday and Fri ... Full Story

Georgia law giving police grand jury access may face change

Tuesday February 9, 2016    10:26 AM

Grand jury proceedings are traditionally secret, with the person accused of wrongdoing often unaware the grand jury is hearing the case. But Georgia law requires that a law enforcement officer be allowed to sit in on the entire proceeding and make a statement at the end that prosecutors can ... Full Story

Paltrow describes years of messages from accused stalker

Tuesday February 9, 2016    10:26 AM

The last package for Paltrow arrived in January 2015 and is now part of a stalking case against Dante Soiu, a man the actress had previously faced in court in a proceeding that resulted in him spending years in a mental institution for his lewd missives in 1999 and 2000.On Monday Paltrow faced Soiu once again, this time in a case filed over 66 le ... Full Story

New York police have covertly tracked cell phones, group says

Thursday February 11, 2016    6:20 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's police have made extensive use of covert devices to track cell phones without obtaining warrants since 2008, a civil liberties group said on Thursday, revealing how frequently law enforcement in the largest U.S. city has employed the technology. The New York Civil Liberties Union released files that showed the New York Police Department used "cell site simulators" to track nearby cell phones more than a 1,000 times over the past eight years. The America ... Full Story

Big-wave surfers gather in Hawaii for prestigious event

Wednesday February 10, 2016    11:26 AM

The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau competition began in 1984, but has only been held eight times. Aikau is a Native Hawaiian surfer famous for riding monster waves and saving hundreds of lives as Waimea Bay's first official lifeguard.The two lane road that snakes along Oahu's North Shor ... Full Story

Former L.A. County sheriff to plead guilty to corruption charges

Wednesday February 10, 2016    11:26 AM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of lying to federal investigators who were conducting a corruption and civil rights probe of the county's jail system, the U.S. Attorney's Office said on Wednesday. Baca a ... Full Story

Supreme Court blocks Obama carbon emissions plan

Wednesday February 10, 2016    12:25 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by putting on hold federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to combat climate change. The court voted 5-4 along ideological lines to grant a request by 27 states and various companies and business groups to block the administration's Clean Power Plan, which also mandates a shift to renewable energy away from fossil fuels. The highly unusual move by the justices means the regulations will not be in effect while a court battle continues over their legality. The White House on Tuesd ... Full Story

Closings set in NYC cop's trial in deadly stairwell shooting

Tuesday February 9, 2016    5:40 PM

New York Police Department Officer Peter Liang faces up to 15 years in prison if he's convicted on manslaughter and other charges in the death of 28-year-old Akai Gurley, who was taking the stairs down with his girlfriend rather than wait for an elevator at the Brooklyn complex.Liang, 28, testif ... Full Story

Obama to release $4 trillion-plus budget for 2017

Tuesday February 9, 2016    10:26 AM

The new spending plan, for the budget year that begins Oct. 1 just 3½ months before he leaves office, is facing heavy fire from Republicans who hope to capture the White House. The proposal has dim prospects of winning approval in a GOP-controlled Congress.In all, Obama's budget would increas ... Full Story

National Security Agency merging offensive, defensive hacking operations

Monday February 8, 2016    3:23 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency on Monday outlined a reorganization that will consolidate its spying and domestic cyber-security operations, despite recommendations by a presidential panel that the agency focus solely on espionage. The NSA said th ... Full Story

Panel denies parole to Sirhan, assassin of Robert F. Kennedy

Thursday February 11, 2016    6:20 PM

Paul Schrade's voice cracked with emotion during an hour of testimony Wednesday on his efforts to untangle mysteries about the events of June 5, 1968. The 91-year-old former labor leader said he believed Sirhan shot him but that a second unidentified shooter felled Kennedy."I should have been here long ago and that's why I feel guilty for not being here to help you and to help me," Schrade said.The men faced each other for th ... Full Story

Ferguson mayor: City is willing to challenge feds in court

Wednesday February 10, 2016    11:26 AM

The Ferguson City Council has asked the Justice Department for seven changes to the proposed settlement that the city spent seven months negotiating with the government. The vote on Tuesday evening drew swift criticism from both the department and many residents.The settlement, known as a consent de ... Full Story

Michigan governor seeks $300 million for Flint water, Detroit schools

Wednesday February 10, 2016    11:26 AM

The Republican governor, who has come under fire for the health crisis in Flint due to unsafe drinking water and for the financial crisis at DPS under emergency managers he appointed, told lawmakers that resources to address the problems are available due to the state's improvin ... Full Story

Obama seeks cybersecurity boost to replace 'ancient' tech

Tuesday February 9, 2016    5:40 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Tuesday he is asking Congress for $3.1 billion to update the government's archaic computer systems to protect them from cyberattacks as part of a new, centralized effort to boost cybersecurity. Obama said he will hire a new chief info ... Full Story

U.S. intelligence chief warns of 'homegrown' security threat

Tuesday February 9, 2016    5:40 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attacks by "homegrown" Islamist extremists are among the most imminent security threats facing the United States in 2016, along with dangers posed overseas by Islamic State and cyber security concerns, the top U.S. intelligence official said on ... Full Story

US senator calls for investigation of cruise ship in storm

Tuesday February 9, 2016    10:26 AM

Sen. Bill Nelson has called for the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the voyage that forced frightened passengers into their cabins overnight Sunday as their belongings flew about, waves rose as high as 30 feet, and winds howled outside."The thing about this storm was that i ... Full Story

Winter storm pounds southern New England, snarling travel

Monday February 8, 2016    3:23 PM

BOSTON (Reuters) - A winter storm was expected to bring more than a foot (30 cm) of snow and howling winds to parts of southern New England on Monday, closing schools and government offices, snarling travel and flooding low-lying coastal areas. Snow was falling in Connect ... Full Story
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