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Manhunt underway for suspect in officer's fatal shooting

Monday August 3, 2015    6:19 AM

"He's a coward," Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said of the suspect, 29-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn. "You gunned down, you murdered a police officer, for less than 2 grams of marijuana. You literally destroyed a family."Wilbourn faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Officer Sean Bolton, 33, Armstrong said at a Sunday news conference.Wilbourn was a passenger in a 2002 Mercedes Benz that was parked i ... Full Story

NAACP's 'Journey for Justice' protest march begins in Selma

Sunday August 2, 2015    10:31 AM

SELMA, Ala. (AP) â?? Protest marches have been part of Selma's civil rights fabric since 1965, but an 860-mile trek to Washington had a minister leaning on the Bible for heavenly support Saturday.The Rev. Theresa Dear noted the magnitude of what lies ahead, but never doubted that the "40 ... Full Story

Abortion supporters get help from courts in video fight

Saturday August 1, 2015    9:28 AM

A federal judge in San Francisco on Friday blocked the release of any recordings made at meetings of an abortion providers' association by the anti-abortion group the Center for Medical Progress.Earlier in the week, a Los Angeles County judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking ... Full Story

Bobbi Kristina Brown funeral expected to draw large crowds

Saturday August 1, 2015    8:16 AM

ALPHARETTA, Ga., (Reuters) - Scores of onlookers are expected to gather on Saturday near a Georgia church for the funeral of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of late singer Whitney Houston. Brown's funeral at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, a no ... Full Story

Closing of Baltimore detention center marks a milestone

Friday July 31, 2015    11:07 AM

The Republican governor said Thursday that the state would save $10 million to $15 million a year by closing the state-run complex, where inmates and corrupt guards had run a criminal conspiracy that garnered national attention and where hundreds of inmates are held while awaiting trial or ser ... Full Story

Average US vehicle age hits record 11.5 years

Wednesday July 29, 2015    9:55 AM

The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive, a sign of the increased reliability of today's vehicles and the lingering impact of the sharp drop in new car sales during the recession.Drivers behind the wheel of older cars aren& ... Full Story

New York prison worker: I got 'caught up' in escape plot

Wednesday July 29, 2015    6:55 AM

Joyce Mitchell, 51, an instructor in the tailor shop at the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York, tearfully pleaded guilty Tuesday to helping prisoners Richard Matt and David Sweat escape. She faces a sentence of 2 1/3 to seven years in prison under terms of a plea deal with pro ... Full Story

Few clues emerge on fate of teens missing on fishing trip

Tuesday July 28, 2015    8:43 AM

Nick Korniloff said his 14-year-old stepson Perry Cohen and the boy's friend Austin Stephanos were supposed to remain on the Loxahatchee River and the Intracoastal Waterway during their outing Friday. He said he didn't believe the boys were heading to the Bahamas, as some have spe ... Full Story

2 lives cut short: Remembering young women shot at movies

Monday July 27, 2015    12:10 PM

Jillian Johnson, 33, and Mayci Breaux, 21, were shot and killed last Thursday while watching the movie "Trainwreck" at The Grand 16 movie theater in Lafayette, leaving stunned friends and family questioning how two lives off to such promising starts could end so tragically.Police say John Russell Ho ... Full Story

Boy Scouts expected to lift ban on gay adult leaders on Monday

Monday July 27, 2015    7:49 AM

DALLAS (Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America is expected to end its ban on gay adult leaders on Monday, dismantling a policy that has deeply divided the membership of the 105-year-old Texas-based organization. The Boy Scouts National Executive Board will consider a reso ... Full Story

Medical Examiner: Autopsy planned for Bobbi Kristina Brown

Monday July 27, 2015    6:10 AM

In a statement Monday morning, the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office says the time that elapsed from when she was found unresponsive in January until her death Sunday will "complicate" its effort to reconstruct events."Interpretation of autopsy findings and other informatio ... Full Story

State health insurance markets struggle with cost challenges

Sunday July 26, 2015    8:52 AM

Hawaii's marketplace, the latest cautionary tale, was awarded $205 million in federal startup grants. It has spent about $139 million and enrolled 8,200 customers for individual coverage in 2015. Unable to sustain itself, the state marketplace is turning over sign-ups to the federal Hea ... Full Story

Sunday in the Senate: Health care and lending bank on agenda

Sunday July 26, 2015    7:13 AM

Both are amendments to a must-pass highway bill that the Senate is trying to complete ahead of a July 31 deadline. If Congress doesn't act by then, states will lose money for highway and transit projects in the middle of summer construction season.Republicans have voted numerous times to repeal ... Full Story

Hundreds mourn for woman found dead in Texas jail cell

Saturday July 25, 2015    2:22 PM

LISLE, Ill. (Reuters) - Hundreds of people on Saturday attended the funeral of Sandra Bland, a black woman found dead in a Texas jail cell days after she was arrested following a minor traffic offense, an incident said by activists to be yet another example of police brutality tow ... Full Story

Suspected South Carolina church gunman due in court for hearing

Thursday July 16, 2015    4:21 AM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - The suspected gunman in the slaying of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston last month is expected in court on Thursday when a judge will hear a media challenge to a ban on the release of documents in the case. Dylann Roof, 21, was arrested a day after the killings and charged ... Full Story

New Mexico Gov. Martinez: 'Coward' set off 2 church blasts

Monday August 3, 2015    6:10 AM

The small blasts just 20 minutes and a few miles apart shocked congregants Sunday morning at the churches in southern New Mexico.There were no injuries or deaths from the blasts outside Calvary Baptist and Holy Cross Roman Catholic in Las Cruces, Las Cruces police spokesman Danny Trujillo said. Each building sustained minor damage.Authorities are working to determine who planted the explosives and have not said if more than one person is being sought. They are also trying to determine what materials were used and whether the blasts were relat ... Full Story

California wildfires expand after death of firefighter

Sunday August 2, 2015    9:19 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Firefighters rushed to contain a pair of fast-moving wildfires in Northern California on Saturday as they mourned the death of a U.S. Forest Service firefighter killed this week in the battle against one of the blazes, officials said. The larges ... Full Story

Several wildfires blacken dry California's golden hills

Saturday August 1, 2015    8:52 AM

The flames, which consumed a handful of homes and threatened hundreds of other structures, prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for all of California on Friday.In the Modoc National Forest, a firefighter from South Dakota was killed battling a blaze that broke out about a hu ... Full Story

Florida power company gave $1 million to pro-Bush super PAC

Saturday August 1, 2015    7:40 AM

Bush, a leading Republican contender, knows the company well. In 2009, more than two years after leaving office, he penned an opinion piece in the state capital's newspaper urging regulators to approve the utility's proposed rate increase for Florida customers."With power, the cash registers open and close," Bush wrote in the op-ed, published in the Tallahassee Democrat. FP&L is the state's largest electric utility, and NextEra operates in 26 other states and Canada.Now, NextEra is opening its own coffers to support Right to Rise, the super PAC formed to help Bush's bid for the presidency. The publicly traded, Fortune 200 company contributed more than $1 million to the group this year, according to newly availab ... Full Story

Once a sideshow, former preemies praise doctor years later

Friday July 31, 2015    4:31 AM

Horn is among thousands of former premature babies whose lives were saved in the early 20th century by Dr. Martin Couney, a pioneer in the use of incubators who sought acceptance for the technology by showing it off on carnival midways alongside freak shows and fan dancers."Life Begins at ... Full Story

Coast Guard continues search for missing Florida boys

Wednesday July 29, 2015    7:31 AM

TEQUESTA, Fla. (AP) â?? The latest on the search for the two Florida teens who went missing while on a fishing trip off Florida's Atlantic coast:7:40 a.m.The search continued Wednesday for two Florida teens who have been missing in the Atlantic Ocean since leaving Friday afternoon on a fishing ... Full Story

New TSA chief aims to tighten U.S. airline screening: NYT

Wednesday July 29, 2015    6:28 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Transportation Security Administration plans to retrain thousands of airport screeners to detect weapons better, scale back a pre-clearance program and more closely monitor security badges, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. Peter V. Ne ... Full Story

'10 people on Twitter' exult in demise of Boston Olympics

Tuesday July 28, 2015    8:34 AM

"The opposition for the most part is about 10 people on Twitter and a couple people out there who are constantly beating the drumbeat," Walsh said Monday before Boston and the U.S. Olympic Committee agreed amid feeble public support and boisterous resistance to spike the city's can ... Full Story

Bulger case, minus the gangster, returning briefly to court

Monday July 27, 2015    11:16 AM

Attorney Hank Brennan said a ruling by Judge Denise Casper prohibiting Bulger from telling the jury that a now-deceased federal prosecutor granted him immunity violated his right to a fair trial."The defendant has that right to testify. There is no shaking that right," Brennan said.But A ... Full Story

The Latest: Obama says South Sudan needs urgent attention

Monday July 27, 2015    6:28 AM

2:30 p.m.President Barack Obama is warning the world can't wait long to address the deteriorating situation in South Sudan.Obama is addressing South Sudan's civil war during a news conference in neighboring Ethiopia.Obama says the humanitarian situation is deteriorating and the co ... Full Story

China lifting ban on sales of video game consoles

Monday July 27, 2015    5:52 AM

Consoles produced in the Shanghai Free-Trade Zone will automatically be approved for sale in the rest of China, according to a Ministry of Culture notice dated Friday.The announcement eases a sales ban imposed in 2000 due to concern Chinese children would waste time playing video games.Comm ... Full Story

Lawsuit reveals extent of Ethiopian hacking amid Obama visit

Sunday July 26, 2015    8:25 AM

The federal case alleges Ethiopian government agents gobbled up months of a Maryland man's Skype calls and his family's Internet activities. But the man, born in Ethiopia and now a U.S. citizen, isn't wanted for a crime. Instead, he helps out a political opposition group outlawed in ... Full Story

Funeral on Monday for a Louisiana theater shooting victim

Saturday July 25, 2015    2:24 PM

(Reuters) - A funeral service for one of the two women killed in a Lafayette, Louisiana theater shooting will be held on Monday, the mortuary handling the arrangements said. Mayci Breaux, 21, will be remembered in an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at the Church of ... Full Story

Jurors mull fate of Colorado movie gunman for second day

Thursday July 16, 2015    10:05 AM

DENVER (Reuters) - Jurors deliberated for a second day on Thursday in the capital trial of Colorado movie rampage gunman James Holmes, weighing whether he was sane when he killed 12 people and wounded 70 as they watched a midnight premiere of a Batman film. Prosecutor ... Full Story

Colorado rejects medical marijuana for PTSD treatment

Thursday July 16, 2015    1:16 AM

DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado health officials on Wednesday rejected a bid by medical marijuana advocates to put cannabis on a list of approved treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder, an agency spokesman said. While Colorado has allowed the use of medical marijuana ... Full Story

Dr. Dre announces release of first album in 15 years

Sunday August 2, 2015    12:37 PM

PHOENIX (AP) â?? Hip hop super-producer Dr. Dre says the wait is finally over â?? he's going to release his first album in 15 years.Dre said on his radio show, Dr. Dre's The Pharmacy, that "Compton a Soundtrack by Dr. Dre" will be available Aug. 7.He said Saturday that the album was inspired by the N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton," a Hollywood film that details his rise in the music industry along with members ... Full Story

Judge blocks release of recordings by anti-abortion group

Saturday August 1, 2015    11:34 AM

Judge William Orrick in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order against the Center for Medical Progress hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation.In his three-page order, Orrick said the federation would likely suffer irreparable injury absent a temporar ... Full Story

Trooper in Sandra Bland arrest once warned for conduct

Saturday August 1, 2015    8:25 AM

Bland, a 28-year-old Chicago-area woman, was found dead in her Waller County jail cell in Hempstead, about 200 miles south of Dallas, on July 13, three days after her arrest. Officials say she used a plastic bag to hang herself, a finding her family has questioned. Bland's family and others als ... Full Story

After week of searching, no sign of boys lost at sea

Friday July 31, 2015    12:37 PM

However, Capt. Mark Fedor said the search would continue in the meantime and has been a "true all hands on deck effort." He said the Coast Guard took into consideration Perry Cohen's and Austin Stephanos' age, both 14, their lengthy experience on the water and their "will to ... Full Story

Trade ministers from 12 Pacific nations gather on Maui

Wednesday July 29, 2015    12:01 PM

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) â?? Trade ministers from 12 nations around the Pacific Rim are meeting on the Hawaiian island on Maui to negotiate a trade pact.U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told his counterparts at the start of the talks at the Westin Resort in Kaanapali (Kah-AH-nah-pah-lee) o ... Full Story

6 days missing: Search area for missing teens boaters grows

Wednesday July 29, 2015    7:04 AM

The vague rule of thumb is that humans can survive three days without water and three weeks without food, one expert said, but examples defying that abound â?? especially if people have supplies, wear life jackets or can cling to something. By Wednesday, it still wasn't clear if 14-year-olds Per ... Full Story

Body believed to be missing California girl, 8, found

Tuesday July 28, 2015    8:52 AM

Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel said the body found by a detective Monday night at a Santa Cruz artist community and housing center likely belongs to Madyson Middleton."We haven't positively identified her yet but we believe she is probably Madyson Middleton," Vogel said.A 15- ... Full Story

Moral Monday leader inspires protests, arrests and action

Monday July 27, 2015    12:19 PM

He says God must have a sense of humor to call on a man who has such difficulty walking to lead the Moral Monday protests that began in North Carolina two years ago.Barber's speeches and his throwback tactics â?? in vogue again following several deaths of black men at the hands of police â?? ... Full Story

Boston mobster 'Whitey' Bulger's lawyers set to appeal conviction

Monday July 27, 2015    7:58 AM

BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger are set to challenge his 2013 racketeering conviction on Monday, contending a judge wrongly blocked them from arguing that a U.S. official had given him immunity for his crimes. Bulger, ... Full Story

Coast Guard continues search for missing Florida teens

Monday July 27, 2015    6:19 AM

Hours earlier, the U.S. Coast Guard found the teens' 19-foot boat capsized off some 67 miles off Ponce de Leon Inlet in Volusia County. There was no sign of Perry Cohen or Austin Stephanos, who were last seen just before heading to sea on Friday afternoon.The Coast Guard continued searching ... Full Story

Michelle Obama opens Special Olympics in Los Angeles

Sunday July 26, 2015    11:07 AM

"My husband and I, we are so proud of you, so incredibly proud of you, and we love you all from the bottom of our hearts," the first lady said. She said the athletes were an example to the millions of people watching the event on television.She was introduced by Special Olympian Tim Harris ... Full Story

Clinton: I did not send or get classified emails on private account

Sunday July 26, 2015    7:22 AM

WINTERSET, Iowa (Reuters) - U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Saturday that she did not use a private email account to send or receive classified information while she was secretary of state, in response to a government inspector's letter this week. ... Full Story

Exclusive: AFL-CIO may delay endorsement of Clinton as 2016 presidential candidate - sources

Saturday July 25, 2015    2:24 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - In a possible setback for Hillary Clinton, the AFL-CIOâ??s political committee has recommended the nationâ??s largest labor union federation delay endorsing a candidate for the 2016 presidential race as it seeks to push her to be more supportive of its policies on ... Full Story

Former President George H.W. Bush in fair condition at Maine hospital

Thursday July 16, 2015    7:14 AM

After being taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland following the fall on Wednesday, Bush, who served as America's 41st president, was initially described as stable. On Thursday morning hospital spokesman Matt Paul told Reuters the 91-year-old Bush was in "fair condition.& ... Full Story

United Airlines awards hackers millions of miles for revealing risks

Thursday July 16, 2015    1:14 AM

(Reuters) - United Continental Holdings Inc has awarded millions of frequent flier miles to hackers who have uncovered gaps in the carrier's web security, in a first for the U.S. airline industry. United confirmed with Reuters that it has paid out two awards worth 1 m ... Full Story