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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?? draw comparisons to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. More than 1,000 demonstrators have been arrested for civil disobedience in North Carolina since Barb ... 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

Former New York police boss Kerik is sued over memoir

Wednesday July 15, 2015    5:40 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bernard Kerik, a former New York City police commissioner and cabinet nominee who later went to prison for tax evasion and lying to White House officials, was sued on Wednesday by a woman who claimed she helped him write his recent memoir and was not credited o ... Full Story

Sons of Confederacy sees flag controversy as 'nightmare'

Wednesday July 15, 2015    2:49 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - The commander in chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans says he fails to understand the wave of hostility directed at the Confederate flag following the massacre of nine black people at a South Carolina church last month. "Iâ??ll use the w ... Full Story

Chicago art exhibit stirs controversy with Ferguson replica

Wednesday July 15, 2015    11:46 AM

CHICAGO (Reuters) - It was an image that shocked and angered many: a dead, black 18- year-old left face-down for hours in the middle of a street after being shot multiple times by a white police officer, his red Cardinals baseball cap knocked from his head by the fall. Now ... Full Story

Jurors begin deliberating in Colorado movie massacre trial

Wednesday July 15, 2015    8:51 AM

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Jurors in Colorado's movie massacre trial began deliberating on Wednesday on the fate of gunman James Holmes, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of murder and attempted murder stemming from the July 2012 rampage ... Full Story

Missouri man is first to be executed since Supreme Court ruling

Tuesday July 14, 2015    7:20 PM

David Zink, 55, was pronounced dead at 7:41 p.m. CDT after receiving a fatal dose of drugs at a state prison, said Mike O'Connell, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Corrections. "David Zink callously took a young woman's life, and it is fitting ... Full Story

Wal-Mart sued for denying health insurance to gay worker's wife

Tuesday July 14, 2015    1:40 PM

(Reuters) - A Wal-Mart Stores Inc employee sued the retailer on Tuesday, saying its prior policy of denying health insurance to the spouses of gay employees violated gender discrimination laws. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Boston, seeks nationwide cl ... Full Story

Missouri to execute man who killed teenage girl and left body in cemetery

Tuesday July 14, 2015    7:12 AM

(Reuters) - Missouri is scheduled on Tuesday to execute a man convicted of murdering a 19-year-old girl he encountered during a traffic accident in 2001. David Zink, 55, is scheduled to die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. CDT (1900 ET) at a state prison for the murder of Amanda Morton of Strafford, Missouri. He would be the fifth ... 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 Houser, 59, stood up about 20 minutes into the movie and began firing before ultimately taking his own life.Funerals for both women were scheduled for Monday.Friends of Johnson, like Pudd Sharp, remembered her as a woman of talent and warmth. At an ... 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 HealthCare.gov for 2016.Twelve states and the District of Columbia fully control their markets. Experts estimate about half face financial difficulties. Federal taxpayers invested nearly $5 billion in startup grants to the states, expecting that state markets would become self-sustaining. Most of the federal money has been spent, and states have to face the consequences."The viability of state health insurance exchanges has been a challenge across ... 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 Roo ... Full Story

Former President George H.W. Bush fractures neck in fall at home

Thursday July 16, 2015    1:12 AM

(Reuters) - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush suffered a neck fracture in a fall at his home in Maine on Wednesday, though he was listed in stable condition and his hospital stay was expected to be brief, his spokesman said. Bush, 91, who served as America's 41st ... Full Story

Recaptured New York inmate moved to solitary confinement

Wednesday July 15, 2015    5:36 PM

David Sweat, 35, was taken to the Five Points Correctional Facility infirmary in Romulus, in the state's Finger Lakes region, last week after being treated at a public hospital immediately after his capture. He faces disciplinary charges by the state Department of C ... Full Story

African-Americans still favor gun control, but views are shifting

Wednesday July 15, 2015    2:47 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Horace Augustine was raised in Oklahoma City by a mother with strong convictions about guns: She didnâ??t want them in her house. Faith, she insisted, would keep her family safe. Augustine, now an account executive with a staffing agency in Atlanta, h ... Full Story

U.S. Army special ops drills begin under cloud of Texas suspicion

Wednesday July 15, 2015    11:45 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. Army drills to train special operations forces for conflicts overseas began on Wednesday in several states including Texas, where fears of military overreach prompted the governor to ask the State Guard to monitor the exercises. The J ... Full Story

SeaWorld accused of infiltrating animal rights group in California

Tuesday July 14, 2015    10:15 PM

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - An animal rights group said SeaWorld Entertainment Inc, known for its dolphin and killer whale performances, sent an employee on secret missions to infiltrate events organized by the group in an attempt to undermine its work. For year ... Full Story

James Holmes' trial: Things to know as jury gets case

Tuesday July 14, 2015    7:15 PM

___ THE CRIME:Abou ... Full Story

Judge dismisses counts in Michael Brown family lawsuit: report

Tuesday July 14, 2015    1:37 PM

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed four counts in the wrongful-death lawsuit against Ferguson filed by the parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot dead last August by a white police officer, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The judge said two co ... Full Story

Buffett may benefit as train lobby bids to weaken safety rule

Tuesday July 14, 2015    1:14 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is set to be a chief beneficiary of a bid by Senate Republicans to weaken new regulations to improve train safety in the $2.8 billion crude-by-rail industry, a key cog in the development of the vast North American shale oil fie ... 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 Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall Kromm told the three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Casper only prohibited Bulger from testi ... 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

Former President George H.W. Bush breaks a neck bone in fall at home

Wednesday July 15, 2015    8:29 PM

(Reuters) - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush broke a bone in his neck during a fall at his home in Maine on Wednesday, spokesman Jim McGrath said. "His condition is stable - he is fine - but he'll be in a neck brace," McGrath said on Twitter. McGr ... Full Story

Obama launches project for more broadband in public housing

Wednesday July 15, 2015    5:31 PM

WASHINGTON/DURANT, Okla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama announced a pilot project on Wednesday aimed at expanding broadband access for people who live in public housing, part of an effort to close what Obama called the "digital divide" between rich and poor. ... Full Story

Flagship FAO Schwarz toy store in New York closes, plans to relocate

Wednesday July 15, 2015    12:00 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - FAO Schwarz will officially close the doors of its flagship Fifth Avenue toy store in New York City on Wednesday night to the dismay of shoppers charmed by the famous destination for childhood fun. The store, which has been the face of FAO Schwarz since 1986, is mov ... Full Story

Convicted sex offender charged in case of Maryland girls missing for 40 years

Wednesday July 15, 2015    11:43 AM

WHEATON, Md. (Reuters) - A convicted sex offender has been charged with the murder of two young Maryland sisters whose 1975 disappearance triggered one of the biggest police investigations in suburban Washington history, authorities said on Wednesday. Lloyd Lee Welch, a fo ... Full Story

Locomotive rear-ends train; 5 cars derailed, fuel spilled

Tuesday July 14, 2015    10:13 PM

A train rear-ended another train in Virginia on Tuesday, causing five empty cars and a locomotive to derail and spill diesel fuel, authorities said.The westbound Norfolk Southern train was struck from behind by a second westbound Norfolk Southern train near the small Western Virginia town of Dublin ... Full Story

U.S. has yet to notify 21.5 million data breach victims: officials

Tuesday July 14, 2015    4:24 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two months after discovering that sensitive personal information on 21.5 million Americans was compromised in a hack of government databanks, none of those affected has been officially notified, government officials said on Tuesday. The officials f ... Full Story

Media to challenge judge's sealing of Charleston church murder case

Tuesday July 14, 2015    1:35 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - The South Carolina Press Association is challenging a judge's order sealing court documents concerning Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old man charged with murdering nine worshippers at a historic black church in Charleston last month, the group said. ... Full Story

News guide: Movie theater shooting trial closing in Colorado

Tuesday July 14, 2015    1:10 AM

___THE CRIME:About 420 people were watching a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" on July 20, 2012, in the Denver suburb of Aurora when Holmes opened fire, killing 12 people. Fifty-eight others were wounded by gunfire and 12 were injured in the scramble to escape. Holmes surrendere ... Full Story