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North Carolina governor signs law aimed at restarting executions
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina North Carolina's governor, hoping to resume executions in his state, on Wednesday signed the repeal of a law that has allowed death row inmates to seek a reduced sentence if they could prove racial bias affected their punishmentThe Racial Justice Act, the only law of its kind in the United States, had led to four inmates getting their sentences changed to life in pr...
Thu, 20 Jun 2013 06:32:38 GMT
Body found near Patriot's home was homicide victim
A prosecutor says a Boston man found dead in an industrial park about a mile from New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's home was a homicide victim.Bristol District Attorney Samuel Sutter's office said Wednesday the state medical examiner has identified 27-year-old Odin Lloyd and ruled he was a homicide victim.Lloyd's family says he had connections to Hernandez but hasn't elaborated...
Thu, 20 Jun 2013 02:13:31 GMT
Admitted father-and-son pimp duo acquitted of sex-trafficking charges
A father and son who ran a prostitution ring in New York were acquittedof sex-trafficking charges Wednesday after three out of the fiveprostitutes who worked for them testified in their defense.Vincent George Sr. and his son, Vincent George Jr., were convicted on charges of money laundering by Judge Ruth Pickholtz.New York District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. said, The goal of this prosecution...
Thu, 20 Jun 2013 01:35:08 GMT
Julian Assange says WikiLeaks helping Snowden gain asylum
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday said members of his anti-secrecy website have been in contact with lawyers of alleged National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and are helping him seek asylum in Iceland.Speaking to reporters during a conference call on the one-year anniversary of his own asylum in the Ecuadoran embassy in London, Assange said his group has a common cause with ...
Thu, 20 Jun 2013 01:35:08 GMT
Naval Academy files sex assault charges against three football players
Three male Naval Academy midshipmen have been charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a female midshipman last year and with making a false official statement.The woman told investigators that she was assaulted by the men all Academy football players at the time at an off-campus party in April 2012.On Wednesday, the academy announced the accused men were charged with making a false officia...
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 22:14:16 GMT
LA schools to give every student an iPad
Los Angeles' school system, the second largest in the United States, is ordering iPads for all its students, handing Apple a major success in its quest to make the tablet computer a replacement for textbooks. The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday approved the purchase of $30 million worth of iPads as the first part of a multi-year commitment. It found that the iPad was the least expensive ...
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:40:59 GMT
'Modern-day slavery': State Dept. says millions of human trafficking victims go unidentified
Nine 7-Eleven store owners and managers who authorities say ran a modern-day plantation system, employing dozens of immigrant workers at New York and Virginia convenience stores, were just one thread in a vast human trafficking and forced labor web that stretches around the world and into American homes.Investigators filed indictments earlier this week against the eight men and one woman who wer...
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:40:57 GMT
George Zimmerman's parents attend jury selection
George Zimmerman's parents were in a Florida courtroom Wednesday to "visibly advocate" for the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murdering Trayvon Martin, the family said in a statement.Robert and Gladys Zimmerman did not previously attend jury selection because they have received death threats and have been taking care of an elderly relative with Alzheimer's, their older son, Rober...
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:18:59 GMT
Feds: 2 plotted to build 'Hiroshima light switch' weapon
Two upstate New York men, one of them said to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan, plotted to build a truck-mounted, industrial-strength X-ray weapon to kill enemies of Israel by poisoning them with radiation, federal authorities said Wednesday.One of them boasted that he could build a Hiroshima light switch and that everything with respiration would be dead by morning, authorities said.Investig...
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:00:49 GMT
Google: 'We're not in cahoots with the NSA'
Googles chief legal officer said Wednesday were not in cahoots with the NSA as the company stepped up its efforts to reassure customers that their gmail and Internet browsing history are safe from government prying."There is no free-for-all, no direct access, no indirect access, no back door, no drop box," said David Drummond, Google's top lawyer, in a live webchat with The Guardian newspaper....
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:00:48 GMT