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Rights struggle to continue after Missouri violence fades, organizers vow
Masked individuals carry items out of a liquor store, during on-going demonstrations to protest against the shooting of Michael Brown, in FergusonBy Carey Gillam FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - After two nights of relative calm in Ferguson, Missouri, many have expressed hope the violent clashes and looting that followed a white police officer's shooting of an unarmed black teenager will soon be a thing of the past. The patchwork of groups, including the Dream Defenders and the National Lawyers Guild, are holding training and strategy sessions for local young people and others who want to continue to peacefully protest 18-year-old Michael Brown's death.
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:48:47 -0400
Breach at U.S. government contractor affected at least 25,000 workers
By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - A cyber attack at a company that performs background checks for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security compromised data of at least 25,000 government workers, and that number could rise, an agency official said on Friday. The official told Reuters that DHS plans to notify approximately 25,000 employees that they may be "impacted" by the computer breach at Falls Church, Virginia-based US Investigations Services (USIS) over the coming days. It did say the intrusion has "all the markings of a state-sponsored attack." Security experts say the attack was particularly disturbing because files on background checks typically contain highly personal data that foreign intelligence agencies could attempt to exploit to intimidate government workers with access to classified information. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:17:08 -0400
Texas Governor Perry's indictment to curb his gun-toting ways
News ImageBy Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A felony indictment for abuse of power will hit Texas Governor Rick Perry, an avowed gun enthusiast, where it hurts - by curtailing some of his rights to bear firearms. Under state law, Perry, a staunch supporter of gun rights who said he shot a coyote to death with a pistol while jogging in Austin in 2010, is no longer allowed a license to carry a concealed handgun because of the indictment. The longest-serving governor in the state's history, Perry became the target of an ethics investigation last year after he vetoed $7.5 million in funding for the state public integrity unit run from the Travis County district attorney's office. Edwin Walker, a gun rights attorney in Houston, said if someone is indicted for a felony the state will suspend his or her concealed handgun license during the indictment period.
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:38:11 -0400
Coalition sues over immigrants' access to lawyers
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) A coalition of lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday to halt the quick deportation of Central American woman and children, saying immigrants at a New Mexico detention center don't have proper access to lawyers and are being forced to clean restrooms and retell stories of violence and rape in front of children. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:31:55 -0400
Recalls this week: bean bag chairs, cribs
News ImageAbout 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled following the deaths of two children who suffocated after they crawled inside the chairs. Other recalled products include convertible cribs with a defect that can create a hazardous gap.
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:29:02 -0400
Maryland man charged with defrauding elderly on dating sites
A Maryland man is facing federal fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and other charges for allegedly bilking more than $1.1 million from elderly men and women through online dating sites. Krist Koranteng, 32, who has addresses in Burtonsville and Laurel, Maryland, is currently in jail awaiting a detention hearing on Monday at the U.S. An 11-count indictment, handed down by a federal grand jury, alleges that between September 2012 and February 2014, Koranteng and others searched online dating websites such as and to initiate romantic relationships with elderly men and women, in order to obtain money from those individuals." Koranteng and the others, after contacting the alleged victims online, used false stories and promises to persuade the them to send money, prosecutors said. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:27:09 -0400
Islamic State backers under scrutiny in US
NEW YORK (AP) Officially, the FBI agents who swarmed Donald Ray Morgan at Kennedy Airport this month were there to arrest him on a mundane gun charge. But they whisked him away to their Manhattan office and grilled him for two hours on an entirely different topic: Islamic State extremists. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:32:42 -0400
Colorado dropping Arapaho spellings for dorms
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) The University of Colorado is backing away from a proposal to name two of its dorms after two 19th century Arapaho chiefs using the tribe's traditional spellings instead looking to use the English names. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:20:48 -0400
Cirque du Soleil takes Beatles tribute to airports
News ImageLAS VEGAS (AP) Visitors flying into Las Vegas got more than just their luggage when they stopped by baggage claim.
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:19:39 -0400
Utah teen arrested after bomb threats shut down school
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and local police arrested a 16-year-old Utah boy accused of making bomb threats and ransom demands over Skype that shut down the first day of classes at his former high school, authorities said on Friday. The threats warned that unless a $10 million ransom were paid, multiple explosive devices would detonate on the Westlake High School campus in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday as some 2,200 students returned to class after the summer vacation. Police said the teen was arrested at his home late Thursday and is being held in a juvenile detention facility on suspicion of multiple felonies including making threats of violence and making terroristic threats involving weapons of mass destruction. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:19:21 -0400
Teen arrested in violent liquor store robbery
News ImageA teenager has been arrested in connection with a liquor store robbery in Wilmington, Delaware that ended with one clerk shot and another injured.
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:18:26 -0400
Lawsuits challenge FAA drone, model aircraft rules
WASHINGTON (AP) Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone operators and investors have filed lawsuits challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens a ban on commercial drone flights. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:11:41 -0400
Mexico creates special economic-crime force
MEXICO CITY (AP) Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force Friday to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended far throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:11:02 -0400
Trial over Miss. GOP Senate race moved to Sept. 16
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) A judge has adjusted the trial schedule for a lawsuit seeking to overturn Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's Republican primary win. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:10:33 -0400
Fla. dad charged with murder; baby left in truck
ROCKLEDGE, Fla. (AP) A central Florida man has been charged with murder in the death of his baby daughter, who authorities say was left in the man's truck for at least four hours. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:10:32 -0400
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