U.S. News

  • Ex-Anglo Irish Bank head due back in Boston court

    The former head of Anglo Irish Bank is due to return to a Boston federal courthouse on Thursday where he is expected to acquiesce to a U.S. effort to ship him back to his native Ireland to face criminal charges related to the bank's collapse. U.S. officials arrested David Drumm, 49, at his home in…

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  • Wife of Thunder assistant coach Williams dies after crash

    The crash took place in the Oklahoma City area and Ingrid Williams, 44, succumbed to the injuries on Wednesday. Monty Williams is a former NBA player and well-regarded coach around the league who is an assistant for the USA Basketball program.

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  • Flint has highest rate of vacant homes in United States: report

    Flint, Michigan, known for its drinking-water crisis, is also suffering a real-estate slump as the city's rate of vacant homes stands at the highest in the nation, pushing down house prices, according to a report released on Thursday. With fallout from the water emergency expected to send house…

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  • FBI tightens grip on final occupiers at Oregon wildlife refuge

    By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Federal agents on Wednesday closed in on the last four anti-government militants still holed up at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon after a 40-day armed occupation protesting federal land control in the West. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said…

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  • U.S. Coast Guard to investigate storm-battered cruise ship

    The Anthem of the Seas left on Saturday with 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, for what was supposed to have been a seven-night cruise to the Bahamas. Royal Caribbean said the storm was more severe than expected. Among other duties, the Coast Guard said it would…

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  • Former L.A. County sheriff pleads guilty to corruption charge

    Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty on Wednesday to lying to investigators in a federal corruption and civil rights probe that clouded the final years of his tenure as chief custodian of the nation's largest county jail system. Although the felony charge carries a maximum…

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  • Appeals court overturns decision to halt executions in Mississippi

    Mississippi officials said the ruling validated the state's three-drug protocol, which they noted was the same as the Oklahoma cocktail upheld in a 5-4 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court last June. U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate issued a preliminary injunction last August barring Mississippi's…

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  • U.S. payday lending crackdown brings race car driver's arrest

    U.S. authorities on Wednesday launched a broad offensive against abusive online pay lenders, arresting three people tied to the industry, including a race car driver, for allegedly exploiting more than 5 million cash-strapped consumers. Prosecutors said Scott Tucker, who competes on U.S. and…

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  • 'Son of Sal' convicted of killing New York shopkeepers

    A New York clothing salesman known as the "Son of Sal" serial killer was convicted on Wednesday of three counts of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting deaths of three shopkeepers in Brooklyn, prosecutors said. Salvatore Perrone, 67, faces a maximum prison sentence of 75 years to life for the…

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  • Two sheriff's deputies killed, suspect dead in Maryland shooting

    A deputy who responded to a disturbance report at a Panera Bread restaurant in Abingdon, about 25 miles northeast of Baltimore, was shot inside the building, said Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler. At least two other deputies fired rounds at the suspect, identified as David Brian Evans, a…

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  • U.S. Justice Dept. sues Ferguson, Missouri, over police reforms

    FERGUSON, Mo./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department filed a civil rights lawsuit against Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday to enforce a police and court reform plan after the city said it wanted to amend some aspects of a consent decree it had reached with the federal agency. The…

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  • U.S. Justice Department sues Ferguson, Missouri over police reform

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesdays that it had filed a civil rights lawsuit against Ferguson, Missouri, to enforce a police and court reform plan after the city said it wanted to amend some aspects of a consent decree it reached with the federal…

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  • Dallas, worried about city's reputation, bans erotica convention

    The city of Dallas voted on Wednesday to ban an erotica expo featuring porn stars, sex toy sales and a whipping dungeon from a city-owned convention center, with event opponents saying it could taint the city's image. Supporters countered by saying the "Exxxotica Expo" has been held without major…

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  • Louisiana attorneys appeal judge's ruling on abortion restrictions

    The law requires physicians who perform the procedure to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles (48 km) of the place where the abortion is performed. In an order filed Wednesday, U.S. Judge John deGravelles finalized his January ruling granting a preliminary injunction sought by…

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  • Robert Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan faces parole board again

    Sirhan, 71, has a suitability hearing at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility near San Diego, the California Board of Parole Hearings said on its website. Palestinian-born Sirhan is serving a life sentence for gunning down Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, shortly after he…

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  • Decision on charges in Minneapolis police killing could come next month

    The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has finished a nearly three-month probe into the shooting death of Jamar Clark, 24, by Minneapolis police officers. It turned over its case file to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office on Tuesday, according to a statement from County Attorney Mike…

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  • Homeless mother and two children killed at N.Y. hotel

    A homeless 26-year-old woman and two of her daughters, a 4-month-old and a 1-year-old, were stabbed to death at a motel in the New York City borough of Staten Island on Monday, police said. Police were searching for 23-year-old Michael Sykes, who is suspected of attacking the family at a Ramada…

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  • Appeals court vacates order halting executions in Mississippi

    The ruling upholds the three-drug protocol proposed by Mississippi as it and other states struggle to obtain the chemicals needed to enforce the death penalty. U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate issued a preliminary injunction last August barring Mississippi's corrections department from executing…

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  • University of Tennessee inaction led to sexual assaults: lawsuit

    Filed in Nashville federal court by former students, all listed as Jane Does, the lawsuit said the university knew about and condoned a long-standing hostile environment that led to sexual assaults by male football and basketball players. The lawsuit comes as several incidents at U.S. colleges and…

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  • Former L.A. County sheriff to plead guilty to corruption charge

    Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has agreed to plead guilty to lying to federal investigators conducting a corruption and civil rights probe of the nation's largest county jail system, the U.S. Attorney's Office said on Wednesday. Baca, 73, who served as the top elected law enforcement…

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