|Execution case puts Oklahoma in legal bind|
Death row inmates benefited after challenging drug secrecy in civil court, not criminal.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:06:42 -0400
|Formula One racing boss set to go on trial for bribery|
By Keith Weir MUNICH (Reuters) - Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial for bribery in Germany on Thursday in a case that could see the Briton's long dominance of the motor sport ended by a jail sentence. Prosecutors in Munich have charged Ecclestone, 83, with bribing jailed German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky to smooth the sale eight years ago of a stake in Formula One to private equity firm CVC. Ecclestone, a former used car salesman who became a billionaire by building the sport into a global money spinner over the past four decades, denies wrongdoing and says he will fight to clear his name. CVC remains the largest shareholder in Formula One, a business that generates annual revenues of over $1.5 billion from its series of grand prix races held around the world.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:03:40 -0400
|CEO of 'Russian Facebook' flees country|
Social media wunderkind quits post after Putin cronies stage ownership takeover.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:28:38 -0400
|Man killed in Utah court had promised judge he'd behave|
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Tongan Crip gang defendant who was fatally shot by a U.S. marshal while attacking a witness during a federal court trial had promised a judge earlier that he would behave, a court transcript shows.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:40:38 -0400
|3-D imaging captures 1888 wreckage discovered in San Francisco Bay|
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:59:59 -0400
|Bungling N.C. kidnap plot spotlights justice workers' exposure|
Part bumbling, part dead serious, the sprawling jailhouse plot to kidnap a North Carolina prosecutor who put a seasoned gang member in prison for life has shaken a US justice system already enduring a slew of deadly attacks. A federal indictment released Tuesday details a complex plot said to be orchestrated by Kelvin "Dizzy" Melton, a North Carolina prison inmate and alleged higher-up in the Bloods street gang, to pay $10,000 to a group of henchmen on the outside to kidnap and kill his defense attorney and the prosecutor who put him in prison for a 2011 murder. The plot led the group of nine accomplices first on a goose chase in March from Atlanta to New Orleans, and then to the small town of Wake Forest, N.C., where the group on April 5 grabbed Frank Janssen, the father of Wake County prosecutor Colleen Janssen, after stun-gunning him on the threshold of his home. Ms. Janssen, the actual target, was part of the team that put Mr. Melton away last year.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:31:59 -0400
|Prince's bird hunt stirs outrage in Pakistan after Saudi loan|
Pakistan has long enjoyed close ties to Gulf Arab sheiks, but a prince's recent shooting spree that culled more than 2,000 rare birds from the country's preserves have stirred outrage in the country, following a $1.5 billion Saudi "gift" to the country's ailing economy.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:23:24 -0400
|Court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim|
Supreme Court says man found with pictures not responsible for entirety of woman's losses.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:57:25 -0400
|Ukraine militants: We're holding U.S. journalist over 'destabilizing' reports|
Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday confirmed they are detaining a U.S. journalist working with Vice News. The self-declared separatist mayor of Slaviansk told reporters the journalist, Simon Ostrovsky, had been detained for reporting what he said was false information that was "destabilizing for us" but that he was being treated well. Mayor Vyacheslav Ponomaryov attempted to joke about the situation. Vice News has said on its website that it is in contact with the U.S. State Department and other government authorities to work toward securing the safety of its journalist.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:21:04 -0400
|Oldest living ex-MLB player dies in Cuba at 102|
HAVANA (AP) - Conrado Marrero, the diminutive Cuban right-hander who pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s and in 2011 became the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, died in Havana on Wednesday. He was 102, just two days short of his 103rd birthday.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:32:22 -0400
|Prince Charles' brother-in-law dies in NYC after fall|
NEW YORK (AP) - The brother-in-law of the Prince of Wales died Wednesday after falling outside a hotel bar and suffering a head injury, police said.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:40:14 -0400
|Shakeup marks new era for pardon process|
New program focused on thousands of clemency petitions from nonviolent federal inmates.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:23:35 -0400
|Obama's Japan visit kicks off with dreams of sushi|
But for two special guests at Sukiyabashi Jiro on Wednesday evening, mouthfuls of melt-in-the-mouth tuna, squid, and octopus were the culinary backdrop to discussing urgent matters of regional security. Soon after Air Force One touched down here, Barack Obama found himself in Tokyo's upmarket Ginza district, tucked behind the counter of arguably the world's best sushi restaurant with his Japanese host, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Sukiyabashi Jiro's modest size - it has just 10 seats - is inversely proportionate to its reputation. The 19-piece special course, featuring a selection chosen by owner Jiro Ono, costs around $300, not including drinks.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:17:49 -0400
|Revisiting NYC's 1964 World's Fair|
Unisphere, symbol of the New York World's Fair which opens on April 22, dominates this low-level shot of the fairgrounds, shown April 20, 1964 in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo)
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:19:37 -0400
|Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name|
Kansas judge grants Bradley Edward Manning's request to become Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:32:36 -0400
|'Excellent work': Spacewalking astronauts complete urgent fix|
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Spacewalking astronauts easily replaced a dead computer outside the International Space Station on Wednesday and got their orbiting home back up to full strength.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:58:25 -0400
|New York teen gamer latest victim of 'swatting,' police say|
A hoaxer who triggered a massive police response was engaged in an increasingly popular prank called "swatting," authorities there say.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:11:01 -0400
|Obama wades into testy China-Japan feud|
Security treaty with Japan applies to China-Japan dispute, the president confirms.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:04:24 -0400
|Michigan man among first in U.S. to get 'bionic eye'|
Roger Pontz, nearly completely blind for years, has regained sight through high-tech procedure.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:39:40 -0400
|Gacy case helps solve unrelated death|
Four decades later, the killer's case is helping authorities solve another murder - one he didn't commit.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:32:52 -0400
|HBO shows coming to Amazon Instant Video, in blow to Netflix|
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500
|Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt|
Unidentified material is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:01:00 -0400
|Memorial for S. Korea ferry victims opens in Ansan|
The city south of Seoul has taken the brunt of the pain from the ferry sinking last week that left 302 people dead or missing.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:20:09 -0400
|Pro-Russian insurgents hold U.S. journalist captive|
Gunmen say Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter for Vice News, was suspected of unspecified "bad activities."
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:10:15 -0400
|Judge to mull Chelsea Manning name change request|
Serving a 35-year sentence for passing classified U.S. government information, Chelsea Manning's petition to legally change her name from Bradley will be considered.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:18:15 -0400
|S. Korea ferry turned further than ordered, professor says|
A maritime professor who spoke with the third mate who was steering the South Korean ferry before it sank said Wednesday that he suspects there was a problem with the steering gear.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:02:25 -0400
|'Murdered' Ukraine politician faced hostile mob, video shows|
The Ukrainian town Councilor whose apparent torture and murder helped to prompt a threatened new government offensive in the east was mobbed by a hostile, pro-Russian crowd before he disappeared, a video of the incident shows. The apparent murder of Volodymyr Rybak and a second man prompted the European Union to call on Russia to use its influence to stop kidnappings and killings in mainly Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine, scene of separatist rebellions against Kiev's leaders. Ukraine's security service said a rogue officer and a member of Russian military intelligence were involved in Rybak's killing. The footage from April 17 on local news site gorlovka.ua shows angry scenes outside the town hall of Horlivka, between the separatist flashpoint cities of Donetsk and Slaviansk, as Rybak is manhandled by several men, among them a masked man in camouflage, while other people hurl abuse.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:25:45 -0400
|Russia hints at armed 'response' if Ukraine interests attacked|
Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Russia said on Wednesday that it will strike back if its "legitimate interests" in Ukraine are attacked, raising the stakes in the Cold War-like duel with the United States over the former Soviet republic's future. Moscow is insisting that Kiev withdraw forces sent to eastern Ukraine on an "anti-terrorist" mission to dislodge pro-Russian rebels, who have occupied government buildings there. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told state-controlled RT television that if Russia or its interests are attacked, "we would certainly respond". "If our interests, our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians have been attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia for example, I do not see any other way but to respond in accordance with international law," he said, referring to Russia's armoured invasion of Georgia in 2008.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:23:42 -0400
|Obama opens 4-country, Asia-Pacific trip in Tokyo|
TOKYO (AP) - Opening a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region, President Barack Obama is aiming to promote the U.S. as a committed economic, military and political partner, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine threatens to cast a shadow over the president's sales mission.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:19:28 -0400
|Teen stowaway undetected for hours before departure|
The boy went unnoticed for seven hours in a highly secure area, officials say.
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:24:15 -0400
|SKorea ferry toll hits 150 as search gets tougher|
JINDO, South Korea (AP) - The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:32:08 -0400
|Amid Russia warning, Ukraine is in a security bind|
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Russia's foreign minister warned Wednesday that attacks on Russian citizens or interests in Ukraine would bring a firm response and drew a comparison to the circumstances that opened the war with Georgia in 2008.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:23:07 -0400
|Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks|
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:41:57 -0400
|Party a century in the making for Wrigley Field|
CHICAGO (AP) - There was a giant replica cake right next to the Ernie Banks statue, and an old-time band played as fans made their way through the main entrance.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:20:52 -0400
|US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years|
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release - and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:49:18 -0400
|Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law|
ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) - Criticized by one group as the "guns everywhere" bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:22:51 -0400
|Facebook 1Q results soar; CFO to step down|
NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook's earnings nearly tripled and revenue grew sharply in the first quarter, surpassing Wall Street's expectations thanks to an 82 percent increase in advertising revenue.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:36:00 -0400
|Wellness programs grow more popular with employers|
That little voice nagging you to put down the cake and lace up the running shoes is increasingly coming from your employer and is likely to grow louder with a looming change under the federal health care overhaul.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:59:08 -0400
|Sotomayor: Justices 'fundamentally misunderstand' racial bias|
First Hispanic Supreme Court judge issues sharp dissent in affirmative action case.
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:08:38 -0400
|IRS workers who owe back taxes awarded $1 million in bonuses|
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday.
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:31:49 -0400