Funeral to be held for NYC man who died after police chokehold
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:53:09 -0400
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Family members gathered on Wednesday evening for the funeral of Eric Garner, who died shortly after police put him in a banned chokehold as they arrested him in New York City where the death has sparked outrage and a promise to reform police training. Garner's wife, Esaw Garner, entered the Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn leaning heavily on two young boys and looking distressed and exhausted. Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, followed a few minutes later, her head bowed. A couple of police officers looked on as mourners quietly chatted outside the church.
Seven arrests made in $1.6 million StubHub cyberfraud case
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:16:30 -0400
By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Police have arrested seven people on charges they were tied to an international ring that defrauded eBay Inc's StubHub online ticketing service of some $1.6 million, the latest in a string of high-profile cybercrime busts in recent months. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr announced the arrests on Wednesday. They were charged with involvement in a cybercrime ring that used stolen credit card numbers to purchase thousands of tickets to events, including concerts of Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z as well as games for sports teams including the Boston Red Sox and New York Giants, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday. StubHub's head of global communications, Glenn Lehrman, told Reuters his firm has been working with law enforcement around the world for the last year on the case.
Republican Paul Ryan to renew U.S. poverty debate with grant plan
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:30:04 -0400
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Representative Paul Ryan will probably spark a new round of arguments over how to fight poverty in America on Thursday as he introduces a sweeping plan to replace long-standing social safety net programs with new block grants for states and communities. Ryan, his party's vice presidential candidate in 2012, is best known for his budget blueprints marked by deep domestic spending cuts. This time, the chairman of the House Budget Committee will unveil his plan to keep social safety net funding at the same levels but change the way it is used in a speech on Thursday to the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington.
Colorado theater gunman's lawyers challenge firearms analysis
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:08:30 -0400
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers defending accused theater gunman James Holmes challenged the reliability of firearms analysis on Wednesday, despite conceding that their client was solely responsible for the 2012 massacre that killed 12 moviegoers. In a hearing before Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour, public defenders sought to have expert ballistics testimony precluded from the onetime neuroscience graduate student's murder trial. Dale Higashi, an agent with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, said all the bullet fragments and shell casings that he analyzed from the crime scene could be traced to three of the weapons belonging to Holmes. Defense lawyers argued that firearms analysis is subjective, and not based on quantifiable scientific fact.
Funeral held for man who died in NY police custody
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:03:15 -0400
NEW YORK (AP) â An overflow crowd packed a church on Wednesday night for the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold.
U.S. judge strikes down Colorado's gay marriage ban, stays ruling
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:02:27 -0400
By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, but stayed his ruling until the issue is decided by a higher court. U.S. District Judge Raymond Moore found in favor of six same-sex couples who filed a lawsuit challenging the state's 2006 constitutional amendment that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Moore's 12-page ruling was the latest in a series of decisions by state and federal judges who have struck down state bans on gay marriage and then put their rulings on hold pending appeal. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said he was gratified the judge agreed that additional litigation in that court would be wasteful, since the U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to hear an appeal in neighboring Utah's case.
Slow public alert on Williston fire raises concern
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:56:34 -0400
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) â When Aaron Volesky heard what he thought was thunder and walked outside his Williston home early Tuesday morning he thought it was odd that there were no storm clouds in the air.
Minor injuries after Alaska tourist train derails
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:45:33 -0400
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) â A popular tourist train derailed Wednesday in southeast Alaska, injuring up to a dozen passengers.
November Project brings fun, FREE workouts to Philly
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:45:11 -0400
Dozens of people file into Franklin field every Friday morning, and before their workout gets started everyone is instructed to greet the person next to them with a hug.
Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:44:22 -0400
The FAA has extended the ban on US airline flights to Israel for "up to an additional 24 hours."