Obama says U.S. blacks better off overall than when he began presidency
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:19:31 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday that U.S. blacks are better off now than they were when he began his presidency in 2009, but that the gap between blacks and whites remains. "Like the rest of America, Black America, in the aggregate, is better off now than it was when I came into office," he told reporters in an end-of-year news conference. "The gap between income and wealth of white and black America persists, and we've got more work to do on that front. ...
Friend of accused Boston bomber pleads guilty to gun, drug charges
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:39:47 -0500
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A high school friend of the accused Boston Marathon bombers pleaded guilty on Friday to charges including having possessed a gun that prosecutors contend the suspects used to shoot dead a university police officer as they tried to flee the city. Stephen Silva, 21, changed his plea from not guilty in U.S. District Court in Boston after reaching a deal with federal prosecutors that was filed under seal. ...
Protesters from both sides of policing controversy face off in NYC
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:50:27 -0500
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scores of protesters denouncing police violence against non-whites rallied alongside dozens of supporters of New York City police officers on Friday in a tense standoff outside City Hall that comes amid weeks of mostly peaceful protests. It was one of the first counter-rallies by police supporters since the chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man killed when officers were attempting to arrest him in July. The killing set off a wave of protests against the treatment of minority groups by police. ...
Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:59:31 -0500
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) â Radical environmentalists were found in contempt of court Friday for failing to heed an order to halt their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.
AP WAS THERE: US breaks relations with Cuba
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:58:09 -0500
EDITOR'S NOTE â When the United States severed its diplomatic relationship with Cuba on Jan. 3, 1961, it kicked off a year in which CIA-funded counterrevolutionaries would try to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, and after that, the withdrawal or ouster of almost all American and European media from the island, including The Associated Press' American staff.
Some gray wolves to be returned to endangered list
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:57:51 -0500
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) â A federal judge on Friday threw out an Obama administration decision to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list â a decision that will ban further wolf hunting and trapping in three states.
Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:52:49 -0500
WASHINGTON (AP) â Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.
Sony on shelving 'The Interview': 'We had no choice'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:46:29 -0500
NEW YORK (AP) â Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving "The Interview," Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday defended its decision, claiming it had no choice but to cancel the film's Christmas Day theatrical release.
2 young children discovered in towed vehicle in Newark, Del.
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:42:16 -0500
A Newark tow truck driver got the surprise of his life when he discovered a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old in a vehicle he had towed.
Jailed ex-billionaire's lawyers seek his release
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:39:28 -0500
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) â Attorneys for jailed real estate mogul Tim Blixseth filed an emergency motion with a federal judge Friday seeking his release, saying the one-time billionaire was willing to provide whatever information the court wants.