U.S. intelligence chief warns of 'homegrown' security threat
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 12:23:08 -0500
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attacks by "homegrown" terrorists are among the most imminent security threats facing the United States in 2016, along with dangers posed overseas by Islamic State and cyber security concerns, the top U.S. intelligence official said on Tuesday. In his annual assessment of threats to the United States, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper warned that fast-moving cyber and technological advances "could lead to widespread vulnerabilities in civilian infrastructures and U.S. government systems." Terrorism remains a top concern in President Barack Obama's last year in office, Clapper said in prepared testimony before the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees.
Shkreli is sued over his $2 million Wu-Tang Clan album
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:53:55 -0500
Martin Shkreli faces a new legal headache, a lawsuit claiming that his $2 million Wu-Tang Clan album contains illustrations ripped off from a New York artist, who now wants the former drug executive to pay for them. In a complaint filed on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court, Jason Koza said he never allowed his fan art depicting Wu-Tang members to be used in packaging for the hip-hop group's "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin," the sole copy of which Shkreli bought.
Ferguson, Missouri, council to vote on police reform plan
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:09:16 -0500
Mayor James Knowles III said the vote is scheduled during a council meeting that begins at 7 p.m. CST. The fatal shooting of unarmed Michael Brown, 18, by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson exposed tension between the city government and the largely black community.
Pennsylvania stuck in historic budget gridlock
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:15:19 -0500
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) â Gov. Tom Wolf warned lawmakers on Tuesday that Pennsylvania's finances are a ticking time bomb amid a record-long budget gridlock, as he sent them a spending proposal for the coming fiscal year with no full plan in place for the year that began back in July.
Md. legislature overrides veto on felon voting
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:13:30 -0500
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) â The Maryland General Assembly on Tuesday overrode Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill with the help of a lawmaker who was allowed to vote twice: once as a member of the House and again as a senator.
Rapper DMX saved by first responders after found 'lifeless' in hotel parking lot
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:19:00 -0500
First responders helped bring Rapper DMX back to life after he was found lifeless in a hotel parking lot in Westchester County, New York.
Illinois bill would criminalize filming fights to put online
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:08:22 -0500
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) â The video posted on Facebook showed a 12-year-old on the ground while another boy tried to stomp him, with classmates standing by, circling the two and recording the fight on their phones.
SC sues Energy Dept over unfinished nuclear fuel project
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:07:34 -0500
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) â South Carolina has again sued the federal government over an unfinished project to convert nuclear weapons components into reactor fuel, saying in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the administration has acted unconstitutionally in failing to complete the mixed-oxide facility by a Jan. 1 deadline.
Juvenile justice commissioner relieved of duties amid probe
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:06:45 -0500
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) â Kentucky's juvenile justice commissioner was relieved of his duties amid an investigation into a teenager's death at a detention center, which reportedly occurred hours after she was restrained through a martial arts hold.
Flint counsel says manslaughter charge harshest possible
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:06:23 -0500
LANSING, Mich. (AP) â Flint's water crisis, after a switch in the source allowed dangerous levels of lead and potentially caused deadly cases of Legionnaires' disease, could result in criminal charges as serious as involuntary manslaughter, a top investigator said Tuesday.