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May 25 2014 Crazed College Student In California Kills Six

LOS ANGELES - The son of a Hollywood director methodically killed six people in three locations late Friday night in the western U.S. state of California, and then apparently killed himself.
Police say Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old son of an assistant director on The Hunger Games, began his killing rampage at his apartment near the campus […]


May 23 2014 Tennessee Brings Back Electric Chair

WASHINGTON - The governor of Tennessee has signed a bill allowing the southern U.S. state to use the electric chair to perform executions on death row inmates.
Republican Governor Bill Haslam signed the bill into law Thursday. Tennessee lawmakers passed the electric chair legislation in April.
The new law allows Tennessee to electrocute death row inmates in […]


Apr 29 2014 US Congressman Grimm Indicted For Fraud

WASHINGTON - Republican congressman Michael Grimm from New York was indicted on fraud charges in connection with a Manhattan fast-food restaurant he partly owned, according to court documents unsealed on Monday. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
The charges follow a federal probe of Grimm’s fundraising that has been going on for […]


Apr 15 2014 Missouri Gunman Faces Hate Crime Charges

WASHINGTON - Prosecutors are sifting through the evidence in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri that left three people dead.  A suspect in the shootings taken into custody is a white supremacist. He was well-known to law enforcement agencies and human rights groups alike.
The attacks at a Jewish community […]


Mar 27 2014 US Federal Court Convicts Sulaiman Abu Ghath

NEW YORK - A federal jury in New York has convicted Kuwaiti-born imam Sulaiman Abu Ghaith on terrorism charges for his role as an al-Qaida spokesman.
The jury of nine women and three men found Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, guilty of providing material support to al-Qaida and conspiring to kill Americans. He […]


Mar 13 2014 Death Row Prisoner Glenn Ford Released

NEW ORLEANS - It’s the kind of story movies are made of. A U.S. man who spent nearly three decades on death row is now walking free.
Glenn Ford, the longest-serving death row prisoner in the state of Louisiana, was released after new evidence showed he was innocent of the murder that put him behind bars.
A […]


Feb 28 2014 Former Al-Qaida Spokesman Faces Trial

NEW YORK - Suleiman Abu Ghaith, one of Osama bin Laden’s sons-in-law and a former spokesman for al-Qaida, heads to trial next week in New York on terror-related charges in a case that could feature testimony from several al-Qaida figures.
Prosecutors have accused Abu Ghaith of conspiring to kill Americans immediately after the deadly September 11, […]


Feb 24 2014 US Seeks Extradition Of Mexican Drug Kingpin

WASHINGTON - U.S. prosecutors say they plan to seek the extradition of a Mexican drug lord to stand trial in the United States, but it was not immediately clear which country will try him first.
The United States had a $5 million bounty on the head of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the world’s most wanted drug […]


Feb 7 2014 California Power Station Attack Raises Concerns

LOS ANGELES - An unsolved sniper attack last year on an electrical power substation in California that knocked out 17 giant transformers has mobilized industry leaders to beef up physical security at these vital installations. The incident also has some experts worried that parts of the U.S. power grid are similarly vulnerable.
On April 16, 2013, […]


Feb 5 2014 Four Arrested In Hoffman Death Investigation

MANHATTAN - New York City police have arrested four suspects found with more than 350 bags of suspected heroin in an apartment, as they investigate the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Police said they arrested three men and one woman Tuesday in a raid on a Manhattan apartment not far from the Greenwich Village apartment […]


Jan 24 2014 Justin Bieber Busted For Drunk Driving, Drugs

MIAMI - Teen pop star Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach early on Thursday on a drunken driving charge after he was caught drag racing on a main thoroughfare in a rented yellow Lamborghini, police said.
The 19-year-old Canadian singer initially resisted arrest, cursed at police officers and later told them he had consumed alcohol, […]


Jan 23 2014 Texas Executes Mexican National For Killing Police Officer

HOUSTON - A Mexican national has been executed in Texas, despite appeals from the Mexican government and Secretary of State John Kerry.
Edgar Tamayo was put to death late Wednesday night by lethal injection, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to stay his execution.
Tamayo was convicted for the 1994 fatal shooting of a […]


Oct 16 2013 Libyan Terror Suspect Al-Libi Pleads Not Guilty

NEW YORK - Libyan Al-Qaida suspect Abu Anas al-Libi pleaded not guilty in a New York court on charges linking him to the bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998.
 Al-Libi was snatched off a street in Tripoli by American special forces October 5, and interrogated on an U.S. Navy ship before he […]


Oct 16 2013 Haliburton Guilty Of Destroying Evidence In Gulf Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS - A Halliburton Co manager formally pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court on Tuesday to destroying evidence in connection with the oilfield services company’s role in the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
 The plea by Anthony Badalamenti, former cementing technology director, was submitted a month after Halliburton also pleaded […]


Sep 24 2013 Former FBI Agent Pleads Guilty To Leaking Secrets

WASHINGTON - A former FBI explosives expert will plead guilty to revealing classified information to journalists about a disrupted terrorist plot to blow up a U.S.-bound jetliner in 2012.
 A statement released Monday by the U.S. Justice Department says Donald Sachtleben has admitted telling an Associated Press reporter about the plot conceived by the Yemen-based branch […]


Sep 17 2013 Shooting Rampage Leaves 13 Dead

WASHINGTON - A U.S. military veteran opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday in a burst of violence that killed 13 people, including the gunman, and set off waves of panic at the military installation just miles from the White House and U.S. Capitol.
 The FBI identified the suspect as Aaron Alexis, 34, of […]


Sep 4 2013 Ariel Castro Found Dead In Prison Cell

WASHINGTON - Prison officials in the midwestern U.S. state of Ohio say the man who held three women captive for over a decade in his home has been found dead.
 Ariel Castro was found hanging in his prison cell late Tuesday night. Officials say the 53-year-old Castro was taken to nearby hospital for emergency treatment, where […]


Aug 29 2013 Fort Hood Murderer Sentenced To Death

WASHINGTON - A U.S. military jury has sentenced an Army psychiatrist to death for intentionally killing 13 fellow soldiers in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas.
 The jury of 13 officers deliberated a short time Wednesday before handing Major Nidal Hasan, an American-born Muslim, the death sentence he appeared to crave during a two-week […]


Aug 24 2013 Fort Hood Murderer Convicted On All Counts

HOUSTON - The jury in the Fort Hood, Texas mass murder trial has convicted U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan of murdering 13 people and wounding 32 others in a shooting on the base in November, 2009. Next week the same jury - or panel, as it is known in military law - will determine if […]


Aug 22 2013 Bradley Manning Sentenced To 35 Years In Prison

WASHINGTON - A military judge has sentenced Army Private Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for espionage. He provided 750,000 secret files to WikiLeaks in what is considered the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history.
 After three years in prison, the 25-year-old soldier and former intelligence analyst arrived at military court to hear […]


Aug 22 2013 NSA Unlawfully Collected Emails Of Americans

WASHINGTON - The U.S. National Security Agency has released a 2011 court opinion that ruled it unlawfully gathered as many 56,000 emails and other electronic communications of Americans each year between 2008 and 2011.
 The opinion was released Wednesday as part of the Obama administration’s efforts to provide transparency over the agency’s surveillance efforts, in response […]


Aug 15 2013 Jesse Jackson Jr And Wife Sentenced To Prison

WASHINGTON - The eldest son of famed U.S. civil rights leader Jesse Jackson has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.
 Jesse Jackson Jr., 48, a former member of the U.S. Congress from Illinois, was sentenced in federal court in Washington on Wednesday. His 49-year-old wife […]


Jul 27 2013 Ariel Castro Pleads Guilty To 937 Charges

WASHINGTON - A man has pleaded guilty to holding three young women captive in his Ohio home for a decade, agreeing to spend the rest of his life in prison, plus 1,000 years, in exchange for prosecutors dropping the threat of a death sentence.
 Former school bus driver Ariel Castro appeared in a Cleveland court Friday […]


Jul 26 2013 Halliburton Pleads Guilty To Destroying Evidence

WASHINGTON - U.S. company Halliburton Energy Services has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection with the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico three years ago.
 A U.S. Justice Department statement said that criminal information charging Halliburton with one count of destroying evidence was filed Thursday in a federal court in the […]


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