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Ferguson Police Tainted by Bias, Justice Department Says

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:53
A report examining the deadly shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., said that the city had engaged in multiple constitutional violations.






Pharrell tells jury he didn't copy Gaye music for hit song

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:51

Pharrell Williams leaves Los Angeles Federal Court after testifying at trial in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The Grammy-winning singer Williams says he wasn't trying to copy the late Marvin Gaye's music for the hit song "Blurred Lines," but he was trying to evoke the feeling of late 1970s tunes. Williams is being sued by Gaye's children, who claim "Blurred Lines" improperly copies their father's hit "Got to Give it Up." Singer Robin Thicke and rapper T.I. are also defendants in the case. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pharrell Williams told a jury Wednesday that he was trying to evoke the feel of Marvin Gaye's music but did not copy the late singer's work when he crafted the 2013 hit "Blurred Lines."


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Ferguson policies targeted blacks, created toxic environment: U.S. attorney general

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:51

St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office undated evidence photo shows Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren WilsonBy Lisa Lambert and Carey Gillam WASHINGTON/KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - A U.S. probe found systemic racial bias targeted blacks and created a "toxic environment" in Ferguson, Missouri, but cleared a white officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager there, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday. The report said the St. Louis suburb overwhelmingly arrested and issued traffic citations to blacks to boost city coffers through fines, used police as a collection agency and created a culture of distrust that exploded in August when Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Brown's killing touched off a national debate on race, led to months of street protests and amplified long-standing complaints in Ferguson and across the country of police harassment and mistreatment of minorities. "But seen in this context, amid a highly toxic environment, defined by mistrust and resentment, stoked by years of bad feelings, and spurred by illegal and misguided practices, it is not difficult to imagine how a single tragic incident set off the city of Ferguson like a powder keg." Holder, who is stepping down soon as attorney general, called for wholesale and immediate change in the way Ferguson operates.


Pharrell tells jury he didn't copy Gaye music for hit song

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:51

Pharrell Williams leaves Los Angeles Federal Court after testifying at trial in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The Grammy-winning singer Williams says he wasn't trying to copy the late Marvin Gaye's music for the hit song "Blurred Lines," but he was trying to evoke the feeling of late 1970s tunes. Williams is being sued by Gaye's children, who claim "Blurred Lines" improperly copies their father's hit "Got to Give it Up." Singer Robin Thicke and rapper T.I. are also defendants in the case. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pharrell Williams told a jury Wednesday that he was trying to evoke the feel of Marvin Gaye's music but did not copy the late singer's work when he crafted the 2013 hit "Blurred Lines."


Couple plead not guilty to locking up kids 22 hours a day

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:48

The house where a husband and wife lived with their four adopted children is shown, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Ashtabula, Ohio. The husband and wife pleaded not guilty to charges alleging they kept three adopted children locked in bedrooms most of the time and gave them little to eat. Prosecutors in Ashtabula County say the pair beat their two girls and their mentally challenged adult son. They were indicted last week on other charges. Prosecutors say the abuse occurred between September 2011 and September 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Gillispie)JEFFERSON, Ohio (AP) — A husband and wife accused of making three of their adopted children virtual prisoners inside their home pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a case that began after prosecutors say two girls crashed the family van while trying to make their escape.


'I, Russian Occupier': The hit propaganda film

BBC World News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:43
Why Russian imperialism is good - according to a viral video
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Fate of Obama’s Trade Agenda May Rest on Oregon Senator

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:41
Ron Wyden, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, has tried to forge a deal between the parties to push the Trans Pacific Partnership.






NYC subway sign campaign takes stand against rudeness

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:39

A placard running along the interior of a New York City subway car reminds passengers that they are in a “Subway Car, Not A Dining Car,” as a subway travels below the streets of New York City, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has launched a new campaign that points out some common but rude practices by their ridership and asks them to be more considerate of their fellow passengers. (AP Photo/Verena Dobnik)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's case for some of the world's most boorish behavior is made every day in its subways: There's the woman casually clipping her fingernails, the man slurping an especially pungent dish under a fellow passenger's nose, and if nature calls, there are the riders who coat platforms with their urine.


Why has the Nobel Peace Prize chairman been demoted?

BBC World News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:36
What lies behind Nobel Peace chairman's demotion?
Categories: BBC World News

Rep. Van Hollen says he will run for Sen. Mikulski's seat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:34

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2014, file photo, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., speaks as Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Van Hollen says he will run for the Senate seat that will be open when Barbara Mikulski retires. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen will run for the Senate seat opening up when Sen. Barbara Mikulski retires, the congressman announced Wednesday in an email to supporters.


ArtsBeat: Bruce Willis to Make Broadway Debut in ‘Misery’

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:33
Mr. Willis will star as a writer imprisoned by a psychotic fan, in a stage adaptaion of Stephen King’s novel by William Goldman.






Jury deliberations end for day in Jodi Arias case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:33
PHOENIX (AP) — Jurors at the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial have gone home without deciding whether the convicted murderer should be sentenced to death or life in prison for killing her lover.

U.S. considering possible Middle East missile defense: general

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:30
By David Brunnstrom and Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military is considering sending its THAAD missile defense system to the Middle East, a senior U.S. Army general said on Wednesday, citing what he called an urgent need to respond to foes with missile systems and the will to use them. General Vincent Brooks, head of U.S. Army Pacific Command, said no decisions had been made about deploying a U.S.-owned Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery in the Middle East or South Korea, another region where he saw an urgent need given the threat posed by North Korea. The U.S. military must weigh its options, given the high cost involved in deploying the THAAD weapon system, built by Lockheed Martin Corp, Brooks said.

Arizona jury in Jodi Arias case to keep deliberating Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:28

Jodi Arias reacts as a guilty verdict is read in her first-degree murder trial in PhoenixThe jury in Phoenix deciding whether convicted killer Jodi Arias should be executed for murdering her ex-boyfriend ended a fifth day of deliberations on Wednesday without reaching a verdict in the closely watched retrial, court officials said. On Tuesday, the jurors were told by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens to try harder to come to a decision after apparently deadlocking. If they cannot decide, the judge will sentence Arias to life in prison, or life with the possibility of parole after 25 years. Arias says she acted in self-defense, but prosecutors accuse her of carrying out the murder in a jealous rage.


Lawyer: Tsarnaev widow not ID'd as witness in bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:26

FILE - In this April 29, 2013, file photo, Katherine Russell, right, wife of Boston Marathon bomber suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, leaves the law office of DeLuca and Weizenbaum with Amato DeLuca, left, in Providence, R.I. DeLuca tells The Associated Press on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, that he and his client, Russell, have not heard from federal officials since nearly a year ago, shortly before last year's Boston Marathon. DeLuca says they have not been contacted by the defense. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The sister-in-law of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not been identified as a witness for prosecutors or the defense in his trial, and she has not been told she's the subject of any investigation, her lawyer said Wednesday.


'It WAS him': Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:26

It this courtroom sketch, U.S. Attorney William Weinreb, left, is depicted delivering opening statements in front of U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right rear, on the first day of the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev, depicted seated second from right between defense attorneys Judy Clarke, third from right, and Miriam Conrad, right, is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It's whether he deserves to die for it.


How Iran's feminist genie escaped

BBC World News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:21
How Iran's revolution let a feminist genie out of its bottle
Categories: BBC World News

New York City Adds 2 Muslim Holy Days to Public School Calendar

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:20
The addition of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha to the calendar fulfills a campaign pledge from Mayor Bill de Blasio and represents the increasing influence of the city’s Muslim community.






Californian tried to join Islamic State in Syria: prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:18
A Southern California man whom prosecutors say sought to travel to Syria last year in a bid to join Islamic State fighters was indicted on federal charges, the Justice Department said on Wednesday. The suspect, Adam Dandach, 21, of Orange, California, was indicted by a grand jury in Santa Ana, California, the department said in a statement. Dandach was arrested in July when he tried to travel to Turkey with what the department said was the intent of crossing into Syria to join Islamic State militants. Dandach, who is also known as Fadi Fadi Dandach, is charged with attempting to aid a foreign terrorist organization, lying on a passport application in order to aid terrorism and obstruction of justice.

Ferguson mayor says one terminated, two on leave for racist emails

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:16
The mayor of Ferguson, Missouri said on Wednesday the city has fired one police department employee and put two others on leave after a U.S. Justice Department probe identified them as having explicit racial bias in city emails. "Let me be clear, this type of behavior will not be tolerated in the Ferguson Police Department or in any department in the city of Ferguson," Mayor James Knowles told a news conference.