WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Federal authorities announced Monday that Kansas has agreed settle a securities fraud charge accusing the state of misleading investors about the financial health of its public employee pension system in 2009 and 2010 — at the time the second-worst underfunded system of its kind in the nation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A freeze on capital punishment in Ohio will continue into 2015 after a federal judge extended a months-long moratorium on executions as questions mount about the effectiveness of a new, two-drug combination being used to carry out the death penalty.
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. Many of them believe the app is especially invasive.
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Attorneys for U.S. television commentator Glenn Beck on Monday asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit charging their client with defamation for wrongly accusing a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing of being the "money man" behind the attack. The plaintiff, Saudi Arabian national Abdulrahman Alharbi, 21, had been present at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, when two homemade pressure-cooker bombs ripped through the crowd and was injured. Federal prosecutors now contend that a pair of ethnic Chechen brothers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, carried out the bombing. "The fact that Mr. Alharbi said what he said and availed himself of the opportunity to inject himself into this controversy in an attempt to shape the debate is not a fact that can be denied," attorney Michael Grygiel said during a hearing at U.S. District Court in Boston.
(Reuters) - Par Petroleum Corp said on Monday the refinery in Kapolei, Hawaii operated by its subsidiary Hawaii Independent Energy was running normally after back-to-back storms in the region. Based on updates from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center and the Hawaii State Emergency Operations Center, throughout the hurricane watch period, the company was able to operate the refinery at moderate throughput, Lance Tanaka, spokesman for Par Petroleum said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Austin Beutner (BYOOT'-ner) is the new publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times Media Group.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing slightly higher as investors turn their focus to corporate news and as tensions ease in Ukraine.
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a 17-year-old boy arrested in the death and sexual assault of a 6-year-old Washington state girl will be charged as an adult.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States' top disease detective calls Ebola a "painful, dreadful, merciless virus."
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI BEACH Fla. (Reuters) - Police in Miami investigating the killing of a 60-year-old Orthodox rabbi over the weekend said on Monday they haven't yet decided whether the shooting was a hate crime. While investigators at a news conference called for witnesses to come forward, Jewish groups have issued conflicting interpretations of Rabbi Joseph Raksin’s murder. Raksin, a New York City resident who was in Miami visiting relatives, was shot Saturday morning allegedly by one of two black men who approached him as he walked toward a temple in a heavily Jewish enclave of North Miami Beach, according to police. Local representatives of the American Jewish Committee told the Miami Herald that recent acts of vandalism, including the July 28 discovery of what appeared to be a swastika and the name of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas written on the temple where Raksin was headed, point to the possibility of a hate crime.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fire crews braced for more erratic winds on Monday from nearby thunderstorms as they tried to gain ground on two wildfires that were threatening nearly 750 rural homes on national forest land in Northern California.
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - Three missionaries, including the husband of a missionary being treated for Ebola in Atlanta, will be temporarily quarantined in North Carolina to ensure they did not contract the deadly virus while in Liberia, their Christian group said on Monday. SIM USA worker David Writebol and two doctors who have been caring for Ebola patients in Monrovia amid the current outbreak arrived in Charlotte by private charter Sunday night, the mission organization said in a statement. Writebol's wife, Nancy, is one of two American relief workers with Ebola being treated at Emory University Hospital.
CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama is planning to speak about the latest political developments in Iraq later this afternoon.
CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Illinois man received four life sentences for bludgeoning to death four people including a toddler during a weeklong, two-state crime spree in 2008, the state attorney general said on Monday. Rock Island County Judge Jeffrey O'Connor handed down the sentences for Nicholas Sheley, who was convicted in May of beating to death Kilynna Blake, 20, her 2-year-old son Dayan, Brock Branson, 29, and Kenneth Ulve, 25, in an apartment in Rock Falls, Illinois. Authorities said Sheley chose his victims at random and bludgeoned or hacked them to death. ...
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia food processor linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak shipped thousands of pounds of peanut products after learning its products were contaminated and cheated on testing, a former plant manager testified Monday.
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A New Hampshire judge is expected to rule on Tuesday whether to compel a man found guilty last month of raping and murdering a college student to attend a hearing this week where he will face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. An attorney for Seth Mazzaglia, 31, filed a motion in Strafford County Superior Court late last week asserting "his constitutional right to waive his presence" at the hearing. Prosecutor Peter Hinckley argued that the request was "vastly outweighed by the countervailing interests of ... the court system, the prosecution, the victims of the defendant's crimes, and society as a whole." Last month, Mazzaglia was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Elizabeth Marriott, who was a 19-year-old student at the University of New Hampshire, after a month-long that featured lurid details of the occult, sadomasochism and romantic betrayal. Mazzaglia was accused of having his girlfriend, Kathryn McDonough, lure Marriott to their apartment so he could have sex with her.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain has proposed a draft U.N. resolution aimed at punishing recruitment and financing of foreign fighters for the Islamic State militant group now controlling a swath of Syria and Iraq, and all other terrorist groups associated with al-Qaida.
(Reuters) - A 15-year-old Utah girl died after being run over by a pickup truck while she lay sunbathing in the driveway of her home, police said on Monday. Marli Hamblin, a cheerleader from Syracuse, Utah, who had recently made her high school's squad, was listening to music through her headphones and likely did not notice when her older sister began to reverse the Chevrolet truck towards her, Syracuse police and the family's Facebook page said. The sister told investigators that she did not spot her sibling as she backed out of the home's garage, police spokeswoman Erin Behm said. ...
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado woman accused of conspiring to provide support to Islamist insurgents waging war against the governments of Syria and Iraq has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors, the U.S. Attorney's Office said on Monday. Shannon Maureen Conley, 19, has been in custody since her arrest in April for allegedly planning to join the Sunni Muslim militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, otherwise known as ISIS or ISIL, which has shortened its name to Islamic State. "A notice of disposition is generally filed by the defense to notify the court that an agreement between the prosecution and the defense has been reached, where the defendant has agreed to plead guilty," Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for U.S. Attorney John Walsh, said in a statement. Conley was charged by federal prosecutors with one count of providing material support to a "designated foreign terrorist organization," according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court.
NEW YORK (AP) — Al-Jazeera America marks its first anniversary on the air next week, and if you haven't watched much, you're not alone.