NEW YORK (AP) — Several members of New York's congressional delegation are urging the Department of Justice to investigate the death of a man put in a police chokehold, further complicating first-term Mayor Bill de Blasio's precarious political balancing act as the case has roiled the nation's largest city.
By Nick Carey FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - A U.S. military program that sends armored cars, camouflage and other battlefield equipment to police departments is under fresh scrutiny as demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, get ready for a fifth straight night of protests over the death of an unarmed black teenager. The hundreds of people who have gathered each night since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by an unnamed police officer last Saturday have been met with police clad in body armor and using tear gas, smoke bombs and stun grenades. On Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said it was clear the scenes playing out in the St. Louis suburb "cannot continue." And while he condemned acts of violence and looting by some protesters, he said it was the role of law enforcement to reduce tensions in the city, rather than exacerbate them. "At a time when we must seek to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the local community, I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message," Holder said.
DETROIT (AP) — A civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging the placement of five Detroit-area Muslims on a national watch list of suspected terrorists and their associates.
CHICAGO (AP) — As Indonesian police question the 19-year-old daughter of a woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase in Bali, authorities in an upscale Chicago suburb examined records of 86 incidents in which police were called to the family's house.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The family of a Missouri teenager fatally shot by police is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to oversee a second autopsy.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol will take over supervising security in the St. Louis suburb that's been the scene of violent protests since a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, the governor announced Thursday.
Several vigils are planned in cities across the country, including Philadelphia, in light of the fatal shooting of unharmed teenager Michael Brown.
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former manager at indicted digital currency exchange Liberty Reserve pleaded guilty on Thursday in New York to federal charges of conspiracy and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. Azzedine El Amine, 47, a Costa Rica citizen, has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as they pursue charges against others who worked for the exchange, which the government has said helped criminals launder more than $6 billion in illicit funds. At a hearing in Manhattan federal court, El Amine told U.S. District Judge Denise Cote he had helped process money transfers involving funds he knew to be from criminal activities, and that the transactions were intended to conceal customer identities. “That’s how Liberty Reserve made a lot of money,” he said.
It's a social media sensation that's sweeping the nation through Facebook and YouTube and on Wednesday, it arrived at Love Park.
Brian Farmer, 58, of Long Branch appeared in Monmouth County Superior Court on Thursday on two charges of first-degree murder, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child for the July 30 killings, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said. Prosecutors said Farmer's cousin, 62-year-old Joan Colbert, found him inside her apartment taking pornographic photographs of her 10-year-old foster daughter. A "confrontation ensued" and Farmer strangled both and fled the scene, prosecutors said. If convicted, Farmer faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for the dual murder counts.
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A county clerk in Virginia on Thursday asked U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts to block an appeals court ruling that would allow gay marriages to go ahead for the first time in the state next week. Lawyers for Michele McQuigg, Prince William County clerk of court, said they filed an emergency stay application at the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to prevent an appeals court ruling that struck down the state's ban on gay marriage from going into effect. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, invalidated the ban in a ruling issued on July 28.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department is in the process of holding bad employees accountable amid a scandal about long wait times for patients and other problems, VA Secretary Robert McDonald said Thursday, but he declined to say how many people were being fired and who they were.
South Jersey authorities are looking for a driver who hit a Mercer County man and just kept going.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Security Council members have reached agreement on a draft resolution that would punish the recruitment and financing of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria and demand that all al-Qaida-linked groups disarm and disband immediately, diplomats said Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) — A terror suspect's legal defense — underwritten by the Libyan government — is getting scrutiny from a federal judge, who advised him Thursday to consider the possibility of conflicting interests in a case stemming from al-Qaida's deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.
TURIN, N.Y. (AP) — They came to grieve and share stories about Kevin Ward Jr., who was born into a racing family and buried with racing flags in his casket.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court appears to have cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin in Virginia as early as next week, but that could be put on hold indefinitely if the nation's highest court intervenes.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors wrapped up their case in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on Thursday by giving jurors their first in-person look at the designer clothes and other gifts the couple received from a dietary supplements entrepreneur who says he was seeking their support for his company's products.
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - The sponsors of a controversial wolf-hunting competition in Idaho last year are proposing an annual contest on federal lands that rewards participants for bagging as many animals as they can in three days, organizers said Thursday. The group, named Idaho for Wildlife, is seeking a special recreation permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to hold contests each January for five years that would see as many as 500 hunters targeting wolves, coyotes, jackrabbits, starlings, skunks, weasels and raccoons. Steve Alder is executive director of Idaho for Wildlife, which says it fights "all radical anti-hunting and anti-gun environmentalists." He said the proposal for public lands near the ranching community of Salmon celebrate hunting, a form of family recreation and a centuries-old tradition in states such as Idaho.
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency on Thursday in response to 44 reported overdoses linked to people smoking or ingesting "Smacked," a synthetic marijuana-like product sold in convenience stores as potpourri. Manchester police on Wednesday said they had found Smacked in three convenience stores and that those stores' business licenses were revoked. Health officials are particularly concerned about the bubblegum flavor of Smacked, which several people who were brought to area hospitals reported taking. A federal ban on compounds found in synthetic marijuana products and bath salts was enacted in 2012, and later that year New Hampshire joined more 40 other states in adopting similar bans.