NEW YORK (AP) — Four men accused of plotting to send U.S. residents overseas to fight for the Islamic State group appeared in court together for the first time Wednesday to face federal terrorism charges.
MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Each spring when the azaleas bloom, attorney Atticus Finch, daughter Scout and other characters from "To Kill a Mockingbird" come to life on the courthouse lawn in the Alabama hometown of author Harper Lee, who will release a sequel to her classic novel in July.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A new federal indictment adds two more victims to the case of a Roman Catholic priest accused of traveling to Honduras to have sex with poor street children during missionary trips.
SEATTLE (AP) — Gailen Lopton was in a downtown alley two weeks ago, having a buddy jab him in the neck with a heroin-filled syringe, when he suddenly found himself in the company of Seattle's finest.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's spokesman says the White House is always going to be a target for hackers.
NEW YORK (AP) — As an act of violence once again focuses the nation on relations between law enforcement and minorities, the Rev. Al Sharpton said Wednesday that his civil rights organization will stand with the family of the black South Carolina man fatally shot by a white police officer.
BENLD, Ill. (AP) — Authorities have evacuated some southern Illinois homes in response to damage caused by sinking ground above a collapsed Macoupin County mine.
HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge has wrongly prevented "common-sense policies" from taking effect by blocking President Barack Obama's executive action that seeks to shield millions of immigrants from deportation, and the federal government plans to continue its fight in a higher court, the White House said Wednesday.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. government is working to extradite a former Salvadoran colonel to face charges that he helped plot the 1989 slayings of five Jesuit priests from Spain during El Salvador's civil war, prosecutors said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Wednesday said a former Guantanamo Bay detainee was among several people arrested in Uganda under suspicion of having links to the killing of a prominent prosecutor there. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said U.S. government personnel supported the Ugandan operation. She said a former Guantanamo detainee who was released in 2006 was detained. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Sandra Maler)
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit mother charged with killing two of her children was removed Wednesday from court after confronting the father of one of her living children during a parental rights termination hearing.
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A citizen of Uzbekistan living in New York City pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to taking part in a plot to support Islamic State militants. Dilkhayot Kasimov, 26, appeared in Brooklyn federal court two days after being indicted along with three other previously charged men, all residents of Brooklyn, New York, for his alleged role in the conspiracy. He had been detained on immigration charges since February, when prosecutors first unveiled criminal charges against the three others, Akhror Saidakhmetov, Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev and Abror Habibov. Prosecutors have said that two of the men, Saidakhmetov of Kazakhstan and Hasanovich of Uzbekistan, planned to travel to Syria to fight on behalf of the radical group.
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SEATTLE (AP) — Lawyers for a Russian man accused of hacking into U.S. restaurants and stealing credit card numbers have asked a federal judge to dismiss the indictment against him, arguing that the U.S. Secret Service overstepped its authority when agents took him into custody in the Maldives.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A deadly strain of bird flu has reached the Midwest, killing or requiring hundreds of thousands of turkeys to be euthanized. Some questions and answers about the outbreak:
A surge in voter turnout helped elect two new black city council members in Ferguson, a Missouri city found by the U.S. Justice Department to be rife with racial abuses in its police and court systems. After months of street protests, turnout in Tuesday's vote was 30 percent, or more than double recent municipal elections in the St. Louis suburb, which is two-thirds black but has had only two African-American council members in its 120 year history. Mayor James Knowles on Wednesday called the election a "milestone" for the city. The six-member city council will be split with three African-American and three white members.
A retired U.S. Army colonel has agreed to plead guilty to negotiating a job with financier Lynn Tilton's private equity firm while also taking steps to ensure a helicopter company it controlled got paid faster by the Department of Defense. A plea agreement for retired officer Norbert Vergez was filed on Tuesday in a federal court in Alabama. Vergez also agreed to admit to failing to disclose receiving $30,000 for relocation expenses from his future employer, court papers show. “Col. Vergez has fully accepted responsibility for his conduct," Vergez's lawyer, Lee Stein, said in a statement emailed to Reuters.
By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Most younger Americans are in favour of federal laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people from discrimination, paving the way for social change, according to a poll by a thinktank. A poll by policy institute, the Center for American Progress, found 65 percent of Americans aged 18 to 34 supported laws to prevent discrimination LGBT people still suffer in areas such as employment and housing. "These numbers show that America's rising electorate stands firmly on the side of basic fairness for all people," said Laura E. Durso, director of the Center's LGBT research and communication project. "In order to remedy the current reality of widespread legal discrimination against LGBT Americans, we will need millennials' leadership and passion to push Congress to enact comprehensive non-discrimination protections," she said.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ferguson's former municipal court clerk who was fired last month over racially charged emails linked to her says she's not a bigot and that she shared the messages as funny items she didn't consider offensive.