SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook.
Following a week of racially charged protests in Baltimore, U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday said that the residual effects of racism have built up over time and created inequality. Speaking on one of the final episodes of the Late Show with David Letterman, Obama said the effects of slavery, Jim Crow laws and discrimination in American history have left minority communities at a disadvantage. Earlier in the day, Obama spoke at Lehman College in the Bronx where he announced the launch of My Brother's Keeper Alliance, a nonprofit organization that is a spinoff of a White House initiative to increase opportunities for young minority men. Obama said black and Latino men feel disadvantaged, and he credited their sense of frustration about their lives and opportunities for the intensity of recent protests around the country.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Months before Freddie Gray died of the broken neck he suffered during what Baltimore's top prosecutor called an illegal arrest, the city's mayor and police commissioner said the department needed reform and asked the Justice Department for help reviewing officer misconduct.
(Reuters) - The city of Los Angeles has sued Wells Fargo & Co, accusing the bank of driving its employees to open unauthorized customer accounts, charging them "bogus" fees and damaging their credit, the Los Angeles Times reported. The lawsuit alleges that employees misused customers' confidential information and often failed to close unauthorized accounts even when customers complained, according to the paper. "The result is that Wells Fargo has generated a virtual fee-generating machine, through which its customers are harmed, its employees take the blame, and Wells Fargo reaps the profit," the report quoted the lawsuit, filed in a Los Angeles court by City Attorney Mike Feuer. Wells Fargo has blamed the problems on a few "rogue" employees, who the bank says it has "appropriately disciplined" or fired.
An argument with his ex-fiancee likely motivated a university student to randomly shoot four people, three fatally, on a bridge along a busy hiking and biking trail in a small eastern Wisconsin city, police said Monday. The gunman also shot and killed himself.
HONOLULU (AP) — A remote peninsula that has been the home of leprosy patients since the 19th century could be opened more fully to the public as the last remaining residents near the end of their lives.
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A Cuyahoga County judge will soon decide whether a Cleveland police officer is guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of two unarmed suspects after a long, high-speed chase in November 2012. Closing arguments are set for Tuesday in the trial of Officer Michael Brelo, 31, before Judge John O'Donnell in the deaths of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell. Williams and Russell were black and Brelo, a Marine who served in Iraq, is white. The chase, which started in downtown Cleveland after reports that there was gunfire coming from Russell's car, went through multiple cities at speeds topping 90 mph and ended with 13 Cleveland police officers firing 137 rounds.
Royal Dutch Shell's quest to return to Arctic drilling for the first time in three years could face delays after Seattle ruled that the city's port must apply for a permit for the company to use it as a hub for drilling rigs. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, a Democrat who has fought against new projects by coal and oil companies, applauded the requirement by the city's planning department. "This is an opportunity for the port and all of us to make a bold statement about how oil companies contribute to climate change, oil spills and other environmental disasters – and reject this short-term lease," Seattle's Mayor Ed Murray said on his website.