ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday removed a temporary ban on domestic horse slaughter, clearing the way for companies in New Mexico, Missouri and Iowa to open while an appeal of a lawsuit by animal protection groups proceeds.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Government regulators in Canada are poised to open a formal investigation into whether Google is abusing its dominance of the Internet search market to stifle competition and drive up digital advertising prices.
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent accused of leaking confidential information to a Singapore-based company at the heart of a Navy contracting scandal is scheduled to plead guilty in federal court next week, California media reported. NCIS agent John Beliveau is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and pleaded not guilty to the charge earlier this year. Beliveau's attorney, Jan Ronis, told reporters on Thursday that his client would plead guilty on Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Times and other media outlets. A court calendar indicates Beliveau is scheduled to change his plea in U.S. District Court in San Diego on Tuesday.
DENVER (AP) — A World War II pilot killed during a reconnaissance mission in Germany has been laid to rest in Denver.
By Elizabeth Daley STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (Reuters) - Four adults in Steubenville, Ohio, including the school's superintendent, pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges stemming from the handling of the investigation into the rape of a teenage girl in August 2012. The rape case drew national attention to Steubenville, a town about 40 miles west of Pittsburgh, after a photo and video that appeared to document the assault of the 16-year-old girl were posted online. In March, two high school football players were found guilty as juveniles of assaulting the girl and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine called for a grand jury to determine if people had hindered investigation into the rape accusations. On Friday, four adults - Superintendent Michael McVey, elementary school principal Lynnett Gorman, special education teacher Seth Fluharty, and Matthew Belardine, a former volunteer assistant football coach - each pleaded not guilty to an assortment of felony and misdemeanor charges.
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A Cleveland man accused of setting the city's deadliest house fire, which killed eight children and a woman, was found guilty by a jury on Friday, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office said. Antun Lewis, 29, was convicted of arson and faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced in March, said Mike Tobin, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney in Cleveland. Lewis had been convicted two years ago of arson, but was granted a new trial by a federal judge who found that prosecutors relied too heavily on unreliable witnesses in the earlier trial, including jail house informants. Lewis' new trial began in November before U.S. District Court Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. and was turned over to the jury late on Thursday.
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A veterans association that built a massive cross overlooking San Diego as part of a war memorial plans to fight a federal judge's order to tear it down, a lawyer for the group said on Friday. Attorney Jeff Mateer said he hoped the U.S. Supreme Court, which last year declined to intervene in the 25-year legal battle, will step in now that there has been an order to dismantle the cross, and rule for his clients. "We are definitely appealing and are committed to preserving this veterans memorial the way it was intended to be, which includes a cross," said Mateer, general counsel for the Liberty Institute, which is representing the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Association in the case. The cross, located between the Pacific Ocean and a major interstate highway, is surrounded by walls displaying granite plaques that commemorate veterans or veterans groups.
NEW YORK (AP) — Financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, which saw 658 of its 1,000 employees killed in the Sept. 11 attacks, has nearly completed a settlement with American Airlines and insurance carriers, according to documents filed in federal court.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man who prosecutors say sympathized with violent terrorists was arrested Friday as part of an FBI sting after he drove a vehicle loaded with what he thought were explosives to a Wichita airport.
WASHINGTON (AP) — One day after winning lopsided House approval, bipartisan legislation to ease across-the-board spending cuts and reduce economy-rattling budget brinkmanship appears likely to command the 60 votes necessary to clear the Senate, officials in both parties said Friday.
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An American with links to the Central Intelligence Agency was investigating suspicions that Iranian government officials were diverting petroleum funds and laundering them through Canada when he went missing in Iran in 2007, a lawyer for his family said on Friday. Robert Levinson, a private detective and former FBI agent, was investigating allegations of corruption by well-connected people in Iran, lawyer David McGee told Reuters. The Associated Press and The Washington Post reported on Thursday that Levinson was not a private citizen on a business trip to Iran in 2007 as the U.S. government often said but was in fact working for a rogue CIA operation when he disappeared. McGee acknowledged details of Levinson's visit to Iran after the publication of the Associated Press and Washington Post articles.
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A federal jury on Friday found a man guilty of setting a blaze that killed eight children and a woman in the deadliest house fire in Cleveland's history, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office said. Antun Lewis, 29, was convicted of arson and faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced in March, said Mike Tobin, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney in Cleveland.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A student who went to his suburban Denver high school Friday armed with a shotgun and looking for a specific teacher shot two students, including one critically, before apparently killing himself, the local sheriff said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Time Warner Cable Inc. said Friday that it has made live local TV station signals available on its TWC TV app in Los Angeles and San Diego, taking one further step toward fulfilling the industry's promise of making TV programming available on multiple devices.
CLEVELAND (AP) — A former drug dealer was found guilty on Friday at his retrial in the 2005 arson deaths of a woman and eight children at a birthday sleepover — the city's deadliest house fire.
Two people were killed and the home they occupied was destroyed after building-sized boulders crashed down a cliff and crushed the two-story structure outside Zion National Park in southern Utah, officials said on Friday. The rock slide on Thursday night likely killed the couple instantly, said Dawn Wallace, treasurer of Springdale, Utah, whose police department was leading the response to the disaster and who viewed the wreckage firsthand on Friday. She said the giant boulders had crushed the home and a detached garage in the community of Rockville. "It was unbelievable." Utah Highway Patrol Sergeant Mary Kay Lucas confirmed on Friday that two people had been crushed to death inside their home "when the rocks came down." Lance Weaver, a geologist with the Utah Geological Survey, said rockslides that damage homes or injure people happen from one to three times a year in Utah, but fatalities are rare.
A federal jury in Cleveland found a man guilty on Friday of setting a blaze that killed a woman and eight children in the deadliest house fire in the city's history, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office said. Antun Lewis, 29, was convicted two years ago of arson, but had been granted a new trial by a federal judge who had found that prosecutors relied too heavily on unreliable witnesses in the earlier trial, including jailhouse informants. Writing by David Bailey;
By Molly Hensley-Clancy NEW YORK (Reuters) - School districts across the United States are failing to properly protect troves of sensitive student data as they rush to adopt new online systems pitched by private companies, a report released on Friday found. Most of the 23 school districts studied had inadequate privacy protections and poorly defined contracts with outside vendors that left student data vulnerable, said the Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law School, which conducted the review.
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — The federal government has already reached its cap on special visas for crime victims, just a few months into the fiscal year, the fastest the limit has been reached since the U.S. government started issuing them in 2008, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
HONOLULU (AP) — The son of a pilot who was flying a plane that crashed in Hawaii waters, killing the state health director, says his father hurt his head on the control panel as he maneuvered the aircraft.