LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adolph Hitler's "Mein Kampf" is considered one of the most racist and heinous screeds in modern history, but an auctioneer says two rare, early editions signed by Hitler could sell Thursday for more than $20,000 at an online auction.
The seemingly intractable problem of identity theft led the list of top consumer complaints once again in 2013, with U.S. consumers reporting that they lost over $1.6 billion to various types of fraud, the Federal Trade Commission said in a report released on Thursday. Of the 2 million consumer complaints that the commission received last year, 290,056, or about 14 percent, were related to identity theft, the FTC said. "This (identify theft) has topped the list since at least 2006," said David Torok, director of the FTC's Division of Planning and Information. A total of 43 percent of fraud victims were reached through email, while 21 percent were telephoned and another 20 percent were defrauded through a website, the FTC said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors said Thursday they have changed their minds about reducing charges against an undercover police detective accused of taking part in a motorcyclists-versus-SUV driver melee that was caught on video.
YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Every year for the last 12 years the vineyard workers of the Napa Valley have gathered in the soft light of a mid-winter morning, shears at the ready, game faces on, each eager to prove he's the best man on the job.
MIAMI (AP) — A second member of the "Cuban Five" — the spy ring whose arrests and convictions have caused repeated tensions between Washington and Havana — was released Thursday from a U.S. prison after spending more than 15 years behind bars.
MIAMI (AP) — Huber Matos Benitez, who helped lead the Cuban Revolution as one of Fidel Castro's key lieutenants before his efforts to resign from the burgeoning communist government landed him in prison for 20 years, has died. He was 95.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama administration officials faced the prospect of contentious questioning Thursday from lawmakers about reports that China and India are significantly expanding imports of Iranian petroleum.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The man charged in the mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater in 2012 now faces trial in October.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man is seeking mercy after pleading guilty to trying to hire a Ku Klux Klan hitman to kill a black neighbor.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The widow of the state police captain who gave the command to retake the Attica prison from rioting inmates in 1971 says unsealing investigative documents now would be unfair, but others say it's time, for the sake of history, to let the public see them.
By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, COLORADO (Reuters) - A Colorado judge on Thursday set a new trial date for October 14 for James Holmes, the former neuroscience graduate student accused of killing 12 moviegoers in a shooting spree at a Colorado cinema in 2012. Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour delayed the start of the trial, initially scheduled for next month, because of ongoing legal wrangling over Holmes' sanity and other issues. Holmes, 26, is charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder stemming from the July 2012 shooting spree during a screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Last week, the judge ruled that the one-time University of Colorado doctoral candidate must submit to a second sanity evaluation because the first examination was "incomplete and inadequate." Defense lawyers have conceded that Holmes, a California native, was the lone gunman, but have argued that their client was suffering a psychotic episode when he went on the rampage.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Proposed federal environmental guidelines released Thursday would protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from offshore seismic testing aimed at sizing up oil and gas reserves from Delaware to Florida.
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A British man has been charged with hacking into computer servers belonging to the U.S. Federal Reserve, and then widely disclosing personal information of people who use them. Thursday's charges against Lauri Love were announced four months after he was arrested in England, and accused by U.S. and British authorities of hacking into various U.S. government computer systems, including those run by the military. According to the latest indictment, Love, who is in his late-20s, worked with other hackers from October 2012 to February 2013 to infiltrate the Federal Reserve's system. Prosecutors said Love boasted about his activity in a chatroom under names such as "peace" and "Smedley Butler," once saying he planned to "drop another little federal reserve bomb," meaning he would disclose confidential information.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's attorney general asked a federal judge on Thursday to delay by 90 days an order requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says Attorney General Eric Holder was taken to the hospital Thursday as a precaution after experiencing faintness and shortness of breath at work.
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Hinckley, who shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan in 1981, soon will be spending more than half of his time outside a Washington mental hospital.
TWISP, Wash. (AP) — An 11-year-old girl shot a cougar that was following her 14-year-old brother to their home in north central Washington, the state Fish and Wildlife Department said.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The defense at Kerry Kennedy's drugged-driving trial introduced a medical journal article on Thursday in support of her testimony that she didn't realize she had accidentally taken a sleeping pill before getting behind the wheel.
The issue could prove costly to GM as the automaker faces a potential fine from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the cost of replacing the ignition switches in question and the possibility of costly lawsuits. "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into the timeliness of General Motors' recall of faulty ignition switches to determine whether GM properly followed the legal processes and requirements for reporting recalls," the safety agency said in a statement released on Wednesday. GM, which went through a bankruptcy restructuring in 2009, could face a maximum fine of $35 million if it failed to notify NHTSA within five days of a recall after learning of a vehicle safety defect. Toyota Motor Corp last year paid more than $1 billion to resolve economic-loss claims related to the recall of millions of vehicles for unintended acceleration.
NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation is donating $10 million to a program aimed at preventing the drowning of Bangladeshi children who may be improperly supervised while their parents are at work.