WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate opponents of stripping military commanders of the authority to prosecute serious crimes such as rape and sexual assault said Monday that the proposal could make it worse for victims.
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it would not review a ruling by the secretive intelligence court that gave the government access to records kept by Verizon Communications Inc on millions of telephone calls. The long-shot case was brought to the high court by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a public interest research organization. It was the first time the high-profile issue has come before the justices since former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden began in June to leak secret documents detailing American surveillance programs. The NSA used records like those provided by Verizon as part of the spy agency's counterterrorism surveillance activities.
GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — Statements made by a Colorado teen who killed and dismembered a 10-year-old girl show he had no empathy for her and that he had a pattern of sexual deviance, a psychologist testified Monday.
By Karen Brooks AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - As George Phenix shouldered his news camera in the throng of 50 reporters crowded noisily into the basement of the Dallas Police Department headquarters, he did not notice the man in a hat standing beside him. Phenix, a cub reporter for local CBS TV affiliate KRLD, was focused on Lee Harvey Oswald, the man accused of assassinating President John F. Kennedy in Dallas just two days before. The crowd surged forward and the man in the hat, Jack Ruby, sprang into motion, stepping in front of Phenix's lens and firing a fatal handgun shot into Oswald. "It was just a sense of relief, so much, that I did have it." Phenix's footage of the Oswald shooting is one of the enduring images returning to the airwaves for the 50th anniversary of the November 22, 1963, assassination of Kennedy as he rode through Dallas in a motorcade.
NEW YORK (AP) — We are deep in the bowels of Michael White's sumptuous Marea restaurant on Central Park South, far from the sleek dining room upstairs with its bar of carved onyx and its rosewood walls rubbed, according to the proud chef and owner, with seven coats of lacquer. We've passed through the bustling main kitchen into a labyrinth-like basement area, which White has dubbed the Catacombs.
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a death penalty case from Alabama even though two of its members recommended that it should. Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer both said the court should have considered the case of Mario Dion Woodward, who was sentenced to death in 2008, in spite of a 8-4 jury vote against imposing the death penalty. The court's refusal to intervene means Woodward will remain on death row. Alabama is the only state that allows judges to sentence defendants to death on their own authority even if the jury finds otherwise, Sotomayor wrote in an opinion, adding that its sentencing system should be reviewed by the high court.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With all the problems facing the rollout of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, nowhere is the situation worse or more surprising than in Oregon, a progressive state that has enthusiastically embraced the federal law but has so far failed to enroll a single person in coverage through the state's insurance exchange.