By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) - The bitcoin derivatives market BTC.sx has suspended trading after its key bitcoin exchange partner, Tokyo-based Mt. Gox, went dark this week following weeks of turmoil, the company's chief operating officer George Samman said. Prior to the suspension, BTC offered derivatives on Mt. Gox prices. If Mt. Gox's troubles do any damage, it would be short-lived, he said. BTC has some exposure in Mt. Gox because the company trades on the site.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A self-described pimp was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years to life in Nevada state prison in a rape and robbery case that served as a prelude to his death penalty trial later this year in a Las Vegas Strip shooting and fiery crash that left three people dead.
ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — The prosecutor examining the death of a Chechen man shot to death by an FBI agent during questioning about a Boston Marathon bombing suspect says he anticipates completing his investigation into what happened by the end of the next month.
Utah Highway Patrol officers conducting a drunk driving sting operation spotted the couple's car swerving between lanes on Interstate 15 early on Saturday, according to Lieutenant Brad Horne of the Utah highway Patrol. Suspecting a drunk driver, Horne flipped on his lights and sirens and went after the vehicle, which was traveling at speeds of less than 40 miles per hour.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man who terrorized shoppers last fall when he fired rifle shots inside an upscale mall before taking his own life knew he was under investigation for selling drugs, police said.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — NASA could have prevented last summer's near-drowning of a spacewalking astronaut.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's brother is facing a federal drug distribution charge.
STERLING, Conn. (AP) — Parents in a small eastern Connecticut town are demanding action by local officials after a man went to a school to pick up his great-grandson and took the wrong child home, possibly because the boys were wearing similar hats.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mountain lion and her kittens having a late-night snack were recorded via a remote camera in a Southern California wilderness park.
By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mythili Raman, the top criminal prosecutor at the Department of Justice, is planning to leave the agency next month, wrapping up a year overseeing high-profile investigations into global market manipulation. Raman said in an interview this week that the agency has made great strides in holding individuals accountable for corporate misdeeds. The 17-year Justice Department veteran served for a year as the acting chief after her predecessor, Lanny Breuer, left the agency last year. "We have a lot to be proud of," Raman said, referring the department's probe into the manipulation of foreign exchange rates and a related investigation into the manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) interest rate benchmark that led to charges against six people in the past year.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has refused to halt payments from a BP fund to compensate deckhands and other seafood workers harmed financially by the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
WASHINGTON (AP) — America's top diplomat is predicting that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down an anti-gay proposal in Arizona if it ever becomes law and is calling on the state's governor to "make the right decision" and veto it.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York's attorney general says 18 Wall Street firms have agreed to stop cooperating with analyst surveys that investigators say favor certain elite clients.
KING CITY, Calif. (AP) — The acting police chief and two officers in a rural California town were removed from duty after being arrested on suspicion of selling or giving away the impounded cars of poor residents, authorities said.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Kerry Kennedy says she did not knowingly take a sleeping pill and get behind the wheel of a car.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia teenager has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for her role in her friend's death.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday authorizing sanctions against individuals and organizations threatening peace, security or stability in Yemen.
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Support for gay marriage has surged in the United States in the decade since it first became legal in Massachusetts, with just over half of Americans now supporting the idea, according to a survey released on Wednesday. Some 53 percent of the 4,509 Americans surveyed by the Public Religion Research Institute said they supported gay marriage, up from 32 percent in 2003, when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize it. PRRI Chief Executive Robert Jones said the poll joined a raft of other surveys showing that a majority of Americans back gay marriage. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia recognize gay marriage, with bans overturned in several states after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that legally married same-sex couples were eligible for federal benefits.