OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The stabbing deaths of four inmates at a private prison in Cushing were the result of a turf war between two white prison gangs that also spilled over into other state prison facilities, the head of an Oklahoma prison workers group said Thursday.
President Barack Obama still has confidence in General Lloyd Austin, head of the U.S. military's Central Command, and his leadership in the fight against Islamic State forces in Syria, the White House said on Thursday. The U.S. military is coming under pressure because of setbacks in the battle against Islamic State, including a disastrous debut for a force of U.S.-trained Syrian rebels and the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to the militant group earlier this year.
Nickcole Dykema, 47, was being held without bond on charges including assaulting an officer and resisting arrest, said Hernando County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Denise Moloney. When officers knocked on her door, Dykema barricaded herself inside and then lunged at one officer with a sword-like weapon, narrowly missing an officer's head, Moloney said.
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Under pressure from Jewish organizations, members of the University of California's governing board Thursday called for an overhaul of a proposed set of system-wide principles against intolerance, saying it should explicitly address anti-Semitism.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California prison officials are reducing the number of times they use a procedure known as "potty watches" and are getting better results, according to an inspector general's report released Wednesday.