By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A former Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner who has sued the venture firm for gender discrimination faced tough questions on Friday from jurors about her communication skills, a decision to have an affair with a fellow partner, and other issues. Ellen Pao was quizzed by jurors on some of the central issues in the trial which has helped sparked a broad discussion about gender in Silicon Valley after four days of questions from lawyers. Pao has testified that a lawsuit was her only way to help women advance at the venture capital firm.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities were concerned Friday that heavy rains could worsen a landslide next to a West Virginia hilltop airport that already has forced residents out of a few dozen homes in Charleston.
Social media and other technology are making it increasingly difficult to combat militants who are using such modern resources to share information and conduct operations, the head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency said on Friday. CIA Director John Brennan, in a speech in New York, said such communications heighten the challenge of dealing with diffuse threats and attacks across the world from groups like Islamic State, known also as ISIL, and others.
By Tracy Rucinski CROWN POINT, Ind. (Reuters) - A convicted sex offender suspected of killing seven women in Indiana will stand trial for murder on June 22, a Lake County judge said on Friday. Darren Vann, 43, of Gary, has been charged with the murders of Afrikka Hardy, 19, and Anith Jones, 35, who both died by strangulation. Hardy's body was found in a motel room in Hammond, Indiana, last October, after which police said Vann led them to the bodies of six other women in abandoned buildings in neighboring Gary, a poverty-struck city about 25 miles southeast of Chicago. Vann, shackled and wearing grey-and-black prison stripes, smiled widely as he looked around the courtroom of Lake County Criminal Judge Diane Boswell on Friday.
BEIJING (AP) — Britain has become the first major Western government to apply for membership in a proposed Chinese-led Asian regional bank that Washington worries will undercut institutions such as the World Bank.
Dallas police arrested a teenager in last week's fatal shooting of an Iraqi immigrant who was gunned down while taking pictures of his first snowfall, officials said on Friday. Ahmed al-Jumaili, 36, had only been in the United States for about three weeks to be reunited with his wife when he was shot in the chest as he stood in the parking lot with his family, enjoying the snow, according to police. Nykerion Nealon, 17, was charged with murder in his death. We do not believe that he knew Mr. al-Jumaili's ethnicity," police spokesman Major Jeff Cotner said at a news conference.
By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. producer prices fell in February for a fourth straight month, pointing to tame inflation that could argue against an anticipated June interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. The Labor Department said on Friday its producer price index for final demand declined 0.5 percent as profit margins in the services sector, especially gasoline stations, were squeezed, and transportation and warehousing costs fell. "The underlying message appears to be that pipeline inflationary pressures remain quite weak, even as energy prices have stabilized and gasoline prices have drifted modestly higher," said Millan Mulraine, deputy chief economist at TD Securities in New York. The PPI had dropped 0.8 percent in January.