ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's state auditor outlined what he called a troubling pattern of perks and consulting work heaped upon the former Albuquerque police chief by Taser International as it secured a lucrative no-bid contract to supply officers with body cameras.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The top Baltimore city police officer suspended following Freddie Gray's death was hospitalized in April 2012 following concerns about his mental health, according to records from a sheriff's department and court obtained by The Associated Press.
(Reuters) - California safety regulators have fined SeaWorld San Diego for not properly instructing workers on how to "safely interact with killer whales," the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday. The citations, which the amusement park told the newspaper it would appeal, come as SeaWorld is still dealing with fallout from the 2013 documentary "Blackfish" that was critical of its practice of keeping the killer whales in captivity and using them for entertainment. The Division of Occupational Safety and Health at the California Department of Industrial Relations issued the citations this week with fines totaling $25,770, according to the Times. SeaWorld could not be immediately reached for comment, but a representative told the Times that the citations demonstrate "a "fundamental misunderstanding of the requirements of safely caring for killer whales." At least three lawsuits have been filed against SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment in recent weeks saying ticket holders were defrauded by claims that the animals are healthy and well-treated, allegations that the park denies.
By Emily Flitter BALTIMORE (Reuters) - The view from Lenny Clay’s barbershop in a neighborhood just west of downtown Baltimore is bleak. "Back in the '60s I couldn't keep the politicians out of here," Clay, now 80, said. "Now none of them will come." In 1961, when Clay opened Lenny’s House of Naturals in this corner storefront, the neighborhood was busy, bright, full of hard-working black families and black-owned businesses. On Wednesday, visitors who stopped by the shop wanted to talk about the city’s recent unrest and how it was different from the riots that erupted in Baltimore in 1968, following the death of the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. "In the '60s, we were fighting for equality," said Sterling Brunson, 50.
FOSTER CITY, Calif. (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk is trying to steer his electric car company's battery technology into homes and businesses as part of an elaborate plan to reshape the power grid with millions of small power plants made of solar panels on roofs and batteries in garages.
By James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Her campaign barely three weeks old, Hillary Clinton already has been attacked by Republicans on everything from donations to her family's charitable foundation, to her tenure as secretary of state and her ties to Wall Street. If elected in November 2016, Clinton would be, at 69, the second-oldest person to take the presidential oath for the first time, behind only Ronald Reagan, who turned 70 weeks after being sworn into office in 1981. Questions of health and fitness for the presidency dogged two former candidates of a similar age, Bob Dole in the 1996 election and John McCain in 2008, each of whom was 71 at this point in the race. "I do think age is an issue in a presidential campaign," said Steve Schmidt, who was McCain’s campaign manager. "There is a thin line between seasoned and decrepit." But several Republican campaigns that seem best positioned to exploit it don't want to touch the issue - at least directly. That's a shift from just a few months ago, when presidential hopefuls Senator Rand Paul, 52, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, 47, explicitly referenced Clinton’s age as a possible disqualifier, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell likened her to a cast member of the hit TV show “The Golden Girls,” which featured four older women living together.
WOUNDED KNEE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Shannon County will now be Oglala Lakota County, removing the name of a man who Oglala Sioux Tribe activists say helped with negotiations that were a precursor for the breakup of tribal lands.
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave California's governor a hint of what it would be like inside a Japanese-made bullet train Thursday, displaying a train simulator for Gov. Jerry Brown during a meeting in San Francisco.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wants to overhaul Detroit's troubled state-run school district and divide its operations to address the "crushing" debt he says is hurting education in the city.