Attorneys: Memo shows special treatment for reserve deputy
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Several members of an Oklahoma sheriff's department raised serious concerns years ago about the performance and training of a volunteer deputy now charged in the fatal shooting of a restrained suspect, according to a report released Friday by lawyers for the dead man's family.
04/25/2015 - 12:10 AM
Washington gov. signs overhaul of medical marijuana market
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Nearly two decades after voters passed a medical marijuana law that often left police, prosecutors and even patients confused about what was allowed, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Friday attempting to clean up that largely unregulated system and harmonize it with Washington's new market for recreational pot.
04/25/2015 - 12:09 AM
Wynn Resorts shareholders: Elaine Wynn won't return to board
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elaine Wynn failed Friday to win re-election to the board of Wynn Resort Ltd. — the casino-hotel company she co-founded with ex-husband Steve Wynn — a development that ended a feud over the issue.
04/25/2015 - 12:08 AM
US says new EU plan for GMO imports is no solution
The United States criticized Friday the new European Union plan to allow member states to block genetically modified imports, following a new round of talks on the transatlantic free-trade pact. "It is hard to square this proposal with either EU long-standing internal obligations or their aspiration for a seamless internal market," said Dan Mullaney, the assistant US trade representative for Europe and the Middle East. Mullaney was speaking at a news conference following the ninth round of US-EU negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership held this week in New York. His remarks echoed US Trade Representative Michael Froman, who said the US was "very disappointed" by Wednesday's EU proposal to allow the 28 member states to individually decide whether to allow the import of genetically modified organisms or food, animal feed and other products made with them.
04/25/2015 - 12:05 AM
Mexico opens probe after girl wrongly sent to US
Mexican prosecutors opened an investigation Friday into the case of a 14-year-old girl who was wrongly sent to the United States to be with a woman who thought she was her daughter. Alondra Luna Nunez was mistakenly flown to Texas on April 16 after a judge in the western state of Michoacan ruled in favor of a Houston woman who believed she was her daughter. The National Human Rights Commission has launched its own investigation, which its president Luis Raul Gonzalez said would seek to ensure that there is "no impunity" in the case. After landing home on Wednesday, Luna seemed to hold no grudge, saying she hoped the Texas woman, Dorotea Garcia, ended up finding her daughter.
04/25/2015 - 12:04 AM
Swafford, Weekley atop Zurich Classic leaderboard
AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Hudson Swafford didn't want to dwell on the pressure of the high-stakes weekend that awaits him.
04/25/2015 - 12:04 AM
Chileans moved after dangerous volcanic mudflows detected
ENSENADA, Chile (AP) — Authorities urged 2,000 people living near the Calbuco volcano to evacuate Friday after potentially devastating mudflows of volcanic debris were detected in a nearby river, the result of two huge eruptions this week that sent ash across large swaths of southern South America.
04/25/2015 - 12:03 AM
Is ice cream safe? Federal health officials say yes
WASHINGTON (AP) — Is ice cream safe to eat? Federal officials say yes, even amid recalls by two ice cream companies after the discovery of listeria bacteria in their frozen confections.
04/24/2015 - 11:58 PM
Man who shot Reagan 'ready' for life outside hospital: psychiatrist
Staff treating the man who shot US president Ronald Reagan testified Friday that he was "ready" for life outside the mental hospital and is so extensively trailed by the Secret Service that the government can know where he is anytime. John Hinckley, 59, who attempted to kill Reagan in 1981, was committed to St Elizabeth's mental hospital in the US capital but already spends around half the month at his mother's house in southeast Virginia. On March 30, 1981, Hinckley shot Reagan, his press aide Jim Brady and two others outside a Washington hotel in an effort to impress Hollywood actress Jodie Foster with whom he said he was obsessed. "This is not a hearing for him to be out without conditions," Hinckley's lawyer Michelle Tupper Butler told AFP.
04/24/2015 - 11:57 PM
Court: Family of teen shot across border can't sue in US
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent who killed a teenager when he fired across the border from Texas into Mexico cannot be sued in U.S. courts by the Mexican teen's family, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
04/24/2015 - 11:42 PM
Yost insists Royals not to blame for string of fights
CHICAGO (AP) — Manager Ned Yost insists his Kansas City Royals are not to blame for a string of fights and that opponents are mostly at fault.
04/24/2015 - 11:39 PM
Man charged with making threats in Islamic State group case
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minneapolis man has been charged with threatening law enforcement officials after authorities charged six men earlier this week with trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.
04/24/2015 - 11:35 PM
Obama defends US intelligence after hostage deaths
MCLEAN, Va. (AP) — A day after revealing an intelligence failure that cost the lives of two al-Qaida hostages, President Barack Obama on Friday praised the nation's spying operations as the most capable in the world while promising a review aimed at preventing future mistakes.
04/24/2015 - 11:28 PM
Attorney general bids farewell after 6-year tenure
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder bid farewell to the Justice Department on Friday after six years, outlining what he said were his major accomplishments and telling staffers they helped produce a "golden age" in the department's history.
04/24/2015 - 11:27 PM
2 nuke launch officers face illegal drug charges
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two more Air Force nuclear missile launch officers have been charged with illegal drug use in cases stemming from an investigation that led to the disclosure last year of a separate exam-cheating scandal, the Air Force said Friday.
04/24/2015 - 11:12 PM
Former Polish foreign minister Bartoszewski dies at 93
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, a former Auschwitz prisoner and member of Poland's underground World War II resistance who helped save Jews and later served twice as the country's foreign minister, died Friday in Warsaw. He was 93.
04/24/2015 - 11:11 PM
Adam Sandler movie sparks debate over American Indian images
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When a group of American Indian actors walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie this week, their decision generated praise and scorn on social media.
04/24/2015 - 11:04 PM
Start of dwarf planet mission delayed after small mix-up
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA said Friday observations of a dwarf planet have been delayed slightly after a communication glitch.
04/24/2015 - 11:03 PM
North America's largest powwow draws thousands to New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Droves of Native American and other indigenous performers and spectators have converged in New Mexico for the 32nd annual Gathering of Nations, North America's largest powwow. Here are some things to know about the event:
04/24/2015 - 10:57 PM
Flash crash charges garner increasing skepticism in high-speed world
The U.S. has asked UK authorities to hand over Navinder Singh Sarao, 36, after his arrest this week on charges that he manipulated markets over several years in a fraudulent scheme that helped cause the stock market rout. The U.S. Department of Justice alleges that Sarao used souped-up, off-the-shelf software to trick other market participants into thinking massive sell orders were about to hit, causing the so-called E-mini S&P futures prices to drop so he could buy at cheaper levels. Linking Sarao to the flash crash "smacks of sensationalism," said Manoj Narang, founder of Tradeworx, a firm that supplies data for regulators. So far, at least 194 people have signed up to an online message saying "One man with a single broadband connection cannot bring down an entire market." Sarao, who court documents show pushed around millions of dollars between banks in the Caribbean, Switzerland and the Middle East, has been granted bail in London on conditions including a 5 million-pound ($7.5 million) bond. His lawyer, Joel Smith, declined to comment on whether Sarao had yet raised the bail and been released, but said he opposes extradition to the United States. CANCEL IF CLOSE The view held by some in the market that Sarao is a scapegoat for the flash crash may not help his case much.
04/24/2015 - 10:54 PM
Court: Iowa casino doesn't have to pay $41M jackpot error
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — When an 87-year-old Illinois grandmother bet a quarter in an Iowa slot machine in 2011, she thought she'd hit it big. The screen said: "The reels have rolled your way! Bonus Award - $41797550.16."
04/24/2015 - 10:48 PM
Cleveland Play House wins Regional Theater Tony Award
NEW YORK (AP) — This year's Regional Theater Tony Award will go to the Cleveland Play House as it embarks on its centennial season.
04/24/2015 - 10:47 PM
Police: Gray should've received medical care before ride
BALTIMORE (AP) — In the clearest acknowledgement of failure yet, Baltimore police said Friday that Freddie Gray should have received medical attention at the spot where he was arrested — before he was put inside a police van.
04/24/2015 - 10:45 PM
Former Yemen president calls for political dialogue to end war
Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh called on Friday on all Yemenis to return to a political dialogue to end to the country's conflict. Talks between Yemenis and Saudi Arabia, which has led a nearly month-long bombing campaign against the Iran-allied Houthi movement, must take place under the moderation of the United Nations in Geneva, he said. The Saudi-led coalition announced on Tuesday an end to its bombing campaign in Yemen but a Saudi spokesman said forces would continue to target the Houthis as necessary. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the Houthis needed to stop fighting, which could lead to the end of Saudi air strikes and the opening of a political dialogue.
04/24/2015 - 10:42 PM
Police admit Baltimore man needed urgent medical help
Police in Baltimore acknowledged Friday that an African-American man who died from injuries apparently sustained in custody should have received immediate medical help when he was arrested. Tensions are simmering in the blue-collar Mid-Atlantic port city of 620,000 after 25-year-old Freddie Gray died Sunday from a severe spinal cord injury, a week after he was apprehended for reasons that are still unknown. Protests have taken place nightly outside the city's Western District police station and organizers expect 10,000 people to join a march Saturday through downtown. In a press conference, Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said three officers -- one on foot, the other on bicycles -- had given chase to Gray and another man over several blocks on April 12.
04/24/2015 - 10:41 PM
U.N. invites Syrian parties to Geneva peace talks in May
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations envoy to Syria said on Friday he will begin meeting in May with the country's government, opposition groups, and regional powers including Iran to assess by the end of June whether there is any hope brokering an end to the war. Staffan de Mistura briefed the U.N. Security Council on the latest bid to find a political solution to the 4-year conflict that has killed some 220,000 people, displaced an estimated 7.6 million and forced nearly 4 million to flee the country. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked de Mistura earlier this month to "focus much more to re-launch a political process" after his attempt to broker a local truce in the northern city of Aleppo failed to materialize. "There is nothing new telling us today that the political process will succeed or not," de Mistura told reporters.
04/24/2015 - 10:41 PM
White House to host tribal youth gathering in July
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is planning what it says will be the first-ever gathering of tribal youth in Washington.
04/24/2015 - 10:38 PM
Canadian Henderson shoots tournament record for LPGA lead
DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) — Brooke Henderson has no photo on the LPGA Tour's website and has had to rely on sponsor exemptions to get into tournaments after failing to earn a card in qualifying school.
04/24/2015 - 10:38 PM
'Flash crash' trader's ex-employer had no concerns about him
Futex, based in Woking, southwest of London, said that Navinder Singh Sarao worked at the company from early 2003 until early 2008, and there were "no incidents of any impropriety during his time with Futex," they said in a statement. Authorities allege his trading activity was a contributing factor to the May 6, 2010 flash crash, when about $1 trillion in market value was temporarily wiped out in a matter of minutes. "Navinder's method involved no use of algorithmic trading and as such was purely a 'point and click' style of trading whilst he was at Futex," the firm said.
04/24/2015 - 10:31 PM
U.S. regulator says 'flash crash' manipulation hard to detect
The type of alleged market manipulation by the British trader accused of helping provoke the "flash crash" in 2010 is hard to detect, the chief of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said on Friday. Nonetheless, the alleged abuses were "somewhat surprising" given that his behavior was identified in 2009 but continued for another five years, said Richard Ketchum, chairman and chief executive of FINRA, a self-funded regulator for Wall Street. "I won't second guess what happened at the MERC without understanding the facts themselves," said Ketchum, referring to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the market that Navinder Singh Sarao has been accused of manipulating from his home outside London.
04/24/2015 - 10:31 PM
From Woking to Wall Street: UK day traders dream of glory in daily grind
The building is home to Futex, one of several so-called "trading farms" in the UK that give training, office space and equipment to people prepared to make short-term trades, mostly within a day, with their own money in the hope of being hired or sponsored for a cut of their profits. Navinder Singh Sarao - who has been accused by U.S. authorities of contributing to the May 2010 "flash crash" in Wall Street - worked there between early 2003 and early 2008, according to a statement by Futex on Friday.
04/24/2015 - 10:31 PM
UN: High civilian toll in Yemen conflict; at least 550 dead
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — With combatants fighting in neighborhoods and Saudi-led coalition warplanes pounding Iran-backed rebels from the sky, Yemen's war is wreaking a particularly bloody toll among civilians: more than 550 have been killed in the past month, including 115 children, the U.N. said Friday.
04/24/2015 - 10:30 PM
Angelina Jolie rips world powers on Syria's refugee crisis
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Actress Angelina Jolie pleaded with world powers Friday to help the millions of Syrian refugees, sharply criticizing the U.N. Security Council for being paralyzed by its division over Syria's four-year conflict.
04/24/2015 - 10:28 PM
Iran moves ships, reducing tensions near Yemen: Pentagon's Carter
A flotilla of nine Iranian military and cargo ships that U.S. officials feared was carrying arms to strife-torn Yemen sailed northeast in the direction of Iran on Friday, a move the Pentagon said helped to ease U.S. concerns. "The (Iranian) ships have turned around ... Obviously what their onward plans are, we don't know," Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a small group of journalists traveling with him after a trip to California. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said earlier the flotilla was in international waters about midway along the coast of Oman on Friday and still headed northeast. Warren declined to say the ships were going back to Iran or headed toward Iran.
04/24/2015 - 10:28 PM
Labour and Conservatives remain close in YouGov poll
The poll gave Labour a 2 point lead, less than the poll's margin of error. Thirty-five percent of voters supported the Labour Party versus 33 percent for the Conservatives - both unchanged from Thursday, polling company YouGov said.
04/24/2015 - 10:27 PM
Apple aims to ship more than 20 million smartwatches in 2015: sources
Apple Inc aims to ship at least 20 million Apple Watches this year, well above many analysts' forecasts, according to supply chain sources. Shipment estimates for the smartwatch, Apple's first wearable gadget that went on sale on Friday, vary widely as it's a relatively new type of consumer product and the market is largely untapped. Firms in the supply chain estimate Apple will ship 2 million watches per month in the current quarter, said one of the sources. Another source said Apple is planning to ship 26 million watches this year.
04/24/2015 - 10:23 PM
Apple Watch launches quietly at handful of big-city boutiques
NEW YORK/TOKYO (Reuters) - The Apple Watch launched quietly around the world on Friday without the usual frenzy or fanfare for an Apple Inc rollout, as a handful of boutiques in major cities like Tokyo and Paris sold the timepiece - but not for purchase at its own stores. Shops included The Corner in Berlin, Colette in Paris, Maxfield in Los Angeles and Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London. Apple courted the outlets to promote the watch as a fashion item rather than just another techie gizmo. The watch has been on display in Apple stores since April 10, when it became available for preorder.
04/24/2015 - 10:23 PM
Hawaii poised to become 1st state to raise smoking age to 21
HONOLULU (AP) — A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor.
04/24/2015 - 10:23 PM
Aide to Mississippi Sen. Cochran arrested on drug charge
WASHINGTON (AP) — An aide to Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has been charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine after federal agents raided his home.
04/24/2015 - 10:20 PM
New York begins effort to help startups navigate regulations
NEW YORK (AP) — Technology startups and New York authorities will get each other's input on dealing with regulations under an initiative the state attorney general and New York City's chief lawyer announced Friday.
04/24/2015 - 10:18 PM
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