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  • Russia now stating five Russian citizens were killed by US airstrikes

    Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday that five Russian citizens were killed by a U.S. strike in Syria on Feb. 7, the first government confirmation from Moscow or Washington of Russian nationals being killed by U.S. military action on the complicated Syrian battlefield. Russian and U.S. news organizations reported earlier this week that...
  • Supreme Court halts the execution of Alabama inmate with dementia

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday halted the execution of Alabama inmate Vernon Madison after attorneys argued that dementia had left the 67-year-old unable to remember killing a police officer three decades ago. Justices issued the stay on the same evening that Madison was scheduled to receive a lethal...
  • Uber driver in US illegally charged with 4 California rapes

    LOS ANGELES (AP) – A Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally used his job as an Uber driver to target intoxicated young women and was charged Monday with raping, assaulting and robbing four victims, California prosecutors said. Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez drove women to their homes, assaulted them, and stole...
  • Judge narrows bribery case against New Jersey Democratic Senator Menendez

    (Reuters) – A federal judge on Wednesday threw out several bribery charges against Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, five days after U.S. prosecutors announced they would seek to retry him after his first trial ended with a hung jury. The New Jersey politician, who is expected to run for...
  • U.S. judge in Las Vegas may dismiss ranching standoff case

    A U.S. judge who declared a mistrial last month could end the much-watched criminal prosecution of a Nevada rancher accused of leading an armed uprising against federal authorities. Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro’s decision on Monday is sure to echo among states’ rights advocates in Western states where...
  • Hip hop and R&B surpass rock as biggest U.S. music genre

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hip hop and R&B surpassed rock for the first time in 2017 as the biggest music genre in the United States, but British artist Ed Sheeran’s romantic pop album “Divide” was the year’s biggest single draw, according to a Nielsen Music report. Powered by a...
  • Cities sue Defense Dept. over gun-check system failures

    NEW YORK (AP) – Three large U.S. cities filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Department of Defense, arguing that many service members who are disqualified from gun ownership weren’t reported to the national background check system. New York City, San Francisco and Philadelphia said in court papers that the...
  • US prosecutors move to cash in on $8.5M in seized bitcoin

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – U.S. attorneys in Utah prosecuting a multimillion-dollar opioid drug-ring are moving quickly to sell seized bitcoin that’s exploded in value to about $8.5 million since the alleged ringleader’s arrest a year ago. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah cites the digital currency’s volatility in court...
  • Ed Sheehan attempt at charitable video deemed ‘poverty porn,’ slammed by aid watchdog!

    Aid watchdog SAIH has slammed charity appeal videos featuring celebrities It said that a Comic Relief video of Ed Sheeran in Liberia was ‘terrible’ A Disasters Emergencies Committee (DEC) film fronted by actor Tom Hardy in Yemen was described as ‘devoid of dignity to those starving’ Charity appeals fronted by...