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Widow of NYC chokehold victim: ‘My husband was not a violent man’

By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) – The family of a man who died after being put in a choke hold by a New York City police officer remembered him on Saturday as being peaceful but constantly harassed by law enforcement. Eric Garner, 43, died on July 17 after being…

Washington Republican ‘Representative Beefcake’ resigns over vote fraud

State officials in Washington are trying to determine whether a now-former state Representative owes them any of the money he earned as a state lawmaker. According to the Greenfield Reporter, state Rep. Mike Hope (R) — a former b-movie actor who bills himself as “Representative Beefcake” because of his ripped…

US monitoring Ebola outbeak in Nigeria, aiding effort to stop spread

US officials are closely monitoring the outbreak of deadly Ebola virus which has now reached Nigeria, and is working with governments and aid groups to try to stop the spread. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those fighting the virus,” Will Stevens, spokesman for the State Department’s Africa bureau, told…

FBI found bomb-making cache in Tucson rampage gunman Jared Lee Loughner’s home: LA Times

Jared Lee Loughner, who killed six people and shot former Arizona lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords in a 2011 rampage, kept bomb-making components in a safe in his bedroom, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files released to the newspaper showed that agents and sniffer dogs,…

Hopes grow for Pope Francis visit to US in 2015

Hopes grew Friday that Pope Francis will pay his first-ever papal visit to the United States in 2015 after a senior cleric said he’d be attending a major Catholic event in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, speaking to Native American Catholics in North Dakota, said the 77-year-old pontiff had personally…

FBI investigates Ford engineer after listening devices found in company meeting rooms

A former Ford Motor Co engineer is being investigated by the FBI after listening devices were found in meeting rooms at company offices, the automaker said on Friday. “Ford and the FBI are working together on a joint investigation involving a former employee,” Ford spokeswoman Susan Krusel said. “As this…

Suspended California lawmaker Leland Yee faces new conspiracy charges

A federal grand jury has returned conspiracy charges against California State Senator Leland Yee, adding to the suspended lawmaker’s legal woes after he was indicted earlier this year for corruption and taking part in a scheme to traffic guns. Yee, 65, is one of three California state senators, along with…

Lead-lined glove tied to New Mexico radiation leak: lawmaker

A radiation leak that indefinitely shut down a nuclear waste dump in New Mexico was likely caused by a container of radioactive materials improperly packaged with a lead-lined glove at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a state lawmaker said on Friday. The glove is the latest clue in the mysterious accident…

Former World Wrestling Entertainment champ Daniel Bryan nabs suspected burglar in Arizona

A hapless burglar in Arizona learned a hard lesson when he broke into the Phoenix home of former World Wrestling Entertainment heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan, police said on Friday. Bryan, 33, was returning home with his wife late on Thursday when he saw two suspects running out of a rear…

US military asked to help fight wildfires in the West

Wildfire managers have turned to the U.S. Department of Defense for immediate access to two military C-130 aircraft retrofitted to carry retardant, boosting their forces to face the largest blaze in Washington state history. The U.S. Forest Service has its own fleet of more than 20 air tankers, but has…

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