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2 Fullerton officers charged in death of Kelly Thomas

Orange Country District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced Wednesday that he was charging two Fullerton, California police officers in the July 5 death of a mentally ill homeless man. Officer Manuel Ramos faces charges of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for allegedly killing Kelly Thomas. Police Cpl. Jay Cicinelli was charged…

Underground blast near LA synagogue sparks scare

LOS ANGELES — About 100 were evacuated Thursday after an explosion near a Jewish temple in Santa Monica, but police said the cause was some kind of underground mechanical failure rather than a bomb. Nobody was injured in the early morning blast near the Chabad House in Santa Monica, west…

FDA stops short of calling for ban on menthol cigarettes

The Obama administration has shown that it is willing to consider bold new regulations on tobacco, but a recent study conducted for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was seen as unlikely to give the president enough rhetorical force to ban mentholated cigarettes from U.S. markets. Unlike a prior FDA…

Exiled Tibetans elect new leader

DHARAMSHALA, India – Thousands of Tibetans worldwide voted on Sunday for a new political leader who hopes to become a fresh face of their struggle for freedom in China, a cause embodied for decades by the Dalai Lama. The revered monk, 75, announced 10 days ago that he wanted to…

Exiled Tibetans to elect new leader

DHARAMSHALA, India (AFP) – Thousands of Tibetans worldwide vote Sunday for a new leader who hopes eventually to become the new face of the struggle for freedom in China, a cause embodied for decades by the Dalai Lama. The famous and celebrated monk, now 75, announced 10 days ago that…

Exclusive: If we don’t fight, TSA-like security coming to ‘sidewalks,’ ‘football games,’ Texas Rep. warns

The lawmaker behind a bill Texas that would levy felony charges against overly-touchy security personnel may be staunchly Republican, but he truly believes his cause isn’t one tied to the political left or right. “We’re talking about what would be a criminal act in any other place,” Rep. David Simpson…

Obama urges Americans to stay united after AZ shooting

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday to maintain the “spirit of common cause” that arose from grieving over the Arizona shootings and use it to solve the nation’s problems. Legislative work in Washington came to a halt this week while lawmakers and citizens from both parties mourned the victims of a…

Update: 100,000 dead fish join thousands of dead birds in Arkansas

UPDATE II: As officials worked to figure out the cause of death of some 5,000 blackbirds that fell from the Arkansas sky this weekend, some 100 miles away another disaster was unfolding: The discovery of 100,000 dead drum fish in the Arkansas River. According to news reports, the Arkansas Game…

NY lawsuit seeks to halt suspicionless searches

NY lawsuit seeks to halt searches of international travelers’ electronics without cause Civil rights lawyers sued the government Tuesday to stop authorities from snooping in the laptops, cell phones and cameras of international travelers without probable cause. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn against the Department…

BP accused of withholding ‘critical’ spill data

Rig’s owner says BP failing to share data needed to determine cause of Gulf oil spill The company that owned the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico is accusing BP of withholding what it describes as critical evidence needed to investigate the cause of the…

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