• N.Y. college students accused of fabricating racially motivated attack

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Three New York college students who said they were targets of a racially motivated attack face multiple charges for what prosecutors are calling a false claim.   A grand jury on Monday indicted Ariel Agudio, Asha Burwell and Alexis Briggs, all 20, each on a charge of third-degree assault and multiple counts of falsely reporting an incident, the Albany District Attorney's Office said. Agudio and Burwell also face charges of harassment. Agudio also was charged with two counts of attempted assault.

  • 'Active shooter' at Target was just 'disturbance' about transgender restrooms: Cops

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    A call of an “active shooter” Monday afternoon at a Target store in Bradley, Ill., turned out to be a Bradley man causing a disturbance inside the store protesting the company’s policy on transgender people’s use of restrooms, police said Monday. Michael L. Merichko, 39, was charged with disorderly conduct after the incident just before 1 p.m. at the Target, 1650 N. Illinois Highway 50 in Bradley, according to a release from Bradley police. Police determined there was “no reason to believe he threatened anyone,” and are now trying to figure out why the emergency call came over as an active shooter, said Lt. Mike Johnston, a police spokesman.

  • Brazil judge orders WhatsApp blocked, affecting 100 million users

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    A Brazilian judge ordered wireless phone carriers to block access to Facebook Inc's (FB.O) WhatsApp for 72 hours throughout Latin America's largest country on Monday, the second such move against the popular messaging application in five months.   The decision by the judge in the northeastern state of Sergipe applies to the five main wireless operators in Brazil and affects WhatsApp's more than 100 million users in the country. The reason for the order is not known due to legal secrecy in an ongoing case in the Sergipe state court.  In a statement, WhatsApp said the company is "disappointed at the decision" after doing the utmost to cooperate with Brazilian tribunals.

  • French journalist infiltrates jihadist cell for six months

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Paris (AFP) - A French journalist infiltrated a cell of would-be jihadists, filming them with a hidden camera as they plotted an attack in the name of the Islamic State group, before they were arrested, he told AFP.   The journalist, a Muslim using the pseudonym Said Ramzi, carried out the investigation for a documentary entitled "Allah's Soldiers" which gives an insight into the minds of young jihadists, and will be shown in France on Monday night.   Ramzi describes himself as a Muslim "of the same generation as the killers" who carried out the November 13 terror attacks which left 130 people dead in Paris.

  • Overfishing puts $42bn tuna industry at risk of collapse

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Overfishing is jeopardising a global tuna industry worth more than $42bn (£29bn), according to the first assessment of its kind. A report produced by the Pew Charitable Trusts has highlighted the significant revenues that fishermen, processors and retailers are generating from severely depleted species of tuna.  Taken together, the seven most commercially important tuna species – skipjack, albacore, bigeye, yellowfin, atlantic bluefin, Pacific bluefin and southern bluefin – generated $12bn (£8bn) for fishermen in 2014, while the full value, including the total amount paid by the final consumer at supermarkets and restaurants around the world, was estimated to be $42bn (£29bn).   “It’s no secret that tuna are big business,” said Amanda Nickson, Pew’s director of global tuna conservation. “Now, for the first time, we’re able to put an actual price on what’s at stake in the fight for the conservation and sustainable management of these commercially and ecologically important fish.”

  • Airport worker charged with stealing from a blind woman

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    LAMBERT AIRPORT (KTVI) – A betrayal of trust:  a St. Louis man hired to help disabled passengers get around Lambert Airport is accused of ripping off a blind woman.  Justin Gillespie, 23, is charged with felony stealing.  He worked for a company called AirServ.  Airlines contract with AirServ to help disabled passengers.  Being trustworthy is the biggest part of the job.

  • Warrant: Slain Pregnant Texas Teen Found With Uterus Removed

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    A mentally disabled West Texas teenager who told a school worker she had been impregnated by her stepfather was found with her uterus removed when authorities discovered her body in her family's partially burned home, according to an arrest warrant.   The mother of the 18-year-old who was found dead in Idalou, northeast of Lubbock, in February remained jailed Monday after being arrested last week on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a disabled person. The teenager's stepfather is being held on three counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child. No one has been charged in the death, but the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office has said more charges are coming.  The arrest warrant for the mother alleges the woman knew her husband was abusing her two daughters. The mother doesn't yet face charges related to the younger daughter, who is 15.

  • Sports Authority closing all stores nationwide

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    ENGLEWOOD, CO (WCMH) — Sports Authority announced that it will be closing the doors of all its retail stores nationwide.   The sporting goods retail chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, originally saying it would close 140 stores and two distribution centers. Two central Ohio stores were on that list of closures.   But now, a Sports Authority officials said in US bankruptcy court that the company will not be able to reorganize and will pursue a sale instead. The retail chain is carrying just over $1 billion in debt.

  • The Google effect: Global giant shaking up life in small NE Oklahoma town

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    PRYOR — When Karen Cook counts her blessings these days, she’s grateful for what she isn’t doing right now. She isn’t figuring out which teachers to cut from Lincoln Elementary’s faculty.  She isn’t reworking her school’s schedule to squeeze five days’ worth of student instruction into four. 

  • KKK ties: TU could change name of its law school

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    The University of Tulsa may soon remove the name of a key figure in the school’s development from a campus building because of a brief involvement with the Ku Klux Klan, the Tulsa World has confirmed. TU trustees are expected to decide Wednesday to take down the name of John Rogers from the university’s College of Law, which Rogers helped found in 1943. Rogers was also the attorney for J.A. and Leta Chapman, whose estate saved the university from almost certain bankruptcy in the 1960s and became the foundation for what is now a $1 billion endowment.

  • Obama not offended by Wilmore's N-word shout-out

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Instead, the White House appears to be offering a tepid endorsement of the way Wilmore used the racist term.

  • California governor takes shots at Fla. Gov. Rick Scott

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    TALLAHASSEE  — California's governor is ripping into Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his latest effort to try to convince companies to move to Florida.

  • Lawmakers override vetoes in order to fight overdose epidemic, add jail funding - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    The Maine Legislature overturns 20 vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage and upholds a dozen, including bills on solar energy policy and public campaign financing.

  • Planned Parenthood to Colorado Springs and the nation: 'We aren't going anywhere'

    By Kaitlin Durbin, The Gazette | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Planned Parenthood had a message for its neighbors, patients and the nation Sunday in Colorado Springs. Five months after the clinic was brought under siege by a gunman who called himself "a warrior for the babies," the staff gathered to celebrate a full reopening. After three people died and nine were injured in the Nov. 27 attack, the staff has rebuilt. After employees left in grief and frustration about being targets for providing women's health services, they came together. Their message: "We deplore your violence. We reject your threats. We aren't going anywhere." It's a defiant response to the blood spilled by admitted gunman Robert Lewis Dear Jr. "One way which I believe we can honor the memories of those who lost their lives is to recommit ourselves to ending violence against women, against doctors, against clinicians, against health centers, immigrants, America," said Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In the months since the shooting, workers at the Centennial Boulevard clinic repaired damage from bullets and a hole created when police twice rammed the front of the building with an armored vehicle. It has been a time of healing for employees, not all of whom returned to their jobs, said Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. The shooting changed everything, she said.

  • Radiohead have deleted their entire internet presence

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Radiohead do love a good mystery.  The iconic band have sent their fanbase on the wildest of treasure hunts, with the final prize presumably being the release of their ninth studio album following 2011's King of Limbs.

  • After grueling journey, rescued lions finally taste freedom in Africa

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    The 33 abused animals were rescued from circuses in Colombia and Peru, then airlifted over the weekend to South Africa

  • Poll: Ohioans want John Kasich to drop out

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Ohioans — especially Ohio Republicans — want Gov. John Kasich to drop out of the presidential race, a new poll out Monday shows.

  • White House Correspondents' Dinner: Fight breaks out at afterparty between Fox, Huffington Post reporters

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    For an event held at the soaring U.S. Institute of Peace building in Washington, the swanky afterparty hosted by MSNBC following the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner sure saw some conflict.

  • Kansas Supreme Court Says Schools Could Close If System Doesn't Change

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Recently the Kansas Supreme Court told lawmakers: Fix our broken school funding system, or public schools could shut down on June 30. Some lawmakers say Kansas already spends too much on education.

  • FBI seeking ID of man sprinkling unknown liquid on food at Ann Arbor Whole Foods

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, MI -- The FBI is looking to speak with the man suspected of attempting to contaminate food products inside the Whole Foods Market on Eisenhower Parkway in Ann Arbor.   FBI Spokesperson Jill Washburn did not divulge the identity of the store the man was seen sprinkling an unknown liquid substance on food carts inside the store last week, but believes photos released will help in leading to the man's identity.   "We do not know what the substance was," she said. "The only thing that he was seen sprinkling the substance on was food."