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Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 5:24 PM

"Highly Toxic": Holder Slams Ferguson Police for Racism

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, disproportionately targeted blacks, creating a "highly toxic environment defined by mistrust and resentment" that primed the city to burst like a "powder keg" when unarmed black teen Michael Brown was killed last year by Officer Darren Wilson, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday. In unveiling the findings of two Justice Department investigations on Wednesday, Holder agreed with a local grand jury's decision to not indict Wilson, stressing that "Michael Brown's death, though a tragedy, did not involve prosecutable conduct on the part of Officer Wilson." But Holder excoriated the Ferguson Police Department for what he called illegal practices, including constitutional violations, money-grubbing tactics, and excessive and dangerous use of force disproportionately targeted against African Americans. Ferguson PD fired one officer and suspended two others over racist emails uncovered in the investigation, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said Wednesday. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch TEXTlater said in a press conference that he didn't feel any need to be vindicated by the Justice Department's decision. McCulloch admitted, however, that "we've all got a long way to go to restore and to build that trust in the community." Read »
Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 at 4:45 AM

Ferguson Cop Fired, 2 Suspended for Racist Emails

Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 at 4:08 AM

U.S. Envoy to S. Korea in Stable Condition After Knife Attack

The U.S. ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was slashed in the face and arm by a knife-wielding man Thursday morning local time in Seoul, NBC News reported. The envoy was on his way to attend a morning lecture in central Seoul when the attack took place. Lippert, 42, was rushed to a local hospital where he underwent a successful three-hour surgery Thursday morning and was was reported to be in stable condition, Yonsei Severance Hospital chief Chung Nam-sik told reporters. The assailant, identified as 55-year-old Kim Ki-jong was tackled and arrested at the scene. President Obama and Secretary Kerry called Lippert after the attack to offer well wishes and a "speedy recovery." Read »
Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 3:24 PM

Opposition to Gay Marriage Regains Ground in Alabama

Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 at 9:08 AM

Hillary Clinton: "Release My Emails"

Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 at 6:12 AM

Dr. Ben Carson Apologizes for Saying Being Gay a Choice

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 1:04 PM

Iran FM: We Believe We Are "Very Close" to Nuke Deal

Iran's foreign minister told NBC News Wednesday his country has no intention of building a nuclear weapon, and the sooner the world recognizes that, the sooner there will be a deal aimed at curbing its nuclear capabilities in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Mohammad Javad told Ann Curry in an exclusive interview, Iran is "prepared to work round the clock in order to reach an agreement. We believe that we are very close, very close and we could be very far." He said "there are details that need to be worked out." Javad spoke a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared before the U.S. Congress, warning against a deal, which he said "paves Iran's path to the bomb." Read »
Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Senate Fails to Override Obama's Keystone Pipeline Veto

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 10:51 AM

Feds May Take New Look at Buddy Holly Crash

The Feb. 3, 1959 plane crash that killed rock stars Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson may get another look from federal investigators following pleas from a New England man who believes that blame was focused too heavily on the pilot, NBC News reported. L.J. Coon petitioned the National Transportation Safety Board to review the crash, according to a report in the Globe-Gazette, a newspaper published in North Iowa where the plane went down. Coon, who is a pilot, argued that the agency ought to take a look at other factors like the plane's weight, balance, and rate of climb and descent, the newspaper reported. The NTSB responded in a Feb. 19 letter saying it would look into his claims. Read »
Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 3:54 PM

"Searing" DOJ Report: Ferguson PD Targeted Blacks

A "searing" Justice Department report has found police in Ferguson, Missouri, disproportionately targeted blacks, creating a "highly toxic environment defined by mistrust and resentment," Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday as he unveiled the report. The agency has also announced it won't prosecute former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old that led to weeks of protests. The decision in the Aug. 9 shooting had been expected, in part because of the high legal standard needed for a federal civil rights prosecution. Wilson, who has said Brown struck him in the face and reached for his gun during a tussle, also had been cleared by a Missouri grand jury in November and later resigned from the department. Read »
Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 8:50 AM

Pakistan Only Country Still Spreading Polio: WHO

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 7:42 AM

Wanted Ohio Man Caught After Taunting Cops on Facebook

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 7:02 AM

"No Evidence": Dad's Lawyers Dispute Jihadi John's ID

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 7:39 AM

Head of Los Zetas Drug Cartel Arrested: Mexico

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 5:56 AM

Boy, 8, Dies After Head Gets Stuck in Gate: Police

An eight-year-old boy died Tuesday after his head got stuck in his Las Vegas neighborhood's automatic gate, police said, NBC News reported. The victim was caught as he was trying to crawl through an open space where the gate's automatic arm moves through while it opens and closes, according to North Las Vegas Police. They said a child on a bike activated the gate's sensor causing it to open. The boy was unable to move away in time and was crushed. The boy had several injuries and was transported to a hospital. He was later pronounced dead. Read »

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