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Former Iowa lawmaker acquitted in spousal sex abuse trial

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 01:02

GARNER, Iowa (AP) — A jury in Iowa has acquitted a longtime state lawmaker accused of sexually abusing his wife, an Alzheimer's patient, bringing to a close a trial that raised questions about the capacity of people with dementia to consent to sex.

Fresh Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen rebels: witnesses

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 01:02

Sanaa (AFP) - Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck several Yemeni rebel positions in fresh raids overnight, witnesses said Thursday, two days after the alliance announced an end to its month-long aerial campaign.

Duncan and Leonard help Spurs beat Clippers 111-107 in OT

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 00:57

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tim Duncan scored 28 points, Kawhi Leonard added 23 and the defending champion San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Clippers 111-107 in overtime Wednesday night, tying their Western Conference playoff series at 1-1.

Family of black Ferguson teen killed by police to sue city

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 00:55

(Reuters) - The family of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old killed in Ferguson last summer by a white police officer, will file a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, attorneys for the family said on Wednesday. Brown's shooting by officer Darren Wilson last August sparked a wave of angry demonstrations and unrest over police violence, particularly against minorities. The lawsuit will be filed on Thursday morning, lawyers Benjamin Crump and Daryl Parks said in a brief statement.

Mexican girl returns home after mistakenly sent to US

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 00:42

A 14-year-old Mexican girl grabbed by police at school and sent to the United States in a case of mistaken identity was reunited with her parents, a happy ending to a saga that captivated the country. A video of the April 16 operation shows Alondra Luna Nunez screaming as officers shove her inside a police vehicle in the central state of Guanajuato before flying her to a woman in Texas who thought she was her daughter. Her parents did not rule out taking legal action against the officials and judge who ordered police to take Luna and fly her to Texas. Luna seemed to hold no grudge, saying she hoped the Texas woman, Dorotea Garcia, ended up finding her daughter.

Civil lawsuit set to be filed in Michael Brown's death

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 00:38

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lawyers for the parents of an unarmed, black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb say they plan to file a civil lawsuit Thursday against the city of Ferguson.

EU considers military action on migrants at summit

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 00:37

EU leaders gathering in Brussels on Thursday will consider launching a military operation against human traffickers in Libya, in a bold effort to halt the deadly flow of refugees trying to reach Europe by sea. The EU's top diplomat Federica Mogherini "is invited to immediately begin preparations for a possible security and defence policy operation to this effect, in accordance with international law," the draft added. A diplomatic source said EU members were preparing to approve the statement, reflecting the union's readiness to take more decisive action against people smugglers, who pack rickety boats to overflowing with people fleeing conflict and hardship in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Monday evoked the possibility of "targeted interventions" against the Libya-based smugglers that would fall short of a full military intervention.

Toyota beats VW, GM for top place in global vehicle sales

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 00:36
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is still at the top in global vehicle sales after the first quarter, selling 2.52 million vehicles around the world, outpacing rivals Volkswagen and General Motors even as weakness in Japan dragged on its growth.

Minnesota mother shocked that 2 sons face terror charges

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 00:31

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adnan Abdihamid Farah's parents took his passport away last year when it came in the mail, and his mother would later tell authorities she feared her son would "disappear."

China manufacturing gauge at 12-month low: HSBC

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 00:27

An index of China's manufacturing activity fell to a 12-month low in April, HSBC said Thursday, indicating further weakness as growth sputters in the world's second-largest economy. The index, compiled by information services provider Markit, tracks activity in China's factories and workshops and is regarded as a barometer of the health of the global economic giant. To boost lending the central People's Bank of China (PBoC) cut the level of funds commercial banks must hold in reserve by a full percentage point, the second such reduction this year. - Weak momentum - Markit economist Annabel Fiddes said the manufacturing sector continued to be plagued by tepid demand, falling prices and a decrease in employment.

US to announce plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 00:26

DETROIT (AP) — Federal agricultural officials are planning to announce voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming — and don't require congressional approval.

Joy, anger for family of Mexican girl wrongly sent to US

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 00:22

GUANAJUATO, Mexico (AP) — When a woman in Texas claimed that Alondra Luna Nunez was her long-lost daughter, the girl's real parents in Mexico say they presented more than a dozen documents from baptismal records and a copy of her birth certificate to family photographs. They were sure it was enough to demonstrate her true origins.

Civil lawsuit to be filed Thursday in Michael Brown's death

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 00:06

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lawyers for the parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb, announced Wednesday night that they planned to file a civil lawsuit the following day against the city of Ferguson.

Exclusive: Clinton charities will refile tax returns, audit for other errors

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 00:03

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton's family's charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case of other errors. The foundation and its list of donors have been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks. Republican critics say the foundation makes Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, vulnerable to undue influence. Her campaign team calls these claims "absurd conspiracy theories." The charities' errors generally take the form of under-reporting or over-reporting, by millions of dollars, donations from foreign governments, or in other instances omitting to break out government donations entirely when reporting revenue, the charities confirmed to Reuters.

China says capital outflows 'normal', no capital flight

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 23:58
China's capital outflows are "normal" and should not be regarded as capital flight, a senior official at the currency regulator said on Thursday after data showed money had left the country at its fastest pace in two years in March. Guan Tao, the head of the department of international payments at the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), said China was closely watching its cross-border capital flows, but has no plans to stop cash from leaving the country. "Capital outflows are expected adjustments, which cannot be equated to illegal activities or secret capital flight," Guan told a news briefing. Data earlier this week showed the central bank and commercial banks had sold a net 156.5 billion yuan ($25.3 billion) worth of foreign exchange in March, a high last seen in March 2013.

Duda, Flores lead Mets past Braves 3-2 for 10th straight

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 23:23

NEW YORK (AP) — Consistent pitching, nifty defense and well-placed hits at just the right time. Lucas Duda and the New York Mets are playing so well they're practically giddy.

Friends: Man's death after arrest reveals Baltimore dynamics

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 23:20
BALTIMORE (AP) — Slight and slender at just 5-feet 8-inches and 145 pounds, 25-year-old Freddie Gray was a warm, funny, generous figure in Baltimore's predominantly poor and African American Sandtown community, his friends and relatives said.

Jet carrying unconscious passengers makes emergency landing

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 23:20
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) — A SkyWest airlines flight to Connecticut was diverted, descended steeply and made an emergency landing in New York on Wednesday after three passengers lost consciousness.

Oil prices hold steady as Yemen bombing continues

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 23:17

By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices held steady on Thursday as renewed fighting in Yemen countered worries over rising U.S. crude inventories due to still-robust shale production. Saudi-led coalition warplanes continued bombing Yemen on Wednesday despite an announcement by Riyadh a day earlier that it was ending its campaign of air strikes. While Yemen is not among the biggest producers in the Middle East, others in the region ship crude bound for Europe along the Gulf of Aden on Yemen's southern coast and through the narrow straits of Bab el-Mandeb, between Yemen and Djibouti. Oil prices have risen as much as $10 this month due to concerns over potential supply disruption as well as signs of stronger global demand.

Asian markets mostly higher despite weak China, Japan data

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 23:17

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Thursday despite fresh data showing economic weakness in China and Japan, as investors pinned their hopes on further stimulus measures.