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Jeh Johnson: We see no 'specific, credible threat' directed against inauguration

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:03:34 -0500

Outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday officials do not see a "specific, credible threat" directed against Friday's inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, but that law enforcement will certainly be braced for issues that could arise.

"I said last week that we see no specific, credible threat directed against ...

Ricky Gray, man convicted of killing family of 4, is executed in Virginia

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:08:44 -0500

JARRATT, Va. (AP) — Virginia has executed a man convicted of killing two young girls and their parents during a New Year's Day home invasion more than 11 years ago.

Authorities say 39-year-old Ricky Gray was pronounced dead at 9:42 p.m. Wednesday following a lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional ...

Donald Trump inauguration boycott grows to third of Democratic caucus

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:50:07 -0500

At this rate, there could be more Hollywood celebrities than House Democrats attending Friday's inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Roughly 60 House Democrats, or nearly one-third of the 194-member caucus, plan to be elsewhere when Mr. Trump takes the oath of office, citing objections from Russian hacking to his feud ...

Leonard Peltier denied clemency by Obama in killing of FBI agents

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:32:12 -0500

Hold the phone — President Obama denied a prisoner's request for clemency Wednesday.

Mr. Obama, who has granted more commutations than any president in history, denied an application by Native American Leonard Peltier, who was convicted of killing two FBI agents during a shootout at South Dakota's Pine Ridge reservation ...

The Latest: First of 3 storms begins hitting California

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:08:59 -0500

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on a series of storms moving into California (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

The worst area of drought in California has significantly narrowed to a small region northwest of Los Angeles that has stubbornly failed to benefit from Pacific storms that have drenched much ...

Metro expands service for Saturday's anti-Trump Women's March on Washington

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:04:08 -0500

Metro will expand its service Saturday to accommodate an anticipated increase in ridership from the Women's March on Washington, a planned anti-Trump demonstration, the transit agency announced Wednesday.

Metro says to expect trains to be running about every four to six minutes in downtown stations. The system will ...

Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee to get conservative boost

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:01:06 -0500

A network of conservative activists is planning a $10 million campaign to fight for Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, an appointment that could come within days.

The Judicial Crisis Network, which aided Republican senators last year in blocking President Obama's high court nominee, Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. ...

Kellogg Community College arrests during U.S. Constitution giveaway prompt lawsuit

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:31:55 -0500

A Michigan community college faces a lawsuit over a U.S. Constitution giveaway that ended with its students arrested for trespassing.

Kellogg Community College students Brandon Withers and Michelle Gregoire were arrested Sept. 20, 2015, in Battle Creek after they refused to stop handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution on ...

Dominic Joseph Puopolo accused of threatening to kill Donald Trump

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:38:14 -0500

A Florida man faces criminal charges for using his Twitter account to make a threat to kill President-elect Donald Trump, according to the Miami Beach Police Department.

Dominic Joseph Puopolo, 51, was arrested after posting a video on Twitter in which he made the threat, an arresting officer wrote in ...

Army 'hoverbike' prototype with 300-pound payload capacity passes key test

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:24:36 -0500

The U.S. Army with its partners in the Marine Corps and U.K.-based Mallory Aeronautics have successfully tested a "hoverbike" prototype with a payload capacity of 300 pounds.

Military officials recently watched engineers put a prototype for the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle (JTARV) through a battery of tests at U.S. ...

Congress looks to punish 'sanctuary campus' colleges that protect illegal immigrants

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:13:00 -0500

Forget sanctuary cities: The next heated congressional battle on immigration could be over "sanctuary campuses" — the dozens of colleges and universities that say they will resist any cooperation with federal immigration agents, unless they are forced to by law.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, introduced legislation this month to ...

Markeith Loyd, accused cop killer, arrested, hospitalized after month on the run

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:17:00 -0500

A Florida man wanted for the fatal shootings of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an Orlando Police officer was being held in custody at a hospital Wednesday morning, ending a monthlong manhunt, authorities said.

Authorities captured Markeith Loyd, 41, Tuesday night after detectives traced him to an abandoned home in West ...

Janet Napolitano in hospital over side effect of cancer care

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:23:43 -0500

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California President Janet Napolitano, a former U.S. Homeland Security secretary and governor of Arizona, has been undergoing cancer treatment for five months and was hospitalized after suffering complications, the school system said.

The UC Office of the President said Napolitano, 59, was diagnosed last ...

Global warming could steal postcard-perfect weather days

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is going to steal away some of those postcard-perfect weather days in the future, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather.

On average, Earth will have 10 fewer days of mild and mostly dry weather by the end of the century, the researchers estimate. ...

Donald Trump inauguration protests expected to break records

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:09:08 -0500

Take President-elect Donald Trump, add the rise of the professional protest class, and you've got a recipe for a record-shattering inauguration protest.

Democrats, left-wing activists and people who just don't like Mr. Trump are planning to descend on Friday's inauguration ceremony and related events by the thousands in an effort ...

Hyde Amendment a top priority for committee in Congress

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:07:11 -0500

A congressional committee is taking up on its first full day in session under the Trump administration a stricter version of the Hyde Amendment that would be written into law instead of being attached to appropriations bills.

The Hyde Amendment bars federal funds from being used to pay for abortions ...

Tom Price's stock trades raise hurdle to HHS confirmation

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:07:07 -0500

Rep. Tom Price is quickly shooting to the top of the list of most embattled Trump nominees ahead of his confirmation hearing Wednesday as Democrats accuse him of ethical lapses, saying he may have used his position in Congress to try to enrich himself.

Mr. Price, who has been tapped ...

Justin Bieber wannabe posed as the singer to extort nude selfies from children: Police

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:10:13 -0500

A Massachusetts man convinced a 9-year-old girl to send him pornographic images and videos of herself by pretending to be pop star Justin Bieber, authorities said Monday.

Bryan Asrary, 24, was arrested last month in connection with a sextortion scheme that began two years earlier on the pop singer's Instagram ...

Chelsea Manning's sentence commuted by Obama

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:19:17 -0500

President Obama on Tuesday commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the transgender Army intelligence analyst convicted of leaking military secrets, issued a pardon for former Gen. James Cartwright and freed a Puerto Rican nationalist in a last-minute flurry of clemency grants that added to the president's record-breaking total.

Just ...

Tommy Hunter, Ga. official, urged to resign after calling Rep. John Lewis a 'racist pig' on Facebook

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:40:06 -0500

After he called Atlanta congressman John Lewis a 'racist pig' on social media, Republican politician Tommy Hunter is the target of protesters calling for him to step down from his county commissioner job.

Mr. Hunter took aim at the longtime Georgia Democrat and revered civil rights leader in a pair ...