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Authorities: Evidence points to murder-suicide in deaths of men found in California yards

Friday, 22 August 2014 15:58
MILL VALLEY, Calif. – Sheriff's officials say the shooting deaths of two men found in adjacent backyards in the San Francisco Bay Area appear to be a murder-suicide. Marin County Sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman tells the Marin Independent Journal (http://bit.ly/1q5nG2P) all the evidence collected so far points to a murder-suicide, though he cautions that the investigation is far from over. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Detectives were looking into the shooting death of the first man — identified…
Denver man accused of killing wife after eating pot candy in court for hearing
Friday, 22 August 2014 15:58
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Denver Police Department shows Richard Kirk, 48. On Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Kirk, who is charged with first-degree murder in the April 14 killing of his 44-year-old wife, Kristine Kirk, in their Denver home. Police officers arrived just after Kristine Kirk was shot in the head, about 15 minutes after she called 911. Police are investigating whether marijuana played a…
Breach at U.S. government contractor affected at least 25,000 workers
Friday, 22 August 2014 15:08
A cyberattack at a company that performs background checks for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security compromised data of at least 25,000 government workers, and that number could rise, an agency official said on Friday. The official told Reuters that DHS plans to notify approximately 25,000 employees that they may be "impacted" by the computer breach at Falls Church, Virginia-based US Investigations Services (USIS) over the coming days. "More could be notified in coming weeks…
Rights struggle to continue after Missouri violence fades, organizers vow
Friday, 22 August 2014 15:08
By Carey Gillam FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - After two nights of relative calm in Ferguson, Missouri, many have expressed hope the violent clashes and looting that followed a white police officer's shooting of an unarmed black teenager will soon be a thing of the past. The protests are another matter. A contingent of U.S. civil rights workers and community activists from Georgia, Florida, Detroit and elsewhere have set up shop in Ferguson and say they…
Breach at government contractor 'affected' at least 25,000 workers: official
Friday, 22 August 2014 15:07
BOSTON (Reuters) – A cyber attack at a company that performs background checks for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security compromised data of at least 25,000 government workers, an agency official told Reuters on Friday. The official said that DHS plans to notify approximately 25,000 employees that they may be “impacted” by the computer breach at Falls Church, Virginia-based US Investigations Services (USIS) over the coming days. “More could be notified in coming weeks as…
US Army vet killed fighting for Ukraine - Russian aid convoy drives into Ukraine - Pentagon condemns Russian movements in Ukraine
Friday, 22 August 2014 15:01
Mark Paslavsky aka @BSpringnote, 55. American who got Ukr citizenship so he could fight in Donbas battlion KIA today pic.twitter.com/EqAyvpFzKg ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT — Anders Östlund (@andersostlund) August 19, 2014 A West Point graduate and former Army Ranger who honored his Ukrainian ancestry by defending the nation against Russian-backed separatists was killed in fighting near the border, according to reports. Mark Gregory Paslawsky, a 55-year-old investment banker who was born in New York but had lived…
'ACCOUNTING GIMMICK'? New birth control changes after ObamaCare rulings
Friday, 22 August 2014 15:01
The Supreme Court building in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014.AP The Obama administration on Friday announced new measures meant to accommodate religious nonprofits and some private employers who don't want to pay for birth control under ObamaCare, on the heels of Supreme Court rulings that weakened the law's so-called contraceptive mandate. The changes had been expected, particularly after the Supreme Court ruled in June that the government can't force companies like Hobby Lobby Inc.
'GET READY' White House pressured to expand ISIS fight to Syria
Friday, 22 August 2014 15:01
Top U.S. military brass and former administration officials are publicly pressuring the White House to consider taking the fight against the Islamic State into Syria, warning that the terror organization poses an unprecedented threat to the United States. "ISIL is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen. They're beyond just a terrorist group," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday, adding that the U.S. will have to take a "cold, steely hard…
Central Florida father charged with murder in death of 9-month-old left in his hot truck
Friday, 22 August 2014 14:57
ROCKLEDGE, Fla. – A central Florida man has been charged with murder in the death of his baby daughter, who authorities say was left in the man's truck for at least four hours. Brevard County prosecutors officially charged 31-year-old Steven Darnell Lillie on Friday with third-degree felony murder, manslaughter and leaving a child under the age of six unsupervised in a motor vehicle. Florida Today (http://goo.gl/Znr54V) reports that he was previously charged with aggravated manslaughter.
Ferguson shooting: Grand jury in Michael Brown case to consist of 3 blacks, 6 whites
Friday, 22 August 2014 14:57
CLAYTON, Mo. – Three black people are among the 12-member grand jury hearing evidence in the Michael Brown case. Paul Fox, director of judicial administration for St. Louis County Circuit Court, confirmed the racial and gender makeup of the grand jury on Friday. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch has said it will be several weeks before a decision is made on whether to charge Darren Wilson, the Ferguson officer who shot and killed Brown…
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