Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin sentenced to 10 years in prison

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:52
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Disgraced former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison on corruption charges. A jury in February found Nagin guilty of charges that include bribery, wire fraud, conspiracy, money laundering and tax evasion, all in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. (Reporting by Kathy Finn, writing by Jonathan Kaminsky; Editing by Scott Malone)Crime & JusticeSociety & Culture
Israeli military steps up Gaza Strip airstrikes on second day of offensive - OPINION: Gaza rockets aimed at Israel — What would you do with just 15 seconds? - Israel foils terror group's plot to enter Gaza from sea
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:52
July 8, 2014: Smoke and a ball of fire rises after an Israeli missile strike in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) The Israeli military said early Wednesday that it had struck dozens of sites linked to the Islamic militant group Hamas on the second day of an offensive aimed at stopping rocket attacks aimed at key cities across Israel. Army spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told The Associated Press that warplanes had…
Android Wear Review: Google's Vision of the Smartwatch Isn't Quite Right
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:25
The first two smartwatches based on Android Wear are shipping now. The Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch were formally shown off at Google I/O last month, with each device offering users access to Google's vision of Android on your wrist. Android Wear and its devices join a crowded, yet disparate market of smartwatch options. In addition to the Pebble and Samsung Gear line of wearables, everyone from Metawatch to Qualcomm to Sony…
US trade deficit falls 5.6 percent to $44.4 billion as exports hit record high and imports dip
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — US trade deficit falls 5.6 percent to $44.4 billion as exports hit record high and imports dip. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was distributed through the NewsCred Smartwire. Original article © The Associated Press 2014
Tour de France to mark First World War battlefields
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:06
Tour de France organisers will pay tribute to those who fell on the battlefields of northern France a century ago ahead of Thursday's sixth stage from Arras to Reims. It is part of around 2,000 commemorative events in France over the next four years to mark the centenary of World War I (1914-18). Several of the Tour's stages, from Wednesday's fifth stage which begins in Flanders, Belgium, to others in northern France, pass through infamous…
Ahead of the Bell: US Current Account
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government reports on the U.S. current account trade deficit for the January-March quarter. The report will be released at 8:30 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday. BIG INCREASE: Economists forecast that the gap rose nearly 20 percent in the first quarter, to $97 billion from $81.1 billion in last year's fourth quarter, according to a survey by FactSet. The rise comes after the deficit fell to its lowest level in 14 years in…
Merkel to make year's 2nd World Cup trip for final
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:06
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to the World Cup final in Brazil, giving Germany's most prominent fan perhaps her best chance yet to watch the team lift a trophy after eight years of very public support. Merkel has become a frequent sight at Germany matches since the country hosted the World Cup in 2006, a few months after she took office — and a regular visitor to the team's dressing room. Tuesday's…
Germany delighted, astonished by Brazil rout
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:06
BERLIN (AP) — Germans awoke on Wednesday to discover the 7-1 demolition of Brazil in their World Cup semifinal was not a delightful dream but a scarcely believable reality. The front-page headline in the country's biggest-selling newspaper, Bild, read simply: "7-1. No words for it!" The paper dedicated the next six pages to pictures of the Germany players scoring and celebrating, and marked veteran striker's Miroslav Klose's record-breaking 16th World Cup goal by offering readers…
Deadly storms rip through eastern US
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 09:52
9 July 2014Last updated at 15:35 Share this pageDeliciousDiggFacebookredditStumbleUponTwitterEmailPrint Four houses in Smithfield, New York, were completely destroyed A wave of thunderstorms with powerful winds in northern New York have killed at least four and left more than 70,000 people without electricity. Four residents of the rural town of Smithfield were found dead after several homes were destroyed by the fast-moving storms.
White House office on drug control outlines strategy for 2014, focus on heroin, painkillers
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 09:52
ROANOKE, Va. – The Obama administration is unveiling a 2014 drug control policy with a focus on promoting drug treatment programs, as well as stemming heroin use and prescription painkillers abuse. The White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy's acting director Michael Botticelli outlined the administration's blueprint for limiting drug abuse Wednesday at a drug treatment facility in Roanoke, Virginia. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Botticelli said the policy will continue to push for expanded health interventions…

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