Officials say N.Y. prison escapee pointed gun moments before death

Thursday, 02 July 2015 16:54 Written by
NEW YORK New York prison escapee Richard Matt was aiming a shotgun at a federal agent when the fugitive was shot and killed following an intense three-week manhunt, officials said on Thursday. The convicted murderer was discovered last Friday lying behind a fallen tree near Malone, a town about 27 miles (43 km) northwest of Clinton Correctional Facility, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement. Matt, 49, refused to put up his hands,…
Bail set for Florida doctor tied to Senator Menendez corruption case
Thursday, 02 July 2015 16:54 Written by
MIAMI, Fla. A judge set bail on Thursday at $18 million in a Medicare fraud case for a doctor who has also been accused of bribery and political corruption for giving lavish gifts to U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, his attorney said. Salomon Melgen, 60, has pleaded not guilty to 76 counts of Medicare fraud and falsifying medical records in federal court in southern Florida. The millionaire ophthalmologist had been jailed since his indictment in April,…
Colorado movie gunman not faking psychosis, defense witness says
Thursday, 02 July 2015 16:34 Written by
CENTENNIAL, Colo. A neuropsychologist who ran tests on Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes over three days after the 2012 attack told jurors at his murder trial on Thursday there were no signs the shooter was faking mental illness. Prosecutors say Holmes, 27, is a cold-blooded mass killer who aimed to murder all 400 people watching a midnight premiere of a Batman film at a Denver area cinema, and say he has only pleaded insanity…
Bourbon Boom: Kentucky Inventory Reaches 40-Year High
Thursday, 02 July 2015 16:24 Written by
Kentucky's bourbon boom is showing no signs of peaking as distilleries keep up a production pace unmatched for decades. The state's bourbon inventory reached a 40-year high last year, with nearly 5.7 million barrels aging in warehouses, the Kentucky Distillers' Association said Thursday. That's the highest inventory level since 1975, when the state's distilleries reported 5.8 million barrels, the association said. "There's an ocean of spirits resting in Kentucky right now," said industry observer
Oregon Catholic priest put on leave amid hidden camera probe
Thursday, 02 July 2015 16:14 Written by
PORTLAND, Ore. An Oregon Catholic priest has been placed on leave by the Archdiocese of Portland as police investigate who placed a hidden camera, carefully disguised as an electrical outlet, in a church bathroom, the archdiocese said on Thursday. The camera was discovered in late April near a toilet in the men’s bathroom of the St. Francis Catholic Church in Sherwood by a church member who took it immediately to Father Ysrael Bien, a police
US Stocks Slip on Mixed US Jobs Report, Greek Fears
Thursday, 02 July 2015 15:54 Written by
U.S. stocks rose slightly in early trading Thursday as investors look over a mixed report on the job market. While payrolls grew overall, many people gave up looking for work and wage growth stalled. Bond prices rose. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 23 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,781 as of 10:16 a.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained three points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,080. The
White House intruder sentenced to time served, supervision
Thursday, 02 July 2015 15:50 Written by
WASHINGTON A man arrested for scaling the White House fence in October was sentenced in federal court on Thursday to time served in jail and a year of supervised release, prosecutors said. Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Maryland, pleaded guilty in April to a charge of unlawfully entering the White House grounds. Video had shown Adesanya punching a Secret Service dog and agents surrounding him on the north lawn of the White House. U.S.…
Kentucky soldier admits to taking bribes in Afghanistan
Thursday, 02 July 2015 15:50 Written by
LOUISVILLE, Ky. A U.S. Army soldier stationed at Fort Campbell in Kentucky admitted in federal court on Thursday that he took $100,000 in cash bribes as well as jewelry from vendors seeking contracts while he was assigned to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, federal prosecutors said. Sergeant 1st Class Ramiro Pena, who had worked as a purchasing officer, pleaded guilty in federal court in Paducah to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery, prosecutors said. He…
Experts Give Their Take on Jobs, Fed and Financial Markets
Thursday, 02 July 2015 15:40 Written by
If investors hoped Thursday's U.S. jobs report would give them clarity, they were probably disappointed. The report, one of the most-watched pieces of news in financial markets, painted a mixed picture for U.S. employment. And it left a key question hanging over stocks and bonds: When and how quickly will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates? U.S. employers added a solid 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low
Health Net and BP Are Big Market Movers
Thursday, 02 July 2015 15:40 Written by
Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Health Net Inc., up $6.51 to $71.57 The managed health care services company is being bought by Medicaid coverage provider Centene Corp. for about $6.3 billion. BP PLC, up $2.02 to $41.29 The oil company will pay $18.7 billion in a settlement with several states to resolve years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf

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