Shell's Arctic icebreaker threads human barricade as it departs Oregon

Thursday, 30 July 2015 22:29 Written by
PORTLAND, Ore. Greenpeace protesters dangling from a bridge in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday forced back an icebreaker that Royal Dutch Shell needs in Alaska to start drilling in the Arctic, as a U.S. judge ordered the group to pay daily fines starting at $2,500 per hour. The 13 Greenpeace protesters, who rappelled down from the bridge over the Willamette River on Wednesday, are hoping to shorten Shell's Arctic drilling season by stopping the Fennica icebreaker,…
Ohio officer charged with murder pleads not guilty, released on bond
Thursday, 30 July 2015 18:57 Written by
CINCINNATI A University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted on Wednesday on murder charges in the fatal shooting last week of an unarmed black motorist who was stopped because of a missing front license plate. Hamilton County prosecutor Joseph Deters called the July 19 killing of Samuel Dubose, 43, "senseless" and "totally unwarranted." Ray Tensing, the 25-year-old white officer who shot Dubose in the head, "wasn't dealing with someone who was wanted for murder," Deters…
Georgia grand jury to hear case of sheriff who shot friend
Thursday, 30 July 2015 18:47 Written by
ATLANTA A Georgia sheriff who said he shot a friend while "practicing police tactics" could face upgraded felony charges after prosecutors decided on Thursday to present the case to a grand jury. Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, 50, was arrested in May and charged with reckless conduct, a misdemeanor, for critically injuring Gwenevere McCord, a friend and realtor, in a subdivision’s model home in Gwinnett County, outside Atlanta. Hill refused to discuss the case with
California man who helped kidnap busload of kids could get parole
Thursday, 30 July 2015 18:41 Written by
SAN FRANCISCO One of three men who kidnapped a busload of school children more than three decades ago and left them in a van hidden in a quarry could soon be paroled if California Governor Jerry Brown takes no action in the case by midnight Thursday. Although the 26 children and their bus driver all survived the ransom plot, kidnapper James Schoenfeld, now 63, has been in prison for 37 years for the 1976 abduction…
Lawyers argue life or death for Colorado movie gunman
Thursday, 30 July 2015 17:43 Written by
CENTENNIAL, Colo. Lawyers for both sides in Colorado's movie massacre trial are due to make closing arguments on Thursday in the penalty phase, then jurors will decide if mitigating factors such as mental illness outweigh aggravating ones that could justify the death penalty. The jury of nine women and three men has already found the 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student guilty on all 165 counts for killing 12 people and wounding 70 at a midnight…
Texas county where incarcerated woman died cited by jail monitor
Thursday, 30 July 2015 17:15 Written by
AUSTIN, Texas The Texas county where a black woman died in an apparent jail suicide that garnered national attention had been cited by a state monitor for not doing enough to keep an eye on inmates and properly filling out intake forms, an official said on Thursday. Sandra Bland was found hanged in her cell three days after her July 10 arrest for a minor traffic offense in Waller County, about 50 miles northwest of…
Jury picked in unprecedented U.S. trial of alleged Taliban fighter
Thursday, 30 July 2015 16:43 Written by
RICHMOND, Va. A former Soviet army officer accused of being a Taliban fighter goes on trial on Thursday as the first military prisoner from Afghanistan to be tried in U.S. federal court. Irek Hamidullin, believed to be in his 50s, faces 15 criminal counts ranging from supporting terrorists to firearms charges related to his alleged orchestration of a 2009 attack on an Afghan Border Police base in eastern Afghanistan's Khost province. His trial had been…
Father of Ohio child found decomposed in crib held on $1 million bond
Thursday, 30 July 2015 16:43 Written by
CLEVELAND An Ohio judge ordered a father held on a $1 million bond Thursday after a cable installer discovered the badly decomposed body of a young child in a crib at his apartment and notified authorities, the Medina Police Department said. Eric Warfel, 34, was arrested Wednesday after the body of 18-month-old Ember Warfel was found in her crib surrounded by bags of trash, apparently to cover up the smell of decomposition, police said. Medina…
Tennessee man arrested near Capitol faces gun charges
Thursday, 30 July 2015 16:31 Written by
WASHINGTON A Tennessee man driving a truck loaded with guns, ammunition and a propane tank faces charges in the U.S. capital after asking police for directions to the White House, according to court documents. Steve Randall Oney, 59, of Sevierville, was arrested near the U.S. Capitol at around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday after he pulled over his Ford pickup and asked an officer, "Where's the White House?" Oney had three firearms in the vehicle -
Illinois college to drop health coverage over contraception mandate
Thursday, 30 July 2015 16:12 Written by
CHICAGO An evangelical Christian college in Illinois will stop providing health insurance to students on Friday because of its objection to the Obamacare mandate to provide contraceptive coverage, a legal group representing the school said on Thursday. The decision affects about 500 of 3,000 students at Wheaton College, a nondenominational liberal arts school in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton, according to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a Washington-based legal group that represents the college.…

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