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Little known about suspect in fatal shooting of marines

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 17, 2015 - 04:20 AM

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The man who investigators say fatally shot four marines at a Navy-Marine training center and opened fire at a military recruiting center in Tennessee had a bachelor's in engineering and was an outgoing, popular student in high school who belonged to the wrestling team.

But beyond that, not much is known about Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez of Hixson, Tennessee, or what motivated his rampage.


Judge refuses to lower Suge Knight's bail in murder case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 17, 2015 - 03:15 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge has refused to lower bail for former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight from $10 million in a murder case.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen said Friday there was no change in circumstances that would warrant reducing Knight's bail. The Death Row Records co-founder has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges filed after he ran over two men with his pickup truck outside a Compton burger stand in January.

His attorney has said Knight was ambushed and trying to escape.


DEA chief confident escaped drug lord will be found again

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 17, 2015 - 03:13 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration's operations chief says he is confident one of the world's most-wanted drug traffickers will be captured again after a brazen weekend escape from a maximum-security Mexican prison.

Jack Riley says he hasn't slept much since Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman vanished into a mile-long tunnel stretching from beneath the shower in his cell to an unfinished building. For the last week Riley's been busy speaking with his Mexican counterparts and helping coordinate U.S. efforts to find the ruthless leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.


AP-GfK Poll: Minorities, young Americans still backing Obama

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 17, 2015 - 03:07 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is holding on to his support among the so-called "Obama coalition" of minorities, liberals and young Americans. But the same Associated Press-GfK poll also found less than half the public has a positive view of his presidency.

The survey suggests Obama could play a potent role helping the next Democratic presidential nominee turn out the votes needed to win. Hillary Rodham Clinton is viewed somewhat less favorably by the key voting groups whose record-setting turnout in 2008 propelled Obama into office.


Race the clock: Key Democrats size up Obama's Iran deal

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 17, 2015 - 03:05 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers say they're going to make those 60 days reviewing the nuclear deal with Iran count.

That's how long they will have once the White House transmits the agreement to Congress. During that time, President Barack Obama cannot waive, suspend or reduce the congressionally mandated sanctions that have undercut Iran's economy. A key cast of Democrats isn't saying whether they will support the accord in a series of votes likely this fall.


Life sentence, no parole for Detroit mom who killed 2 kids

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 17, 2015 - 02:21 AM

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit woman who killed two of her four children and pledged she would do it again has been sentenced to life in prison without a chance for parole.

Mitchelle Blair appeared in court Friday. She's been charged, convicted and sentenced in less than four months, since an eviction crew discovered the children's bodies in a home freezer. They had been stored there for more than a year.


Ex-President George H.W. Bush leaves hospital after fall

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 17, 2015 - 02:04 AM

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush has been released from a Maine hospital after falling at his summer home and breaking a bone in his neck.

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said that "a very grateful" Bush returned home Sunday from Maine Medical Center after four days of treatment for a fractured vertebra.

Doctors say Bush didn't suffer nerve damage when he fell at his home in Kennebunkport on Wednesday.

Doctors said they anticipate the 41st president will recover fully in three or four months.


Woman found dead in Texas jail had spoken about depression

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 17, 2015 - 01:49 AM

DALLAS (AP) — Online videos posted earlier this year by a black woman found dead in a Texas jail show her saying that she suffered from depression, though family members don't believe she would take her own life.

Sandra Bland, who had lived in a Chicago suburb, was arrested a week ago in Waller County, Texas, for allegedly kicking an officer who stopped her for a traffic violation. Authorities say she hanged herself in her cell Monday.


Ex-NY Congressman Grimm gets 8 months of prison in tax case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 17, 2015 - 01:39 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Congressman Michael Grimm has been sentenced to 8 months in prison for tax evasion.

The Staten Island Republican pleaded guilty late last year to aiding in the filing of a false tax return.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn had asked the judge to give Grimm at least 2 years behind bars at the sentencing on Friday. His lawyers had sought probation.

The 45-year-old Grimm won re-election in November but resigned after his guilty plea.


Hitchhiking robot embarks on coast-to-coast tour across US

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 17, 2015 - 01:27 AM

BOSTON (AP) — A hitchhiking robot has embarked on its first cross-country tour of the U.S. after similar trips in Canada and Europe.

The robot known as hitchBOT caught its first ride in Marblehead, Massachusetts, on Friday, with plans to end the trip in San Francisco. Along the way, it has a bucket list that includes Times Square, Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon.

The humanoid robot can't move on its own, relying on strangers to drive it from place to place.


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