Sandra Bland’s family settles wrongful death suit for $1.9 million

The family of Sandra Bland reached a $1.9 million settlement in their wrongful death civil suit, their lawyer said. Attorney Cannon Lambert made the announcement Wednesday. Officials said Bland, 28, killed herself in 2015 in a Waller County, Texas, jail cell after her arrest on a traffic violation. A grand jury later decided no one […]

Powell dubs Trump ‘national disgrace’ in hacked emails

Former US secretary of state Colin Powell dubbed Donald Trump a “national disgrace” and an “international pariah” in personal email exchanges hacked and leaked online. The leaked correspondence reveals a stinging indictment of the brash billionaire by a cabinet member in the last Republican president’s administration, albeit one who twice endorsed Barack Obama for president. […]

Police fatally shoot boy, 13, holding BB gun

An officer responding to a robbery report shot dead a 13-year-old boy in Columbus, Ohio, after he drew what turned out to be a low-powered air gun, police said. The Columbus Police Department said it was investigating the late Wednesday death of Tyree King, the latest in a string of shootings of African Americans by […]

Report: Texas should reduce campus transients after slaying

State law enforcement officials recommended Wednesday that the University of Texas beef up police and security guard presence while working to allow fewer homeless people on campus after the slaying of a first-year dance major shook up the school. The Texas Department of Public Safety also urged the university to improve outdoor video surveillance and […]

Parole system questioned after murder of NBA star’s cousin

Two weeks before police say Derren Sorrells and his brother murdered basketball star Dwyane Wade’s cousin in Chicago on Friday, he walked out of a state prison after serving less than four years of a six-year sentence for possessing a stolen car. A visibly angry Eddie Johnson, the city’s police superintendent, said the case underscored […]

How Apple paid just 0.005% tax on its global profits

Why is the European Union going after Apple for $14 billion in unpaid taxes? Consider this: In 2014, the corporate giant paid just $50 in tax for every million it made selling iPhones and iPads to most of the world outside America. That’s a tax rate of just 0.005%. Yes, you read that correctly. So […]

Martin Luther King’s Bible, Nobel to be released to estate

A judge on Monday signed an order ending an ownership dispute over the Rev. Martin Luther King’s traveling Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal that had essentially pitted the slain civil rights leader’s two sons against their sister. King’s three surviving children — Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott King and Bernice King — are […]

Usain Bolt wins third straight Olympic gold medal in 100-meter dash

Five hours before the biggest race of the Rio Games, a horn at Olympic Stadium sounded and a clock began ticking backward. On the scoreboard at both ends read a message in all capital letters: COUNTDOWN TO THE EVENT. Usain Bolt races aren’t races. They are events, shows, entertainment distilled to its essence, and the […]

Gabby Douglas’ difficult time at the Olympics

Imagine being the darling of the 2012 London Olympics, only to be criticized for your every move four years later in Rio. That’s what’s happening to US gymnast Gabby Douglas, who not only didn’t make it to the event she won gold for in London, but who has been given the nickname “Crabby Gabby” in […]

OPEC member planning a big comeback

One of the biggest mysteries in the oil market resides in the war-torn nation of Libya. A long civil war and the rise of ISIS have limited Libya’s oil production to just a fraction of what it was in 2010, before the uprising that ousted and ultimately killed the country’s longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Libya, […]


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