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Dec 15, 2014

Los Angeles porn actors must wear condoms, appeals court rules

Dec 15 (Reuters) – A regional U.S. federal appeals court
ruled on Monday that pornographic movie actors in Los Angeles
must wear condoms during sex scenes, upholding a lower court
decision that was challenged by the adult film industry.

In 2012, voters in Los Angeles County approved a measure to
require condom use during sex scenes in pornographic movies, as
well as the regular testing of actors for sexually transmitted
diseases.

Dec 11, 2014

Judge in Colorado cinema massacre case won’t delay trial again

DENVER (Reuters) – A judge overseeing the Colorado movie theater massacre case said on Wednesday he will not delay the trial of gunman James Holmes again, rejecting a request by the defense for more time to study the results of a second court-ordered sanity exam.

Jury selection in the trial of Holmes, 26, is due to start next month, and Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour has previously told lawyers for both sides to be ready to present their opening statements in late May or early June.

Dec 10, 2014

Oakland city and police sites down, Anonymous hackers claim credit

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – The Oakland police department and city websites were offline on Wednesday and activist hackers from the Anonymous collective who threatened to take action against law enforcement over the Bay Area demonstrations claimed responsibility for the outage.

Oakland and neighboring Berkeley have been the site of nightly protests against decisions by two grand juries not to charge white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City.

Dec 8, 2014

Judge in Colorado theater shooting case to rule on trial delay soon

CENTENNIAL, Colorado (Reuters) – A judge overseeing the case of a mass shooting at a Colorado theater in 2012 said Monday he would rule within a couple of days on a defense request to delay the trial again.

Lawyers for the gunman, James Holmes, made their latest request for the trial to be delayed last week, adding on Monday that medical emergencies had also affected two members of the defense team.

Dec 4, 2014

Phoenix police officer shoots dead unarmed black man during scuffle

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – A Phoenix police officer shot to death an unarmed black man during a struggle and authorities said the officer believed the individual had a gun, in the latest fatal incident amid national turmoil over the policing of black communities.

The Phoenix Police Department said Rumain Brisbon, 34, was sitting in a black Cadillac SUV outside a convenience store on Tuesday evening, and that two witnesses told the officer the occupants of the vehicle were selling drugs.

Nov 30, 2014

Missouri officer in fatal shooting resigned without severance: mayor

By Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – The white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, this summer, got no severance deal when he resigned from the force, the mayor of the St. Louis suburb said on Sunday.

The officer, Darren Wilson, announced his resignation late Saturday, saying he feared for his own safety and that of his fellow police officers after a grand jury decided not to indict him in the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Nov 30, 2014

Missouri officer in fatal shooting quit without severance: mayor

FERGUSON, Missouri (Reuters) – The white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, this summer, resigned from the force without any severance deal, the mayor of the St. Louis suburb said on Sunday.

The officer, Darren Wilson, announced his resignation late Saturday, saying he feared for his own safety and that of his fellow police officers after a grand jury decided not to indict him in the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Nov 30, 2014

Ferguson police officer resigned on safety concerns, lawyer says

FERGUSON, Missouri (Reuters) – The white police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager to death this summer in a St. Louis suburb decided to resign from the force because of threats against fellow officers after a grand jury decided not to indict him, his lawyer said on Sunday.

Darren Wilson’s resignation, announced on Saturday, came nearly four months after the officer shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 9.

Nov 30, 2014

Ferguson police officer who killed black teen resigns from force

By Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – The white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in a St. Louis suburb has resigned, his lawyer said on Saturday, as activists set out on a 120-mile march to protest the killing and a grand jury’s decision not to indict him.

The resignation of Darren Wilson from the Ferguson, Missouri, police force comes nearly four months after he killed 18-year-old Michael Brown and days after the announcement that he would not face criminal charges.

Nov 29, 2014

Ferguson demonstrators to march 120 miles to Missouri state capital

FERGUSON, Missouri (Reuters) – Activists gathered in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday to begin a 120-mile march to the state capital Jefferson City to protest the killing of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer, a case that has rekindled a national debate over U.S. race relations.

About 100 people were expected to take part in the seven-day march organized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), with more joining segments of the long walk, NAACP staff member Jamiah Adams told Reuters.

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      "Daniel used to work for The Times newspaper and PA News agency in London before joining Reuters in 2003. Since then he has reported on political, general and economic news from across east Africa, Iraq and Latin America."
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