HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba freed some leading dissidents on Wednesday after holding them overnight to thwart an unauthorised demonstration in a crackdown that has tested its detente with the United States.
Police detained several dissidents on Tuesday and kept others under virtual house arrest ahead of an open microphone protest that was to have taken place outside government headquarters in Havana’s Revolution Square.
HAVANA (Reuters) – A prominent opposition blogger in Cuba said her husband was freed by the authorities overnight but several dissidents were still in custody on Wednesday, a day after they were arrested in a move that drew condemnation from the United States.
The detentions in the Cuban capital were the most significant crackdown on the opposition on the communist-led island since Havana and Washington agreed on Dec. 17 to restore diplomatic ties and end more than 50 years of hostility.
DENVER (Reuters) – FBI agents arrested a Colorado man who posted online threats advocating the killing of police officers after investigators received a tip-off about one of the messages from Google, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
Jeremiah M. Perez, 33, was detained without incident at his home in Colorado Springs on Monday and faces up to five years in federal prison if convicted, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado said in a statement.
DENVER (Reuters) – Colorado’s Attorney General John Suthers
has sued two more law firms in the state for fraud, accusing
them of inflating foreclosure costs charged to homeowners, his
As part of an ongoing investigation, Suthers has filed eight
civil law enforcement actions against Colorado foreclosure law
firms in 2014, five of which resulted in settlements totaling
nearly $12 million.
Dec 18 (Reuters) – A Washington-based journalist has sued
St. Louis County and one of its police lieutenants, saying his
rights were violated when he was arrested while covering
protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a
white police officer in Ferguson, court papers showed.
Gerald Yingst, a reporter and producer with News2Share, also
accuses police of defaming him by announcing his arrest on
Twitter and saying he had refused a commander’s order to clear
the street, damaging his professional reputation.
DENVER (Reuters) – Nebraska and Oklahoma challenged neighboring Colorado’s recreational marijuana laws in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday amid complaints its pot was seeping across their borders, and Colorado vowed to defend its laws.
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said he joined Oklahoma in filing the action against Colorado, where voters chose to legalize recreational marijuana in a landmark 2012 vote even as the drug remains federally outlawed.
(Reuters) – An American man has been arrested in Uganda and accused by U.S. prosecutors of counterfeiting more than $2 million in fake dollars, some of which were to be mailed to the United States hidden in charity pamphlets, court papers showed.
Ryan Andrew Gustafson, 27, is charged with conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States, according to a criminal complaint filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
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
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.
(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.