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Jan 1, 2015

Leader of Cuba protest apparently detained again by police

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban police have apparently again detained a performance artist whose planned demonstration earlier this week triggered a new crackdown on dissent that could strain the detente between Cuba and the United States.

Cuba arrested a number of political opponents on Tuesday, holding most of them overnight to thwart an open microphone event outside government headquarters that it labeled a “political provocation.”

Dec 31, 2014

Cuba frees dissidents from new crackdown condemned by U.S.

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.

Dec 31, 2014

Cuban blogger says husband freed, other activists still detained

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.

Dec 23, 2014

FBI arrests Colorado man over online threats to kill police

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.

Dec 22, 2014

Two more Colorado foreclosure law firms charged with fraud

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
office said.

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 19, 2014

Journalist sues over arrest at protest in Ferguson, Missouri

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.

Dec 18, 2014

Neighboring states challenge Colorado pot laws in top U.S. court

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. 

Dec 18, 2014

American accused of counterfeiting $2 million in Uganda

By Daniel Wallis

(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, 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

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.

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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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