WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors will not charge John Hinckley Jr. in the death of former White House press secretary James Brady, even though a medical examiner ruled his death a homicide. Brady was shot in the head during an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan in 1981.
The shooting left Brady partially paralyzed and his death in August at age 73 was attributed to wounds from the shooting in Washington, D.C.
By Ian Simpson and Eric M. Johnson
(Reuters) – A U.S. police officer shot and killed a black man after he pointed a loaded pistol at him in a St. Louis suburb near where an unarmed black teen was killed by a white officer in August, police said on Wednesday.
The shooting took place late on Tuesday at a Mobil On The Run gasoline station in Berkeley, Missouri, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told a news conference.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Republican investigators fault top Internal Revenue Service officials for mistreating conservative organizations who sought tax-exempt status, but have found no connection to the White House, according to an interim report released on Tuesday.
The report from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee came after investigators went through 1.3 million pages of documents and interviewed 52 officials.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – FBI efforts to infiltrate defense teams will top the agenda when a U.S. military court hearing for suspects in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks starts on Monday, the first such proceeding since a Senate report on CIA torture was released last week.
The two-day pretrial hearing at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will focus on the extent of Federal Bureau of Investigation intrusion into defense teams, according to the docket on a Pentagon website.
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thousands marched in Washington, New York and Boston on Saturday to protest killings of unarmed black men by police officers.
Organizers said the marches were among the largest in the recent wave of protests against the killings of black males by officers in Ferguson, Missouri; New York; Cleveland; and elsewhere. The protests were peaceful, although police in Boston said they arrested 23 people who tried to block a highway.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – End-of-year holidays mean a lot of things – Santa, carols, parties, cards and gifts. They also mean more bank robberies.
The number of holdups at U.S. banks tends to rise in December as crooks, some of them spurred by holiday consumerism, turn to robbery in the weeks leading up to Christmas, according to the FBI and security experts.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Thousands of demonstrators were expected in Washington and New York on Saturday to protest the killings of unarmed black men by U.S. police and to urge Congress to protect citizens.
Organizers said the protests would be among the largest over police tactics and the killings of black males by officers in New York, Cleveland and Ferguson, Missouri.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Marijuana advocates on Wednesday urged Congress not to use a spending bill to overturn a local referendum that overwhelmingly backed legalizing pot in the District of Columbia.
A $1.1 trillion spending bill negotiated by lawmakers on Tuesday barred the U.S. capital from using funds to implement Initiative 71, which legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana in Washington.
By Ian Simpson
(Reuters) – Rolling Stone magazine on Friday backtracked from its November article about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, saying that there were “discrepancies” about the accuser’s account.
The story created an uproar at the school and prompted renewed U.S. debate on sexual abuse. The fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, rebutted key parts of the Rolling Stone story on Friday.
By Ian Simpson
(Reuters) – Rolling Stone magazine on Friday apologized for its November article about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, saying that there were “discrepancies” about the accuser’s account.
The story created an uproar at the school and prompted renewed debate on campus sexual abuse.