Police arrest 24 in California protest over off-duty officer shooting

Police arrest 24 in California protest over off-duty officer shootingSome of the 300 protesters threw rocks at police officers in riot gear, kicked squad cars and blocked intersections as they marched and chanted "hands up, don’t shoot" and "whose streets, our streets" on Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Times reported. Some 24 people were arrested and face misdemeanor charges including failure to disperse, the Anaheim Police Department said on social media early on Thursday. The video, which was circulated on social media and local news, then showed a teenager tackling the man into a line of shrubs and then another teenager punching him.


Ex-Comverse CEO who fled to Namibia faces U.S. fraud sentencing

Ex-Comverse CEO who fled to Namibia faces U.S. fraud sentencingThe former chief executive officer of Comverse Technology Inc, who returned to the United States last year after spending a decade in Namibia to avoid prosecution, is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday for engaging in securities fraud. Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, the Woodbury, New York-based software developer's founder, is expected to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn, who said the former executive could not be trusted when he pled guilty in August. Lawyers for Alexander, 64, are seeking a sentence of no more than two years in prison for the Israeli citizen, who has spent six months in custody after Garaufis rejected his request for release on a $25 million bond.


Florida man accused of Clinton Foundation hack to plead guilty

Florida man accused of Clinton Foundation hack to plead guiltyBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Florida man accused of trying to hack the Clinton Foundation in 2015 is expected to plead guilty on Thursday, months after he was sentenced in a related case to 42 years in prison over child pornography discovered on his computers during the probe. Timothy Sedlak, 43, is scheduled to plead guilty in federal court in Manhattan, according to court records. Prosecutors accused him in September 2015 of trying to gain access to an unnamed New York-based global charitable organization's network.


Winning Powerball ticket worth $435 million sold in Indiana

Winning Powerball ticket worth $435 million sold in IndianaThe Powerball was 2. The winning ticket in Indiana is worth $435 million, the seventh-largest jackpot in the game's history, according to the lottery's website. Before Wednesday, the last time a winning ticket in the jackpot was sold was on Dec. 17.


Small earthquake shakes northwest Washington state

Small earthquake shakes northwest Washington state(Reuters) - An 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck northwest Washington state on Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said. The quake was recorded 75 miles (120 km) west of Seattle, Washington at about 9 p.m. local time, according to the USGS website. "As my youngest said, it felt like the washer and dryer turned on," tweeted Megan Henry, a mother of three in nearby Tahuya, Washington. There were no initial reports of damage or casualties. No tsunami was expected, the National Weather Service said on Twitter. ...


Trump revokes Obama guidelines on transgender bathrooms

Trump revokes Obama guidelines on transgender bathroomsPresident Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday revoked landmark guidance to public schools letting transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice, reversing a signature initiative of former Democratic President Barack Obama. Reversing the Obama guidelines stands to inflame passions in the latest conflict in America between believers in traditional values and social progressives, and is likely to prompt more of the street protests that followed Trump's Nov. 8 election. Obama had instructed public schools last May to let transgender students use the bathrooms matching their chosen gender identity, threatening to withhold funding for schools that did not comply.


Dakota pipeline protest camp nearly empty as holdouts face removal

Dakota pipeline protest camp nearly empty as holdouts face removalBy Terray Sylvester CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) - All but a few dozen of the last holdouts from a months-long mass protest against a proposed oil pipeline in North Dakota peacefully vacated their riverside camp as an eviction deadline passed on Wednesday. "We've very firm that the camp is now closed," Governor Doug Burgum, a Republican, told an evening news conference. Following Wednesday's exodus, Burgum estimated there were 25 to 50 protesters left.


Protecting Trump Tower cost NY City $24 million from election to inauguration

Protecting Trump Tower cost NY City $24 million from election to inaugurationIt cost New York City about $24 million to provide security at Trump Tower, President Donald Trump's skyscraper home in Manhattan, from Election Day to Inauguration Day, or $308,000 per day, New York's police commissioner said on Wednesday. The revelation prompted renewed calls for Congress to reimburse the city for the cost of protecting Trump's private residence on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, where his wife and their son continue to reside. "We are seeking full federal reimbursement for all costs incurred related to security for President Trump and his family at Trump Tower," Freddi Goldstein, a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, wrote in an email to Reuters.


Muslims raise over $91,000 for vandalized Jewish cemetery in Missouri

Muslims raise over $91,000 for vandalized Jewish cemetery in MissouriMuslim Americans have helped raise more than $91,000 to repair vandalized headstones at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, according to an online fundraising page, amid attacks and threats against Jewish institutions. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited the graveyard on Wednesday and told clean-up volunteers, state officials and reporters that there was no place in America for hatred, violence, anti-Semitism or acts of prejudice. "I must tell you the people of Missouri are inspiring the nation by your love and care of this place, for the Jewish community in Missouri and I want to thank you for that inspiration," Pence said.


A girl named Ehlena and a dog named Wonder win at U.S. Supreme Court

A girl named Ehlena and a dog named Wonder win at U.S. Supreme CourtThe justices ruled 8-0 that Ehlena Fry, 13, and her parents may not be obligated to go through time-consuming administrative appeals with the local school board before suing for damages for the emotional distress she said she suffered by being denied the assistance of her dog, a goldendoodle named Wonder. The justices sent the case back to a lower appeals court to determine whether Ehlena's complaint involves the impermissible denial of a proper special education.