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BBC - Business - 04 april 2014 - 22:42
Wall Street markets end the day lower, with some big-name US technology shares down close to 5%. [continue]

It's the Gun, Not the Shooter

Foreign Affairs - 04 april 2014 - 21:42
The Real Lessons From Fort Hood April 4, 2014 Nancy Sherman Summary:  The recent shooting at Fort Hood should be seen as a warning to the U.S. military that guns and mental illness do not mix. It should not make Americans warier of returning service members in need. ... [continue]

Native Americans protest Cleveland Indians 'Chief Wahoo' logo

Outside Ohio stadium, Native Americans decry baseball team's logo, saying the cartoon 'mocks us as a race'Native Americans and their supporters demonstrated outside the opening home game of the Cleveland Indians on Friday, demanding that the baseball team abolish its "Chief Wahoo" logo.The long-standing logo, which appears on some team caps and jerseys, depicts a grinning, red-faced cartoon with a feather headband. Continue reading... [continue]

Fort Hood shootings: 'escalating argument' preceded attack

Officials identify three victims and say gunman Ivan Lopez's mental condition was not a 'direct precipitating factor'The senior officer at Fort Hood said Friday an escalating argument with fellow soldiers preceded a shooting rampage in which a soldier fatally shot three people and wounded 16 others before killing himself this week.Lt Gen Mark Milley said investigators believe Spc Ivan Lopezs mental condition was not a "direct precipitating factor" in the shooting, a day after officials... [continue]

Inspector may have overlooked nuclear forces' problems in positive review

Largely positive 2013 review of US nuclear forces does not mesh with reports of poor performance and exam cheating scandalA retired general chosen to explore flaws in US nuclear forces signed off one year ago on a study describing the nuclear air force as "thoroughly professional and disciplined" and performing effectively an assessment service leaders interpreted as an encouraging thumbs-up.The overall judgment conveyed in the April 2013 report by a Pentagon advisory group headed by... [continue]

North Carolina judge denies secrecy motion in trial over coal ash spill

Judge rejects Duke Energy's request to shield records Crack in a dam caused sludge to cover 70 miles of river A North Carolina judge on Friday denied Duke Energy's motion seeking to shield records related to groundwater pollution leeching from 33 coal ash dumps in the state while a separate federal criminal investigation is ongoing.Superior court judge Paul Ridgeway's ruling came after Duke defense lawyer Jim Cooney scaled back the company's request to restrict access to documents in a civil... [continue]

Washington detainees on hunger strike released from confinement after lawsuit

ACLU asks judge for injuction to halt US immigration agency's practice of placing detainees in solitary confinementLawyers who sued the federal government on behalf of about 20 immigrant hunger strikers at a Washington state detention facility say their clients have been released from solitary confinement.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington and Columbia Legal Services sued on behalf of the men, and said they were returned to the general population by Friday morning after six... [continue]

Missouri school suspends employees amid newest rape allegations

'Autistic' girl tells police a boy raped her at Kansas City school where two boys allegedly attacked a 17-year-old last yearMonths after vowing to boost security at a Kansas City school where a student says she was dragged to a room and raped, district officials have suspended three employees amid new allegations from a 14-year-old girl who alleges a boy repeatedly raped her at school.The girl in the latest case, who the police report describes as autistic, told authorities the 14-year-old boy... [continue]

Chicago officials fire train driver in O'Hare airport crash

Operator in March derailment that injured more than 30 passengers had admitted she dozed off before the crashChicago transit officials have fired a train operator who acknowledged dozing off before crashing a commuter train at the O'Hare international airport station.The 24 March crash injured more than 30 passengers and sent the eight-car train barreling over the platform and up an escalator leading into the airport. It caused millions of dollars' worth of damage. Continue reading... [continue]

Details of Fort Hood victims emerge but gunman's motive remains unclear

Three victims in army base shooting reported to be Danny Ferguson, 39, Timothy Owens, 37, and Carlos Rodriguez, 38 Details emerged of the victims killed at Fort Hood on Wednesday as investigators continued to examine how and why a soldier brought a gun on to the Texas base and began a shooting spree that injured 16 others.Sergeant 1st Class Danny Ferguson was 39 and from the small Florida town of Mulberry, near Tampa. He had just returned from Afghanistan, WTSP News reported. Ferguson's fiancee,... [continue]