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US fired warning shots at Iranian boat

A US Navy ship fired warning shots at an armed Iranian patrol boat Tuesday in the northern end of the Persian Gulf, according to two US defense officials.


US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-S&P hits record; Alphabet weighs on Nasdaq

July 25 (Reuters) - The S&P hit a record high, while the Dow opened higher on Tuesday, helped by strong earnings from Caterpillar and McDonald's, but Google-parent Alphabet weighed on the tech-heavy Nasdaq.


Indonesia speed boat capsizes, killing at least 10 - police

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A speed boat capsized off Indonesia's Borneo island on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people with several others believed missing, police and rescue officials said.


Spanish policeman attacked on Morocco border, man arrested

MADRID (Reuters) - A man was detained on Tuesday after attacking a policeman on the border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla with a large knife, a source from the local government said.


Syrian Observatory says eight killed in Ghouta air strikes

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said overnight air strikes killed at least eight people in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta.


Australian currency brokerage says Shanghai staff freed, aiding police

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - An Australian currency brokerage said three staff members in Shanghai, who were being held against their will by a group of investors that intruded into its offices last week, had been released and were now helping with a local police investigation.


Vietnam police arrest dissident for attempt 'to overthrow government'

HANOI (Reuters) - Police in Vietnam have arrested a prominent dissident they have accused of conducting activities aimed at overthrowing the government, in what appeared to be latest effort by the Communist-ruled country to crack down on critics.


China police warn against illegal gatherings after rare Beijing protest

BEIJING (Reuters) - Police in the Chinese capital have warned against illegal gatherings after they shut down part of a major road when demonstrators gathered to stage a rare protest in Beijing, complaining the government was unfairly targeting a charity.

Woman livestreams crash that kills 14-year-old

An 18-year-old woman who livestreamed a video of herself behind the wheel during a fatal crash has been arrested.


Trump pleads with Republicans to roll back Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump made a last-ditch plea to U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday to "do the right thing" and fulfill seven years of campaign promises to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.


Woman admits to killing fiance in kayak incident on Hudson River

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A woman who once reported her fiance missing after his kayak capsized on a frigid Hudson River pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide on Monday, admitting she pulled the plug on his kayak so it would fill with water, prosecutors said.


Kansas man gets 30-year sentence for foiled bomb plot targeting U.S. military base

(Reuters) - A Kansas man was sentenced on Monday to 30 years in federal prison for plotting a failed suicide bombing at a U.S. military base on behalf of Islamic State, federal prosecutors said.


Durst kicked man in face at party before wife disappeared: testimony

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Real estate scion Robert Durst, whose ties to three slayings were portrayed in the HBO series "The Jinx," kicked a man in the face without provocation in 1981, breaking a bone, the man testified on Monday ahead of a highly anticipated murder trial.

Street signs warning of 'easily startled' police posted around Twin Cities

One week after an unarmed Minneapolis woman was killed in an officer-involved shooting, street signs criticizing "easily startled" police have popped up in the Twin Cities.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

Woman Pleads Guilty in Fiancé’s Kayak Death on Hudson River in ’15

Angelika Graswald pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of criminally negligent homicide a little more than two years after her fiancé, Vincent Viafore, drowned.


California teen driver arrested after fatal crash she reportedly livestreamed

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Homeless man set sleeping West Virginia woman on fire: local media

(Reuters) - A homeless man was accused of setting on fire a woman who was also homeless while she slept on a front porch in West Virginia, leaving the victim in critical condition, local media reported on Monday.


NYC wins appeal over Wall Street lawyer arrested at protest

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Wall Street lawyer arrested in 2013 after he stopped on the sidewalk to talk with Occupy Wall Street protesters cannot seek damages from New York City and its police for false arrest and imprisonment, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday.


Four shot dead, 11 hurt in drug-related Paraguay disco shooting

ASUNCION (Reuters) - Two men and two women were shot dead early on Monday as they sat in front of a discotheque in the Paraguayan border town of Pedro Juan Caballero, an attack that police said appeared to be related to drug trafficking.


U.S. allows fast processing again for some H-1B visa applications

(Reuters) - The U.S. government said on Monday it would resume fast processing of H-1B visas requested by institutions of higher education and nonprofit and governmental research organizations, while leaving in place a longer approval time for companies that use the visas.


Parents of UK baby Charlie Gard end legal battle over treatment

LONDON (Reuters) - The parents of Charlie Gard have ended their legal battle to give the terminally ill British baby further treatment, a lawyer representing the parents said on Monday.


US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St opens flat as earnings season gathers pace

July 24 (Reuters) - U.S. stock indexes opened little changed on Monday, with the earnings of Google parent Alphabet in focus, and ahead of a two-day Federal Reserve meeting that kicks off on Tuesday.


Driver due in court in Texas for deaths of nine smuggled in truck

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The driver of a truck in which at least eight men were found dead alongside dozens suffering in sweltering conditions in San Antonio, Texas was expected to appear in court on Monday, over what authorities called a case of ruthless human trafficking.

Ruszczyk's family hires Minneapolis attorney from Castile case

Robert Bennett doesn't look like a man fighting for the little guy.

Man with a chainsaw injures several people in Switzerland, police say

A man wielding a chainsaw in northern Switzerland has injured several people, police have told CNN, in what they said was an ongoing situation.


Two killed in blast in Pakistani city of Lahore: rescue service

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - An explosion killed two people and wounded 19 in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Monday, a rescue service spokesman said, but it was not clear what caused the blast.


VEON names former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns as chairwoman

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - VEON named former Xerox chief Ursula Burns as its chairwoman on Monday, as the telecoms operator undertakes corporate governance reforms and a makeover as a global online services company.

Politics and Government

President Bachelet of Chile Is the Last Woman Standing in the Americas

It seems nearly certain that soon only men will lead governments in the Americas, underscoring the elusive quest for gender parity in politics.

Kabul (Afghanistan)

Dozens Killed in Explosion in Afghan Capital

The suicide bombing in Kabul killed 24 and wounded 42, officials said, and comes as security forces have been on high alert.

Police chief helps addicts beat opioid addiction

He's only 24 years old, but he struggled with addiction for more than a decade. Thomas Spikes now owes his sobriety to none other than the chief of police in this small eastern North Carolina town.


Beijing police on manhunt after deadly hit-and-run: Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Beijing police are hunting for a man suspected of stabbing five people and then ploughing into a group of nine others with a van, killing one and injuring eight, the official Xinhua news agency reported.


Australian regulator investigating Takata airbag recall after death

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's consumer watchdog said on Monday it was investigating the recall of Takata Corp vehicle airbags, a day after police said a man's death in a Sydney car crash could be linked to the faulty safety equipment.


Five killed in Mexico City shootings

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Five people were killed and nearly a dozen injured in separate shootings in Mexico City on Sunday, authorities said, adding to a growing death toll in the capital which has largely been spared the criminal violence plaguing the country.


UPDATE 1-Australian regulator investigating Takata airbag recall after death

July 24 (Reuters) - Australia's consumer watchdog said on Monday it was investigating the recall of Takata Corp vehicle airbags, a day after police said a man's death in a Sydney car crash could be linked to the faulty safety equipment.


Australian regulator investigating Takata airbag recall

July 24 (Reuters) - Australia's consumer watchdog said on Monday it is investigating the recall of Takata Corp vehicle airbags, a day after police said a man's death in a Sydney car crash could be linked to the faulty safety equipment.


One Jordanian killed, one Israeli wounded at Israeli embassy in Jordan: police

AMMAN (Reuters) - One Jordanian was killed and two people were wounded, including an Israeli, in a shooting incident on Sunday in a building within the Israeli embassy complex in Jordan's capital Amman, a police statement said.


Turkish police detain 61 protesters in Ankara

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish police detained 61 protesters in the capital Ankara on Sunday demonstrating in support of two teachers jailed two months ago for going on hunger strike, private broadcaster CNN Turk reported.


Eight found dead in Texas truck in suspected human trafficking case

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - Eight people were found dead on Sunday inside a sweltering tractor trailer parked at a Walmart store in San Antonio, Texas, and authorities said they were the victims of "ruthless" human traffickers.


Senior Australian minister calls for postal vote on same-sex marriage

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - One of Australia’s most senior ministers on Sunday reignited debate on whether same-sex marriage should be legalised, proposing a national postal vote on the issue.


Wonder Woman the star among Warner Bros' expanding superhero franchise

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - After smashing box office records this year, Wonder Woman received the loudest cheers among the DC superheroes gathered on Saturday at San Diego's annual Comic-Con to present new footage and trailers for Warner Bros' expanding comic book film franchise.

'Wonder Woman' sequel is a go, studio says


Drunk teens at Chance the Rapper concert flood hospitals in Connecticut

(Reuters) - More than 90 people, including dozens of teens, were taken to local hospitals after drinking too much alcohol at a concert in Connecticut that featured Chance the Rapper, a Hartford police official said on Saturday.


After protests, St Louis to install air conditioning in sweltering jail

(Reuters) - St. Louis will install temporary air conditioners in a city jail known as "the workhouse" after temperatures in the city topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit, triggering protests outside the lockup, the mayor's office and local media reported on Saturday.


Senator McCain's daughter says went for hike with father

(Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain, who was diagnosed with brain cancer, went on a hike with his daughter on Saturday, according to a tweet from Meghan McCain.

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

In Minneapolis, Atypical Police Killing Raises an Old Outcry: Why?

The fatal shooting of Justine Damond in Minneapolis had unusual circumstances and stirred a global uproar, but once more there were blanks to fill in.

Uber Technologies Inc

Is This the Woman Who Will Save Uber?

Bozoma Saint John, the marketing star who’s worked with Beyoncé, Apple and more, brings humanism, Instagram savvy and Chanel to the beleaguered brand.


Australian man dies in faulty air bag crash

July 22 (Reuters) - An Australian man who died in a Sydney car crash may be the 18th death linked to faulty Takata air bags, after police said he was killed when hit in the neck by shrapnel from an air bag.

Minneapolis police chief resigns in wake of shooting of woman who called 911

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau resigned Friday, according to a news release from Mayor Betsy Hodges. City police have been under fire recently because an officer shot and killed a woman who called officers to investigate a disturbance near her residence.


Minneapolis police chief resigns after Australian woman's shooting

(Reuters) - Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau issued her resignation on Friday following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman, saying that she did so after "deep reflection."

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

Minneapolis Police Chief Forced Out After Fatal Shooting of Australian Woman

Mayor Betsy Hodges, after criticizing the shooting and the officer’s failure to use a body camera, asked Chief Janee Harteau to resign.


Trump orders review to strengthen U.S. defense industry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday initiating a government-wide review of the U.S. defense industry and suggest changes to strengthen it.


U.S. fines American, Delta, Frontier for violating over consumer rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday it has fined Frontier Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines for violating the department’s airline consumer protection rules.


Egypt says 30 suspected militants killed in Sinai raids

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian security forces killed 30 suspected militants in ground and air raids in North Sinai conducted over the past four days, the military said in a statement on Friday.


Al Qaeda suspect makes first appearance in U.S. federal court

(Reuters) - Ali Charaf Damache, an al Qaeda suspect accused by the United States of conspiring to support terrorists, made an initial appearance in a federal court in Philadelphia on Friday following his extradition from Spain, the Justice Department said.

Police may now seek charges for teens who taunted drowning man

A Florida police chief said he will recommend criminal charges be filed against five teenagers who taunted a drowning man while recording his death from afar.


Flow of asylum seekers crossing into Canada from U.S. rises in June

TORONTO (Reuters) - The number of asylum seekers walking across the U.S. border into Canada rose in June after dropping in the previous two months, according to government figures released on Friday.

First woman enlists to become a Navy SEAL

A woman will train with other potential officers this summer in hopes of becoming the first female Navy SEAL.


Kentucky found liable for legal fees over same-sex marriage suit

LOUISVILLE (Reuters) - Kentucky must pay the legal fees of lawyers who represented couples denied marriage licenses in 2015 by a county clerk in the state, a federal judge ruled on Friday in a same-sex marriage case that garnered world attention.


Guatemala-born mother of four in Connecticut church to avoid deportation

(Reuters) - A single mother of four has taken refuge in a Connecticut church after federal authorities ordered her deported to her native Guatemala as part of President Donald Trump's crackdown on unauthorized immigrants in the United States.


Xanda, son of Cecil the Lion, killed by hunter in Zimbabwe

LONDON (Reuters) - The son of Cecil the Lion, whose death at the hands of an American tourist in Zimbabwe caused international uproar, has also been shot dead by a hunter in Zimbabwe, scientists said.


U.S. warship crew found likely at fault in June collision: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The crew of the USS Fitzgerald was likely at fault in the warship's collision with a Philippine cargo ship in June and had not been paying attention to their surroundings, according to initial findings in an investigation, a U.S. defense official told Reuters on Friday.


Tennessee inmates offered less jail time in return for vasectomies

(Reuters) - A judge in Tennessee is offering inmates at a county jail reduced sentences if they agree to undergo a free vasectomy or birth control injections, drawing fire from opponents who say the program violates fundamental constitutional rights.


U.S. police seek missing Burundi students near Canada border

(Reuters) - U.S. law enforcement authorities on Friday were seeking six teenagers from Burundi who went missing after a robotics competition in Washington, two of whom had been spotted crossing the border into Canada.


Florida man goes 'bananas,' shoots up AT&T trucks outside home: media

(Reuters) - A Florida man "went bananas" when he allegedly fired up to 18 shots into two AT&T Inc trucks because they were parked in front of his driveway, media reports said.


Senior U.S. counterterror official says can't confirm Baghdadi killed

ASPEN, Colo. (Reuters) - A senior U.S. counterterrorism official said on Friday that he has seen no information confirming that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi has been killed.

Temple Mount (Jerusalem)

At Least 2 Palestinians Are Killed Amid Jerusalem Protests

Demonstrations erupted after the Israeli authorities placed metal detectors at entrances to the Aqsa Mosque compound.


Evacuation order may be lifted Friday as California wildfire grows

(Reuters) - Some residents of a historic gold-mining town in central California may be able to return on Friday after they fled their homes amid a spreading wildfire nearby that has destroyed dozens of houses over the past week, fire officials said.


Tensions flare as Texas Senate starts debate on bathroom bill

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Hundreds of people, including LGBT activists and business leaders, are expected to urge a Texas Senate panel on Friday to scrap legislation they deem discriminatory because it would limit bathroom access for transgender people.


Burundi relying on U.S. police to find missing robotics teenagers: official

(Reuters) - Burundi is counting on U.S. law enforcement officials to find six teenagers who went missing after a robotics competition in Washington, an official with the East African country's embassy said on Friday.


US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St opens lower as tepid earnings weigh

July 21 (Reuters) - U.S. stock indexes opened lower on Friday, as industrial heavyweight General Electric's tepid results weighed on investor sentiments.


Europe backs nuclear medicine for cancer that killed Steve Jobs

LONDON (Reuters) - A nuclear medicine targeting the type of cancer that killed Steve Jobs won a green light from EU regulators on Friday, boosting prospects for its developer Advanced Accelerator Applications.

It's not black or white: They both had loved ones shot dead by cops in Minnesota

Valerie Castile and Don Damond embraced each other minutes before the "Justice for Justine" rally in suburban Minneapolis.


Australian brokerage says staff being held in Shanghai office

SHANGHAI/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Up to 50 investors have intruded into the central Shanghai offices of an Australian currency brokerage and are holding some of its staff against their will, in protest against losses made on currency trades, the brokerage said on Friday.


Warriors to require 30-year commitment for season tickets

(The Sports Xchange) - The Golden State Warriors are bringing the personal seat license to the NBA, and the fans interested in purchasing them will be asked for a 30-year commitment.

Hunting and Trapping

Cecil the Lion’s Son Xanda Killed by a Trophy Hunter

The lion was shot in Zimbabwe during what a researcher said was a legal hunt, two years after Cecil was killed by an American dentist.


U.S. Navy to commission first 'Ford-class' carrier on July 22

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Defense said the Navy will commission its first "Ford-class" aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, on Saturday at its base in Norfolk, Virginia - three years behind schedule and billions over budget.


Officer in Minnesota shooting was celebrated in Somali community

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Mohamed Noor was celebrated when he became a Minneapolis police officer 21 months ago, joining a handful of other Somalis on the police force in a city with one of the United States' largest Somali communities.


California wildfire spreads rapidly near Yosemite

(Reuters) - A raging wildfire in central California that has forced thousands from their homes spread rapidly on Thursday, threatening a town outside Yosemite National Park, fire officials said.


Family of Australian woman killed by Minneapolis police hires lawyer

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - The family of an Australian woman fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer has hired an attorney who represented another police shooting victim in Minnesota, the lawyer said on Thursday.


Moroccan police fire tear gas to disperse protests in north

AL-HOCEIMA, Morocco (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas and used truncheons to scatter hundreds of protesters in northern Morocco, a Reuters witness said on Thursday, part of the biggest wave of demonstrations in the kingdom since Arab Spring-inspired rallies in 2011.


Burundi teenage robotics team goes missing after U.S. contest -police

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six teenagers from a Burundi robotics team have been reported missing after an international competition in Washington and two of them were seen entering Canada, police said on Thursday.


Family of Australian woman killed by Minneapolis police hires lawyer -media

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - The family of the Australian woman fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer has hired an attorney who represented another police shooting victim in the state, local media reported on Thursday.


Burundi teenage robotics team goes missing after U.S. contest: police

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six teenagers from a Burundi robotics team have been reported missing after an international competition in Washington and two of them were seen entering Canada, police said on Thursday.


Illinois man charged with Chinese scholar kidnapping to plead not guilty

CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Illinois man charged with kidnapping a female Chinese scholar who has been missing for more than a month will plead not guilty at a court hearing on Thursday, his attorney said.


U.S. says 180 airlines implement enhanced security measures

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Thursday that 180 airlines worldwide that fly directly to U.S. airports have complied with the first phase of enhanced security measures outlined in June.


Man arrested after plowing car into crowd at S. Carolina cemetery

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A 64-year-old man accused of plowing his car into a group of mourners at a South Carolina cemetery and injuring 12 people was charged late Wednesday with a dozen counts of attempted murder, police said.


US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-S&P, Nasdaq opens at new highs on strong earnings

July 20 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq hit new all-time highs on Thursday as energy and healthcare stocks rose and overall earnings continued to beat expectations.

Woman busted with 75 pounds of liquid meth

A Texas woman faces federal drug trafficking charges after police seized 75 pounds of liquid crystal methamphetamine worth $2 million inside her vehicle, according to the Austin Police Department.

Woman retakes vacation pics in same spots 30 years later


Aurora, Colo. marks five-year anniversary of theater massacre

AURORA, Col. (Reuters) - A somber crowd marked the fifth anniversary early on Thursday of a shooting rampage at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado that left 12 people dead and 70 injured.

Family of Australian woman killed by police wants her body back

Justine Ruszczyk's family says they're still grappling with the reality of her death.


Body of missing man believed found after deadly flash flood in Arizona

PHOENIX (Reuters) - The remains of a 27-year-old man were believed to have been recovered on Wednesday, four days after a flash flood rushed down a rain-swollen canyon in central Arizona killing his wife and eight other family members, a local sheriff said.


Video of foster children surprised with adoption news at Disney goes viral

(Reuters) - A video of Mickey Mouse surprising two foster children with news of their adoption date has gone viral on social media.


Video appears to show Baltimore police planting drugs: public defender

(Reuters) - A body camera video appears to show a Baltimore police officer planting drugs in order to arrest a man for illegal possession, the Maryland Office of the Public Defender said on Wednesday.

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

Video Appears to Show Baltimore Police Officer Planting Drugs

Drug charges were dropped and an officer was suspended after Maryland’s Office of the Public Defender released video from a police body camera.


Former Credit Suisse banker pleads guilty to U.S. fraud charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Swiss citizen pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiring to help U.S. taxpayers evade taxes from 2002 through 2011 while she headed a team of bankers in Zurich for Credit Suisse AG , the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

Somalis in Minneapolis Shocked and Saddened by Police Shooting

Somalis in his precinct welcomed Officer Mohamed Noor last year, but they’re now grappling with his having fatally shot an Australian woman who had called 911.


Gunfire erupts near police bases in Ivory Coast main city: witnesses

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Gunfire was heard coming from two police installations in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan late on Wednesday, according to two Reuters witnesses.


South Carolina newborn dies after being put in trash by mom: police

(Reuters) - A 19-year-old South Carolina woman and her mother have been charged in the death of a newborn baby boy left in a trash can at the restaurant where each of them worked, police said on Wednesday.


Video evidence helps resolve complaints against New York police: agency

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Complaints against New York City police officers were more likely to be resolved last year when they were accompanied by video evidence than when video was not presented, according to a review released on Wednesday by the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Woman at center of R. Kelly story asks father to stop

Joycelyn Savage says she has a message for her father regarding his concerns about her being with R. Kelly: please stop.


Russian sentenced in U.S. to five years prison for 'Citadel' malware

(Reuters) - A Russian man who U.S. prosecutors say played a role in developing the sophisticated malware known as "Citadel" used to steal personal financial information from thousands of computers worldwide was sentenced on Wednesday to five years in prison.


Trump chides Senate Republicans on healthcare, says it is time for action

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump scolded Senate Republicans on Wednesday for failing to reach agreement on repealing or overhauling Obamacare, demanding they keep their campaign promises and find a new healthcare approach.


Victim of 1970s serial killer Gacy identified as Minnesota teen

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A 16-year-old boy who went missing more than 40 years ago from his home in Minnesota was identified by Chicago authorities on Wednesday as a victim of the serial killer John Wayne Gacy.


New York man gets 22 years in prison for hammer attacks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A hammer-wielding man who attacked four people including a police officer during a three-day string of assaults in New York City two years ago was sentenced on Wednesday to 22 years in prison, prosecutors said.


Australian woman shot in Minneapolis called twice to report an assault

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Shortly before she was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer, Justine Damond made two 911 calls to help a nearby woman she thought was possibly being sexually assaulted, according to transcripts released on Wednesday by police.


California wildfire almost doubles in size as blazes torch U.S. West

MARIPOSA, Calif. (Reuters) - A fast-growing California wildfire has forced about 5,000 residents from their homes and nearly doubled in size as about four dozen major blazes scorch the U.S. West, authorities said on Wednesday.


Justice Department reinstates federal role in police asset seizures

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department announced on Wednesday that the federal government will reinstate a program that helps local and state law enforcement seize cash and other assets they suspect have been earned from crimes.


Police seek man seen near Minneapolis police shooting of Australian

(Reuters) - Minnesota investigators are searching for a man spotted near the scene of the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a Minneapolis police officer, hoping he may shed light on the still murky circumstances of the killing.

Women's Rights

Saudi Arabia Releases Woman Arrested for Wearing Skirt in Public

Police in Saudi Arabia have released a woman who was arrested after a viral video emerged showing her in public in clothing that the conservative country considers immodest.


Transgender 'bathroom buddy' photo with Texas governor stirs tempest

DALLAS (Reuters) - Architect Ashley Smith chatted briefly with Texas Governor Greg Abbott on education, had a photo snapped and started a social media storm about bathroom access for transgender people.


After Saudi skirt woman's arrest, many lament double standard

DUBAI (Reuters) - After Saudi police arrested a woman who appeared in an online video wearing an "indecent" skirt and crop top, many Saudis sprang to her defense on social media on Wednesday complaining that different standards were applied to men and foreign women.

Saudi police release woman in miniskirt video

A woman detained by Saudi police after appearing in a video wearing a miniskirt has been released without punishment, according to a statement by Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Culture and Information.

No protests. Few cop defenders. Why reaction to this police shooting is different

There's a predictable pattern to the aftermath of too many deadly police shootings: Neighbors and anti-police brutality groups take to the streets. Groups supporting the officers stand up for them. Social media lights up over whether the victim "did something" to provoke the officer.


Reporter’s Notebook: Dodging Chinese Police in Kashgar, a Silk Road Oasis Town

On a final reporting trip, The Times’s Beijing bureau chief returned to a city on China’s western edge, home to a mostly Sunni Muslim population.

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

After Minneapolis Police Shooting, Many Ask: Why Wasn’t Body Camera On?

Neither Officer Mohamed Noor nor his partner had their video cameras activated during the fatal encounter with Justine Damond, depriving investigators of valuable evidence.

Drug Abuse and Traffic

Readers Ask Why a Surname Is Too Personal, but Snapshots Are Just Fine

A personal story of an ex-husband who died of an overdose stated that his surname was withheld to protect the children’s privacy. Readers ask why family photographs don’t undermine that.

Officer who killed bride-to-be refuses to talk

A Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot Justine Ruszczyk has exercised his constitutional right not to speak to state investigators, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said.


Spanish police recover 3 stolen Francis Bacon paintings

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish police recovered three of five paintings by Irish-born artist Francis Bacon that were stolen from a Madrid home in 2015, they said on Wednesday.


Hungarian police search international trains after bomb threat

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian police have halted and vacated all 18 international trains circulating in Hungary in response to a bomb threat, they said in a statement Wednesday.

Investigators: Woman shot after officer heard loud sounds


Saudi national carrier says laptop ban on U.S. flights ended

KHOBAR (Reuters) - A ban on laptops and other large electronic devices from the cabins of direct flights to the United States from Saudi Arabia has been lifted, Saudi Arabian Airlines said on Wednesday.

Audi ad likening woman to used cars backfires


BRIEF-Moody's comments on Australian banks following APRA's announcement of higher capital requirements

* Moody's comments on Australian banks following APRA's announcement of higher capital requirements

Saudi police detain woman wearing miniskirt

Video of a women wearing a miniskirt in Saudi Arabia went viral and now the religious police are taking steps to address the "girl in offensive clothing."

Damond, Justine (d 2017)

Australians Shocked by U.S. Killing: ‘It Would Have Never Happened Here’

The killing of Justine Damond by a police officer in Minneapolis, her home after leaving Sydney, is all the more stunning to her friends because of the life she led.

Cop who shot woman was precinct's first Somali officer

Mohamed Noor, the on-duty Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an Australian-born woman on Saturday night, had been with the force for two years and was his precinct's first Somali-American officer.


Simpson given good chance for parole, despite 'O.J. factor'

(Reuters) - As O.J. Simpson nears his date with Nevada's parole board this week, the consensus is he stands a good chance of winning release from prison in October, after serving nine years for a botched attempt to steal mementos from his sports career at gunpoint.

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

Officer Heard Loud Noise Before Partner Shot Minneapolis Woman, Officials Say

A state agency released a brief narrative about the fatal shooting last weekend of an Australian woman who had called 911 to report a possible assault.


Wildfire forces evacuation of California town near Yosemite

MARIPOSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Authorities ordered the evacuation of a small town in the foothills flanking Yosemite National Park on Tuesday and closed a highway as crews battled an out-of-control wildfire that has already destroyed one structure.

Hear the moment police made call to dispatch

Newly released audio reveals the call made by Minneapolis police to dispatch after an officer shot and killed an Australian woman. CNN's Ryan Young reports.


Minnesota mystery: Why were cameras off during police shooting?

(Reuters) - Amid public outrage over the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by Minneapolis police, the most persistent question was why officers did not turn on body cameras that could have captured what happened.

Trans woman's photo with governor goes viral

Sometimes a photo says more than you think it does.


Australian prime minister demands answers on Minneapolis police shooting

(Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a Minneapolis police officer over the weekend "shocking" and "inexplicable" and said his diplomats were seeking answers from U.S. authorities.


New York's JFK Airport seeks proposals for $10 billion renovation

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York and New Jersey's bi-state transportation agency on Tuesday began seeking proposals to develop a master plan for the $10 billion renovation of John F. Kennedy International Airport, a pet project of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.


Palestinian worshippers hurt in clash with Israeli police in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Several Palestinians were injured, at least one seriously, when they clashed with police near Jerusalem's Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mount compound after Muslim evening prayers on Tuesday, according to Palestinian medical officials.


Man pleads guilty in failed plot to bomb Colorado police station

DENVER (Reuters) - A man who prosecutors say planted a bomb outside a small-town Colorado police station to avenge a friend's murder nearly a half-century ago pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life.


Illinois teenager arrested in Uber slaying could face more charges

SKOKIE, Ill. (Reuters) - An Illinois teenager arrested for fatally stabbing an Uber [UBER.UL] driver may face additional criminal charges for her violent behavior while detained, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Authorities: Daughter killed for dating Muslim

An Israeli-Christian man is accused of stabbing his teenage daughter to death because, authorities say, he didn't approve of her relationship with a Muslim man.


Victims' lawyers say unjust to halt U.S. air bag cases vs. carmakers

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Lawyers for people injured by Takata Corp's defective air bags told a U.S. judge on Tuesday there was "no basis" for an "unjust" request by the company's U.S. unit to halt hundreds of consumer lawsuits against car companies that used the air bags.


Connecticut employees ratify labor deal, move state closer to budget

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Connecticut state employees ratified a new labor deal late on Monday, setting the stage for nearly $1.6 billion of concessions over two years that could help bring the state closer to finalizing a budget.

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

No Third Trial for Ex-Officer Who Shot Cincinnati Driver

Two juries deadlocked on charges against Raymond M. Tensing, who killed an unarmed black motorist. Local officials say they hope federal prosecutors can do better.


Kansas school funding fix a tough sell to high court

(Reuters) - A Kansas law aimed at meeting a state constitutional requirement to adequately fund public schools ran into skepticism from some state supreme court justices on Tuesday.


Mother charged in baby's hot-car death was getting hair done: police

(Reuters) - A 25-year-old South Carolina woman was in jail on Tuesday on a murder charge for the death of her 13-month-old daughter, who police said she left in a car last month while she went to a hair salon in suburban Atlanta.

Minnesota woman killed by police: Why the answers may be months away

Few people know why police killed Justine Ruszczyk -- not her family, not her friends, not even the mayor.


UPDATE 1-Family of crew member killed on Allman movie set awarded $11.2 mln

ATLANTA, July 18 (Reuters) - A Georgia jury has awarded more than $11.2 million to the family of a film crew member who was killed in 2014 on the set of a biographical movie about rock singer Gregg Allman, court records show.


Luxury home sales jump in New York's Hamptons

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Luxury property sales in the Hamptons, New York's weekend haven for the wealthy, are on the upswing thanks to a buoyant stock market, with four closings over the $20 million mark in the three months ended June compared to none last year, real estate data show.


Ohio prosecutors decline to pursue third trial against former police officer

(Reuters) - Ohio prosecutors said on Tuesday they will not pursue a third trial against a former university police officer whose two previous trials for murdering a black motorist during a traffic stop ended with hung juries.


Police helicopter crew recorded couple having sex, British court told

LONDON (Reuters) - The crew of a police helicopter filmed people sunbathing in the nude, naturists at a campsite and even a couple having sex, a court in Britain was told on Tuesday, the BBC reported.


Hawaii urges Supreme Court to exclude grandparents from U.S. travel ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The state of Hawaii on Tuesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to expand the scope of the Trump administration's temporary ban on refugees and travelers from six Muslim-majority countries by including grandparents and other family members of U.S. residents.

Saudi police detain woman in miniskirt video

Police in Saudi Arabia have detained a woman who featured in a social media video wearing a miniskirt and a crop-top as she strolled through a Saudi city, according to a Saudi police statement.


Virginia deputies fatally shoot driver after threat: authorities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Deputy sheriffs in Virginia shot and killed a motorist who posed a deadly threat to them during a late-night traffic stop, authorities said on Tuesday, and state police were investigating.

Minn. police shooting: What we know and don't know

Justine Ruszczyk was shot and killed in a police shooting on Saturday night after calling 911.


Saudi Religious Police Search for Woman Who Wore Miniskirt in Online Video

The clip, and the debate that followed about the strict dress code for women, exposed a rift below the country’s tightly controlled surface.


Father calls for justice in Minneapolis police shooting

(Reuters) - The father of an Australian woman fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer over the weekend called for justice on Tuesday hours after a local medical examiner ruled that her death was a homicide.


Case of missing China scholar rattles compatriots at U.S. colleges

CHICAGO(Reuters) - For many of the 300,000 Chinese students at U.S. colleges and their parents back home, the presumed kidnapping of a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois confirmed their worst fears about coming to America to study.

Woman killed by Minneapolis police was 'kind, funny'

The fatal shooting of yoga instructor and life coach Justine Ruszczyk has led to an outpouring of grief and tributes, in her home country and the Minneapolis community she had made her home.


Second Australian politician forced to resign over dual citizenship

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's third largest party the Australian Greens lost a second senator on Tuesday, forced to resign after realizing she had dual citizenship and was ineligible for office, only days after another Greens senator resigned for the same reason.


Republicans divided after second healthcare bill collapses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. Congress were in chaos over healthcare legislation after a second attempt to pass a bill in the Senate collapsed late on Monday, with President Donald Trump calling for an outright repeal of Obamacare and others seeking a change in direction toward bipartisanship.


Magnitude 7.8 quake hits off Russia's Kamchatka: USGS

(Reuters) - A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck in the northern Pacific Ocean between the tip of Alaska's Aleutian Islands and Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Monday.


Illinois judge orders reform of Cook County bail system

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Defendants who are not considered dangerous will no longer have to stay in jail if they cannot afford to pay bail while awaiting trial in the Illinois county that includes Chicago, a circuit court judge ordered on Monday.


Three shot outside health department building in Florida: sheriff's office

(Reuters) - Three people were shot on Monday afternoon outside a health department building in Palm Beach County, Florida, the local sheriff's office said.


FBI warns parents of privacy risks associated with internet-connected toys

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The FBI on Monday warned parents of privacy and safety risks from children's toys connected to the internet.


London police charge man in connection with acid attack

(Reuters) - British police said on Monday they had charged a 19-year-old man in connection with an investigation into a noxious substance attack on a man and a woman on July 4.


Marijuana shipment disguised as spare tires in new cars: U.S. officials

(Reuters) - About $1 million worth of smuggled marijuana was discovered last week in the spare tire compartments of newly assembled Ford Fusion sedans imported into the United States from Mexico, U.S. officials said on Monday.


Ex-police officer charged with murder for killing black teen in Texas

DALLAS (Reuters) - A former suburban Dallas policeman was indicted by a grand jury for murder in the shooting death of a black teenager who was in a car moving away from the officer when he opened fire with a rifle, Dallas County prosecutors said on Monday.


Prosecutors to reveal plans on ex-Ohio cop who fatally shot motorist

(Reuters) - A white former University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a black motorist and whose two cases ended in mistrials will learn on Tuesday whether prosecutors will pursue a third murder trial.

Eyes and Eyesight

27 Contact Lenses Are Found in Woman’s Eye, Doctors Report

A medical team in Britain decided to publicize the case to raise awareness about safe contact lens use.


U.S. ending laptop ban on Middle Eastern airlines

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said on Monday it had lifted a ban on passengers on Saudi Arabian Airlines carrying large electronics like laptops onboard U.S.-bound flights, the last carrier under the restrictions.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

Anti-Violence Activist Is Fatally Shot in Chicago

The police do not know who shot Willie Cooper, 58, over the weekend. He was walking near the nonprofit organization where he worked to help the city’s young people.


Massachusetts court rules for woman fired for medical marijuana use

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' top court on Monday ruled that a woman who had been fired for testing positive for marijuana that she had been legally prescribed under state law could sue her former employer for handicap discrimination.

Doctors find 27 contacts in woman's eye

A 67-year-old woman scheduled for routine cataract surgery in November thought it was just dry eye and old age causing her discomfort, she told her surgeons.

Boy among 11 killed over bloody weekend in Chicago

Chicago endured another bloody weekend as a spate of shootings left 11 people dead, including a 10-year-old boy riding in an SUV and a neighborhood community leader.

Woman calls 911, gets killed by Minneapolis police, source says

A woman shot and killed by Minneapolis police had called 911 to report a possible crime near her home, a source who knew her said


U.S. provides visas to up to 15,000 temporary workers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is allowing 15,000 additional visas for temporary seasonal workers to help American businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm because of a lack of such employees, the Department of Homeland Security said on Monday.


Minneapolis mayor demands answers after police kill Australian woman

(Reuters) - The mayor of Minneapolis demanded answers on Sunday after an Australian woman was shot and killed by a police officer in the city, having apparently reported a disturbance outside her home.


Catalan police chief resigns in run-up to independence referendum

MADRID (Reuters) - The head of Catalonia's police force resigned on Monday, just two and a half months before a referendum on independence from Spain which has been planned by regional separatist leaders but is staunchly opposed by the central government.


Police in Europe Break Up Network Selling Illegal Horse Meat

Sixty-six people have been arrested — all but one in Spain — for selling a product “not suitable for consumption.”


Jordan hands life sentence to soldier who killed U.S. trainers

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Jordanian military court sentenced a soldier to life imprisonment with hard labor on Monday for killing three U.S. military trainers at the gate of a major air base last year, a judicial source said.


Australian woman shot and killed by police in Minneapolis

(Reuters) - An Australian woman was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer at the weekend, authorities said, and the city's mayor said she was "heartsick and deeply disturbed" over the incident and promised a full investigation.

Bishop, Julie (1956- )

Australian Diplomat Flips Back Trump’s Appraisal of French First Lady

Asked about President Trump’s telling Brigitte Macron that she was in “good shape,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop responded: “I wonder if she could say the same of him.”

Australian woman killed by Minnesota cop

Minnesota authorities are investigating the shooting death of an Australian woman who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer Saturday night.


Australian Woman Is Fatally Shot by Minneapolis Police

Police officials said they were looking into the circumstances of the shooting, and why the officers were not using their body cameras.


Nine killed by flash flooding in Arizona, another one missing

PHOENIX (Reuters) - At least nine people drowned while swimming in an Arizona river when they became overwhelmed by flash flooding following heavy rains in the drought-stricken region, officials said on Sunday.


Oaktree takes stake in Australian driller DDH1

July 16 (Reuters) - Oaktree Capital Management placed an investment stake in Australian drilling services company DDH1 Drilling Pty Ltd, the drilling company announced in a statement on Sunday.


Eight killed by flash flooding in Arizona, others missing

PHOENIX (Reuters) - At least eight people drowned while swimming in an Arizona river when the group was overwhelmed by flash flooding that followed heavy rains in the drought-stricken region, the local sheriff's office said on Sunday.

Suspect in Pennsylvania killings had frequent contact with police

Before four men in Pennsylvania vanished last week, they were enticed to meet with Cosmo Dinardo in hopes of buying marijuana, Bucks County officials said.


Cairo police clash with Nile island residents, at least one dead, 56 injured

CAIRO (Reuters) - At least one person has been killed and dozens injured in clashes between police and residents of a Nile island in Cairo, when security forces attempted to demolish illegal buildings, the ministry of Interior said in a statement.

Deaths (Obituaries)

Maryam Mirzakhani, Only Woman to Win a Fields Medal, Dies at 40

Dr. Mirzakhani, a mathematician at Stanford University, was the only woman and only Iranian ever to win the medal.


Four Pakistani soldiers killed in Indian shelling in Kashmir

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Four Pakistani soldiers were killed on Sunday when their army vehicle was struck by Indian shelling from across the Line of Control (LoC) that separates parts of Kashmir held by both countries, the Pakistani military said.

Fires and Firefighters

Arson Suspected in Fire in China That Killed at Least 22

A suspect was arrested in the blaze at a two-story house used as a workers’ dormitory in Jiangsu Province.

Australian FM slams Trump comment

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop criticized President Trump's comment about Brigitte Macron's looks on Australian television.


Five Congo rangers killed in joint army operation to rescue U.S. journalist

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Five park rangers were killed in a joint operation with the army to rescue an American journalist and three park rangers, who went missing in a wildlife reserve in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a local official said on Sunday.

U.S. Journalist Found Alive in Congo; 5 Others Are Killed

Five park rangers were found dead and a female journalist was in good condition in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve after going missing during a militia attack.


Australian foreign minister criticizes Trump's remark to French first lady

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Sunday criticized comments by U.S. President Donald Trump on French first lady Brigitte Macron's appearance.


Investigators look for cause of fatal Hawaii tower fire

(Reuters) - Honolulu fire officials on Saturday were hoping to determine the cause of a blaze that tore through three upper floors of a 36-story residential tower in Hawaii's capital, killing at least three people.


Golf: Rodgers retains two-shot lead at John Deere

(Reuters) - Patrick Rodgers moved closer to his first PGA Tour victory, and a place in the British Open, when he retained a two-stroke lead after the third round at the John Deere Classic in Illinois on Saturday.

Tourist killed by blast from jet's engines

A New Zealand tourist visiting St. Maarten was killed by the blast of air from a jet. She and many other tourists have gone to an area near the airport to experience the hurricane-force winds from the jets. CNN's Rene Marsh reports.


Eight killed in stampede in Senegal

DAKAR (Reuters) - At least eight people were killed on Saturday in a stampede in a soccer stadium in the Senegalese capital Dakar during a match between two local teams, the sports minister said.


Police say boy charged with 15 offences after London acid attacks

LONDON (Reuters) - British police said on Saturday they had charged a 16-year-old boy with 15 offences following five related acid attacks in London two days earlier.