Monthly Archives: June 2016

FBI considered alerts on buyers of multiple guns, but was scrapped over legal concerns

The Federal Bureau of Investigation considered creating an alert system seven years ago to tip off agents to multiple gun purchases like those made by the Orlando, Fla., nightclub gunman, but abandoned the idea over legal concerns, according to multipl… Continue reading

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Are we overusing the tribute of flying flag at half-staff?

Nearly every day somewhere in the country, the Stars and Stripes is flying low, ordered to half-staff in one of the most significant official gestures of mourning and respect. Continue reading

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2 lost WWI Purple Heart medals to be returned in New York

A National Guard soldier’s ongoing campaign to return lost Purple Heart medals to veterans or their families is taking him back to northern New York where his effort began five years ago. Continue reading

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Puerto Rico faces historic default as rescue bill approved

Puerto Rico faced a historic default Friday as the U.S. territory prepared to enter unchartered waters under the guidance of a newly enacted federal control board to oversee the island’s finances amid a dire economic crisis. Continue reading

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China official manufacturing survey flat as slowdown weighs

An official survey of Chinese manufacturing shows that activity was flat last month, signaling further weakness in the world’s No. Continue reading

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Ronaldo struggles as Portugal reaches Euro 2016 semis

When Cristiano Ronaldo failed to deliver, it fell to an 18-year-old newcomer starting his first game to help Portugal reach the semifinals of the European Championship. Continue reading

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Australia could soon elect 5th prime minister in 3 years

Australians go to the polls Saturday with the opposition leader vying to become the country’s fifth prime minister in three years. Continue reading

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Judge’s ruling still awaited on Mississippi gay-marriage law

An attorney said he’s “not at all concerned” that a federal judge didn’t hand down rulings by the close of business Thursday in two challenges to a Mississippi law dealing with religious objections to gay marriage. Continue reading

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Man seen on video kidnapping woman gets 35 years in prison

A man seen on surveillance video grabbing a screaming, struggling woman off a Philadelphia street has been sentenced to 35 years in prison. Continue reading

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White officer’s firing over ‘he’s a black guy’ remark upheld

A judge has upheld a decision to fire a white Rhode Island police sergeant who made racially offensive remarks about a black officer. Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Survives a Crucial Legal Challenge Few Know About

A DC Court rejects challenges from Massachusetts and Montana to the popular new law that allows regular people to invest in private companies. Continue reading

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The Latest: Essence Festival 2016 begins

The Latest on the annual Essence Festival held over the July 4th holiday in New Orleans (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Continue reading

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Highlights of plan to end ban on transgender service members

Highlights of the yearlong plan to end the ban on transgender people serving in the military and allow transgender people to enlist and those already serving to change their gender identity: — Effective Thursday, no otherwise qualified service member can be forced out of the military or denied reenlistment. Continue reading

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OD victim’s mom: Tunnel suspects ‘heroes’ for rescue attempt

The mother of a woman whose overdose death in New York City spurred a rescue attempt by three people arrested with a cache of weapons near the Holland Tunnel says the suspects are heroes for trying to help. Continue reading

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Quaresma the shootout hero as Portugal beats Poland

Ricardo Quaresma scored the winning penalty as Portugal beat Poland 5-3 in a shootout in the European Championship quarterfinals on Thursday following a 1-1 draw after extra time. Continue reading

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Dad admits killing 6-year-old son while playing videogames

A Florida man who kept playing videogames after pinning his 6-year-old son to the couch on Christmas Eve has pleaded guilty to killing the boy. Continue reading

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No sign of entangled blue whale off Southern California

A blue whale entangled in crab pot line has remained out of sight since rescuers off the Southern California coast unsuccessfully tried to free the giant mammal earlier this week. Continue reading

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Properties of ex-Argentine leader Fernandez raided in probe

Authorities on Thursday raided several properties owned by former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez as part of an investigation into possible illegal enrichment during her time in office. Continue reading

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The Latest: Supporter ‘overwhelmed’ at news of new trial

The Latest on the man at the center of the “Serial” podcast being granted a new trial (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Continue reading

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10 suspects linked to Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast attacks

Authorities say they now have arrested 10 people in connection with attacks in Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast, most of them charged with providing help and shelter to the jihadists. Continue reading

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Man arrested in fatal shooting of 3 in suburban DC home

Maryland police have charged a man in a shooting that left three people dead and two injured. Continue reading

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How to Enjoy Time Off When You’re the Boss

If you can’t run your business and take a vacation, you should consider getting a job. Continue reading

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Dogs Give Vets Faith in Society Again

New efforts pair service animals with our most deserving military Continue reading

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Hershey rejects takeover offer from chocolate competitor Mondelez

Hershey says it rejected a takeover offer from Oreo maker Mondelez that would bring some of the world’s best known cookies and chocolates under one company. Continue reading

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The Latest: 15-year-old to face charges in boy’s death

The Latest on charges filed in a 13-year-old’s shooting death (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Continue reading

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How I Got Into Sales

Sales is not a talent you are born with, it is a lucrative skill you learn and improve at. Continue reading

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New England Mafia ex-capo will return to Boston with charges

A former high-ranking member of the New England Mafia will be returned to Boston from Florida to face charges he lied to federal officials about the 1993 killing of a Boston nightclub owner. Continue reading

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Minnesota woman accused of hiding machete used in beheading

A Minnesota woman is accused of hiding a machete her boyfriend allegedly used to decapitate a man she said raped her. Continue reading

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Mexico airlifts food to southern state cut off by protests

The Mexican government has started airlifting food to the southern state of Oaxaca, which is largely cut off to commercial traffic by protesting teachers. Continue reading

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Adnan Syed, subject of ‘Serial’ podcast, granted new trial in ex-girlfriend’s murder

A Maryland man who convicted of murdering his high school girlfriend in a case that received international attention when it was featured on the popular podcast “Serial” was granted a new trial Thursday. Continue reading

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Cowboy who rode across NYC bridge abused his horses, police say

New York police have charged an 80-year-old man with animal cruelty after he gained fame riding horses around the country, saying he was a cowboy helping hungry children. Continue reading

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Man at center of ‘Serial’ podcast granted a new trial

After spending 16 years in prison, a man convicted of murder who was at the center of the podcast “Serial” has won a new trial in Baltimore. Continue reading

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4 charged in probe of gambling ring that had $1B in wagers

Authorities in New York City have cracked down on an internet gambling ring they say took in nearly a billion dollars in illegal wagers on pro football. Continue reading

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Mexican woman gets birth certificate at 117, dies

A 117-year-old woman in Mexico City finally received her birth certificate, and died a few hours later. Continue reading

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UN approves seat shared by Italy and Netherlands

The United Nations General Assembly has approved a deal that will give a Security Council seat to Italy in 2017 and the Netherlands in 2018. Continue reading

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County school official charged with having sex with students

A former principal who is now personnel director for schools in Alabama’s most populous county was arrested Thursday on charges of having sex with students in two counties. Continue reading

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They’ll Always Be Royals: 3 Steps to Treating Customers Right

Aiming for just ‘good’ or ‘average’ customer service? You may as well route potential customers directly to your competitors. Continue reading

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The Latest: Al Gore’s daughter honored to be in protest

The Latest on the arrest of former Vice President Al Gore’s daughter during a protest of a Boston pipeline (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Continue reading

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Anglican, Catholic Leaders Call for Unity and Love for Refugees After Brexit Vote

Both the Church of England and the Catholic Church in England and Wales have urged the United Kingdom to continue showing compassion and generosity toward strangers in need despite the results of Thursday’s national referendum, in which British citizens voted to leave the European Union. Continue reading

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Indian official resigns amid outrage over selfie with alleged rape victim

A government official in the north Indian state of Rajasthan resigned Thursday after published photos of her taking a selfie with an alleged rape victim sparked outrage. Continue reading

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Judge hopes to name Van Dyke special prosecutor by August

A judge says he hopes to name a special prosecutor by Aug. 4 in the case of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a black teenager. Continue reading

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8 Ways You Can Do Business Travel More Comfortably — and Cheaply

For those globetrotting entrepreneurs living on an airplane and in a hotel doesn’t have to be miserable. Continue reading

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Cops: Man set up sex encounter with teen he met on Snapchat

Police say a California man has been charged in New Hampshire with arranging a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl he met on Snapchat. Continue reading

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Canada court overturns approval of Enbridge oil pipeline

Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal has overturned the previous government’s controversial approval of a pipeline proposal that would bring oil to the Pacific Coast for shipment to Asia. Continue reading

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‘Guacamole-thick’ algae causes crisis on Florida coastline

A smelly, “guacamole-thick” muck is fouling a stretch of beaches promoted as Florida’s “Treasure Coast,” where lawmakers and residents blame the federal government, saying the algae crisis is fueled by freshwater flows controlled by Army officials to p… Continue reading

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Turkish government lawyer: US cleric had ‘unlawful conduct’

A lawyer representing the Turkish government says he’ll continue exposing what he calls the “unlawful conduct” of a reclusive Muslim cleric in Pennsylvania whom Turkey’s president accuses of orchestrating a coup attempt. Continue reading

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How These 8 Founders Are Innovating Company Culture

Having a ping-pong table in your office doesn’t absolve you of your responsibility to build a happy, productive culture. Continue reading

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Iran sacks chiefs of 4 commercial banks over high salaries

Iran’s official news agency says authorities have removed the chiefs of four of the country’s major commercial banks from their posts for receiving “unconventionally” high salaries. Continue reading

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Federal judge sets July 18 hearing in church shooting case

A hearing has been set for next month to sort out jury selection details for the federal trial of a white man accused of gunning down nine black parishioners at a historic South Carolina church. Continue reading

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Forced diversity training backfires, claims Harvard study

Diversity might be a good thing, but forced training in tolerance not only fails in the business world, it backfires, according to a new Harvard study. Continue reading

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