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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Most Muslims Are a Problem: The Muslim Spectrum

Most Muslims Are a Problem: The Muslim Spectrum

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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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