Feb 12, 2016
By Jimmy Urquhart BURNS, Ore. (Reuters) – Police and federal agents searched a U.S. wildlife refuge in Oregon for explosives and evidence on Friday, a day after the last holdouts in a protest over federal control of Western land surrendered to end a six-week armed standoff. Federal authorities said the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon would remain closed for several weeks as agents secured what is now considered a crime scene. After their surrender on Thursday, protesters told authorities they had left behind booby traps but did not say whether the trip wires and other devices would trigger explosions, a law enforcement official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Reuters.
Feb 12, 2016
Law enforcement officials were preparing on Friday to sweep a wildlife refuge in Oregon for explosives and evidence a day after the last holdouts in a protest over federal control of Western land surrendered, ending a six-week armed standoff. Federal authorities said on Thursday the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon would remain closed for several weeks, as agents secured what was now considered a crime scene and scoured it for fugitives or explosives. Materials to make explosives could be found on the property, according to a federal official speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Feb 11, 2016
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – Federal agents on Wednesday closed in on the last four anti-government militants still holed up at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon after a 40-day armed occupation protesting federal land control in the West. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said that no shots had been fired and that negotiations were continuing to end the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in remote eastern Oregon without violence. The FBI said the latest confrontation began after one of the protesters was seen riding an all-terrain vehicle outside the encampment.
Feb 9, 2016
The Ferguson, Missouri city council voted on Tuesday to approve an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to reform the city's police department after the 2014 shooting of a black teenager, but with changes that must still get federal approval. In a unanimous vote, the council for the St. Louis suburb agreed with the basic terms of the agreement, which includes requiring the police department to give officers bias-awareness training and implement an accountability system. The council also asked that the agreement not apply to outside agencies if the city outsourced any police work.
Feb 9, 2016
Ben Jealous, the former head of the NAACP and one of Bernie Sanders’ highest-profile African-American supporters, said on Monday he was unimpressed by Hillary Clinton’s swipe at the Vermont senator’s turn on “Saturday Night Live,” while she took a trip to Flint, Michigan. Clinton had said: “I know Sen. Sanders went to New York to be on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and I’m going to Flint to see if we can help with the kids.”
Feb 8, 2016
Meet the super-rich driving the 2016 election USA TODAY analysis shows 107 people or groups gave $1 million or more to super PACs. Check out this story on pal-item.com: http://usat.ly/1T8YVTM WASHINGTON – Nearly half the money pouring into all federal super PACs came from just 107 people or groups that each gave $1 million or more to influence the outcome of this year’s presidential and congressional races, a USA TODAY analysis of new campaign finance reports shows.
Feb 8, 2016
By Roberta Rampton and Ben Hirschler WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will ask the U.S. Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funds to fight Zika at home and abroad and pursue a vaccine, the White House said on Monday, but he added there is no reason to panic over the mosquito-borne virus. Zika, spreading rapidly in South and Central America and the Caribbean, has been linked to severe birth defects in Brazil, and public health officials' concern is focused on pregnant women and women who may become pregnant. Obama's request to Congress includes $200 million for research, development and commercialization of new vaccines and diagnostic tests for the virus.