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  • Kenneth White

    Cops say 5-year-old found dead was never abducted

    UPDATE: Boy, 5, in Amber Alert was strangled to death; 19-year-old cousin arrested, sheriff says BERNE, N.Y. (PIX11/AP) — New York police say they expect to file charges in the death of a 5-year-old boy who was found dead Friday near his home outside Albany. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple told local media the original story — that Kenneth White was snatched from his home Thursday by two man wearing ski masks — was found to be false after police questioned a person overnight. […]

  • Obama: Sony decision to cancel ‘The Interview’ a ‘mistake’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he thinks Sony Pictures Entertainment “made a mistake” by canceling release of “The Interview” movie. Obama says we can’t have a society in which “some dictator some place can start imposing censorship in the United States.” “We will respond proportionally and we will respond in a place and time and manner that we choose,” Obama said at his year-end press conference. Obama says the attack “caused a lot of damage.” The FBI announced […]

  • colbert

    Stephen Colbert hosts his last show on ‘The Colbert Report’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Colbert Nation will be leaderless after tonight. After nine years, Stephen Colbert is leaving “The Colbert Report.” He is retiring the Comedy Central satirical-news show along with the mythical character who served as host — a pompous, conservative scold who shares his name. His next step: playing himself as the new host of CBS’ “Late Show” replacing David Letterman, who exits next May.

  • stocks

    Dow Jones soars 400 points, led by rally in tech sector

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest day in three years, soaring more than 400 points as the stock market extended a rally into a second day. The Dow closed up 421 points, or 2.4 percent, to 17,778 Thursday, its largest gain since December 2011. The Standard & Poor’s 500 gained 48 points, or 2.4 percent, to 2,061. The Nasdaq composite climbed 104 points, or 2.2 percent, to 4,748. The market built on its surge from the […]

  • IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn Held New York City Rikers Island Prison

    Rikers guard ignored dying inmate’s pleas for help: jury

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City jail guard has been convicted of a civil rights charge after a jury concluded he ignored the pleas of a dying Rikers Island inmate who had swallowed a toxic soap ball. Terrence Pendergrass shook his head repeatedly as the verdict was announced Wednesday in Manhattan federal court. The 50-year-old guard faces up to 10 years in prison at his April 17 sentencing. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said the conviction and “systemic, institution-wide […]

  • School bus

    Transgender student wins right to use boys’ restroom

    LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A transgender student in New Jersey who gave up his female identity says his school will allow him to use the boys room. Rubin Smyers was using the unisex bathroom at the Ocean County Vocational Technical School’s Performing Arts Academy. The 16-year-old took to social media to protest and received support from Garden State Equality. The advocacy group wrote a letter to the school saying Smyers’ rights were being violated. Smyers tells the Asbury Park […]

  • Garner

    Judge recuses himself in Eric Garner documents review

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge overseeing a request for grand jury records in the Eric Garner chokehold case has recused himself. The New York Times reports Thursday that State Supreme Court Justice Stephen Rooney hoped to avoid an appearance of a conflict of interest. Rooney’s wife serves on the board of the Staten Island hospital whose workers responded to Garner after his deadly confrontation with police in July. The New York City public advocate and others are […]

  • Tsarnaev

    Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev is back inside a courtroom for the first time since July 2013. Tsarnaev’s final pretrial hearing is underway in Boston. Jury selection for his federal trial begins Jan. 5. Tsarnaev was led into the courtroom by U.S. marshals. He is wearing a black sweater and gray trousers and sporting a scruffy beard. He smiled to his attorneys and one patted him on the arm. The courtroom is packed with FBI agents, police who […]

  • Rikers Island AP

    Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence against young inmates

    NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors have sued New York City to speed reforms at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex. The lawsuit was filed Thursday to address what a Justice Department investigation found was a culture of violence against young inmates. It comes one day after Mayor Bill de Blasio visited Rikers to announce the end of solitary confinement for 16- and 17-year-old inmates. The end of solitary was just one of 73 recommendations made by federal prosecutors to curb the […]

  • George Stinney Jr., the youngest person ever executed in South Carolina, in 1944. (South Carolina Department of Archives)

    Judge overturns 1944 conviction of executed 14-year-old boy

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge has overturned the murder conviction of a 14-year-old black boy who was executed in 1944 in the deaths of two white girls in segregated South Carolina. Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen ruled the state did a great injustice when it put George Stinney in the electric chair less than two months after he was convicted and just 12 weeks after he was arrested. Mullen heard testimony in the 70-year-old case in January, but most of […]

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