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Sister Helen Prejean: Tsarnaev 'genuinely sorry for what he did'

BOSTON — Sister Helen Prejean, the Catholic nun and anti-death penalty activist whose story came to fame with the 1995 film, "Dead Man Walking," took the stand on Monday in the penalty phase of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial. She said he is "genuinely sorry for what he …


George Zimmerman injured by glass, debris after Florida shooting

George Zimmerman, who has had a series of legal scrapes since he was acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin, was involved in a shooting in Lake Mary, Fla., police said Monday.

Zimmerman had a confrontation with a man named Matthew Apperson, who reported the shooting to 911, Lake Mary Police …


Obama to try to allay Gulf nation leaders' fears about Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of Gulf nations unnerved by Washington's nuclear talks with Iran and Tehran's meddling across the Mideast look to President Barack Obama to promise more than words and weapons at Thursday's Camp David summit.

They want commitments from Obama that the United States has their …

Middle East

Kerry heads to Russia in first visit since Ukraine crisis

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry departed Monday for Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin, on his first visit to the country since relations between Washington and Moscow plummeted to post-Cold War lows amid disagreements over Ukraine and Syria.

The …


Bill De Blasio, Elizabeth Warren escalate pressure on Hillary Clinton

In primary-within-a-primary, non-candidates are gaining more traction than candidates.

Like Elizabeth Warren, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio isn’t running for president — he’s running to influence the presidential race.

So when he and Warren appear together Tuesday at the National Press Club in …

Hillary Clinton

Rob Ford has surgery for cancer

Rob Ford, the former Toronto mayor, has undergone surgery to remove a cancerous tumour in his abdomen.

Doctors removed the growth in an intensive operation that kept him under anaesthesia for about 10 hours, Ford’s chief of staff said.

“There were no new growths, the cancer had not spread beyond what …

Rob Ford

Starbucks not liable for spilled coffee that burned officer, jury says

Police Sgt. Matthew Kohr got a cup of coffee from his usual barista, Ali, one day in January 2012 at Starbucks Store No. 8373 in the North Carolina capital.

The venti-size coffee blend — Kohr says Ali called it "something special" — was hot. It spilled into the officer's lap. His inner thigh was …


The First Lawsuit Of The 2016 Campaign Comes From Team Clinton

Battleground: Ohio. Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, Marc Elias, joined Ohio lawyers in filing Monday’s lawsuit fighting Ohio’s early voting and other rules.

WASHINGTON — On Monday, Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, Marc Elias, filed a lawsuit in Ohio — setting the stage for 18 months (or more!) of litigation …

Hillary Clinton

Ex-Bernie Madoff Aide, Frank DiPascali, Dies Weeks Before Sentencing

NEW YORK — Bernard Madoff's former right-hand man, who once admitted he was loyal to his boss "to a terrible, terrible fault," has died less than a month before he faced sentencing for his role in the multi-billion dollar fraud.

Frank DiPascali, 58, died Thursday of lung cancer after spending his …

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Picasso painting sells for a record $179 million - May. 11, 2015

Pablo Picasso would be a happy man if he were alive today.

A painting by the iconic abstract artist sold for a record $179,365,000 at an auction Monday in New York, a Christie's spokesperson said.

The 1955 canvas, "Les femmes d'Alger (Version "O")," sets a new bar for the contemporary art market. …


U.S accepts Colombia's decision to suspend use of weed killer

The U.S. ambassador to Colombia said Monday he accepted the country’s decision to suspend a longstanding program of aerial spraying of weed killer on coca crops but that other tools will be used to try to contain farming of coca, the base material of cocaine.

The spraying of glyphosate by …


Mom of accused cop killer in Hattiesburg: 'The drugs had him '

The man accused of killing two Hattiesburg, Miss., police officers during a weekend traffic stop was addicted to drugs and possibly heard voices in his head, his mother told the Los Angeles Times on Monday.

Mary Smith said she tried again and again to get her son Marvin Banks, 29, who lived with …


Bond denied for man accused in Mississippi officer killings

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A judge has denied bond to a man accused of shooting two Hattiesburg police officers and charges against his girlfriend have been reduced.

Marvin Banks faces two counts of capital murder in the Saturday shootings of Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate.

Murder charges …


Tom Brady suspended four games, Patriots lose draft picks for Deflategate

New England quarterback Tom Brady has been suspended for four games and the Patriots will also lose a first-round pick in the 2016 draft and a fourth-rounder in 2017, NFL officials reported. The Patriots also will be fined $1 million.

The two Patriots staff members involved in the deflation …

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Mexican teen shows up saying she is the right 'Alondra' wanted in Houston

MEXICO CITY (AP) – A girl claiming to be a Houston woman's daughter illegally taken to Mexico eight years ago has turned herself in to a court that mistakenly sent another girl to the United States against her will last month, an official said Monday.

The court official in the southwestern state of …


Ex-CIA officer gets 42-month sentence for leaking secrets to reporter

A former CIA officer has been sentenced to 42 months in prison for telling a reporter secrets of a classified operation aimed at sabotaging Iran's nuclear capabilities.

Jeffrey A. Sterling, 47, was convicted in January of leaking details of the potential operation to New York Times reporter James …

World Politics

Black Man Found Hanged From Tree in Greensboro, Georgia

A black man who'd recently been questioned in connection with the death of a white woman was found dead hanging from a tree Monday morning in rural Greensboro, Georgia, police said. Local and state investigators said there was nothing to immediately suggest foul play.

Greensboro Police Chief Ossie …

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Activists in Spain defend man who hid son in suitcase to cross border

Immigration activists and lawyers in Spain are coming out in defense of an Ivory Coast man who tried to smuggle his 8-year-old son into the country stuffed in a suitcase.

They argue that he was driven by despair and should be given some leniency.

"This is a dramatic situation, which reflects policies …


Chilean president names new cabinet in move to overcome scandals

Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet has named a new cabinet, hoping the changes will arrest the fall in her popularity ratings and overcome scandals that have rocked her administration.

Among key changes announced on Monday, Bachelet replaced her cabinet chief, Rodrigo Penailillo, who had been …

Michelle Bachelet

Obama's pick to be US ambassador to Somalia withdraws

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's pick to be the first American ambassador to Somalia in nearly 25 years has withdrawn her nomination, the White House told lawmakers on Monday, an unexpected suspension in U.S. plans to deepen ties with the African nation plagued by violence and instability.


First Russia-China naval war games underway in Mediterranean

Neither Russia nor China has one inch of coastline on the Mediterranean Sea, making it an unlikely and provocative venue for their first joint naval war games.

The 10 days of maneuvers that got underway Monday will include live-fire exercises in the strategic sea connecting Europe, Africa and the …


Number of Police Officers Killed While on Duty Nearly Doubles in 2014

VICE News is closely watching policing in America. Check out the Officer Involved blog here.

The number of police officers murdered in the line of duty rose 89 percent in 2014, with a total of 51 cops killed across the US, up from just 27 the year before, according to preliminary annual statistics …


Turkey: Selfie-taking Ottoman prince statue vandalised

A statue of a selfie-taking Ottoman prince has been vandalised just hours after being erected in a Turkish city.

The life-size statue was unveiled in the northern city of Amasya on Saturday, but only a day later it was already missing a crucial gadget for any selfie-taker - a mobile phone. The …


Wide disparities remain in access to state pre-K

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disparities in access to early learning opportunities have increased, with some states enrolling nearly all children in their pre-kindergarten programs and others not offering any services, according to a national study on early education released Monday.

Florida, Oklahoma, …


Al Jazeera Journalist Sues Employer for Negligence Over Imprisonment

An Al Jazeera television journalist on trial in Egypt for allegedly aiding a terrorist organization is suing the news network for $100 million in compensation, his lawyer said Monday.

Mohamed Fahmy filed a lawsuit in a Canadian court claiming Al Jazeera’s negligent actions contributed to his 400-day …


A Russian submarine may have nearly capsized a fishing boat in the Irish Sea

In yet another sign of looming blowback from the past year of rising tensions between Moscow and the NATO states, a British fishing ship was almost capsized by a suspected Russian submarine at the end of April according to the New York Times.

The 80-ton trawler was fishing for prawns in …


Plane forced to land at LAX after landing gear malfunction

A SkyWest Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing Monday morning at Los Angeles International Airport after its pilot reported mechanical problems, officials said.

Flight 5316 departed from Monterey about 6:50 a.m. with 43 people on board and was heading to Los Angeles, when the pilot …


No additional suspects in attack at Prophet Mohammad event: police

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - There were no suspects in last week's failed attack at a civic center outside Dallas other than the two men who were fatally shot while trying to storm an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad, police said on Monday.

Roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi of …


Bangladesh bans use of its national anthem as a ringtone

Bangladesh’s supreme court has banned the use of the country’s national anthem as a ringtone for mobile phones or for any other commercial purpose.

“The national anthem can’t be used as a business tool,” the supreme court said in Dhaka on Monday, upholding a 2010 high court ruling.

The anthem, Amar …

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