Investigators find no conspiracy in murder of Baltimore detective: police

Investigators find no conspiracy in murder of Baltimore detective: police(Reuters) - Investigators in Baltimore have found no conspiracy behind the shooting death of a homicide detective killed the day before he had been set to testify against fellow officers accused of graft, the city's police commissioner said on Wednesday.



Bodyguard to armed Oregon occupation leader sentenced to probation

Bodyguard to armed Oregon occupation leader sentenced to probationWesley Kjar, 33, a Utah native who prosecutors said acted as a bodyguard for occupation leader Ammon Bundy in the early days of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge siege, pleaded guilty last June to a single count of conspiracy to impede federal officers. Federal prosecutors had recommended Kjar (pronounced "Care") be confined to his home during the first five months of his two-year probation.



Detained Venezuelan-U.S. Citgo executives to be tried as 'traitors': Maduro

Detained Venezuelan-U.S. Citgo executives to be tried as 'traitors': MaduroWASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday that Venezuelan-American executives at refiner Citgo who were arrested in a corruption sweep this week would be tried as "corrupt, thieving traitors" despite a request by the United States to free them. Five of six executives of U.S.-based refiner Citgo [PDVSAC.UL] who were arrested in Caracas this week are U.S. citizens, according to a source familiar with the matter, possibly complicating Venezuela's corruption sweep of the oil industry.



Jeff Sessions orders review of gun background check system

Jeff Sessions orders review of gun background check systemU.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ordered a review of a government database used for background checks on gun buyers, after a man who killed 26 people in a Texas church was left off the system despite having a criminal record. Sessions said the Nov. 5 shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, by Devin Kelley, a former Air Force serviceman who had a 2012 conviction for domestic assault, showed that not all the necessary information was being added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS.



U.S. judge strikes down Texas measure to limit second-trimester abortions

U.S. judge strikes down Texas measure to limit second-trimester abortionsBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge on Wednesday struck down parts of a Texas law that would ban the most common type of second-trimester abortions in the state, after plaintiffs argued the procedure was safe, legal and necessary for women's health. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin issued a permanent injunction against the provisions that were in legislation known as Senate Bill 8 (SB 8) and set to take effect this year, saying they "are facially unconstitutional." He added: "The act intervenes in the medical process of abortion prior to viability in an unduly burdensome manner." Texas, the most-populous Republican-controlled state, has been at the forefront of trying to impose abortion restrictions.





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