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Jun 28, 2014

Mexican chopper 'fired on U.S. agents'

Mexican law enforcement officers on Thursday crossed into Arizona by helicopter and fired two shots at U.S. border agents, a border patrol union leader said. Mexican authorities, however, have denied shooting at agents and say they were under attack during a mission to find ...

Israel identifies suspects in alleged kidnapping

Jun 27, 2014

Israel identifies suspects in alleged kidnapping

Israel on Thursday identified two well-known Hamas operatives in the West Bank as the central suspects in the recent disappearance of three Israeli teenagers, in the first sign of progress in a frantic two-week search for the missing youths. Officials said the two men ...

Jun 26, 2014

U.K. ban on assisted suicide upheld

Campaigners lost their bid to overturn a ban on doctors helping seriously ill people to die in England and Wales on Wednesday. The case was brought by Paul Lamb, who was paralyzed in a road accident 20 years ago and now requires 24-hour care. ...

Jun 26, 2014

Spies get whistle-blower protection

The U.S. Congress passed a law offering whistle-blower protections for government intelligence employees late Tuesday, a move cheered Wednesday by supporters of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The House of Representatives voted to pass the final version of the annual provision authorizing the U.S. ...

Lawyer jailed for record tax fraud

Jun 26, 2014

Lawyer jailed for record tax fraud

A partner at the defunct law firm Jenkens & Gilchrist was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday following his conviction in what prosecutors call the largest criminal tax fraud in U.S. history. Paul Daugerdas, who once ran the firm’s Chicago office, had ...

Barclays bank sued by N.Y. attorney general after fraud allegations

Jun 26, 2014

Barclays bank sued by N.Y. attorney general after fraud allegations

British banking and financial services firm Barclays PLC misled large institutional investors and other clients by falsely telling them it was taking measures to protect them from predatory high-frequency traders, New York’s attorney general said Wednesday. The allegations against Barclays were contained in a ...

Spain's Princess Cristina must face fraud charges, judge rules

Jun 26, 2014

Spain's Princess Cristina must face fraud charges, judge rules

A Spanish judge ruled Wednesday that King Felipe’s sister, Princess Cristina, and her husband should face fraud charges, opening the way to an unprecedented criminal trial. Six days after Felipe, 46, came to the throne promising an “honest and transparent” monarchy, the decision refocused ...

U.S. Supreme Court ruling protects cellphone privacy

Jun 26, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court ruling protects cellphone privacy

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that police officers usually need a warrant before they can search the cellphone of an arrested suspect, a major decision in favor of privacy rights at a time of increasing concern over government encroachment in digital communications. ...

Jun 25, 2014

KFC probes whether child's ejection claim a scam

Fried-chicken chain KFC said a franchised restaurant in Mississippi has hired an investigator to look into claims that an employee asked a 3-year-old girl and her family to leave because her facial disfigurement disturbed customers. KFC spokesman Rick Maynard said the company is concerned ...

Jun 25, 2014

China rejects death penalty, orders retrial for killer of abusive husband

China’s highest court overturned a death sentence and ordered a retrial for a woman who killed and dismembered her abusive husband, a ruling welcomed Tuesday by advocates of the country’s often-silent victims of domestic violence. The woman’s attorney, Guo Jianmei, said she received confirmation ...

Murdoch protegee Brooks cleared of cellphone hacking

Jun 25, 2014

Murdoch protegee Brooks cleared of cellphone hacking

Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, was acquitted Tuesday of orchestrating a campaign to hack into phones and bribe officials in a case that has shaken the British political establishment. A jury at London’s Old Bailey court cleared Brooks ...

South Korea Sewol ferry trial to hear from student survivors

Jun 24, 2014

South Korea Sewol ferry trial to hear from student survivors

Student survivors of South Korea’s ferry disaster will testify in the trial of the captain and crew by closed circuit TV from a courtroom in their traumatized hometown, a district court ruled on Tuesday. The court in Gwangju, 265 kilometers (165 miles) south of ...