November 15, 2013 |
Demonstrators in Florida and Michigan have used the same language to describe the shootings of two young African Americans. But the killings of Trayvon Martin in 2012 and Renisha McBride this month raise different legal questions along the touchy intersection of race and guns. Both Martin, 17, and McBride, 19, were unarmed when they were shot. The two men who killed them - George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Martin in Florida, and Theodore P. Wafer, 54, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., a white man arraigned Friday afternoon on murder charges in the death of McBride - say they committed no crime.
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November 14, 2013 |
The teacher charged with committing lewd acts against nearly two dozen children at Miramonte Elementary School, including feeding them cookies tainted with semen, has agreed to plead no contest, sources said Thursday. Mark Berndt has agreed to a sentence of 25 years in prison, multiple sources told The Times. Berndt, 62, is scheduled to enter the no contest plea Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court and to withdraw his not guilty plea in connection with the more than yearlong L.A. County sheriff's investigation into his conduct at the school.
November 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama tapped a senior Treasury official to take over as one of Wall Street's top regulators, leading the agency charged with overseeing complex financial derivatives. Obama said Tuesday he would nominate Timothy Massad to succeed Gary Gensler as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Gensler's term expires at the end of the year. Massad has spent more than two years in charge of winding down the $700-billion financial crisis bailout fund, which has turned into a gain for taxpayers so far, though a small projected loss on paper.
November 12, 2013 |
Michigan prosecutors were weighing Tuesday whether to charge a homeowner in the killing of a woman on his porch in a case that has raised comparisons to the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin last year. Renisha McBride, 19, was killed in Dearborn Heights on Nov. 2 when she sought help after a car accident, her family said. The results of an autopsy, released Monday, showed she died of a shotgun blast to the face. Maria Miller, a prosecutor's spokeswoman, said her office was awaiting material from the Dearborn Heights Police Department before deciding whether to charge the man, whose name has not been released.
November 10, 2013 |
Giant online retailer Amazon.com Inc. is turning up the heat on rivals this holiday season and beyond under a new deal with the U.S. Postal Service for delivering packages on Sundays. Starting this week, the postal service will bring Amazon packages on Sundays to shoppers' doors in the Los Angeles and New York metropolitan areas at no extra charge. Next year, it plans to roll out year-round Sunday delivery to Dallas, New Orleans, Phoenix and other cities. Getting packages on Sundays normally is expensive for customers.
November 8, 2013 |
SAC Capital Advisors pleaded guilty to criminal fraud charges Friday, satisfying a deal with the government that requires the Connecticut hedge fund to pay a record $1.8 billion to settle charges that it allowed, if not encouraged, insider trading to occur for more than a decade. The plea came in U.S. District Court in New York four days after the government announced that the once-influential hedge fund owned by billionaire Steven A. Cohen had reached the deal that also required it to shut down its operations to outside investors.