August 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Senior Pentagon officials pleaded with Congress on Thursday to halt or at least delay additional budget cuts, arguing that they would produce an undersized, ill-equipped military that would have to scale back its operations around the world. "It will be truly shameful if we allow this force to travel further down the path to becoming hollow," Adm. James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the House Armed Services Committee. "We need your help in removing the risk of financial uncertainty.
July 25, 2013 |
A hearing will be held Friday for Ariel Castro amid reports that lawyers for the former Cleveland bus driver have reached a plea deal in the case involving the kidnapping and rape of three women. The hearing will be held before Cuyahoga County Judge Michael Russo, according to an official at the courthouse who asked not to be identified. At a hearing this week, Russo asked lawyers for both sides if they were working toward a plea deal and they said they were. Defense attorney Craig Weintraub was not available for comment.
July 17, 2013 |
The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner was in court Wednesday trying to reach a plea bargain -- an effort even his lawyer doubted would work. It's "a formality," the captain's lawyer said, according to an Associated Press report. "The prosecution will tell us 'no.' " Francesco Schettino piloted the Costa Concordia onto rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio in January 2012. There were 4,000 passengers aboard the vessel; 32 passengers and crew were killed. In May, as the Los Angeles Times reported , Schettino was ordered to stand trial for manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship.
July 11, 2013 |
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev leaned over a microphone and in a Russian accent repeated "not guilty" again and again to potential capital murder charges Wednesday in a courtroom packed with victims getting their first look at the man accused in the Boston Marathon bombings. His left arm in a cast, his jaw apparently bruised, his eye swollen, Tsarnaev flashed a wry smile at his two sisters in Islamic dress, then blew them a kiss as he was led away after the arraignment, according to media reports.
July 10, 2013
Re "Pope laments 'indifference' to migrants," July 9 I am not a Roman Catholic, nor am I a fan of organized religion. But Pope Francis' remarks on his trip to the small Italian island of Lampedusa - the favored European landing spot for immigrants sailing from Africa - were stunning in their heartfelt simplicity. In his plea for compassion toward immigrants, the words Francis spoke seemed to have come straight from Jesus' mouth. Carolyn Dingus Oceanside ALSO: Letters: In the wake of Prop.
July 5, 2013 |
As the Dwight Howard free-agent drama spins toward the weekend with the Golden State Warriors reportedly joining the fray, Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey took to YouTube with a final video plea. We all know that puppies, kittens and kids capture the heart and imagination when shown doing cute things in videos or pictures. The Rockets appeared to be the front-runner this week after Howard's series of meetings with Atlanta, Dallas, Golden State, Houston and the Lakers.
July 2, 2013 |
A military judge entered a not-guilty plea Tuesday for Ft. Hood massacre suspect Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who is accused of the worst mass shooting ever at a U.S. military base. The Army psychiatrist, who is acting as his own attorney, had refused to enter a plea after the judge rejected his earlier attempts to plead guilty. Military law does not allow a guilty plea in a death penalty case. In a pretrial hearing, the judge, Col. Tara Osborn, also denied Hasan's request for more time to decide whether to hire a new attorney.
July 1, 2013 |
Moments after pleading guilty to an insider-trading charge, former KPMG partner Scott London struggled to explain the conduct that ruined his career and is very likely to send him to federal prison. “It was probably the worst day of my life,” London said in an interview in the hallway outside the courtroom of U.S. District Judge George H. Wu, who is scheduled to sentence London on Oct. 21. “Imagine what you do, you do it for 30 years, you go to school for it and in a matter of weeks it's all gone,” London said.
June 28, 2013 |
The Lakers continued their courting of free-agent center Dwight Howard with a modification to the legendary Beverly Hills Hotel . The face of the venue that inspired the Eagles' "Hotel California" is now adorned with Howard's No. 12 jersey. [UPDATE 10:58 p.m.: Apparently the Lakers' official twitter account used a bit of creativity to mock up the picture, instead of decorating the actual hotel.] On Thursday, General Manager Mitch Kupchak said he remains "optimistic" that Howard will re-sign with the Lakers in July.
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June 11, 2013 |
A San Diego County sheriff's deputy facing a charge of soliciting a prostitute has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disturbing the peace and been sentenced to three years' probation and a $550 fine. The plea was agreed to by the city attorney's office after deputy Stuart Rea attended and completed a "prostitution impact" course and attended an AIDS-HIV lecture, according to court officials. The reduction in charges is standard in first-offense prostitution cases, officials said. Rea, a member of the department since 1991, was put on desk duty after he was cited.