October 15, 2012 |
FT. MEADE, Md. - The U.S. Army judge who will try Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other top Al Qaeda terror operatives ruled Monday that the defendants cannot be forced to attend the legal proceedings, striking a significant blow to the government's position that they must be in the courtroom as prosecutors seek their deaths in the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The decision by Judge James Pohl came after Mohammed and his comrades sat quietly during the opening of a new round of pre-trial hearings, in stark contrast to their courtroom protests in May during their arraignment at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
October 15, 2012 |
- Pretrial hearings for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other alleged top Al Qaeda terrorist operatives opened Monday with a ruling that the defendants cannot be forced to attend the legal proceedings at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The decision by Judge James L. Pohl came after Mohammed and his codefendants sat quietly and respectfully during the opening day of testimony at Guantanamo, sharply different from their courtroom protests during their arraignment last spring.
October 8, 2012 |
Almost a quarter of prescription medications approved for patients in Canada over a 16-year period went on to be pulled from the market or to require a strongly worded safety warning to patients, a new study says. In a " Research Letter " published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine, University of Toronto researcher Dr. Joel Lexchin looked at the 434 drug approvals that moved through Health Canada's drug-safety arm from the start of 1995 to the end of 2010. Canada's drug safety agency operates much like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, so the study may reflect the state of drug safety in the United States as well.
September 21, 2012 |
Amid labor strife, bankruptcy proceedings and layoffs, American Airlines has canceled hundreds of flights through October, causing dozens of delays at Los Angeles International Airport. The airline, whose parent company AMR Corp. filed for bankruptcy last year, said it planned to reduce flight schedules for the rest of September and October 1% to 2%. As of Thursday, the Fort Worth airline had canceled 281 flights this week, mostly in and out of Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport.
August 18, 2012 |
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A major rival to the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline project is vastly boosting its U.S. pipeline system, but it's avoiding the same scrutiny that federal regulators, environmentalists and landowners are giving Keystone owner TransCanada Corp. Enbridge Inc. is proceeding largely unencumbered with plans to spend $8.8 billion in the U.S. to transport greater volumes of petroleum to the Gulf Coast and other markets than TransCanada would with its Keystone XL pipeline project from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast.
August 15, 2012 |
Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian are unlikely to ring in the new year as single people, a judge said Wednesday, though the June 2013 wedding season could see them finally divorced. That's right: With her side saying enough already and his alleging fraud, legal proceedings on a 2011 coupling that lasted only 72 days from "I do" in August to "I want out" in October are threatening to drag out through May of next year. At a hearing Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Kardashian attorney Laura Wasser said the Humphries camp's requests for information about Kim's reality shows and mom Kris Jenner's finances were overly broad.
August 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department continued to wind down its stake in bailed-out insurance giant American International Group Inc. by agreeing to sell $5 billion of the company's stock. With the proceeds from the sale, the government would have about $25 billion in taxpayer money still invested in AIG, which was rescued in a complex, multi-step bailout in 2008 by the Treasury and the Federal Reserve. The government pledged more than $182 billion to AIG, which ended up using about $125 billion in exchange for the U.S. taking a 92% stake in the company.
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August 3, 2012 |
Santa Clarita city officials are hoping residents might forgo the chips and soda next time they buy from a vending machine and opt instead for something a little more edifying: a piece of art. On Thursday at the Art Walk in downtown Newhall, the city debuted its new Art2Go vending machine in an effort to whet the public's appetite for culture. Deposit $10 and the machine dispenses a miniature piece of original art, such as oil paintings, watercolors and tile work. "The idea is to get people to start appreciating art," said Jeff Barber, Santa Clarita's arts and events supervisor.
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August 2, 2012 |
A Mexican toy businessman on Wednesday pleaded guilty to playing a role in a cross-border scheme that laundered millions of dollars in drug proceeds from Mexican narcotics trafficking organizations. According to federal prosecutors, Luis Ernesto Flores Rivera, a 54-year-old man who ran a toy store in Guadalajara, was a cog in the elaborate operation to funnel and conceal drug proceeds by way of pastel-colored plush toys. Rivera was one of eight defendants indicted in April for the scheme that authorities said was centered around city of Industry wholesaler Woody Toys.
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July 27, 2012 |
Criminal proceedings against UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran took a bizarre turn Thursday when the defense alleged in court papers that the state's chief investigator in the accidental death of a lab worker committed murder as a teenager in 1985. The investigator, Brian Baudendistel, denied it. "It's not true," he told The Times earlier this week. "Look, it's not me. " Baudendistel, a senior special investigator for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, was instrumental in building the criminal case against Harran and UCLA with a 95-page report that blamed both in the death of 23-year-old Sheharbano "Sheri" Sangji.