A federal judge said Wednesday he may order Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton to testify under oath about whether she used a private email server as secretary of state to evade public records disclosures. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan signed an order granting a request from the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch to question six current and former State Department staffers about the creation and purpose of the private email system. Also set to testify is Bryan Pagliano, the agency employee who was tasked with setting up the clintonemail.com server located in the basement of the New York home Clinton shares with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
A man dismissed last month from a Houston-area transportation company stormed into the facility and opened fire on Wednesday, fatally shooting a former co-worker and injuring two others before turning the gun on himself, saying his life had been ruined, sheriff's officials said. The man was armed with a shotgun and a pistol when he arrived at the Knight Transportation office in Katy, about 20 miles west of Houston, according to Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman. The man was heard by workers saying something to the effect of "you all ruined my life" as he walked through the building and may have been looking for someone, sheriff's spokesman Ralph Gonzales said.
Russia on Wednesday warned against NATO’s proposed military buildup in Poland and the Baltic region, saying it would retaliate by shoring up its western and southern flanks with three new divisions. The new divisions will likely be spread out across the country’s borders with Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Finland, Azerbaijan and the Baltic States, Reuters reported. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday that the divisions would be formed by the end of the year to counter NATO’s increasing influence.
By Topher Seguin GREGOIRE LAKE, Alberta (Reuters) - A massive wildfire that has forced the evacuation of all 88,000 people in the western Canadian oil city of Fort McMurray and burned down 1,600 structures has the potential to destroy much of the town, authorities said on Wednesday. With a few neighborhoods already in ruins, worsening fire conditions Wednesday pushed walls of flames towards thousands of more homes in the northeastern Alberta town, in the heart of Canada's oil sands region. Authorities said there had been no known casualties from the blaze itself, but fatalities were reported in at least one car crash among the evacuees.
Yahoo's struggling Internet business took a hit with the loss of a long-time contract to manage the Internet portal and search for US telecommunication giant AT&T. AT&T confirmed on Wednesday that it is switching to Synacor to manage its att.net portal and applications including search, ending a business tie it had with Yahoo for 15 years. "While this transition will occur over one to two years, it is another step as we integrate the entertainment and services our customers want," AT&T said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.
On Monday, Charlie Dahu's 7-year-old daughter Rosabella decided she wanted to come home early from Sheldon Elementary School in Texas. Despite Rosabella's decidedly elementary penmanship and the note's lack of a signature, the school actually released her home early on the bus. Dahu realized there was a problem when a concerned neighbor called him after Rosabella asked to use her bathroom.
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A Massachusetts couple was hospitalized hours apart after their pot-bellied pig attacked them both at their farm in the same day, officials said. Shannon and Jose Hernandez’s 5-year-old, 250-pound boar named Boss “snapped” after she took him away from the female pigs that were in heat at their Townsend farm Tuesday, she said on social media. “I was by myself at (the) time, I had went to get him locked back in and he turned on me,” she wrote on Facebook.
Last year, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was convicted of 11 charges of conspiracy, extortion and bribery after prosecutors accused the Republican governor of accepting $177,000 in luxury gifts and money to promote a dietary supplement company. In exchange for said funds, prosecutors said McDonnell traded "meetings to connect Williams with state officials, a luncheon Williams was allowed to throw at the governor's mansion to help launch the product, and a guest list Williams was allowed to shape at a mansion reception meant for health care leaders," Washington Post reported. While this might seem like a clear case of a public official abusing their office for personal profit, the Supreme Court seems poised to accept the former governor's argument that the "access" he provided was not an "official action," and thus not a bribe.
The reaction of congressional Republicans to Donald Trump's ascension ranged from subdued to silent on Wednesday, a day after the billionaire TV personality was all but anointed as the party's presidential nominee. A day after a decisive Indiana primary victory left Trump the sole GOP presidential contender standing, aides to House Speaker Paul Ryan and other top Republicans did not immediately return phone and email messages seeking comment. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday evening that he was committed to supporting his party's nominee but signaled that he expects Trump to help heal the wounds of the GOP's tumultuous primary fight.
Sheriff's deputies in northwestern New Mexico had stopped a man charged in the kidnapping and death of a Navajo girl hours before he was arrested Tuesday. Authorities had said the kidnapper had a teardrop tattoo under his left eye and two earrings, but Begaye had neither. Lincoln says Begaye's van also wasn't a true match of the description.
Seven Muslim women are suing a southern California restaurant for discrimination after they were kicked out of the eatery while dining in April. The women—six of whom had been wearing hijabs—were told to leave Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach because employees said they had violated a policy that limits seating to 45 minutes, the Guardian reported on Wednesday. “What began as a night out with some friends ended as a painful and embarrassing reminder of what it is like to be visibly Muslim – even in liberal California,” one of the women, Sara Farsakh, 29, wrote in a Facebook post soon after the April 22 incident.
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Supporters of a drive to legalize recreational marijuana for adults in California said on Wednesday they had collected more than enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot, formally launching their campaign to win over voters. Democratic Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, leading a coalition of supporters that includes billionaire high-tech entrepreneur Sean Parker, said the campaign had gathered some 600,000 petition signatures, well above the 365,880 minimum required. The signatures must still be officially certified by state election officials, but "you can rest assured this will be on the November ballot," Newsom told a San Francisco news conference to kick off efforts to build voter support for the initiative.
Heaps of dead whales, salmon and sardines blamed on the El Nino weather phenomenon have clogged Chile's Pacific beaches in recent months. With its 4,000 kilometers (2,485 miles) of Pacific coastline, Chile is particularly exposed to the effects of El Nino, which strikes every few years.
In cross-country running, your team is only as fast as your slowest athlete. Slain Navy SEAL Charlie Keating IV took that to heart in his youth as a track star, turning around to cheer on his teammates after he crossed the finish line.
After forty years in storage, an original 1966 Shelby GT350 has been unearthed and will be presented for sale in its rusty, dusty, steel-wheeled glory by Bonhams at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance. This long-missing car, Shelby serial number 6S163, is way more than just a tired pony.
Young couples walk up to have their wedding photos taken on a suspension bridge over the Yangtze River in southwest China’s Chongqing municipality; farmers shout slogans as police use a water cannon to disperse them during a protest in Chandigarh, India
Cellphone video of a transgender woman being physically and verbally assaulted on New York City's No. 4 train was posted to Facebook on Monday. Pearl confirmed the authenticity of the video and said she was on the way to New York City's LGBT Community Center when the female passenger began to berate her.
President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders to fight bigotry and to press Congress to update U.S. immigration policy. Obama said America's tradition is to welcome newcomers because it was founded by immigrants. The nonpartisan, nonprofit organization promotes Asian-American and Pacific Islander participation and representation in politics.
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A federal jail guard was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison after an inmate gave an in-court account of how he sexually assaulted her inside a New York City lockup last year. "You raped me," the unnamed woman told Rudell Mullings, as she read from a statement in federal court in Brooklyn. The inmate, who was sentenced to 30 years for a homicide, told U.S. District Judge Edward Korman that Mullings had harassed her over the course of several weeks before finally accosting her Feb. 14, 2015 in a hallway of the Manhattan lockup where she was waxing the floor.
Whether we want them or not, appliance makers seem hell bent on connecting their creations to the Internet, thereby making them “smart.” Samsung’s latest offering along those lines is a $5,800 touchscreen- and camera-equipped refrigerator, intended as the 21st century’s answer to the Post-It note-covered family fridge. The centerpiece of Samsung’s refrigerator, called the Family Hub, is a massive 21.5-inch touchscreen. It gives the appearance that the South Korean technology firm slapped a massive smartphone onto a refrigerator door.
By Orhan Coskun and Ercan Gurses ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's ruling party is set to replace Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at an extraordinary congress in the coming weeks, officials said on Wednesday, signaling the end of his term as premier and plunging the country into political uncertainty. The decision, confirmed to Reuters by five AK Party officials, came after a meeting of more than 1-1/2 hours between Davutoglu and President Tayyip Erdogan that followed weeks of increasingly public tension between the two men. Erdogan wants an executive presidency in Turkey to replace the current parliamentary system, a plan for which Davutoglu has offered only lukewarm support.
A Navy SEAL who was killed by Islamic State fighters died while helping rescue a team of American troops from an unexpected firefight with the jihadists, an official said Wednesday. Charles Keating IV became the third US troop to be killed in the US-led coalition campaign against the IS group when he was struck by a bullet during a pitched battle on Tuesday. Keating, 31, from Arizona, was part of a "quick reaction force" comprised of special operations troops on a mission to support US military advisers working with local peshmerga forces, Baghdad-based US military spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said.
The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles. Under the plan announced Wednesday, wind companies and other power providers could kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles a year without penalty — nearly four times the current limit. Golden eagles could only be killed if companies take steps to minimize the losses, for instance, by retrofitting power poles to reduce the risk of electrocution.
A former Brooklyn resident -- tied to the unsolved, 2006 murder of an honors student has been accused of killing another woman in the Caribbean. On April 15, police were summoned to a remote home in the mountains, where they discovered a 24-year-old woman who said Primus held her in captivity for three and a half months. The released captive,and others,had information about the unsolved, 2006 strangulation of the Brooklyn honors student, Chanel Petro Nixon,who had attended Boys and Girls High School.