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Obama Visits Federal Prison, A First For A Sitting President

Obama visits prisonPresident Obama toured a federal prison in Oklahoma on Thursday and said the nation needs to reconsider policies that contribute to a huge spike in the number of people behind bars.

In an unprecedented visit by a sitting president, Obama met with half a dozen inmates at the El Reno prison, outside Oklahoma City. The trip was part of a weeklong push by the White House to focus attention on the president's call for criminal justice reform.


Colorado shooting verdict: Jury finds James Holmes guilty in movie theater massacre

James Holmes guiltyA jury convicted Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes on Thursday in the 2012 massacre that killed 12 people and injured 70, and he could now face the death penalty.

Jurors rejected defense arguments that Holmes was insane and driven by delusions during the attack, where he entered a packed midnight showing of a Batman film wearing body armor and opened fire.


United Airlines awards hackers millions of miles for revealing risks

United pays hackersUnited Continental Holdings Inc has awarded millions of frequent flier miles to hackers who have uncovered gaps in the carrier's web security, in a first for the U.S. airline industry.

United confirmed with Reuters that it has paid out two awards worth 1 million miles each, worth dozens of free domestic flights on the airline. United did not confirm tweets from individuals who say they have been paid smaller awards as well.


The first victims of the A-bomb were American

First A bomb victimsThe explosion was seen nearly 200 miles away, the shock waves felt practically 100 miles away, and 70 years later, America’s first atomic bomb test – codenamed Trinity – still reverberates in the tiny towns and secluded hamlets that ring the edges of the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

Richard Lopez’s farm sits in a verdant valley at the feet of the Magdalena Mountains and 17 miles from ground zero. He believes radiation from the nuclear test permeated the area, contributing to the lymphoma he fought and won.


Family of Miss. police chokehold victim seeks indictment against officer

Jonathan SandersThe family of an unarmed black man killed after allegedly being choked by a Stonewall, Mississippi, police officer last week is pushing for criminal charges, attorneys representing the family of Jonathan Sanders said Wednesday.

A rally is planned on Sunday in Stonewall to protest the death, the attorneys said, and will coincide with Sanders’ funeral.


Most of Justice Department suit vs. Arizona sheriff settled

ArpaioCounty officials in metro Phoenix voted unanimously Wednesday to settle parts of a lawsuit that the U.S. Department of Justice brought against a sheriff known for cracking down on illegal immigration.

But the settlement by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors doesn't cover the largest allegation — that Sheriff Joe Arpaio's agency racially profiled Latinos in its regular traffic and immigration patrols.


Search resumes for 6 missing in Kentucky floods

Kentucky floodSearch crews are combing the hilly Appalachian terrain in Kentucky after floodwaters killed three people and left five others missing.

Here is a look at the latest developments: 6:20 p.m.

After the body of a third flood victim was found Wednesday, Johnson County Coroner J.R. Frisby identified him as 22-year-old Richard Blair of the Flat Gap area and said the cause of death was drowning.

Frisby said the body was found on a bank of Mud Lick Creek in a pile of tree debris a short distance from the mobile home where he lived.


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