Russian plane crashes into snowplow on runway, driver suspected drunk

MOSCOW >> The head of French oil giant Total SA was killed at a Moscow airport when his corporate jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday.Total confirmed “with deep regret and sadness” that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died in the crash at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport.The three other people on board, all of them French crew members, also died when the French-made Dassault Falcon 50 hit the snowplow on takeoff at 11:57 p.m. Monday...
  October 21, 2014  

Oscar Pistorius gets 5 years in prison for killing girlfriend

PRETORIA, South Africa >> Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.Delivering her sentence, Judge Thokozile Masipa cited the “gross negligence” the double-amputee Olympic runner showed when he shot Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home.Pistorius, who had cried and wretched during his trial, was unemotional as he stood to hear his sentence. H...
  October 21, 2014  

23-year-old man suspected of stabbing grandmother to death in East Los Angeles

EAST LOS ANGELES - A 23-year-old man was in custody today on suspicion of fatally stabbing his grandmother at her home in East Los Angeles.The victim’s daughter went to the location to check on her mother after she did not show up for work Monday morning. But Armando Sepulveda, a resident at the home, refused to open the door.Sheriffs deputies later went to the home in the 100 block of North Gage Avenue on a welfare check requested by a family member and found the 59-year- old woman’s body f...
  October 21, 2014  

California Bumble BeeClass Action Remanded

     SAN JOSE (CN) - A federal judge refused to dismiss a class action accusing Bumble Bee Foods of misrepresenting tuna and related products as "rich in natural Omega-3," but remanded the lawsuit to Superior Court.     Lead plaintiff Tricia Ogden sued San Diego-based Bumble Bee in 2012.     She claimed the company's seafood products, labeled "rich in natural Omega-3" or "excellent source Omega-3," were misbranded. &...
Uncategorized   October 21, 2014  

Canadian Arrest Called a Favor to U.S.

      VANCOUVER, B.C. (CN) - A U.S. citizen indicted for his alleged role in an online gambling ring claims in court that the Canadian government illegally detained him to seek information to share with Queens County, N.Y. District Attorney's "tenuous case" against him.     Stanley Howard Tomchin sued Her Majesty the Queen and Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness in the Federal Court of Canada on Oct. 16.   ...
  October 21, 2014  

Shooting Claim AgainstCalif. Cops Can Proceed

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - Grieving parents can pursue claims that police officers shot to death their naked, unarmed son during a hallucinogen-fueled rampage with another man, a federal judge ruled.     Vallejo police Officer Sean Kenney and other officers allegedly killed 29-year-old Jeremiah Moore shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 21, 2012.     His parents, Lisa and Eugene Moore, say it all started when police responded to c...
  October 21, 2014  

Copyright Claim in 400-Year-Old Novel

     MARSHALL, Texas (CN) - A Spanish professor sued the University of Chicago Press, claiming it violated copyright on his edition of the 1637 book, "Novelas amorosas y ejemplares."     Julián Olivares claims in his federal lawsuit that his 2000 critical edition is "a transformation and interpretation" of the book written in 1637 by Spanish novelist María de Zayas y Sotomayor. (However, Olivares says in the complaint that the date of t...
  October 21, 2014  

Threatened With Dead Babies’ Souls

     VANCOUVER, B.C. (CN) - The owner of two Buddhist relic stores threatened to use dead babies' souls to place a curse on a British Columbia man unless he handed over $90,000, the man claims in court.     Jian Liang Hu claims in B.C. Supreme Court that Han Xiao Xiao aka Steven Xiao dba Buddha Lounge and Fan Yin Ge sells "amulets, relics and imitation relics based on the Buddhist religion or based upon a form of ancestor worship practiced in Chi...
  October 21, 2014  

Ferguson’s Racial Divide Traced tothe Politics of Suburban Growth

ST. LOUIS (CN) - A clear racial divide in the St. Louis region has been exposed as the Michael Brown protests in Ferguson enter their third month and have expanded into new venues.     A growing number of white suburbanites - either due to protest fatigue, cultural differences, concerns over protest tactics, or flat-out racism - seem to be rejecting the protesters' message, with sometimes violent results.     On Sunday, a Rams fan leaving the...
  October 21, 2014  

Ministers Fight Same-Sex Marriage Law

BOISE, Idaho (CN) - Only two days after same-sex marriage became legal in Idaho, two ministers in Coeur d'Alene claim in court that the city is threatening them with jail if they don't perform same-sex ceremonies.     Donald Knapp, 68, and Evelyn Knapp, 66, filed a civil rights lawsuit against the City of Coeur d'Alene on Friday in Federal Court. The married couple claim the city does not have the right to force them to perform the ceremonies.    ...
  October 21, 2014