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13 апреля 2016, 06:38

Melbourne woman charged with murdering daughter misses court due to mental state

Sofina Nikat was due to face Melbourne magistrates court on Wednesday charged with murdering 14-month-old Sanaya Sahib Related: Sanaya Sahib murder: mother charged with killing toddler in Melbourne A Melbourne woman who police say confessed to killing her infant daughter has not appeared in court because of her mental state. Continue reading...

30 июля 2014, 13:16

Индийский ритейлер Flipkart получил $1 млрд инвестиций

Крупнейший в Индии интернет-ритейлер Flipkart получил 1 млрд долларов от консорциума инвесторов, в том числе от сингапурского суверенного фонда GIC, американского банковского холдинга Morgan Stanley Investment Management и инвестиционного фонда Tiger Global Management. Соинвесторами выступили Accel Partners, Iconiq Capital, Naspers, Sofina и фонд DST Global.

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23 июня 2014, 17:49

Supreme Court Declines To Revive New Jersey Sports Betting Law

 By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) - New Jersey's attempt to introduce licensed sports betting has failed, with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday leaving intact a lower court ruling that said a federal law did not allow it. The high court declined appeals filed by the state and its supporters over a September 2013 ruling by the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the state's efforts were trumped by a federal law that prohibits the practice in most states. Governor Chris Christie had signed a law in 2012 that authorized sports betting at the state's racetracks and at Atlantic City casinos. But sports leagues, including the National Football League and the National Basketball Association, sued, and a federal judge struck down the law in March 2013. New Jersey officials hoped that legalized sports wagering would generate more revenue for Atlantic City's gambling industry, which has lost customers to a spate of new casinos opening in nearby states. The legal challenge focused on a law passed by Congress in 1992, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which blocked states from allowing legalized sports wagering. Four states that had already legalized sports betting at the time were grandfathered into the 1992 law and allowed to continue. New Jersey had one year to opt in, but never did. The related cases are Christie v. NCAA, New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association v. NCAA and Sweeney v. NCAA, U.S. Supreme Court, No 13-967, No, 13-979 and No. 13-980. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Additional reporting by Hilary Russ; Editing by Howard Goller and Sofina Mirza-Reid)

10 июня 2014, 21:21

Deval Patrick Unveils $20 Million Plan To Tackle Opioid Drug Abuse

 BOSTON, June 10 (Reuters) - Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Tuesday unveiled a $20 million package of proposals to tackle what he described as a crisis of addiction to opioid drugs in the state, and called for a summit of all six New England governors to address a broader regional response. A commission appointed by the governor, who in March declared addiction to opiate drugs a public health emergency, called for steps including a expanding treatment for drug addicts in state prisons and to create new live-in centers to treat addicts as young as 13 years old. "These actions will help enhance our network for treatment and recovery services to help communities and families struggling with addiction," Patrick said at a Boston high school that provides treatment services for addicted teens. Opioid abuse can start with prescription pain killers and escalate to heroin use. In Massachusetts alone, some 668 people died from opioid drug overdoses in 2012, almost double the level in 2000, according to the state report. The commission also called on state regulators to review how doctors prescribed and pharmacies dispense opioid pain relievers, noting, "safe prescribing and dispensing practices are needed to decrease the risk of misuse and abuse while allowing for the legitimate use of these important medications." Patrick said he planned to meet with his counterparts from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine next week to discuss ways they could collaborate to reduce opiate abuse across the New England region. Spokespeople for Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, Connecticut's Dannel Malloy and New Hampshire's Maggie Hassan confirmed the governors would attend next week's summit. Representatives of Vermont's Peter Shumlin and Maine's Paul LePage were not immediately able to comment. An earlier effort by Patrick to cut opioid drug use in the state by banning the sale of Zogenix Inc's prescription painkiller Zohydro was knocked down by a federal court in April, which ruled that only the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had the authority to regulate such sales. (Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Sofina Mirza-Reid)

01 июня 2013, 01:39

Investigation Into Poisoned Letters To Obama, Bloomberg Widens

* Man in Texas being questioned about letters to Obama, Bloomberg * Five threatening letters sent earlier from Washington state * Ricin letter to CIA detected but not found, says FBI (Adds Shreveport postmark, additional detail on CIA letter) By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, May 31 (Reuters) - U.S. authorities are investigating a Texas man over threatening letters containing a deadly poison mailed to U.S. President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a law enforcement official said on Friday. The probe comes as FBI officials continue investigating a separate batch of ricin-laced letters sent earlier this month from Washington state to the president and four other targets, including the CIA and a military facility. At this point, investigators do not think the two cases are connected, the source said. FBI investigators in Texas are questioning a man in New Boston, Texas after his wife called the police to report suspicious activity, the law enforcement source said. The agency is proceeding cautiously, and the man has not been charged, the source added. Those letters were postmarked May 20 from Shreveport, Louisiana, according to an official briefed on the investigation. They referred to the debate over the nation's gun laws and also were sent to Bloomberg's gun control group in Washington, D.C. Initial tests showed they contained ricin. ID:nL2N0EA26I] In the Washington state case, the FBI said on Thursday that three of the five letters, including the letter to Obama, have been intercepted and contained ricin. A fourth letter to Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane has been located, and a fifth letter to the CIA was detected but not found, the FBI's Seattle office said in a statement. "The CIA letter was detected during the mail process but it was sent to a facility that does not receive mail deliveries," said Ayn Dietrich, a spokeswoman for FBI Seattle. "We can't offer more granularity into detection methods," she said when asked what it meant for the letter to be "detected." Authorities have already charged a Washington state man, Matthew Ryan Buquet, for allegedly mailing one of the five letters to a U.S. district judge in Spokane. On Thursday, the FBI said that letter is similar to the other four letters from Washington under investigation. "We are aware of similarities between the five letters listed in the press release. The Shreveport letters are separate from this Spokane investigation," Dietrich said. Mail to top public officials is not delivered directly, but instead goes through off-site screening facilities first. The letter sent to Bloomberg's group Mayors Against Illegal Guns was opened by its director. Authorities have intercepted several ricin-laced letters in recent weeks. The poisonous substance is found naturally in castor beans but can be converted into a lethal form that can cause death within days. There is no known antidote. The FBI is moving cautiously after wrongly arresting a suspect in another recent ricin case, the source said. James Everett Dutschke, a Tupelo, Mississippi martial arts instructor, was arrested in April with allegedly sending poison-laced letters to Obama and two other public officials after authorities first arrested another man who worked as an Elvis impersonator. (Additional reporting Susan Heavey in Washington, Edith Honan and Chris Francescani in New York and Eric Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst, Sofina Mirza-Reid and Tim Dobbyn)

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11 апреля 2013, 06:01

U.S. Officials Indicted For Falsifying Records

(Adds officials pleading not guilty in sixth paragraph) By Jared Taylor MCALLEN, Texas, April 10 (Reuters) - Two agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security assigned to root out corruption in other law enforcement agencies have been charged in Texas with faking records, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday. Eugenio Pedraza served as special agent in charge of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General in McAllen, Texas, where he was responsible for rooting out corruption in other federal agencies that work along the U.S.-Mexico border. Pedraza and an agent who reported to him falsified records from seven investigations into Customs and Border Protection officers and Border Patrol agents accused of accepting bribes to allow drug shipments and illegal immigrants through international ports of entry between 2009 and 2011, the indictment states. The indictment alleges Pedraza, 49, covered up "severe lapses" in investigative standards ahead of an internal review of the McAllen office, the Justice Department said in its statement. Also charged in the case is Special Agent Marco Rodriguez, 40, accused of following Pedraza's orders to falsify records in ongoing investigations. The indictment shows Rodriguez worked on two of seven cases identified in the indictment as containing false information. Both Rodriguez and Pedraza appeared in federal court in Brownsville, Texas, on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty, according to court documents. Bond was set at $50,000 each. No defense attorneys were listed in court documents for either defendant. Five other agents under Pedraza were assigned to other cases under scrutiny, but were not named in the indictment. Pedraza was accused of directing his subordinates to draft and place backdated memos into investigative files showing progress in cases that never occurred, as well as records involving case reviews that were never performed. Pedraza also is accused of failing to promptly notify the FBI that one of its agents was under investigation. The Justice Department said Pedraza concocted the alleged scheme to make it appear to investigators reviewing his office that cases were being worked properly. A third former special agent, Wayne Ball, has already pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to falsify records in federal investigations. His sentencing is set for July 31. The most severe charges carry maximum sentences of 20 years in prison, as well as a maximum fine of $250,000 on each count. (Reporting by Jared Taylor; Editing by Mary Wisniewski, Sofina Mirza-Reid, Greg McCune and Lisa Shumaker)