Friday, April 20, 2018
News Roundup

Albuquerque police chief vows reforms after violence

New Mexico

Police chief vows reforms after violence

A day after a protest over Albuquerque police shootings devolved into violence, the city's new police chief on Monday commended officers for showing restraint and said he is about to unveil reforms that include changes to the embattled department's recruiting process. Chief Gorden Eden spoke to reporters after more than 300 people took to the streets Sunday, calling for him and other city officials to resign. The protest turned violent that evening, when people began hunting down officers, throwing rocks and bottles, and spitting on officers, he said.

Jerusalem

Olmert convicted of taking bribes

Ehud Olmert, the former Israeli prime minister who was forced from office under a corruption cloud, was convicted Monday of taking bribes to ease the construction of a huge housing complex while he was mayor of Jerusalem, dashing his much-discussed dream of a political comeback. Olmert, who did not go to jail after a 2012 conviction for breach of trust in a separate case, could now face up to seven years in prison, legal experts said.

Pittsburgh

Jury: Black teen falsely arrested

Three white officers accused in a federal civil rights lawsuit of beating a black performing arts high school student falsely arrested him but didn't use excessive force, a jury found Monday, awarding him $119,000 in damages. The split verdict by the all-white jury of four men and four women had attorneys for 22-year-old Jordan Miles and the officers — David Sisak, Michael Saldutte and Richard Ewing — claiming victory, with neither side completely satisfied.

Pakistan

Musharraf indicted in treason case

A special Pakistani court on Monday indicted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on five counts of high treason, a charge that potentially carries the death penalty and delivers a sharp blow to the country's powerful military. The development is the first time that an acting or former army chief has been indicted for treason in Pakistan, where the military has taken power in three coups since the country was founded in 1947.

Elsewhere

Washington: Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, an Idaho man who pleaded guilty to firing an assault rifle at the White House in 2011, striking the executive mansion more than half a dozen times, was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison.

Paris: The United Nations' highest court Monday ordered Japan to halt its annual whaling hunt in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica, saying that its present program was not being carried out for scientific purposes, as Japan has claimed.

Washington: With just hours to spare, Congress stepped Monday to finalize legislation to prevent doctors who treat Medicare patients from being hit with a 24 percent cut in their payments from the government. The Senate's 64-35 vote sends a measure to delay the cuts for a year to President Barack Obama, who's expected to quickly sign it. The House passed the measure last week.

New Delhi: The U.S. ambassador to India says she has submitted her resignation to President Barack Obama and will retire before the end of May. Ambassador Nancy Powell did not give any reasons for her decision.

Times wires

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