A top IRS official scheduled to testify Wednesday before the House Oversight committee has notified Congress that she will invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions. Lois Lerner, head of the IRS unit which handled tax-exempt organizations, won't answer questions about what she knows about the improper screening of conservative groups or about why she repeatedly failed to tell Congress that such targeting was going on, according to a letter from her lawyer, William W. Taylor III. "She has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation, but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course," Taylor wrote. read more
Former First Daughter Caroline Kennedy and her fellow jurors took just over an hour to acquit a Harlem man of charges that he sold four "nickel bag" crack rocks at $5 each to an undercover officer near New York City's Harlem River Park. Nelson Chatman, 31, avoided a mandatory minimum prison sentence of six years on the single charge against him, felony criminal sale of a controlled substance. Cops never saw Chatman hand drugs to an alleged steerer, and he had no drugs or pre-recorded buy money on him when he was apprehended after a lengthy chase, his lawyer argued.
UFC fighter Nate Diaz has been suspended 90 days and fined $20,000 by the sport for using an anti-gay slur on Twitter. Diaz called an unnamed UFC official "the biggest f-- in the world" in a message he later removed. In an interview with Fox Sports, his manager Mike Kogan used the same slur and tried to argue that the word wasn't anti-gay. "This was kind of like guys sitting around and one calling the other a b----," Kogan said.
An Everson man who impregnated a preteen girl and forced her to have an abortion must serve a six-year prison sentence, then leave the country.
Luis Gonzalez-Jose, 31, raped the girl at a home in rural Whatcom County while her mother was in the shower, according to charging documents filed in Whatcom County Superior Court.
He brought the girl to a Planned Parenthood clinic in August 2012. She told staff members that her 14-year-old boyfriend impregnated her, but she couldn't give the boy's name or address.
The Indian government is evaluating the possibility of stationing troops in Afghanistan after the international forces begin leaving the country in 2014.
An Indian Ministry of Defence source said no decision has yet been taken, but the possibility of putting boots in Afghanistan is under consideration by the Indian government. read more