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US stocks sink; Nasdaq drops 2.4%

US stocks fell sharply Wednesday with Nasdaq suffering the deepest declines on worries that technology and biotech stocks have become overvaluedNew York (AFP) - US stocks fell sharply Wednesday with Nasdaq suffering the deepest declines on worries that technology and biotech equities have become overvalued.


Recording video grows in use as feature of police stun guns

Hummelstown, Pa., Police officer Lisa Mearkle walks into District Judge Lowell A. Witmer's office in West Hanover Twp., Tuesday, March 24, 2015, for her preliminary arraignment in connection with the shooting death of David Kassick during a traffic stop in February 2015. She was charged with criminal homicide, and is being held without bail over the Feb. 2 shooting. Investigators say Mearkle had incapacitated Kassick with a stun gun and he was on the ground when she shot him twice. She told investigators she thought he was reaching into his jacket for a gun.(AP Photo/PennLive.com, Mark Pynes)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The existence of cameras attached to stun guns was news to a Pennsylvania prosecutor who said Wednesday that a recording made by an officer's own stun gun was the strongest evidence used to charge her this week with homicide for a man's shooting death in February.


Terror convict: My mother and the FBI violated my rights

This undated handout image provide by the US Court for the Easter District of Virginia shows Zachary Chesser. When Chesser tried to travel to Somalia to join the terror group al-Shabab, he took his infant son with him, hoping that flying with a baby would make him look less suspicious. It didn’t work. Chesser was arrested, charged and convicted of attempting to support terrorist groups and soliciting violence online, not only by trying to join Al-Shabab, but also by using the Internet to threaten the creators of the “South Park” cartoon series for episodes he felt were insulting to the prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/US Court for the Easter District of Virginia)McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Muslim convert Zachary Chesser of Virginia was very much on law enforcement's radar after posting threats against the creators of "South Park" for cartoons he felt insulted the prophet Muhammad.


Greek central banker optimistic on chances of debt deal

The chances of Greece doing a deal with its European creditors have grown since a meeting in Berlin this week, Greek central bank governor Yannis Stournaras said on Wednesday, adding that an exit from the euro would only bring his country more pain. Speaking to a packed hall at the London School of Economics, Stournaras also said the European Central Bank's latest increase in emergency funding for Greek banks showed that their situation going forward was stable.

Rio mayor unveils controversial Olympic golf course

Rio de Janiero's mayor Eduardo Paes, second right, gestures during a visit to the Olympic Golf course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The mayor has defended the city's controversial Olympic golf course, which has become a touchstone of criticism from environmental activists and is at the center of complicated legal wranglings since the course was partially carved out of a nature reserve. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's mayor unveiled the city's controversial Olympic golf course on Wednesday and laid out an ardent defense of a project that has been criticized by environmental activists and is at the center of legal wranglings.


Ex-U.S. war prisoner Bergdahl charged with desertion, misbehavior

U.S. Army Private Bergdahl watches as one of his captors displays his identity tag at an unknown location in AfghanistanBy KELLY TWEDELL FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a former Taliban prisoner in Afghanistan, was formally charged on Wednesday with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted of the most serious count, the Army said. Bergdahl's attorney, Eugene Fidell of Yale Law School, said the Army had scheduled an Article 32 investigation, similar to a ground jury proceeding in civilian law, to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to proceed with a court-martial on the charges. Bergdahl, 28, was released from Taliban custody last summer in a controversial prisoner swap that saw five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, transferred to Qatar, where they were required to remain for a year. Bergdahl disappeared on June 30, 2009, from Combat Outpost Mest-Lalak in Paktika Province in eastern Afghanistan and was subsequently captured.


Facebook's Messenger app adding more ways to connect

CEO Mark Zuckerberg gestures while delivering the keynote address at the Facebook F8 Developer Conference Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is trying to mold its Messenger app into a more versatile communications hub as smartphones create new ways for people to connect with friends and businesses beyond the walls of the company's ubiquitous social network.


US Army charges ex-POW Bergdahl with desertion

US Army handout photo shows Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl, before his capture by the Taliban in AfghanistanThe US soldier who was held by insurgents for five years after disappearing from his post in Afghanistan has been charged with desertion and "misbehavior before the enemy", officers said Wednesday. Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, 28, was released in May last year in a controversial swap for five Taliban detainees held at the US-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The only American in uniform to be held by insurgents in the Afghanistan war, Bergdahl was held in captivity by Taliban-linked Haqqani militants after he went missing from his base in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border in June 2009. Under the military's code of justice, Bergdahl faces one count of desertion "with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty" and one count of misbehavior that endangers a command, unit or place, Colonel Daniel King told reporters in a televised announcement at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


US Supreme Court sides with women in pregnant worker case

Peggy Young (R), the plaintiff in Young vs UPS, and her attorney Sharon Fast Gustafson, answer questions outside the US Supreme Court after the court heard arguments in her case December 3, 2014 in Washington, DCThe US Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with a former delivery driver who claims she was the victim of discrimination when she became pregnant. The nation's top judges voted 6-3 to allow the plaintiff, Peggy Young, to pursue her lawsuit against the delivery firm UPS, after the case was blocked by a lower court. Young claims she was the victim of discrimination in 2006 when she sought a change in her working conditions after conceiving through in vitro fertilization. "This is long overdue," employment law expert David Gregory said.


Yemeni President Hadi no longer at residence: U.S. State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi is no longer at his residence, but the United States cannot confirm further details about his location, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Wednesday. "We were in touch with him earlier today," spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters at a briefing. "He is no longer at his residence. I'm not in position to confirm any additional details from here about his location." She said Hadi left the residence voluntarily. (Writing by Bill Trott; Editing by Susan Heavey)

A look at the nationalities of victims in France jet crash

A Spanish flag flies at half staff for the victims of the Germanwings passenger jet, in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The plane carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in the French Alps region as it traveled from Barcelona to Duesseldorf in Germany. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)Germanwings says 150 people were aboard the plane that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday, but it has not yet given a final toll of the victims' nationalities. The company says it's still trying to reach the relatives of some victims and that the count is complicated because some passengers may have held dual citizenship.


Police: Possibly abducted California woman called father

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Police say a woman who was reported kidnapped from her boyfriend's San Francisco Bay area home and held for ransom has contacted her father to say she's in the Southern California city of Huntington Beach.

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