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U.S. House Benghazi panel says State Deptartment to hand over documents Tuesday

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 18:05

The U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 attacks on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, said the State Department has pledged to hand over 5,000 new pages of documents related to the incident on Tuesday. "The State Department has informed the Committee it will make a production of approximately 5,000 pages tomorrow - the second largest production the Committee has received and the largest since last summer," Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, the committee's chairman, said in a statement on Monday. The documents are not expected to include emails involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has been embroiled in a controversy over her use of a private email account while she was America's top diplomat.

Colorado theater shooter's sister says his eyes changed

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 16:53

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — When the younger sister of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes visited him in jail nearly two years after the attack, his eyes bulged from his head and he spoke in short, stilted phrases— a vast difference from the loving brother who protected her while they were growing up, she testified Monday.

Boy Scouts of America end total ban on gay adults

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 16:51

The Boy Scouts of America ends the ban but still allows church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons.

Boy Scouts lift blanket ban on gay adult leaders, employees

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 16:48

By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America lifted its outright ban on openly gay adult leaders and employees on Monday, rolling back a policy that has deeply divided the membership of the 105-year-old Texas-based organization. The new policy, which takes effect immediately, comes three years after the organization removed its prohibition on gay youth, but local Boy Scout units chartered by religious organizations will still be permitted to exclude gay adults from serving as den leaders, scoutmasters or camp counselors. The latest action, the Boy Scouts said in a statement posted online, "respects the rights of religious chartered organizations to choose adult volunteers whose beliefs are consistent with their own." However, no adult applying for a job as a paid employee or as a volunteer outside a local unit will be denied on the basis of sexual orientation, according to the resolution approved on Monday night.

New York Gov. Cuomo announces new LaGuardia Airport

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 15:59

NEW YORK (AP) — A year after comparing New York's LaGuardia Airport to "some Third World Country," Vice President Joe Biden helped unveil an ambitious plan Monday to rebuild its collection of aging terminals into a modern, unified hub while easing congestion by doubling the space available for planes to operate.

Louisiana shooting suspect never involuntarily committed: Georgia authorities

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 15:08

Suspect John R. Houser, who killed himself after Thursday's rampage in Lafayette, Louisiana, purchased the weapon he used in the attack from an Alabama pawnshop in 2014, authorities say. "We did not receive an involuntary commitment order on John Houser, because there was no order," Sherry Lang, deputy director of public affairs for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, told Reuters in a phone interview on Monday.

U.S. Navy investigates report of cancer cluster at Guantanamo

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 14:41
The U.S. Navy is investigating a complaint that seeks the evacuation of civilian and military lawyers from parts of the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, following reports of cancer cases among personnel working on the trials of detainees there. At least seven civilians and military members who worked on detainee trials at Guantanamo Bay have been diagnosed with cancer, according to the complaint, which was filed with the U.S. Defense Department’s Office of the Inspector General. The complaint claims that an unusually large number of relatively healthy and young people who worked at the base have been diagnosed with cancer.

Boston out of running for 2024 Summer Olympic Games bid

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:10

The city of Boston is no longer a candidate to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

Clinton aims high in green energy plan

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:52

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Calling climate change one of the "most urgent threats of our time," Hillary Rodham Clinton laid out elements of a sweeping plan Monday that would see every U.S. home powered by renewable energy by 2027, even as she declined to take a position on the Keystone XL oil pipeline opposed by environmental activists.

Colorado massacre trial jurors quizzed over Lafayette shooting

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:46

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The judge in the Colorado movie massacre trial asked jurors on Monday if they saw reports of last week's deadly shooting at a Louisiana cinema, and whether they could remain impartial as they decide the fate of Aurora gunman James Holmes. After the questioning, Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour decided not to dismiss any jurors, saying they only had brief exposure to information about the Louisiana case. Holmes, 27, has been found guilty of killing 12 people and wounding 70 during a midnight screening of a Batman film at a suburban Denver multiplex in 2012.

U.S. drops bid for 2024 Olympics in Boston: committee

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:45
By Scott Malone and Jacqueline Tempera BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) on Monday nixed Boston's bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, just hours after Mayor Martin Walsh said he would not "commit" to a deal if it left city taxpayers vulnerable to the costs of hosting such the large-scale event. "We have not been able to get a majority of the citizens of Boston to support hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games," said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun, in a statement. "Therefore the USOC does not think that the level of support enjoyed by Boston's bid would allow it to prevail over great bids from Paris, Rome, Hamburg, Budapest or Toronto," it added.

Magazine cover features 35 of Bill Cosby's accusers

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 06:06

New York Magazine has published an explosive cover story chronicling the stories of nearly three dozen women who have accused the 77-year-old comedian of rape or sexual assault over a four-decade span.

Obama chides 2016 candidates for 'ridiculous,' 'sad' remarks

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 05:48

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Insisting that Americans deserve better, President Barack Obama chided Republicans Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz on Monday for a series of campaign-trail attacks that he said would be "ridiculous if it weren't so sad."

DJ Henry was a black man killed by police. Should he be a cause?

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 05:25

Dan and Angella Henry sit in the windowed kitchen of their stately home in Easton, Mass. — the trampoline and swimming pool out back, the trees and hummingbird feeders all around, the artfully arranged platter of sandwiches on the granite counter.

Boston mobster 'Whitey' Bulger's lawyers set to appeal conviction

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 03:11

Lawyers for former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger are set to challenge his 2013 racketeering conviction on Monday, contending a judge wrongly blocked them from arguing that a U.S. official had given him immunity for his crimes. Bulger, 85, was found guilty of committing or ordering 11 murders in the 1970s and 1980s in a trial that shone a light on his corrupt relationship with federal agents and prosecutors in Boston, who turned a blind eye to the Irish-American gangster's crimes in return for information they could use against the Italian-American Mafia. The former head of the "Winter Hill" gang currently is serving a sentence of two life terms plus five years for what U.S. District Judge Denise Casper called his "unfathomable" crimes.

Boy Scouts expected to lift ban on gay adult leaders on Monday

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 03:07

By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America is expected to end its ban on gay adult leaders on Monday, dismantling a policy that has deeply divided the membership of the 105-year-old Texas-based organization. The Boy Scouts National Executive Board will consider a resolution that was unanimously approved by the organization’s executive committee on July 13. The organization is urging an end to the ban because of "sea change in the law with respect to gay rights." The decision would follow the landmark ruling in late June by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing same-sex marriages nationwide.

Offshore wind power gets foothold in U.S. with Rhode Island project

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 03:04
By Richard Valdmanis NEW SHOREHAM, Rhode Island (Reuters) - Rhode Island's Deepwater Wind will start installing the foundations for North America's first offshore wind farm on Monday, a milestone the company says could pave the way for an industry long established in Europe but that is still struggling with opposition in the United States. The 30-megawatt wind farm, which will include five turbines located three miles (4.8 km) off the coast of the bucolic summer tourist destination of Block Island, will take more than a year to build and is scheduled to produce electricity for the tiny island community and the mainland by the end of next year. "Our belief is once Block Island is up and running, it will bring offshore wind from theory to reality in the United States and open up opportunities to build larger projects," said Jeffrey Grybowski, Deepwater Wind's CEO.

Shanghai share index suffers biggest daily drop since 2007

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 02:23

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Shanghai share index fell the most since early 2007 on Monday as Chinese stocks suffered a renewed sell-off despite government efforts to calm the market.

Pedro Martinez steals the show on Hall of Fame induction day

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 00:09

Former Boston Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez has developed quite the reputation from both his time in the game, and since he's been out of the game.