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Three people dead in possible Molotov cocktail attack in California

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 19:40
(Reuters) - Three people were found dead inside a Los Angeles-area business on Saturday in what might have been a fire bomb or Molotov cocktail attack, law enforcement said. One victim was alive but covered in flames when firefighters arrived at the early morning blaze in the city of El Monte, east of downtown Los Angeles, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Grace Medrano. The sheriff's office did not release the name of the business, but the Los Angeles Times said it was a tire shop. A witness who called 911 told authorities he saw several suspects throw a Molotov cocktail at the business before driving away, Medrano said.

Live blog: Hollywood collides with politics at WHCD

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 19:37

The annual D.C. event brings together journalists, politicians, and celebrities.


Pockets of violence erupt in Baltimore after march to protest black man's death

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 19:18

By Lacey Johnson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Thousands of people marched through downtown Baltimore on Saturday to protest the unexplained death of a black man in police custody but the demonstrations turned violent when some protesters threw metal objects at officers and broke windows. Saturday's protests began peacefully, with at least 2,000 demonstrators marching to City Hall for a rally, the biggest since 25-year-old Freddie Gray died six days ago, a week after his arrest. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the overwhelming majority of the protesters were peaceful but that agitators disrupted the demonstration. “After a week of peaceful demonstrations I am profoundly disappointed to see the violence in our city this evening,” Rawlings-Blake said at a news conference.


Photos from the red carpet at White House Correspondents' Dinner

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 16:37

Celebrities and journalists arrive for annual affair to celebrate another year of White House coverage.


Russian hackers read Obama's unclassified emails last year: NYT

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 16:01

Russian hackers who penetrated sensitive parts of the White House computer system last year read President Barack Obama's unclassified emails, the New York Times reported on Saturday, quoting U.S. officials. "There is no evidence that the president's email account itself was hacked, White House officials said. Still, the fact that some of Mr. Obama's communications were among those retrieved by hackers has been one of the most closely held findings of the inquiry," the paper said. A White House spokeswoman declined to comment on the report but the White House earlier this month confirmed the breach, saying it took place last year and that it did not affect classified information.


Leaders, charities offer condolences, help after Nepal quake

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 15:17

LONDON (AP) — As world leaders and global charities tried to grasp the scope of an earthquake that devastated Nepal, they offered condolences for the nearly 1,400 people killed and readied emergency aid for the survivors. Mountaineering groups struggled to check on climbers, and Nepalese abroad did their best to reach families in the stricken area.


FBI investigating possible Islamic State terrorism plot in U.S.: CNN

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 15:07
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating a possible Islamic State-inspired terrorism plot in the United States, CNN reported on Saturday, quoting law enforcement officials. A Federal law enforcement official who asked not to be named said there was a known threat to Los Angeles International Airport, but did not say whether this was a new threat or was associated with Islamic State. The Transportation Security Administration had also alerted local law enforcement agencies responsible for security around airports in the state although the possible threat was not necessarily related to aviation, CNN said. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson also declined to comment on the reported threat to Las Angeles airport.

11 stories reportedly under scrutiny so far in NBC's Brian Williams investigation

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 11:22

Sources report that an NBC internal investigation has so far revealed 11 occasions on which the former "Nightly News" anchor appears to have bent the truth about his reporting.


Hey, that's my cappuccino! Coyote captured outside lower Manhattan cafe

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 10:44

Police captured a young, female coyote outside a cafe in a residential area of lower Manhattan on Saturday, the latest in a series of coyote sightings in New York City, where an increasing number of the predators are making their home. An emergency operator fielded a 911 call early Saturday morning reporting a coyote sighting at North Cove Marina near Battery Park City, said Detective Annette Markowski, spokeswoman for the New York Police Department. It was placed in a cage and transported in a police cruiser to Manhattan Animal Care and Control for examination. "It is healthy and will be released into an appropriate wilderness area somewhere in New York City, probably today," said a spokesman for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.


Day of protests planned in Baltimore after black man's death

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 10:19

Waves of demonstrators were expected to descend on Baltimore on Saturday to protest the unexplained death of a black man after he was taken into custody, a day after the city's police chief said officers had failed to give him timely medical attention for a spinal injury. Both were due to start at the place where Freddie Gray, 25, was detained on April 12 for carrying a switchblade knife and placed inside a police transport van.


Protests in Baltimore over man's death in police custody

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 09:24

Protesters who have been holding demonstrations almost daily this week over the death of Freddie Gray are promising their biggest march yet a day after the Baltimore Police Department acknowledged that it failed to get him the medical attention he needed after his arrest.


Photos from the ground: Devastating earthquake hits Nepal

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 07:16

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal Saturday, causing an avalanche on Mount Everest and crumbling buildings in Katmandu, the capital. Nepal’s Home Ministry announced an initial death toll of 686, a number that is continuing to rise. We are collecting stories and from the ground and live updates on the death toll and damages as the story develops.


8 dead, more missing in quake-triggered avalanche on Everest

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:09

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake in Nepal smashed into a base camp at the foothills of Mount Everest on Saturday, killing at least eight climbers and guides, injuring many and leaving an unknown number missing near the mountain's most dangerous spot, officials said.


Magnitude-7.9 quake hits Nepal, causing big damage, injuries

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 01:23

The damage includes toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said.


Witnesses: Some buildings collapse in Nepal capital after 7.7 quake

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 00:55

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A shallow earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Saturday causing buildings to collapse, injuring many and leaving a pall of dust over the city, witnesses said. The initial unconfirmed death toll was at least four but could be expected to rise significantly as Kathmandu's decrepit buildings, crisscrossed by narrow alleys, are home to large families. At the main hospital in Kathmandu, people with broken limbs and arms were being rushed in for treatment. A girl died after a statue fell on her in a park in Kathmandu, a witness said, while another died in India when her house collapsed.


Southwest Airlines flight diverted to Denver over "pressurization": media

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 22:55
(Reuters) - A Southwest Airlines flight en route to Milwaukee from Las Vegas had to divert to Denver on Friday night due to a "pressurization issue," local broadcaster FOX31 reported. The airline said in a statement to FOX31 that the plane, which was carrying 175 passengers and six crew members, landed safely at Denver International Airport around 8:30 p.m. local time. One person was injured after falling during the deplaning process, FOX31 said. The diversion was blamed on a "pressurization issue," though the statement did not elaborate on the problem.

Starbucks payment system outage in U.S., Canada resolved

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 21:58

(Reuters) - Starbucks Corp said on Friday night that an outage affecting payment systems at a number of its stores in the United States and Canada had been resolved. "The point of sale register outage has been resolved and all Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada are expected to open for business as usual on Saturday," a statement on the company's website said. "We apologize to our customers for this inconvenience." Starbucks said the outage also affected its Evolution Fresh and Teavana stores, which the company said would also open as scheduled on Saturday.


Washington governor signs medical marijuana overhaul

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 21:44

(Reuters) - Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Friday signed a bill that will overhaul the state's medical marijuana market, reconciling the long unregulated system with the voter-approved recreational pot industry. While marijuana remains illegal under federal law, voters in Washington state and Colorado approved recreational cannabis use in landmark votes in 2012 that ushered in licensed and taxed retail stores offering a range of products to adults. "Today, after tremendous hard work and compromise by legislators on both sides of the aisle, I signed a bill that will create a medical marijuana system that works for Washington." The bill will remove collective gardens that supply medical dispensaries starting next year, in favor of four-person "cooperatives." Some existing collectives will be allowed to continue operating however, if granted a license on the basis of factors such as the applicant's tax history. It will also establish a voluntary database of medical patients and let authorized patients possess three times the amount of marijuana allowed by the recreational-use law.


Indiana university in lockdown on report of armed person

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 20:32
(Reuters) - An Indiana university was in lockdown late on Friday night after an armed person was reported near the main administration building, school officials said. Manchester University in a statement advised students at its North Manchester campus, some 36 miles (58 km) west of Fort Wayne, to shelter in place. "Barricade yourself in a room, stay away from windows. Be quiet, silence cell. Wait for police or All-Clear," the school said in a campus alert. Further details were not immediately provided by the school. (Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Michael Perry)

Olympian Bruce Jenner makes transgender history by identifying as a woman

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 19:57

By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner said on Friday that he identifies as a woman, becoming the most high-profile American to come out as transgender. The 65-year-old Jenner made the declaration in a wide-ranging interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, nearly 40 years after his record-breaking Olympic gold-medal win in the decathlon that gave him the unofficial title of "World's Greatest Athlete." At the outset of the taped interview, Sawyer asked "Are you a woman?" and Jenner responded, "Yes, for all intents and purposes I am a woman." "People look at me differently," Jenner added.


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