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Holiday travelers prepare for tighter security measures amid terror threats

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:57

Millions of Americans are preparing to visit their family as the U.S. State Department warns to stay vigilant against potential terrorism.

Hollande and Obama vow unity against IS, appeal to Russia

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:58

France and the United States pledged Tuesday to step up the fight against the Islamic State group, urging Russia to throw its weight behind global efforts to resolve the four-year Syria conflict. President Francois Hollande met his US counterpart Barack Obama at the White House as Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane dealt a severe blow to efforts to coordinate the fight against IS. Speaking 11 days after jihadists killed 130 people in the French capital, Hollande urged an "implacable" joint response to crush the group in Syria and Iraq.

Chicago policeman charged with murder in shooting of black teen

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 07:36
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A white Chicago policeman was charged on Tuesday with first-degree murder in the October 2014 shooting of a black teenager, a state prosecutor said in a statement. The officer, Jason Van Dyke, was being processed at Chicago's main criminal courthouse and would appear at a bond hearing at noon CST (1800 GMT), said the statement from State's Attorney Anita Alvarez. The city on Wednesday will release a patrol car dashboard camera video that it says shows the officer shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times, killing the 17-year-old.

Pakistani man sentenced in U.S. to 40 years prison for al Qaeda plot

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 06:55

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pakistani man was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Tuesday for plotting to bomb a shopping center in England as part of an al Qaeda plan for attacks in Europe and the United States. Abid Naseer, 29, had faced up to life in prison following his conviction by a U.S. jury in March on charges including that he provided material support to the Islamic militant group. Not in any sense of the word," U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie in Brooklyn told Naseer when imposing the sentence.

Five shot near Minnesota protest of police killing of unarmed black man

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 06:23
By David Bailey MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Police are searching for three white men in the shooting of five people near a Minneapolis police station where demonstrators have gathered for more than a week to protest the shooting of an unarmed black man by officers. None of the injuries were believed life-threatening in the shooting late Monday, a block from the station where protests have taken place since the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark, 24, on Nov. 15, Minneapolis police said in a statement. The Black Lives Matter Minneapolis group protesting Clark's shooting said on its Facebook page that five unarmed protesters were shot by what it described as white supremacists who had been asked to leave and were followed out.

Baltimore officer faces pretrial hearing over black man's death

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 03:02

Officer William Porter, 26, is the first of six Baltimore officers to face trial separately over the death of Freddie Gray in April. Motions on which Judge Barry Williams could rule include a defense request to drop a second-degree assault charge against Porter. Prosecutors also want to bar the defense from bringing up Gray's previous encounters with police.

Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 01:57

Russia claims its plane was still in Syrian airspace at the time of the incident.

U.S. issues worldwide travel warning in wake of terror attacks

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 23:09

The alert says ISIS, al-Qaida, and Boko Haram may be planning attacks in multiple regions.

Source: Chicago cop expected to be charged in teen's death

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 21:03

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County prosecutors are expected to charge a white Chicago police officer with murder in the death of a black teenager who was shot 16 times more than a year ago, an official close to the investigation said Monday night.

ACLU sues Indiana governor over refusal to resettle Syrian refugees

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 21:00

Pence is one of more than 25 U.S. governors, mostly Republicans, who have publicly called on President Barack Obama to stop resettling Syrian refugees following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. In the lawsuit, the ACLU said decisions concerning immigration and refugee resettlement are exclusively the province of the federal government and cannot be dictated by state officials. "Attempts to pre-empt that authority violate both equal protection and civil rights laws and intrude on authority that is exclusively federal," ACLU of Indiana legal director Ken Falk said in a statement.

Family of Muslim teen seeks $15M in clock incident

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 19:54

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a 14-year-old Muslim boy arrested after the homemade clock he took to his Dallas-area school was mistaken for a possible bomb said Monday he was publicly mistreated and deserves $15 million.

Black Lives Matter protesters sue over treatment by California police

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 18:01

Protesters and journalists covering a Black Lives Matter rally in Berkeley, California, have filed a lawsuit alleging "unconstitutional police attacks" on attendees, court records showed. The civil rights lawsuit was filed in federal court on Sunday by the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the National Lawyers Guild against the city and police of Berkeley and nearby Hayward. The Dec. 6, 2014 march stemmed from the decision days earlier by grand juries in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri, to not criminally charge police officers for killing unarmed, black men, the complaint said.

U.S. appeals court rules against Wisconsin abortion doctor law

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 16:39

Abortion providers in Wisconsin had challenged the state law, which requires doctors to have privileges at a hospital within 30 miles (50 km). A federal judge in March permanently blocked the Wisconsin law, ruling that the health benefits, if any, were outweighed by the burden on women's health caused by restricted access to abortion. The U.S. Supreme Court earlier in November agreed to take up a major abortion case for the first time since 2007.

US issues global travel alert due to 'increased terrorist threats'

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 13:52

Washington (AFP) - The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Monday warning American citizens of "increased terrorist threats" in the wake of the Paris attacks.

U.S. issues travel warning, sees 'increased terrorist threats'

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 13:49
The U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert on Monday warning U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling because of what it described as "increased terrorist threats." "Current information suggests that (Islamic State), al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions," the department said in a warning posted on its website. A State Department official noted that the agency has issued worldwide travel alerts in the past and said this latest alert effectively updated past warnings.

Texas move may delay U.S. Supreme Court immigration case review

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 13:44

Texas on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court for more time to file court papers in its dispute with the federal government over President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, a move that could delay a ruling in the case until after Obama leaves office. Twenty-six Republican-governed states led by Texas sued to stop Obama's 2014 plan to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.

'Explosives belt' found in Paris suburb

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 12:46
A suspected suicide belt with a similar "configuration" to those used in the Paris attacks was found Monday just south of the French capital, sources close to the investigation said. The object was found in a dustbin in the suburb of Montrouge, a police source said, adding that the device lacked a detonator. Telephone data places Belgian-born Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in the attacks who is believed to still be on the run, in the same area on the night of the attacks, according to a source close to the inquiry.

France finds explosive belt, detects Paris suspect's phone

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 12:15

By Chine Labbé and Gabriela Baczynska PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A suspected explosive belt was found dumped near Paris on Monday and the mobile phone of a fugitive believed to have taken part in the attacks on Nov. 13 was detected in two locations in the city, a source close to the investigation said. France and Belgium have launched a manhunt following the attacks that killed 130 people, with a focus on Brussels barkeeper Salah Abdeslam, 26, who returned to the city from Paris hours after the attacks and is still at large. Abdeslam's mobile phone was detected after the attacks in the 18th district in the north of Paris, near an abandoned car that he had rented, and then later in Chatillon in the south, the source said on Monday.