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In 2016 operation, Dr. Carson is outpacing many U.S. presidential rivals

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 02:36

Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon with no experience in the cutthroat world of Washington politics, is riding a surprising wave of support among conservatives that has placed him near the top of contenders for the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. The soft-spoken 63-year-old Carson, an African-American who only officially became a Republican last year, has found an opening in the wide-open race in which 13 candidates are running for the White House. In polls, Carson outperforms most of his fellow candidates, who often have much bigger media profiles, much more political experience and in many cases have track records as governors or senators.

Meet the officer who caught escaped killer David Sweat

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 01:28

Sgt. Jay Cook was alone and on a routine patrol when he shot and captured the fugitive.

Decisions in last 3 Supreme Court cases expected Monday

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 23:37

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is meeting for the final time until the fall to decide three remaining cases and add some new ones for the term that starts in October.

Greece orders banks closed for a week after run on ATMs

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 21:31

Greece announced early Monday it will shut banks for a week and impose capital controls, pleading for calm after anxious citizens emptied cash machines in a dramatic escalation of the country's debt crisis. Banks will be closed until July 6 -- the day after a referendum on bailout proposals -- with a 60-euro ($65) limit on ATM withdrawals, but foreign tourists, a vital engine of the Greek economy, will be exempt from the restrictions, a decree published in the official government gazette said. The drastic measures to protect Greece's banking system against the threat of mass panic came after the European Central Bank said it would not increase its financial support to Greek lenders, despite early signs of a chaotic bank run.

Greece imposes capital controls, banks to remain shut

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 19:03

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's five-year financial crisis took its most dramatic turn yet, with the cabinet deciding after an 8-hour session that Greek banks would remain shut for six business days and restrictions would be imposed on cash withdrawals.

New York prison break ends with shooting of second fugitive

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 17:48

David Sweat, one of two New York state inmates who escaped from prison three weeks ago, was shot by police near the Canadian border and rushed to a local hospital on Sunday, two days after his accomplice was killed, authorities said. Some 1,300 members of law enforcement took part in the search through the forests and bogs of northern New York. Sweat, 35, was shot twice and taken into custody in the town of Constable, 23 miles (37 km) north of Duane, where his accomplice was fatally shot on Friday, authorities said.

Texas attorney general says county clerks can refuse gay couples

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 16:30

The nation's top court said on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to wed, handing a victory to the American gay rights movement. Paxton said in a statement that hundreds of public officials in Texas were seeking guidance on how to implement what he called a lawless and flawed decision by an "activist" court.

South Carolina's 'Holy City' united by faith and hospitality

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 15:51

By David Adams CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - In the midst of mourning the nine victims gunned down at a historic African-American church in Charleston earlier this month, retired nurse Vickie Countryman found herself shopping for an upcoming wedding. Countryman, 60, was stunned when she learned that one of the massacre victims was the assistant's cousin. "Her parting words to me were: 'It's okay, we're going to be okay'," said Countryman.

2nd escaped murderer is shot, captured after other killed

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 15:27

David Sweat is being held by police after he was shot and captured near Canadian border.

SpaceX rocket destroyed on way to space station, cargo lost

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 13:28

An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station broke apart Sunday shortly after liftoff. It was a severe blow to NASA, the third cargo mission to fail in eight months. The ...

Second NY prison escapee shot and captured

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 12:54

A convicted murderer who escaped from a maximum-security New York prison three weeks ago has been shot and captured, authorities and media said Sunday, two days after his fellow escapee was shot dead. David Sweat was wounded just two miles (three kilometers) south of the Canadian border and taken to the hospital, several television networks reported, citing unnamed law enforcement sources. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) confirmed on Twitter that Sweat had been captured.

Escaped NY state inmate Sweat shot and in custody: reports

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 12:02
(Reuters) - Escaped New York state prison inmate David Sweat is in custody after being shot by police near the Canadian border, according to media reports on Sunday.

Heavy rain impedes search for New York prison escapee

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 09:04

Law enforcement teams battled driving rain in upstate New York on Sunday in their manhunt for an inmate who escaped from a maximum security prison more than three weeks ago, after police shot and killed his accomplice on Friday. Convicted murderer David Sweat, 35, was still at large after pulling off an elaborate scheme to break out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, about 20 miles from the Canadian border. The manhunt has focused on the remote, heavily wooded area near the border in northern New York since Sweat's accomplice Richard Matt was shot dead by U.S. Border Patrol agents near Malone, about 27 miles (43 km) northwest of Dannemora.

Boy Scout killed in flooding at New Mexico ranch

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 07:29
The scout was discovered missing on Saturday morning and later discovered dead, according to a statement issued by the Philmont Scout Ranch. The boy was swept away in flood waters in the North Ponil Canyon, the New Mexico station said. The Philmont ranch was hit with heavy rainfall early on Saturday that contributed to rising streams and flooding across the property, the ranch statement said.

SpaceX rocket explodes after launch

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 07:09

An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, following what was meant to be a routine cargo mission to the International Space Station. "The vehicle has broken up," said NASA commentator George Diller, after NASA television broadcast images of the white rocket falling to pieces. The disaster was the first of its kind for the California-based company headed by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, who has led a series of successful launches even as competitor Orbital Sciences lost one of its rockets in an explosion in October, and a Russian supply ships was lost in April.

Iran nuclear talks near deadline

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 05:09

Iran's foreign minister prepared to head home for consultations Sunday before returning to join counterparts from other countries at the negotiating table to push for a breakthrough.

Armed Tunisian police swarm streets of tourist towns

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 04:40

By Zoubier Souissi SOUSSE, Tunisia (Reuters) - Hundreds of armed police patrolled the streets of Tunisia's beach resorts on Sunday and the government said it will deploy hundreds more inside hotels after the Islamist militant attack in Sousse that killed 39 foreigners, mostly Britons. Thousands of tourists have left Tunisia since Friday's attack, which has shocked the North African country that relies heavily on tourism for jobs and foreign currency revenues. Britain's Foreign Office warned late on Saturday that Islamist militants may launch further attacks in Tunisia after a gunman opened fire on the Imperial Marhaba resort in the deadliest such attack in Tunisia's modern history.

One injured in shooting at San Francisco gay pride event

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 21:52

Shots were fired at a gay pride event in San Francisco, leaving one man injured, city police said. The incident was believed to have occurred when several groups of men unrelated to the pride event "got in a verbal argument near or inside the venue," the San Francisco Police Department said in a statement. The pride spectator who was shot was believed to be "unrelated to the dispute", SFPD officer Carlos Manfredi told AFP.

Witnesses describe 'hell' of Taiwan water park blast

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 21:33

Witnesses described the scene at a Taiwan water park as "hell" after a ball of fire ripped through a crowd, with authorities putting the number of injured at more than 500 on Sunday, almost 200 of them seriously. The number of those injured in the blast late Saturday, which came as coloured powder being sprayed on the partygoers ignited, more than doubled as authorities began to track down victims who had taken themselves to hospital or been ferried there by others. One male student who sustained minor injuries described the scene as "hell".