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Apologies demanded for senator's comments on race

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 19:28

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Republicans are calling on Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu to apologize after she suggested Thursday that President Barack Obama's deep unpopularity in the South is partly tied to race.

Lack of mechanics threatens U.S. Air Force target date for F-35

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 19:23
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force may miss its target of August 2016 to start using the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet in combat if Congress blocks the service's plan to retire its A-10 tank-killer aircraft, a top U.S. general said Thursday. Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan, the Pentagon's F-35 program chief, told reporters the Air Force was counting on training experienced A-10 mechanics to help reach the total 1,100 mechanics needed to declare that the F-35 had reached "initial operational capability" or IOC. ...

Alleged Pa. cop killer captured

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 17:51

Nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride; negotiations fail

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 17:31

By Steve Holland CAPE ELIZABETH Maine (Reuters) - A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine's order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage. Attorneys for Kaci Hickox, 33, said they had not yet been served with a court order to enforce the 21-day quarantine - matching the virus's maximum incubation period - but remained prepared to fight such an order if necessary. ...

Elusive Pennsylvania ambush suspect captured, ending manhunt

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 17:05

By Joe McDonald BLOOMING GROVE Pa. (Reuters) - The survivalist suspected of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper and seriously wounding a second officer in a sniper attack in September was taken into custody after a seven-week manhunt, police said on Thursday. Eric Matthew Frein, 31, eluded capture by hundreds of law enforcement officers since the Sept. 12 ambush of the troopers outside a state police barracks in Blooming Grove. The attack killed Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass, 31. ...

National Guard arrives in Hawaii town threatened by lava

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:08

By Karin Stanton PAHOA Hawaii (Reuters) - National Guard troops arrived in a Hawaii town threatened by a slow-moving river of molten lava on Thursday, and were greeted with cheers by residents of the Big Island community where they are to provide security as the volcanic flow advances. The lava flow from the Kilauea volcano has been slithering toward the Big Island village of Pahoa for weeks, although it slowed to a turtle's pace on Thursday and at last watch had advanced only a few feet (meters) over several hours, said Darryl Oliveira, director of Hawaii County Civil Defense. ...

Relatives suspect poison in deaths of Utah family

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:21
(Reuters) - The relatives of a Utah family who were found dead last month in a locked bedroom at their home suspect they died from poison and say details from court documents published this week begin to confirm their suspicions, local media said on Thursday. The bodies of Benjamin and Kristi Strack and three of their children aged 11 to 14 were discovered on Sept. 27 in Springville, about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News have cited police search warrants that say each victim was discovered lying with cups of red-colored liquid nearby. ...

Big change comes to 'The View'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:51

Big change comes to 'The View'

Israel-Sweden tension builds even more

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:39

Israel responds to Sweden's recognition of a Palestinian state.

National Guard heads to Hawaii town threatened by river of lava

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:01

By Karin Stanton PAHOA Hawaii (Reuters) - A contingent of National Guard troops was dispatched to a Hawaii town on Thursday to provide security to the Big Island community threatened by a river of molten lava that is slowly creeping toward the town's main road, an emergency official said. The lava flow from the Kilauea volcano has been slithering toward the village of Pahoa for weeks and at last watch was advancing at less than five yards (meters) an hour, said Darryl Oliveira, director of Hawaii County Civil Defense. ...

Group: State Department too top-heavy with Obama picks

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:46

At a time when "The world is a mess," President Barack Obama has packed too many political appointees into top jobs at the State Department, and should replace retiring Deputy Secretary of State William Burns with a career diplomat, a foreign service group warns.

Four dead, several injured after plane crashes at Kansas airport

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:32

By Alice Mannette WICHITA Kan. (Reuters) - A small airplane crashed into a building at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas, on Thursday morning, killing at least four people, injuring five and setting off an explosion and fire, officials said. The twin-turbo airplane struck a building on the airport grounds that does pilot training and at least five people were reported missing, officials said. "I heard a big loud noise but it was muffled. I saw smoke and flames. I rushed over," said Lana Johnson, 65, who was in a post office near the airport when the plane crashed. ...

Tuesday's elections will be landmark for conservation

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:32

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Voters across the nation are deciding whether to set aside billions of dollars for parks and preservation in what some environmentalists are calling one of the most significant elections for land conservation in American history.

At least two feared dead in Wichita airport crash

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:20

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Officials say at least two people are dead after a small plane reported losing engine power and crashed into a building at a Kansas airport.

Longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino dies at 71

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:10

BOSTON (Reuters) - Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston history who led the city after the 2013 marathon bombing, has died at age 71 from cancer, a former spokesman said on Thursday. Menino ran New England's largest city for two decades before he stepped down in early 2014 at the end of his fifth term, saying he could no longer keep up the intense schedule. "I am truly sad to learn of the death of Mayor Thomas M. Menino," said spokesman is John Guilfoil. ...

Halloween canceled where Pa. manhunt continues

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:44

As police in rural Barrett Township search for suspected trooper shooter Eric Frein, holiday ritual won't be held.

NC courthouse shooting: One suspect in jail, one pursued

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 06:34

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — One suspect has been arrested and another is being sought on an assault charges in the shooting at a North Carolina courthouse that wounded two men.

NATO says watching increased Russian miiltary moves in Europe airspace

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 06:08

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the transatlantic alliance remained vigilant after an increase in Russian military manoeuvres in European airspace. "NATO is strong, it remains vigilant," he said during a visit to Athens. Russian strategic bombers, fighters and tanker aircraft have been intercepted on Tuesday and Wednesday in what NATO said earlier was "unusual" activity. "This strength is our answer" to what NATO has termed large-scale Russian military manoeuvres over the Atlantic, Baltic, North and Black seas earlier this week, when they skirted NATO airspace.

N. Korea imposes Ebola quarantine

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 05:48

Foreigners will be isolated for 21 days over fears of the spread of the virus.

World must do more to fight Ebola: UN envoy Power

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 05:48

Returning from W. Africa, ambassador to UN says world must confront "greatest public health crisis ever."