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Exclusive: U.S. plans to plug coal royalty loophole padding export profits

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:21
By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is drafting rules designed to close an accounting loophole that in recent years has helped coal companies boost export profits and likely cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, people familiar with the plan said. American taxpayers by law are due a 12.5 percent royalty on the sales of millions of tons of coal pulled each year from federal land that mining companies lease. ...

Nurse Amber Vinson free of Ebola virus, family says

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:16

Barely a week after being diagnosed with Ebola, Texas nurse Amber Vinson is free of the deadly virus, her family said Wednesday night.

Sergeant-at-arms hailed as hero

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:24

Kevin Vickers is credited with shooting a gunman in an attack at the Canadian Parliament.

Koch Brothers Super PAC adds another $6.5 million in TV ads

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:02

The Koch brothers-backed super PAC is adding to its TV spending over the final two weeks leading up to the midterm elections, dropping an additional $6.5 million into six competitive U.S. Senate races. The ads will link Democratic candidates to President Obama.

Latest update in Canada shootings

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:49

Police search for suspects near the National War Memorial in central Ottawa.

2 dead in shooting at Canadian Parliament

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:26

Parliament remains on lockdown after a uniformed soldier and a gunman are fatally shot.

Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:25

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong.

U.S. jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards in 2007 Baghdad killings

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:23

By Aruna Viswanatha and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a sweeping victory for the U.S. government, a federal jury on Wednesday found four former Blackwater guards guilty on nearly every count they faced in connection with the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle. Jurors found three of the ex-guards guilty of manslaughter and weapons charges, and a fourth guilty of murder. The verdict comes more than seven years after the shooting incident that outraged Iraqis and inflamed anti-American sentiment around the world. ...

All four Blackwater guards found guilty in 2007 Iraq shootings

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:14

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong.

Man faked coma for two years

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 08:35

LONDON (AP) — He might have got away with it if it hadn't been for his supermarket loyalty card.

One shooter confirmed dead in Ottawa

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 08:28

Police say three separate shooting scenes; Canadian soldier taken to hospital, Parliament remains on lockdown. Live updates.

Tests return for dog belonging to nurse with Ebola

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 08:20

Bentley, the year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel owned by Ebola-infected Texas nurse Nina Pham, has tested negative for Ebola, officials said Wednesday.

CDC: 21-day Ebola monitoring for W. African travelers to U.S.

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 08:01

(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday announced new measures to monitor for Ebola anyone entering the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea for a 21-day period. Under the measures starting Monday, travelers from the three West African countries will be expected to check in with health officials every day and report their temperatures and any Ebola symptoms through the 21-day period, the CDC said. (Reporting by Bill Berkrot; Editing by Grant McCool)

U.S. Ebola 'czar' starts work, drugmakers launch vaccine drive

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:54

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new U.S. Ebola "czar" starts work on Wednesday as the Obama administration ramps up its response to the potential spread of the virus, and drugmakers started a project to accelerate development of a vaccine and produce millions of doses. As the administration boosted airport screening measures in response to criticism that it was slow to act against Ebola, a Pentagon emergency Ebola medical team was scheduled to begin training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. ...

Suspected Indiana serial killer's 1st hearing postponed

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:47

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A man who allegedly confessed to killing seven women in Indiana refused to respond to the judge during his initial court appearance Wednesday, prompting her to postpone it and to warn him he'd spend "the rest of his life" in jail unless he cooperates.

Fowle back at Ohio home 'in good health' after detention in North Korea

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:45

By Jon Herskovitz (Reuters) - American Jeffrey Fowle returned to his home in southern Ohio on Wednesday, with his lawyer saying he was in good health after a nearly half-year detention in reclusive North Korea. Fowle, 56, had been one of three Americans held by Pyongyang, which typically has tried to use the release of foreign captives as a way to build domestic political support for its leaders. ...

U.S. airdrop to Kurdish fighters was wrong, says Turkey's president

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 06:03

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday it was wrong of the United States to air drop military supplies to Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian border town of Kobani, as some weapons were seized by Islamic State militants besieging it. The Pentagon said on Tuesday the vast majority of the U.S. supplies dropped on Sunday had reached the Kurdish fighters despite an online video showing Islamic State jihadists with a bundle. "What was done here on this subject turned out to be wrong. ...

Care for a little 'Hitler' in your coffee?

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:44

Geneva (AFP) - Swiss retailer Migros apologised on Wednesday for what it said was a string of errors which put coffee cream with the faces of Hitler and Mussolini in cafes in the Alpine country.

3 Denver teens possibly tried to join Islamic State

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:42

Girls headed for Turkey, stopped in Germany; authorities now looking at friends for similar sentiments.

Family reunion for N. Korean detainee

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:12

Ohio man, held nearly half a year for leaving a bible behind in a bar, on home ground.