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White House calls story about Osama bin Laden raid ‘baseless’

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 10:54

Famed investigative journalist Seymour Hersh is standing by his controversial account of the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden despite a growing chorus of critics.

George Zimmerman involved in Florida shooting incident: reports

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 10:53

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder charges in the 2012 shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida, suffered a minor wound in a road-rage shooting incident on Monday, media reports said. Police in Lake Mary, Florida, a suburb of Orlando, said they were investigating the shooting, according to police spokeswoman Bianca Gillett. WFTV said Zimmerman was shot in the face and WESH-TV in Orlando said the wound was minor. Police said it appeared to be a "road-rage incident," according to the FOX 35 television station in Orlando.

Chief: Memo wouldn't have changed cartoon contest response

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 10:49

The Texas police department protecting a controversial Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest wouldn't have changed their response even if they had known about an FBI memo sent to local authorities about one of the gunmen beforehand, the department's chief said Monday.

Crews search for missing after twisters hit Texas, Arkansas

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 07:23

Emergency responders searched through wreckage in parts of Texas and Arkansas early Monday after a line of tornadoes battered several small communities, killing at least two people and injuring dozens of others.

Defense rests after nun says marathon bomber is truly sorry

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 06:49

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case Monday to save him from the death penalty, portraying him as an impressionable teenager from a troubled family who was lured into the deadly plot by his radicalized older brother.

At least 2 dead, 10 missing after Arkansas, Texas tornadoes

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 05:09
At least two people were killed in Arkansas and another 10 unaccounted for in Texas after a series of tornadoes hit the Great Plains states overnight, local officials said on Monday. Two people were killed and two others were severely injured by a tornado that hit a trailer park in the western Arkansas county of Howard, according to local authorities. At least 26 people were injured and 10 adults unaccounted for following a tornado that hit Van Zandt County, Texas, southeast of Dallas, Emergency Management Coordinator and Van Zandt County Fire Marshal Chuck Allen told a news conference, TV broadcaster WFAA reported. About two dozen tornadoes were reported in a region stretching from Texas to South Dakota from storm systems on Sunday that brought heavy rain, hail, high winds and flooding, the National Weather Service reported.

Boston bomber's life in the balance as trial enters home stretch

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 03:03

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Marathon bombing trial heads into its final days on Monday with defense attorneys set to wrap up their argument that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be sentenced to life in prison, rather than death, for the murderous 2013 attack. Defense attorneys contend that he was a willing but secondary player in a scheme driven by his 26-year-old brother. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died on April 19, 2013, following a gunfight with police that ended when Dzhokhar inadvertenly ran him over while speeding away from the scene in a stolen vehicle. Last week, defense attorneys called witnesses, including Russian relatives of Tsarnaev who recalled him as a kind, loving child.

Oil leak cleanup after nuclear plant transformer fire

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 02:24

Part of a New York nuclear power plant remains offline as cleanup continues of transformer fluid that leaked into the Hudson River. The plant owner says it could be weeks before Indian Point 3 is reopened. ...

Mississippi city mourns 2 officers slain in weekend shooting

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 00:39

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — With lowered flags and prayers, a southern Mississippi city is mourning two police officers, while the four people arrested after their shooting deaths await an initial court appearance Monday.

Man, woman charged with murdering two policemen in Mississippi

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 19:11

By Therese Apel JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - A man and woman in Mississippi were arrested and charged with murder on Sunday after two police officers were shot dead a day earlier while conducting a routine traffic stop in Hattiesburg, officials said. Marvin Banks, 29, and Joanie Calloway, 22, were each charged with two counts of capital murder, police said. Banks' brother Curtis, 26, was also arrested and charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder. DuPree said members of the public quickly helped bring to justice those behind the first killing of a police officer in the city for more than 30 years.

Obama: Warren ‘absolutely wrong’ on trade deal

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 17:16

In an interview with Yahoo, President Obama defended what would be a historic trade pact with 11 Asian countries against criticism from Senator Warren and other members of his own party, who say the deal could hurt labor and environmental interests.

Governor says nuclear plant fire produced Hudson oil slick

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 15:07

BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) — Part of a New York nuclear power plant remained offline Sunday after a transformer fire created another problem: thousands of gallons of oil leaking into the Hudson River, officials said.

Prosecutor to announce decision on Wisconsin police shooting

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 13:10
By Mary Reardon MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - A county prosecutor will announce on Tuesday whether a Madison, Wisconsin police officer will face charges in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man whose death has touched off protests in the state capital. The shooting of Tony Robinson Jr., who was biracial, was the latest in a string of incidents involving use of lethal force by law enforcement, particularly against young black men, that led to nationwide demonstrations and renewed debate over police brutality and racism. Madison police have said that Officer Matt Kenny was responding to reports that a man who had battered someone was dodging traffic in the street on March 6 when he encountered Robinson. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, who has said that he would give 24-hours notice before making public his decision on whether to charge Kenny criminally, said on Sunday that he would make the announcement on Tuesday.

Hail, snow, a tornado and a tropical storm for Mother's Day

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 13:09

By Harriet McLeod and Todd Epp CHARLESTON, S.C./SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Reuters) - Hail, snow, a tornado and a tropical storm made it a "severe weather" Mother's Day in much of the center of the United States and on the Carolina coast on Sunday. Tropical Storm Ana, the first named storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, weakened after making landfall near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, but high surf and flooding still threatened the coast. In eastern South Dakota, officials were evacuating residents of Delmont, population 234, after a tornado touched down at 10:50 a.m., causing minor injuries to a few people, demolishing a Lutheran Church, and damaging 20 buildings. "It's a voluntary evacuation, there's no water, no heat, no electricity," Tony Mangan, public information officer for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, told Reuters.

Oil leaked into Hudson River after fire at nuclear reactor near NYC

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 12:08

(Reuters) - Oil leaked into the Hudson River on Sunday after a transformer fire and explosion a day earlier at the Indian Point nuclear plant north of New York City, and Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was concerned about environmental damage. The governor, who in the past has called for the plant to be shut down because of its proximity to densely populated New York City, also visited the plant on Saturday. When the transformer exploded, it released oil into a holding tank, which then overflowed, sending oil onto the ground and into the river, Cuomo told reporters on Sunday after he was briefed by emergency and plant officials. He said crews were working to contain and clean up the oil spill but it was not clear yet how much oil had been released.

Fiorina: 'I'm not a neophyte'

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 11:14

Mother Nature wreaks havoc on Mother's Day

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 11:14

Late-season snow blankets Rockies and high plains; Tropical Storm Ana makes landfall in S.C.

Exclusive: Why a company chairman supported a Prophet Mohammad cartoon event

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 04:06

(Please note some readers may be offended by the language in paragraph 10) By Tim McLaughlin and Mark Hosenball BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Robert Shillman heads a publicly traded American technology company called Cognex Corp with a market value of $4 billion. He also says he is a big supporter of last Sunday’s Prophet Mohammad cartoon contest in Texas that was attacked by two gunmen who opened fire before being shot dead by police.     In a telephone interview with Reuters from his home near San Diego, California, Shillman said America’s free speech is under threat.

2 Mississippi Officers Shot, Killed; Suspects Arrested

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 03:07

Police charge three people in the shooting.

Castro at Vatican to thank pope for U.S. mediation role

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 01:11

Cuban President Raul Castro arrived at the Vatican on Sunday to thank Pope Francis for his role in brokering the rapprochement between Havana and Washington. The first South American pope played a key role in secret negotiations between the United States and Cuba that led to the surprise announcement in December that they would seek to restore diplomatic ties after more than 50 years of tensions. Castro, who was accompanied by his Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, was due to hold a "strictly private" meeting with the pontiff in a small room adjoining the Paul VI Audience Hall, where large gatherings are held in the Vatican. Pope Francis arrived ten minutes ahead of Castro, while a dozen unformed Swiss Guards stood to attention in front of the building when the limousine bearing the Cuban flag arrived.