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Rush-hour Bangkok bombing at busy shrine kills 18, hurts 117

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 12:05
BANGKOK (AP) — A bomb exploded Monday within a central Bangkok shrine that is among the city's most popular tourist spots, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 100 across a hectic intersection surrounded by five-star hotels and upscale shopping malls.

IRS says cyberattacks more extensive than previously thought

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 11:38

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said Monday a hacking attack into one of its computer databases revealed in May was much more extensive than previously thought, with nearly three times as many taxpayers hit by data theft. The IRS said in late May the tax return information of about 114,000 U.S. taxpayers had been illegally accessed by cyber criminals over the preceding four months, with another 111,000 unsuccessful attempts made. A new review has identified 220,000 additional incidents where data was breached, the tax collection agency said.

Planned Parenthood seeks injunction against Florida health agency

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 10:12

By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Planned Parenthood sought an emergency legal injunction on Monday against Florida health officials to block the use of what it says are "new and unpublished" standards to define pregnancy gestation periods. The legal move filed in circuit court in Tallahassee comes after Florida's Republican Governor Rick Scott ordered a probe last month of the state's 16 Planned Parenthood locations which resulted in three clinics being cited Aug. 5 for illegally performing abortions in the second trimester. Planned Parenthood said the abortions in questions were first trimester abortions and that the state had arbitrarily changed the way it measures the first trimester, shortening it to 12 weeks from 14.

White House launches plan to counter explosion in heroin use

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 08:30

The White House announced a new strategy on Monday to tackle the explosion in heroin use in a collection of eastern states, focusing on treating addicts rather than punishing them and targeting high-level suppliers for arrest. The move is a response to a sharp rise in the use of heroin and opiate-based painkillers, which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has described as an epidemic. An estimated 45 percent of U.S. heroin users are also addicted to prescription painkillers.

Magnitude 4.0 earthquake jolts San Francisco Bay Area

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 06:40
The San Francisco Bay Area was rattled by a 4.0 magnitude earthquake on Monday morning, the United States Geological Survey reported, although there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries. The Oakland Police Department said on its Twitter account that calls had flooded in after the tremor, but no one was reported to have been hurt or injured.

Live: Explosion rocks central Bangkok, killing 27, police say

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 06:24

An explosion rocked central Bangkok on Monday, killing at least 27 people and wounding dozens more, officials there say.

Trump leaves campaign trail to report for jury duty in N.Y.

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 05:36

Billionaire Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took a break from the campaign trial on Monday as he reported for jury duty in New York. Trump, the front-runner in a crowded Republican field, appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court to join fellow New Yorkers to possibly be selected to cast a verdict in a trial. Arriving in a black limo, Trump, 69, was greeted by a throng of reporters and television crews numbering around 100 people.

Where the 2016 presidential candidates stand on climate change

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 04:13

Some laugh off man-made climate change as a hoax; others accept the scientific consensus.

Trial opens for white supremacist charged in Kansas killings

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 03:09
Jury selection begins on Monday in the trial of a Missouri white supremacist charged with murdering three people in a shooting spree outside two Jewish centers in a Kansas City suburb in April 2014. Frazier Glenn Cross, 74, a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan who has made derogatory remarks about Jews in preliminary court hearings, chose to represent himself at his state trial in Olathe, Kansas. Cross, also known as Glenn Miller, could be sentenced to death if convicted.

Eying 2016, Republicans hail 'historic' Washington state tuition cuts

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 03:07

With his parents out of work and an office job paying his bills, college junior Shane Bang remembers the anxiety he felt when his younger brother told his family he was headed to University of Washington in the fall. A law that took effect last month slashed tuition at public colleges and universities over the next two academic years as much as 20 percent for all Washington students, rich and poor alike. For the last academic year, a Washington student paid about $12,000 in tuition and mandatory fees to attend the state's two flagship universities.

Crashed Indonesian plane was carrying $500,000 in cash

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 02:55

By Hidayat Setiaji and Fergus Jensen JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian passenger plane that crashed with 54 people on board in Papua province was carrying cash worth around $470,000 for remote villages, a post office spokesman said on Monday as rescue teams headed to the mountainous site where it went down. Earlier, a search and rescue plane spotted debris believed to be from the aircraft in the heavily forested Bintang Mountains district, local police chief Yunus Wally told the Antara news agency, adding that a search team was approaching the area. There were 44 adult passengers, five children and infants and five crew on the Trigana short-haul flight from Sentani Airport in Jayapura, capital of Papua, south to Oksibil.

US Army skydiver dies from Chicago air show injuries

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 20:51

CHICAGO (AP) — A U.S. Army skydiver who had served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan died Sunday from injuries suffered in a midair collision with another jumper during a stunt at the Chicago Air & Water Show, authorities said.

U.S. Army parachutist dies after collision at Chicago air show

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 18:53
Army Golden Knights parachutist Corey Hood had collided with an unidentified Navy parachutist during the Chicago Air & Water Show, the Chicago Sun Times reported. Hood, who was from Cincinnati, served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Trump: Illegal immigrants 'have to go'

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 16:10

The Republican presidential frontrunner says he wants to end "birthright citizenship" for their children.

Notable Mississippians join chorus to change state flag

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 15:25

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jimmy Buffet, John Grisham, Morgan Freeman and former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning are among famous current and former Mississippi residents asking the state to remove the Confederate battle emblem from its flag.

Jason Day wins PGA Championship in record fashion

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 15:10

After years of contention, the popular Australian finally broke through at Whistling Straits

Four killed in a two-plane collision near San Diego

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 14:05
(Reuters) - Four people were killed on Sunday morning when two small planes collided in mid-air about 15 miles (24 km) southeast of downtown San Diego, authorities said. The crash occurred at around 11 a.m. when a twin-engine Sabreliner collided with a single-engine Cessna 172 over an area located two miles (3 km) from Brown Field Airport in San Diego county, said a spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. At least four passengers were found dead at the scene, Cal Fire spokesman Nick Schuller said.

Pencils down: More U.S. colleges drop standardized tests

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 10:00
Don't worry, a growing number of U.S. schools are scrapping standardized test scores as part of admission. Washington, D.C.'s George Washington University last month joined more than 850 U.S. colleges and universities that no longer require applicants to take the SAT or ACT, tests that have been a feature of American student life for decades. Proponents of making the tests optional say the switch can help schools become more diverse and admit students who will thrive even though they may have lagged other applicants on scores.

Trump Says Illegal Immigrant Families ‘Have to Go’

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 10:00

With a new Fox News national poll showing him leading in the race for the GOP presidential nomination nationwide with 25 percent of Republican voters, billionaire Donald Trump returned to a favorite theme on Sunday – promising to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and deporting illegal immigrant—including their children. Trump, who arrived with a flourish at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday in a black helicopter with his name emblazoned on the side, told NBC Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd that the millions of illegal immigrants in this country “have to go,” even if that means the government rounding up and deporting whole families. The real estate tycoon roiled the political and public policy waters this spring by denouncing many of the illegal immigrants as “rapists” and criminals who were encouraged to come to this country by the Mexican government.

Subject of California manhunt killed by deputies

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 09:38
Two deputy sheriffs confronted Benjamin Peter Ashley, 34, on a dirt road in the early evening on Saturday after the owner of convenience store reported that a man fitting Ashley’s description had bought some food, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said on Sunday.