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Obama approves reservists for Ebola fight, government under fire

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 15:02

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama authorized calling up military reservists for the U.S. fight against Ebola in West Africa on Thursday, as lawmakers criticized his administration's efforts to contain the disease at home. Obama's move came after lawmakers held a congressional hearing to probe the federal response to the virus. Amid criticism of perceived missteps by the administration, many House of Representatives members joined calls for a ban on travel from the hardest-hit West African countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. ...

Accused White House fence jumper faces more charges

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 15:01

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Iraq war veteran accused of running inside the White House armed with a knife faces more charges under a federal grand jury indictment returned on Thursday. Omar Gonzalez, 42, is alleged to have climbed over the White House fence on Sept. 29, burst through the front door and made it to the executive mansion's East Room before he was stopped. Gonzalez, formerly of Copperas Cove, Texas, was initially charged with unlawful entry while carrying a weapon, a federal offense. ...

Pastor accused of affairs temporarily banned

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 14:39

An Alabama Baptist minister who confessed to having sex with married church members and neglecting to tell them he had AIDS was temporarily banned Thursday from acting as pastor.

New York police talk down man who threatened to jump off building

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 14:19

By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police persuaded a man perched on the ledge of a building near Times Square to step back, after his threat to jump led to traffic being closed for nearly two hours on Thursday afternoon, officials said. The man, who was not identified, had sat down at the edge of the building overlooking the Madame Tussauds wax museum and other popular establishments, on 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, a spokesman with the New York City Police Department said. The structure houses businesses that include a hotel and restaurant. ...

U.S. says Baghdad is not under 'imminent threat' from IS

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:24

Washington (AFP) - The Iraqi capital Baghdad is not facing immediate danger from Islamic State jihadists despite battlefield gains by the group in the country's west and recent car bombings in the city, the US military said Thursday.

New York judge finds Donald Trump liable for unlicensed school

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:14

By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Donald Trump is personally liable for operating a for-profit investment school without the required license, a New York judge ruled in a lawsuit brought by the New York Attorney General against the real estate entrepreneur. New York state Supreme Court Justice Cynthia S. Kern said he was notified by the state in 2005 that his Trump Entrepreneur Initiative - known as Trump University until 2010 - was in violation of state education law. "It is undisputed that Mr. ...

Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy resigns

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:45

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles schools superintendent John Deasy, embroiled in controversy over the district's $1.3 billion iPad rollout and other issues, tendered his resignation on Thursday, Deasy and school board officials said in a joint statement. The statement gave no reason for the move, and said Deasy would continue working for the district in some capacity through the end of the year to aid in the leadership transition. He will be replaced on an interim basis by former Los Angeles schools superintendent Ramon Cortines, the school board said separately. ...

Live coverage: Apple launches new iPads

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:36

Live coverage: Apple launches new iPads

Community college in Los Angeles evacuated over threat

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:18
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A community college in Los Angeles was evacuated on Thursday and students were told to avoid the campus due to a threat made on social media that someone would show up with a gun, a message on the college's Facebook page said. "Pierce College is closed and the campus is being evacuated," officials from the school, located in the Woodland Hills suburb of Los Angeles, said on Facebook. At one point the school was placed on lockdown, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Deputy Guillermina Saldana. ...

Ebola-infected nurse moved to Maryland

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:03

Nina Pham, one of the two nurses who contracted Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, is expected to be moved to a National Institutes of Health facility in Maryland, multiple reports say.

U.S. transportation security chief to retire: Homeland Security

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:13

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration will retire after four and a half years leading the 60,000-employee agency, the Department of Homeland Security said on Thursday. John Pistole, who has led TSA since June 2010, has overseen security operations at more than 450 airports around the United States, the department said. Pistole "has been integral in leading TSA's transformation to a risk-based, intelligence-driven counterterrorism agency dedicated to protecting our transportation systems," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement. ...

US makes big push against Islamic State

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:38

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. military fighter and bomber planes carried out 14 air strikes against Islamic State targets near the Syrian border town of Kobani on Wednesday and Thursday, the U.S. military's Central Command said. The air strikes appear to have slowed the militant group's advances, but "the security situation on the ground in Kobani remains tenuous," it said in a statement on Thursday. Targets hit included 19 buildings, two command posts, three fighting positions and three sniper positions, it added. Stepped-up air attacks by U.S. ...

Red Cross president: 'The Ebola crisis will grow'

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:25

The head of the International Red Cross is warning that the Ebola crisis will grow and that the threat of a "global health catastrophe" is real.

Republicans push for Ebola travel ban

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:22

Public support grows for restrictions on non-US citizens seeking to visit from West Africa.

As Ebola worries grow, U.S. steps up response

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:12

Revelation 2nd Dallas nurse with virus was cleared to fly raises alarms prior to congressional hearing.

Rescuers search for dozens of trekkers lost in deadly Nepal blizzards

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:07

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Search teams in army helicopters rescued dozens of stranded foreign trekkers and recovered more bodies of victims of a blizzard and avalanches in Nepal's northern mountains Thursday, raising the death toll to 27.

U.S. claims for unemployment drop to 14-year low

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:04

By Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell to a 14-year low last week, while industrial output rose sharply in September, positive signals that could help ease fears over the economic outlook. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 264,000, the lowest level since 2000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. A separate report from the Federal Reserve showed production at the nation's factories, mines and utilities advanced a larger-than-expected 1. ...

At least 38 dead in wave of Baghdad attacks

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 05:46
BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants unleashed a wave of attacks on Thursday targeting Shiite areas in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing at least 38 people and wounding dozens, officials said.

Elementary! New exhibit sifts Sherlock Holmes' legacy

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 05:33

LONDON (AP) — Sherlock Holmes is among the most famous Londoners of all time. Many tourists still see the bustling city through his eyes, and seek out his address, 221B Baker Street.

Defense continues in trial of friend of accused Boston bomber

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 03:09

BOSTON (Reuters) - Attorneys for a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber charged with lying to investigators are due back in court on Thursday to continue their defense of the 21-year-old man. Robel Phillipos, 21, was too intoxicated by marijuana the night of April 18, 2013, when he is charged with accompanying two other men to the accused bomber's college dorm room, to remember his actions, his lawyers assert. ...