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L.A. school district claimed girl consented to sex with teacher

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 16:39
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Unified School District has come under fire from legal experts for asserting in court that a 14-year-old girl had consented to sex with her teacher and for introducing her sexual history in response to a lawsuit brought by the student. A number of legal scholars and attorneys specializing in sex abuse cases said the argument that the girl bore some responsibility for the affair was at odds with the minimum age of consent - 18 - established in criminal law. ...

NSA chief calls for 'less simplistic' debate

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 16:35

Michael Rogers gets somewhat combative when talking about the image of his agency.

Obamacare architect mocks critics

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:57

Jonathan Gruber made inappropriate comments while dismissing concerns about the law.

Awaiting Ferguson grand jury, activists drill protest tactics

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:23

By Scott Malone ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - In a former union hall in downtown St. Louis, about 100 activists formed a rough circle and, at the instruction of organizer Michael McPhearson, crossed the room wading through a crowd of people going the opposite way. "How hard was that? How much harder will it be after the grand jury comes back?" McPhearson, executive director of activist group Veterans for Peace, asked the group, which ranged from young black college students to bearded white retirees. Police around the St. ...

Republicans mull response to Obama on immigration

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:22

The House GOP are debating how to respond to the president's executive action.

Parents of Sandy Hook massacre victims say they get scant help from state

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:17

By Richard Weizel NEWTOWN Connecticut (Reuters) - Parents of two children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut said on Friday that state officials had failed to provide them adequate mental health care in the wake of one of America's worst mass shootings. "We didn’t even know we had been assigned a case worker the day of the shootings until a few days ago," said Jeremy Richman, the father of a six-year-old girl killed in the attack. The girl's mother, Jennifer Hansel, said "to this day" it is unclear how and where to get counseling. ...

Same-sex couples file Supreme Court appeal

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 09:57

WASHINGTON (AP) — Same-sex couples seeking the right to marry are asking the Supreme Court to settle the issue of gay marriage nationwide.

Window washers describe 'panic' of dangling 69 floors above New York

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 09:56

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two window washers who dangled from a broken scaffold 69 floors above the ground at One World Trade Center said on Friday their emotions ranged from terror to resolved calm while they awaited rescue and the rest of New York held its breath. Two days after the harrowing accident at the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, Juan Lopez, 33, said the scare has convinced him to end his days of high-altitude work - at least for now. "There's a lot of options for window cleaning - a lot of ground floor jobs," he said. "I will probably do that. ...

U.S. seeks to ease influx of Central American child migrants

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 09:53

By Anna Yukhananov and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington will allow some children in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to apply for refugee status from their home countries, Vice President Joe Biden announced on Friday, in a bid to stem an exodus of undocumented migrants to the U.S. border through Mexico. The program only applies to children whose parents are legal residents of the United States. But Biden said it should provide an alternative for children making the "harrowing" journey alone from Central America in order to join their parents. ...

Comet lander starts drilling; batteries a worry

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 09:14

BERLIN (AP) — The good news: The spacecraft that landed on a comet has begun drilling beneath the surface to see what secrets the celestial body can reveal.

Inside Myanmar’s eerily empty capital

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 08:42

Inside Myanmar’s eerily empty capital

U.S. court rejects religious objection to Obamacare contraception deal

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:46
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a win for the Obama administration on insurance coverage for contraception under Obamacare, a U.S. appeals court on Friday ruled that Catholic non-profit groups' religious rights were not violated by a compromise already achieved on the volatile issue. Catholic groups had sued over the compromise, saying they should not have to pay for or facilitate access to contraception or abortion, but a judge wrote in the ruling that under the compromise, "the regulations do not compel them to do that. ...

Walmart gets difficult Black Friday news

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:16

1,600 stores across the U.S. may not operate the way the company expects.

Dallas-area teacher fired over Ferguson tweets

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 06:40

DUNCANVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Dallas-area school board has fired a teacher who posted racially charged tweets about the killing of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer in Missouri.

Reviews of U.S. nuclear forces call for changes

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 06:25

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Reviews of the U.S. nuclear arsenal show significant changes are needed to ensure the security and effectiveness of the force, a Defense Department report said on Friday. The reviews, which Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ordered after a series of incidents involving nuclear personnel, included more than 100 recommendations to improve the nuclear forces. Hagel told a Pentagon news conference the reviews found systematic problems that could "undermine the safety, security and effectiveness" of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. ...

Obama's Keystone position doesn't shift

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:03

The president makes his stance clear as the GOP plans a major vote on the pipeline.

Obama to shield many from deportation

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:34
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering a plan that would shield possibly around 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation as part of a broad set of executive actions that could be announced as early as next week, people familiar with the discussions say.

Is Google Glass a bust?

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:45

By Alexei Oreskovic, Sarah McBride and Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - After two years of popping up at high-profile events sporting Google Glass, the gadget that transforms eyeglasses into spy-movie worthy technology, Google co-founder Sergey Brin sauntered bare-faced into a Silicon Valley red-carpet event on Sunday. He'd left his pair in the car, Brin told a reporter. The Googler, who heads up the top-secret lab which developed Glass, has hardly given up on the product -- he recently wore his pair to the beach. ...

Tough decision for comet scientists

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:07

Before their probe's batteries run out, scientists must decide on a risky procedure .

Surgeon with Ebola coming to US for care

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 02:16

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A surgeon working in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and will be flown Saturday to the United States for treatment, officials from Sierra Leone and the United States said.