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Bachmann ready to leave Congress, but not politics

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 06:43

An audacious conservative, Rep. Michele Bachmann stood out from the moment she was first elected to Congress in 2006. Democrats were ascendant and Bachmann was a stridently Republican new arrival with a homespun Minnesota twang.

Obama on America's racial divide: 'We have made progress'

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 06:41

In an interview with BET, the president says the race issues spotlighted by recent grand jury decisions are not going to be solved overnight, but that it's also important to recognize the progress the United States has made on civil rights.

Woman who stabbed U.S. teacher in UAE was 'lone terrorist': agency

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 05:49
DUBAI (Reuters) - A United Arab Emirates woman who killed an American teacher last week has been inspired by "terrorist ideology" acquired through the Internet but investigators have found no links to militant groups, the state news agency WAM reported on Sunday. Attacks on Westerners are rare in the UAE, a wealthy western allied oil exporter and tourism hub, but concern has been rising following a spate of attacks in neighboring Saudi Arabia and after a warning in October about a jihadist web forum calling for attacks on American teachers in the region. ...

Protests over Garner's death turn violent in Berkeley

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 04:17

Peaceful protests over the chokehold death of Eric Garner took a violent turn in Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday, when several masked protesters smashed store windows and hurled objects at police officers who used smoke and teargas to disperse the crowd.

U.S. sends Uruguay 6 men from Guantanamo prison

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 03:13

The deal had been delayed for months by security concerns in the Pentagon and political considerations in the South American country.

Survivors to commemorate 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 03:05

By Treena Shapiro HONOLULU (Reuters) - More than 50 World War Two veterans will gather in Honolulu on Sunday to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that left more than 2,000 Americans dead and thrust the United States into the war. The early morning ceremony on the main lawn of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center was expected to draw 2,500 people, organizers said. Among them will be four of the nine remaining Pearl Harbor survivors who have traveled to Oahu for the last official gathering of the USS Arizona Reunion Association. ...

No major damage in Philippine typhoon; 2 dead

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 02:54

LEGAZPI, Philippines (AP) — Typhoon Hagupit knocked out power, left at least two people dead and sent nearly 900,000 into shelters before it weakened Sunday, sparing the central Philippines the type of massive devastation that a monster storm brought to the region last year.

Prince William, Kate to break new ground with U.S. trip

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 01:39

Prince William and his pregnant wife Kate head to New York on Sunday for a glitzy visit that marks a step up in their role representing Britain abroad, royal commentators said. The three-day trip will see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 32, mix diplomacy with supporting their favourite causes and promoting British business interests. Crucially for William, he will meet US President Barack Obama in the White House on Monday for talks about illegal wildlife trading, an issue close to the prince's heart. William, second in line to the throne after his father Prince Charles, is starting to do more of the long-haul work for the British monarchy as Queen Elizabeth II approaches her nineties.

Berkeley protesters smash windows; 2 officers hurt

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 23:50

Protests in California over police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York turned violent.

N. Korea denies Sony hack but calls it 'righteous deed'

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 23:37

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea released a statement Sunday that clearly relished a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which is producing an upcoming film that depicts an assassination plot against Pyongyang's supreme leader.

Protest of chokehold death turns violent in California

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 23:03

Masked demonstrators smashed windows and threw objects at police in Berkeley.

N. Korea denies hack on Sony Pictures

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 21:27

North Korea denied Sunday involvement in a brazen cyber attack on Sony Pictures, but praised it as a "righteous deed" potentially orchestrated by supporters furious over a Hollywood comedy depicting a fictional CIA plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong-Un. "The hacking into the Sony Pictures might be a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers with the (North) in response to its appeal," the North's top military body, the National Defense Commission, told the state-run KCNA news agency. "The Interview", starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as two journalists recruited by the CIA to assassinate Kim, has infuriated Pyongyang, which earlier warned of "merciless retaliation" against what it called a "wanton act of terror". The NDC rejected the media reports as "false rumour", but went on to slam Sony for producing the film, which it said was "hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership".

Protests slow in New York after funeral for slain black man

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 18:46

By Daniel Bases NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mourners in New York held a funeral on a rain-soaked Saturday for a black man shot dead by a white patrol officer in a dimly lit stairwell, but streets were mostly quiet after three nights of demonstrations against police violence. The shooting of Akai Gurley, 28, at a public housing project last month was the latest in a series of killings that have outraged protesters who see a pattern of excessive force being used by law enforcement against African-Americans. ...

Democratic Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu defeated

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 18:32

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy has defeated Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, denying her a fourth term and extending the GOP's domination of the 2014 midterm elections that put Republicans in charge of Capitol Hill for the final two years of President Barack Obama's tenure.

Republican challenger wins Louisiana Senate race

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 18:19

By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Senator Mary Landrieu conceded defeat to Republican challenger Bill Cassidy in a runoff election on Saturday, a result expanding the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate at the expense of one of the chamber's last remaining southern Democrats. Cassidy, a congressman whose victory swells the ranks of Republicans in the Senate to 54, ran a disciplined campaign focused on linking Landrieu to President Barack Obama, who is deeply unpopular among whites in Louisiana. ...

At home and cured of Ebola, Cuban doctor vows return to Africa

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 17:44

HAVANA/GENEVA (Reuters) - A Cuban doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone and was cured after experimental treatment in a Swiss hospital vowed on Saturday to return to West Africa and continue treating patients. "I will finish what I started. I am returning to Sierra Leone," Felix Baez, 43, told reporters at Havana's Jose Marti airport shortly after landing, the official website Cubadebate reported. It was not immediately clear if Cuban health officials would allow Baez to go back to Africa. ...

New Yorkers protest in rain after Gurley funeral

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 14:53

New Yorkers took to the streets Saturday in further protests to denounce a spate of killings of unarmed black men by white police officers as relatives buried a 28-year-old father of one. "I can't breathe" were the final words gasped repeatedly by Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six who died in July after a police chokehold that was caught on amateur video footage. A grand jury's decision on Wednesday not to indict the white officer responsible has now triggered four consecutive nights of protests in New York and other major cities across the United States, mobilizing thousands. Another protest was scheduled later in the evening in Brooklyn.

Obama, complaining of sore throat, diagnosed with acid reflux

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 13:26

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, who had medical tests on Saturday after complaining of a sore throat, is suffering from acid reflux, the president's physician said. "The president's symptoms are consistent with soft tissue inflammation related to acid reflux and will be treated accordingly," Obama's doctor, Captain Ronny Jackson, said in a statement. Acid reflux is a condition in which the stomach contents flow back up from the stomach into the esophagus, causing such symptoms as heartburn and sore throat. ...

Thousands bid farewell to Washington's 'mayor for life'

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 13:22

Thousands gathered Saturday for a joyful final farewell to Washington's "mayor for life" Marion Barry, remembering him more for his civic service than his infamous brush with crack cocaine. The popular and controversial Mississippi sharecropper's son turned civil rights activist who served four terms as mayor of the US capital died November 23 at the age of 78. Three days of events marking his outsized life culminated Saturday with a four-hour memorial service at Washington's convention center, followed by a private burial under dark gray skies. Thursday saw Barry lying in state in the Wilson Building, Washington's city hall.

Obama says Somers' life was in imminent danger

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 10:01

President Barack Obama said Saturday he authorized the attempt to rescue American Luke Somers in Yemen because the U.S. had information that the American photojournalist's life was in imminent danger.