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U.S. jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards in 2007 Baghdad killings

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:23

By Aruna Viswanatha and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a sweeping victory for the U.S. government, a federal jury on Wednesday found four former Blackwater guards guilty on nearly every count they faced in connection with the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle. Jurors found three of the ex-guards guilty of manslaughter and weapons charges, and a fourth guilty of murder. The verdict comes more than seven years after the shooting incident that outraged Iraqis and inflamed anti-American sentiment around the world. ...


All four Blackwater guards found guilty in 2007 Iraq shootings

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:14

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong.


U.S. Secret Service blasted for sending agents to employee's house

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:04
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Government investigators faulted the Secret Service on Wednesday for pulling agents from their posts near the White House and sending them to the home of an agency employee involved in a private dispute in 2011. The report by the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security is another embarrassment for the Secret Service, which is responsible for guarding the president and his family. Julia Pierson resigned as director of the agency this month after a series of scandals. ...

Man faked coma for two years

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 08:35

LONDON (AP) — He might have got away with it if it hadn't been for his supermarket loyalty card.


One shooter confirmed dead in Ottawa

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 08:28

Police say three separate shooting scenes; Canadian soldier taken to hospital, Parliament remains on lockdown. Live updates.


Tests return for dog belonging to nurse with Ebola

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 08:20

Bentley, the year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel owned by Ebola-infected Texas nurse Nina Pham, has tested negative for Ebola, officials said Wednesday.


CDC: 21-day Ebola monitoring for W. African travelers to U.S.

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 08:01

(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday announced new measures to monitor for Ebola anyone entering the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea for a 21-day period. Under the measures starting Monday, travelers from the three West African countries will be expected to check in with health officials every day and report their temperatures and any Ebola symptoms through the 21-day period, the CDC said. (Reporting by Bill Berkrot; Editing by Grant McCool)


U.S. Ebola 'czar' starts work, drugmakers launch vaccine drive

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:54

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new U.S. Ebola "czar" starts work on Wednesday as the Obama administration ramps up its response to the potential spread of the virus, and drugmakers started a project to accelerate development of a vaccine and produce millions of doses. As the administration boosted airport screening measures in response to criticism that it was slow to act against Ebola, a Pentagon emergency Ebola medical team was scheduled to begin training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. ...


Suspected Indiana serial killer's 1st hearing postponed

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:47

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A man who allegedly confessed to killing seven women in Indiana refused to respond to the judge during his initial court appearance Wednesday, prompting her to postpone it and to warn him he'd spend "the rest of his life" in jail unless he cooperates.


Fowle back at Ohio home 'in good health' after detention in North Korea

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:45

By Jon Herskovitz (Reuters) - American Jeffrey Fowle returned to his home in southern Ohio on Wednesday, with his lawyer saying he was in good health after a nearly half-year detention in reclusive North Korea. Fowle, 56, had been one of three Americans held by Pyongyang, which typically has tried to use the release of foreign captives as a way to build domestic political support for its leaders. ...


U.S. airdrop to Kurdish fighters was wrong, says Turkey's president

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 06:03

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday it was wrong of the United States to air drop military supplies to Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian border town of Kobani, as some weapons were seized by Islamic State militants besieging it. The Pentagon said on Tuesday the vast majority of the U.S. supplies dropped on Sunday had reached the Kurdish fighters despite an online video showing Islamic State jihadists with a bundle. "What was done here on this subject turned out to be wrong. ...


Care for a little 'Hitler' in your coffee?

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:44

Geneva (AFP) - Swiss retailer Migros apologised on Wednesday for what it said was a string of errors which put coffee cream with the faces of Hitler and Mussolini in cafes in the Alpine country.


3 Denver teens possibly tried to join Islamic State

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:42

Girls headed for Turkey, stopped in Germany; authorities now looking at friends for similar sentiments.


Family reunion for N. Korean detainee

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:12

Ohio man, held nearly half a year for leaving a bible behind in a bar, on home ground.


Slain Ferguson teen's autopsy shows close-range gunshot

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:41

(Reuters) - A newly disclosed autopsy of the unarmed black teenager whose killing by a white police officer set off months of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, suggests he suffered a gunshot to the hand from close range, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported. The St. Louis County medical examiner's autopsy of 18-year-old Michael Brown, obtained by the newspaper and published online late on Tuesday, said a microscopic examination of his hand tissue showed particles "consistent with products that are discharged from the barrel of a firearm. ...


Senator blasts DEA for fake Facebook profile

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:36

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is calling on the Justice Department to condemn the actions of a DEA agent who created a fake Facebook profile using a real woman's name and photos without her consent.


Kerry welcomes North Korea's release of American, restates terms for resuming talks

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:16

BERLIN/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed the release of one of three Americans held in North Korea and said Washington is willing to resume talks with Pyongyang if it takes steps towards de-nuclearization. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the North Korean city of Chongjin. He was freed on Tuesday and flown from Pyongyang on a U.S. government plane, without, Kerry said, any quid pro quo. ...


Toys R Us responds to 'Breaking Bad' controversy

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:42

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week.


From Bedouin Israeli doctor to jihadist

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:38

HURA, Israel (AP) — He was a quiet whiz kid at the top of his class in Israel, who overcame tough odds in this minority Arab village to become a star medical student and hospital intern.


Giants top Royals 7-1 in World Series opener

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:26

The Giants snapped Kansas City's eight-game postseason winning streak, riding a Hunter Pence home run, another sublime Madison Bumgarner performance and a mistake-filled Royals showing to a 7-1 victory at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday.


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