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Exclusive: Pentagon chief sends military wish lists to Congress with reservations

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 14:38

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Monday sent Congress the military's annual "wish lists," including 12 Boeing Co F/A-18 fighter jets and 14 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets, but said he would not back any of the requests unless lawmakers passed a larger overall defense budget. Carter told lawmakers he was sending the lists of "unfunded priorities" to Congress as required under the fiscal 2013 defense policy law, but registered his concerns about any moves by Congress to restructure the Pentagon's budget request.

1 dead, 2 injured in shooting at gates of NSA

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 13:59
Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle, prompting officers to open fire.

U.S. Justice Department sues Oklahoma university over transgender professor

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 12:18
The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Monday against Southeastern Oklahoma State University, alleging the school discriminated against a transgender assistant professor. The DOJ said it also sued the Regional University System of Oklahoma. The department said the woman, Rachel Tudor, was denied a promotion because of her gender identity and retaliated against after she complained. Southeastern Oklahoma State University said in a statement it "is committed to diversity and equal employment opportunities.

One dead, one hurt as men try to ram U.S. spy agency gates: reports

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 09:07
Guards shot one man dead and seriously wounded a second when they tried to ram a vehicle into the entrance gate at the Fort Meade, Maryland, headquarters of the National Security Agency on Monday, news reports said. Federal law enforcement officials told Reuters that two people in a car tried to ram the spy agency's gate and initial indications are that at least one was seriously injured. White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said: "The President has been briefed on this morning's incident at the National Security Agency and will be updated as appropriate." NBC, quoting sources, said the men, disguised as women, were in a stolen car. The other, a dark vehicle, had front-end damage.

Trevor Noah to replace Jon Stewart as host of 'The Daily Show'

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 08:42

It’s official: Comedy Central has announced that Trevor Noah will succeed Jon Stewart as the next host of “The Daily Show.”

NSA shooting: 1 dead after men dressed as women tried to crash gate

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 07:46

A second person is "severely injured" after a gunfight erupted at Fort Meade, officials say.

U.S. defense chief sees military recruitment challenges ahead

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 06:41

By David Alexander ABINGTON, Pa. (Reuters) - The U.S. military faces a challenge recruiting people with the high-tech skills it needs for the future as those who joined after the Sep. 11, 2001 attacks leave the service and the U.S. economy creates more jobs, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday.

Supreme Court preserves New York ban on worship services in schools

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 06:02
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact New York City's ban on religious worship services inside school buildings after hours. In a brief order, the court said it would not hear an appeal filed by the Bronx Household of Faith, a conservative Congregational church. The court's action leaves intact an April 2014 ruling by the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld the ban. The appeals court had said the New York City Board of Education's regulation, created so the city would not be perceived as endorsing religious activity in a public forum, "was consistent with its constitutional duties." That court said the ban was a reasonable way to abide by the so-called Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which provides for separation of church and state.

Boston bombing jury sees gory photos of blast victims

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 05:53

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The jury in the Boston Marathon bombing trial heard graphic testimony and saw autopsy photos of the second of the three people killed in the April 15, 2013 attack. Shrapnel from one of the homemade pressure cooker bombs set off by a pair of ethnic Chechen brothers punched through Chinese exchange student Lingzi Lu's legs, causing the 23-year old to bleed to death within minutes, Boston medical examiner Katherine Lindstrom testified on Monday. "Her injuries were caused by debris hitting her body and going through her body," Boston medical examiner Katherine Lindstrom said. "They would have been very painful." Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, is charged with the bombing attack that also injured 264 people, as well as shooting Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier dead three days later as he and his older brother prepared to flee the city.

Scott Walker’s gloomy pitch for the presidency

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 04:17

Scott Walker is worried. He’s worried about America. He’s worried about his kids and his grandchildren, and everyone else’s. He’s worried about Islamic radicalism. He’s worried about too many people being on food stamps.

Eight dead, 10 injured in Florida van crash

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 04:09
(Reuters) - Eight people were killed and 10 were hurt in Florida on Monday when their church van drove through a stop sign and crashed into a road-side ditch that was partially filled with water, authorities said. A preliminary investigation indicated that the van carrying 18 people was traveling east on State Road 78 when it passed through a stop sign.

Iran nuclear talks at crunch time

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 01:48

Differences still remain less than two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement.

Former Israeli premier Olmert found guilty in bribery case

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 23:22

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was found guilty Monday of accepting bribes in a retrial of corruption charges, the latest chapter in the downfall of a man who only years earlier hoped to lead the country to a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 21:20

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat. The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked Obama as an imminent threat, ahead of Putin (25 percent), who has been accused of aggression in the Ukraine, and Assad (23 percent).

Focus shifts to cause of NYC explosion after 2 bodies found

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 21:19

Officials consider the possibility that someone may have improperly tapped a gas line serving one of the buildings.

New York state lawmakers reach budget deal

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 20:03

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state lawmakers agreed a budget plan late on Sunday night that includes much-debated reforms to the education system and ethics standards for lawmakers, state governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders said in statement. Cuomo proposed a $142 billion plan in January that keeps spending growth below 2 percent and promises money for big-ticket infrastructure projects while cutting property taxes. ...

Officials: Iran nuke talks solving some issues, not others

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 18:10

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran is considering demands for further cuts to its uranium enrichment program but is pushing back on how long it must limit technology it could use to make atomic arms, Western officials involved in the nuclear talks said Sunday.

Iran nuclear talks race towards deadline

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 18:04

Global powers were due to gather with Iran Monday, seeking to slot into place the last pieces of a complex puzzle to curtail Tehran's nuclear programme as diplomats said tentative agreement on some parts had been reached. US Secretary of State John Kerry will lead the team of six world powers -- who hope an end to more than a decade of nuclear tensions with Iran may be in sight -- for their first full plenary session of the latest round of talks. While diplomats said some key points appeared to have been resolved to ensure Iran cannot make a covert dash for a nuclear bomb, they cautioned that the outlines of a political understanding were not yet fully agreed. "But it has to be a deal which puts the bomb beyond Iran's reach," he said, adding he hoped for success before Tuesday's midnight deadline.

Two missing men likely found amid NYC gas explosion rubble: fire official

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 16:19

By Sebastien Malo and Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two bodies found on Sunday at the site of a gas explosion that destroyed three New York City apartment buildings last week, injuring 22 people, were believed to be those of two unaccounted for men, the city's top fire official said. The bodies were found about 20 feet apart of one of the buildings reduced to rubble by the blast and fire in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood on Thursday, Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro told reporters. While Nigro said a medical examiner had not officially determined that the remains belonged to the two people who remain unaccounted for, local broadcaster NY1 News said one of the missing men, 23-year-old Nicholas Figueroa, had been identified by his family as one of the bodies found on Sunday. Also missing was Moises Lucon.

Boston police officer shot in the face improving after surgery

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 15:16

(Reuters) - A Boston police officer who was shot in the face by a man during a traffic stop was improving after hours of surgery during which a bullet was removed from his neck, officials said on Sunday. Six-year department veteran John Moynihan was shot just below the eye on Friday night by a 41-year-old man identified as Angelo West. Fellow officers returned fire and West, who had a criminal record including prior gun charges, died of wounds at the scene. As the driver got out of the car, without warning he shot Moynihan, a 34-year-old former U.S. Army Ranger, in the face, police said. ...