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Matt Bai: Why an independent win in Kansas would matter

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 23:56

A month out from the midterm elections, Kansas is the most interesting state on the map. Greg Orman, who is running for Senate as an independent against the state's powerful Republican incumbent, Pat Roberts, has opened up a surprising lead; according to one analysis, Orman is the only Senate candidate in the country who keeps getting more popular, rather than less.

St. Louis police fatally shoot suspect, spawning tense protest

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 21:07
By Kenny Bahr ST LOUIS Mo (Reuters) - An off-duty St. Louis city policeman shot and killed a suspect who fired on him on Wednesday, police officials said, touching off unruly protests at the scene just miles from the suburb of Ferguson. The 32-year-old officer, who was working for a security company but wearing his city police uniform, attempted to stop a suspect who then fled on foot, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Schron Jackson said. ...

Startling effects of voter ID laws

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 19:38

WASHINGTON (AP) — States that toughened their voter identification laws saw steeper drops in election turnout than those that did not, with disproportionate falloffs among black and younger voters, a nonpartisan congressional study released Wednesday concluded.

Man arrested in murder of Southern California transgender activist

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 19:27

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 38-year-old man has been arrested in the murder of a transgender and immigrant rights activist who was found slain behind a Southern California fast food restaurant in June, police said on Wednesday. Randy Lee Parkerson was taken into custody on Tuesday in his vehicle in the city of Anaheim, not far from where the body of 29-year-old Zoraida Reyes was discovered on the morning of June 12, Lt. Bob Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department said in a written statement. ...

U.S., allies chafing at Turkish inaction on Syria

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 18:35

ISTANBUL (AP) — As U.S. generals and Secretary of State John Kerry warn that a strategic Syrian border town could fall to Islamic State militants, the Turkish military has deployed its tanks on its side of the frontier but only watched the slaughter.

U.S. justice grants Idaho's request to block gay marriage

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 17:23

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy put gay marriage on hold in Idaho on Wednesday to the disappointment of couples planning to wed, just a day after a regional federal appeals court struck down bans on same-sex nuptials there and in Nevada. Hours after agreeing to Idaho's request for a temporary stay, Kennedy clarified that his ruling did not apply to Nevada, where officials have indicated they are ready to embrace gay marriage and have no plan to challenge Tuesday's ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. ...

Day of legal confusion leaves gay couples in limbo

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 17:14

LAS VEGAS (AP) — County clerks in Nevada turned away gay couples eager to marry Wednesday amid a flurry of conflicting court decisions, including a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that blocked partners in Idaho moments before they would have picked up marriage licenses.

Obama claims progress in war against Islamic State

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 15:45

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a stubborn enemy, President Barack Obama professed confidence Wednesday that the U.S. will keep making progress against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, as the reality set in of a lengthy military conflict with limited prospects for success.

Officials erred in reporting voter spike in Missouri suburb where teen was shot

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:56

(Reuters) - A reported spike in voter registration numbers in Ferguson, Missouri, since the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer was the result of an error by election officers, state officials said on Wednesday. The St. Louis County Board of Elections reported earlier this month that nearly 3,300 Ferguson residents had registered to vote between Aug. 9 and Sept. 30, in time for the Nov. 4 election. But election commissioners ran the wrong report, said Laura Swinford, spokeswoman for the Missouri Secretary of State's Office. ...

Pennsylvania police say sniper's journal shows 'true evil exists'

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:53

By Joe McDonald BLOOMING GROVE Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania police have found a journal describing in chilling detail the ambush that killed a state trooper and wounded another nearly four weeks ago at a barracks in the Poconos Mountains, officials said on Wednesday. The journal was found about two weeks ago, along with two pipe bombs resembling hand grenades that police say survivalist Eric Frein left at a campsite in the deep woods, possibly as search teams were closing in on him during the manhunt. Police declined to say on Wednesday why they had waited to disclose the find. ...

U.S. warns air strikes alone cannot save Kobane from IS

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:01

Washington (AFP) - President Barack Obama conferred with commanders Wednesday on the "difficult" fight against Islamic State jihadists as the US military warned air power alone could not prevent the group from seizing a key Syrian border town.

U.S. beefs up Ebola airport screenings

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 13:22

New measures will be put in place in New York City, Newark, Chicago, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

Report on response to Colorado cinema massacre is broadly positive

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:03

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A report on the emergency response to the 2012 Colorado cinema massacre that was released on Wednesday cited a need for better communication, but in general praised the actions taken during the chaotic scene. The city of Aurora paid nearly $250,000 to TriData Division, a Virginia-based public safety consulting firm, for an "after action" review of the mass shooting, in which 12 moviegoers were killed and dozens more wounded. ...

Trial date set for Adrian Peterson

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:34

Trial date set for Adrian Peterson

First person diagnosed with Ebola in U.S. dies in Texas hospital

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:03

By Lisa Maria Garza and Richard Valdmanis DALLAS (Reuters) - A Liberian man who was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States died in a hospital isolation ward on Wednesday and the government ordered extra screenings at five major airports as part of efforts to stop the virus spreading outside of West Africa. Thomas Eric Duncan, who arrived in the United States in late September from Liberia, had been in critical condition and on a ventilator, the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas giving him an experimental medication to try to keep him alive. ...

Cops mistake teen for burglar, make wrong move

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:55

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Police mistook a black teenager for a burglar and pepper-sprayed him inside the home of his white foster parents, authorities said Wednesday.

U.S. military hits six IS targets near Kobani

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:15

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday reported six airstrikes that helped stop Islamic State militants from taking over the Syrian town of Kobani, but played down the significance of the battle in the long-term U.S. strategy to defeat the Islamist group. The airstrikes destroyed an armored personnel carrier, armed vehicles and artillery belonging to the militant group, which had threatened to overrun the town on the Turkish border, the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement. ...

U.S. orders agents to monitor travelers for Ebola

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:13

The Homeland Security Department has ordered agents at airports and other ports of entry to observe everyone coming into the United States for potential signs of Ebola infection, officials said Wednesday. ...

How to bury an Ebola victim

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:58

Dallas officials now face a situation they haven't before: handling a contagious body.

Muslim woman barred from US pool over clothes

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:53

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado city is promising to revise its swimsuit rules after a Muslim woman was turned away from its recreation center pool for wearing an Islamic dress over a shirt and pants.