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‘Black brunch’ protesters interrupt diners in NYC, Oakland

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 10:01

Civil rights activists entered restaurants in New York City and Oakland to argue against police brutality.

NYPD officers turn backs on Mayor de Blasio — again

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 09:00

The officers were seen turning away from an outdoor screen showing de Blasio’s eulogy at the service for Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn, defying a request by New York Police Commissioner William Bratton not to protest at the funeral.

8 missing as ship sinks off Scotland

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 08:33

An overturned cargo ship sank Sunday off the coast of Scotland as the search continued for the missing eight-member crew.

Mayor eulogizes officer as cops outside turn backs

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 08:27

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of city police officers turned their backs Sunday as they watched Mayor Bill de Blasio eulogize an officer shot dead with his partner, repeating a stinging display of scorn for the mayor despite entreaties from the police commissioner not to do so.

Palin to PETA: ‘Chill. At least Trig didn’t eat the dog.’

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 06:17

Sarah Palin has a message for the animal rights activists who blasted her for applauding her son Trig’s idea to step on the family dog to reach the kitchen sink: Chill!

Here come the freshmen: Congress' newest class

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 04:38

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' approval rating hovers around 15 percent, but there's one group of people excited about the institution: the newly elected lawmakers who are about to join its ranks.

Jury selection begins in trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 04:03

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Jury selection is set to begin on Monday in the trial of the man accused of carrying out the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others in the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a 21-year-old ethnic Chechen who is a naturalized U.S. citizen, could get the death penalty if convicted in federal court in Boston. He has pleaded not guilty to all 30 charges against him. ...

Pope picks 15 new cardinals to reflect diversity

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 02:28

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has named 15 new cardinals, selecting the "princes of the church" from 14 nations, including far-flung corners of the world such as Tonga, New Zealand and Myanmar.

Tens of thousands of police expected for funeral of slain N.Y. officer

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 01:19

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ten of thousands of police officers were expected along with politicians and other mourners on Sunday at the funeral of a New York City policeman killed last month in an ambush that deepened a rift between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the force. Wenjian Liu, 32, and his partner, Rafael Ramos, 40, were murdered on Dec. 20 as they sat in their squad car in Brooklyn after killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley had stated he was seeking vengeance for the deaths this summer of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers. ...

Weather frustrates divers as more AirAsia wreckage found

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 00:52

Officials say they've detected a fifth large underwater object believed to be part of the plane.

Patient possibly exposed to Ebola due at Nebraska hospital for observation

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 20:50

(Reuters) - A U.S. health care worker who was possibly exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone was expected to arrive for observation on Sunday at a Nebraska facility that has treated three Ebola cases, hospital officials said. The patient, who was not identified, was expected to arrive at the Biocontainment Unit at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha via private air ambulance around 2 p.m. CST for observation and possible treatment, the center said in a statement. The patient "has been exposed to the virus but is not ill and is not contagious," said Dr. ...

Govt. agency: Ice may have caused AirAsia crash

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 20:10

Weather was the "triggering factor" in the crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 with icing likely causing engine damage, Indonesia's meteorological agency said as divers prepared to search the plane wreckage Sunday. The Airbus A320-200 crashed during a storm en route from Indonesia's second city Surabaya to Singapore, and relief workers are hunting for flight data recorders to determine the cause of the crash.

Impressive Baltimore Ravens end Pittsburgh Steelers' season

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 19:25

All night, the Baltimore Ravens were a step ahead of the Steelers in a 30-17 win.

Edward Brooke, first black U.S. senator elected by popular vote, dies

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 13:12
(Reuters) - Edward Brooke, the Massachusetts Republican who was the first African-American to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate, died on Saturday at the age of 95, the state Republican Party said. Brooke was Massachusetts attorney general when he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1966, at a time when the country was gripped by racial unrest. Before his election, there were two other African-American senators shortly after the Civil War. But until early in the 20th century, senators were picked by state legislatures and not by popular vote. ...

Idaho earthquake causes rock slides, damages property

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 11:23
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A moderate earthquake rattled a broad swath of Idaho early on Saturday, damaging property and triggering rock slides near its epicenter in Challis, a city that has endured hundreds of slight to moderate temblors over the last 10 months, authorities said. The latest measured at a magnitude of 4.9 and was centered about four miles (6.5 km) from Challis in the state's central mountains, but was felt as far away as Boise, a 190-mile (305-km) drive to the southwest, the U.S. Geological Survey said. ...

NYC mayor, commissioner saluted when entering slain officer's wake

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 11:12

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police guards saluted as Mayor Bill de Blasio entered a Brooklyn funeral home on Saturday with his police commissioner for the wake of the second of two patrol officers killed in an ambush last month. Ahead of the wake for Wenjian Liu, believed to be the city's first Chinese-American officer killed in the line of duty, Commissioner Bill Bratton told his force to refrain from the "act of disrespect" seen at the funeral of Liu's partner, when some of those in uniform turned their backs on de Blasio. ...

Robotic arm plays beer pong with impressive accuracy

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 10:51

Boston-based startup Empire Robotics built a robot that can play beer pong with surprising accuracy – and is accepting challengers.

Officers salute police boss, mayor at cop's wake

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 10:15

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton drew salutes from some officers Saturday as they were arrived at the wake of a second New York Police Department officer killed in an ambush shooting.

U.S. appeals court denies request to delay Boston Marathon bombing trial

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 08:52

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Saturday denied a last-ditch request by lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to delay his trial on charges of killing three people and injuring more than 260 in the attack. Attorneys for Tsarnaev, 21, had also sought to have the trial moved out of Boston, the site of the April 15, 2013, bombing, which stands as the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. Jury selection in the trial at U.S. District Court in Boston is due to begin on Monday. (Reporting By Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

Seven-year-old girl survives Kentucky plane crash: police

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 08:00
By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - A 7-year-old girl survived when a small plane in which she was flying with her family crashed in the Kentucky woods, taking the lives of her mother and father, an older sister and a teenage cousin, police said on Saturday. The crash Friday night killed 49-year-old Marty Gutzler, his 45-year-old wife, Kimberly Gutzler, their 9-year-old daughter Piper Gutzler and 14-year-old Sierra Wilder, a cousin, according to Kentucky State Police. The family was from Nashville, Illinois, police said. ...