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LGBT baby boomers face tough retirement hurdles

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 09:09

Marriage without benefits, low earnings are a few of the challenges that make gay boomers more vulnerable.


Hong Kong activists, police clash outside govt HQ

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 08:59

Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters faced off with Hong Kong police late Sunday, stepping up their movement for genuine democratic reforms after being camped out on the city's streets for more than two months.


FAA drone rules to address aircraft certification and operation

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 07:57
By Amanda Becker (Reuters) - U.S. aviation officials have seen hundreds of cases in which unmanned aircraft may have posed a danger to planes, and new rules on drones expected this year are designed to prevent collisions and other accidents, the top aviation official said on Sunday. "The thing that we are most concerned about is to ensure that any aircraft in this system do not come into conflict with one another," Michael Huerta, who leads the Federal Aviation Administration, said on CNN's "State of the Union. ...

Coalition airstrikes pound IS stronghold in Syria

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 06:09

U.S.-led coalition warplanes carried out as many as 30 airstrikes overnight against Islamic State militants in and around the group's de facto capital in northeastern Syria, activists said Sunday.


Justices weigh limits of free speech over Internet

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 04:11

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anthony Elonis claimed he was just kidding when he posted a series of graphically violent rap lyrics on Facebook about killing his estranged wife, shooting up a kindergarten class and attacking an FBI agent.


Online threats case to show if U.S. justices are down with rap

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 04:01
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A case before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning threats that a Pennsylvania man made toward his estranged wife and others on Facebook could hinge on how the nine justices interpret the sometimes violent imagery in rap lyrics. The justices, not known for their pop culture bona fides, are set on Monday to hear a one-hour oral argument in an appeal filed by Anthony Elonis. He was convicted for making threats aimed at his wife, law enforcement officers and others after posting statements on Facebook in 2010 soon after his wife left him. ...

Ferguson officer who shot Michael Brown resigns

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 04:00

Ferguson officials on Sunday planned to address the resignation of Darren Wilson.


Data: Bricks-and-mortar holiday sales edge lower, online surges

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 03:12

(Reuters) - U.S. shoppers spent slightly less money at brick-and-mortar stores on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday than across the same two days in 2013, while online sales surged to record highs, data showed on Saturday. Sales at retail stores totaled about $12.29 billion on Thursday and Friday, down 0.5 percent from the $12.35 billion spent last year, according to estimates by ShopperTrak. The research firm stuck by its forecast for November and December sales to increase 3.8 percent. ...


Pope: Islamist violence a 'grave sin against God'

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 01:25

By Philip Pullella and Nick Tattersall ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Pope Francis said Islamic militants were carrying out a "profoundly grave sin against God" in Syria and Iraq, calling on Sunday for inter-religious dialogue and action against poverty to help end conflicts there. The pope spoke on the last day of his weekend trip to Turkey, which is sheltering nearly 2 million refugees from Syria, thousands of Christians among them. ...


U.S. lawmaker's aide draws ire over first daughter scolding

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 18:07

A US lawmaker's communications director was facing social media calls she be sacked after her Facebook rant about President Barack Obama's daughters prompted widespread anger. Elizabeth Lauten, spokeswoman for Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, wrote a scathing post to her Facebook account scolding Malia and Sasha Obama, 16 and 13, for looking bored while attending a public event with their father on Wednesday. In the post, since deleted but widely reproduced in screen grabs, Lauten tells the girls to "try showing a little class.


Ferguson officer Darren Wilson resigns

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 15:06

The officer who fatally shot Michael Brown will leave the force, his attorney says.


Missouri police officer who killed black teen resigns: report

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 15:04

(Reuters) - Officer Darren Wilson has resigned from the Ferguson, Missouri, police force, nearly four months after he fatally shot an unarmed black teenager and a week after a grand jury decided not to indict him, the Associated Press reported, citing Wilson's attorney. The Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown triggered sometimes violent protests in the St. Louis suburb and ignited a national debate over race relations and the use of police force in the United States. Attorneys for Wilson were not immediately available for comment. ...


Surgeon who died of Ebola eulogized at Maryland service

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 13:24

By Tom Ramstack LANDOVER HILLS, Md. (Reuters) - Martin Salia, a surgeon from Sierra Leone who died in a Nebraska hospital earlier this month after contracting Ebola in his homeland, was remembered as a humanitarian and a hero at his funeral in Maryland on Saturday. The 44-year-old doctor was born and raised in Sierra Leone and lived as a permanent resident of the United States with his wife and two sons in New Carrollton, Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C. ...


Ferguson lesson: Police can better calm situations

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 12:52

SEATTLE (AP) — The grand jury that declined to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was focused on whether he might have acted in self-defense when he shot and killed unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown.


Missouri governor seeks more money for Ferguson security

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 12:32

(Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Saturday called for more funding to maintain security in Ferguson after months of violent protests over the shooting of a black teenager by a white policeman depleted emergency appropriations. The state assembly needs to approve more money to pay salaries for the National Guard by Dec. 15, Nixon said in a statement. Dec. 15 is the date of the next payroll, said Scott Holste, a spokesman for Nixon. Dec. 15 is the date of the next National Guard payroll, Holste said. ...


Boy missing four years found alive, hidden behind wall

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 11:35

A 13-year-old boy who had been reported missing four years ago was discovered alive, hidden behind a fake wall of a home near Atlanta, Georgia, and reunited with his mother early on Saturday, police said. Five people living in the home in Jonesboro, 17 miles south of Atlanta, were taken into custody, among them two adults who face charges of false imprisonment and cruelty to children, said Sgt. Kevin Hughes of the Clayton County police.


Obama and daughters hit bookstore for Small Business Saturday

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 11:19

By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his teenaged daughters, Sasha and Malia, went to an independent book store in Washington to buy books as a way to promote Small Business Saturday, an event aimed at boosting small businesses. "Do I get a discount for that?" the president asked jokingly while unloading a bunch of books from his shopping basket at the Politics and Prose book store on Saturday. "Maybe a neighbor's discount," the clerk joked back. It is not clear whether Obama would have taken the discount, if offered. ...


At Portland's Ferguson protest, boy hugs officer

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 08:44

A touching photo of a white police officer hugging an African-American boy at a Portland protest this week has drawn heavy attention on social media.


Taliban hit Kabul aid workers' compound, breach Camp Bastion in south

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 08:18

Taliban gunmen stormed a guest house for aid workers in Afghanistan's capital on Saturday and were fighting Afghan soldiers inside former U.S. and British base Camp Bastion in the south, just a month after foreign troops left.


Beekeepers eye Appalachian surface mines for hives

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 07:33

Up a tree-lined trail still marked "no blastin on Sundays," swarms of bees now patrol a mountain once partially broken apart for coal.


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