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Texans share shocking images of flooding on social media

Sat, 10/31/2015 - 08:07

Texans documented the powerful floods that submerged cars, knocked out power, and left two people dead and two missing as heavy rains continued to soak parts of the state Saturday morning.

Russian airliner with 224 aboard crashes in Egypt's Sinai

Sat, 10/31/2015 - 04:06

The plane was flying from the Sinai Red Sea to St. Petersburg in Russia.

Family holds funeral for Florida man killed by plainclothes officer

Sat, 10/31/2015 - 03:05

The Rev. Al Sharpton is expected to deliver the eulogy on Saturday at the funeral of Florida musician Corey Jones, who was gunned down by a plainclothes police officer earlier this month. Jones’ death, the latest in a string of fatal incidents in the United States involving police and black men, has sparked calls for greater transparency after the local sheriff's office released few details following the shooting. Plans to have the eulogy delivered by Sharpton, a prominent activist, media and civil rights figure, were announced by lawyers for Jones' family.

Many of 27 dead in club fire in Bucharest still unidentified

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 22:48

A heavy metal band's pyrotechnical show sparked the deadly blaze.

Arizona governor signs $3.5 billion education plan to end lawsuit

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 19:27
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation on Friday to pump $3.5 billion more into education coffers over the next decade and settle a five-year-old legal dispute. The Republican governor acted quickly in approving a three-bill package to provide new funds for kindergarten through 12th grade students in public and charter schools, pending a special election. “These are real dollars that will have a real impact in the everyday lives of our kids and teachers,” Ducey said at a signing ceremony.

Romanian nightclub fire leaves 27 dead, 155 injured

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 17:56

By Radu-Sorin Marinas BUCHAREST (Reuters) - A fire and explosion in a Bucharest nightclub killed 27 people and injured 155 during a rock concert that featured fireworks late on Friday, Romanian government officials and witnesses said. Several witnesses said there were fireworks inside the club. Colectiv Club's Facebook page said the show would feature pyrotechnic effects.

'Many dead' as Russian plane carrying 224 crashes in Sinai

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 16:54

The aircraft, a charter plane, was carrying 224 people, officials say.

Romanian nightclub explosion leaves 26 dead, dozens injured

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 15:15

At least 26 people died and 88 were injured in an explosion and fire in a Bucharest, Romania, nightclub where hundreds of people had gathered late on Friday, government officials said, in one of the capital's worst incidents in decades. The death toll may still climb at the club, which hosted a rock concert attended by up to 400, Deputy Interior Minister Raed Arafat said. Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea said an investigation into the causes of the incident was already underway.

Republicans suspend partnership with NBC News following debate

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 14:08

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus says the candidates weren’t given a fair opportunity to outline their visions for the future.

US escalates involvement in Syria amid talks on Assad future

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 13:29

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States escalated its fight against the Islamic State in Syria on Friday, pledging the first open deployment of military boots on the ground, even as U.S., Russian and other diplomats pressed a new peace effort that America hopes will hasten the departure of Bashar Assad.

Mass release of U.S. prisoners spells deportation for hundreds

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 12:10

Almost a third of 6,000 federal prisoners scheduled to be freed between Friday and Tuesday, part of a push to reduce America's soaring incarceration rate, will immediately be turned over to U.S. immigration authorities for deportation proceedings. While this weekend will be a happy occasion for the thousands of inmates who are U.S. citizens and will reunite with their families, many of the roughly 1,780 foreign inmates to be put on the deportation track will leave family members behind in the United States. Despite Obama administration assurances that the transfer of ex-convicts into the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a routine occurrence, immigrant advocates worry they may not receive due process as they leave.

Judge says McDonald's must give employee emails to U.S. labor board

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 10:36

A U.S. judge on Friday gave McDonald's Corp 30 days to hand over thousands of employee emails to a federal labor agency that says the company should be held liable for labor violations by franchisees. At a hearing Friday morning, U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon in Manhattan accused the company of "playing games" in order to avoid complying with a subpoena from the National Labor Relations Board seeking documents from workers who deal directly with franchisees, which the company says would be irrelevant and costly. "You're not even close to proving that the burden on McDonald's would outweigh the relevance" of the documents, McMahon told the company's lawyers.

Two passengers still in hospital in Florida as plane fire investigated

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 07:56

Two adult passengers remained hospitalized as National Transportation Safety Board investigators began examining the engine on a Venezuela-bound 767 airplane that burst into flames before takeoff on Thursday at a South Florida airport, officials said. Twenty-one people were taken to Broward Health Medical Center for evaluation, one in serious condition, as 101 passengers and crew evacuated the Dynamic International Airways' Boeing 767-200ER using inflatable emergency slides, hospital spokeswoman Amy Erez said on Friday. Most of the injuries were bumps and bruises, according to Broward County Sheriff's Office spokesman Michael Jachles.

Delta jet with engine trouble lands safely in Portland, Oregon

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 07:54
The crew of Delta Flight 1831 from Portland, Oregon, to Salt Lake City, Utah, chose to return to Portland after receiving an indication of a possible issue with one of the aircraft's engines, the statement said. The plane, a Boeing 757 with 169 passengers and six crew members, landed without incident and taxied to the gate where maintenance technicians evaluated it, Delta said. There were no injuries, according to Port of Portland spokesman Steve Johnson.

One killed in partial building collapse in New York: local media

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 07:41
One person was killed and another seriously injured on Friday when a building partially collapsed in New York during demolition work, the city's fire department said. Approximately 65 firefighters have responded to the collapse, which occurred around 10:30 a.m. in the rear of a multistory building on West 38th Street in midtown Manhattan, a fire department spokesman said. The building was undergoing demolition work in preparation for the opening of Aloft New York Midtown, a Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc hotel, which was expected to open at the site in May 2018, according to the company's website.

Tornado touches down in central Texas, heads toward population center

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 05:00
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A tornado touched down in central Texas on Friday and was heading toward the city of San Marcos, weather forecasters said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the tornado that also had Interstate 35, a major corridor for north-south transport in the country, on its path. The tornado first touched down near Zorn, about 40 miles southwest of Austin. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

Officers kill Kentucky fugitive suspected in police shooting

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 04:12
Floyd Ray Cook, 62, was accused of attempted first-degree murder after allegedly wounding a police officer on Saturday in rural Tennessee and later shooting at a Kentucky trooper across the border, Kentucky State Police said. Cook, who had been on the run for days, was killed in an exchange of gunfire with officers south of Burkesville, Kentucky, police said.

FBI spy planes flew 10 times over Freddie Gray protests: documents

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 04:06

The FBI deployed at least 10 flights of surveillance planes equipped with advanced aerial surveillance technology, including infrared and night-vision cameras, to monitor the Baltimore riots earlier this year, according to government documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union. The flights, totaling more than 36 hours and involving at least two planes, occurred over Baltimore from April 29 to May 3, showed the flight logs provided to the ACLU under the Freedom of Information Act. The ACLU, a civil rights group, released the logs to Reuters and other news organizations on Friday.

Police: Kentucky fugitive dies in shootout after manhunt

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 01:34

A man accused of firing at police in two states was killed in a shootout with authorities.