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Crashed AirAsia's tail hoisted from sea in search for boxes

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 23:48

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — Investigators searching for the crashed AirAsia plane's black boxes lifted the tail portion of the jet out of the Java Sea on Saturday, two weeks after it went down, killing all 162 people on board.

Albuquerque police officer shot by fellow officer during drug bust

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 20:54
By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE (Reuters) - An Albuquerque police officer shot and critically wounded a fellow officer during an undercover narcotics bust at a fast food franchise parking lot at around mid-day on Friday, police said. Police would not release additional details of the shooting or of the nature of the officer's injuries. "Both officers involved were working in a plain clothes, undercover capacity and have been with the department for many years," said Albuquerque Police Department spokeswoman Celina Espinoza said, adding that two suspects were arrested. ...

2 men die in Catholic parade in Manila ahead of pope's visit

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 18:11

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A raucous Roman Catholic procession in which up to a million Filipinos packed the streets of the capital for a chance to get close to a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ left two men dead and about 1,000 hurt, officials said Saturday, in a prelude to a much larger turnout expected during next week's visit by Pope Francis.

FBI releases sketch of 'person of interest' in Colorado NAACP bombing

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 17:29
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The FBI released a sketch on Friday of a man possibly linked to a homemade bomb that exploded behind NAACP offices in central Colorado earlier this week, but investigators would not speculate on a motive for the blast. On Tuesday, an improvised explosive device detonated against an exterior wall of a building that houses offices of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Colorado Springs, about 70 miles south of Denver. ...

Sources: Romney considering 3rd run for White House

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 16:51

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move that surprised his most loyal supporters and former staff, Mitt Romney told several donors Friday he's seriously considering a third run for the White House — a dramatic shift for the last Republican presidential nominee after months of insisting his career in politics is over.

U.S. warns of global 'terror' threat after French attacks

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 15:51

The U.S. warned Americans to beware of "terrorist actions and violence" all over the world.

FBI recommends charges against ex-CIA chief Petraeus

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 15:34

The FBI and US Justice Department prosecutors have recommended bringing felony charges against retired General David Petraeus for allegedly providing classified information to his former mistress while he was director of the CIA, The New York Times reported Friday. The investigation stems from an affair Petraeus -- who was also commander of American forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan -- had with an Army Reserve officer who was writing his biography, the newspaper said, citing unnamed officials. The probe focuses on whether Petraeus, who resigned in 2012 when the affair became public, gave Paula Broadwell access to his CIA email account and other highly classified information. FBI agents discovered classified documents on her computer after he quit, according to the Times, which said that Attorney General Eric Holder must decide whether to seek an indictment that could send Petraeus to prison.

In poor New York neighborhoods, residents ask: Where are the police?

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 13:21

By Emily Flitter and Luciana Lopez NEW YORK (Reuters) - On the sidewalk of a public housing development in Brooklyn, New York notorious for gang violence and drug activity, the words "Fascist pig, go home!" in black spray paint are fading but still legible. These are the Marcy Houses, 27 brick H-block buildings, each six stories high, that are home to nearly 4,300 people, many of whom are black or Latino. Until three weeks ago, they had been an ever-present, highly visible presence in Marcy Houses. Now, the police have all but disappeared, raising safety concerns among some residents while pleasing others who view the police strategy as oppressive.

Vietnam veteran in Georgia pleads to be spared the death penalty

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:34
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Lawyers for a decorated Vietnam War veteran due to be executed in Georgia next week say his life should be spared because he was suffering from a combat-related mental disorder when he killed a sheriff’s deputy in 1998. Andrew Brannan's guilt is not disputed. He shot Laurens County Deputy Sheriff Kyle Dinkheller, 22, nine times during a traffic stop, a scene caught on tape by the deputy's patrol car camera. ...

London cleric Abu Hamza sentenced to life in U.S. prison

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 10:35
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The radical London cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri was sentenced to life in a U.S. prison on Friday for his conviction on terrorism-related charges, including his role in the 1998 kidnapping of Western tourists in Yemen that left four hostages dead. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan imposed the sentence on the one-eyed, handless Abu Hamza, whom jurors found guilty last May of providing a satellite phone and advice to the kidnappers. ...

Arizona court to release convicted killer Jodi Arias’ secret testimony

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 09:38
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona judge ordered the release of testimony made behind closed doors by convicted murderer Jodi Arias as she seeks to avoid the death penalty, following a ruling by the state’s supreme court, court documents showed on Friday. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens ruled that transcripts for Oct. 30 and Nov. 3 be unsealed after the Arizona Supreme Court denied a bid by defense lawyers to block the move, claiming it would hurt Arias' right to a fair trial. ...

Abu Hamza gets life in prison on U.S. terrorism conviction

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 09:23

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Radical imam Abu Hamza al-Masri was sentenced to life in prison on Friday, eight months after he was convicted of federal terrorism charges in New York. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan imposed the sentence on the one-eyed, handless Abu Hamza, whom jurors had found guilty of providing a satellite phone and advice to Yemeni militants who kidnapped Western tourists in 1998, leading to the deaths of four hostages. ...

2014 was best hiring year since '99

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 09:07

The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will ...

Massive pileup in Michigan, one dead, multiple vehicles on fire

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:33

(Reuters) - One person was killed and six cars and semi-trailers set afire in a weather-related pileup of 50 to 70 vehicles on Friday morning on Interstate 94 about 10 miles east of Kalamazoo, Michigan, state police said. The accident occurred about 10 a.m. local time and one of the burning semis was carrying hazardous material, State Trooper O.J. Hamilton told Reuters. He said icy conditions and low visibility contributed to the crash. (Reporting by Fiona Ortiz; Editing by Bill Trott)

Shooting, explosions at French gunmen siege

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:09

DAMMARTIN-EN-GOELE, France (Reuters) - Several rounds of automatic gunfire rang out, accompanied by loud explosions, at a print works north of Paris where security forces had encircled the two suspects in the Charlie Hebdo killings and a hostage, a Reuters reporter said. Smoke came from the building in an industrial zone near the town of Dammartin-en-Goele. Earlier, at least four armed security force members were seen on its roof. (Reporting by John Irish; Editing by James Regan)

Gunman to kill market hostages if police storm brothers

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:27

A police official says the gunman holding at least five hostages in a kosher market in eastern Paris has threatened to kill them if police launch an assault on the cornered brothers suspected in the newspaper ...

A weekend of bitter cold due for eastern United States

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 05:50

(Reuters) - Bitterly cold weather in the eastern United States is forecast to persist until Sunday, the National Weather Service said. The service warned of dangerous, windy winter storms in Michigan that would leave behind a foot or more of snow. Daytime temperatures were forecast to remain below 10 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 12 C) in parts of the upper Midwest, the Ohio Valley and New England. Light snow was expected across much of the Northeast on Friday, and New York City awoke to horizontal wind swirls of snow. ...

Nebraska Supreme Court backs Keystone XL pipeline route

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 05:45

By Aruna Viswanatha and Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday approved the route for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, reversing a lower court that had blocked the proposal and clearing the way for a U.S. State Department ruling on the plan. The court said it was divided and could not reach a substantive decision, leaving in place legislation that favored TransCanada Corp and its claim to build a crude oil pipeline across the state. ...

Court to weigh overturning gay marriage bans in three southern states

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 03:25

By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A federal appeals court is set on Friday to weigh whether to strike down same-sex marriage bans in the conservative southern states of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. A three-judge panel will hear arguments about gay marriage bans in the three states, setting up a possible decision that could allow gay marriages to go ahead. The hearings before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit come as momentum builds nationwide to allow same-sex marriage, which is now legal in 36 states. Also on Friday, U.S. ...

Jury selection to begin in first murder trial of ex-NFLer Hernandez

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 03:18

By Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is due in court on Friday for the first of two murder trials he faces this year, this one for the fatal shooting of an acquaintance near his home in southern Massachusetts. Hernandez, 25, is charged with summoning Odin Lloyd to his home late one night in June 2013 and taking him on a drive to an industrial park in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, where prosecutors contend he shot and killed the semi-professional football player. ...