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"Iran has not provided any explanations"

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:36

Iran is still failing to provide answers in a probe into its nuclear activities, and is unlikely to do so before a November 24 deadline for a deal with world powers, the UN atomic watchdog said Friday. "Iran has not provided any explanations" on two issues that Tehran had undertaken to clarify by August 25, the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a new quarterly report. Iran and the IAEA have agreed to a "technical meeting to further discuss the two outstanding practical measures ... but not before November 24," said the report, not yet public but seen by AFP. "There is no progress, basically," a diplomat familiar with the IAEA's probe said.

No decision yet on nominee for U.S. attorney general: White House

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:59

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has not made a decision on a nominee to replace U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, a White House spokesman said on Friday. The comment came in response to a CNN report that Obama was expected to choose U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch of New York as his nominee. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said there had been no decision and that the administration would not have any personnel announcements on Friday. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Bill Trott)

Obama says sees room to work with Congress on manufacturing, exports

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:54

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday he plans to talk with congressional leaders over lunch about how to build on momentum in the economy, discussing ideas to boost manufacturing and exports, and invest in early childhood education. "Good ideas don't necessarily come from just one party," Obama told reporters ahead of meeting with his cabinet. "All these issues are ones in which there is a strong possibility for bipartisan cooperation as long as we set politics aside," he said. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Susan Heavey)

U.S. lawmakers want criminal probe of Takata as air bag concerns grow

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:08

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Democratic lawmakers on Friday called for the U.S. Justice Department to examine whether air bag-maker Takata broke the law, as authorities study the dangers of the safety device that is now part of a sweeping recall. The statement comes a day after the New York Times reported that officials with Takata Corp examined air bag dangers in 2004 but halted the probe after initial tests raised concerns. ...

Ukraine braces for more Russian artillery

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:22

By Natalia Zinets and Vladimir Soldatkin KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukraine's military accused Russia on Friday of sending a column of 32 tanks and truckloads of troops into the country's east to support pro-Russian separatists fighting government forces. Thursday's cross-border incursion, if confirmed, is a significant escalation of a conflict that has killed more than 4,000 people since the separatists rose up in mid-April and would call into question Russia's commitment to a two-month-old ceasefire deal. ...

Democratic Senator leaves controversial group

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:00

Sen. Joe Manchin resigned a leadership position that raised many eyebrows in his party.

FBI reveals agent posed as reporter, AP says credibility harmed

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 04:54
(Reuters) - The FBI has revealed that one of its agents impersonated an Associated Press reporter in 2007 in order to trap a suspect in a Seattle bomb threat case, prompting a rebuke from the news agency, which said the sting undermined press freedom and independence. In a letter published by the New York Times on Thursday, FBI Director James Comey said an FBI agent contacted a suspect in a series of bomb threats to a Seattle-area high school and "portrayed himself as an employee of The Associated Press." The agent asked the suspect to review a phony draft article for accuracy, Comey said. ...

U.S. Pakistan expert loses security clearance in federal probe: report

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 04:43
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A State Department expert on Pakistan was stripped of her security clearance and is part of a federal counterintelligence investigation, the Washington Post reported on Friday. The FBI searched the Washington home of Robin L. Raphel on Oct. 21, removing bags and boxes, as well as her State Department office, the Post said. She was placed on administrative leave last month and her contract with the State Department was allowed to expire this week, the Post said. The exact nature of the investigation remained unclear but the Post cited two U.S. ...

FBI defends 'ruse' it enacted 7 years ago

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 01:14

SEATTLE (AP) — FBI Director James Comey says an agent impersonated an Associated Press reporter during a 2007 criminal investigation, a ruse the news organization says could undermine its credibility.

For McCain, new power to take on Obama

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 00:44

McCain will have new clout to push his foreign policy agenda in the GOP-led Senate.

2 killed in Idaho National Guard copter crash

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 22:09

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho Army National Guard helicopter crashed Thursday night during a training mission, killing the two people aboard, the military said.

Gay marriage on way back to Supreme Court

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 22:07

A month after the court declined to rule on gay marriage, the issue is headed back its way.

Idaho Army National Guard helicopter crashes, killing two pilots

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 21:33
(Reuters) - An Idaho Army National Guard helicopter crashed in a field just south of the Boise Airport on Thursday evening, killing both pilots, a military official said. The pilots were conducting a training mission in the AH-64D Apache helicopter when it went down around 7 p.m., said Idaho National Guard spokesman Colonel Timothy Marsano. Both of the pilots, whose identities have not been released, were killed in the crash, Marsano said. First responders as well as National Guard personnel responded to the scene, Marsano said. ...

Huge Alaska storm could bring big chill to rest of US

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 21:10

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An explosive storm surpassing the intensity of 2012's Superstorm Sandy is expected to reach Alaska's western Aleutian Islands over the weekend and bring unseasonably frigid temperatures to much of the U.S. next week, weather forecasters said Thursday.

Remains of missing Frenchman identified in Alaska

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 18:17
JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - A 35-year-old French national has been identified as the man whose remains were discovered in September on a remote Alaskan island 70 miles north of Kodiak, state troopers said Thursday. Francois Guenot, of Maiche, France, has been missing since setting off on a kayaking trip in May. The medical examiner confirmed Guenot's identity through dental records, the troopers said. The remains were found by a volunteer participating in a clean-up of the beaches on Shuyak Island, where they had washed in with the tide, the report said. ...

U.S. space industry girds for more oversight after accidents

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 17:15

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Executives in the fledgling commercial U.S. space industry are bracing for increased scrutiny and oversight after two accidents last week, including one that killed a pilot, but say they view the mishaps as temporary setbacks that will not halt launches. Mark Sirangelo, who leads the space division of privately held Sierra Nevada Corp, told industry executives Thursday that he expected the industry to learn from the accidents and urged a measured response by lawmakers. ...

Appeals court upholds gay marriage bans, reversing trend

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 15:48

By Fiona Ortiz and Lawrence Hurley (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday bucked a recent trend of pro-gay marriage decisions by upholding state bans or restrictions in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, pressuring the Supreme Court to take up the issue. The 2-1 ruling, by the Cincinnati-based 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, is the first ruling by a federal appeals court that upholds bans on same-sex marriage. Gay marriage advocates said they would immediately seek U.S. Supreme Court review. ...

Who shot bin Laden? Former Navy SEALS make rival claims

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 15:29

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of the U.S. Navy Seal commando team that killed Osama bin Laden at his Pakistan hideout in May, 2011 are making conflicting claims as to who actually shot the al Qaeda leader. The Washington Post published a story on Thursday quoting Rob O'Neill, a former SEAL, as claiming to have fired the fatal shot that hit bin Laden in the forehead after O'Neill stormed into a room in bin Laden's house in Abbottabad. The claim by O'Neill, who travels the country giving motivational speeches, was countered by a source close to another SEAL team member. ...

Bankrupt San Bernardino, Calif., warns it may contract out services, raise debt

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 14:53
By Tim Reid RIVERSIDE Calif. (Reuters) - Bankrupt San Bernadino, California, might have to contract out essential services and place a revenue bond on the ballot in 2015 elections after a measure failed this week that would have lowered base pay for police and firefighters, said a lawyer for the city on Thursday. Paul Glassman, San Bernardino's bankruptcy attorney, told the federal judge overseeing the city's bankruptcy that a rejection by voters on Tuesday of a pay-cutting ballot measure for police and firefighters was a "gamechanger" that had thrown the restructuring plan off track. ...

Appeals court upholds gay marriage bans, reversing trend

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 13:34

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld gay marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, reversing the trend in federal courts to strike down such bans and piling pressure on the Supreme Court to take up the matter. Court of Appeals is the first ruling by a federal appeals court upholding bans on same-sex marriage. When the Supreme Court in October refused to intervene in the issue, all other appellate courts that had weighed in had struck down state bans on gay marriage. This new decision could force a showdown at the Supreme Court and lead to a nationwide ruling on the constitutionality of such bans.