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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.

New York man collecting food for needy killed as thief steals his car

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 06:57
(Reuters) - A Long Island, New York, man collecting food for a soup kitchen was killed when a car thief stole his car from outside a convenience store and ran him over, police said on Saturday. Before dawn on Friday, Dionel Ramirez parked his Hyundai car in the lot at a 7-Eleven store in North Bay Shore, about 35 miles east of New York City, Suffolk County Police said in a statement. The 69-year-old Ramirez was there to pick up excess food to give to the less fortunate the day after Thanksgiving, and he left the car running with the door open, police said. ...

A glance at national protests, cleanup in Ferguson

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 05:23

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protesters turned out in several U.S. cities on one of the busiest shopping days of the year Friday in response to a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Nigeria: Kano mosque blasts death toll above 102

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 04:32

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — More than 102 people were killed in the bomb explosions at the central mosque in this city, said a hospital worker.

Exclusive: U.S. CEOs threaten to pull tacit Obamacare support over 'wellness' spat

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 03:05

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Leading U.S. CEOs, angered by the Obama administration's challenge to certain "workplace wellness" programs, are threatening to side with anti-Obamacare forces unless the government backs off, according to people familiar with the matter. Major U.S. corporations have broadly supported President Barack Obama's healthcare reform despite concerns over several of its elements, largely because it included provisions encouraging the wellness programs. ...

Egypt court drops murder charges against Mubarak

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 03:05

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Saturday dismissed murder charges against former President Hosni Mubarak in connection with the killing of hundreds of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade rule, citing the "inadmissibility" of the case due to a technicality.

15 arrested as demonstrations return to Ferguson

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 23:56

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Disrupting commerce, transit and traffic became focal points for demonstrators across the country days after the announcement that a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri declined to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Washington state woman shoots man trying to enter home: TV station

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 21:43
(Reuters) - A woman shot a 22-year-old man trying to barge into her home early on Thanksgiving morning in a Seattle suburb, and he may have been drinking and gone to the home by mistake, a television station reported. The 33-year-old mother of three woke to the sound of banging on her front door at about 3 a.m. on Thursday in Edmonds, a suburb north of Seattle, the station, KING 5, said. It quoted police as saying the man pushed open the door but the woman met him at the entrance and tried to shut it. Growing concerned she might lose the struggle, she shot him in the abdomen, it added. ...

Two shot, one killed in Chicago Nordstrom store: Chicago Tribune

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 19:26
(Reuters) - Two people were shot, and one of them killed, in a Chicago Nordstrom on Friday, sending Black Friday shoppers scattering from the store, the Chicago Tribune reported. Police discovered two people suffering from gunshot wounds when they responded to the call around 8:30 p.m., said Chicago Police spokesman Officer Thomas Sweeney. Police said it appeared to have been a domestic violence incident, and a shooter was not believed to be on the loose. They gave no further details. ...