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Austria to revoke measures that let migrants cross from Hungary

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 15:55

By Michael Shields and Irene Preisinger VIENNA/MUNICH (Reuters) - Austria said on Sunday it planned to end emergency measures that have allowed thousands of refugees stranded in Hungary into Austria and Germany since Saturday morning. Austria had suspended its random border checks after photographs of a Syrian toddler lying dead on a Turkish beach showed Europeans the horror faced by those desperate enough to travel illegally into the heart of Europe, which is deeply divided over how to cope. After 71 people suffocated in the back of a truck abandoned on an Austrian highway en route from Hungary, and as thousands headed from Budapest toward Austria on foot, Vienna had agreed with Germany to waive rules requiring refugees to register an asylum claim in the first EU country they reach.

Kentucky clerk who refused same-sex marriage licenses starts new appeal

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 13:14

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, 49, who refused to issue the licenses due to her Apostolic Christian belief that marriage can only be between a man and a woman, said she was prepared to remain in jail where she has been reading a Bible since her incarceration for contempt on Thursday, her lawyers said. Davis was jailed for refusing to follow the orders of U.S. District Judge David Bunning. Davis' stance has come to symbolize the cultural gap over gay marriage in the United States.

Boy fatally shot, two adults wounded at family party in Charlotte

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 11:31
The boy, identified as Kevin Antonio Calderon Rodas, was killed about 9 p.m. on Saturday during a family celebration in the front yard of a southwest Charlotte house, according to police. "It's a sad state of affairs," Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Deputy Chief Jeff Estes said during a news conference on Saturday night.

Critics push U.S. to help Europe by taking more refugees

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 11:21

By Bill Trott and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States came under more pressure on Sunday to help Europe find sanctuary for a flood of immigrants displaced by war and chaos, but Washington showed no signs of planning a dramatic increase in its intake of refugees. David Miliband, head of the International Rescue Committee and former British foreign secretary, called on the United States to bring out "the kind of leadership America has shown on these kind of issues" in the past. "The United States has always been a leader in refugee resettlement but 1,500 people over four years is such a miniscule contribution to tackling the human side of this problem," Miliband said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." State Department spokesman John Kirby, in an interview with Reuters late on Saturday, offered no indication the United States would be greatly boosting the number of immigrants it would allow into the country.

Indiana zoo locked down briefly after cheetah jumps out of exhibit

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 11:16

No zoo visitor, staff or cheetah was injured in the incident, Indianapolis Zoo spokeswoman Judy Palermo said. About 9:40 a.m. local time on Sunday, a zoo staffer noticed that a 4-year-old male cheetah named Pounce jumped into a fenced grassy area next to the primary exhibit. Zoo visitors walk alongside the grassy area, Palermo said.

Sarah Palin on immigrants: 'When you're here, let's speak American'

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 11:14

The former Alaskan governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee weighs in on the war of words between 2016 GOP hopefuls Jeb Bush and Donald Trump.

Whale watching ships search for entangled blue whale off California

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 09:05
(Reuters) - Whale watching ships were dispatched on Sunday to help search for a blue whale entangled in a fishing line for several days off the southern California coast, officials said. The whale, which was first seen by a cruise ship off the coast of the upscale seaside community of Rancho Palos Verdes, was last spotted on Friday in the channel between Los Angeles Harbor and Catalina Island, said Jim Milbury, a spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Rancho Palos Verdes is about 25 miles (40 km) from Catalina Island.

Portion of Chicago park closed after body parts of child found

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 08:35
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A portion of a Chicago park was closed on Sunday after a passerby found body parts of a child a day earlier, police said.

Powell, Wasserman Schultz support Iran nuclear deal

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 07:37

WASHINGTON (AP) — Already a done deal in Congress, the Iran nuclear agreement gained more momentum Sunday as former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the head of the Democratic National Committee, announcement their support.

6 'Trumpisms' that would spell trouble for anyone but Trump

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 04:22

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lobbing rhetorical stink bombs at a large group of voters is not the normal way to get ahead in U.S. politics. Nor is alienating prominent figures of your own party.

Pope calls on Europe's parishes to help shelter families fleeing war, hunger

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 03:36

The Vatican will shelter two families of refugees newly arrived from the Middle East.

Israel's Netanyahu rejects call to take in Syrian refugees

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 03:35

By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday rejected a call by Israel's opposition leader to provide refuge to Syrian refugees, saying the country is too small to take them in. Images in recent days of thousands of refugees herded on and off trains in Europe as they sought a safe haven from Middle East conflict struck a chord in Israel, a state created three years after the Nazi Holocaust which killed six million Jews. Isaac Herzog, head of the main opposition Zionist Union party, appealed to Israeli leaders to "absorb refugees from the fighting in Syria", a northern neighbor that Israel considers an enemy state.

60-something socialist is Britain's unlikely political star

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 01:48

LONDON (AP) — Britain's surprising new political star is a rumpled 66-year-old with a set of socialist ideas many thought had faded with the Cold War.

Four dead in Dallas traffic accident

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 22:20
(Reuters) - Four people were killed on Saturday night in a traffic accident in Dallas, police said, and authorities have taken four people into custody after they fled the scene of the deadly crash.

Guatemala voters choose new president amid fraud scandal

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 20:36

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — An uncomfortable challenge confronts Guatemala's presidential candidates on Sunday: trying to win the votes of a nation that has put the last elected leader in court custody.

Nepal's 'ice doctors' risk all for sole Everest hopeful

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 20:16

Ang Kami Sherpa is one of Nepal's most experienced "ice doctors" -- the mountaineers who brave Mount Everest's treacherous Khumbu icefall to prepare it for the climbing season -- but even he is more nervous than usual this time round. Sherpa is among a group of ice doctors who returned to the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) mountain in August -- four months after a huge earthquake that triggered a deadly avalanche at its base camp. This year, Japan's Nobokazu Kuriki is the only climber planning an attempt on the summit, although a six-person support team is expected to accompany him to Camp 2, about 6,400 metres high and usually around two days of trekking beyond base camp.

Total reduces Port Arthur refinery output after worker killed: sources

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 18:07
Total SA reduced production at its 225,500 barrel per day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas, refinery on Saturday after a contract worker was killed when the bulldozer he was driving in a pit beneath a refining unit flipped over in petroleum coke dust and scalding water, said sources familiar with plant operations. Total and the worker's employer, Kinder Morgan Inc, both confirmed the worker's death. Kinder Morgan operates a petroleum coke terminal in Port Arthur.

Judge upholds Arizona's 'show your papers' immigration law

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 13:34

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on Friday was on the last of seven challenges to the 2010 law. The section being upheld allows police in Arizona to check the immigration status of anyone they stop. Bolton ruled that immigration rights activists failed to show that police would enforce the law differently for Hispanics than other people.

Rally to support defiant clerk jailed over marriage licenses

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 12:42

GRAYSON, Ky. (AP) — They stood chanting outside the jail house, "Thank you, Kim; Thank you, Kim," and prayed that the defiant county clerk locked inside could hear them.

Hundreds gather at jail for Kentucky clerk held in gay marriage dispute

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 10:33

Up to 500 supporters gathered outside a Kentucky jail on Saturday to support a county clerk held there for defying a federal judge's order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, 49, who refused the licenses due to her Christian belief that marriage can only be between a man and a woman, said she was prepared to remain in jail where she has been reading a Bible since her incarceration for contempt on Thursday, her lawyers said. On Saturday, a white banner spray-painted with the black letters "Kim Davis POW" was placed near the entrance of the jail in Grayson, Kentucky, and a bagpipe and drum corps played "You're a Grand Old Flag" and marched to a field across from the jail.