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Tens of thousands of police expected for funeral of slain N.Y. officer

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 01:19

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ten of thousands of police officers were expected along with politicians and other mourners on Sunday at the funeral of a New York City policeman killed last month in an ambush that deepened a rift between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the force. Wenjian Liu, 32, and his partner, Rafael Ramos, 40, were murdered on Dec. 20 as they sat in their squad car in Brooklyn after killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley had stated he was seeking vengeance for the deaths this summer of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers. ...

Weather frustrates divers as more AirAsia wreckage found

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 00:52

Officials say they've detected a fifth large underwater object believed to be part of the plane.

Patient possibly exposed to Ebola due at Nebraska hospital for observation

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 20:50

(Reuters) - A U.S. health care worker who was possibly exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone was expected to arrive for observation on Sunday at a Nebraska facility that has treated three Ebola cases, hospital officials said. The patient, who was not identified, was expected to arrive at the Biocontainment Unit at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha via private air ambulance around 2 p.m. CST for observation and possible treatment, the center said in a statement. The patient "has been exposed to the virus but is not ill and is not contagious," said Dr. ...

Govt. agency: Ice may have caused AirAsia crash

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 20:10

Weather was the "triggering factor" in the crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 with icing likely causing engine damage, Indonesia's meteorological agency said as divers prepared to search the plane wreckage Sunday. The Airbus A320-200 crashed during a storm en route from Indonesia's second city Surabaya to Singapore, and relief workers are hunting for flight data recorders to determine the cause of the crash.

Impressive Baltimore Ravens end Pittsburgh Steelers' season

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 19:25

All night, the Baltimore Ravens were a step ahead of the Steelers in a 30-17 win.

Edward Brooke, first black U.S. senator elected by popular vote, dies

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 13:12
(Reuters) - Edward Brooke, the Massachusetts Republican who was the first African-American to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate, died on Saturday at the age of 95, the state Republican Party said. Brooke was Massachusetts attorney general when he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1966, at a time when the country was gripped by racial unrest. Before his election, there were two other African-American senators shortly after the Civil War. But until early in the 20th century, senators were picked by state legislatures and not by popular vote. ...

Idaho earthquake causes rock slides, damages property

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 11:23
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A moderate earthquake rattled a broad swath of Idaho early on Saturday, damaging property and triggering rock slides near its epicenter in Challis, a city that has endured hundreds of slight to moderate temblors over the last 10 months, authorities said. The latest measured at a magnitude of 4.9 and was centered about four miles (6.5 km) from Challis in the state's central mountains, but was felt as far away as Boise, a 190-mile (305-km) drive to the southwest, the U.S. Geological Survey said. ...

NYC mayor, commissioner saluted when entering slain officer's wake

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 11:12

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police guards saluted as Mayor Bill de Blasio entered a Brooklyn funeral home on Saturday with his police commissioner for the wake of the second of two patrol officers killed in an ambush last month. Ahead of the wake for Wenjian Liu, believed to be the city's first Chinese-American officer killed in the line of duty, Commissioner Bill Bratton told his force to refrain from the "act of disrespect" seen at the funeral of Liu's partner, when some of those in uniform turned their backs on de Blasio. ...

Robotic arm plays beer pong with impressive accuracy

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 10:51

Boston-based startup Empire Robotics built a robot that can play beer pong with surprising accuracy – and is accepting challengers.

Officers salute police boss, mayor at cop's wake

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 10:15

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton drew salutes from some officers Saturday as they were arrived at the wake of a second New York Police Department officer killed in an ambush shooting.

U.S. appeals court denies request to delay Boston Marathon bombing trial

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 08:52

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Saturday denied a last-ditch request by lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to delay his trial on charges of killing three people and injuring more than 260 in the attack. Attorneys for Tsarnaev, 21, had also sought to have the trial moved out of Boston, the site of the April 15, 2013, bombing, which stands as the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. Jury selection in the trial at U.S. District Court in Boston is due to begin on Monday. (Reporting By Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

Seven-year-old girl survives Kentucky plane crash: police

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 08:00
By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - A 7-year-old girl survived when a small plane in which she was flying with her family crashed in the Kentucky woods, taking the lives of her mother and father, an older sister and a teenage cousin, police said on Saturday. The crash Friday night killed 49-year-old Marty Gutzler, his 45-year-old wife, Kimberly Gutzler, their 9-year-old daughter Piper Gutzler and 14-year-old Sierra Wilder, a cousin, according to Kentucky State Police. The family was from Nashville, Illinois, police said. ...

‘Brave little girl,’ 7, survives plane crash that killed her family, walks nearly a mile through harsh terrain at night looking for help

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 07:17

A seven-year-old girl survived a plane crash in western Kentucky and walked through treacherous terrain at night to find help.

4 large objects detected in AirAsia wreckage hunt

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 05:15

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian officials said Saturday that they were confident wreckage of AirAsia Flight 8501 had been located after sonar equipment detected four massive objects on the ocean floor.

Fear and joy as Alabama town readies for screenings of film 'Selma'

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 03:04

By Jonathan Kaminsky (Reuters) - Residents of Selma, Alabama, will next week be offered free screenings of "Selma," a Golden Globe-nominated film some locals welcome as the telling of an important civil rights-era story while others fear it could harm the downtrodden city's image. The film, which portrays events surrounding civil rights protests in the town in 1965 led by Martin Luther King Jr., will be shown courtesy of Paramount Pictures starting Jan. 9 and run through the month at the Selma Walton Theater. ...

U.S. embassy bombing suspect dies ahead of NY trial: NBC News

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 01:03

(Reuters) - A suspected al Qaeda figure alleged to have planned the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya has died in New York just days ahead of his scheduled trial, NBC News reported on Friday. Abu Anas Al-Liby, whose real name was Nazih al-Ragye, was seized by U.S. forces in October 2013 in the Libyan capital Tripoli and was brought to the United States to face criminal charges stemming from the bombings, which killed 224 people. ...

Two fetuses found on side of southern California street

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 00:41
(Reuters) - Two fetuses were found on Friday wrapped in a blanket that had been ditched on the side of a residential southern California street, authorities said. The San Diego County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the fetuses, both of them at least 20-weeks-old and fully formed, were discovered on Friday afternoon in the city of Fallbrook. "Each fetus had its own umbilical cord, which were both still attached to one placenta," the statement said. The Los Angeles Times newspaper said the fetuses were first discovered by a resident who initially believed they were dolls. ...

Iran, 6 powers move closer to nuke talks deal

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 22:51

VIENNA (AP) — Iran and the United States have tentatively agreed on a formula that Washington hopes will reduce Tehran's ability to make nuclear arms by committing it to ship to Russia much of the material needed for such weapons, diplomats say.

Commissioner urges respect at NYC officer's wake

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 22:31

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton is urging his employees who attend a slain officer's wake and funeral to refrain from making political statements.

UN mission chief: Ebola fight tough but may be won this year

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 22:20

ACCRA (Reuters) - The world can stamp out the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by the end of the year but months of tough work remain, the outgoing chief of the United Nations' anti-Ebola mission said on Friday. The outbreak, first identified in Guinea's remote southeast in early 2014, has struck six West African nations, with Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia bearing the brunt of the 20,000 infections and nearly 8,000 dead. Faced with criticism the world was not doing enough, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon set up the U.N. ...