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Right-wingers guilty of plot to kill S. African president

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:37

A South African court has sentenced two members of a right-wing group convicted of high treason for plotting to kill President Jacob Zuma to eight years in prison, state prosecutors said Thursday. The men were arrested in December 2012 on suspicion of targeting top African National Congress leaders including Zuma during the party's conference. National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Nathi Mncube said the High Court on Thursday convicted Johan Prinsloo of "high treason and possession of ammunition" and jailed him for eight years. His co-accused Mark Trollip had last year pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy and was also handed an eight-year jail term.

Nurse who caught Ebola says she was not reckless

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:42

ATLANTA (AP) — The nurse who flew on a commercial jet before being diagnosed with Ebola says she wasn't careless or reckless.

U.S. airstrikes target al-Qaida group in Syria

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:32

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. aircraft bombed al-Qaida's Syrian branch as well as another hard-line rebel faction in northwestern Syria early on Thursday, activists said, in an apparent widening of targets of the American-led coalition against the Islamic State extremist group.

SEAL who shot Osama Bin Laden revealed

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:06

The US Navy Seal who fired the fatal gunshots at Osama bin Laden has revealed his identity. Commando Rob O’Neill was a key figure in Operation Neptune Spear, the daring night-time mission which saw the al-Qaeda chief shot and killed on May 2, 2011.

Woman kidnapped off Philly street found alive in Maryland

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:06

The woman who was kidnapped on Sunday off a desolate Philadelphia street -- a harrowing crime that was caught on surveillance camera -- was found alive Wednesday in Maryland, while her abductor was arrested, authorities said.

Man accused of killing girlfriend, posting scene photos surrenders

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 04:01

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man accused of slaying his girlfriend, posting photos of her body and the gruesome crime scene online, and writing that he wanted authorities to kill him has surrendered in Oregon.

Breaking the law to feed homeless in Ft. Lauderdale

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 03:59

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Despite being charged with violating a new ordinance by feeding the homeless in South Florida, advocate Arnold Abbott said he's not deterred and even went back out for another feeding at a public park.

Matt Bai: What happened to Obama's turnout?

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 01:26

It's clear the GOP did a better job than Democrats hitting targets on Tuesday.

Hollywood exec's remains found after 2 years

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 23:29

(Reuters) - California authorities have positively identified the remains of a Hollywood studio executive who disappeared in mysterious circumstances in 2012, officials said on Wednesday. Hikers near Palmdale, some 60 miles (97 km) north of Los Angeles, discovered human remains on Oct. 26 which were later identified as those of 20th Century Fox film distribution executive Gavin Smith, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Nicole Nishida. Nishida said that autopsy results have not been finalized and the cause of death has yet to be determined. ...

The man who opened the Berlin Wall

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 22:43

You may not know his name, but his actions on the night of November 9, 1989 changed history.

AC/DC drummer accused of trying to arrange deaths

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 21:40

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The 60-year-old drummer for Australian rock band AC/DC whose hits include "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" was accused Thursday of trying to arrange two killings as well as possession of drugs.

Bad weather, safety agency blamed for fatal Alaska crash

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 19:50
(Reuters) - Federal investigators said on Wednesday pilot error and a lack of safety measures at Alaska's public safety agency were to blame for the crash of a rescue helicopter that killed all three people on board last year. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that veteran rescue pilot, Mel Nading, 55, caused the March 2013 crash by continuing to fly after picking up a stranded snowmobiler near Talkeetna, Alaska, despite worsening weather. ...

Election brings new GOP power to state capitols

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 19:36

State capitols across the country will be more Republican than at any time since the 1920s.

Despite election defeat, foreign policy is not 'game over' for Obama

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 17:11

By Matt Spetalnick and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From marauding jihadists in Iraq to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine and beheadings of Americans in Syria, a world in crisis has fanned perceptions of an overwhelmed U.S. president and contributed to a Republican sweep of U.S. midterm elections. But the slide of public confidence in President Barack Obama and the takeover of U.S. Congress by resurgent Republicans will complicate, though not seriously undermine, U.S. ...

Woman abducted on Philadelphia street found safe

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 16:13

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A woman seen on surveillance video being abducted off a Philadelphia street was found safe outside Baltimore on Wednesday, and the man who snatched her was arrested, police said.

Obama, Republicans sound conciliatory note but battles loom

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 15:39

By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his powerful U.S. Senate adversary struck a conciliatory tone on Wednesday, but Obama's plans to proceed with new immigration rules foreshadowed a bumpy start to his relationship with a Republican-controlled Congress. Obama and Mitch McConnell, who will become majority leader when Republicans take charge in the Senate in January, signaled they hoped to get past a previously frosty relationship to pass legislation on priorities on which they can both agree. ...

In rare case, NYC cops charged with assault over teen's arrest

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 14:48
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two New York police officers have been charged with assaulting a teenaged boy during his arrest in Brooklyn, prosecutors said on Wednesday, an unusual case in a city where prosecutions of police for excessive are rare. After a brief chase on a Brooklyn sidewalk in August, Officers David Afanador, 33, and Tyrane Isaac, 36, can be seen in surveillance video footage hitting Kahreem Tribble, 16, even after he put up his hands in apparent surrender, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said in a statement. ...

Obama not 'mopey' about election rout

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 14:05

The president vows to act on his own on immigration if Congress doesn't handle its job.

Missouri ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, court rules

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 13:56

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a St. Louis circuit judge ruled on Wednesday. The decision comes a day after a federal judge ruled that neighboring Kansas also was violating the constitution by refusing to allow same-sex marriages. And it adds momentum to sweeping changes taking place across the country that allow same-sex couples to marry in more than 30 states. "Marriage equality is now the law of the land in the state of Missouri," said Winston Calvert, the city attorney for St. Louis, who challenged the state's same-sex marriage ban. ...

Obama to seek authority from Congress for Islamic State fight

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 13:36

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he would seek fresh authorization from Congress in the next few weeks for the U.S. military campaign against Islamic State militants, taking a new approach to congressional backing for the fight. Obama made the announcement at a news conference after his Democratic Party suffered big losses in Tuesday's congressional elections, which left Republicans in charge of the U.S. Senate. "The world needs to know we are united behind this effort and the men and women of our military deserve our clear and unified support," Obama said. ...