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Two kids among five killed in suburban Atlanta shooting

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 08:14

By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - Two children were among five people killed after a man opened fire in his ex-wife's suburban Atlanta home this weekend, police said on Sunday. The victims in Saturday's shooting were found lying in the street and inside the house near Douglasville, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Atlanta, said Lieutenant Glenn Daniel, a spokesman for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The children involved in the shooting came from more than one family, police said. Neighbors told WSB-TV in Atlanta that the shooter fired at his ex-wife, her new boyfriend and the children.


John Kerry: ‘We are on the road’ to defeating IS

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 06:15

The secretary of state says the U.S.-led coalition is “on the road” to its goal of degrading and destroying the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria.


Brian Williams’ account of seeing dead body during Katrina questioned

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 06:14

A retired U.S. Army commander calls the claim by the NBC News anchor as "very suspect."


Unusually large Republican 2016 field sparks 'staff primary'

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 06:10

Potential candidates are scrambling to sort through the rosters of campaign veterans in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire and elsewhere in a talent search that reflects the fact that the Republican field for 2016 is the largest in recent memory. "There is a known universe of operatives with many of them headquartered in early primary states," said Republican strategist Kevin Madden, a senior adviser to Mitt Romney in his 2012 presidential campaign. Every ideological slice of the Republican spectrum is represented, from mainstream former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a favorite of the small government Tea Party movement, to libertarian Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a Fox News personality. Others exploring presidential runs include New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former Texas Governor Rick Perry.


Teen arrested in mall shooting; only 1 of 3 victims targeted

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 04:26

MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Three people were hospitalized Sunday with gunshot wounds after a 17-year-old male opened fire on a man at a Pittsburgh-area mall, police said, striking his intended target as well as two bystanders.


Iran's Khamenei suggests he'd back nuclear compromise with West

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 04:19

Iran's paramount leader boosted Iranian negotiators under fire from hardliners at home opposed to rapprochement with the West.


Leaders aim to hold Ukraine summit in Minsk Wednesday

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 03:42

Top-level talks will take place in Minsk, Belarus, German officials says.


France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia to meet Wednesday in Minsk

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 02:30

French, German, and Ukrainian leaders are set to talk with with Vladimir Putin.


Israel will try to halt 'dangerous' nuclear deal with Iran

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 02:29

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will do everything it can to prevent world powers from reaching a "bad and dangerous deal" with Iran over its disputed nuclear program.


Police: 5 dead, including gunman, in Georgia shooting

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 22:30

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A man shot six people Saturday afternoon, killing four of them, including his ex-wife and several children before turning the gun on himself on a quiet, suburban street outside Atlanta, police and neighbors said.


Winning numbers drawn for nearly $400 million Powerball jackpot

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 20:23
(Reuters) - The winning numbers for one of the richest Powerball jackpots ever offered were drawn late on Saturday for a cash prize that soared to $394 million after the previous drawing failed to produce a winner. The winning numbers were 5, 10, 21 34 and 58, lottery officials said. The Powerball was 33. Powerball jackpots start at $40 million and grow until at least one player comes up with the winning number at a drawing.

3 wounded in Pittsburgh-area mall shooting

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 20:15

The mall and a hospital's emergency room on lockdown as police search for gunman.


Shots fired at Pennsylvania mall, several people hit: local reports

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 17:20
(Reuters) - Gunshots were fired on Saturday evening at a shopping mall outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and several people were wounded, local television stations reported. At least three people were hurt at the Monroeville Mall, about 12 miles east of Pittsburgh, according to a report on WTAE television. The station said police from jurisdictions outside the town of Monroeville were called in to help look for the shooting suspect. A person who answered the phone at the Monroeville Police Department declined to comment.

Union says U.S. refinery strike widened; cites unfair labor practices

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 16:16

The United Steelworkers union said on Saturday the strike by U.S. refinery workers is expanding to two more plants early on Sunday due to unfair labor practices by oil companies. Walk-outs at BP Plc's Whiting, Indiana, refinery and the company's joint-venture refinery with Husky Energy in Toledo, Ohio, shortly after 12 a.m. local time on Sunday would bring the number of plants with striking hourly workers to 11, including nine refineries accounting for 13 percent of U.S. refining capacity. BP said on Friday it had received notice of the walk-outs at the two refineries, but the Steelworkers had said little about them until Saturday. "We regret that we have been unable to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement with the USW prior to contract expiration," said Shell spokesman Ray Fisher.


NBC's Brian Williams taking himself off the air for several days

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 15:42

NBC News anchor Brian Williams said on Saturday he was taking himself off the evening newscast for several days, responding to intense criticism over his claims that he rode in a helicopter that was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq a decade ago. "In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions," Williams said in a statement posted on NBC News' website. Williams, a star anchor who has garnered high ratings for NBC, said he planned eventually to return to the broadcast and "continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us." Lester Holt, who typically anchors NBC Evening News on weekends, will step in to handle the weekday evening broadcast in the interim, Williams said. NBC, a unit of Comcast Corp, on Friday said it was launching an internal probe of Williams' false statements that he was in a helicopter in 2003 that was brought down by enemy fire during the U.S. invasion of Iraq.


Brian Williams taking himself off air temporarily

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 14:26

The NBC News anchor says his actions have made him too much a part of the news.


Concerns over Bobbi Kristina's estate emerge as police investigate possible foul play

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 13:47

As family members gather around a comatose Bobbi Kristina Brown, Atlanta area police have reportedly launched a criminal investigation into how the 21-year-old wound up unresponsive in her bathtub about a week ago.


NBC anchor Williams taking himself off the air for several days

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 13:13

NBC News anchor Brian Williams said on Saturday that he will take himself off the evening newscast for several days as the network probes misstatements related to his experience reporting on the Iraq war in 2003. "In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions," Williams said in a statement posted on NBC News' website. Williams said he planned eventually to return to the broadcast and "continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us." Lester Holt, who typically anchors NBC Evening News on weekends, will step in to handle the weekday evening broadcast in the interim, Williams said. NBC, a unit of Comcast Corp, on Friday said it was launching an internal probe of Williams' false statements that he was in a helicopter that was brought down by enemy fire during the U.S. invasion of Iraq.


Iowa rail line reopens following train derailment, ethanol leak

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 12:02

(Reuters) - A rail line in eastern Iowa reopened on Saturday following a freight train derailment that sent three cars tumbling into the Mississippi River, spilling ethanol fuel in the water, Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) said. Thirteen cars and two engines went off the tracks after the derailment on Wednesday in a remote location north of Dubuque, Iowa, the company said.


Brian Williams is not alone: Hillary Clinton, Stephen Glass and other famous fabrications

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 11:06

Brian Williams admitted this week that, contrary to previous claims, he was not aboard a helicopter that was grounded by rocket grenades during the U.S. invasion of Iraq. But he's not the first public figure who has been caught stretching the truth.


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