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2 suicide bombs kill 30 Kurdish fighters in Syria

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:29

BEIRUT (Reuters) - At least 30 people were killed in two suicide attacks on two checkpoints run by Kurdish fighters in Syria's northeastern city of Hasakah on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "The attacks targeted checkpoints run by Kurdish fighters on the western entrance of the city, they occurred within minutes from each other," Rami Abdelrahman from the Observatory said. (Reporting by Mariam Karouny; Editing by Toby Chopra)

The heartbreak of hostage ransom

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:22

Why are some captives given freedom? Reasons complex, but money sometimes plays a role.

Why some children don't recover from enterovirus

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 06:42

The deaths of four children, possibly linked to their infections with enterovirus D68, are still puzzling to experts.

Supreme Court dodges gay marriage, allowing weddings in five states

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 06:32

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to decide once and for all whether states can ban gay marriage, a surprise move that will allow gay men and women to marry in five states where same-sex weddings were previously forbidden. By rejecting appeals in cases involving Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana, the court left intact lower-court rulings that had struck down the bans in those states. ...

'I even started to be afraid of myself,' says woman who defected from IS

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 05:45

A 25-year-old woman who joined the Islamic State during the Syrian uprising says she became disillusioned by the militant group's brutality and defected.

FBI warns of possible al-Qaida attack

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 05:32

Cell in Syria, targeted last month by U.S. airstrikes, could still be working on plan, head of FBI says.

3 win medicine Nobel for discovering brain's 'inner GPS'

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 05:22

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A U.S.-British scientist and a Norwegian husband-and-wife research team won the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday for discovering the brain's navigation system — the inner GPS that helps us find our way in the world — a revelation that one day could help those with Alzheimer's.

Journalist with Ebola arrives in Nebraska

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 05:20

An American video journalist who contracted the virus in Liberia begins stateside treatment.

Journalist with Ebola arrives in U.S.

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 05:12

Aircraft carrying cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, who contracted virus in Liberia, has landed; he'll be treated in Nebraska.

CDC chief says progress being made in Ebola fight

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 04:13

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says there are "definite signs of progress" in the fight against Ebola in West Africa, and that efforts to keep Ebola from spreading in the United States appear to be working.

Inside South Florida's swampland politics

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 04:02
House races are, as a rule, the nastiest type of American election. To run for representative, for all but a few of the best-known senior members, is to be a stand-in for your political party and for the House itself, the least popular brands in our political life. In South Florida, a region known for its dirty politics, Joe Garcia, a junior member in a tossup district, believes that if he is going to survive he has to do more than tout his accomplishments; he has to trash his opponent.

Opening statements due in trial of friend of accused Boston bomber

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 03:08

BOSTON (Reuters) - A college friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, charged with lying about a visit to his dorm room three days after the deadly blasts, is set to go on trial on Monday and faces up to 16 years in prison if convicted. Robel Phillipos, a 21-year-old resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is one of three people who prosecutors say went to accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's room at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth on April 18, 2013, and removed a backpack containing empty fireworks shells. ...

One whale of a surprise appearance

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 23:52

Joseph Weber and his wife were sailing off the Gulf of Maine in their lobster boat when they experienced a spectacular close encounter with some humpbacked whales. When Weber cut the engine of the boat, the whales lazed around for ten minutes, seemingly enjoying the attention they were receiving. One whale frightened the Webers when he jumped out of the water and landed with a terrific splash that rocked the wooden boat. Credit: YouTube/ AM1690

Typhoon washes 3 U.S. airmen out to sea in Japan

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 23:09

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon that washed three American airmen in Okinawa out to sea, killing at least one, slammed central Japan on Monday, stalling trains and flights and triggering mudslides, before swerving to the Pacific Ocean.

Dallas Ebola patient fighting for life, another headed to Nebraska

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 22:08

By Lisa Maria Garza and Sharon Begley DALLAS/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was fighting for his life at a Dallas hospital and appeared to be receiving none of the experimental medicines for the virus, a top U.S. health official said. Thomas Eric Duncan became ill after arriving in Texas from Liberia two weeks ago, heightening concerns that the worst Ebola epidemic on record could spread from West Africa, where it began in March. ...

Parents of American held by Islamic State release photos, letter

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 19:42

By Daniel Wallis (Reuters) - The parents of an U.S. aid worker held hostage by Islamic State militants on Sunday released photographs of their son and parts of a letter he wrote them from captivity in which he says he is scared to die but at peace with his belief. Peter Kassig, 26, was taken captive a year ago while doing humanitarian work in Syria, his family has said. He was threatened in an Islamic State video issued on Friday that showed the beheading of a British aid worker. Ed and Paula Kassig of Indianapolis, Indiana, appealed for his release on Saturday in a video message. ...

Hitmen admit killing 17 of 43 missing Mexican students

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 19:11

Iguala (Mexico) (AFP) - Two gang hitmen linked to police admitted to killing 17 of 43 students missing in southern Mexico, prosecutors said, amid fears the victims were among bodies found in a mass grave.

Two dead as ultralight helicopter crashes in Colorado

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 17:30
DENVER (Reuters) - Both people aboard an ultralight helicopter-like aircraft were killed when it crashed into a river in western Colorado, authorities said on Sunday. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office said the aircraft reportedly took off from the Grand Junction Regional Airport before crashing into Colorado River a few miles away near the town of Loma at around dusk on Saturday. Local media said the aircraft was a Xenon gyroplane, which resembles a lightweight helicopter. ...

U.S. military officials feared dead in typhoon

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 16:47

Tokyo (AFP) - Strong typhoon Phanfone made landfall in central Japan on Monday, slamming into the archipelago with winds of 180 kilometres (112 miles) per hour and making a beeline for Tokyo, the country's meteorological agency said.

Journalist with Ebola headed to U.S.

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 16:46

Ashoka Mukpo will be treated at Nebraska Medical Center's specialized isolation unit.