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Ahead of tough election, White House blames dismay with Washington

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 13:16

By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With many races still tight but polls showing a general trend in favor of Republicans, the White House on Monday blamed voter dissatisfaction with Washington for what could be an Election Day rout for President Barack Obama's Democrats. Both parties pushed to get voters to the polls in a final effort to sway the electorate ahead of Tuesday's election, which could shift control of the U.S. Senate and upend policy priorities for the last two years of Obama's final term. ...

Suspected driver arrested in fatal Halloween hit-and-run in California

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:44

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police have arrested a driver suspected of killing three 13-year-old girls in a hit-and-run incident at a Southern California crosswalk as they were trick-or-treating on Halloween, officials said on Monday. Jaquinn Ramone Bell, 31, was arrested on Sunday at a Motel 6 in Stanton, a short distance from Santa Ana where the hit and run occurred on Friday night, Santa Ana police Chief Carlos Rojas told a news conference. ...

Maryland boy plotted school attack with gun, bombs: police

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 10:35
(Reuters) - Maryland police have arrested a 16-year-old boy they allege planned to bring a gun and bombs to his school to kill people, authorities said on Monday. The boy planned to take three crude, homemade bombs and a handgun to the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson and "he wanted to kill people," the Baltimore County Police Department said in a statement. The boy, a 10th-grade student at the school, was a suspect in car break-ins on Saturday in the Monkton area, about 65 miles north of Washington. ...

Ga. governor courts black voters, testing larger GOP strategy

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 10:21

Nathan Deal, the 72-year-old Republican governor of Georgia, is fighting for his political life against former President Jimmy Carter’s grandson, two-term state Sen. Jason Carter. And in the process, he’s providing a cautionary tale to national Republicans about how hard it is to win over the black and other nonwhite voters they increasingly need to survive.

Spanish princess may face 'unprecedented' trial

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 09:51

Cristina de Bourbon is caught in a scandal involving 16 others, including her husband.

Controversy over 40K ‘missing voters’ in Georgia raises racial tensions

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 09:40

Democratic leaders say the state’s voter registration system is too convoluted and slow. But they also say African-American voters will be inspired to turn out because of that.

Violence erupts in Benghazi

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 09:20

Battle explodes between pro-government forces and Islamist militias.

Dutch killer van der Sloot stabbed in prison

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 08:34

LIMA (Reuters) - The lawyer of convicted killer Joran van der Sloot said on Monday that the Dutch citizen had been stabbed repeatedly in a Peruvian prison in recent days, but local penitentiary authorities deny the attacks took place. Van der Sloot, the main suspect in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway, was stabbed three times on Oct. 27 and then again in his kidney on Sunday in the Challapalca prison, his lawyer Maximo Altez told Reuters by telephone, without giving further details. ...

How the economy could win if the GOP sweeps the midterms

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 07:51

If Republicans are in charge of both houses of Congress, they'll be forced to act like adults.

China masters laser technology to shoot down drones

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 07:46

China has developed and successfully tested technology to shoot down drones with lasers, according to state media.

State, nurse who treated Ebola patients reach accord

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 07:46

Kaci Hickox will be allowed to travel freely in public but required to report any symptoms.

3-year-old Ohio girl shot by 4-year-old brother, police say

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 07:38

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 3-year-old Ohio girl is in critical condition after being shot in the head by her 4-year-old brother, who found a gun in a dresser.

13 years after 9/11, World Trade Center open for business

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 07:29

Thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack, the resurrected World Trade Center is again opening for business — marking an emotional milestone for both New Yorkers and the nation. Publishing giant Conde ...

Tiny drones make mysterious, illegal flights over French nuclear plants

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 07:22

PARIS (AP) — French security officials are investigating a spate of mysterious and illegal flights by drone aircraft over more than a dozen nuclear power stations in France, raising security concerns in a country that largely lives off atomic energy.

U.S. enhances security screening for travelers from Europe, Asia

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 07:19

By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Concerned about foreign fighters from Syria and Iraq, Washington imposed tighter security screening on Monday for travelers from countries, mostly in Europe and Asia, whose citizens do not need a visa to get into the United States. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said people from countries in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program will have to provide additional information on an electronic application they need to file to be eligible to enter. ...

After more reports of mass killings, Iraq on high alert for IS attacks

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 06:56

Iraq boosted security Monday amid fears of the Islamic State group launching major attacks on Shiite pilgrims flocking to the shrine city of Karbala as further reports emerged of mass killings. The pilgrims are prime targets for the IS jihadists, who have carried out a series of mass executions in recent days, killing scores of members of a tribe in Iraq's western Anbar province. A police officer and an official gave figures of more than 200 to 258 people killed, while Iraq's human rights ministry put the toll at 322 and a tribal leader said 381 were executed. The mass killings appear aimed at discouraging resistance from powerful local tribes in Anbar, where IS overran large areas in June as pro-government forces suffered a string of setbacks.

Record snow in Maine, and power outages

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 06:40

By Dave Sherwood BRUNSWICK Maine (Reuters) - A rare early season snowstorm brought 50-miles-per-hour (80-kph) winds and record-breaking snowfall to parts of Maine overnight, leaving more than 140,000 homes and businesses without power on Monday. Governor Paul LePage declared a limited state of emergency as slippery driving conditions, downed trees and white-out conditions led to a spike in accidents and shut down many local roads. ...

23 feared dead in suicide bombing in N. Nigeria

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 06:24

By Joe Hemba YOBE Nigeria (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 23 people in a procession of Shi'ite Muslims marking the ritual of Ashoura in northeast Nigeria's Yobe state on Monday, witnesses said. In a separate incident overnight in central Kogi state, gunmen using explosives blew their way into a prison in the city of Lokoja, killing one person and freeing 144 inmates, Adams Omale, prisons coordinator for the state, told Reuters. ...

U.S. top court does not act yet on Obamacare subsidies challenge

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 06:04

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday took no action on a closely watched case that challenges a key part of the Obamacare healthcare law and could limit the availability of federal health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. The legal fight concerns whether the subsidies vital to the implantation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act should be available in all 50 states or only in some. The case was brought by conservative challengers to the law who were appealing a July ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld the subsidies. ...

Branson fights back on safety warnings claim

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 05:50

Following spacecraft crash, Virgin Galactic boss takes issue with "self-proclaimed experts" after scientist said company ignored safety warnings.