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Update on Chinese quake

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 08:41

BEIJING (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck in China's southwestern province of Yunnan on Tuesday, though initial reports from state media said there were only limited casualties in the sparsely populated, mountainous region. The United States Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was 163 km (100 miles) north-northwest of Yunjinghong and 10 km deep. The official Xinhua news agency said shaking could be felt in the provincial capital of Yunnan, Kunming, as well as several other major cities in the province. ...

More U.S. states push for gay unions in wake of high court decision

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 08:22

By David Adams and Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Legal pressure mounted across the United States on Tuesday for further expansion of marriage rights after the Supreme Court declined to uphold bans in five states, but left intact 20 others. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago issued orders on Tuesday that mean earlier rulings striking down bans in Wisconsin and Indiana can now go into effect. Marriage equality advocates in Florida also planned to ask a federal judge on Tuesday to lift a stay and allow same-sex unions to go ahead in Florida. ...

Al-Qaida-linked rebels abduct priest, 20 Christians in Syria

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:52

Jerusalem (AFP) - Al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadists in Syria have seized a priest and 20 other Christians in the latest abduction by militants in the war-torn country, the Franciscan Order said on Tuesday.

Strong earthquake shakes southwestern China

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:44

BEIJING (AP) — A strong, shallow earthquake shook southwestern China's Yunnan province on Tuesday, sending people fleeing into the streets and causing some damage to buildings, officials and reports said.

Police impersonator confronts the exact wrong person

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:35

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — A 41-year-old Midland, Texas, man got a surprise when he tried to impersonate a police officer and berate a fellow driver. The driver he chastised was a police detective.

Wal-Mart to stop healthcare for some part-timers

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:16

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it would no longer provide health benefits to some part-time workers in the United States due to ballooning healthcare costs. The company said on Monday it would stop health benefits for part-time associates who work less than 30 hours. The move is expected to impact about 2 percent of the company's workforce, the company said in a blog post. Wal-Mart cut its full-year profit forecast in August, citing higher employee benefit costs, among other things. The company said then that it expected to spend $500 million on U.S. ...

Obscure government agencies get military Humvees, guns

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:12

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Doug Wortham used a Defense Department giveaway program for law enforcement to stock his office with an assault rifle, a handgun and a Humvee — even though the people in his custody are in no condition to put up a fight.

Despite some anxiety, retailers foresee holiday uptick coming

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 06:45

Americans are expected to spend at the highest rate in three years during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, according to the nation's largest retail industry trade group. But ...

Britain arrests four men in operation against Islamist militants

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 06:43

LONDON (Reuters) - British anti-terrorism police arrested four men in London on Tuesday as part of an investigation into Islamist-related militancy, the police said in a statement. The four men, all in their early 20s, were taken into custody after raids at properties across the city. Armed police were present at one of the raids, but no shots were fired, police said. "These arrests and searches are part of an ongoing investigation into Islamist related terrorism," the statement said. ...

Four hospitalized in Spain after first Ebola transmission outside Africa

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 04:14

By Inmaculada Sanz and Sarah Morris MADRID (Reuters) - Four people have been hospitalized in Spain to try to stem the spread of Ebola after a Spanish nurse became the first person in the world known to have contracted the virus outside of Africa, health authorities said on Tuesday. The nurse, who tested positive for the virus on Monday, her husband, who is showing no symptoms of the disease, and two other people are being closely monitored in hospital, health officials told a news conference in Madrid. One of those hospitalized is a health worker who has diarrhea but no fever. ...

'We're taking this very seriously'

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 04:13

Actors feigning Ebola symptoms test NYC hospitals' readiness.

India, Pakistan clash at Kashmir border

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:57

Troops fired bullets and mortar shells across the border between Kashmir and Pakistan.

Agents due back on stand in trial of accused Boston bomber's friend

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:05
BOSTON (Reuters) - Law enforcement agents who interviewed a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber in the days after the deadly blasts are due to testify on Tuesday as the friend stands trial on charges of lying to investigators. U.S. prosecutors contend that the friend, 21-year-old Robel Phillipos of Cambridge, Massachusetts, lied about accompanying two other men to the suspect's college dorm room three days after the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 and removing a backpack containing fireworks. ...

Ebola lawsuits would face high hurdles in Texas

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:02

By Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - Potential suits against the Dallas, Texas hospital that sent home a patient later diagnosed with Ebola face long odds in the face of state medical malpractice laws. Texas tort-reform measures have made it one of the hardest places in the United States to sue over medical errors, especially those that occurred in the emergency room, according to plaintiffs’ lawyers and legal experts. ...

Panetta: Obama’s ‘red line’ on Syria damaged U.S. credibility

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 02:33

President Barack Obama damaged U.S. credibility by drawing a “red line” against Syria’s use of chemical weapons and then failing to back up the warning with military force, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Yahoo News in an interview. “It was damaging,” Panetta, who also served Obama as CIA director, told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric.

2 Japanese, 1 American win Nobel Prize in physics

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 02:06

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan and U.S. scientist Shuji Nakamura won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes — a new energy efficient and environment-friendly light source.

Nurse in Spain gets Ebola, raising global concern

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:48

It's the first time someone has caught the disease outside West Africa.

Airstrikes hit jihadists near embattled Syria town

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:11

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Warplanes believed to have been sent by the U.S.-led coalition on Tuesday struck positions held by Islamic State militants near a Syrian border town that beleaguered Kurdish forces have been struggling to defend.

Why GOP presidential hopefuls are finally talking about drugs

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 00:33

They aren't calling for marijuana legalization, but many of the possible presidential candidates are seeking new strategies to combat drug addiction.

Mom charged after daughter brings heroin to daycare

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 23:32

(Reuters) - A Delaware mother was arrested on Monday after her four-year-old daughter unknowingly brought roughly 250 packets of heroin to her daycare, and passed them out to classmates thinking they were candy, police said. Ashley Tull, 30, of Selbyville was charged with drug possession and endangering the welfare of a child after her daughter brought the drugs to the Hickory Tree Child Care Center on Monday morning, Delaware State Police said in a statement. ...