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Police settle suit over use of tear gas during Missouri protests

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 16:27
(Reuters) - Three Missouri police agencies have agreed to restrict the use of tear gas as part of a settlement of a lawsuit alleging that officers used heavy-handed tactics to quell protests in Ferguson after a white officer fatally shot an unarmed black teen. The settlement requires police to warn demonstrators and give them reasonable time to disperse before using tear gas or other chemical agents in response to non-criminal activity. U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson dismissed the case formally on Thursday, but retained jurisdiction through 2017 to enforce the settlement terms. Sometimes violent protests followed the shooting in August of Michael Brown, 18, during a confrontation with Ferguson policeman Darren Wilson and a grand jury's decision in November not to indict Wilson.

U.S. House okays bipartisan bill to fix Medicare doctor payments

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 14:46

By Susan Cornwell and Caroline Humer WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate. The measure drafted and driven forward by Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi would fix a long-standing problem with how Medicare pays doctors. The Senate may not act until it returns from a two-week recess that starts this weekend. Democratic President Barack Obama praised the House passage and said he hoped the Senate would approve the measure too, because he wants to sign it.

White House crafts first-ever plan to fight superbugs

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 13:58
By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Lisa Baertlein NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The White House is due to issue an ambitious plan to slow the growing and deadly problem of antibiotic resistance over the next five years, one that requires massive investments and policy changes from a broad array of U.S. government health agencies, according to a copy of the report reviewed by Reuters. The 60-page report is the first ever to tackle antibiotic resistance so broadly. Administration officials were not immediately available to comment. Doctors and health experts have warned for decades that rising rates of resistant bacteria are leading to tens of thousands of deaths, threatening to nullify modern medical advancements.

Politicians are the only people who can't be addicted to their phones

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:30

Life inside a presidential campaign bubble has long been maligned as a suffocating, alienating experience.

Building collapses in New York's East Village neighborhood, police say

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:15
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A building collapsed on Thursday in New York City's East Village neighborhood, police said. There was no immediate information on possible injuries, said a spokesman for the New York Police Department. (Reporting by Laila Kearney, Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst)

Photos: Building collapse in New York City's East Village

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:15
A building burns after an explosion on 2nd Avenue on March 26, 2015 in New York City. The seven alarm fire drew firefighters from across the city. A number of injuries have been reported. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Explosion rocks NYC neighborhood

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:53

The blast causes a fire and partial collapse at an apartment building in Manhattan.

Airline stunned as news emerges that co-pilot sought to 'destroy' plane

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:11

Officials say the Germanwings co-pilot "intentionally" sent the plane into its doomed descent.

More than 15,000 buildings without power after Oklahoma tornadoes

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:29

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - About 15,000 homes and businesses in Oklahoma and Arkansas were without power on Thursday after tornadoes touched down in the states a day earlier, leaving at least one person dead and scores of structures damaged. School were closed in parts of Oklahoma and clean up was under way from the twisters that hit near Tulsa, Oklahoma City and in northwest Arkansas. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency in 25 counties. Another tornado was spotted in Moore, Oklahoma, where police said multiple buildings were damaged and vehicles overturned.

Trial of ex-NFL star Hernandez interrupted by bomb threat

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:10

By Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Massachusetts (Reuters) - A bomb scare forced the evacuation on Thursday of the Massachusetts courthouse where the murder trial of ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez was underway. A court officer at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River ordered everyone in the courtroom to leave by the emergency stairwell just after midday because "someone called in a bomb threat." Dozens of people, including reporters, attorneys and court officers filed down the stairs and outside, where it was raining. Judge Susan Garsh told reporters jurors had been moved to a building across the street from the courthouse. Hernandez was placed in a secured prison van.

National Guardsman, cousin arrested for trying to join Islamic State

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:39

The FBI has arrested two men -- one of them a current member of the Illinois National Guard -- for allegedly trying to join ISIS, the brutal terrorist group wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, authorities said. Army National Guard Specialist Hasan Edmonds, 22, was arrested at Chicago Midway International Airport as he was trying to fly to Egypt, according to authorities. His cousin, Jonas Edmonds, 29, was arrested at his home. Hasan Edmonds first came onto the FBI’s radar in late 2014 as he hatched a plan for Hasan Edmonds to join ISIS overseas while Jonas Edmonds launched an attack inside the United States, according to the Justice Department.

Germanwings tragedy: How post-9/11 safety measures factored into crash

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:21
After Sept. 11, many airline carriers strengthened cockpit doors and made it more difficult for anyone to get inside once the pilot activated the lock switch — which prevented the captain of Flight 4U 9525 from regaining control.

U.S. lawmaker to Homeland Security: 'clean up' Secret Service

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:51
A U.S. lawmaker on Thursday questioned Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson's choice of a veteran agent to lead the U.S. Secret Service and said the agency that protects the American president needs to be cleaned up. We all have the highest of regard and respect for the Secret Service. Rogers questioned the choice of Joseph Clancy, a 27-year veteran of the Secret Service, as its director, citing an independent panel's recommendation that the new director be picked from outside the agency, which it described as insular. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson stepped down in October after a Sept. 19 White House breach in which a man carrying a knife jumped the fence and ran into the executive mansion.

More than 15,000 structures without power after Oklahoma tornadoes

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 06:06

About 15,000 homes and businesses in Oklahoma and Arkansas were without power on Thursday after tornadoes touched down in the states a day earlier, leaving at least one person dead and scores of structures damaged. School were closed in parts of Oklahoma and clean up was underway from the twisters that hit Tulsa, Oklahoma City and northwest Arkansas. Another tornado was spotted in Moore, Oklahoma, where police said multiple buildings were damaged and vehicles overturned. The Oklahoma City suburb was hit by a tornado in 2013 that killed 24 and injured more than 300.

Icelandic whaling: Conservationists split over efficacy of Obama’s sanctions

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:07

The Icelandic Hvalur whaling company’s killing of endangered fin whales has been denounced by the United States and the European Union. Is it time for greater action?

'Distrust and Verify': How Obama will sell an Iran nuke deal

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 03:29

The White House is gearing up for an unprecedented campaign to sell a potential pact.

Case against accused Boston Marathon bomber moves towards conclusion

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 03:01

The jury hearing the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Thursday is due to hear more details about the deadly 2013 attack as prosecutors prepare to wrap up their case. Through 13 days of testimony at U.S. District Court in Boston, the jurors have heard witnesses ranging from people who lost limbs when the twin pressure-cooker bombs ripped through the crowd at the race's finish line to FBI agents who described finding fuses and metal BB pellets in the apartment where the defendant and his older brother lived. He is also accused of shooting dead a university police officer three days later as he and 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev prepared to flee the city. The two brothers took part in a heated gunfight with police in the Boston suburb of Watertown, Massachusetts, that ended when Dzhokhar roared off in a hijacked Mercedes SUV, running over his older brother.

Official: 1 pilot locked out of Alpine crash plane cockpit

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:21

PARIS (AP) — One of the pilots of the German airliner that crashed in the Alps was apparently locked out of the cockpit when the plane went down, an official with knowledge of black box audio recordings said Thursday.

Tornadoes hit Oklahoma, Arkansas; 1 dead, several injured

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 00:09

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The first batch of severe weather in this year's tornado season has devastated an Oklahoma mobile home park, and storms across the area damaged buildings, tore off roofs and left debris strewn across roads. One person was killed and several were injured.

Bergdahl says he tried to escape Taliban captors a dozen times

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:50

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl tried to escape his Taliban captors a dozen times in five years as a prisoner of war, once remaining free for nine days, but each time he was found and brutally beaten, he said in a statement released on Wednesday. The statement, Bergdahl's first account of his time as a Taliban prisoner, was released by his attorney, Eugene Fidell, after the Army charged Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior in the face of the enemy in connection with his capture.