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Rasmussen: IS demands military action, but NATO won't lead it

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 21:40

By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Military intervention against Islamic State militants could be justified on the grounds of self-defense or preventing a campaign "pretty close to genocide", NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday. Rasmussen said the threat posed by Islamic State "requires a military response to degrade and defeat this terrorist organization" but he said NATO as an organization would not be undertaking military strikes against the group. "We are not considering ... a leading NATO role in this operation. ...

Game on: Dave & Buster's readies IPO, Shake Shack on hold

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 21:35

The publicly traded restaurant group is likely to have two more names for investors to ponder in the months ahead, one a returnee and another that will undoubtedly be met with -- yes -- talk of its "next Chipotle" potential.

Politics a family business for many U.S. candidates this year

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 21:22

By Colleen Jenkins (Reuters) - Fighting for his political survival in a race that could swing majority control of the U.S. Senate, Arkansas Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor is leaning on a political asset no amount of campaign money can buy. His dad. David Pryor, the popular former Arkansas governor and senator, is meeting with voters across the state and has appeared in a campaign ad, touting a family brand his son hopes will lure voters in a state President Barack Obama lost by 24 points in 2012. ...

Ray Rice will appeal indefinite suspension

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 19:49

The embattled football player isn't taking his punishment quietly.

'No time to lose' in global push against militants

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 19:23

Diplomats are meeting in Paris to come up with a strategy against the Islamic State group.

Newborn dies after pregnant woman shot to death

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 18:34

Megan Doto, 25, was shot while sitting outside her Philadelphia home.

Edouard set to become first major 2014 Atlantic hurricane

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:46
(Reuters) - Edouard, a Category 2 hurricane, may become the first major hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season by Monday night although it poses no threat to land, the National Hurricane Center said. The center of the storm was about 720 miles east-southeast of Bermuda, and was moving toward the northwest at 15 mph (24 km/hr), the Miami-based hurricane center said. It's already far out at sea and should continue to stay out there," NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen said late on Sunday. So far this year, only one Atlantic hurricane - Arthur, a Category 2 storm, made landfall in the United States, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks in early July.

U.S. to help train people to spot potential violent extremists

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:03
"Today, few threats are more urgent than the threat posed by violent extremism," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a video announcing the program. The Department of Justice, the White House, and other agencies are starting a series of pilot programs to bring together community leaders, law-enforcement officials, and others to develop a strategy to counter the threat, Holder said. While existing programs have focused on community leaders, the new programs will also include teachers and mental health and social services professionals to provide more support and develop ways to spot potential extremists, an official familiar with the program said.

America's gay marriage battle goes global

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 16:13

Starting in 2012, the leader of the most prominent American anti-gay marriage organization unexpectedly began adding a ton of stamps to his passport.

Hillary returns to Iowa—but so does Bill

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:58

The former first lady takes the stage, but the former president gets the spotlight.

Why won’t Rand Paul admit he’s changed his mind?

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:49

Rand Paul has trouble admitting that he's changed his mind. This could be a serious problem if he runs for president.

Happy red cup leads to happy new Miss America

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:49

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the Miss America pageant Sunday night, with the help of a red plastic cup.

'Dangerous' hurricane hits Mexico Pacific resorts

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:40

Hurricane Odile crashed into northwestern Mexico's Los Cabos resorts on Sunday, taking down trees with powerful winds as thousands of tourists hunkered down in luxury hotels converted into shelters. The "dangerous" category three storm in the five-level Saffir-Simpson scale packed 205-kilometer (125-mile) per hour winds when it made landfall near Cabo San Lucas in the late evening, according to the US National Hurricane Center. The storm took down trees, power lines and roof tiles as it arrived in the Baja California peninsula, said National Civil Protection coordinator Luis Felipe Puente.

New Yorker Kira Kazantsev 'Happy' to be crowned Miss America

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:57

New Yorker Kira Kazantsev won the coveted 2015 Miss America Pageant crown on Sunday, a "three-peat" for contenders from the Big Apple. As part of the competition, Kazantsev, 23, sang Pharrell William's song "Happy", keeping time by tapping a red plastic cup. Wearing a long-sleeved, backless white gown and clutching red roses, the newest Miss America walked the runway with a wide smile and waved to a cheering crowd in Atlantic City, where the 94-year-old beauty pageant returned last year after eight years in Las Vegas. Kazantsev's win marked New York's third consecutive Miss America title.

Crews gain ground against southern California wildfire

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:23
Authorities in southern California lifted an evacuation order on Sunday evening as firefighters made headway to contain a wildfire that forced hundreds of people to flee their homes as it swept through drought-stricken woods southeast of Los Angeles. More than 1,000 firefighters backed by nine helicopters worked around the clock to contain the Silverado Fire, which broke out Friday morning in the Cleveland National Forest and spread rapidly on Saturday due to a heat wave in the state. "We are at 20 percent containment, but that number should start going up rapidly now." A mandatory evacuation order affecting some 217 homes in and around Silverado Canyon, a gorge in the Santa Ana Mountains, was lifted on Sunday evening, Orange Country Cheriff's Department officials said. Three firefighters suffered minor injuries, and the blaze had so far left 1,600 acres (647 hectares) charred as of Sunday, authorities said.

Diplomatic push grows against Islamic State

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 07:44

Diplomats are in Paris pressing for a global strategy to combat the militant group.

Why Scotland wants independence

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 05:40

There's nothing new about Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom's ups and downs.

Crews gain ground as California wildfire threatens hundreds of homes

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 05:18
Firefighters were making slow progress on Sunday in a battle to contain a wildfire that has roared through 1,600 acres of drought-stricken forest southeast of Los Angeles and displaced hundreds of people from their homes, the U.S. The Silverado Fire, which broke out Friday morning in the Cleveland National Forest, was 20 percent contained with 1,600 acres (647 hectares) charred as of Sunday, authorities said.

Fourth Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 03:19

Freetown (AFP) - A fourth Sierra Leonean doctor, a woman, died Sunday after contracting the dreaded Ebola virus, a top health official said, while a Dutch charity repatriated two doctors suspected of having been contaminated with the disease.

Police search three states for suspect in Pennsylvania police ambush

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 03:19
(Reuters) - Police pushed ahead on Sunday with a massive manhunt in three states for a gunman who ambushed two Pennsylvania state troopers two days ago, shooting to death one of them and injuring the other. The search is focusing on a three-state area around northeast Pennsylvania, Trooper Connie Devens of the Pennsylvania State Police said on Sunday afternoon. The shooting occurred outside a state police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania, about 11 p.m. on Friday, authorities have said. On Sunday, the Times-Tribune of Scranton, Pennsylvania, posted a video on its website showing police searching deep woods near the barracks for evidence in the case.