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New laws OK wine shipments, ban tiger selfies

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 21:51

New state laws taking effect Thursday give livestock in California more living room, approve direct-to-consumer wine shipments in Massachusetts and levy the ultimate punishment on wannabe teen drivers in Nevada by denying them licenses if they skip too much school.

Exclusive: CDC to hire lab safety chief after Ebola, bird flu mishaps

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 21:07

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to hire a chief of laboratory safety, a new post that has taken on more urgency after a CDC scientist was possibly exposed to Ebola in a laboratory last week. Creating a new high-level safety position was a key recommendation of a months-long internal investigation into the mishandling of anthrax and bird flu in CDC labs this past summer, according to an internal CDC memo obtained by Reuters. ...

AirAsia crash: Leading theories

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 20:32

Police kill Pennsylvania man as he tried to run down officers

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 20:19
(Reuters) - Police in Pennsylvania shot and killed a man on Tuesday who tried to use his car to run over officers as they attempted to arrest him on charges of making online terroristic threats against law enforcement, officials said. Police in Upper Darby Township, a suburb of Philadelphia, were trying to serve an arrest warrant on the 52-year-old man when the late afternoon shooting occurred on a well-traveled intersection, a department official said. As officers approached, the suspect put his car in reverse, stepped on the gas, and rammed a police vehicle, a police report said. ...

U.S. sends five Guantanamo prisoners to Kazakhstan for resettlement

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 20:14

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three Yemenis and two Tunisians held for more than a decade at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo have been flown to Kazakhstan for resettlement, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of prisoner transfers aimed at closing the facility. The transfer of the five men followed a recent pledge by President Barack Obama for a stepped-up push to shut the internationally condemned detention center at the U.S. naval base in Cuba where most prisoners have been held without being charged or tried. The U.S. ...

U.S. releases 5 Guantanamo prisoners, sends them to Kazakhstan

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 20:03

MIAMI (AP) — Five men who were held for a dozen years without charge at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent to the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan for resettlement, the U.S. government announced.

9 linked homicides in Canada

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 17:32

Tensions remain after New York City mayor meets police unions

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 15:17

By Jonathan Allen and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Police union leaders said their grievances with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio remained unresolved after meeting with him on Tuesday, 10 days after they said he was partly to blame for a gunman's deadly attack on two policemen. The meeting came after a marked drop in arrests across the city last week. One city newspaper said the decline was evidence of a "virtual work stoppage", but city officials were unable to say on Tuesday whether or not a police slowdown was under way. ...

Who's who in Boston Marathon bombing trial

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 13:14

Nearly two years after the Boston Marathon bombings, the trial is set to begin for suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. But he's not the only one caught up in the investigation. Here’s a look at the family, friends and associates of Tsarnaev who could come up in the trial—including the prominent attorney trying to save his life.

Reports: 9 dead from linked homicides in in Canada

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 12:34

Nine people have been killed in three related incidents in the western Canadian city of Edmonton, Canadian media reported on Tuesday. CBC TV said seven people were killed in a home in the Albertan city while two others were killed in two separate homes. The Edmonton Journal newspaper said some of the victims are believed to be children. Edmonton police said they were investigating "a multiple homicide scene." Police did not state the number of people killed nor whether the incidents were connected. ...

House Speaker John Boehner lends support to Whip Steve Scalise over speech scandal

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 10:45

House Speaker John Boehner issued a statement of support for Rep. Steve Scalise who appeared at a 2002 convention of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization.

Police say officer in Berkeley, Missouri, shooting acted in self-defense

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 10:04

By Mark Guarino (Reuters) - An 18-year-old man fatally shot by police in Berkeley, Missouri, last week was pointing a gun at an officer, according to a police investigation of the incident. Berkeley Police Chief Frank McCall told a news conference on Tuesday that Antonio Martin "was armed and pointing a weapon at the officer" before he was shot outside a gas station convenience store on Dec. 23. The killing sparked protests, with demonstrators saying the shooting was unjustified and that race was a factor. Martin was black and the officer is white. ...

New York City mayor to meet police unions to defuse tensions

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 09:50

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was to meet on Tuesday with the leaders of police unions who accused him of having blood on his hands after two policemen were shot dead in an ambush 10 days ago. De Blasio, whose turbulent relationship with his police department has become the gravest crisis of his year-old mayoralty, called the meeting to "foster constructive and responsible dialogue," his press secretary, Phil Walzak, wrote in an e-mail. ...

Iran sets date for nuclear talks

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 07:38

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers are set to resume low-level talks on Iran's nuclear program in Geneva on Jan 15, with wide gaps remaining in their positions, the Iranian foreign minister said. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the lead negotiator for Iran with the six powers known as "P5+1," made the remarks in a closed-door session with members of the Iranian parliament's National Security Committee, according to state news agency IRNA. "We have stood firm and demand lifting of all sanctions at once," Zarif said. ...

Boehner comments on Grimm's resignation

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 07:18

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that N.Y. Rep. Michael Grimm made the right decision by resigning from Congress after pleading guilty to tax evasion charges.

Lawyer says U.S. offered prisoner swap for ex-Marine held in Iran

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 06:40

DUBAI (Reuters) - A lawyer for an Iranian-American former U.S. Marine jailed in Tehran was reported on Tuesday as saying the United States had sought his release through a prisoner swap, but officials in Washington denied any proposed exchange. Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabai, attorney for former Marine Amir Hekmati, told Iran's semi-official Tasnim News Agency that the United States had made the request and it had been put to Iran's judiciary, which has not yet responded. "The US has submitted the request via its interest section in Iran," Tabatabai was quoted by Tasnim as saying. ...

Wreckage, bodies reveal jet's fate days after it disappeared

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 06:13

Images of debris and a bloated body flash across Indonesian television screens.

What is the 'Car of the Year'?

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 05:29

Gun deaths for U.S. officers rose by 56 percent in 2014: report

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 05:06

(Reuters) - Gun related deaths of U.S. law enforcement officers rose by 56 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year, with about one-third of officers killed in an ambush, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said on Tuesday. Across the country, 50 officers were killed by guns in 2014 compared to 32 in 2013, according to the website of the non-profit fund, which aims to increase safety for law enforcement officers. The most deadly states were California, Texas, New York, Florida and Georgia, the group said. ...

Cargo vessel carrying migrants sends distress signal off Greece

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 03:52

ATHENS (Reuters) - A cargo ship believed to be carrying hundreds of migrants near the Greek island of Corfu sent out a distress signal saying armed people were on board on Tuesday, Greek television reported. Two Greek officials confirmed that a distress signal had been received from the Moldovan-flagged Blue Sky M but did not give further details on the message. A Greek frigate, a coastguard vessel and a military helicopter were heading to the area, they added. "We have information that it is carrying suspected migrants. It is sailing off Corfu," a shipping ministry official said. ...