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Trump uses crude language to mock Clinton

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 08:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump labeled Democrat Hillary Clinton "disgusting" for using the restroom during a commercial break at the last Democratic debate and used crude language to describe her primary loss to now-President Barack Obama in 2008.

Bowe Bergdahl Enters No Plea at Arraignment

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 07:25

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deferred entering a plea this morning against charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, after he allegedly deserted his unit in 2009 and was then held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan for five years. If Bergdahl is convicted of misbehavior before the enemy, he could face a life sentence, while the desertion charge carries a maximum five-year sentence. Bergdahl entered his request to be defended by civilian lawyer Eugene Fidell and military lawyer Capt. Frank Rosenblatt rather than the appointed detailed military defense counselor.

New York City detective among six U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 05:20
By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City police detective volunteering for his third deployment to war zones was mourned on Tuesday, a day after he and five other Americans were killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan near Bagram air base. "Detective Joseph Lemm epitomized the selflessness we can only strive for: putting his country and city first," New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said in a statement. Six American troops, including Lemm, a 15-year veteran of the NYPD who also volunteered in the U.S. Air National Guard, were killed Monday when a suicide bomber on a motorbike struck their patrol in the deadliest attack on U.S. forces this year.

Bowe Bergdahl to be arraigned on military charges

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 03:16

Some soldiers resented the military resources devoted to searching for Bergdahl, and Republicans criticized the Obama administration for the deal that freed him in a prisoner swap with the Taliban in 2014. Bergdahl is now stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, near the hospital where he has been treated since his release from captivity.

AP Poll: Islamic State conflict voted top news story of 2015

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 03:07

NEW YORK (AP) — The far-flung attacks claimed by Islamic State militants and the intensifying global effort to crush them added up to a grim, gripping yearlong saga that was voted the top news story of 2015, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

No indictments in Sandra Bland jail death

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 02:10

A grand jury issues no indictments in the case of a black woman who died in a Texas jail.

Bergdahl to be arraigned on charges including desertion

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 00:46

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who disappeared in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by the Taliban for five years, was scheduled to appear Tuesday before a military judge on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

SpaceX launches rocket 6 months after accident, then lands

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 19:23

SpaceX sent a Falcon rocket soaring toward orbit Monday night with 11 small satellites, its first mission since an accident last summer. Then in an even more astounding feat, it landed the 15-story leftover ...

Prosecutor: No indictment in Sandra Bland jail death

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 19:19

A grand jury decided on Monday that no felony crime was committed by the sheriff's office or jailers in the treatment of a black woman who died in a Southeast Texas county jail last summer. But prosecutor ...

Oregon woman held in Las Vegas Strip sidewalk rampage drove with license suspended

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 15:05

An Oregon woman who killed one woman and injured at least 35 pedestrians when she plowed her car into crowds on a Las Vegas Strip sidewalk on Sunday evening was driving with her license suspended, authorities said on Monday. Lakeisha N. Holloway, 24, who was homeless and had been living in her sedan with her toddler, gave herself up to officers a short distance from the scene of the carnage. Surveillance video from the scene supports the police assertion that Holloway drove into pedestrians as "an intentional act," Lombardo said.

California shooters' ex-neighbor denied bail in terrorism case

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 13:25

A federal magistrate on Monday denied bail to the man accused of providing the assault-style rifles used by a married couple to massacre 14 people in San Bernardino, California, in an attack inspired by Islamic State. Enrique Marquez, 24, who told authorities he had plotted attacks with Syed Rizwan Farook before their friendship waned, was shackled for his court appearance and visibly upset by the refusal to grant bail, frowning as he left the courtroom in chains. Marquez was arrested on Friday and charged with providing material support to terrorists for supplying Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 29, with the weapons for their Dec. 2 attack on a holiday party attended by Farook's co-workers.

New trial for Baltimore officer in Freddie Gray death set for June

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 10:38

By Donna Owens BALTIMORE (Reuters) - A Baltimore police officer will face retrial on a manslaughter charge over the death of black detainee Freddie Gray starting on June 13, a Maryland judge ruled on Monday, after the officer's first trial ended in a deadlocked jury. Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams set the trial date for Officer William Porter after meeting with prosecutors and defense lawyers, the Maryland state courts office said in a statement. Porter, who is also black, was the first of six officers to be tried in connection with Gray's death from a broken neck sustained while in police custody.

'Affluenza' Texas teen's mom listed as missing, search on for truck

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 10:09

Tonya Couch, 48, may be with her son, Ethan, 18, the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Ethan Couch is being investigated for violating the probation imposed in the 2013 fatal crash. Tonya Couch is listed as missing in U.S. national databases, the statement said.

FDA overturns 30-year ban on blood donations by gay men

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 08:26

The agency said people with hemophilia and related blood clotting disorders will continue to be banned from donating blood due to potential harm they could suffer from large needles. The agency said it has also put in place a safety monitoring system for the blood supply which it expects to provide "critical information" to help inform future FDA blood donor policies. "Ultimately, the 12-month deferral window is supported by the best available scientific evidence, at this point in time, relevant to the U.S. population," Dr. Peter Marks, deputy director of the FDA's biologics division, said in a statement.

Iranian hackers infiltrated computers of small dam in NY: WSJ

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 04:44
Iranian hackers breached the control system of a dam near New York City in 2013, an infiltration that raised concerns about the security of the country's infrastructure, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing former and current U.S. officials. Two people familiar with the breach told the newspaper it occurred at the Bowman Avenue Dam in Rye, New York. The small structure about 20 miles from New York City is used for flood control.

Homeless in Los Angeles brace for El Nino rainstorms

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 02:44

By Lucy Nicholson LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As Los Angeles grapples with a huge homelessness problem, El Nino weather patterns are likely to bring torrential downpours in coming months and add to the misery of the thousands of people who sleep on the city's streets. Los Angeles' homeless population is estimated at about 44,000, with many of them concentrated in a bleak and chaotic square-mile patch of downtown known as Skid Row. The number of makeshift tents and vehicles used by the homeless has shot up by 85 percent in just the last two years to 9,535, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, an independent agency set up by the city and the county.

Ethics judges ban 2 FIFA kingpins from soccer for 8 years

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 01:39

The panel reckons with corruption issues focused on FIFA President Sepp Blatter and European soccer boss Michel Platini.

Obama chides Republicans for lack of alternatives on Islamic State

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 01:02

By Julia Edwards HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said his administration is open to some "legitimate criticism" for failing to adequately explain its strategy to counter Islamic State, though he chided Republican presidential candidates for criticizing his policy without offering an alternative. In a Dec. 17 interview set to air on NPR public radio at 5 a.m. ET on Monday, Obama attributed his low approval ratings for how he has handled terrorism to the saturation of Islamic State attacks in the media after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. Obama noted that the United States has carried out 9,000 strikes against the Islamic State and taken back towns including Sinjar, Iraq from the militant group.