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Protests in Baltimore over man's death in police custody

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 09:24

Protesters who have been holding demonstrations almost daily this week over the death of Freddie Gray are promising their biggest march yet a day after the Baltimore Police Department acknowledged that it failed to get him the medical attention he needed after his arrest.

Photos from the ground: Devastating earthquake hits Nepal

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 07:16

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal Saturday, causing an avalanche on Mount Everest and crumbling buildings in Katmandu, the capital. Nepal’s Home Ministry announced an initial death toll of 686, a number that is continuing to rise. We are collecting stories and from the ground and live updates on the death toll and damages as the story develops.

8 dead, more missing in quake-triggered avalanche on Everest

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:09

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake in Nepal smashed into a base camp at the foothills of Mount Everest on Saturday, killing at least eight climbers and guides, injuring many and leaving an unknown number missing near the mountain's most dangerous spot, officials said.

Magnitude-7.9 quake hits Nepal, causing big damage, injuries

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 01:23

The damage includes toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said.

Witnesses: Some buildings collapse in Nepal capital after 7.7 quake

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 00:55

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A shallow earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Saturday causing buildings to collapse, injuring many and leaving a pall of dust over the city, witnesses said. The initial unconfirmed death toll was at least four but could be expected to rise significantly as Kathmandu's decrepit buildings, crisscrossed by narrow alleys, are home to large families. At the main hospital in Kathmandu, people with broken limbs and arms were being rushed in for treatment. A girl died after a statue fell on her in a park in Kathmandu, a witness said, while another died in India when her house collapsed.

Southwest Airlines flight diverted to Denver over "pressurization": media

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 22:55
(Reuters) - A Southwest Airlines flight en route to Milwaukee from Las Vegas had to divert to Denver on Friday night due to a "pressurization issue," local broadcaster FOX31 reported. The airline said in a statement to FOX31 that the plane, which was carrying 175 passengers and six crew members, landed safely at Denver International Airport around 8:30 p.m. local time. One person was injured after falling during the deplaning process, FOX31 said. The diversion was blamed on a "pressurization issue," though the statement did not elaborate on the problem.

Starbucks payment system outage in U.S., Canada resolved

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 21:58

(Reuters) - Starbucks Corp said on Friday night that an outage affecting payment systems at a number of its stores in the United States and Canada had been resolved. "The point of sale register outage has been resolved and all Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada are expected to open for business as usual on Saturday," a statement on the company's website said. "We apologize to our customers for this inconvenience." Starbucks said the outage also affected its Evolution Fresh and Teavana stores, which the company said would also open as scheduled on Saturday.

Washington governor signs medical marijuana overhaul

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 21:44

(Reuters) - Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Friday signed a bill that will overhaul the state's medical marijuana market, reconciling the long unregulated system with the voter-approved recreational pot industry. While marijuana remains illegal under federal law, voters in Washington state and Colorado approved recreational cannabis use in landmark votes in 2012 that ushered in licensed and taxed retail stores offering a range of products to adults. "Today, after tremendous hard work and compromise by legislators on both sides of the aisle, I signed a bill that will create a medical marijuana system that works for Washington." The bill will remove collective gardens that supply medical dispensaries starting next year, in favor of four-person "cooperatives." Some existing collectives will be allowed to continue operating however, if granted a license on the basis of factors such as the applicant's tax history. It will also establish a voluntary database of medical patients and let authorized patients possess three times the amount of marijuana allowed by the recreational-use law.

Indiana university in lockdown on report of armed person

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 20:32
(Reuters) - An Indiana university was in lockdown late on Friday night after an armed person was reported near the main administration building, school officials said. Manchester University in a statement advised students at its North Manchester campus, some 36 miles (58 km) west of Fort Wayne, to shelter in place. "Barricade yourself in a room, stay away from windows. Be quiet, silence cell. Wait for police or All-Clear," the school said in a campus alert. Further details were not immediately provided by the school. (Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Michael Perry)

Olympian Bruce Jenner makes transgender history by identifying as a woman

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 19:57

By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner said on Friday that he identifies as a woman, becoming the most high-profile American to come out as transgender. The 65-year-old Jenner made the declaration in a wide-ranging interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, nearly 40 years after his record-breaking Olympic gold-medal win in the decathlon that gave him the unofficial title of "World's Greatest Athlete." At the outset of the taped interview, Sawyer asked "Are you a woman?" and Jenner responded, "Yes, for all intents and purposes I am a woman." "People look at me differently," Jenner added.

Hawaii poised to become 1st state to raise smoking age to 21

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 18:50

A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor. The bill would prevent adolescents from smoking, buying ...

Obama: ‘We all bleed when we lose an American life’

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 15:28

The president defends U.S. spying operations a day after two al-Qaida hostages were killed by drone strikes.

Police: Gray should've received medical care before ride

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 14:45

Freddie Gray should have received medical attention at the spot where he was arrested — before he was put inside a police van, authorities said Friday.

Baltimore mayor praises marchers for peaceful protests over man's death

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 13:27

By Ian Simpson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - The mayor of Baltimore praised the citizens who organized five days of peaceful protests over the death of a black man in police custody and vowed after meeting with clergy leaders on Friday to find answers in the case. The largely black city has seen daily marches and demonstrations since Sunday, when 25-year-old Freddie Gray died of a neck injury sustained when police arrested him a week earlier. Unlike in Ferguson, where weeks of peaceful protests were punctuated by several nights of rioting, arson and looting, the protests in Baltimore have seen only a handful of arrests and no major violence. They demand answers." Six Baltimore officers have been suspended with pay over the incident.

Several U.S. probes likely of drone strikes that killed hostages

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 13:10

By Mark Hosenball and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency's Inspector General will conduct what could be the first of several investigations into the CIA drone strikes that killed American and Italian hostages and two U.S.-born al Qaeda militants, U.S. government sources said on Friday. The Senate Intelligence Committee also is reviewing the attacks, a Congressional source said. Depending upon the results of the CIA watchdog's investigation, U.S. President Barack Obama could establish an outside investigative panel to examine the drone attacks, and broader U.S. drone policy, said a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity. The White House has revealed few details about the reviews, declining even to identify the CIA Inspector General as the office doing the initial probe.

Police respond to suspicious package at Statue of Liberty

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:50

New York City police say they're responding to a report of a suspicious package at the Statue of Liberty.

After drone killings, pressure for a new hostage strategy

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:21

WASHINGTON (AP) — The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families.

Statue of Liberty evacuated, suspicious package reported

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:00

Visitors to the Statue of Liberty were evacuated from Liberty Island in New York Harbor on Friday after a report of a suspicious package, the United States Park Police said, and law enforcement officials are investigating the site. The New York Police Department's bomb squad is assisting in the security sweep of one of the New York area's most popular tourist destinations, a NYPD spokesman said. The evacuation was ordered after a telephone bomb threat and police dogs detected a suspicious scent on a package, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing park police. Sergeant Lelani Woods of the U.S. Park Police said she could not confirm that anyone phoned in a bomb threat.

Indiana HIV cases reach 142 in rural outbreak, more expected

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 08:32

(Reuters) - The number of confirmed and presumed HIV cases stemming from abuse of intravenous prescription drugs has increased to 142 in a rural part of southeastern Indiana and more cases are being identified every day, a state health official said on Friday. The HIV outbreak, the biggest in state history, is centered on Scott County near the Kentucky border and now includes at least five cases in neighboring Jackson County, officials said. "We likely haven't reached the peak of this outbreak, but we hope to soon through the continued comprehensive response made possible by the joint efforts of so many people and organizations," state Health Commissioner Jerome Adams said in a statement. Typically, Scott County has fewer than five new HIV cases in a year.

Italian authorities: Terror suspects planned Vatican attack

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:58

MILAN (AP) — An Italian prosecutor says Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out.