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New Jersey home shooting appears to be murder-suicide gone awry

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:30

By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A day after a shooting in New Jersey that left two children dead and their mother and brother in critical condition, police said on Friday it appeared to be a murder-suicide attempt gone awry. Jeaninne LePage, 44, used a pillow to conceal the sounds of gunshots as she shot her three children before turning the gun on herself at their home in Tabernacle, New Jersey, state police said. ...


House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:22

WASHINGTON (AP) — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.


Ferguson awaits grand jury decision

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:04

A St. Louis official says the panel is still reviewing the Michael Brown case.


White House to Democrats: We’ll seek extension to Iran nuke talks

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:47

The White House told a select group of Congressional Democrats on Friday that Secretary of State John Kerry will suggest to Iran that the two sides extend ongoing nuclear negotiations that are not expected to seal a comprehensive deal by a Nov. 24 deadline.


House leader: Obama 'sabotages' bipartisan immigration policy

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:39

By Amanda Becker and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Friday that President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration had sabotaged chances for bipartisan legislation and vowed to lead a fight to block the order. Republicans remain split on the best course of resistance to Obama's action easing the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million undocumented immigrants, but conservative groups were already pulling together legal strategies to challenge it. ...


NYC officer's gun may have discharged accidentally in man's death

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:29
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City officer shot and killed an unarmed man in a dimly lit stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project, in what may have been an accidental discharge of his weapon, the police commissioner said on Friday. Akai Gurley, 28, was shot once in the chest and killed at about 11:00 p.m. EST (1600 GMT) on Thursday, Commissioner Bill Bratton said at a news conference. "What happened last night was a very unfortunate tragedy," Bratton said, adding that the deceased appeared to be "a total innocent," based on a preliminary investigation. ...

Agency: Schools helped Lanza's mom 'appease' him

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:37

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The school system unwittingly enabled Adam Lanza's mother to "accommodate and appease" him as he became more withdrawn socially, according to a state report issued Friday on the man who carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.


Conservatives, states set to launch legal blitz against Obama over immigration

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:31

By Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - The morning after President Barack Obama announced his sweeping action to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, conservative groups and states were already pulling together legal strategies to dismantle the plan. Opponents said there will likely be a three-pronged legal approach to stymie Obama's moves: Congress could sue the president for constitutional overreach, states could file lawsuits arguing the action strains local finances, or individuals could try to prove they've been harmed by the order. ...


House GOP sues administration over health care law

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:52

Republicans says Obama overstepped his legal authority in carrying out the ACA.


Florida State reopens library where three shot, gunman killed

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:42

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Florida State University reopened its main library on Friday, the day after a gunman injured three people when he opened fire in the lobby of the building where hundreds of students were studying for final exams. Normal activities resumed on the North Florida campus, where one student was critically injured by an alumnus who fired a semi-automatic handgun in the lobby of Strozier Library around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday and then was shot dead outside by law enforcement officers. ...


Senate to vote on two controversial Obama ‘ambassadonors’ Dec. 1

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:41
The Senate will vote Dec. 1 on whether to confirm a pair of big-time donors to President Barack Obama's reelection campaign as ambassadors to Argentina and Hungary. It could be Noah Bryson Mamet's and Colleen Bell's last chance — their odds become vanishingly small when the GOP takes over in January.

Holder urges police restraint ahead of grand jury decision in Ferguson

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:38

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday urged police to show restraint in dealing with any protests that may follow a grand jury's decision on whether to bring charges against the white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. Holder also said the Justice Department was providing new guidance to law enforcement authorities about how to approach maintaining public safety while safeguarding the free speech rights of protesters. The St. ...


Package from Florida State shooter found in Texas

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:32

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The first of several packages mailed by a man who shot three people at a Florida State University library was delivered in Texas, a law enforcement official said Friday.


Bandits in Guinea steal suspected Ebola blood

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 03:03

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Roadside bandits in Guinea stole a cooler containing blood samples that are believed to have Ebola, officials said Friday, warning of the risks and vowing tighter security measures for transport of such potentially contagious cargo.


What the Cosby uproar says about how far we've come

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:31

For decades, those who accused Cosby did so in the context of a world inclined not to believe them.


Israel says Hamas planned to assassinate Lieberman in West Bank

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 00:03

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has arrested four Palestinians suspected of planning to kill Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman with an anti-tank rocket while he drove to his Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, Israeli officials say. The alleged Hamas plot was hatched during the July-August war in Gaza. Its disclosure comes as ties fray between Israel and U.S.-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is based in the West Bank, over a contested Jerusalem shrine. ...


Woman with gun arrested outside White House

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 21:10

(Reuters) - A woman demonstrating outside the White House on Thursday night was arrested for carrying a gun, the Secret Service said, shortly after President Barack Obama began a speech unveiling sweeping reforms to the U.S. immigration system. April Lenhart, 23, of Mount Morris, Michigan, was arrested around 8:30 p.m. local time, Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback said in an email. Obama had started his speech some 30 minutes earlier, during which he imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation. The executive actions ease the threat of deportation for some 4. ...


Ferguson awaits grand jury outcome after police arrest protesters

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 18:27

By Scott Malone and Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Police in Ferguson, Missouri, kept alert on Thursday for signs of tension after arresting five people for blocking a street the night before in a protest demanding the criminal indictment of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in August. The St. Louis suburb has been bracing for months to learn whether a St. Louis County grand jury will charge police officer Darren Wilson in the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a case that has become a flashpoint for often-troubled U.S. race relations. ...


Gunman shot dead after wounding three at Florida State University

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 18:16

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Brandishing a semi-automatic handgun and carrying extra ammunition in his pockets, a Florida State University graduate opened fire early on Thursday at the school's main library, wounding two students and an employee as hundreds were studying for exams. The shooter, identified by authorities as Myron May, 31, was fatally shot by police near the entrance to Florida State's Strozier Library, the latest in a string of shootings on U.S. campuses. One victim was critically wounded. ...


Obama vows 'more fair and just' US immigration

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 17:21

Pledging to fix America's "broken" immigration system, President Barack Obama offered five million undocumented migrants protection from deportation Thursday, allowing families to emerge from the shadows and seek work permits. In a move that infuriated his Republican critics, Obama said nearly all undocumented people living in country for more than five years and who have a child who is a US citizen or legal permanent resident can apply for three-year work authorization. "There are actions I have the legal authority to take as president – the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me – that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just," Obama said in a 15-minute speech broadcast from the White House. "Only Congress can do that," he added.


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