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Prosecutor to seek death penalty in beheading

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 13:56

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn says he plans to seek the death penalty against a man accused of beheading a woman at an Oklahoma food processing plant.

The reporter behind Secret Service chief's ouster

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 13:52

Behind the shocking revelations of incompetence and unprofessionalism that rocked the Secret Service this week is a longtime reporter who's been diligently uncovering the agency's secrets for years.

How Kentucky's struggling miners view most expensive Senate race

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:37

Once the linchpin of Kentucky's economy, the coal industry has deteriorated beyond recognition. While the miners of Clay County feel the pinch, the 2014 Senate race over Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's seat has emerged as a $100 million contest, the most expensive Senate race in American history.

U.S. Secret Service director resigns

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:32

The recent break-in at the White House created insurmountable heat for Julia Pierson.

U.S. Ebola patient had contact with kids

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:06

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says school-aged children are being monitored for symptoms.

White House fence jumper pleads not guilty in September 19 breach

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:51

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Iraq war veteran accused in the September 19 breach of the White House pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in federal court. The court ordered a mental competency review for Omar Gonzalez, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, but defense lawyers opposed the evaluation. Gonzalez's lawyer, David Bos, said his client was mentally competent and did not need an evaluation. He said he has become increasingly confident in his client's competency. Gonzalez was captured inside the White House on Sept. ...

UN loses first staffer to virus outbreak

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:48

"Probable Ebola" strikes member of international organization in Liberia.

New York Post settles 'Bag Men' lawsuit

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:28

The New York Post has settled a defamation lawsuit over a cover three days after the Boston Marathon bombing that featured a photo of two Massachusetts residents with the headline "Bag Men." ...

No charges yet in shooting death of suburban Los Angeles mayor

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:53

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - No charges have been filed so far in the shooting death of the mayor of the small Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens, a day after his wife shot him during a heated argument, authorities said on Wednesday. Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo, 45, and his wife, Levette, 43, were arguing on Tuesday afternoon at their home in the city when their 19-year-old son, Daniel Crespo Jr, intervened, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said. Father and son got into a physical fight and Levette Crespo got a gun and shot her husband multiple times, officials said. ...

US, India to team up on Mars exploration

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:24

India's recent Mars success appears to have turned some heads. NASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will investigate ways to collaborate on future missions to Mars, officials said Tuesday (Sept. 30). The announcement comes just one week after India put its first-ever Mars probe in orbit around the Red Planet, becoming just the fourth entity — after the United States, the Soviet Union and the European Space Agency — to do so. NASA and ISRO also signed an agreement Tuesday that lays out their respective roles on the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission, which is scheduled to launch to Earth orbit in 2020 to study the consequences of climate change on a fine scale.

No country for old men, or women: Afghanistan

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:36

By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Afghanistan is the worst country to live in as an older person, an annual index on the wellbeing of the elderly showed on Wednesday. The Asian country was ranked bottom for the second consecutive year in HelpAge International's Global AgeWatch Index, its health situation in particular the poorest in the world. Norway topped the index - up one place from last year - followed by Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and Germany, all of which remained in the top 10. ...

'Not comfortable' with Secret Service chief in job

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:04

Senior Democratic lawmaker wants Julia Pierson to leave after series of presidential security breaches.

Corruption allegations deep-freeze Greenland's government

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:03

By Teis Jensen COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Three Greenlandic ministers stepped down from the government on Wednesday to press Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond to quit after she was accused of misuse of state money on private flights and hotels for family members. Hammond, premier since April last year, temporarily left office on Tuesday to wait for the results of an inquiry into her use of state funds, naming Kim Kielsen as her acting head of government. ...

Rhode Island child dies of infection related to Enterovirus D68

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:40

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Rhode Island child has died of a bacterial infection associated with Enterovirus D68, state public health officials said on Wednesday. The child, who was not identified, died as a result of a staphylococcus aureus sepsis associated with the respiratory virus, which the Rhode Island Department of Health in a statement called a "very rare combination that can cause very severe illness in children and adults." Officials noted that very few people who contract the Enterovirus D68 will develop symptoms beyond a runny nose and low fever. ...

Texas girl kidnapped 12 years ago at age 4 found alive in Mexico

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:37

An Austin, Texas, girl abducted 12 years ago has been found in Mexico, law enforcement officials say.

Florida cop on leave after using stun gun on 62-year-old woman

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:22

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation after he fired a stun gun into a 62-year-old woman's back during an arrest in a Tallahassee neighborhood.

NYC teacher at elite school faces multiple sex charges

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 06:05

NEW YORK (AP) — A teacher at an elite New York City high school already accused of sending an indecent photo to a student is now facing an additional 36-count indictment alleging he victimized six others.

Congo tries to contain second Ebola outbreak

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 05:05

Death toll from virus rose to 42 Wednesday in separate spread from West Africa's.

700-year-old tomb may decide Turkey's role in IS fight

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 04:21

By Dasha Afanasieva and Selin Bucak ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A vow to defend the 700-year-old tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, in a Turkish enclave in northern Syria could decide Turkey's role in the military campaign against Islamic State. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Tuesday that the militants were advancing on the white stone mausoleum, guarded by several dozen Turkish soldiers and perched on a manicured lawn under a Turkish flag on the banks of the Euphrates. ...

Taiwan throws support behind Hong Kong protests

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:56

Chinese Communist Party has long wanted a governing arrangement like Hong Kong's, for Taiwan.