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SpaceX rocket explodes after launch

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 07:09

An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, following what was meant to be a routine cargo mission to the International Space Station. "The vehicle has broken up," said NASA commentator George Diller, after NASA television broadcast images of the white rocket falling to pieces. The disaster was the first of its kind for the California-based company headed by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, who has led a series of successful launches even as competitor Orbital Sciences lost one of its rockets in an explosion in October, and a Russian supply ships was lost in April.

Iran nuclear talks near deadline

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 05:09

Iran's foreign minister prepared to head home for consultations Sunday before returning to join counterparts from other countries at the negotiating table to push for a breakthrough.

Armed Tunisian police swarm streets of tourist towns

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 04:40

By Zoubier Souissi SOUSSE, Tunisia (Reuters) - Hundreds of armed police patrolled the streets of Tunisia's beach resorts on Sunday and the government said it will deploy hundreds more inside hotels after the Islamist militant attack in Sousse that killed 39 foreigners, mostly Britons. Thousands of tourists have left Tunisia since Friday's attack, which has shocked the North African country that relies heavily on tourism for jobs and foreign currency revenues. Britain's Foreign Office warned late on Saturday that Islamist militants may launch further attacks in Tunisia after a gunman opened fire on the Imperial Marhaba resort in the deadliest such attack in Tunisia's modern history.

One injured in shooting at San Francisco gay pride event

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 21:52

Shots were fired at a gay pride event in San Francisco, leaving one man injured, city police said. The incident was believed to have occurred when several groups of men unrelated to the pride event "got in a verbal argument near or inside the venue," the San Francisco Police Department said in a statement. The pride spectator who was shot was believed to be "unrelated to the dispute", SFPD officer Carlos Manfredi told AFP.

Witnesses describe 'hell' of Taiwan water park blast

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 21:33

Witnesses described the scene at a Taiwan water park as "hell" after a ball of fire ripped through a crowd, with authorities putting the number of injured at more than 500 on Sunday, almost 200 of them seriously. The number of those injured in the blast late Saturday, which came as coloured powder being sprayed on the partygoers ignited, more than doubled as authorities began to track down victims who had taken themselves to hospital or been ferried there by others. One male student who sustained minor injuries described the scene as "hell".

GOP White House hopefuls deride gay marriage ruling

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 20:02

DENVER (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told conservatives Saturday that the Supreme Court tried to "unwrite the laws of nature and the laws of nature's God" when it legalized gay marriage across the nation.

European tour operators evacuate thousands from Tunisia after attack

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 19:13

Tour companies were evacuating thousands of foreign holidaymakers from Tunisia on Saturday, a day after a gunman killed 39 people at a beach hotel in an attack claimed by Islamic State. Tunisia's Prime Minister Habib Essid said most of the dead were British, and Britain's foreign office said 15 Britons had been confirmed killed in the attack in the resort town of Sousse, 140 km (90 miles) south of the capital Tunis. It was the second major attack in the North African country this year, following an Islamist militant assault on the Bardo Museum in Tunis in March when gunmen killed a group of foreign visitors as they arrived by bus.

Activist takes down Confederate flag outside South Carolina capitol

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 17:15

An activist climbed a flagpole outside the South Carolina state capitol early on Saturday and took down the Confederate flag, state officials said, a day after U.S. President Barack Obama called the banner a symbol of racial oppression. Two people were arrested and charged with defacing a monument, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety said in a statement. Brittany Newsome climbed the flag pole and James Ian Tyson stood inside a fence and assisted her, police said.

Manhunt for remaining New York prison escapee intensifies

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 17:02

By Pete DeMola MALONE, N.Y. (Reuters) - A manhunt for a convicted murderer who escaped from a New York state maximum security prison focused on a rural area near the Canadian border on Saturday, a day after his fellow escapee was killed. After Richard Matt was killed by U.S. Border Patrol officers, a tight security perimeter was set up in the area, where Sweat was believed to be holed up. About 1,200 federal, state and local law enforcement officers, were searching through a 22 square-mile (57 sq km) area along a highway between the towns of Malone and Duane in northern New York, New York State Police said in a statement.

Iran, US warn of 'hard work' at tough nuclear talks

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 12:17

Iran and the US showed little sign Saturday of an early breakthrough in last-ditch nuclear talks with both sides warning of "hard work" ahead and France stressing key issues remain unresolved. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met twice during the day for what is set to be the final push to seal an accord curtailing Tehran's nuclear programme after almost two years of negotiations.

Terror on the beach: Tourists recount Tunisia attack horrors

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 12:03

Tunisia's postcard destination for tourists is reeling from the terror that blighted another day of play at the Mediterranean seaside resort of Sousse. A man armed with a Kalashnikov and grenades gunned down tourists on a private beach, and then moved methodically through the grounds of a luxury hotel — to the swimming pool, reception area and offices.

Baltimore police open probe into new shooting of unarmed black man

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 10:36

Police have opened an investigation into the killing of an unarmed black man by law enforcement officers outside Baltimore, authorities said on Saturday, two months after the city was rocked by protests over the death of another African-American who was taken into custody. The latest incident unfolded in the Baltimore suburb of Owing Mills, where three officers fired at least 19 rounds and killed Spencer Lee McCain, 41, during a domestic disturbance on Thursday. The Baltimore County police's homicide unit is investigating, police said in a statement Saturday.

Fire injures scores attending party at Taiwan water park

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 09:29

A fire on a music stage spread into a crowd of spectators at a party Saturday night at a Taiwan water park, injuring more than 200 people, authorities said.

New York manhunt for prison escapee heats up after accomplice killed

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 09:20

A day after killing the first of two convicted murderers who escaped from a maximum security prison in New York, hundreds of law enforcement officers were scouring an area near the Canadian border on Saturday in hopes of apprehending his accomplice. After Richard Matt was fatally shot by U.S. Border Patrol officers, a tight security perimeter was set up in the area where Sweat was believed to be holed up. New York State Police declined to provide additional information about the search and would not say why they thought Sweat was in the area.

Greece's future in balance as creditors reject aid extension

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 09:08

Greece's place in the euro currency bloc looked increasingly shaky on Saturday after eurozone nations rejected a monthlong extension to its bailout program and the prime minister called for a risky popular vote on the country's financial future.

Charleston suspect's life a troubled road to radicalization

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 08:33

The people who know Dylann Storm Roof — the people who watched his progression from a sweet child to a disturbed man — are struggling with guilt. How could they have missed the signs? Could they have done something to prevent the deaths of nine innocents at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church?

Activist takes down Confederate flag outside South Carolina state capitol

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 07:18

The Civil War-era flag has been a focal point for soul-searching across the southern United States in the aftermath of the fatal shooting last week of nine African Americans during a Bible study session at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina. The suspect in the shootings, Dylann Roof, 21, had posed with a Confederate flag in photos posted on a website that also displayed a racist manifesto. Following the removal of the flag in Columbia, two people were arrested and charged with defacing a monument, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety said in a statement.

In custody, suspect in French terror attack keeps quiet

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 06:07

A detained truck driver with a history of radical Islamic ties is refusing to speak to police investigators over his implication in an explosion and beheading in southeastern France, a French official said Saturday, adding that one of the other suspects initially arrested has been released without charge.

Surviving inmate still on the loose after 1 escapee killed

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 05:25

The shooting death of one escaped killer brought new energy to the three-week hunt for a second escaped murderer as helicopters, search dogs and hundreds of law enforcement officers converged on a wooded area 30 miles from the prison.

Big business on winning side in U.S. top court's major rulings

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 05:14

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Big business was on the winning side in the U.S. Supreme Court's two major cases of the year, with hundreds of employers pushing hard in favor of gay marriage and the healthcare industry backing the insurance subsidies available under Obamacare. The court on Thursday rejected a conservative challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law on a 6-3 vote and, a day later, ruled 5-4 that gay marriage should be legal nationwide. Both cases were largely seen through the lens of national ideological wars, with liberals backing gay marriage and Obamacare and conservatives opposing them.