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U.S. union, GM reach tentative agreement on labor contract

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 21:07

By Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - Negotiators for the United Auto Workers and General Motors Co reached a tentative agreement on undisclosed terms for a new four-year labor contract, averting a threatened strike, the union said late on Sunday night. The proposed deal will now go to a council of several hundred UAW leaders from GM's U.S. plants meeting on Wednesday, who are expected to approve it. The contract then goes to a ratification vote of the UAW's 52,700 workers at GM.

Florida bear cull called off; hunters kill nearly 300

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 18:54

(Reuters) - Florida's first bear hunt in two decades, which sparked protests by animal rights activists, was called off after just two days after nearly 300 bears were killed, wildlife officials said on Sunday. The hunt, which was slated to last up to one week and allow as many as 320 black bears to be killed, was ended after 295 of the animals were "harvested," the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a statement. "Regulated hunting has a long, successful history of contributing to wildlife conservation in North America.

In Hurricane Patricia's wake, torrential rains move into Louisiana

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 17:06

By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - Torrential rainstorms battered Louisiana on Sunday, leaving thousands without power, after pounding southeastern Texas as the remnants of Hurricane Patricia converged with a second storm. More than 20,000 were without power in the greater New Orleans area. The NWS said waterspouts over lakes and tornados over land were both possible into the early morning hours.

Oklahoma parade crash suspect charged with four counts of murder

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 16:13

An Oklahoma woman was charged on Sunday with four counts of second-degree murder a day after she allegedly crashed the car she was driving into a crowd at an Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, killing four people and injuring dozens, police said. Adacia Avery Chambers, 25, allegedly drove a gray Hyundai Elantra into a throng watching Saturday's Oklahoma State University homecoming parade in Stillwater, about 65 miles (105 km) southwest of Oklahoma City. Police said they suspected she was intoxicated.

Timberwolves coach Saunders dies at age 60

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 11:06

"It is with extreme sadness that the Minnesota Timberwolves today learned that Phil "Flip" Saunders, who served as the team's President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach, in addition to being a minority owner of the team, passed away today at age 60," the team said in a statement. Saunders, a veteran of 17 NBA seasons who posted a career record of 654-592, was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system, in June.

Jaguars blow huge lead, then rally to get a thrilling win in London

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 08:55

So many of the NFL’s games in London have been uninteresting blowouts, and Buffalo Bills-Jacksonville Jaguars looked like another one when the Jaguars went ahead 27-3.

Eleven children injured in Oklahoma crash, one toddler dead

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 07:21

By Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton STILLWATER, Okla. (Reuters) - Eleven of the nearly four dozen people injured when a car careened into a crowd watching a Oklahoma State University homecoming parade this weekend were children, police said on Sunday, in addition to a toddler who died of his injuries. In total, four people were killed when a gray Hyundai Elantra with a suspected drunk driver plowed into the throng in Stillwater, some 80 miles (130 km) northeast of Oklahoma City. It was not immediately clear whether Bonnie Jean Stone and Marvin Lyle Stone were related, and Stillwater Police could not be reached immediately for further comment.

World would be better place if Saddam, Kadhafi still in power: Trump

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 07:07

The world would be a better place if dictators such as Saddam Hussein and Moamer Kadhafi were still in power, top Republican US presidential hopeful Donald Trump said in comments aired Sunday. The billionaire real estate tycoon also told CNN's "State of the Union" talk show that the Middle East "blew up" around US President Barack Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, his biggest Democratic rival in the race for the White House. "100 percent," Trump said when asked if the world would be better off with Hussein and Kadhafi still at the helm in Iraq and Libya.

New video purportedly shows US-Kurdish raid against IS group

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 06:48

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq released a video Sunday purportedly showing the joint raid of a prison by U.S. and Kurdish peshmerga forces in which they released 70 hostages held by the Islamic State group.

Trick or Trump: The Donald, Pizza Rat among top Halloween costumes

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 05:08
When a Donald Trump look-alike and a faux Caitlyn Jenner ring the doorbell on Halloween night, they may solicit a piece of candy but the treat they really seek is recognition. Pop culture experts say these "ripped from the headlines" costumes to celebrate the Oct. 31 holiday - such as "El Chapo" the fugitive Mexican cartel kingpin or "Left Shark" from pop star Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show - are a way for adults to connect in a world splintered by a myriad of choices for information and entertainment. While children typically dress up as witches and ghosts, the most popular costume this year among adults shopping on is The Optical Illusion Dress, the subject of an online debate that went viral over its color.

AP-GfK Poll: Republicans prefer an outsider candidate

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 04:39

WASHINGTON (AP) — A huge majority of Republican voters prefer an outsider candidate to one with experience in Washington, and most see political rookies Donald Trump and Ben Carson as possible general election winners, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.

Tony Blair: Iraq war contributed to rise of IS, but was justified

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 04:00

LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was partly responsible for the emergence of the Islamic State militant group in the Middle East. But he insisted that toppling dictator Saddam Hussein had been the right thing to do.

Sanders, Clinton set tone for leadoff presidential caucuses

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 01:39

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bernie Sanders sharpened the contrast with Hillary Rodham Clinton on a bevy of liberal causes on Saturday, casting himself as a principled progressive before thousands of Iowa Democrats in an appearance that could set the tone for the leadoff presidential caucuses in February.

4 dead, dozens injured in Oklahoma parade crash

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 21:15

A 25-year-old woman is arrested on a DUI charge in connection with the incident.

Car slams into crowd at Oklahoma parade; four killed

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 18:16

A car with a suspected drunk driver at the wheel barreled into crowds watching a homecoming parade at Oklahoma State University on Saturday, killing four people and injuring more than 40 others, authorities said. Witnesses told of bodies being flung dozens of feet into the air as the gray Hyundai Elantra plowed into the throng at the intersection of Main Street and Hall of Fame Avenue in Stillwater, some 80 miles (130 km) northeast of Oklahoma City, at the end of the parade. Stillwater Mayor Gina Noble and local police said the car crashed through barricades and struck an unmanned police motorcycle before carving through the mass of spectators.