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Louisiana shooting suspect never involuntarily committed: Georgia authorities

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 15:08

Suspect John R. Houser, who killed himself after Thursday's rampage in Lafayette, Louisiana, purchased the weapon he used in the attack from an Alabama pawnshop in 2014, authorities say. "We did not receive an involuntary commitment order on John Houser, because there was no order," Sherry Lang, deputy director of public affairs for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, told Reuters in a phone interview on Monday.

U.S. Navy investigates report of cancer cluster at Guantanamo

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 14:41
The U.S. Navy is investigating a complaint that seeks the evacuation of civilian and military lawyers from parts of the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, following reports of cancer cases among personnel working on the trials of detainees there. At least seven civilians and military members who worked on detainee trials at Guantanamo Bay have been diagnosed with cancer, according to the complaint, which was filed with the U.S. Defense Department’s Office of the Inspector General. The complaint claims that an unusually large number of relatively healthy and young people who worked at the base have been diagnosed with cancer.

Boston out of running for 2024 Summer Olympic Games bid

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:10

The city of Boston is no longer a candidate to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

Clinton aims high in green energy plan

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:52

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Calling climate change one of the "most urgent threats of our time," Hillary Rodham Clinton laid out elements of a sweeping plan Monday that would see every U.S. home powered by renewable energy by 2027, even as she declined to take a position on the Keystone XL oil pipeline opposed by environmental activists.

Colorado massacre trial jurors quizzed over Lafayette shooting

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:46

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The judge in the Colorado movie massacre trial asked jurors on Monday if they saw reports of last week's deadly shooting at a Louisiana cinema, and whether they could remain impartial as they decide the fate of Aurora gunman James Holmes. After the questioning, Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour decided not to dismiss any jurors, saying they only had brief exposure to information about the Louisiana case. Holmes, 27, has been found guilty of killing 12 people and wounding 70 during a midnight screening of a Batman film at a suburban Denver multiplex in 2012.

U.S. drops bid for 2024 Olympics in Boston: committee

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:45
By Scott Malone and Jacqueline Tempera BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) on Monday nixed Boston's bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, just hours after Mayor Martin Walsh said he would not "commit" to a deal if it left city taxpayers vulnerable to the costs of hosting such the large-scale event. "We have not been able to get a majority of the citizens of Boston to support hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games," said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun, in a statement. "Therefore the USOC does not think that the level of support enjoyed by Boston's bid would allow it to prevail over great bids from Paris, Rome, Hamburg, Budapest or Toronto," it added.

Magazine cover features 35 of Bill Cosby's accusers

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 06:06

New York Magazine has published an explosive cover story chronicling the stories of nearly three dozen women who have accused the 77-year-old comedian of rape or sexual assault over a four-decade span.

Obama chides 2016 candidates for 'ridiculous,' 'sad' remarks

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 05:48

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Insisting that Americans deserve better, President Barack Obama chided Republicans Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz on Monday for a series of campaign-trail attacks that he said would be "ridiculous if it weren't so sad."

DJ Henry was a black man killed by police. Should he be a cause?

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 05:25

Dan and Angella Henry sit in the windowed kitchen of their stately home in Easton, Mass. — the trampoline and swimming pool out back, the trees and hummingbird feeders all around, the artfully arranged platter of sandwiches on the granite counter.

Boston mobster 'Whitey' Bulger's lawyers set to appeal conviction

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 03:11

Lawyers for former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger are set to challenge his 2013 racketeering conviction on Monday, contending a judge wrongly blocked them from arguing that a U.S. official had given him immunity for his crimes. Bulger, 85, was found guilty of committing or ordering 11 murders in the 1970s and 1980s in a trial that shone a light on his corrupt relationship with federal agents and prosecutors in Boston, who turned a blind eye to the Irish-American gangster's crimes in return for information they could use against the Italian-American Mafia. The former head of the "Winter Hill" gang currently is serving a sentence of two life terms plus five years for what U.S. District Judge Denise Casper called his "unfathomable" crimes.

Boy Scouts expected to lift ban on gay adult leaders on Monday

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 03:07

By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America is expected to end its ban on gay adult leaders on Monday, dismantling a policy that has deeply divided the membership of the 105-year-old Texas-based organization. The Boy Scouts National Executive Board will consider a resolution that was unanimously approved by the organization’s executive committee on July 13. The organization is urging an end to the ban because of "sea change in the law with respect to gay rights." The decision would follow the landmark ruling in late June by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing same-sex marriages nationwide.

Offshore wind power gets foothold in U.S. with Rhode Island project

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 03:04
By Richard Valdmanis NEW SHOREHAM, Rhode Island (Reuters) - Rhode Island's Deepwater Wind will start installing the foundations for North America's first offshore wind farm on Monday, a milestone the company says could pave the way for an industry long established in Europe but that is still struggling with opposition in the United States. The 30-megawatt wind farm, which will include five turbines located three miles (4.8 km) off the coast of the bucolic summer tourist destination of Block Island, will take more than a year to build and is scheduled to produce electricity for the tiny island community and the mainland by the end of next year. "Our belief is once Block Island is up and running, it will bring offshore wind from theory to reality in the United States and open up opportunities to build larger projects," said Jeffrey Grybowski, Deepwater Wind's CEO.

Shanghai share index suffers biggest daily drop since 2007

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 02:23

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Shanghai share index fell the most since early 2007 on Monday as Chinese stocks suffered a renewed sell-off despite government efforts to calm the market.

Pedro Martinez steals the show on Hall of Fame induction day

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 00:09

Former Boston Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez has developed quite the reputation from both his time in the game, and since he's been out of the game.

Some Guantanamo inmates would go to U.S. under new plan: Obama aide

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 15:30

A plan being drafted for closing the Guantanamo military jail will call for the transfer to U.S. prisons of possibly dozens of inmates deemed too dangerous to release, President Barack Obama’s counter terrorism adviser said, setting up a fight with congressional opponents. Outlining the White House proposal that will soon be sent to Congress, Lisa Monaco, one of Obama’s top national security aides, told the Aspen Security Conference on Saturday that the United States would step up the transfers of 52 detainees cleared for resettlement in other countries. The plan calls for the rest of the inmates at the U.S. naval base in Cuba to be brought to the United States to "Supermax" or military prisons for trials or continued military detention, Monaco said.

Republican voters: We want more Donald Trump

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 15:09

His rivals want him to drop out of the race but Republican voters don't, a new poll shows.

Firefighters make progress against Western U.S. wildfires

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 14:22

Firefighters made progress Sunday against three wildfires burning in Montana and California, aided by cooler temperatures overnight. A blaze in the Sierra foothills near Lake Tahoe in California was burning rapidly toward the north despite calming overnight, and evacuation orders remained in place for several communities, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. Investigators do not yet know the cause of the blaze, dubbed the Lowell Fire, which started Saturday and prompted evacuation orders for the communities of You Bet, Red Dog, Lowell Hill and Chalk Bluff, the agency said.

Missing Florida teens' boat found overturned and empty

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 13:28

(Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday afternoon found an overturned and empty boat belonging to two teenage boys who went missing off the Florida coast during a fishing expedition two days ago, the service said. The 19-foot single-engine boat was located off the coast of Ponce Inlet, a town about 180 miles north of Jupiter, where the boys were last seen, the Coast Guard said in a statement. Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, remain missing.

U.S. candidate Huckabee: Obama marching Israelis to 'door of the oven'

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 13:05

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has denounced the deal reached by the United States and other world powers on Iran's nuclear program by saying President Barack Obama is marching Israelis "to the door of the oven," a reference to the Holocaust. The head of the Democratic National Committee on Sunday demanded an apology by Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor whose comments came in an interview with a conservative website on Saturday. "This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history," Huckabee told "Breitbart News Saturday." "It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians.