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Beheading in Oklahoma: Was it terrorism or workplace violence?

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 01:19

Moore, Okla., is a sleepy suburb where major crime is almost unheard of — especially something like the grisly decapitation of one person by a co-worker and the attempted decapitation of another. Local officials have described what happened at Vaughan Foods as a horrifying but random case of an angry worker lashing out. But while the FBI says it has found no links so far between the confessed killer and the Islamic State or other extremist groups, there is little doubt that he sympathized with their cause.

Tesla reveals its most powerful model yet

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 23:36

Tesla reveals AWD, 691-hp Model S, its most powerful model yet.

Courts block voter ID laws in Texas, Wisconsin

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 21:05

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge likened Texas' strict voter ID requirement to a poll tax deliberately meant to suppress minority voter turnout and struck it down less than a month before Election Day — and mere hours after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a similar measure in Wisconsin.

Police, protesters clash in St. Louis ahead of weekend of rallies

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 21:04

By Carey Gillam and Kenny Bahr ST LOUIS Mo (Reuters) - Police clashed with protesters in St. Louis on Thursday for a second consecutive night, a day after an officer killed a black teenager and ahead of a weekend of planned marches and rallies in the area over the August killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. As many as 400 demonstrators spread out across several city blocks in south St. Louis, angrily shouting and chanting at rows of police officers, many of whom were clad in riot gear with helmets, body armor and shields. ...

Nevada issues first marriage licenses to gay couples; some states push back

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 19:33

By Sandra Chereb and Alexia Shurmur CARSON CITY/LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Nevada began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on Thursday after a district judge removed the final hurdle to same-sex matrimony in the state, hours after a conservative group withdrew a last-ditch effort to block the change. The move came as obstacles to gay marriage fell in West Virginia even as other states pushed back against federal court actions this week, including by the U.S. Supreme Court, that could ultimately extend legal same-sex matrimony to 35 states. Tuesday's 9th U.S. ...

Fears grow in United States over Ebola's spread outside West Africa

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:25

By Laila Kearney and Patricia Zengerle NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fears are growing in the United States about Ebola with about 200 airline cabin cleaners walking off the job in New York and some lawmakers demanding the government ban travelers from the West African countries hit hardest by the virus. "The nation is frightened, and people are frightened of this disease," the U.S. cabinet secretary for health, Sylvia Burwell, said on Thursday, a day after the death in Texas of the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. U.S. ...

1901 time capsule finally opened. What's inside?

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:40

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A time capsule that had been hidden in the head of a lion statue atop a historical landmark for more than a century yielded one surprise Thursday: a hardcover book.

South Carolina court bars judges from issuing gay marriage licenses

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:31

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - The South Carolina Supreme Court ordered state judges on Thursday not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples until a federal court rules on whether the state can continue enforcing its ban on such marriages. The state Supreme Court's instruction came after Charleston County Probate Judge Irvin Condon accepted marriage license applications from 19 gay couples on Wednesday. Condon had indicated he would begin issuing the documents after the state's mandatory 24-hour waiting period for marriage licenses, citing U.S. ...

Ebola's devastating effect on tourism

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:35

Just as Africa's travel industry had picked up, the deadly virus has cast a gloomy shadow.

Ben Affleck's 'Islam' statements make him target

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:35

Ben Affleck's 'Islam' statements make him target

Group asks for probe into shooting range that refuses to cater to Muslims

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:03

A Muslim civil rights group is asking the Department of Justice to investigate an Arkansas shooting range whose owner recently declared it a "Muslim-free zone."

Ebola victim's heartbreaking story of love and loss

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:54

DALLAS — Love, not Ebola, drove Thomas Eric Duncan from his native Liberia.

Mom: Teen killed by St. Louis cop was unarmed

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:47

Authorities allege the 18-year-old shot three times before the off-duty officer returned fire.

Woman's tweets over pilot gets her booted from flight

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:23

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman says she was removed from a JetBlue flight after tweeting about the flight's delays, which included a pilot having to take a sobriety test.

Arizona landscaper killed by swarm of bees

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:16

DOUGLAS, Ariz. (AP) — Thousands of swarming bees have left one landscaper dead and another critically injured after the men were stung in southern Arizona.

Prolific 1990s graffiti artist 'Cost' nabbed with brushes, arrested in NYC

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 05:47

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say they have arrested a high-profile graffiti artist.

Mom of U.S. hostage tweets letter to IS

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 05:31

Paula Kassig tries to reach the Islamic State's leader, hoping he'll spare her son.

Americans: Ban flights from Ebola nations

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:19

But health experts say such a move would be counterproductive.