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3 Denver teens possibly tried to join Islamic State

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:42

Girls headed for Turkey, stopped in Germany; authorities now looking at friends for similar sentiments.

Family reunion for N. Korean detainee

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:12

Ohio man, held nearly half a year for leaving a bible behind in a bar, on home ground.

Slain Ferguson teen's autopsy shows close-range gunshot

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:41

(Reuters) - A newly disclosed autopsy of the unarmed black teenager whose killing by a white police officer set off months of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, suggests he suffered a gunshot to the hand from close range, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported. The St. Louis County medical examiner's autopsy of 18-year-old Michael Brown, obtained by the newspaper and published online late on Tuesday, said a microscopic examination of his hand tissue showed particles "consistent with products that are discharged from the barrel of a firearm. ...

Senator blasts DEA for fake Facebook profile

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:36

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is calling on the Justice Department to condemn the actions of a DEA agent who created a fake Facebook profile using a real woman's name and photos without her consent.

Kerry welcomes North Korea's release of American, restates terms for resuming talks

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:16

BERLIN/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed the release of one of three Americans held in North Korea and said Washington is willing to resume talks with Pyongyang if it takes steps towards de-nuclearization. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the North Korean city of Chongjin. He was freed on Tuesday and flown from Pyongyang on a U.S. government plane, without, Kerry said, any quid pro quo. ...

Toys R Us responds to 'Breaking Bad' controversy

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:42

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week.

From Bedouin Israeli doctor to jihadist

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:38

HURA, Israel (AP) — He was a quiet whiz kid at the top of his class in Israel, who overcame tough odds in this minority Arab village to become a star medical student and hospital intern.

Giants top Royals 7-1 in World Series opener

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:26

The Giants snapped Kansas City's eight-game postseason winning streak, riding a Hunter Pence home run, another sublime Madison Bumgarner performance and a mistake-filled Royals showing to a 7-1 victory at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday.

Is Iowa's Joni Ernst a pragmatist or a partisan?

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:30

The contest between Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst and Rep. Bruce Braley is one of the closest Senate races in the country. And whether Iowans believe her claim that she is a middle-of-the-road Republican conservative who likes to solve problems — rather than a tea party candidate who wants to impeach President Barack Obama and abolish the Department of Education and the IRS — will decide the race and possibly determine which party controls the Senate.

Three Denver teens may have tried to join Islamic State: FBI

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 23:37

DENVER (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether three teenage girls from suburban Denver who may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria have friends or associates with similar intentions.

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 23:04

By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ben Bradlee, the hard-driving editor who reigned over the Washington Post with the style of a well-dressed swashbuckler and the profane vocabulary of a dockworker as the newspaper helped topple President Richard Nixon, died on Tuesday aged 93. Bradlee's death at his Washington home of natural causes was announced by the Post, which reported late last month that he had begun hospice care after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for several years. ...

U.S. government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 21:25

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters. ...

Bumgarner, Giants stop Royals 7-1 in Series opener

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:05

San Francisco puts a sudden end to Kansas City's perfect postseason roll.

North Korea unexpectedly frees American Jeffrey Fowle

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:55

By Roberta Rampton and Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has freed Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained by the country, and he is being flown home to his family, Washington said on Tuesday, amid growing international pressure on Pyongyang over its human rights record. North Korea has been on a diplomatic campaign to counter charges by a U.N. body that highlighted widespread human rights abuses and a move by some U.N. members to refer the state to an international tribunal. ...

U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:43

By Jeffrey Dastin NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. Restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and due to go into effect on Wednesday. The precautions stop well short of the travel ban sought by some U.S. lawmakers to prevent more Ebola cases in the United States. ...

CDC debuts new safety steps in Ebola training for thousands

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 17:53

Thousands of New York City health-care workers — from nurses to janitors — learned how to safely put on and take off a full suit of protective equipment to treat a patient with Ebola at an upbeat Centers for Disease Control and Prevention event in Manhattan Tuesday morning.

Indiana man was violent long before 7 killings

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 17:25

GARY, Ind. (AP) — With hindsight, there were signs years ago of increasing violence against women by Darren Vann, who police said Tuesday has confessed to killing seven women in northwestern Indiana.

Faulty airbags warning expanded to 6.1. million U.S. cars: NHTSA

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 17:14

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. highway safety regulator, NHTSA, expanded its warning on Tuesday about faulty airbags made by Japanese auto-part maker Takata to 6.1 million vehicles in the United States. "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags," it said in a statement. ...

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 16:37

In a charmed life of newspapering, Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place.

Three Denver girls reportedly en route to Turkey detained, sent home

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 16:35
By Aruna Viswanatha and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three teenage girls from Denver who had been missing since last week and were reported to be traveling to Turkey were picked up in Germany and sent back home, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. Voice of America reported this week that one of the girls told German authorities they were on their way to Turkey, which has been considered a principal transit route for foreigners looking to fight with Islamist militants in Syria. U.S. officials declined to say if they suspected a link between the girls and militants in the region. ...