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Survivor: Smugglers locked hundreds in hold of capsized boat

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 20:47

European leaders urge action after what could be the Mediterranean's worst migrant tragedy.


Florida man who landed at U.S. Capitol thought he'd be intercepted

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 11:39

A Florida man who piloted a small gyro copter past major Washington, D.C. landmarks last week said on Sunday he had fully expected to be intercepted before he landed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol, creating a national security scare. Douglas Mark Hughes, 61, a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier, described his flight upon arriving home in Ruskin, Florida, early on Sunday. He recalled it being colder than he had expected flying from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to Washington, where the sight of the Washington Monument helped guide him to the Capitol grounds. He was allowed to return to Florida, but ordered to remain at home in detention until he is due back in Washington for a preliminary hearing on May 8.


Cuomo to be first U.S. governor to visit Cuba as ties reopen

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 10:38

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is heading to Havana, the first American governor to visit Cuba since the recent thaw in relations with the communist nation. Whether his trade mission generates anything more ...


Attorney general nominee vote likely this week: U.S. senator

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 09:40

A vote on the stalled Senate confirmation of the nominee to be the next U.S. attorney general, Loretta Lynch, could take place in the next two to three days, a senior Republican senator said on Sunday. "My sense is, over the next 48 to 72 hours, that is going to be resolved, and we will move on to this Iran issue," Senator Bob Corker, head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on CNN's "State of the Union" program. He added that there now were an education bill and trade promotion agreements, in addition to Iran legislation, due for a vote on the Senate floor and that as a result, "this logjam ... will be worked out." Lynch's confirmation has been pending since she was nominated by President Barack Obama last November to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.


Video: Islamic State kills Ethiopian Christians in Libya

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 09:27

CAIRO (AP) — Islamic State militants in Libya shot and beheaded groups of captive Ethiopian Christians, a video purportedly from the extremists showed Sunday. The attack widens the circle of nations affected by the group's atrocities while showing its growth beyond a self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq.


Jon Stewart’s biggest regret as ‘Daily Show’ host

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 08:19

Jon Stewart doesn’t have many regrets as he approaches the end of his 16-year run as host of “The Daily Show.” But he does have one: not pushing Donald Rumsfeld harder when he had the chance.


Clinton patches relations with liberals at campaign's outset

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 04:09

WASHINGTON (AP) — This time, Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to be on liberals' good side.


Survivors gather for 20th anniversary of Oklahoma City bombing

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 03:10

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - When Priscilla Salyers attends Sunday's anniversary ceremony for victims of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, she will be thinking how far she has come in fighting depression and survivor's guilt. She and hundreds of other survivors will bow their heads at the 20th Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, marking the day a cargo truck with more than two tons of explosives blew up, killing 168 people. Salyers plummeted five floors when the fuel-and-fertilizer bomb detonated at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. Anti-government militant Timothy McVeigh, who carried out the bombing, and accomplice Terry Nichols were tried and convicted on federal charges.


Life or death? Boston bomber's trial turns to sentencing

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 03:03

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is set to return to court on Tuesday for the next phase of his trial, when prosecutors will argue that he should be sentenced to death for his role in the deadly attack in 2013. In sharp contrast to the guilt phase of the trial, when lawyers for the ethnic Chechen defendant did not contest that their client had killed three people and injured 264 in the bombing, the next four weeks are expected to feature emotional testimony from both sides as Tsarnaev fights for his life. The question of whether Tsarnaev, 21, should live or die is highly controversial around Boston. Polls have shown that a plurality of area residents, 49 percent, prefer a life sentence, and family members of two of the people he killed have also spoken out against executing him.


Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 02:49

Rescuers responded to one of the worst disasters seen in the Mediterranean migrant crisis, officials said on Sunday.


Remembering the Oklahoma City bombing 20 years later

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 02:44

Remembering the Oklahoma City bombing 20 years later


Report: Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 00:10

ROME (Reuters) - As many as 700 people are feared dead after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, the Times of Malta reported on Sunday. Twenty eight people were rescued in the incident, which happened in an area just off Libyan waters, 120 miles south of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, the newspaper's website reported. The emergency was declared at about midnight. The boat is believed to have capsized when migrants moved to one side of the vessel when a merchant ship approached.


Fast-moving brush fire forces home evacuations near Los Angeles

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 23:08
(Reuters) - A fast-moving brush fire east of Los Angeles has forced the evacuation of more than 200 homes just hours after it started, fire department officials said on Sunday. The blaze, named the "Highway Fire," was zero percent contained and had spread over 175 acres in Chino Hills, a suburb about 35 miles east of Los Angeles, according to a statement released by the City of Riverside Fire Department.

Toddler shot in drive-by near Seattle dies

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 21:49
A one-year-old girl who was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting near Seattle on Thursday died late Saturday from her wounds, hospital officials said. The girl was brain dead and life support care had been removed, a spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center said. Police in Kent, Washington, 20 miles south of Seattle, have not announced any arrests following the Thursday afternoon shooting near an apartment complex. The child was strapped in a car seat in the back of her parents' car when a black car pulled alongside, and both the car's driver and passenger opened fire on the family's vehicle before driving away, police said in a statement.

Paul, Graham clash on foreign-policy on U.S. campaign trail

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 15:13

By Andy Sullivan NASHUA, N.H. (Reuters) - Republican presidential hopefuls Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham took their debate over America's role in the world from the U.S. Senate floor to the campaign trail on Saturday in an early sign that foreign policy is likely to be a flash point in the 2016 election. At a gathering of 18 potential and actual White House contenders, Paul accused fellow Republicans of being too willing to commit U.S. troops to foreign conflicts without a clear idea of how to get them out. There's a group of folks in our party who would have troops in six countries right now, maybe more." That drew a rebuke from Graham, a South Carolina senator and Air Force reservist who frequently criticizes Democratic President Barack Obama for not being aggressive enough with adversaries like Iran and the Islamic State.


California prepares for historic mandatory cutbacks on water

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 13:46

California water officials drafted a slate of mandatory conservation regulations Saturday, part of a first-ever attempt at mandatory rationing for the state, which is facing its fourth consecutive year of drought.


Officers kill knife-wielding man near St Louis, police say

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 10:06

A 23-year-old man who barricaded himself in his mother's house in a St. Louis suburb and spoke of a "black revolution" was shot and killed by police when he rushed at them with a knife, authorities said on Saturday.


Oklahoma City and Boston bombings are linked by an enduring mystery

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 09:38

Yahoo News' Holly Bailey, who covered both tragic events, speculates on a common thread.


Torrential rain floods Houston before heading toward New Orleans

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 09:27
Torrential rain triggered flooding on the streets of Houston and sent spectators fleeing from a circus south of the Texas city, officials said on Saturday, as the storm system headed east toward Louisiana and neighboring states. The heavy rainfall followed a front that built up along the Gulf Coast, causing moisture to accumulate along it, said Mark Paquette, a meteorologist with AccuWeather.com. Up to five inches of rain fell in some parts of Houston on Friday and into early Saturday. Water accumulated in streets with poor drainage and caused flooding, Paquette said.

2 Cuban dissidents up for election in unprecedented vote

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 08:05

At least two dissidents made it past a first round of voting and are standing as candidates in municipal elections that will be watched on and off the island Sunday as an unprecedented test of Cuba's single-party system.


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