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Parents of U.S. hostage ask for prayers

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 15:51

A member of the Islamic State threatens to kill former Army Ranger Peter Kassig in a video released Friday.

U.S. officials acknowledge ‘missteps’ in Dallas but defend Ebola response

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 14:18

Top U.S. officials admit to "missteps" in handling the case of a man with Ebola in Dallas, Texas, but insist that screenings have kept infected people off U.S. soil and predict there will be no outbreak in the United States.

Militants behead British hostage

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 13:52

The execution of Alan Henning mirrors other beheading videos shot by the Islamic State.

Secret Service in disarray, fueling questions over Obama's safety

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 13:31

By Matt Spetalnick, David Lawder and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Secret Service officer Timothy McCarthy took a bullet to protect Ronald Reagan in a 1981 assassination attempt and agent Jerry Parr shoved the president into a limousine, their quick reflexes projected a Hollywood-style image of invincibility around the agency. ...

How the Secret Service's problems became a secret in Washington

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:04

Though they are not formal oversight committees, appropriations committees have provided critical monitoring and oversight of government agencies during the annual budgeting process, as agency directors and Cabinet secretaries are called on to explain what they are doing and justify any requests for more money. That switch of jurisdiction, from Treasury to the bureaucratic behemoth of Homeland Security, would throw a cloak of secrecy over the Secret Service’s financial needs, performance and areas in need of improvement. Henceforth, public information about what was happening at the Secret Service would be much harder to find, bursting into view only when there was a failure or an embarrassing scandal.

Facebook discusses 'experiments' on users

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 11:29

Facebook talks 'experiments' on users

U.S. ramps up Ebola deployments; total may near 4,000 troops

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 11:25
The Pentagon may send almost 4,000 troops to West Africa, almost 1,000 above its previous estimate.

Pentagon: 4,000 U.S. troops to fight Ebola

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:01

Total number deployed to West Africa as part of America's response to virus crisis exceeds previous estimates.

At least 32 trampled to death in India at religious festival

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 09:32

A stampede at a popular Hindu festival in eastern India to celebrate the victory of good over evil left 32 people dead on Friday, an official said.

Judge raises questions about bankrupt Detroit's future

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 08:51

By Karen Pierog DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes asked pointed questions on Friday about how Detroit will fare after it exits its historic bankruptcy, expressing concerns about a commission intended to oversee city finances and a settlement with Syncora Guarantee Inc. ...

Drone captures midnight Hong Kong protest standoff on video

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 08:40

Pro-democracy demonstrators gathered outside the office of the region’s chief executive, CY Leung, before midnight on October 2. The demonstrators had set a midnight deadline for Leung to step down. In a press conference shortly before midnight, Leung said he would not step down but said Hong Kong’s top civil servant would open a dialogue with protest leaders. This video shows riot police in place following threats by some demonstrators to storm the government buildings if Leung refused to quit. Credit: YouTube/Tobias Reeuwijk / @hapafilm

From hospital bed, a father's plea to release his captive son

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 08:00

LONDON (AP) — The father of John Cantlie, a British photojournalist held by the Islamic State militant group, appealed for his release in a video issued Friday, saying he was a friend of Syria.

Protesters call off talks with Hong Kong government

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 06:53

Student leaders say angry scuffles erupted, accused police of using criminal gangs for disruption.

Real reason for massive loss of wild cheetahs: Humans

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 06:25

The researchers studied 19 wild cheetahs living in two reserves in South Africa, one in the Kalahari Desert and the other in a wetter area in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, said lead researcher Michael Scantlebury, a lecturer of biology at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After capturing the cheetahs, the researchers put radio collars on the cats and injected them with isotope-laden water (an isotope is a variation of an element). They followed each cheetah for two weeks, and recorded the cats' behaviors, such as lying, sitting, walking and chasing prey.

Ain't it a b----, Joe? Veep quip gets Harvard laughing

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 06:06

Joe Biden is known to be something of a live wire when it comes to unscripted speaking engagements. That was the case on Thursday at Harvard University's Institute of Politics, when Biden took a question from a student who introduced himself as the vice president of the student body.

Can Nigeria's Boko Haram now shoot down military planes?

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 05:50

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A new Boko Haram video shows the beheading of a man identified as the pilot of a missing Nigerian Air Force jet and burnt out parts of a plane — the first indication that Nigeria's homegrown Islamic extremist group has the capability to bring down aircraft.

United notifies passengers on flights with Ebola patient

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 05:26

DALLAS (AP) — United Airlines said Thursday it is notifying passengers who were on flights with a man later diagnosed with Ebola and telling them how to contact federal health officials.

Despite Ebola, U.S. journalist said in good spirits

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 05:22

Doctors reportedly optimistic about 33-year-old cameraman's prognosis for recovery.

Nine U.N. peacekeepers killed in Mali attack

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 05:21

Bamako (AFP) - Suspected Islamists killed at least nine United Nations peacekeepers from Niger on Friday in northeastern Mali, in the deadliest ever attack on the mission, military sources said.

U.S. companies step up hiring, unemployment falls to 6-year low

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 05:16

By Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. employers stepped up hiring in September and the jobless rate fell to a six-year low, which could bolster bets on a Federal Reserve rate hike in mid-2015. Friday's report on hiring is the most significant gauge of the economy's health ahead of Nov. 4 congressional elections. While President Barack Obama's message of an improving economy has been hampered by persistent drops in family incomes under his watch, the hiring data underscored the strides made in the labor market this year. U.S. ...