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Kim Jong Un mystery deepens

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:07

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For the first time in three years, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un didn't appear at a celebration of the anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party on Friday, further increasing speculation that something is amiss with the authoritarian leader who hasn't been seen publicly in more than a month.

U.S. Navy plans missile shield at southern Romania base

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:29

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The U.S. Navy has taken control of a new missile defense base in southern Romania, one of two European land-based interceptor sites for a NATO missile shield that Russia strongly opposes.

In Europe, Ebola fears escalate

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:18

Though only one confirmed case on European soil, dozens more with signs of disease being closely watched.

Flash floods swamp Italian port of Genoa; one feared dead

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 05:31

Flash floods hit Genoa on October 9 after torrential rains. Early reports said at least one person had died. This video, from Genoa resident Gabriele Carretta‎, shows flooding near the city’s Piazza Caricamento. Credit: YouTube/Benedetto Arlia

UN fears massacre in Kobani, urges Turkey to intervene

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 05:29

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - A U.N. envoy called on Turkey on Friday to help prevent a slaughter in the Syrian border town of Kobani at the hands of Islamic State fighters, saying he feared a repeat of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre when thousands died. Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations' envoy to Syria, appealed to Ankara to let "volunteers" cross the frontier so that they can reinforce Kurdish militias defending the town that lies within sight of Turkish territory. ...

From 'Maleficent' to honorary dame: Queen honors Jolie

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 04:55

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has honored campaigning actress Angelina Jolie in a Buckingham Palace ceremony.

Nobel Prize-winner's crusade on child slavery

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 04:52

Understandably overshadowed in the celebration of Malala's win was 2014's other Nobel Peace Prize winner, Kailash Satyarthi, a 60-year-old from New Delhi who has fought for decades to end child slavery. So who is he?

Alaskan gay marriage ban to be debated in federal court

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 03:02
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - A federal judge will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging Alaska's 16-year-old constitutional ban on gay marriage on Friday, following a week of court rulings backing same-sex unions in seven other states. The hearing comes days after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals legalized the unions in Nevada and Idaho, and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld lower court rulings overturning bans in Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana. The rulings have given new momentum to legal battles to allow same-sex-unions. ...

California golf coach sentenced to 27 years for murder plot, abuse

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 02:35
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A San Francisco-area boys' golf coach was sentenced to over 27 years in prison on Thursday on charges of molesting three of his underage students and then plotting to kill his accusers from jail, prosecutors said. Andrew Nisbet, 32, of Livermore was sentenced to 27 years and four months after pleading guilty to seven felony charges including murder solicitation, lewd and lascivious acts on a minor, and possessing child pornography, Alameda County District Attorney spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said. ...

Arkansas Republican, 'Evel Knievel' of Congress, jumps bikes on days off

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 02:32

Yahoo News spends a day at the racetrack with dirtbike rider and Congressman Tim Griffin of Arkansas.

Malala, Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 02:23

The children's rights activists from Pakistan and India are this year's honorees.

Obama to declare Los Angeles-area mountains national monument

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 02:04
By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will declare a swath of the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles as a national monument on Friday, the White House said, following an 11-year effort that got caught up in partisan politics. Along with the designation, the U.S. Forest Service will dedicate $1 million in educational staff, graffiti removal and other long-deferred maintenance work, and non-profit foundations have committed an additional $3.5 million for restoration and stewardship of mountain areas. ...

In the abortion wars, a new ground zero

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 01:41

This summer the Supreme Court declared a "buffer zone" separating protesters from patients at an abortion site to be unconstitutional. In Portland, Maine, as in other cities that once had buffer zone laws and now do not, the players in the ongoing abortion drama are trying to figure out what that means.

Ebola crisis reveals massive disparities at U.S. hospitals

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 01:28

A few days before the Ebola-infected Thomas Eric Duncan arrived in Dallas-Fort Worth Airport to reunite with his fiancee, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a sternly worded alert to the nation’s hospitals.

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. ...