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Hawaii's Big Island watches lava slowly reshape community

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 05:40

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess, moves gradually and persistently as she deposits lava across the Big Island of Hawaii. People in the small town lying in its path say the lava will reshape the community yard by yard as it slides toward the ocean.

Is Gov. Chris Christie's brash style presidential or bullying?

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 05:32

The "sit down and shut up" approach plays well in New Jersey, but it could be seen as phony bluster in some states.

Judge to rule on whether Stockton, California can exit bankruptcy

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 05:08

By Robin Respaut SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A judge in Sacramento is set to decide on Thursday if the California city of Stockton can exit bankruptcy. If not, the city may need to cut its pension obligations, a controversial issue that has captured the attention of the $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal bond market. A haircut to California Public Employees' Retirement System, or Calpers, pensions would be unprecedented in municipal bankruptcy. And both Stockton and Calpers have adamantly opposed the idea. But U.S. ...

150 found in Iraq mass grave

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 05:01

Militants from Islamic State said to have rounded up Sunni men from villages and executed them Wednesday.

Apple's chief exec Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 04:29

By Anya George Tharakan (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook publicly came out as gay in an article he wrote in Bloomberg Businessweek, saying he wanted to support others who find it difficult to reveal their sexual orientation. "So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," Cook said in the article. "I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others," he said. Cook is at least the third CEO of a publicly listed U.S. company to come out of the closet. ...

'I'm proud to be gay,' says Apple CEO Tim Cook

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 03:40

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday made a surprising announcement in an opinion piece on Bloomberg Businessweek, which is very much in line with his many public notes in the recent past about diversity at the workplace. “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Cook said  in the essay. FROM EARLIER: Tim Cook offers a heartfelt tribute to Steve Jobs on the 3rd anniversary of his passing The executive admitted that he never hid his sexual orientation while working at Apple, even though he had not publicly declared it until now. “For

China fears Hong Kong protests now national security issue

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 03:39

Month-old pro-democracy demonstrations a threat to China's rule; time for neutrality is over, political operative says.

Russia's $25 billion plan for North Korea

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 03:03

Russia is eyeing a 'mammoth' and lucrative project for the hermit state.

School projects onboard exploded Virginia rocket destroyed

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 00:39
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Over a dozen school projects were onboard the U.S. supply rocket that exploded shortly after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad, but a group of California students will have another shot at getting their project - containing live worms - into space. The project, developed by students at the Urban Promise Academy middle school in Oakland, would have sent the worms to the International Space Station to study the effects of space on composting, Oakland School District spokesman Troy Flint said on Wednesday. ...

On Politics: Obama, Christie and Ebola

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 00:34
Somehow, Chris Christie has again managed to make himself the most talked-about Republican in the country on the eve of an election in which he isn't on the ballot.

Showdown imminent over nurse's quarantine in Maine

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 22:05

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — State police plan to monitor the movements and interactions of a nurse who vowed to defy the state's quarantine for health care workers who treat Ebola patients, but troopers cannot take her into custody without a judge's permission.

U.S. governor races could determine swing states' fiscal health

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:35
By Megan Davies NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. voters' readiness to face tough issues such as pension reform rather than simply kick the can further down the road will be put to the test next week as two-thirds of state governor posts go up for election. A handful of the Nov. 4 races such as the dead heat in Illinois, possibly the most fiscally dysfunctional state, shape up as de facto referendums on reform and their results could make municipal bond investors alter their bets. ...

Giants win 3rd World Series title in 5 years

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 20:50

Madison Bumgarner comes out of the bullpen to shut down the Royals in a classic Game 7.

U.S. education department gets tougher on for-profit colleges

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 20:18
(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education will introduce stricter regulations next year in its latest attempt to improve the job prospects of those graduating from for-profit colleges and universities. Under new regulations unveiled on Thursday and effective July 1, for-profit colleges will be at risk of losing federal aid should a typical graduate's annual loan repayments exceed 20 percent of discretionary income or 8 percent of total earnings. This is lower than the current threshold of 30 percent of discretionary income and 12 percent of total earnings. The U.S. ...

Quarantined Ebola nurse goes outside; police watch

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:12

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa vowed on Wednesday to end her voluntary quarantine, even going so far as to step out of her home and shake a reporter's hand, signaling a showdown with state police monitoring her and state officials seeking to legally enforce her confinement.

Five members of Utah family likely died of poisoning: reports

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 18:26
(Reuters) - Police believe two parents and three children found dead inside their Utah home weeks ago likely died of poisoning, local media reported on Wednesday. The five people, including children between the ages of 11 and 14, were found on Sept. 27 at their home in Springville, about 45 miles (72 km) south of Salt Lake City. The bodies of Benjamin and Kristi Strack and their children Benson, Emery and Zion, were each found lying next to a cup of colored fluid, according to the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News, which cited documents filed in court by police. ...

Probe of Virginia rocket blast begins; space station supplied

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:39

By Ian Simpson and Irene Klotz WALLOPS Va./CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what caused an unmanned U.S. supply rocket to explode in a fireball moments after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad, destroying cargo and equipment bound for the International Space Station. The 14-story Antares rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, blasted off from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island at 6:22 p.m. on Tuesday but burst into flames moments later. ...

Lava 100 feet from Hawaii home, nearing main road

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:37

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Rain fell Wednesday on a red-hot river of lava as it threatened to consume its first home on its slow advance into a rural Hawaii town.

Maine nurse fights Ebola quarantine, says will not be bullied

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:16

By Susan Heavey and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saying she will not be bullied by politicians, a Maine nurse is giving the state an ultimatum: Lift her Ebola quarantine by Thursday or she will disregard the restrictions and go to court. The saga of nurse Kaci Hickox illustrates how U.S. states are struggling to protect against the virus without resorting to overzealous and useless precautions or violating civil rights. Hickox, 33, tested negative for Ebola after returning from treating patients in West Africa. ...

Hawaii lava crosses residential property, threatens more homes

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 16:39

By Karin Stanton PAHOA Hawaii (Reuters) - A slow-moving river of molten lava from an erupting volcano crept over residential and farm property on Hawaii's Big Island on Wednesday after incinerating an outbuilding as it threatened dozens of homes at the edge of a former plantation town. The lava flow from the Kilauea volcano has been slogging toward the village of Pahoa for weeks, moving at speeds of 10 to 15 yards (meters) an hour as it bubbled over a cemetery and reached the community's outskirts. ...