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Ebola: U.N. opens headquarters in Ghana

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:26

The U.N. mission to combat Ebola opened its headquarters on Monday in Ghana, where it will coordinate international aid to assist West Africa to combat the accelerating crisis.

Judge recommends 6 officers be fired for N.Y. jail beating

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:20

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York judge is recommending six correction officers at the city's largest jail be fired for the hog-tying and brutal beating of an inmate who was handcuffed in a segregated mental health unit, according to a ruling released on Monday. Robert Hinton was seriously hurt in the April 3, 2012, incident at the Rikers Island jail complex, where he suffered facial injuries and a back fracture, according to the ruling by Administrative Law Judge Tynia Richard. Hinton was resisting being transferred to a new cell when he was beaten, the ruling said. ...

Walmart: Morgan crash injuries were from not wearing seat belt

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:16

Walmart has delivered its answer to actor Tracy Morgan's lawsuit arising from a six-car accident in June.

Man opens fire during Ethiopian Embassy protest in Washington

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 13:59

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire during a protest on the Ethiopian Embassy grounds on Monday, according to a video of the incident, but no injuries were reported. A spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service said it had detained a possible shooter after a report at about 12:15 p.m. EDT that shots were fired near the embassy in northwest Washington, D.C. Witnesses said the gunfire took place inside the embassy compound during a protest against the Horn of Africa nation's government. ...

Fence-jumper ran through White House

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 13:24

Suspect overpowered security officer, made it farther than previously disclosed: report.

Spurred by Ferguson, Chicago families want police shootings reviewed

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 13:00
By Fiona Ortiz HARVEY Ill. (Reuters) - The national uproar over a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager near St. Louis has prodded families and activists in the Chicago area to ask for investigations into what they say are similar incidents in the crime-ridden U.S. city. Since the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, families of victims have held rallies across Chicago, where more than one person a month is shot dead by police. The Ferguson protests started in August when a white police officer shot to death 18-year-old Michael Brown, who witnesses say was trying to surrender. ...

Many youngsters at Miami nightclub during shooting

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:56

At The Spot, customers can typically buy beer, listen to music and eat fried conch or chicken wings. "Teen nights" at the restaurant and lounge had recently been drawing large crowds, and there were scores of young people there about 1 a.m. Sunday when police said a shooting erupted, wounding 15, including an 11-year-old girl.

Grand jury to review 2nd case on Ferguson officer who shot teen

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:54

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A county judge on Monday approved a request by prosecutors to let a grand jury review a 2013 drug case in which an arresting officer was the suburban St. Louis police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown last month.

Argentina held in contempt in debt case

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:45

By Joseph Ax and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Argentina is in contempt of court, a U.S. judge ruled on Monday, the latest step in a years-old case brought by the U.S. hedge funds over defaulted debt. U.S. Judge Thomas Griesa in New York held off on any decision on fines or sanctions against the South American country, which in July fell into its second sovereign default in 12 years and has long been at odds with Griesa's decisions and adopted a law aimed at evading them. ...

5-year-old cancer patient creates inspirational 'commercial' on bravery

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:45
"If you have cancer, don't worry," Hannah Higgins says in the two-minute video. "'Cause I am brave, and you can be brave also."

Drone captures Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:31
A drone operator captured footage of the growing crowd as it swelled beneath the skyscrapers of the city's central business district.

Syria backs global fight against Islamic State

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:27

Syria stands with worldwide effort to combat Islamic State: Foreign Minister al-Moualem.

Twins fire manager Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:16

Not even Ron Gardenhire was beloved enough in Minnesota to keep his job after four straight 90-loss seasons.

NYC police chokehold death goes to grand jury

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:12

A grand jury began hearing evidence Monday to determine whether there will be criminal charges in the chokehold death of an unarmed New York City man whose videotaped confrontation with police sparked outrage, union officials said.

Police: 41 dogs dead in Las Vegas house fire

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:06

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police in North Las Vegas have launched an animal cruelty investigation surrounding a home where firefighters say at least 41 dogs were killed and 52 survived a weekend fire.

James Foley photo removed from anti-Islamic bus ads in New York

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:52

By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - A photo of American journalist James Foley shortly before his beheading by the Islamic state militant group is being removed from anti-Islam advertisements appearing on Monday on 100 New York City buses and two subway stations. In response to a complaint from the Foley family, the advertisement is being altered to include an unidentifiable severed head held by the masked militant seen wielding a knife in the video of Foley's beheading, said David Yerushalmi, lawyer for Pamela Geller, whose group is sponsoring the ads. "The use of Mr. ...

Texas doctor sentenced in poisoning case

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:50

A cancer researcher has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for poisoning her lover.

Israel: Iran poses greater threat than IS

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:30

A nuclear-armed Iran would pose a far greater threat to the world than Islamic State militants who have seized large swaths of Syria and Iraq, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday. "Make no mistake, ISIS (Islamic State) must be defeated," Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly. "But to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war."

New documents show legal basis for NSA surveillance programs

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:29

By Nate Raymond and Aruna Viswanatha NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Documents released by the U.S. government show it views an executive order issued in 1981 as the basis of most of the National Security Agency's surveillance activities, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Monday. The NSA relied on Executive Order 12333 more than it did on two other laws that have been the focus of public debate following the leaks exposing U.S. surveillance programs by former agency contractor Edward Snowden, according to the papers released by the ACLU. ...

Brazil gunman straps hostage with apparent explosives

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:20

An armed man took an employee hostage at a hotel in the Brazilian capital Monday and forced him to don a vest apparently stuffed with explosives, authorities said.