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Bodies believed to be Miss Honduras, sister found

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:46

Two bodies have been found buried near the spa where they disappeared six days ago.


St. Louis area remains on edge ahead of grand jury report

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:26

By Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - A St. Louis suburb that faced weeks of sometimes violent protests following August's fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman remained on edge on Wednesday as it waited to learn if the officer would face charges. A grand jury has been meeting for nearly three months, considering whether to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, an incident that laid bare long-simmering racial tensions in the mostly black city. ...


Putin backs deeper ties with Kim Jong Un

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:22

The Russian president wants to strengthen his nation's relationship with North Korea.


Celeb-filled, stirring ad confronts world leaders' slow response to Ebola crisis in West Africa

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:00

A new PSA featuring top stars does not feature their acting abilities.


New York health officials test person's remains for Ebola

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:45

(Reuters) - New York City health officials said they will test the remains of a person who died of an apparent heart attack on Tuesday for Ebola as the person had recently come to the United States from West Africa. The person, who was not identified, had been in one of the countries hardest hit by the outbreak just 18 days earlier, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement. "Before death, this individual showed no symptoms of Ebola. ...


Heritage Action CEO: Repeal 'all of Obamacare'

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 00:15

A year after relations with GOP congressional leadership hit a low point, Yahoo News talks with the group's CEO about how it will navigate the new Republican majority.


Could Obama cut Keystone deal? Don’t rule it out

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 23:27

The president might be open to using the pipeline as leverage with Republicans.


Big snowstorm hits New York; rest of US feels cold

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 22:57

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A ferocious storm dumped massive piles of snow on parts of upstate New York, trapping residents in their homes and stranding motorists on roadways, as temperatures in all 50 states fell to freezing or below.


Missouri executes man who killed gas station attendant

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 22:11
By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Missouri executed early on Wednesday a Kansas City man convicted of killing a gas station attendant in front of the attendant's stepdaughter during a robbery 20 years ago. Leon Taylor, 56, was pronounced dead at 12:22 a.m. local time on Wednesday at a Missouri state prison following a lethal injection, Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Mike O'Connell said in a statement. Taylor shot Newton in the head as Newton's 8-year-old stepdaughter watched. She testified that Taylor had tried to shoot her as well but the gun jammed. ...

Missouri executes Leon Taylor for 1994 killing

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 22:03

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A man who killed a suburban Kansas City gas station attendant in front of the worker's young stepdaughter in 1994 was put to death early Wednesday — the ninth execution in Missouri this year.


All 50 U.S. states feeling freezing temperatures

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:59

By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Temperatures in all 50 U.S. states dipped to freezing or below on Tuesday as an unseasonably cold blast of weather moved across the country, while heavy snow prompted a state of emergency in western New York. In the U.S. South, states were bracing for a record chill from the Arctic-born cold that swept the Rocky Mountains last week. Every U.S. state, including Hawaii, was bitten by temperatures at the freezing point of 32 degrees F (0 C) or below, the National Weather Service (NWS) said. ...


A third of Fortune 500 firms now cover transgender health care

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:44

A new report highlights dramatic changes in how corporations treat trans employees.


Senate blocks NSA phone records measure

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:25

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's primary proposal to rein in domestic surveillance.


Same-sex marriage now allowed in most populous Kansas county

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 18:08
KANSAS CITY Kan. (Reuters) - The Kansas Supreme Court said on Tuesday the state's most populous county could issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and left it to the federal courts to determine whether a Kansas ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. The court did not address whether same-sex marriage should be allowed in all Kansas counties following a federal judge's ruling on Nov. 4 that clerks in Sedgwick and Douglas counties must issue marriage licenses to gay couples. ...

Source: Obama to ease immigration rules on millions of undocumented

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:05

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is poised to give relief from deportation to millions of undocumented immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens or of permanent legal residents, according to a source familiar with White House deliberations. Obama has promised to lay out the details of an executive order on immigration. The action could come as early as this week. The source, who asked not to be identified, said some details were not yet available on which parents of citizens or permanent residents would be included. ...


Controversy flares at Guantanamo over female guards

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:57

In the recently released "Camp X-Ray," "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart plays a soldier assigned to Guantanamo Bay who ends up befriending one of the detainees. Zach, a US citizen of Jordanian descent, was hired by the Pentagon to serve as a link between the detainees and the men and women who guard them.


Senate Democrats reject bill to build oil pipeline

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 14:27

The Democrat-controlled Senate has defeated a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.


All 50 U.S. states feeling freezing temperatures

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 14:00
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Temperatures in all 50 U.S. states dipped to freezing or below on Tuesday as an unseasonably cold blast of weather moved across the country, meteorologists said. Some communities in the Northeast declared emergencies because of heavy snow, while Southern states braced for a record chill from the Arctic-born cold that swept the Rocky Mountains last week. Every U.S. state, including Hawaii, was bitten by temperatures at the freezing point of 32 degrees F (0 C) or below, the National Weather Service said. ...

Hong Kong protesters break into government building as tensions flare again

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:49

By James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - A small group of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters broke into the city's legislature via a side door early on Wednesday, and police stopped others forcing their way in as tensions in the Chinese-controlled city escalated following a period of calm. The flare-up came just hours after court bailiffs managed to clear part of a protest camp in the heart of the city that has been occupied by pro-democracy demonstrators for nearly two months, while leaving most of the main protest site intact. ...


Obama will not change policy against paying ransom for hostages

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:59

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, who has ordered a comprehensive review of U.S. policy governing efforts to free American hostages, still opposes the payment of ransoms, the White House said on Tuesday. Obama ordered the review last summer in light of the increasing number of U.S. citizens taken hostage by the Islamic State and other militant groups. In recent months Islamic State militants have beheaded three Americans. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that Obama felt a review was warranted by the increased number of kidnappings of Americans. ...


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