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Officials erred in reporting voter spike in Missouri suburb where teen was shot

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:56

(Reuters) - A reported spike in voter registration numbers in Ferguson, Missouri, since the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer was the result of an error by election officers, state officials said on Wednesday. The St. Louis County Board of Elections reported earlier this month that nearly 3,300 Ferguson residents had registered to vote between Aug. 9 and Sept. 30, in time for the Nov. 4 election. But election commissioners ran the wrong report, said Laura Swinford, spokeswoman for the Missouri Secretary of State's Office. ...

Pennsylvania police say sniper's journal shows 'true evil exists'

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:53

By Joe McDonald BLOOMING GROVE Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania police have found a journal describing in chilling detail the ambush that killed a state trooper and wounded another nearly four weeks ago at a barracks in the Poconos Mountains, officials said on Wednesday. The journal was found about two weeks ago, along with two pipe bombs resembling hand grenades that police say survivalist Eric Frein left at a campsite in the deep woods, possibly as search teams were closing in on him during the manhunt. Police declined to say on Wednesday why they had waited to disclose the find. ...

U.S. warns air strikes alone cannot save Kobane from IS

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:01

Washington (AFP) - President Barack Obama conferred with commanders Wednesday on the "difficult" fight against Islamic State jihadists as the US military warned air power alone could not prevent the group from seizing a key Syrian border town.

U.S. beefs up Ebola airport screenings

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 13:22

New measures will be put in place in New York City, Newark, Chicago, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

Report on response to Colorado cinema massacre is broadly positive

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:03

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A report on the emergency response to the 2012 Colorado cinema massacre that was released on Wednesday cited a need for better communication, but in general praised the actions taken during the chaotic scene. The city of Aurora paid nearly $250,000 to TriData Division, a Virginia-based public safety consulting firm, for an "after action" review of the mass shooting, in which 12 moviegoers were killed and dozens more wounded. ...

Trial date set for Adrian Peterson

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:34

Trial date set for Adrian Peterson

First person diagnosed with Ebola in U.S. dies in Texas hospital

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:03

By Lisa Maria Garza and Richard Valdmanis DALLAS (Reuters) - A Liberian man who was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States died in a hospital isolation ward on Wednesday and the government ordered extra screenings at five major airports as part of efforts to stop the virus spreading outside of West Africa. Thomas Eric Duncan, who arrived in the United States in late September from Liberia, had been in critical condition and on a ventilator, the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas giving him an experimental medication to try to keep him alive. ...

Cops mistake teen for burglar, make wrong move

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:55

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Police mistook a black teenager for a burglar and pepper-sprayed him inside the home of his white foster parents, authorities said Wednesday.

U.S. military hits six IS targets near Kobani

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:15

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday reported six airstrikes that helped stop Islamic State militants from taking over the Syrian town of Kobani, but played down the significance of the battle in the long-term U.S. strategy to defeat the Islamist group. The airstrikes destroyed an armored personnel carrier, armed vehicles and artillery belonging to the militant group, which had threatened to overrun the town on the Turkish border, the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement. ...

U.S. orders agents to monitor travelers for Ebola

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:13

The Homeland Security Department has ordered agents at airports and other ports of entry to observe everyone coming into the United States for potential signs of Ebola infection, officials said Wednesday. ...

How to bury an Ebola victim

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:58

Dallas officials now face a situation they haven't before: handling a contagious body.

Muslim woman barred from US pool over clothes

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:53

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado city is promising to revise its swimsuit rules after a Muslim woman was turned away from its recreation center pool for wearing an Islamic dress over a shirt and pants.

NFL owners approve $1.4 billion sale of Buffalo Bills

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:26

NEW YORK (AP) — Admitting it was a dream come true, Terry Pegula and wife Kim were unanimously approved by NFL owners Wednesday as new owners of the Buffalo Bills.

Ebola patient dies at Dallas hospital

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:18

Thomas Eric Duncan was the first person to be diagnosed in the U.S. with the deadly virus.

U.S. justice temporarily blocks Idaho gay marriage ruling

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:03

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy temporarily blocked gay marriages from beginning in Idaho on Wednesday after state officials requested a freeze on Tuesday's federal appeals court ruling striking down Idaho's same-sex marriage ban. The brief order issued by the high court said that gay marriage supporters should file a response to the state's emergency request by 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) on Thursday. The court will then decide whether to issue a more permanent stay. In the meantime, gay marriages in Idaho will not be able to proceed. ...

South Carolina judge to issue marriage license to same-sex couple

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:57
CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - A judge in Charleston, South Carolina, said on Wednesday he would issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple even though the state's ban on gay unions remains in place after actions by the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for them elsewhere. Charleston County Probate Judge Irvin Condon accepted an application for a marriage license from a lesbian couple on Wednesday and said he would issue it after the mandatory 24-hour waiting period. "As a result of the actions of the U.S. ...

Kennedy halts gay marriage in Nevada, Idaho

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:37

The Supreme Court justice has blocked a decision that declared same-sex unions legal.

331 dead: Despite cease-fire, killing persists in Ukraine, U.N. says

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 05:39

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — At least 331 deaths have been reported in eastern Ukraine since last month's cease-fire deal between Russian-backed separatists and government troops, the United Nations said Wednesday.

Cop's $50-good deed for MIch. mom and daughter

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 05:09

EMMETT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan officer who pulled over a vehicle because a 5-year-old girl wasn't secured in a booster seat decided a ticket wouldn't cut it.

Animal lovers rally for Ebola nurse's dog

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 04:00

Thousands plead for the canine's life after a judge orders it be put down.