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Italy says 265 rescued from ferry, more than 200 still stranded

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 21:26

ROME (Reuters) - Rescue teams working through the night have pulled 265 people off a stricken car ferry which caught fire off the coast of Greece but more than 200 are stranded on board, the Italian navy said on Monday. Helicopter crews have been slowly airlifting passengers from the upper deck of the Norman Atlantic, which caught fire in the early hours of Sunday and began drifting in rough seas between Greece and Italy. A medical team and a flight operator are on the vessel to assist the 213 passengers and crew who remain aboard as the rescue continues, the navy said. ...


Tensions with New York City police go beyond racial issues: commissioner

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 19:00

By Frank McGurty NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tensions between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police are rooted in issues that go beyond racial relations, the police commissioner said on Sunday, a day after the funeral of one of the two officers slain a week ago in their patrol car. The tensions "involve labor contracts. They involve a lot of history in the city that's really different from some of what's going on in the country as a whole," Bill Bratton said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "You need to understand this isn't just about policing," he said. ...


Sony: PlayStation back online after 3-day outage

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 17:15

Sony says its PlayStation Network is back online after three days of disruptions that began on Christmas.


Search resumes for missing AirAsia jet

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 16:42

The plane carrying 162 people disappeared over stormy waters en route to Singapore.


Woman plans guilty plea in triple Texas murders: prosecutor

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 15:13

By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - A woman charged with helping her husband kill a Texas district attorney, his wife and an assistant district attorney has reached a tentative agreement to plead guilty to murder, the special prosecutor in the case said on Sunday. Kim Williams is charged with three counts of capital murder in the 2013 shooting deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia McLelland, and Mark Hasse, an assistant district attorney. A jury earlier this month convicted her husband, Eric Williams, of killing Cynthia McLelland and sentenced him to death. ...


Ferguson police spokesman suspended after 'pile of trash' remark

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 13:51
(Reuters) - The spokesman for the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, has been suspended without pay after admitting he referred to a roadside memorial to an unarmed teenager killed by police as a "pile of trash," the city announced over the weekend. After insisting he had been misquoted, Officer Timothy Zoll later admitted he made the remark to a Washington Post reporter who called him on Friday about reports that a motorist had driven over the flowers and signs left in tribute to 18-year-old Michael Brown. ...

Tensions with New York City police go beyond racial issues: commissioner

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 11:28

By Frank McGurty NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tensions between New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police are rooted in issues that go beyond racial relations, the police commissioner said on Sunday, a day after the funeral of one of two officers slain a week ago as they sat in their patrol car. The tensions "involve labor contracts. They involve a lot of history in the city that's really different from some of what's going on in the country as a whole,” Commissioner Bill Bratton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press." "You need to understand this isn't just about policing,” he said. ...


NYPD chief says rift between police and mayor 'will go on for a while'

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 07:58

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton says the rift between the NYPD and Mayor Bill de Blasio will continue for the foreseeable future.


1 dead, hundreds stranded in Greek ferry disaster

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 07:46

An Italian Coast Guard official says one person died while attempting to escape from a blazing ferry stranded in the Adriatic Sea, and another was injured.


Ferguson officer placed on unpaid leave after calling Brown memorial 'trash'

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 06:48

The spokesman for the Ferguson, Mo., police department has been placed on unpaid leave after calling the makeshift memorial to slain teenager Michael Brown a "pile of trash in the middle of the street."


Elder-care challenges prompt tech executives to create startups, apps

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 04:09
By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - For years, Google Inc's commerce chief, Stephanie Tilenius, held a demanding job and helped oversee the medical care of her parents, an experience that led her to leave the Internet search giant in 2012 and start a company to help patients combat chronic disease.  Earlier this year, Tilenius' company launched Vida, a mobile app that lets patients consult with a team of professionals, including doctors, nurses and nutritionists, from their smartphone. The program costs $15 a week and includes reminders to take medication. ...

Hundreds trapped as ferry burns in heavy seas off Greece

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 02:23

By Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - Hundreds of passengers were trapped on a burning car ferry off Greece on Sunday, pleading to be rescued by a flotilla of nearby ships that battled storm conditions in open water to try to reach them. The Greek coastguard said 150 people had been saved from the Italian-registered Norman Atlantic, which was carrying almost 500 passengers and crew when it sent a distress signal after fire broke out on its lower deck. ...


U.S. commander lauds progress as NATO ends its Afghan war

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 02:09

Gen. John Campbell hailed the achievements of 13 years of fighting against the Taliban.


Amid tension, more than 20,000 attend NYPD funeral

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 21:50

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of police officers, state troopers, sheriff's deputies and others from law enforcement agencies big and small across the country gathered at the New York City funeral of a slain officer killed with his partner in a brazen daytime ambush a week ago.


Photo: AirAsia Flight QZ8501 disappears

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 21:35
Weeping relatives await news of the Air Asia missing plane at Juanda Airport, Surabaya, Indonesia, December 28, 2014. (EPA/FULLY HANDOKO)

Teen charged with arson in Missouri protest

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 19:36
(Reuters) - A teen was charged Saturday with arson after police say he confessed to setting a convenience store on fire during anti-police violence protests in a St. Louis suburb last week, according to officials and media reports. Joshua Williams, 19, was in the St. Louis County Jail on Saturday in lieu of $30,000 bond on a felony charge of arson, second degree burglary and misdemeanor theft of property and services, according to a jail official. Police say Williams, who has been quoted by the media at protests and rallies after the August shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. ...

Michael Sam: Coming out was right thing to do

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 19:30

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Sam dismissed the thought that his sexuality has cost him a spot in the NFL.


Former President Bush, 90, to spend weekend in Houston hospital

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 15:04

(Reuters) - Doctors in Houston will keep former U.S. President George H.W. Bush in the hospital through the weekend since his bout with shortness of breath, though doctors "have begun discussing dates for his discharge," his office said Saturday. Bush, 90, was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital on Tuesday night and admitted for observation after experiencing breathing difficulties earlier that evening, according to his spokesman, Jim McGrath. There has been no word on whether the nation's 41st president is suffering from any particular ailment. ...


Yes-We-Can president faces twilight of maybes

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 12:24

It was supposed to be a joke. "Are you still president?" comedian Stephen Colbert asked Barack Obama earlier this month.


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