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Mississippi man charged with murdering two policemen found dead in jail

Sat, 12/12/2015 - 06:03

Marvin Banks, 30, faced two counts of capital murder in the shooting deaths of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, police officers Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25, who were gunned down in during a routine traffic stop on May 9. It was the first killing of a police officer in the city for more than 30 years.

Houston goes to polls to elect new mayor

Sat, 12/12/2015 - 05:37

Voters in Houston, the fourth most-populous U.S. city, went to the polls on Saturday to elect a mayor with Sylvester Turner, a veteran lawmaker seeking to expand economic opportunities, facing Bill King, a businessman pledging to fix city finances. Polls have shown the race to be a dead heat between Turner, a powerful Democrat in the Republican-dominated state legislature, and King, a Republican lawyer and businessman who calls himself "unapologetically moderate". Turner, supported by public sector unions, has backed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) that bans discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, protections not guaranteed under Texas law.

Climate deal unveiled in Paris: A 'historic turning point'

Sat, 12/12/2015 - 03:11

By Richard Valdmanis and Valerie Volcovici PARIS (Reuters) - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius presented a landmark global climate accord on Saturday, a "historic" measure for transforming the world's fossil fuel-driven economy within decades and turn the tide on global warming. At the tail end of the hottest year on record and after four years of fraught U.N. talks often pitting the interests of rich nations against poor, imperiled island states against rising economic powerhouses, Fabius urged officials from nearly 200 nations to support what he hopes will be a final draft. "Our responsibility to history is immense," Fabius told thousands of officials, including President Francois Hollande and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in the main hall of the conference venue on the outskirts of Paris.

Saudi women vote for the first time in landmark election

Sat, 12/12/2015 - 03:03

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Thousands of Saudi women headed to polling stations across the kingdom on Saturday, both as voters and candidates for the first time in a landmark election.

Saudi Prince Alwaleed calls Trump a disgrace

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 23:02

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has called Donald Trump a disgrace to the United States following his call for a ban on Muslims entering the country, and demanded the Republican front-runner withdraw from the U.S. presidential race. Trump triggered an international uproar when he made his comments in response to last week's deadly shootings in California by two Muslims who authorities said were radicalized. "You are a disgrace not only to the GOP but to all America," Prince Alwaleed, the chairman of Kingdom Holding , said on his Twitter account, addressing Trump and referring to the Republican Party.

Global climate accord in Paris may be only hours away

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 22:27

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Negotiators from around the world appear to be closing in on a landmark accord to slow global warming, with a possible final draft to be presented Saturday for a last round of debate at talks outside Paris.

Exclusive: Trump lead among Republicans undiminished in first poll after Muslim comments

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 20:46

By Emily Stephenson and Chris Kahn WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Donald Trump held onto his commanding lead in the Republican race for the White House after his call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States was condemned worldwide, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, the first national survey conducted entirely after the billionaire's remarks. Trump led the pack of candidates seeking the Republican Party's nomination in the 2016 election with 35 percent of support from Republican voters, the opinion poll released on Friday found, the same lead he held before Monday, when he said Muslim immigrants, students and other travelers should be barred from entering the country. Most Republican voters said they were not bothered by his remarks, though many said the comments could still hurt Trump's chances of becoming president.

Key Senate panel chairman opens inquiry into California massacre

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 19:51

In a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson asked her agency to furnish the requested evidence, along with answers to more than a dozen questions he posed about the investigation, by Dec. 24.

Meaning behind Islamic State's Twitter memes

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 17:15

The extremist group shows it is fluent in pop culture with references to "The Lion King" and the honey badger.

Trump aide's tweet, aimed at Cruz, misses. Badly.

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 14:11

A senior adviser to Donald Trump’s campaign discovered the perils of social media when he accidentally posted a very personal image on Twitter in the wee hours of Friday morning.

Republican candidate Ben Carson may consider independent bid

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 10:50

By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson threatened to leave his party and launch an independent White House bid on Friday, accusing Republican Party leaders of trying to manipulate who wins the 2016 nomination. Carson's threat came a day after party operatives said the race is so unpredictable that it could result in a contested convention in July when delegates meet to formally pick their presidential nominee. Carson's concern is that party officials will rally around a candidate of their choice and exclude him.

Probe intensifies in California shooting case as poll shows safety concerns

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 09:56

Investigators searched for motives and evidence in the case of a California couple who killed 14 people at a holiday Christmas party, while a poll released on Friday showed Americans are losing faith in the U.S. government's ability to protect them from militant attacks. A Gallup poll of 1,013 adults conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday showed 55 percent of respondents had a "fair amount" or "great deal" of confidence that authorities could prevent further attacks, a 12-point drop from June. Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 29, committed what the Federal Bureau of Investigation has called an act of terror when they opened fire on the party in San Bernardino on Dec. 2.

U.S. confidence in protection from attack lowest in over a decade

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 09:15

By Frank McGurty NEW YORK (Reuters) - Confidence in the U.S. government to protect its citizens from militant attacks has fallen to its lowest in more than a decade after a pair of suspected militant Islamists gunned down 14 people at a holiday party in California, a poll released on Friday found. Only 55 percent of respondents said they had "a fair amount" or "a great deal" of confidence that authorities could protect the country from further attacks, according to data collected by Gallup on Dec. 8-9, just days after the San Bernardino massacre.

NY judge shuts down daily fantasy sports in state; companies to appeal

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 07:25

By Michael Erman and Suzanne Barlyn NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York judge on Friday ruled that the leading daily fantasy sports companies FanDuel and DraftKings must cease operating in the state, in what could be a crippling blow to the fast-growing, multibillion-dollar industry. New York Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez granted an injunction sought by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman after hearing arguments last month over whether daily fantasy sports games amounted to illegal games of chance or lawful ones involving skill.

Chicago religious leaders urge vote of no confidence for mayor

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 06:27

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel faces increased pressure to resign, as local black religious leaders called early Friday for a "vote of no confidence" against him for the 2014 police shooting of a 17-year-old black teenager. Several religious leaders, who demanded greater transparency with incidents involving the police, said they plan to collect petition signatures to help force the mayor's ouster.

Dow and DuPont to merge in deal to create $130 billion chemical giant

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 04:35

Chemical giants DuPont and Dow Chemical Co agreed to merge in an all-stock deal valuing the combined company at $130 billion in a win for activist investors that could spark further consolidation in the farm chemicals industry. The deal to combine two of the biggest and oldest U.S. chemical producers is a prelude to an eventual split-up of the combined company into three discrete businesses, Dow and DuPont said on Friday. Excluding preferred shares, existing shareholders of Dow and DuPont will each own about 50 percent of the combined company, to be called DowDuPont.

Defense back to argue case in Baltimore policeman's trial

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 02:24

Lawyers for a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of a detainee resume their case on Friday after a witness said the officer acted reasonably in failing to call for medical aid for the man. Gray, 25, was arrested after he fled from officers and was put into a transport van while shackled and handcuffed. Gray told Porter at a van stop that he needed medical aid and Porter lifted him onto a van bench.