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Murder charge in Oklahoma beheading case

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:27

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man apparently uttered Arabic words during an attack in which he allegedly severed a co-worker's head, and had "some sort of infatuation with beheadings," but the killing appeared to have more to do with the man's suspension from his job than his recent conversion to Islam, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Satellite photos show world's fourth-largest lake disappearing

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:26
The Aral Sea, once the fourth-largest lake in the world, is nearly gone, images released by NASA this week show.

25 killed in Baghdad car bomb, mortar attacks

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:25

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 25 people were killed in car bomb and mortar attacks in mainly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, Iraqi police and medical sources said. Two car bombs exploded in busy streets in the al-Horreyya district, killing 20 people and wounding 35, the sources said. There was also a mortar attack in the Sab al-Bour neighborhood of northern Baghdad that killed five people and wounded 15. (Reporting by Kareem Raheem and Ahmed Rasheed; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

No more 'paper or plastic': California becomes 1st state to ban plastic bags

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:23

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways. A national coalition ...

U.K. launches first airstrikes on IS in Iraq

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 09:24

British tornado jets destroyed IS heavy weapons post, machine gun-mounted vehicle: report.

Hong Kong protesters won't stop rallies

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:44

Numbers swell for a third night before national holiday expected to put campaign for free elections into overdrive.

1 student injured, 2nd in custody at N.C. high school

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:34

A shooting at a North Carolina high school early Tuesday left one male student wounded and another in custody, officials say.

Police officer kills man through car door in his driveway

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:34

Ernest Satterwhite was a laid-back former mechanic with a habit of ignoring police officers who tried to pull him over — an act of defiance that ultimately got him killed.

Tsarnaev sister appears in court for alleged bomb threat

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:19

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sister's latest brush with the law puts a family caught up in the mystery over the 2013 attacks back in the spotlight.

Man recognized before White House fence jump

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:13

Secret Service director says at least two of her officers recalled man from prior incident, but didn't raise an alarm.

U.S. lawmakers scold Secret Service over White House breach

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:15
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers scolded the head of the U.S. Secret Service on Tuesday over a security breach that allowed a knife-wielding intruder to run deep into the White House, and Director Julia Pierson promised to make changes to agency procedures to ensure it would never happen again. "This is unacceptable and I take full responsibility," Pierson told a U.S House of Representatives committee investigating the Sept. 19 incident in which an intruder jumped the fence, burst through the front door and ran into the East Room of the White House. ...

Mitt Romney on 2016: 'We’ll see what happens'

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 05:34

After months of insisting he was not interested in running for president again, the 2012 Republican nominee now says he's keeping the door open for another run.

One person in custody after shooting at North Carolina high school

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:53
WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - One person was in custody after a shooting on Tuesday at a high school in Albemarle, North Carolina, according to police and local media reports. One person had been shot at Albemarle High School, and the school was on lockdown, NBC's Charlotte affiliate WCNC reported. A woman who answered the phone at the police department confirmed someone was in custody but had no other immediate details. Albemarle is about 40 miles northeast of Charlotte. (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins)

NFL player gets penalized after kneeling in Muslim prayer

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 02:23

Husain Abdullah of the Chiefs was flagged 15 yards after kneeling in the end zone in Muslim prayer after scoring a touchdown off an interception of Tom Brady.

Hong Kong leader says Beijing won't back down

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 01:55

Pro-democracy protesters set an Oct. 1 deadline for the government to meet their demands.

Secret Service head faces questions on WH breach

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 23:05

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson is scheduled to answer lawmakers' questions about an embarrassing White House security breach.

New tremors raise concern at Japan's Mount Ontake

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 21:43

KISO, Japan (AP) — Increased seismic activity raised concern Tuesday about the possibility of another eruption at a Japanese volcano where 36 people were killed, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still near the summit.

New York mayor de Blasio plans expansion of living wage: NYT

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 20:59

(Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to expand the city's living wage measure to include thousands of additional workers, as well as increase the amount workers are paid under the law, the New York Times reported on Monday. De Blasio will sign an executive order on Tuesday to make the change, which his administration estimated could extend coverage to 18,000 workers over the next five years, the newspaper said on its website. The living wage would go to $11.50 an hour from $10. ...

Texas hospital puts possible Ebola patient in isolation

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:59
(Reuters) - A Texas hospital said on Monday it has admitted a patient into "strict isolation" to be evaluated for possible infection with the Ebola virus, as health officials battle an epidemic in West Africa that has already killed thousands of people. In a brief statement, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas cited the unnamed patient's symptoms and recent travel history as reasons for the isolation. ...

White House intruder got far past front door

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:03

New disclosures by the Secret Service came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the agency's director.