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New flood warning for Texas, where storms have killed 16

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 05:34

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The National Weather Service issued a new flash flood watch on Thursday for large parts of Texas, where severe weather this week has left at least 16 people dead, damaged thousands of structures and flooded cities such as Houston and Austin. The warning stretches from south of San Antonio to Dallas, through Oklahoma, where severe weather this week killed an additional six people, and into Kansas. In Texas, the latest victim of the deadly storms that brought flooding on Monday was a boy whose body was recovered near the central city of San Marcos, Hays County officials said.

Putin accuses US of meddling into FIFA affairs

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 04:48

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of meddling in FIFA's affairs and hinted that it was part of an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country.

U.S. training of Syria rebel fighters expands to Turkey: source

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 03:56
By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military has started training Syrian opposition fighters in Turkey to combat Islamic State, an expected expansion of a program that first launched in Jordan weeks ago, a U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not offer details on the size of the first group of recruits undergoing training in Turkey or the specific start date. The Pentagon declined to comment.

Matt Bai: Hillary Clinton's not like the rest of us? Good!

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 03:05

The “out of touch” mantra has been a perennial line of attack in our campaigns for several decades, at least.

FIFA indictment: How one bribe led to the next

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 00:05

The 164 pages are filled with the seedy inner workings of how soccer's power brokers exploited their positions.

Swollen rivers cause Texas cities to worry about flooding

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 22:23

While the deadly thunderstorms have tapered off, several cities aren't out of danger.

Hundreds evacuated in Texas after storms leave at least 15 dead

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 18:41

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Hundreds of people were ordered to evacuate flood-threatened areas of Texas on Wednesday as torrential rains battered the state, where at least 15 people have been killed in weather-related incidents this week, including six in Houston. People were told to stay away from more than 200 homes in Parker County where the Brazos River was poised to overflow its banks about 30 miles (50 km) west of Fort Worth on Wednesday night, county officials said. "The river is coming up fast and flowing at dangerous volumes," Parker County Judge Mark Riley told a news conference, adding shelters were available.

U.S. military mistakenly ships live anthrax to labs in nine states

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 17:06
By Phil Stewart and Sharon Begley WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. military mistakenly sent live anthrax bacteria to laboratories in nine U.S. states and a U.S. air base in South Korea, after apparently failing to properly inactivate the bacteria last year, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. The Pentagon said there was no known suspected infection or risk to the public. The four face "minimal" risk, said Jason McDonald, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has begun an investigation of the incident.

Russia ‘reset’ architect to next president: Don’t try that again

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 15:04

Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, a key architect of President Barack Obama’s attempt to “reset” relations with Moscow...

Colorado cinema gunman's writings show murder plans, musings

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 14:51

By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo., (Reuters) - A journal that Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes wrote before he opened fire inside a packed theater contains his plans to commit a mass killing, interspersed with personal musings and philosophical questions, a document showed on Wednesday. The writings were introduced by prosecutors in the murder trial of the 27-year-old California native and former neuroscience graduate student who is charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to fatally shooting 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in a suburban Denver theater during a screening of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises.” Holmes, who could face the death penalty over the July 2012 rampage, mailed a spiral notebook containing the writings to his psychiatrist a day before he launched his attack on the theater.

U.S. IRS tax data hack traced to Russia: CNN

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 13:27

By Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Internal Revenue Service believes the theft of about 100,000 taxpayers' personal data from its computer system originated in Russia, CNN reported on Wednesday. The tax agency's criminal unit is leading an investigation into the cyber attack, in which criminals stole information through an online IRS application over the course of four months, and the Treasury Department's inspector general and the Department of Homeland Security are also looking into the breach, CNN said. On Wednesday, the IRS had no immediate comment to the CNN report.

U.S. military mistakenly transfers live anthrax to laboratory

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:43
The U.S. military mistakenly sent at least one live anthrax sample to a private laboratory in Maryland and possibly sent others to eight other states, a U.S. defense official said on Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity. The Pentagon confirmed an investigation into the incident was underway and said there was no public health risk.

Yahoo must face email spying class action: U.S. judge

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 08:03

A U.S. judge ordered Yahoo Inc to face a nationwide class-action lawsuit accusing it of illegally intercepting the content of emails sent to Yahoo Mail subscribers from non-Yahoo Mail accounts, and using the information to boost advertising revenue. In a decision late Tuesday night, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California said people who sent emails to or received emails from Yahoo Mail subscribers since Oct. 2, 2011 may sue as a group under the federal Stored Communications Act for alleged privacy violations. Holders of non-Yahoo Mail accounts accused Yahoo of copying and then analyzing their emails, including keywords and attachments, with a goal of creating "targeted advertising" for its subscribers, in addition to detecting spam and malware.

Rick Santorum launching second White House run

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 07:21

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Santorum, an aggressive advocate for conservative family values, will launch a second bid for president on Wednesday, a spokesman said.

The Rick Santorum record: The original Ted Cruz, but with George W. Bush baggage

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 03:03

The former senator is expected to jump into a 2016 Republican field crowded with candidates just like him — socially conservative current and former U.S. senators.

FIFA officials arrested in U.S., Swiss corruption cases

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 01:33

Swiss police arrested some of the most powerful figures in global soccer.

Appeals court rules with states challenging Obama's immigration action

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 01:13

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation was dealt another setback on Tuesday when a U.S. appeals court refused to lift a block put in place by 26 states that argued Obama overstepped his authority. By a 2-1 vote that could pave the way to a Supreme Court ruling, the judges from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that Obama's executive action should remain on hold pending further judicial proceedings. The decision further delays Obama's immigration order, which was first blocked by a Brownsville, Texas lower court judge in February.

Swiss police detain FIFA officials on corruption charges

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 23:58

Six top soccer officials were arrested and detained pending extradition to the U.S.

Floodwaters deepen in Houston after city gets more rain

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 23:38

HOUSTON (AP) — Floodwaters deepened across much of Texas on Tuesday as storms dumped almost another foot (30 centimeters) of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists and inundating the famously congested highways that serve the fourth-largest U.S. city.

Bernie-mania! Sanders launches 2016 campaign

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 18:03

The 73-year-old former Burlington mayor and independent senator is beloved here by Vermonters who have adopted his bluntness, Brooklyn accent and stubbornly progressive views as their own.