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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.

Man at New York psychiatric hospital killed by fellow patient, police say

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 10:57
(Reuters) - A patient at a psychiatric hospital in New York City has been charged with killing a fellow patient at the state-run facility, police said on Saturday. Police responded late Friday to an emergency call from the Bronx Psychiatric Center, in the Bronx borough, where they found a 51-year-old man unconscious and unresponsive with abrasions to his neck, the New York City Police Department said. Emergency medical officials pronounced the victim, identified as Leon Little, dead at the scene. ...

Two snowmobilers die, one rescued after plunging into Montana lake

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 09:37
(Reuters) - Two men died and a third was rescued from a Montana lake when their snowmobiles plunged into the ice-covered body of water as they attempted to cross to the other side, local officials said Saturday. A group of five male snowmobilers were traversing a frozen patch of Seeley Lake, in western Montana, on Friday evening, but only two of them made it across, the Missoula County Sheriff's Office said. One man was "was saved by a friend in his group that belly-crawled on ice to recover him from the water," the sheriff's office said. ...

School bans 'I Can't Breathe' T-shirts at tournament

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 09:03

A high school basketball tournament on the Northern California coast has become the latest flashpoint in the ongoing protests over police killings of unarmed black men after a school was disinvited because of concerns its players would wear T-shirts printed with the words "I Can't Breathe" during warmups.

Syria 'ready to participate' in Moscow peace talks

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 08:21

DAMASCUS (AP) — Syrian state-run TV said Saturday that the government is prepared to take part in peace talks hosted by Russia next month, but the unnamed foreign ministry official it cited suggested the scope of the negotiations would be limited to "preliminary" talks meant to pave the way for a conference in Syria itself.

Five people stabbed in Washington restaurant

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 07:25
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Five people were stabbed early on Saturday in a restaurant in Washington, D.C., police said. The incident occurred around 12:30 a.m. at McFadden's, a popular restaurant and nightclub on Pennsylvania Avenue, eight blocks from the White House in the nation's capital. All five victims were taken to hospital with knife wounds, a police spokesman said Saturday. Their identities have not been released. Police said the stabbing happened inside the bar. Photos posted on Twitter Saturday show a blood-splattered sidewalk. Calls to McFadden's requesting comment were not returned. ...

Death penalty states unmoved by botched execution

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 07:09

Oklahoma's last execution went so badly that the state tried to cancel it before it was over. With the inmate writhing while the lethal drugs seeped into his body, his executioners drew the viewing gallery curtains, concealing what the warden later described as "a bloody mess."

AP-Times Square poll: Most feeling good about 2015

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 23:26

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are closing out 2014 on an optimistic note, according to a new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll. Nearly half predict that 2015 will be a better year for them than 2014 was, while only 1 in 10 think it will be worse. There's room for improvement: Americans give the year gone by a resounding 'meh.'

Mayor, VP Biden to speak at slain NYPD officer's funeral

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 21:14

Thousands of people are expected to attend the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos.