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Pentagon 'loses track' of U.S. weapons in Yemen: Report

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 07:03

The ongoing unrest that forced the United States to close its embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, last month has also caused Pentagon officials to admit that they’ve lost track of $500 million in military equipment it donated to the country.

Trump launching presidential exploratory committee

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 05:57

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump announced plans Wednesday to form a presidential exploratory committee.

Authorities probe threats against Caroline Kennedy in Japan: reports

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 05:36

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tokyo police are investigating death threats against U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and another American diplomat, according to media reports. The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo received the threats by telephone last month, with several phone calls made by an English-speaking man, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported Tuesday, citing a Tokyo police official. The threats also targeted the U.S. consul general in Okinawa, Alfred Magleby, according to Yomiuri and other Japanese and U.S. media reports on Wednesday. Reuters could not immediately confirm the reports, and the U.S. Embassy and Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department declined to comment.

At least 8 dead in Tunisia attack

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 05:25

Gunmen opened fire at a leading museum near parliament in the nation's capital.

Boston bombing trial to focus on investigators' findings

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 03:06

By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - The jury in the Boston Marathon bombing trial is expected on Wednesday to hear more technical evidence on the investigation that followed the deadly blasts and the chaotic days afterward. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, is charged with killing three people and injuring 264 with a pair of homemade bombs at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, and with fatally shooting a university police officer three days later. FBI Special Agent Jessica Ulmer on Tuesday testified that agents found blood on a vehicle, a garage door and inside a private home's bathroom near the Watertown, Massachusetts, backyard where Tsarnaev was arrested, suggesting that the defendant picked his way through the sleepy neighborhood while seeking a hiding spot.

Three dead, four hurt in shooting at northern California market

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 23:43
(Reuters) - Three people were killed and four hurt during an apparent drive-by shooting at a corner store in northern California on Tuesday night, police said. One person was killed at the scene and one died at a local hospital, Stockton Police Department spokesman Joe Silva said. A local resident, Heather Payne, told the Stockton newspaper the Record she had put her daughter to sleep when she heard two spurts of gunfire.

San Francisco police shoot dead woman who drove car at officers

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 23:23
Two plainclothes San Francisco police officers shot and killed a woman on Tuesday evening after she drove her car at them, ran into parked cars, and veered onto the sidewalk, police said.

Netanyahu wins Israel election after sharp shift to the right

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 21:41

The prime minister's Likud party scores a dramatic and unexpected victory.

Exclusive: U.S. to roll back 'lost pleasure' approach on health rules

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 21:10

By Sharon Begley and Toni Clarke NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is preparing to roll back a widely criticized approach to public health, in which the "lost pleasure" people might suffer if they quit smoking or chose to eat healthier foods was used to reduce the projected benefits of new regulations, government officials told Reuters. A broad array of public health advocates, lawmakers, and economists criticized the agency's use of the analysis, however, saying it was applied incorrectly and sharply undercut the projected benefits of regulations meant to improve public health. Officials at the FDA and its parent agency, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), have now intervened to curtail such analysis, according to officials involved. HHS Assistant Secretary Richard Frank, a healthcare economist on leave from Harvard Medical School, asked leading researchers to offer "ideas for new ways of analyzing lost consumer surplus in these cases," according to a letter last month to members of Congress, which was reviewed by Reuters.

From rising star to early retirement: What brought down Aaron Schock?

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 20:00

The Illinois GOP congressman resigns amid questions about his lavish spending habits.

Missouri executes brain-damaged man who killed sheriff's deputy

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 19:59

(Reuters) - Missouri on Tuesday executed by lethal injection a man convicted of killing a sheriff's deputy nearly a quarter century after the man had lost part of his brain in a sawmill accident, the state corrections department said. Cecil Clayton, 74, of southwest Missouri, was pronounced dead at 9:21 p.m. CDT after receiving a lethal injection of drugs at a Missouri state prison. He was the second inmate executed in Missouri this year and the 10th in the country. He shot Barry County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Castetter in the head while the officer was in his patrol car.

Letter sent to White House tests tentatively for cyanide

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 19:35

WASHINGTON (AP) — An envelope addressed to the White House has tentatively tested positive for cyanide after two rounds of analysis, the Secret Service said Tuesday. Additional testing will be necessary to confirm the finding.

'Change The Rule' seeks to break stranglehold on presidential debates

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 18:00

The commission that manages presidential debates should drop an arbitrary polling standard for who can take part, a bipartisan group says, arguing that the rule unfairly excludes independent or third-party candidates.

Envelope mailed to White House tests 'presumptive positive' for cyanide

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 17:39
An envelope mailed to the White House tested "presumptive positive" for cyanide and will undergo more testing to confirm the results, the U.S. Secret Service said on Tuesday. The agency charged with protecting the president said the envelope, which was received on Monday at the White House Mail Screening Facility, initially tested negative. Biological testing on Tuesday "returned a presumptive positive for Cyanide," the Secret Service said in a statement, adding the sample was then sent to another facility to confirm the results.

Letter to White House returns presumptive positive for cyanide

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 16:41

The Secret Service was trying to determine Tuesday night whether a letter sent to the White House contained cyanide.

Clinton criticizes House GOP budget plan

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 16:41

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is offering tough words for congressional Republicans, saying a GOP budget plan "fails Americans" on investments in jobs and economic growth, would cut college aid for students and undermine President Barack Obama's health care law.

Satisfaction over prospect of accused U.S. killer Durst facing justice

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 16:06

By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - With accused murderer Robert Durst set to spend at least six days in a Louisiana jail awaiting extradition to California, law enforcement officials and friends of possible victims expressed satisfaction on Tuesday over the prospect of the real estate scion facing justice. Durst, 71, the subject of a six-part HBO documentary series called "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," was picked up by a filmmaker's microphone saying he "killed them all," apparently acknowledging his crimes, in footage that aired on Sunday. He was arrested on Saturday by FBI agents at a New Orleans hotel, where he was staying under an alias and was deemed a risk to flee the country, after Los Angeles County issued a warrant for his arrest in the 2000 killing of longtime friend Susan Berman. Long estranged from his powerful family with its major New York real estate holdings, the eccentric Durst was acquitted in 2003 in the dismemberment and killing of a male neighbor in Texas, and was a suspect in the disappearance of his wife, Kathleen Durst, in 1982.

Ferguson shooting suspect gave false confession: lawyer

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 15:00

The suspect charged with shooting two police officers during a demonstration in Ferguson, Mo., last week is now recanting a confession that he was the gunman, his lawyer told Yahoo News on Tuesday.

California tightens water restrictions amid drought

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 13:31
The California State Water Resources Control Board is meeting to expand regulations for water conservation during the state’s crisis, as citizens look for ways to contribute to the cause.

Former U.S. Air Force mechanic charged with trying to join IS

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:01

A veteran has been arrested by the FBI for allegedly trying to join ISIS, the brutal terrorist group wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq.