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Small plane crashes into Chicago house

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 02:34
(Reuters) - A small plane crashed into a house on the south side of Chicago early on Tuesday but the home's occupants were not hurt, police said. It was not immediately clear whether the pilot of the aircraft had survived, said police spokesman Ron Gaines. The pilot of the Aero Commander 500 cargo plane departed from Chicago Midway International Airport and shortly after, asked to return due to engine troubles, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory in a statement. The plane crashed about a quarter mile (0.4 km) from the runway around 2:40 a.m., Cory said. ...

Ferguson, Missouri corrections officer accused of sex with inmate, rape

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 02:07
(Reuters) - A corrections officer with the embattled city of Ferguson, Missouri, faces felony charges of having sex with an inmate and allowing her escape, and a civil lawsuit that alleges rape, court records show. The officer's attorney, Scott Rosenblum, could not be immediately reached for comment. USA Today cited Rosenblum as saying Hayden planned to plead not guilty at his arraignment. The news comes as residents of Ferguson, which has seen weeks of sometimes violent protests following the Aug. ...

Japan's Abe puts off tax hike, calls snap poll

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 02:05

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election for December and put off a sales tax hike planned for next year, vowing Tuesday to step down if his strategy to revive the ailing economy falls flat.


Silicon Valley's rise as a financial political force, in charts and graphics

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:01

Crowdpac compiled data on which counties have given the most money to politics and created this animated graphic.


Navy secretary racks up $4.7 million in travel

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 23:33

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy secretary has spent more than a full year of his five-year tenure on overseas travel, racking up more than 930,000 miles on trips that cost the taxpayer more than $4.7 million.


4 Israelis killed in synagogue attack

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 23:31

Police say two Palestinians attacked worshippers in Jerusalem with knives, axes and guns.


Supporters of oil pipeline scramble for last vote

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 22:37

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the clock ticking, supporters of a Senate bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline are still scrambling to find the last vote.


National Guard prepares for more Ferguson unrest

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 21:24

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — As a grand jury weighs possible criminal charges against the white police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, Missouri's governor has again activated the National Guard in an effort to avoid more unrest in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.


U.S. Senate heads for vote on Keystone XL pipeline

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 21:09

By Timothy Gardner and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Backers of the Keystone XL oil pipeline hope a vote in the U.S. Senate late on Tuesday will send a bill to the desk of President Barack Obama. With the chamber apparently stuck at 59 votes in favor of Keystone XL, Senator Mary Landrieu worked hard on Monday to gather one last vote. Late in the day it seemed the Louisiana Democrat would come up just short, likely hurting her chances of winning a new six-year term in a December run-off election. ...


Toyota to start sales of fuel cell car next month

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 20:14

TOKYO (AP) — There will only be a few hundred, and they won't be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles.


White House reviewing policy toward U.S. hostages held by militants

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 18:13

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has ordered a comprehensive review of U.S. policy governing efforts to free Americans being held by militant groups overseas, the White House said on Monday. In recent months, Islamic State militants have beheaded three Americans, including Peter Kassig, an aid worker and former U.S. Army Ranger, whose death was announced in a video released by the group on Sunday. ...


Missouri governor activates National Guard

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 17:34

Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency ahead of a grand jury decision in the fatal shooing of Michael Brown.


Missouri governor declares state of emergency ahead of ruling on Ferguson shooting

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 16:00

By Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Missouri's governor declared a state of emergency on Monday and authorized the state's National Guard to support police in case of violence after a grand jury decides whether to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager. "Our goal here is to keep the peace and allow folks' voices to be heard," Governor Jay Nixon told reporters on a teleconference. "People need to feel safe and to achieve those goals, we need to be prepared." The order also puts the St. ...


Islamic State beheading videos might now be backfiring

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 14:42

Beyond its barbarity, the latest beheading video from the Islamic State offers hints of an organization in transition and perhaps under duress.


Slowdown at U.S. port of Tacoma threatens Christmas tree shipments to Asia

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 13:41

By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A slowdown at a busy Washington state port amid a labor dispute could mean that thousands of Christmas trees grown in the Pacific Northwest will not be shipped in time to meet holiday demand in Asia, industry officials said on Monday. Some 8 million to 10 million evergreen trees grown in Washington state and Oregon are sold as Christmas trees each year, many destined for markets in Asia, Canada and Mexico, said Bryan Ostlund, executive director of the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association. ...


2 GOP presidents acted unilaterally on immigration

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 11:35

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two presidents have acted unilaterally on immigration — and both were Republican. Ronald Reagan and his successor George H.W. Bush extended amnesty to family members who were not covered by the last major overhaul of immigration law in 1986.


Missouri governor declares state of emergency ahead of grand jury

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 11:31

(Reuters) - Missouri's governor declared a state of emergency on Monday ahead of a pending grand jury decision on whether to file criminal charges against a white police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. Jay Nixon said in an executive order that he was taking the action because "there is the possibility of expanded unrest" regardless of the findings of federal and state investigations, which he said could soon be announced. (Reporting by Peter Cooney in Washington; Editing by Sandra Maler)


Good news for Madoff victims

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:34

Former customers continue to slowly recoup piece of their lost fortunes.


Keystone Senate vote hangs in balance after Obama remarks

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:31

By Timothy Gardner and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. Senate scrambled on Monday to gather votes to pass a bill that authorizes the project to help send Canadian oil to the U.S. Gulf, a task made harder after President Barack Obama made his toughest comments yet on the topic. With her chamber stuck at 59 votes in favor of Keystone XL, Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, worked hard to gather one last vote needed to pass a bill that the House of Representatives approved on Friday. The Senate is expected to vote as early as 6:15 ...


Kerry: US 'not intimidated' by Islamic militants

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 09:19

Sec. of State Kerry issued a warning to Islamic State militants after Peter Kassig's murder.


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