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Air tanker crashes fighting Yosemite National Park wildfire

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 18:59

By Dan Whitcomb and Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An air tanker plane being used to fight a wildfire in Yosemite National Park crashed in flames on Tuesday, but the fate of the pilot was not immediately known, officials for the park and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said in a tweet that the plane went down near the so-called Dog Rock Fire and that the condition of the pilot was "undetermined. ...

Dallas Ebola patient on ventilator and receiving kidney dialysis

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 18:38

By Lisa Maria Garza and Richard Valdmanis DALLAS (Reuters) - The Ebola patient fighting for his life in a Dallas hospital is on a ventilator and a kidney dialysis machine to help stabilize his health, the hospital said on Tuesday. Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the deadly virus on U.S. soil, has also been given the experimental medication brincidofovir. A hospital in Nebraska said it is using the same drug to treat an American journalist who was airlifted from Liberia and arrived Monday. ...

Syria border town 'about to fall,' UN envoy urges action

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 18:35

Jihadists are on the verge of seizing the key town of Kobane, Turkey has warned.

FBI asks public to help identify militant in Islamic State video

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 17:13
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is asking the public to help identify a masked man who speaks in what is believed to be a North American accent in a video that Islamic State militants released last month aimed at Western audiences. In an excerpt of the video released by the FBI, the man, dressed in camouflage and wearing a shoulder holster, speaks in English and Arabic as he stands in front of men he says are Islamic State prisoners. ...

Gay marriage bans fall in Idaho, Nevada after high court decision

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 16:03

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Legal momentum for extending U.S. marriage rights to same-sex couples accelerated on Tuesday as a federal appeals court struck down bans on gay matrimony in Idaho and Nevada a day after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand similar rulings for five other states. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled the bans in Idaho and Nevada violated the constitution and cannot be enforced, adding to a growing list of states where same-sex unions are now legal. ...

Video shows officer using stun gun in traffic stop

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 16:02

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A cellphone video released Tuesday shows police in Indiana breaking a car window then using a stun gun on a man after police stopped the driver for not wearing a seat belt.

Jesse Jackson meets with Ebola patient's family

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 14:45

DALLAS (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson presided over a prayer vigil at the Dallas hospital where the first man diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. is being treated for the deadly disease.

Panhandler's cringeworthy truth exposed

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 11:18

It's pretty hard to get away with scamming the public in a time when everyone has a cell phone with a camera. A woman in Oklahoma City found that out while begging for money on the street. The 78-year-old was holding a sign claiming she needed cash for food. According to Daniel Ayala, he had given her money on a few occasions even when he didn't have enough money to pay for his own lunch. The story could have ended there, but then one day Ayala noticed the woman sitting in the driver's seat of a bright red 2013 Fiat — not exactly what you would expect of a woman who begged for money. He couldn't contain himself and let the woman know how he felt by screaming at her in the parking lot.

Exclusive: Missouri police plan for possible riots if Brown cop not charged

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:09

By Tim Reid FERGUSON MISSOURI (Reuters) - Missouri authorities are drawing up contingency plans and seeking intelligence from U.S. police departments on out-of-state agitators, fearing that fresh riots could erupt if a grand jury does not indict a white officer for killing a black teen. The plans are being thrashed out in meetings being held two to three times a week, according to people who have attended them. The FBI said it was also involved in the discussions. ...

Ebola patient in Nebraska gets same experimental drug as Dallas patient

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:03

By Lisa Maria Garza and Richard Valdmanis DALLAS (Reuters) - A Nebraska hospital is using the same experimental drug to treat an Ebola patient airlifted from West Africa to its facilities this week as is being used on a patient in Dallas, who was the first patient diagnosed with the virus on U.S. soil. The Nebraska Medical Center said on Tuesday it is using Brincidofovir on Ashoka Mukpo, a freelance NBC cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia. The drug was developed by Chimerix Inc CMRX.O, which said it has been tested in more than 1,000 patients without raising safety concerns. ...

Police sued for tasering passenger during traffic stop

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:10

A federal lawsuit filed Monday accuses Indiana police of excessive force after officers smashed a woman's car window with children inside, tasered an unarmed passenger and dragged him out of the vehicle during a routine traffic stop last month.

Update on Chinese quake

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 08:41

BEIJING (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck in China's southwestern province of Yunnan on Tuesday, though initial reports from state media said there were only limited casualties in the sparsely populated, mountainous region. The United States Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was 163 km (100 miles) north-northwest of Yunjinghong and 10 km deep. The official Xinhua news agency said shaking could be felt in the provincial capital of Yunnan, Kunming, as well as several other major cities in the province. ...

More U.S. states push for gay unions in wake of high court decision

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 08:22

By David Adams and Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Legal pressure mounted across the United States on Tuesday for further expansion of marriage rights after the Supreme Court declined to uphold bans in five states, but left intact 20 others. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago issued orders on Tuesday that mean earlier rulings striking down bans in Wisconsin and Indiana can now go into effect. Marriage equality advocates in Florida also planned to ask a federal judge on Tuesday to lift a stay and allow same-sex unions to go ahead in Florida. ...

Al-Qaida-linked rebels abduct priest, 20 Christians in Syria

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:52

Jerusalem (AFP) - Al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadists in Syria have seized a priest and 20 other Christians in the latest abduction by militants in the war-torn country, the Franciscan Order said on Tuesday.

Strong earthquake shakes southwestern China

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:44

BEIJING (AP) — A strong, shallow earthquake shook southwestern China's Yunnan province on Tuesday, sending people fleeing into the streets and causing some damage to buildings, officials and reports said.

Police impersonator confronts the exact wrong person

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:35

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — A 41-year-old Midland, Texas, man got a surprise when he tried to impersonate a police officer and berate a fellow driver. The driver he chastised was a police detective.

Wal-Mart to stop healthcare for some part-timers

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:16

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it would no longer provide health benefits to some part-time workers in the United States due to ballooning healthcare costs. The company said on Monday it would stop health benefits for part-time associates who work less than 30 hours. The move is expected to impact about 2 percent of the company's workforce, the company said in a blog post. Wal-Mart cut its full-year profit forecast in August, citing higher employee benefit costs, among other things. The company said then that it expected to spend $500 million on U.S. ...

Obscure government agencies get military Humvees, guns

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:12

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Doug Wortham used a Defense Department giveaway program for law enforcement to stock his office with an assault rifle, a handgun and a Humvee — even though the people in his custody are in no condition to put up a fight.

Despite some anxiety, retailers foresee holiday uptick coming

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 06:45

Americans are expected to spend at the highest rate in three years during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, according to the nation's largest retail industry trade group. But ...

Britain arrests four men in operation against Islamist militants

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 06:43

LONDON (Reuters) - British anti-terrorism police arrested four men in London on Tuesday as part of an investigation into Islamist-related militancy, the police said in a statement. The four men, all in their early 20s, were taken into custody after raids at properties across the city. Armed police were present at one of the raids, but no shots were fired, police said. "These arrests and searches are part of an ongoing investigation into Islamist related terrorism," the statement said. ...