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U.S. says Iran missile test violated UN resolutions

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 11:29

The United States will seek action at the UN Security Council after concluding that Iran's recent ballistic missile launch was a "clear violation" of UN resolutions, the US ambassador said Friday. Iran announced Sunday it had successfully tested a new domestically produced long-range missile, which it said was the first that could be guided all the way to targets. "After reviewing the available information, we can confirm that Iran launched on October 10 a medium-range ballistic missile inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon," US Ambassador Samantha Power said.

Democrat raps Benghazi panel on Clinton aide questioning

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 10:00

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Turmoil swirled again on Friday around the Republican-controlled Benghazi committee in the U.S. House of Representatives as it began questioning a senior aide to Hillary Clinton. Huma Abedin, a close confidante for years of the Democratic presidential campaign front-runner, in the morning entered a closed-door interview of undetermined duration with the panel. After she went in, Democratic Representative and panel member Elijah Cummings came out and said summoning Abedin raised the question of whether the panel is "a taxpayer funded effort to derail the (presidential) candidacy of Hillary Clinton." He said Abedin, who is the vice-chairwoman of Clinton's campaign, had no responsibilities related to the tragedy the committee was set up to investigate.

United Airlines CEO suffered heart attack: WSJ

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 09:50
The company's board is waiting to hear from doctors and Munoz's family about the heart attack's severity before deciding if an interim leader is necessary, the report said. United confirmed in a statement that Munoz, 56, had been hospitalized on Thursday but did not provide further details about his condition. The Wall Street Journal cited an "informed individual" as saying the heart attack may have been mild and that Munoz could be back at work in two weeks.

New York's jails still plagued by violence, city official says

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 08:16

The number of assaults by inmates on guards in the city's jails rose 46 percent and use-of-force incidents by uniformed personnel increased 27 percent in fiscal year 2015, which ended June 30, compared to the prior year, the report released on Friday by city Comptroller Scott Stringer showed. Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration has made reforming the city's jails a priority in response to widespread allegations of violence at Rikers Island, one of the country's biggest jail complexes, which houses the vast majority of the city's inmates. "This is the second year in a row that we have seen an escalation of disturbing trends," Stringer said in a statement.

Central Texas wildfire forces evacuation of more than 400 homes

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 06:50
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Residents have been forced to evacuate more than 400 homes due to a wildfire in central Texas that has destroyed more than 30 structures and prompted Governor Greg Abbott to declare a state of disaster, officials said on Friday. With a large air tanker designed to fight wildfires and more resources on their way to Bastrop County, east of Austin, authorities said they hoped to bring under control the so-called Hidden Pines fire that has burned 4,383 acres and is only 25 percent contained. ...

Natural gas pipeline explodes in South Texas; no injuries

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 06:18
Local fire departments were working to extinguish the blaze, which could be seen lighting up the night sky for miles around according to pictures captured on local media. The Encinal City Manager's office said there have been no reported injuries from the fire and no evacuations ordered. Local media initially reported that the explosion was from an oil pipeline, but the company confirmed that it was a natural gas line.

UK man faces U.S. prison term over Islamist militant camp in Oregon

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 03:07
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A mentally ill British man who U.S. authorities say helped try to set up a training camp in Oregon in 1999 for Islamist militants faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on Friday in New York.

Top Biden aide hints 2016 decision coming soon

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 01:27

A top aide tells former staffers that Biden "will need each and every one of you" if he runs.

Palestinians torch Jewish shrine amid 'revolution' calls

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 23:15

Palestinians torched a site revered by Jews in the West Bank overnight, Israeli and Palestinian sources said Friday, amid calls for fresh protests after more than two weeks of deadly unrest. Video showed what looked like an extensive blaze at the site in the northern city of Nablus known as Joseph's Tomb, and the Israeli army called the attack "a despicable act" of desecration. Palestinians have called for a "Friday of revolution" against Israel and Jerusalem police barred men under 40 years of age from attending the main weekly prayers at the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque, seeking to keep young protesters away.

Ex-House Speaker Hastert to plead guilty in hush-money case

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 20:38

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is expected to plead guilty in a hush-money case stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct in a deal with prosecutors that could still force him to serve time in prison. The tentative plea agreement, disclosed during a brief hearing in federal court in Chicago on Thursday, would mark a dramatic downfall for someone who once ranked among the most powerful men in the country. Hastert, 73, was charged in May with trying to hide large cash transactions as part of a payoff scheme and lying about it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Trump, Carson threaten to boycott next debate

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 16:24

The candidates want CNBC and the RNC to shorten the Oct. 28 event.

Daily fantasy sports sites ordered to shut down in Nevada

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 16:01

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada regulators ordered daily fantasy sports sites like DraftKings and FanDuel to shut down Thursday, saying they can't operate in the state without a gambling license.

Why U.S. troops are staying longer in Afghanistan

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 14:05

The announcement that thousands of U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan longer than planned marks a major reversal of President Obama's goal to end both this war, as well as the war in Iraq, during his time in office. The president formally announced the policy change at the White House this morning alongside Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford. The decision comes as the situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate, highlighted by the Taliban’s takeover of the city of Kunduz last month.

Hillary Clinton drops hint about possible VP pick

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 12:50

During a Q&A in San Antonio, Texas, with the president of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Javier Palomarez, Clinton was asked her thoughts on the young, Hispanic U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary as her possible running mate. Both he and his twin brother are just among the best young leaders in America, regardless of category or the fact that they come from San Antonio,” Clinton said, referring to Castro, 41, and his brother, Rep. Joaquín Castro. Clinton and Julian Castro, 41, are hosting a "Latinos for Hillary" rally together in San Antonio later today.

U.S. budget deficit falls to 8-year low in 2015

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 12:03

The US government's budget deficit fell to an eight-year low in fiscal 2015, dropping to $439 billion, the Treasury Department announced Thursday. The cut in the finance gap -- which was $1.4 trillion in 2009 -- brought the deficit down to 2.5 percent of gross domestic product, the lowest level since 2007. The achievement marked a long effort by the administration of President Barack Obama to pare back the budget shortfall after it soared when the economy plunged into crisis in 2008.

Seattle Seahawks fullback Coleman arrested after hit and run

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 10:10

Coleman, 24, was being held without bail in Seattle's King County Correctional Facility as of Thursday morning, according to the records. Coleman also played on the Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII championship team. According to his personal website, Coleman is the only hearing-impaired player currently in the National Football League, and the only legally deaf player in the history of the NFL, and spends time supporting deaf youth.

Hastert attorney says former speaker intends to plead guilty

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 07:09
CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney for Dennis Hastert told a federal judge Thursday that the former House speaker intends to plead guilty in a federal hush-money case linked to allegations of sexual misconduct from decades ago.