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Obama visits Arctic community to discuss Native issues

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 01:56

By Roberta Rampton and Steve Quinn ANCHORAGE/JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit a community north of the Arctic Circle, a trek the White House hopes will bring into focus how climate change is affecting Americans. After meeting tribal leaders and fishermen in Dillingham, home to the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery, Obama will fly into Kotzebue, an Arctic town of about 3,000 that is battling coastal erosion caused by rising seas. The stops, at the end of a three-day tour of Alaska, are also aimed at cementing Obama's legacy on improving ties with Native Americans.

Defying Supreme Court, county clerk again refuses to wed gays

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 22:56

A county clerk in Kentucky refused to provide marriage licenses to gay couples Tuesday despite a Supreme Court injunction, saying that she was operating “under the authority of God.”

Officials search for 3 suspects in Illinois officer's death

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 22:46

A huge manhunt continued overnight for the suspects in the slaying of a veteran officer.

Police in Illinois hunt for 3 suspects after officer killed

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 20:40

Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles are conducting a massive manhunt.

Parents of woman shot in San Francisco file wrongful death claims

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 19:40

The family of a woman shot dead on a San Francisco pier in July filed wrongful death claims on Tuesday against the sheriff and two federal agencies, citing negligence and other errors in the handling of an undocumented immigrant accused of killing her. Kathryn Steinle, 32, was gunned down, apparently at random, on July 1 as she walked arm-in-arm with her father along the city's waterfront. A convicted felon who had been deported from the United States to Mexico five times, Juan Francisco Sanchez-Lopez, is facing murder charges in connection with Steinle's death.

Police hunt for suspects in killing of Illinois veteran officer

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 19:25

By Brendan O'Brien FOX LAKE, Ill. (Reuters) - More than 100 police officers using aircraft and dogs searched northern Illinois on Tuesday night for three suspects believed to be involved in the fatal shooting of a 30-year veteran police officer, officials said. Fox Lake Police Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was found wounded on Tuesday morning after reporting that he was pursuing three suspects on foot, the Lake County Sheriff's Office said. Officials described the three suspects as two white males and one black male.

Uber drivers granted class action status in lawsuit over employment

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 13:46

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber drivers are entitled to class action status in litigation over whether they are independent contractors or employees, a U.S. judge ruled on Tuesday, in a case that could have wide implications for the sharing economy. Three drivers sued Uber in a federal court in San Francisco, contending they are employees and entitled to reimbursement for expenses, including gas and vehicle maintenance. In the ruling, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco said drivers could sue as a group on the question of whether they are employees or contractors, and over their demand for payment of tips that were not passed on to them.

White supremacist should die for three Kansas murders, prosecutor argues

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:30

A prosecutor urged a jury on Tuesday to give a Missouri white supremacist he called a "remorseless killer" a death sentence for murdering three people, including a boy, he thought were Jewish outside two Jewish centers in Kansas last year. Frazier Glenn Cross, 74, was convicted Monday of capital murder for the April 2014 shooting spree that left a man and his grandson dead in a Jewish community center parking lot along with a woman visiting a nearby retirement home. Cross, a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan, said during his trial that he wanted to kill as many Jews as possible because he believes they are destroying the white gentile race.

Police hunt for suspects after officer shot dead north of Chicago

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 09:44
Police with dogs and helicopters are searching woods and swampy areas north of Chicago for three armed suspects after a police officer was shot dead on Tuesday in the suburb of Fox Lake, a local law enforcement official said. Lake County sheriff's office Sergeant Christopher Covelli told Reuters the officer had died after being shot, but declined to identify him. Trains were stopped, roads were blocked and schools were on lock-down during the widespread manhunt that encompassed in a heavily wooded area about 40 miles north of Chicago, near the Wisconsin border, media reports said.

That time Hillary Clinton emailed about Gefilte fish

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 08:04

The latest batch of Clinton’s emails includes high-level diplomatic discussions — and a few surprises.

Clerk defies U.S. high court, denies gay marriage licenses

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 07:25

Citing her religious objections, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused to issue any marriage licenses since the Supreme Court in June ruled that same-sex couples had the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution. On Monday the same court rejected Davis' request for an emergency order allowing her to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples while she appeals a federal judge's order requiring her to issue them. Eight people filed a federal lawsuit against Davis in July challenging her office's policy of not issuing marriage licenses to any couples – gay or straight.

Kentucky clerk still won't issue same-sex marriage licenses

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 07:01

Kim Davis invokes her religious beliefs and "God's authority" — this time in defiance of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against her.

Video shows San Antonio man with arm raised fatally shot by deputies

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 06:57
Gilbert Flores, 41, was shot on Friday by two Bexar County deputies responding to a domestic disturbance call at a home in Northwest San Antonio, the San Antonio Express-News and KSAT-12 television station reported.

Pope: Priests in Holy Year can absolve 'sin of abortion'

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 05:26

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis declared Tuesday he is allowing all priests in the church's upcoming Year of Mercy to absolve women of the "sin of abortion" if they repent with a "contrite heart."

Thai prime minister says bombing suspect arrested at border

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 04:20
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities arrested a man they believe is part of a group responsible for a deadly bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok two weeks ago, the prime minister announced Tuesday. He said the suspect resembles a yellow-shirted man in a surveillance video who police say planted the bomb.

Obama pushes for more U.S. ice-breaking might in Arctic

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 00:13

By Roberta Rampton ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday will propose a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where quickly melting sea ice has spurred more maritime traffic, and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources. Obama will say that the government should buy a heavy icebreaker by 2020 - a year when routine Arctic marine transit is expected - instead of the previous goal of 2022. The White House said move is required for safety in the changing Arctic - and to keep up with Russia.

A brief history of the U.S. border wall

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 22:53

Building a giant fence along the border to stop illegal immigration is hardly a new idea.

This senator is the GOP's anti-Trump

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 22:53

Jeff Flake still believes politics is "a noble profession" — a view that makes him an anomaly in 2015

Clinton friend advised on U.S. politics, foreign policy

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 21:49

By Alistair Bell and Jonathan Allen WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - An old friend of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton played an outsized role in advising her on U.S. politics and even her dealings with President Barack Obama's White House despite holding no formal government position. The State Department released emails on Monday that showed adviser Sid Blumenthal sent Clinton exhaustive memos on domestic issues, taking a more active role in advising her than was previously known.