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New York mayor de Blasio plans expansion of living wage: NYT

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 20:59

(Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to expand the city's living wage measure to include thousands of additional workers, as well as increase the amount workers are paid under the law, the New York Times reported on Monday. De Blasio will sign an executive order on Tuesday to make the change, which his administration estimated could extend coverage to 18,000 workers over the next five years, the newspaper said on its website. The living wage would go to $11.50 an hour from $10. ...

Texas hospital puts possible Ebola patient in isolation

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:59
(Reuters) - A Texas hospital said on Monday it has admitted a patient into "strict isolation" to be evaluated for possible infection with the Ebola virus, as health officials battle an epidemic in West Africa that has already killed thousands of people. In a brief statement, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas cited the unnamed patient's symptoms and recent travel history as reasons for the isolation. ...

White House intruder got far past front door

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:03

New disclosures by the Secret Service came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the agency's director.

Hong Kong protesters set deadline for government

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 18:05

HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong set a Wednesday deadline for a response from the government to meet their demands for reforms after spending another night blocking streets in an unprecedented show of civil disobedience.

Fence-jumper ran through much of main floor of White House

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 16:25

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The man who breached security at the White House this month raced through several rooms on the main floor, penetrating farther into the building than previously disclosed, a Republican congressman said on Monday. Representative Jason Chaffetz, who chairs a House subcommittee on national security oversight, told CNN an alarm box near the front entrance had been muted, leaving interior personnel unaware of the intrusion before the suspect burst through the open front door. ...

Parents charged in Pa. boy’s starvation death

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:05

Police in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, charged the parents of a 9-year-old autistic boy with homicide on Monday in their son's starvation death in July. Jarrod Tutko Jr. weighed just 16.9 pounds and measured 42 inches tall at the time of his death, Dauphin County District Attorney Edward Marsico and city police said at a news conference. Jarrod N. Tutko Sr., 38, and Kimberly A. Tutko, 39, were arraigned before District Judge Barbara Pianka on criminal homicide charges. They were denied bail. ...

Britons sign away first-born children for free wifi

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:27

London (AFP) - Several Britons agreed to give up their eldest child in return for the use of free wifi, in an experiment to highlight the dangers of public Internet, published on Monday.

Ebola: U.N. opens headquarters in Ghana

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:26

The U.N. mission to combat Ebola opened its headquarters on Monday in Ghana, where it will coordinate international aid to assist West Africa to combat the accelerating crisis.

Judge recommends 6 officers be fired for N.Y. jail beating

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:20

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York judge is recommending six correction officers at the city's largest jail be fired for the hog-tying and brutal beating of an inmate who was handcuffed in a segregated mental health unit, according to a ruling released on Monday. Robert Hinton was seriously hurt in the April 3, 2012, incident at the Rikers Island jail complex, where he suffered facial injuries and a back fracture, according to the ruling by Administrative Law Judge Tynia Richard. Hinton was resisting being transferred to a new cell when he was beaten, the ruling said. ...

Walmart: Morgan crash injuries were from not wearing seat belt

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:16

Walmart has delivered its answer to actor Tracy Morgan's lawsuit arising from a six-car accident in June.

Man opens fire during Ethiopian Embassy protest in Washington

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 13:59

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire during a protest on the Ethiopian Embassy grounds on Monday, according to a video of the incident, but no injuries were reported. A spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service said it had detained a possible shooter after a report at about 12:15 p.m. EDT that shots were fired near the embassy in northwest Washington, D.C. Witnesses said the gunfire took place inside the embassy compound during a protest against the Horn of Africa nation's government. ...

Fence-jumper ran through White House

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 13:24

Suspect overpowered security officer, made it farther than previously disclosed: report.

Spurred by Ferguson, Chicago families want police shootings reviewed

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 13:00
By Fiona Ortiz HARVEY Ill. (Reuters) - The national uproar over a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager near St. Louis has prodded families and activists in the Chicago area to ask for investigations into what they say are similar incidents in the crime-ridden U.S. city. Since the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, families of victims have held rallies across Chicago, where more than one person a month is shot dead by police. The Ferguson protests started in August when a white police officer shot to death 18-year-old Michael Brown, who witnesses say was trying to surrender. ...

Many youngsters at Miami nightclub during shooting

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:56

At The Spot, customers can typically buy beer, listen to music and eat fried conch or chicken wings. "Teen nights" at the restaurant and lounge had recently been drawing large crowds, and there were scores of young people there about 1 a.m. Sunday when police said a shooting erupted, wounding 15, including an 11-year-old girl.

Grand jury to review 2nd case on Ferguson officer who shot teen

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:54

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A county judge on Monday approved a request by prosecutors to let a grand jury review a 2013 drug case in which an arresting officer was the suburban St. Louis police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown last month.

Argentina held in contempt in debt case

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:45

By Joseph Ax and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Argentina is in contempt of court, a U.S. judge ruled on Monday, the latest step in a years-old case brought by the U.S. hedge funds over defaulted debt. U.S. Judge Thomas Griesa in New York held off on any decision on fines or sanctions against the South American country, which in July fell into its second sovereign default in 12 years and has long been at odds with Griesa's decisions and adopted a law aimed at evading them. ...

5-year-old cancer patient creates inspirational 'commercial' on bravery

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:45
"If you have cancer, don't worry," Hannah Higgins says in the two-minute video. "'Cause I am brave, and you can be brave also."

Drone captures Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:31
A drone operator captured footage of the growing crowd as it swelled beneath the skyscrapers of the city's central business district.

Syria backs global fight against Islamic State

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:27

Syria stands with worldwide effort to combat Islamic State: Foreign Minister al-Moualem.

Twins fire manager Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:16

Not even Ron Gardenhire was beloved enough in Minnesota to keep his job after four straight 90-loss seasons.