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Chinese cyberattacks on US companies continue, report says

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 00:44

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese hacking attempts on American corporate intellectual property have occurred with regularity over the past three weeks, suggesting that China almost immediately began violating its newly minted cyberagreement with the United States, according to a newly published analysis by a cybersecurity company with close ties to the U.S. government.

Innovative green financing has hobbled home sales in California

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 21:36

An innovative, government-sponsored program aimed at funding energy-saving home improvements has drawn praise from powerful supporters, including President Obama. More than 50,000 California households have signed up for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing since state legislators passed a law in 2008 allowing residents to borrow money for such things as solar panels and energy-efficient windows.

Chicago boy, 6, accidentally shoots, kills brother, 3: police

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 12:33

A Chicago man has been charged with child endangerment after his three-year-old son was shot and killed by his six-year-old brother while the two were playing, police said on Sunday. The six-year-old found the loaded revolver on top of the refrigerator and shot little brother Eian Santiago in the head on Saturday evening, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. The boys' father, Michael Santiago, 25, was arrested and charged with child endangerment, a felony.

Back to the future: A last look at NYC's 1960's-era TWA Flight Center

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 11:52

Thousands of visitors are expected at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sunday to get a last look at the iconic architecture of the Trans World Airlines Flight Center before the futuristic 1960's building is converted into a hotel. The terminal, built in 1962 as an uplifting symbol of the Jet Age, was designed by renowned Finnish-born architect Eero Saarinen, who also created St. Louis' Gateway Arch. The "Mad Men"-era edifice, now a national historic landmark, was used by TWA until the airline went bankrupt in 2001.

Jeb Bush: We can't trust Donald Trump with our nuclear codes

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 09:24

The former Florida governor’s comments came just hours after his campaign released an attack ad mocking Trump.

Hillary Clinton dismisses Benghazi ‘conspiracy theories’ ahead of testimony

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 09:22

Hillary Clinton says she doesn’t know what to expect when she testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi this week, but it’s clear the panel “ended up becoming a partisan arm of the Republican National Committee” determined to derail her 2016 presidential bid.

Two injured in separate shark attacks off Hawaii

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 08:55
(Reuters) - Two men have been seriously injured in separate shark attacks off Hawaii within the space of a few hours, local media reported on Sunday.

One dead, four injured at shooting at Florida Zombicon event

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 05:53
A shooting at a Florida Zombicon event killed one person and injured four others, the Fort Myers Police Department said on Sunday in a social media post. The shots were fired shortly before midnight on Saturday at the festival in downtown Fort Myers on the state's west coast, according to the News-Press newspaper. The four who were injured sustained non-life threatening injuries, the News-Press said, citing police.

Reinventing New Jersey as 'Garden State' with ethnic crops, tourism

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 04:51

By Barbara Goldberg VINELAND, N.J. (Reuters) - Craving a taste of his native Liberia 4,500 miles (7,200 km)away, maintenance worker Alfred Jones drove just 20 miles from his New Jersey home and waded knee deep into rows of pick-your-own African vegetables at Morris Gbolo's World Crops Farm. The Garden State's newest crops were ready for harvest and Jones plucked baseball-sized eggplants known in Liberia as bitter balls and a tiny yet tangy plant called kittely to make the traditional stews he loved as a boy. New Jersey, officially nicknamed "The Garden State" since 1954, is striving to revitalize its farming sector.

Typhoon leaves 2 dead, 16,000 displaced in Philippines

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 04:35

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Slow-moving Typhoon Koppu weakened after blowing ashore with fierce winds in the northeastern Philippines on Sunday, leaving at least two people dead, displacing 16,000 villagers and knocking out power in entire provinces, officials said.

Reputed NY mobster faces trial for 1978 'Goodfellas' heist

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 03:08

For nearly four decades, it remained one of America's most infamous unsolved crimes: on Dec. 11, 1978, a crew of masked men stole $6 million in cash and jewelry from a Lufthansa Airlines cargo building at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. The brazen heist, which helped inspire the gangster movie "Goodfellas," left authorities largely frustrated until last year, when federal prosecutors in Brooklyn charged Vincent Asaro, a member of the Bonanno organized crime family, with participating in the theft.

Official: Bombing of Afghan hospital was no mistake

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 02:46

The head of an international medical charity whose hospital in northern Afghanistan was destroyed in a U.S. airstrike says the "extensive, quite precise destruction" of the bombing raid casts doubt on American military assertions that it was a mistake.

Police arrest 2 teens in rape of toddler in Indian capital

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 01:43

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police arrested two teenagers Sunday for allegedly raping a toddler in New Delhi, in the latest incident of sexual violence against a young child in the Indian capital.

Thousands flee as Typhoon Koppu hits northern Philippines

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 22:06

Powerful Typhoon Koppu wrecked houses, tore down trees and unleashed landslides and floods, forcing thousands to flee as it pummelled the northern Philippines Sunday, officials said. No casualties were reported but more than 15,000 people were evacuated from their homes, with more expected to flee as the slow-moving storm grinds its way northwards across the main island of Luzon before it is forecast to leave the country on Wednesday. "We are fortunate because as of this time there has been no need for a major search and rescue operation," Alexander Pama, head of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Council, told reporters in Manila late morning.

Tracy Morgan returns to 'Saturday Night Live' 20 months after near-fatal car wreck

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 21:48

Tracy Morgan returned to "Saturday Night Live" on Saturday to host the long-running comedy show on which he shot to fame, more than a year after he suffered near-fatal injuries in a deadly high-speed car accident. Morgan, a "Saturday Night Live" cast member from 1999 to 2006 before he left to join "30 Rock," the hit sitcom based on SNL, was joined by former co-stars including Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, who returned to the NBC program in a show of support. Morgan wasted no time in addressing his traumatic experience of June 2014, which killed his good friend, fellow comedian James McNair.

Israel, U.S. resume defense aid talks halted over Iran deal: envoy

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 21:16

Israel and the United States have resumed talks on future defense aid that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended in protest at the Iran nuclear deal, the Israeli ambassador to Washington said on Sunday. The allies had been looking to agree on a 10-year aid package to extend the current U.S. grants to Israel worth $3 billion annually, which are due to expire in 2017. "With the nuclear deal now moving ahead, Israel is also moving ahead, hoping to forge a common policy with the United states to address the continuing dangers posed by Iran," Ambassador Ron Dermer said in a Facebook post.

Sketches of suspects in stabbing of French train hero released

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 15:27

The two composite sketches are based on eyewitness accounts of the Oct. 8 assault in the Northern California city, where Stone was stabbed several times during a fight outside a bar, police said. Investigators said they believe the male suspects were wearing white shirts and blue jeans. Police have not disclosed what caused the fight that led to "significant injuries" to Stone, who was taken to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

Oregon mass shooting survivor posts account of blood, pain and healing

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 11:01
Mintz, a 30-year-old U.S. Army veteran who has been hailed as a hero for his selflessness during the attack at Umpqua Community College in the town of Roseburg, described shooter Chris Harper-Mercer as emotionless. "It started so normal, the day that is," Mintz wrote in a graphic, blow-by-blow account of the minutes before and after the shooting. Mintz described running through the library warning people, then heading back toward Snyder Hall, where shots had been fired.

Kardashians encouraged by Odom's improvement, People Magazine says

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 10:27

(Reuters) - The improving health of former NBA star Lamar Odom four days after he collapsed at a Nevada brothel and fell into a coma has brightened the spirits of his loved ones, People Magazine reported on Saturday, citing a source close to his estranged wife Khloé Kardashian. Odom, who appeared with Kardashian and her family in two reality television shows, emerged from the coma on Friday and was removed from a ventilator that was assisting his breathing, celebrity media reported. "The family is still totally consumed by what's going on with Lamar, and Khloé is checking in with regular updates, but there was so much positivity," the unidentified source told People Magazine.

Texas birth certificate rules for immigrants' children stand for now: judge

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 10:16

U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman declined to grant a preliminary injunction on Friday in a civil rights lawsuit filed in May over how Texas is complying with the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which grants citizenship to any child born on U.S. soil, regardless of parentage. The issue of U.S. citizenship for children of illegal immigrants has become an issue in the November 2016 presidential campaign with Republican candidate Donald Trump questioning the automatic granting of citizenship and Jeb Bush drawing fire for his comments on the issue.