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German auction house putting Hitler watercolor on market

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 08:29

NUREMBERG, Germany, Nov 18 (Reuters) - A 1914 watercolour by Adolf Hitler to be auctioned on Saturday could fetch up to 50,000 euros ($62,685) given strong global interest, a German auction house chief said on Tuesday. Auctioneer Kathrin Weidler said the painting entitled "Standesamt und Altes Rathaus Muenchen" (Civil Registry Office and Old Town Hall of Munich) is one of about 2,000 works Hitler painted from about 1905 to 1920 as a struggling young artist. ...

Ex-billionaire goes on trial for insider trading

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 08:26

By Marta Nogueira RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Eike Batista, once Brazil's richest man, arrived at a Rio de Janeiro courthouse on Tuesday for trial on charges of insider trading in the run up to the bankruptcy of his oil firm OGX, the largest bankruptcy in Latin American history. The flamboyant entrepreneur, who once parked his sports car in his living room and married a Playboy cover girl, remained silent as he arrived in court to take a front row seat. Dressed in a gray pinstripe suit and light blue tie, he was surrounded by four lawyers. ...

Pelosi remains Democratic House minority leader

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 07:31

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats re-elected Rep. Nancy Pelosi to another two-year term as House minority leader on Tuesday, two weeks after elections in which the party lost at least a dozen seats in the chamber.

Where will Charles Manson get married?

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 06:04

CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) — Mass murderer Charles Manson plans to marry a 26-year-old woman who left her Midwestern home and spent the past nine years trying to help exonerate him.

As Missouri awaits decision on police shooting, National Guard called in

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 05:40

By Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Troops from the Missouri National Guard to deploy on Tuesday around Ferguson on Tuesday as the city awaits a grand jury's decision on whether to indict a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in August. Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency in Missouri but said troops would play a backup role to police in response to any protests that develop after the decision. People around St. Louis are braced for a possible new wave of protests similar to those that followed the Aug. ...

NFL suspends Vikings' Peterson over 'abusive discipline' of son

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 05:25

By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been suspended without pay for at least the remainder of 2014 season, the National Football League said on Tuesday. Peterson will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15, the league said in statement, for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy in an "incident of abusive discipline that he inflicted on his 4-year-old son." A six-time Pro Bowler, Peterson was arrested in September for disciplining his son by striking him with a switch, a thin tree branch with its leaves removed. ...

Obama stakes final two years on climate change

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 05:18

With limited time still in power, the president looks to the environment.

'Serious military buildup' in Ukraine

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 04:00

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg denounced on Tuesday what he called a serious Russian military buildup both inside Ukraine and on the Russian side of the border and urged Moscow to pull back its troops. Stoltenberg said NATO saw movement of troops, equipment, tanks, artillery and also of advanced air defense systems in violation of a ceasefire agreement. Russia denies providing arms or troops to support a separatist pro-Russian rebellion in eastern Ukraine, which began after the removal of a Kremlin-oriented Ukrainian president by mass protests in February. ...

Oxford's word of the year may surprise you

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 02:46

'Bae' and 'contactless' were the runners-up.

Small plane crashes into Chicago house

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 02:34
(Reuters) - A small plane crashed into a house on the south side of Chicago early on Tuesday but the home's occupants were not hurt, police said. It was not immediately clear whether the pilot of the aircraft had survived, said police spokesman Ron Gaines. The pilot of the Aero Commander 500 cargo plane departed from Chicago Midway International Airport and shortly after, asked to return due to engine troubles, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory in a statement. The plane crashed about a quarter mile (0.4 km) from the runway around 2:40 a.m., Cory said. ...

Ferguson, Missouri corrections officer accused of sex with inmate, rape

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 02:07
(Reuters) - A corrections officer with the embattled city of Ferguson, Missouri, faces felony charges of having sex with an inmate and allowing her escape, and a civil lawsuit that alleges rape, court records show. The officer's attorney, Scott Rosenblum, could not be immediately reached for comment. USA Today cited Rosenblum as saying Hayden planned to plead not guilty at his arraignment. The news comes as residents of Ferguson, which has seen weeks of sometimes violent protests following the Aug. ...

Japan's Abe puts off tax hike, calls snap poll

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 02:05

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election for December and put off a sales tax hike planned for next year, vowing Tuesday to step down if his strategy to revive the ailing economy falls flat.

Silicon Valley's rise as a financial political force, in charts and graphics

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:01

Crowdpac compiled data on which counties have given the most money to politics and created this animated graphic.

Navy secretary racks up $4.7 million in travel

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 23:33

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy secretary has spent more than a full year of his five-year tenure on overseas travel, racking up more than 930,000 miles on trips that cost the taxpayer more than $4.7 million.

4 Israelis killed in synagogue attack

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 23:31

Police say two Palestinians attacked worshippers in Jerusalem with knives, axes and guns.

Supporters of oil pipeline scramble for last vote

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 22:37

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the clock ticking, supporters of a Senate bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline are still scrambling to find the last vote.

National Guard prepares for more Ferguson unrest

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 21:24

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — As a grand jury weighs possible criminal charges against the white police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, Missouri's governor has again activated the National Guard in an effort to avoid more unrest in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

U.S. Senate heads for vote on Keystone XL pipeline

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 21:09

By Timothy Gardner and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Backers of the Keystone XL oil pipeline hope a vote in the U.S. Senate late on Tuesday will send a bill to the desk of President Barack Obama. With the chamber apparently stuck at 59 votes in favor of Keystone XL, Senator Mary Landrieu worked hard on Monday to gather one last vote. Late in the day it seemed the Louisiana Democrat would come up just short, likely hurting her chances of winning a new six-year term in a December run-off election. ...

Toyota to start sales of fuel cell car next month

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 20:14

TOKYO (AP) — There will only be a few hundred, and they won't be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles.

White House reviewing policy toward U.S. hostages held by militants

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 18:13

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has ordered a comprehensive review of U.S. policy governing efforts to free Americans being held by militant groups overseas, the White House said on Monday. In recent months, Islamic State militants have beheaded three Americans, including Peter Kassig, an aid worker and former U.S. Army Ranger, whose death was announced in a video released by the group on Sunday. ...