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US to North Korea: Refrain from acts that 'destabilize' region

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 06:52

The United States on Saturday sternly admonished North Korea against acts that could "further destabilize" the region, amid claims that it successfully tested a new engine designed for an inter-continental ballistic missile that could reach US shores. "We have seen the reports of North Korea's claims to have developed new engine technology for its ICBMs," read a statement from State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner. "We call on North Korea to refrain from actions and rhetoric that further destabilize the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its commitments and international obligations," Toner said.

Austria wants to seize Hitler's birth house

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 01:35

Austria said Saturday it wants to seize Adolf Hitler's birthplace from its private owner in a bid to end a bitter legal battle and stop the house from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine. "We are currently examining the creation of a law, which would force a change of ownership and pass the property to the Republic of Austria," interior ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck told AFP. The building in the quaint northern town of Braunau am Inn has been empty since 2011 when the government became embroiled in a dispute with owner Gerlinde Pommer, a local resident.

Capture of man heightens scrutiny of psychiatric hospital

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 23:50

His escape from a psychiatric hospital comes amid heightened scrutiny of the facility.

Ted Cruz adds 21 delegates with Colorado sweep

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 23:28

The 21 represent a majority of the delegates the state will send to Cleveland in July.

Obama says Trump, Cruz doing Democrats a 'favor'

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 20:56

He says the two front-runners in the GOP nomination have upset mainstream "establishment" Republicans.

Prosecutors: Hastert sought to hide sex abuse of 14-year-old

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 19:06

CHICAGO (AP) — Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to a person the former House speaker sexually abused when the victim was a 14-year-old wrestler on a team coached by Hastert, prosecutors said in a court filing Friday that details allegations by five former students.

Court rules Wisconsin right-to-work law is unconstitutional

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 15:14

Wisconsin's right-to-work law, championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker as he was mounting his run for president, was struck down Friday as violating the state constitution. Attorney General Brad Schimel ...

SpaceX rocket booster makes breakthrough landing at sea

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 15:10

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on a cargo run for the International Space Station on Friday and its reusable main-stage booster landed itself on an ocean platform in a dramatic spaceflight first. The liftoff at 4:43 p.m. EDT (2043 GMT) from Cape Canaveral marked the resumption of resupply flights by privately owned Space Exploration Technologies for NASA following a launch accident in June 2015 that destroyed a different cargo payload for the space station. About 2-1/2 minutes after Friday's launch, the main part of the 23-story tall, two-stage SpaceX rocket separated, turned around and headed toward a landing platform floating in the Atlantic about 185 miles (300 km) northeast of Cape Canaveral.

Bruce Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Concert Over Anti-LGBT Law

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:53

Springsteen has canceled his Greensboro, North Carolina show scheduled for Sunday, after the state passed HB2, officially known as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. The law “dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use,” Springsteen said in a statement released on his official website Friday. “No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden.

Poll: Trump extends his lead among Republicans with 42 percent support

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:45

Celebrity real estate developer Donald Trump has extended his lead nationally over Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Governor John Kasich for the Republican presidential nomination, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll. The national online poll from April 4-8 showed that 42 percent of Republicans support Trump, compared with 32 percent for Cruz and 20 percent for Kasich. Trump has topped the poll of Republican voters since July, though his lead narrowed considerably in recent weeks as Trump retweeted unflattering pictures of Cruz's wife and his campaign manager was charged with battery in an incident involving a reporter at a campaign event.

Clinton: GOP in 'fantasy' world dreaming of her arrest

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 07:57

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates tried to shift attention back to Republicans Friday, calling for renewed focus on issues rather than on their dispute over qualifications to become president.

Several arrests made in Brussels attacks probe

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 07:11

Several arrests were made Friday in connection with the deadly Islamic State attacks on Brussels airport and the metro, the federal prosecutor's office said. "The federal prosecutor confirms that there have been several arrests in the course of the day in connection with the attacks on the airport and metro," a statement said.

Belgium confirms arrests related to Brussels attacks

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 07:07
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The Belgian federal prosecutor's office on Friday confirmed it had made several arrests related to the deadly attacks in Brussels on March 22 but gave no further details. Earlier on Friday, public broadcaster VRT said two men were arrested, with one of them being Mohamed Abrini, wanted over November's Islamic State attacks in Paris. VRT added that Abrini was probably involved in last month's Brussels bombings as well. (Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek, Editing by Gabriela Baczynska)

Suspect arrested in Texas university student's death

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 06:52

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Police say they've arrested a suspect in the first on-campus killing at the University of Texas in five decades.

Police: Homeless man arrested in the killing of University of Texas student

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 06:50
A 17-year-old homeless man has been arrested in the on-campus killing of a University of Texas student, Austin police revealed on Friday.

Pope insists conscience, not rules, must lead faithful

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:07

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Friday that Catholics should look to their own consciences more than Vatican rules to negotiate the complexities of sex, marriage and family life, demanding the church shift its emphasis from doctrine to mercy in confronting some of the thorniest issues facing the faithful.

Kerry visits Iraq, showing support for embattled prime minister

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 00:17

By Arshad Mohammed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Iraq on Friday to show support for its prime minister, who is grappling with a political crisis, a collapsing economy and a fitful fight to retake ground from Islamic State militants. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi last week unsettled Iraq's political elite with a proposed cabinet reshuffle that aims to curb entrenched corruption by replacing long-time politicians with technocrats and academics. U.S. officials are worried that the political unrest may harm Iraq's efforts to retake territory it has lost to Islamic State militants, notably its second city of Mosul, seized when parts of the Iraqi army collapsed in 2014.

Warriors become 2nd NBA team to win 70, beat Spurs 112-101

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 22:32

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors reached a milestone that only Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls have achieved in the history of the NBA.

Uber agrees to settle California suit on misleading customers

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 19:33

By Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc agreed to a $25 million settlement to end a lawsuit in California that accused the ride-hailing company of misleading customers about the strength of its background checks on drivers, prosecutors in Los Angeles and San Francisco said on Thursday. Uber must pay $10 million within 60 days, and the remaining $15 million will be waived if Uber complies with the terms of the agreement for two years, the San Francisco and Los Angeles County district attorneys said in statements. "It sends a clear message to all businesses, and to startups in particular, that in the quest to quickly obtain market share laws designed to protect consumers cannot be ignored," San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón said.