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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.

NYC police chokehold death goes to grand jury

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:12

A grand jury began hearing evidence Monday to determine whether there will be criminal charges in the chokehold death of an unarmed New York City man whose videotaped confrontation with police sparked outrage, union officials said.

Police: 41 dogs dead in Las Vegas house fire

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:06

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police in North Las Vegas have launched an animal cruelty investigation surrounding a home where firefighters say at least 41 dogs were killed and 52 survived a weekend fire.

James Foley photo removed from anti-Islamic bus ads in New York

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:52

By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - A photo of American journalist James Foley shortly before his beheading by the Islamic state militant group is being removed from anti-Islam advertisements appearing on Monday on 100 New York City buses and two subway stations. In response to a complaint from the Foley family, the advertisement is being altered to include an unidentifiable severed head held by the masked militant seen wielding a knife in the video of Foley's beheading, said David Yerushalmi, lawyer for Pamela Geller, whose group is sponsoring the ads. "The use of Mr. ...

Texas doctor sentenced in poisoning case

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:50

A cancer researcher has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for poisoning her lover.

Israel: Iran poses greater threat than IS

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:30

A nuclear-armed Iran would pose a far greater threat to the world than Islamic State militants who have seized large swaths of Syria and Iraq, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday. "Make no mistake, ISIS (Islamic State) must be defeated," Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly. "But to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war."

New documents show legal basis for NSA surveillance programs

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:29

By Nate Raymond and Aruna Viswanatha NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Documents released by the U.S. government show it views an executive order issued in 1981 as the basis of most of the National Security Agency's surveillance activities, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Monday. The NSA relied on Executive Order 12333 more than it did on two other laws that have been the focus of public debate following the leaks exposing U.S. surveillance programs by former agency contractor Edward Snowden, according to the papers released by the ACLU. ...

Brazil gunman straps hostage with apparent explosives

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:20

An armed man took an employee hostage at a hotel in the Brazilian capital Monday and forced him to don a vest apparently stuffed with explosives, authorities said.

U.Va. suspect tied to 2009 murder

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:01

Police: Hannah Graham investigation has turned up lead in Morgan Harrington case.

Priest accused of child sex tourism ordered detained until trial

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 09:26
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest from Pennsylvania was ordered to remain jailed until his trial on charges that he possessed child pornography and traveled to Honduras for sex with children during missionary trips.

Cruise ship passenger dies in fall from mast in Miami

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 08:29

MIAMI (AP) — A 20-year-old man has died after falling from a mast on a Carnival Cruise Lines ship docked at Miami's port.

Israel says Palestinian leader's UN address a message of 'hatred'

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 08:00

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel's foreign minister said Monday it's clear that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has no intention of making peace with Israel, calling his speech to world leaders last week "a message of hatred and incitement."

Regulators want nationwide air traffic security review

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:55

FAA says it will review how it deals with unexpected incidents after last week's fire grounded Chicago airport.

Despite Ukraine cease-fire, fighting rages on in Donetsk (graphic)

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:44

Flighting resumed in Donetsk on September 25 , despite a three-week old ceasefire agreement between Ukraine’s government and pro-Russia separatists. This video, filmed by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s correspondent Levko Stek on September 25-26, shows Ukraine’s 11th Territorial Defense Battalion clashing with separatists at a checkpoint in Nikishino, in the Donetsk region. Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Turkey sends tanks to Syria's border

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:42

The country's parliament is set to consider whether to authorize military action against Islamic State militants.

Grisly Canada murder, dismemberment trial starts

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:40

Montreal (AFP) - The trial of a former Canadian porn actor accused of killing and dismembering a Chinese engineering student started Monday with prosecutors saying this was not the act of a lunatic.

Meet 'Hunter,' American fighting in Ukraine for pro-Russian rebels

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 06:51

By Marko Djurica and Maria Tsvetkova YASYNUVATA Ukraine (Reuters) - With his face hidden behind a camouflage balaclava and an assault rifle slung over his shoulder, "Hunter" looks like other separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine. What distinguishes him from his brothers in arms in the Vostok (East) battalion, an irregular pro-Russian militia fighting government forces, is his American accent - and English is the only language he knows. "I'm an American. I joined an independence movement," said Hunter, flashing a U.S. passport as proof of his nationality. ...

Supreme Court meets to consider taking gay marriage cases

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 06:22

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court met behind closed doors on Monday to consider whether they should take up the hotly contested question of whether states can ban gay marriage. The court has seven cases pending before it concerning bans in five states: Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Indiana. If the court agrees to take one or more of the cases it has the chance to rule when, if ever, gay men and women in the 31 states that now bar them from marrying could get marriage licenses. ...

U.S. bankruptcy judge allows Detroit water shutoffs to continue

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 05:57

By Lisa Lambert DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes ruled on Monday that Detroit can continue shutting off water service to non-paying customers, saying his court does not have jurisdiction over the issue and that suspending disconnections for six months could hurt the city's finances. "Detroit cannot afford any revenue slippages," the judge said, before resuming his ongoing hearing on Detroit's plan to exit the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy. "As it prepares to show the court its plan is feasible... ...