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In New Hampshire, Jeb Bush leads with his chin

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 06:25

In the driveway of a reasonable home on a residential street, Jeb Bush stood in the darkness Friday night, illuminated only by a lone TV camera light but surrounded by a few dozen members of the media.


Hundreds expected at funeral for 19-year-old shot by officer

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 00:33

Hundreds are expected to attend the funeral for an unarmed 19-year-old who was killed last weekend by a Madison police officer.


Vanuatu residents remain in shelters after massive cyclone

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 23:26

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Many residents in cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu were forced to hunker a second night in emergency shelters after venturing out Saturday only to find their homes damaged or blown away, according to aid workers.


Ten L.A. high school students arrested in sexual assaults

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 21:39
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police arrested 10 teenagers from a Los Angeles high school on Friday in connection with sexual assaults and unlawful sex acts against two fellow students, and investigators were seeking four more youths as suspects, authorities said. Police said the case came to their attention when administrators at Venice High School, a campus in a relatively affluent community near the beach in the west of the city, reported a suspected sexual assault to detectives on Tuesday evening. Investigators discovered that two female students at the school had been sexually assaulted between December 2013 and this month, both on and off campus, said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Commander Andrew Smith. Officers set out on Friday to arrest 14 suspects, all boys aged 14 to 17 believed to be responsible for sexually assaulting the two girls or engaging with them in unlawful sex acts, Smith said.

Cyclone Pam leaves trail of destruction in Pacific's Vanuatu

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 19:01

WELLNGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Winds from an extremely powerful cyclone that blew through the Pacific's Vanuatu archipelago were beginning to subside Saturday, revealing widespread destruction and unconfirmed reports of dozens of deaths.


Quick answers to double shooting elude police in Ferguson, Missouri

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 17:18

By Nick Carey and Jim Young FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Nearly 48 hours after two officers were shot in racially charged Ferguson, Missouri, investigators had dozens of leads but no arrests to report on Friday in the hunt for a gunman who turned a late-night protest against police into bedlam. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said authorities had "a pretty good idea" where the gunshots that wounded the officers had originated, without providing any specifics. The latest bout of violence in the St. Louis suburb, first rattled by the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white officer last summer, brought out signs of sympathy for the police. One protester stood opposite the Ferguson police department with a sign "Cops Lives Matter," playing on the "Black Lives Matter" slogan that sprang up in the wake of the deaths of Brown and an unarmed black man in New York City.


'India’s Daughter': The true story behind the banned film

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 16:49

She was just 23 years old, a promising medical student determined to make a better life for herself and her parents. The news of Jyoti Singh’s brutal gang rape and murder in Delhi in 2012 sparked worldwide outrage and galvanized a movement to end the culture of silence on violence against women.


Ferguson gunman who shot police officers remains at large

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 15:32

An intense manhunt for the gunman who shot and severely wounded two police officers in Ferguson, Mo., has yet to yield a suspect, St. Louis County Chief of Police Jon Belmar announced late Friday.


Oklahoma fraternity members receive death threats over racist video

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 12:53

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A lawyer hired by the board of directors of a University of Oklahoma fraternity linked to a racist video said on Friday he has no current plans to sue the school but wants to ensure the safety of fraternity members after some received death threats. "The last thing I want to do is go to court," Stephen Jones, a high-profile attorney who represented convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, told a news conference. Jones said while he is not currently planning to sue the university for punishments it has imposed against the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter, he is not ruling out legal action. The university shut down the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house and expelled the two members who it said were the leaders in the video.


Jeb Bush: My immigration reform plan is 'the grownup plan'

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 12:39

Bush kicked off his first pre-2016 trip to New Hampshire on Friday with a visit to a manufacturing plant, where he took questions from local business leaders on immigration and the Common Core


Chicago's mayoral runoff challenger releases fiscal plan

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 10:33

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's challenger in next month's runoff election offered a plan on Friday to address the city's financial woes that seeks cost-savings through intergovernmental collaboration and creates a committee to examine revenue options. Mounting pension pressures led Moody's Investors Service to lower Chicago's credit rating by five notches since July 2013, with the last downgrade to Baa2 occurring on Feb. 27.


Weak profit margins dampen U.S. producer inflation

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:18

U.S. producer prices fell in February for a fourth straight month, pointing to tame inflation that could argue against an anticipated June interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. The Labor Department said its producer price index for final demand declined 0.5 percent as profit margins in the services sector, especially gasoline stations, were squeezed, and transportation and warehousing costs fell. The PPI had dropped 0.8 percent in January. In the 12 months through February, producer prices fell 0.6 percent, the first decline since the series was revamped in 2009.


March Madness explained

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:10

Katie Couric explores the ailment that afflicts millions of Americans this time every year? Hint: It’s not spring fever.


U.S. healthcare worker with Ebola arrives at NIH for treatment

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 04:34
By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An American healthcare worker who tested positive for the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone arrived in the United States for treatment on Friday, U.S. health officials said. The patient, who was transported in isolation by chartered aircraft, was admitted to the U.S. National Institutes of Health's high-security containment facility in Maryland, NIH said in a statement. NIH said it was not releasing details about the patient, the 11th with the virus to be treated in the United States. NIH last year treated Texas nurse Nina Pham, who became infected with the Ebola virus while working with a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

Obama administration to start new group to advise on veterans issues

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 04:08

President Barack Obama's administration on Friday will announce the creation of a new advisory group made up of public officials and leaders from the private sector to advise on improvements to the government agency tasked with helping U.S. veterans. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald will announce the formation of the new committee during an event with President Barack Obama at the Phoenix VA facility, where long waits for medical care sparked a political crisis for the administration. "The members of this new advisory committee have experience in customer service, large-scale organizational change and advocacy for veterans and include business leaders, Veteran Service Organizations members, and health sciences and academic professionals," the official said.


Obama reads 'Mean Tweets' about himself

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:38

The president has some laughs at his own expense during a visit with Jimmy Kimmel.


Medical helicopter crashes in Oklahoma, three believed on board

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 01:06
(Reuters) - A medical helicopter crashed late on Thursday in Oklahoma, the Federal Aviation Administration said, but there was no immediate word on any casualties. The aircraft, registered to EagleMed LLC, was believed to be carrying three employees when it went down around 11:25 p.m. local time near Eufala, FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said in an emailed statement. Lunsford could not comment on the condition of those on board. City and county authorities also could not provide any details. ...

Calm prevails in Ferguson after shooting of police officers

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 22:39

Protesters call for calm but vow to keep pushing for change.


IS accepts Boko Haram pledge of allegiance

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 22:07

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants have accepted a pledge of allegiance by the Nigerian-grown Boko Haram extremist group, a spokesman for the Islamic State movement said Thursday.


Ex-'Survivor' producer sentenced to 12 years in wife's Mexico killing

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 20:34

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — A onetime American reality television producer was convicted Thursday of murdering his wife during a 2010 Cancun beach vacation, a state prosecutor said.


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