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Pat Robertson calls gay rights activists 'terrorists'

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 08:12

A day after his controversial comments about AIDS were obliterated by Anderson Cooper, the conservative televangelist called gay rights activists “terrorists."


Almost half involved in massive UNC cheating scandal are athletes

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 08:02

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Bogus classes and automatic A's and B's are at the heart of a cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina that lasted nearly two decades, encompassing about 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes.


Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnap at least 25 girls

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:59

YOLA Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses to the attack said, despite talks aimed at freeing more than 200 other female hostages the militants seized in April. John Kwaghe, who witnessed the attack and lost three daughters to the abductors, and Dorathy Tizhe, who lost two, said the attackers came late in the night, forcing all the women to go with them, then later releasing the older ones.


Six in quarantine in Connecticut as U.S. steps up Ebola checks

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:50

By Richard Weizel WEST HAVEN, Conn. (Reuters) - Connecticut placed six West Africans who recently arrived in the United States under quarantine for possible Ebola exposure, a move that comes as the United States starts new restrictions on those coming from the countries hardest hit by the deadly virus. The family of six West Africans, who arrived Saturday and were planning to live in the United States, will be watched for 21 days, Connecticut state health authorities said Thursday. Officials have yet to say where the family came from. ...


Court: Olympian Jim Thorpe's remains can't be removed to tribal land

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:34

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Jim Thorpe's remains will stay in the Pennsylvania hamlet named for the legendary Native American athlete and Olympics champion, after a federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by two sons to move them to tribal lands in his native Oklahoma. Addressing an unusual dispute between two generations of descendants, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said a lower court judge was wrong to order that Thorpe's remains be turned over to the Sac and Fox Nation. ...


Dancing priests go viral

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:23

ROME (AP) — A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keys-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract.


Islamic State now world's richest terrorist group

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:16

The Islamic State has become the world's wealthiest terror group, earning tens of millions of dollars a month from illegal oil sales and ransoms, officials said Thursday. This will be a sustained fight, and we are in the early stages," said undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence David Cohen. Cohen is among a team of Obama administration officials leading the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group, also known as ISIL, which has seized a large swath of territory in Iraq and Syria. The group is now "considered the world's wealthiest and most financially sophisticated terrorist organization," said Marwan Muasher, vice president at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


Justice Dept. 'exasperated' by local probe of Missouri teen shooting

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:10
(Reuters) - U.S. Justice Department officials on Thursday criticized local authorities' investigation of the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, saying the case had been handled in a "selective" and "inappropriate" manner. The department's criticism comes after the official St. Louis County autopsy of Michael Brown, 18, who was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, was leaked to media on Wednesday. The autopsy report, obtained by the St. ...

Using drones to fight infectious diseases

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 06:57

In a remote area of Southeast Asia, drones are fighting a battle — not against terrorists or insurgents, but against infectious disease. In recent years, public health officials in the Malaysian state of Sabah have seen a rise in the number of cases of humans infected with this deadly parasite, which is spread, via mosquitos, from macaques to people. By mapping the communities where these cases occur, researchers hope to figure out why the parasite is spreading from monkeys to people with greater frequency, said Chris Drakeley, a professor of infection and immunity at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom, and one of the researchers involved in the project. "What we're doing is creating a detailed map, which we can then superimpose or overlay with the human and the macaque movement," Drakeley told Live Science.


Canadian security laws to get beefed up

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 06:42

After Ottawa attacks, Canadian PM Stephen Harper said government will accelerate giving more powers to security agencies.


Islamic State raking in millions on black market oil

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 06:18

WASHINGTON (AP) — Islamic State militants are amassing wealth at an unprecedented pace, earning about $1 million a month from black market oil sales alone, a U.S. Treasury Department official said Thursday.


U.S., allies stage 15 air strikes on Islamic State positions

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 05:23

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. military forces again focused air strikes on the area near the Syrian city of Kobani in their campaign to turn back Islamic State forces and also hit oil facilities held by the militant group, the U.S. Central Command said on Thursday. A total of 15 strikes were staged against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Wednesday and Thursday, according to a statement from Central Command. The statement said U.S. ...


What do we know about Canada gunman?

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 04:38

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, was Quebec native, and appeared on a government watch list.


Maryland man charged after jumping White House fence, dogs cleared for duty

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 04:12
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man arrested after jumping the White House fence on Wednesday night has been charged with three felony counts and four misdemeanors, the U.S. Secret Service said on Thursday. Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, was unarmed when he was arrested on the White House grounds and facing Secret Service dogs that stopped and attacked him, the Secret Service said. ...

Police on alert following 'terror attack' on Jerusalem train station

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 03:49

Police flooded flashpoint neighbourhoods of Jerusalem on Thursday after clashes triggered when a Palestinian rammed his car into a crowd, killing a baby in what authorities described as a "terror attack". It was the second deadly incident involving a Palestinian driving a vehicle in three months and prompted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to order an immediate increase in the police presence across the Holy City. The driver, 21-year-old Abdelrahman Shaludi from the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan, drove his car at high speed into a group of pedestrians, killing a three-month-old girl and injuring six other people. The incident triggered clashes between stone-throwing youths and police in several east Jerusalem neighbourhoods which lasted late into the night.


Matt Bai: The silliest emails of the week

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 02:06

I've been traveling around the country plugging my book on the collision of politics and celebrity in 1987 (see, I just did it again), so I haven't had a lot of time to check in on the latest election polls and midterm controversies. I did spend a half-hour watching TV in a Denver hotel, during which I saw a total of three 30-second ads that did not feature one candidate slandering another. Colorado, I feel for you.


Autopsy of slain Missouri teen shows close-range gunshot

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:42

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - The official autopsy on an unarmed black teenager whose killing by a white police officer in August set off protests in Ferguson, Missouri, suggests he sustained a gunshot wound to the hand from close range, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The autopsy report, obtained by the newspaper and published on its website late on Tuesday, comes as a St. Louis County grand jury considers charges against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. ...


Royals even World Series as benches clear in 7-2 victory

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:31

Tempers flared. The benches cleared. A fight nearly broke out. And a World Series with little verve finally got the jolt it needed Wednesday.


California prisons to end racial lockdown policy

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:49
(Reuters) - The California prison system has agreed to settle a long-running civil rights lawsuit by ending race-based lockdowns of inmates, court records show. The 21-page stipulated settlement, which has not been filed in court but was published online by the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, provides for lockdowns in the prison system of the country's most populous state to now cover all inmates in a certain area or specific inmates deemed to pose a threat. For lockdowns exceeding 14 days, the settlement also requires wardens to make plans for inmates to participate in outdoor activities. ...

PM: 'Canada will never be intimidated'

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:30

Stephen Harper calls the deadly Ottawa rampage Canada's second terror attack in three days.


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