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Obama: U.S. intelligence underestimated militants in Syria

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 08:05

U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated Islamic State activity inside Syria, which has become "ground zero" for jihadists worldwide, President Barack Obama said in a CBS television interview broadcast on Sunday. Conversely, the United States overestimated the ability of the Iraqi army to fight the militant groups, Obama said in a "60 Minutes" interview taped on Friday, days after the U.S. president made his case at the United Nations for action. Citing earlier comments by James Clapper, director of national intelligence, Obama acknowledged that U.S. ...


Joni Ernst surges into the lead in Iowa Senate race as GOP 2016 hopefuls come to town

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 06:06

On a night when Republicans got a dose of very good news in the election battle that could decide who controls the U.S Senate, three potential Republican presidential candidates flocked to Iowa to speak to more than 1,000 conservative Christians at an annual dinner.


U.S-led raids hit makeshift oil refineries funding IS

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 05:24

U.S.-led warplanes kept up strikes on oil sites funding the Islamic State group on Sunday, as Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate threatened reprisals after a key operative was reported killed.


HK police use tear gas to try to clear protesters

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 03:42

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police used tear gas on Sunday and warned of further measures as they tried to clear thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered outside government headquarters in a challenge to Beijing over its decision to restrict democratic reforms for the city.


Obesity research takes high-tech twist at Florida school

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 03:22
By Letitia Stein ST. PETERSBURG Fla. (Reuters) - Freshmen at Florida's Lakewood High School lined up against gold and black gymnasium mats on Friday to have their height and weight measured, an assessment to launch a novel study on fighting teenage obesity with trendy new technology. Researchers affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine, whose network includes a Florida children's hospital near the school, plan to use results of the screening to select about 50 overweight students and track their activity levels using the Fitbit, a connected wristband. ...

Five family members found dead of unknown causes in Utah home

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 23:57
(Reuters) - Authorities on Saturday night found two parents and their three children dead of unknown causes inside their Utah home, officials said. Officers arrived at the Springville home and discovered the bodies of the mother and father, both in their thirties, along with their three children aged between 11 and 14 years old, Springville Police Department Lieutenant Dave Caron said. There were no signs of trauma on any of the bodies, prompting officials to believe that the family may have succumb to carbon monoxide poisoning, Caron said. ...

More than 30 believed dead at Japanese volcano

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 23:24

TOKYO (AP) — Rescue workers have found 30 or more people unconscious and believed to be dead near the peak of an erupting volcano in central Japan, local government and police said.


Police: Ferguson officer shot; 2 suspects wanted

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 23:14

Two men at a community center ran from the officer and then opened fire during a foot chase, authorities said.


Authorities: Police officer shot while on patrol in Ferguson

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 20:28

By Kenny Bahr FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - A police officer from the strife-hit Missouri city of Ferguson was shot on Saturday and the suspect was still at large, law enforcement officials said. The officer's injuries were not life threatening, the Missouri Department of Public Safety said. St Louis broadcaster KSDK said the officer was shot in the arm. "A search is under way for the suspect in the shooting of the officer," the Department of Public Safety said, adding the shooting took place at a community center slightly removed from main protest areas. ...


Authorities: Police officer shot in Ferguson, Missouri

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 20:27

Authorities said a police officer was shot Saturday night in Ferguson, Missouri, the scene of racial unrest in the wake of the August shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer.


Student reports being shot at Indiana State University

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 18:04
(Reuters) - A student at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, reported to police on Saturday that he had been shot, police said, without giving details on any injuries the student may suffered. The student was conscious and alert when officers arrived, the university's police division said in a statement on its website. "It is believed this is an isolated shooting incident," the statement said. "There is a heavy police presence on campus though it is believed that the shooter has left the area." The university police chief could not be immediately reached for comment. ...

Parents of slain Ferguson teen unmoved by police chief's apology

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 16:46

WASHINGTON (AP) — The parents of Michael Brown told The Associated Press on Saturday they were unmoved by the apology given by the Ferguson, Missouri, police chief weeks after their unarmed 18-year-old son was killed by a police officer.


U.S. flight woes linger after Chicago air traffic center fire

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 16:20

By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - U.S. airports reported hundreds of residual flight cancellations on Saturday, a day after a fire at a Chicago-area air traffic control center that authorities said was set by an employee who then tried to take his own life. The incident forced the evacuation of the Federal Aviation Administration control center in Aurora, Illinois, and severely snarled air traffic on Friday, when an estimated 2,100 flights were canceled at major airports across the country. ...


Juror removed from Florida retrial after report he questioned prosecutor's ability

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 15:19

By Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE Fla. (Reuters) - A juror was removed on Saturday in the Florida trial of a white man accused of murdering an unarmed black teen after a published report the jury member questioned the competence of the state attorney handling the racially charged case. Judge Russell Healey removed the juror shortly before testimony began on the third day of the retrial of software engineer Michael Dunn, 47, who is charged with the first-degree murder of Jordan Davis, 17, during a gas station dispute over loud rap music. ...


What is the Khorasan group?

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 15:15

The al-Qaida network in Syria has been under U.S. surveillance for two years.


Maryland hospital to care for U.S. doctor exposed to Ebola in West Africa

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 13:55

By Jon Herskovitz (Reuters) - The U.S. National Institutes of Health plans to admit to one of its special observation wards an American physician exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone, it said on Saturday. The patient, who has not been identified, was expected to be admitted on Sunday to the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, for observation and to enroll in a clinical study, the institute said. ...


Eric Holder: 'I wanted to be an activist attorney general'

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 13:39

Holder reveals how he became a progressive who wouldn't accept excuses for inequality.


Oregon teen accused of bringing homemade bomb to school

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 11:18
(Reuters) - An Oregon teen has been detained on charges of bringing a homemade bomb to his high school and causing a campus evacuation on Friday, police said. The 16-year-old boy, who has not been named because of his age, is accused of placing the explosive device in his locker at St. Helens High School, the St. Helens Police Department said in a statement. Police responded to calls by school staff reporting that they received information about the student possibly harboring an explosive, police said in a statement posted online. ...

James Traficant of Ohio, former congressman and felon, is dead

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 11:01
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Former U.S. Representative James Traficant of Ohio, a brash, eccentric figure known for his bombastic speeches who went to prison for corruption, died on Saturday at age 73, his family attorney said. Traficant had been hospitalized since Wednesday in critical condition after he lost control of his 1948 Ford tractor in the barn at his home in Greenford, Ohio, police said. The tractor rolled over and pinned him underneath. Family attorney Heidi Hanni said Traficant died at 11:30 a.m. ...

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