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White Christmas expected in Colorado, rain elsewhere in much of U.S.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 11:24
By Mark Guarino CHICAGO (Reuters) - Central Colorado is the only part of the United States that can expect to have a white Christmas on Thursday, despite storms that have brought rain and fog to many parts of the country, the National Weather Service said on Wednesday. The forecast comes amid one of the busiest travel times of the year. The AAA travelers' association estimates that 98.6 million people, up 4 percent from last year, will travel more than 50 miles during the period from Tuesday to Jan. 4. ...

Where and when you can watch 'The Interview'

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 10:05

The controversial R-rated comedy will also simultaneously appear in 300 theaters around the country, setting a precedent for studio use of VOD

U.S. South menaced by storms as Mississippi cleans up from tornadoes

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 09:09
By Emily Le Coz JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - Severe thunderstorms menaced the U.S. Southeast on Wednesday, as emergency workers in Mississippi surveyed damage from tornadoes that killed at least four people and injured 20. As the storms moved eastward on Christmas Eve, damaging wind gusts and possibly more tornadoes threatened northern Florida, parts of Georgia and the Carolinas, according to the National Weather Service. ...

Officer kills armed 18-year-old near Ferguson

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 06:37

A crowd gathered at the scene in Berkeley, Mo., a few miles from Ferguson.

Islamic State makes big capture

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 06:34

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters took a Jordanian pilot prisoner after his warplane was shot down in northeast Syria on Wednesday, the first captive taken from the U.S.-led coalition battling the jihadi group. Jordan's armed forces said one of its pilots had been captured after a coalition air raid over the province of Raqqa. "Jordan holds the group (IS) and its supporters responsible for the safety of the pilot and his life," said a statement read out on state television. ...

Firefighters targeted in drive-by shooting in north Florida

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 05:49
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A firefighter was grazed in the arm during a drive-by shooting at a north Florida fire station on Tuesday evening, local media reported. The firefighter's injuries were not life-threatening, the Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters said in a Facebook post. The mayor of the north Florida city condemned the shootings. "I am outraged by cowardly attacks on our brave first responders," said Mayor Alvin Brown in a Facebook post. "These attacks will not be tolerated." The incident follows a violent week for law enforcement officers. ...

Things get worse for 'nut rage' exec

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 05:08

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors are seeking to arrest the former executive at Korean Air Lines Co. who forced a flight to return over a bag of macadamia nuts and a current executive for attempts to cover up the "nut rage" case.

IS captures Jordanian pilot in Syria after crash

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 03:42

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Islamic State group militants captured a Jordanian pilot after his warplane crashed while conducting airstrikes over Syria, the Jordanian military said Wednesday. It was the first instance of a foreign soldier falling into the group's hands since the U.S.-led coalition began its air campaign against the extremists.

Police shoot black teen at Missouri gas station

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 01:29
By Eric M. Johnson (Reuters) - An 18-year-old black man was shot and killed by police at a gas station late on Tuesday in a St. Louis suburb near where unarmed teen Michael Brown was killed by a white officer in August, police and local media said. A live video feed showed the gas station cordoned off by yellow tape and guarded by police, some in helmets and carrying riot shields, with bystanders shouting at them in a tense standoff. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper reported that some 60 people had gathered at the scene and that at least three people were arrested. ...

Police: Officer in Missouri shot, killed man who pulled gun

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 01:23

BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis police officer shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at him at a gas station late Tuesday, police said.

Key developments in case of 2 slain NYPD officers

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 22:04

Despite calls from officials for restraint, hundreds of protesters marched through midtown Manhattan on Tuesday night.

S. Korean prosecutors to arrest 'nut rage' official

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 20:42

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors are seeking to arrest the former executive at Korean Air Lines Co. who forced a flight to return over a bag of macadamia nuts and a current executive for attempts to cover up the "nut rage" case.

Ex-President George H.W. Bush taken to hospital

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 20:04

The former president, 90, was hospitalized after experiencing shortness of breath.

Severe weather slams southern U.S.; 4 killed

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 20:03

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Severe weather slamming the southern U.S. two days before Christmas killed at least four people, flipped cars, knocked out power to thousands and damaged several homes and businesses.

Former President Bush, 90, hospitalized for shortness of breath

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 19:53

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, 90, was hospitalized in Houston, Texas, late on Tuesday after experiencing shortness of breath, a spokesman for the 41st commander-in-chief said in a statement. Bush's latest health scare came two years after he was struck by illness during the 2012 holiday season. He spent seven weeks in a Houston hospital for bronchitis and related ailments before his discharge in mid-January of 2013. ...

Tornadoes kill four people, cause major damage in Mississippi

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 18:17

By Emily Le Coz JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - Tornadoes unleashed by thunderstorms along the U.S. Gulf Coast ripped through southeastern Mississippi on Tuesday, killing four people, injuring many and causing extensive damage, authorities said. One of the heaviest-hit areas was a commercial district along a U.S. Highway 98 bypass in the town of Columbia in Marion County, about 30 miles (48 km) west of Hattiesburg, state emergency management spokesman Greg Flynn told Reuters. ...

U.S. to pay $3.2 million to contractor freed from Cuba prison

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 15:46

By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Alan Gross, the contractor freed last week after five years in a Cuban jail will receive $3.2 million from the U.S. government as part of a settlement with his employer, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced on Tuesday. Gross was employed by Bethesda, Maryland-based DAI as part of a USAID-financed project in Cuba. DAI had sought $7 million for Gross, said a USAID spokesman. "Our understanding is that the money will go to Alan Gross as part of an agreement between the two parties," the USAID spokesman said. ...

Four tornado-related deaths confirmed in Mississippi

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 15:18

JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - At least four people were killed in tornadoes that struck southeastern Mississippi on Tuesday, coroner and emergency management officials said. Two of the fatalities occurred in Marion County, a woman who died at a shopping strip and another in a trailer home, when a twister ripped through the rural town of Columbia, Mississippi, in late afternoon, county Coroner Norma Williamson said. ...

NY protesters reject plea for hiatus despite police slayings

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 15:03

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mayor Bill de Blasio's attempts to soothe a city dismayed by the slaying of two officers were further rebuffed on Tuesday as protesters defied his call to suspend what have become regular demonstrations over excessive police force. De Blasio led a moment of silence at City Hall in the afternoon three days after the attack on the officers before asking his staff to hug those nearby "as a symbol of our belief that we will move forward together. ...

Despite Supreme Court order, Florida gay marriage ban back in court

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 14:35
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - A tiny county in the northern Florida Panhandle, facing the prospect of court-ordered gay marriage going into effect next month, filed an emergency motion on Tuesday asking a federal judge to clarify whether it must marry all gay couples. The request follows statewide confusion over a U.S. Supreme Court order last week declining to extend a stay on a ruling that found the state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The order cleared the way for gay marriages to begin on Jan. 6. ...