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Louisiana trooper dies after being shot in head

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 06:33
Senior Trooper Steven Vincent, 43, had pulled over to assist the driver of Dodge pickup truck in a ditch on Sunday afternoon, state police said in a statement. The driver, Kevin Daigle, who was driving recklessly earlier, then pulled out a sawed-off shotgun and fired, striking the trooper in the head. You're going to die soon," Louisiana State Police Colonel Michael Edmonson told reporters on Sunday.

How President Bernie Sanders would handle foreign policy

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 04:31

Here is where the Democratic presidential candidates stands on a range of important foreign policy issues.

Wall Street tumbles in volatile action amid global rout

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 04:10

Wall Street dropped on Monday in tumultuous action as traders aggressively sold stocks and bid-up only the safest asset classes.

New Orleans' finances still vulnerable 10 years after Katrina: Moody's

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 03:09

Pension, retiree healthcare and debt service costs combined increased nearly 54 percent from 2009 to 2014, from $129 million to $198 million in 2014, Moody's noted, while fixed costs exceeded 30 percent of the city's operating revenues, even as its contribution to its public pensions fell $17.7 million short in fiscal 2014. New Orleans is also dependent on the oil and gas sector, which is volatile, and its population remains about roughly 18 percent below pre-hurricane levels. In addition, after using its reserves to fill budget gaps during the recession, its liquidity is weak, Moody's said.

Researchers sample enormous oceanic trash vortex ahead of clean-up proposal

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 02:02

Researchers returned on Sunday from mapping and sampling a massive swirling cluster of trash floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, as the Dutch-borne crew works to refine a clean-up strategy it will roll out globally. The crew of the Ocean Cleanup, backed by volunteers in sailboats, ventured to areas of the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch", a swirling mass of human-linked debris spanning hundreds of miles of open sea where plastic outnumbers organisms by factors in the hundreds. The debris, concentrated by circular, clockwise ocean currents within an oblong-shaped "convergence zone", lies near the Hawaiian Islands, about midway between Japan and the U.S. West Coast.

How a New Orleans church found salvation from Katrina in Texas

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 01:29

The congregation of Smoking For Jesus Ministry is still together ten years after the storm.

China's stock market suffers biggest one-day fall since 2007

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 01:13

China's stock market fell Monday by more than 8 percent, its biggest margin in eight years.

Americans, Briton who thwarted attack get France's top honor

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 01:09

The four men were honored for subduing a heavily armed man on a train speeding towards Paris.

China stocks suffer biggest one-day fall since global financial crisis

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 23:21

Chinese stocks plunged more than 8 percent, wiping out what was left of 2015 market gains.

Oklahoma labor commissioner killed in restaurant stabbing: local media

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 19:20
The Commissioner of Labor for Oklahoma, Mark Costello, was killed in a stabbing at a fast food restaurant in Oklahoma City on Sunday, local broadcasters reported, citing unnamed sources. "So sorry to hear the tragic news about Mark Costello," Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said in a Tweet.

Obama sheds summer curse, just in time for daunting fall

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 18:52

EDGARTOWN, Massachusetts (AP) — President Barack Obama may have finally shed his summer curse — just in time for a daunting fall.

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson in coma after wreck at Pocono

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 18:36

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — IndyCar driver Justin Wilson was in a coma and in critical condition after sustaining a head injury when he was hit by a large piece of debris that broke off a car Sunday in the crash-filled race at Pocono Raceway.

Softer winds, new trucks buoy fire crews fighting deadly U.S. Northwest blazes

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 17:39

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Beleaguered ground crews battling newly swelled wildfires across Washington state were aided by softer winds on Sunday as they welcomed the expected arrival of new fire engines and water-carrying tankers to a military base in the drought-stricken U.S. region. The full fleet of 20 large fire engines, to be deployed to hot spots threatening homes, and 10 water tankers will arrive at Fairchild Air Force Base outside Spokane before Tuesday, officials said. Overall, there were 24 large wildfires or clusters of fires burning across Washington state and Oregon on Sunday, among the nearly 70 blazes raging in Idaho, California and Montana, the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise reported.

Boston police thwart possible shooting at Pokemon game competition

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 15:55
The men, 18-year-old Kevin Norton and 27-year-old James Stumbo, were stopped as they tried to enter the event on Thursday at Boston's Hynes Convention Center, the Boston Police Department said. Detectives learned they had toted a 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15 rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition, and a hunting knife in their car from Iowa, Boston police said in a statement. The suspects, who could not be reached for comment, are to be arraigned at Boston Municipal Court, police said.

How does Trump intend to pull off his immigration plan? ‘It’s called management’

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 13:29

The GOP frontrunner continues to dodge specifics on the cost of his reform plan and how he would execute it.

Reid says he's going to support Obama's Iran nuclear deal

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 13:06

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid on Sunday threw his full support behind President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran, saying "it is the best path to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."

Man charged in Texas after firing shots on school roof

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 13:04
The suspect, Christian Pieper, 20, of Richmond, was arrested after police responded to calls at about 8 a.m. that shots were heard coming from the roof of the Velasquez Elementary School, according to the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office. Richmond is on the outskirts of Houston to the southwest. Charges against Pieper include possession of a stolen firearm and trespassing, said a spokesman for the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office.

Beirut protests turn violent for second day as PM threatens to quit

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 12:12

By Laila Bassam and Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Protests against the Lebanese government turned violent for a second day on Sunday, and Prime Minister Tammam Salam threatened to resign as public discontent brought thousands into the streets. Anger at the Salam-led unity cabinet grouping Lebanon's fractious politicians has come to a head over its failure to resolve a crisis over garbage disposal that reflects the wider failings of the weak state. Salam's cabinet has been hamstrung by political and sectarian rivalries that have been exacerbated by wider crises in the Middle East, including the war in neighboring Syria.

Crowd packs former President Carter's Sunday school after his cancer spreads

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 09:12

Larger-than-usual crowds of wellwishers meant former President Jimmy Carter had to teach an extra Bible class at his rural Georgia church on Sunday, after he announced on Thursday cancer had spread to his brain. Carter, 90, a lifelong Baptist and church deacon, has taught Sunday school for decades and the Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia is used to a throng. The theme of the lesson was love, Carter told the 300 people who filled the church's sanctuary, after briefly alluding to his health.

Fire hits HollyFrontier's Tulsa refinery: local reporter

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 08:49
(Reuters) - A fire at HollyFrontier Corp's 125,000 barrels per day (bpd) refinery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is being handled by the company's in-house fire crews, according to a Twitter message by a local journalist. The Tulsa Fire Department told Reuters it had not been notified of a fire that required outside assistance. Oklahoma Highway Patrol also said they had not been contacted.