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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.


Exclusive: U.S. plans to plug coal royalty loophole padding export profits

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:21
By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is drafting rules designed to close an accounting loophole that in recent years has helped coal companies boost export profits and likely cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, people familiar with the plan said. American taxpayers by law are due a 12.5 percent royalty on the sales of millions of tons of coal pulled each year from federal land that mining companies lease. ...

Man arrested after jumping White House fence, causing lockdown

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 17:16
By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man jumped the White House fence on Wednesday evening and was attacked by Secret Service dogs before being arrested, a Secret Service spokesman said. "Dogs got him," the spokesman said, referring to the intruder. Video showed Secret Service agents surrounding the man on the north lawn of the White House, which was put on lockdown for about 90 minutes. The man punched one of the dogs that attacked him, as seen in the video. ...

Nurse Amber Vinson free of Ebola virus, family says

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:16

Barely a week after being diagnosed with Ebola, Texas nurse Amber Vinson is free of the deadly virus, her family said Wednesday night.


Probe: Athletes took fake classes at University of North Carolina

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:29

By Marti Maguire RALEIGH N.C. (Reuters) - More than 3,000 students at the University of North Carolina received credit for fake classes over an 18-year period as part of a program that allowed many of them to remain eligible to play sports, according to a report released on Wednesday. The investigation by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein is the latest of several attempts to unravel allegations of academic fraud involving student-athletes at a university known for both its academic rigor and athletics. ...


Suspected serial killer charged in another murder in Indiana

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:20

By Mark Guarino CROWN POINT Ind. (Reuters) - Suspected serial killer Darren Vann, who was arrested on Saturday and charged in the murder of a young woman whose body was found in a motel in Indiana, was charged on Wednesday in the murder of another woman, prosecutors said. Vann, a convicted sex offender, was charged on Wednesday in the death of Anith Jones, 35, whose body was found in Gary, a hard-scrabble city in northwest Indiana. Vann had already been charged with the murder of Afrikka Hardy, 19, whose body was found last week in nearby Hammond. ...


Sergeant-at-arms hailed as hero

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:24

Kevin Vickers is credited with shooting a gunman in an attack at the Canadian Parliament.


Koch Brothers Super PAC adds another $6.5 million in TV ads

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:02

The Koch brothers-backed super PAC is adding to its TV spending over the final two weeks leading up to the midterm elections, dropping an additional $6.5 million into six competitive U.S. Senate races. The ads will link Democratic candidates to President Obama.


Latest update in Canada shootings

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:49

Police search for suspects near the National War Memorial in central Ottawa.


2 dead in shooting at Canadian Parliament

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:26

Parliament remains on lockdown after a uniformed soldier and a gunman are fatally shot.


Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:25

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong.


U.S. jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards in 2007 Baghdad killings

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:23

By Aruna Viswanatha and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a sweeping victory for the U.S. government, a federal jury on Wednesday found four former Blackwater guards guilty on nearly every count they faced in connection with the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle. Jurors found three of the ex-guards guilty of manslaughter and weapons charges, and a fourth guilty of murder. The verdict comes more than seven years after the shooting incident that outraged Iraqis and inflamed anti-American sentiment around the world. ...


All four Blackwater guards found guilty in 2007 Iraq shootings

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:14

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong.


U.S. Secret Service blasted for sending agents to employee's house

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:04
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Government investigators faulted the Secret Service on Wednesday for pulling agents from their posts near the White House and sending them to the home of an agency employee involved in a private dispute in 2011. The report by the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security is another embarrassment for the Secret Service, which is responsible for guarding the president and his family. Julia Pierson resigned as director of the agency this month after a series of scandals. ...

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