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Obama's Syria war carries risks for him at home and abroad

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 15:06

By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Appearing relaxed enough to crack a joke, U.S. President Barack Obama took to the world stage on Tuesday after launching airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants but he is still facing huge political risks at home and abroad. The reason for Obama's good humor? His diplomacy paid off this time, with military contributions from five Arab states. One of his first items of business after arriving in New York for meetings at the United Nations was to personally thank representatives from the five. ...

U.S. security officials issue bulletin on Syria-based threat

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 14:31
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. security agencies issued an intelligence bulletin on Tuesday about threats from Syria-based al Qaeda operatives, a Homeland Security spokeswoman said. The Department of Homeland Security and FBI alerted state, local and federal law enforcement to the latest threats, said to DHS spokeswoman Marsha Catron. "Recent intelligence indicated that senior Syria-based AQ operatives were nearing the execution phase for an attack in Europe or the homeland," she said. U.S. ...

Ariz. fugitive captured after months on run

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 13:53

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A former personal trainer who broke free from an Arizona jail by hoisting himself atop a basketball hoop and pulling apart a security fence is back in custody after months on the run, authorities said Tuesday.

U.S.: Terror group was nearing attack

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 13:26

U.S. bombed cell of al-Qaida militants in northwestern Syria of whom few have heard.

Secret Service interviewed accused W.H. intruder twice

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 13:25

In both cases, the Secret Service concluded there was no evidence that Omar Gonzalez was a security threat: U.S. official.

Mont. prosecutor seeks 10 years for teacher rapist

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 13:14

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana prosecutor is seeking 10 years in prison for a teacher who raped a 14-year-old student, after the Supreme Court rejected a one-month sentence from an earlier judge whose comments pinned some responsibility on the victim.

After 13 years, Belgian 9/11 victim identified

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 13:07

More than 13 years after the September 11 attacks in New York City, one Belgian victim has finally been identified.

3 Afghan soldiers in U.S. immigration custody

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:44

BOSTON (AP) — Three Afghanistan National Army officers who vanished during training in Massachusetts were placed in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday after being detained on the Canadian border, authorities said.

Holder: Al-Qaida cell was nearing attack

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:08

AG to Yahoo's Katie Couric: Khorasan is "capable" of being a greater concern than IS.

Fire at memorial to slain teen adds to tensions in Ferguson

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:48

City leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, faced heightened tensions on Tuesday after an early morning fire destroyed a makeshift memorial honoring the black teenager killed last month by a white police officer. The memorial for 18-year-old Michael Brown that caught fire was erected in a grassy area alongside the road where Brown died. A larger memorial, which runs down the center lane of the road, was untouched by the fire. Still, neighborhood residents who have been protecting and building on the memorials since Brown was killed Aug. ...

More insurers to join Obamacare in 2015

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 10:08

The number of insurers offering individual health plans on the Obamacare exchanges will increase about 25 percent in 2015 and that should keep down prices, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Tuesday in a report. More than 7 million people signed up for health insurance through the exchanges in 2014, which were created under President Barack Obama's national healthcare reform law and offer income-based subsidies. Next year, there will be 63 additional issuers in the 44 states for which it has data, the agency said in a report. ...

Obama: No nation has 'free pass' on climate change

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:48

Pres. Obama warns that the globe's climate is changing faster than efforts to address it.

D'Souza gets community confinement for election law violation

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:40

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza was sentenced on Tuesday to spend eight months in a community confinement center during five years of probation after pleading guilty to a campaign finance law violation. The defendant, a frequent critic of President Barack Obama, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan. He was also given a $30,000 fine and ordered to do one day of community service a week during his probation. D'Souza, 53, admitted in May to illegally reimbursing two 'straw donors' who donated $10,000 each to the unsuccessful 2012 ...

Sierra Leone: 130 Ebola cases found during lockdown

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:36

Sierra Leone says 130 confirmed cases of Ebola were found during a three-day nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the disease. Officials are awaiting tests on about 70 more suspected cases.

3 dead in shooting at UPS facility in Ala., say police

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:11

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A UPS employee opened fire Tuesday morning inside one of the company's warehouses in Alabama, killing two people before committing suicide, police said.

Life sentence in NYC for Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:05

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A seemingly unrepentant Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday in New York following his conviction on terrorism charges. A Manhattan federal jury in March found the Kuwaiti-born 48-year-old guilty of conspiring to kill Americans, conspiring to provide material support for terrorists and providing such support, after a trial that offered a rare glimpse of bin Laden in the hours following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. U.S. ...

Chicago Mayor Emanuel proposes decriminalizing pot in Illinois

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 08:59

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday to reform sentencing for low-level drug offenses, which would include ticketing rather than arresting people caught with small amounts of marijuana. Emanuel had backed a 2012 change in Chicago law that decriminalized marijuana in the nation's third-largest city. Emanuel said on Tuesday that the change statewide would save tax dollars, allow police to focus on more serious crimes and keep non-violent offenders from a lifetime in the criminal justice system. ...

Pa. fugitive appears in documentary as Vietnam War re-enactor

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 08:52

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — The manhunt for the survivalist accused of ambushing a state police barracks has narrowed to the rural area where he grew up and his parents still live, but the suspect has managed to elude capture despite the efforts of hundreds of law enforcement officials.

Somali pirates release U.S.-German hostage

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 08:33

Mogadishu (AFP) - Somali pirates on Tuesday freed a German-American journalist and writer, Michael Scott Moore, two and a half years after he was kidnapped in the war-torn Horn of Africa nation, officials said.

Pentagon: Khorasan group nearing attack

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 08:26

U.S. bombed cell of al-Qaida militants in northwestern Syria of whom few have heard.