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French official: 2 Americans subdued train gunman

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 12:56

A gunman opened fire with an automatic weapon on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris Friday, wounding three people before being subdued by two American passengers, officials said.

Mistrial in case of North Carolina policeman who shot black man

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 12:36
Randall Kerrick, 29, faced a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the September 2013 death of Jonathan Ferrell, 24, a former Florida A&M football player who had wrecked his car on a dark road and was seeking help when he encountered officers. Ferrell ran and Kerrick opened fire at point-blank range and killed him. Judge Robert Ervin earlier on Friday urged the jurors to continue deliberations and ask for any exhibits or trial testimony they might need to reach a verdict.

Baylor football player to face punishment for Texas sexual assault

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 09:40
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A jury in Waco, Texas that convicted a Baylor University football player of sexual assault heard testimony on Friday as it weighs his punishment, which could include up to 20 years in prison. Defensive end Sam Ukwuachu, 22, was convicted on Thursday on charges that he sexually assaulted a Baylor women's soccer player at his Waco apartment in 2013. Ukwuachu had told the same jury in the central Texas city that the encounter was consensual and that he had a previous relationship with the woman.

Nashville hotel cancels reservations for hate group CCC, cited by Dylann Roof

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 07:42

The Guesthouse Inn says that it canceled the reservations for members of the Council of Conservative Citizens white supremacist group, which had scheduled an event at the hotel for this weekend.

Black teen killed by St. Louis police shot in back: autopsy

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 06:34
The results of the autopsy by the city's medical examiner in the death of Mansur Ball-Bey are preliminary and an investigation of the incident continues, police said in a statement. The finding may escalate tensions that flared immediately after the shooting Wednesday, as protesters and family members of the slain teen questioned police accounts that Ball-Bey pointed a gun at them as he fled from a home where police were serving a search warrant. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper that the location of the fatal wound neither proves nor disproves the account given by the two officers who said they fired four rounds at Ball-Bey.

U.S. agency opens probe into 2008 Honda Accord air bag controller

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 06:14

U.S. safety regulators have opened an investigation into air bags on Honda Motor Co's 2008 Accord sedans after 19 complaints of malfunctioning air bags including a front crash that resulted in injuries, federal officials said on Friday. The issue involves a module that controls deployment of the air bag. This appears to be a problem separate from that of combustible air bag inflators in Honda vehicles and has caused the recall of millions of them.

Cheating site logged federal subscribers with sensitive jobs

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 03:59

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. government employees with sensitive jobs in national security or law enforcement were among hundreds of federal workers found to be using government networks to access and pay membership fees to the cheating website Ashley Madison, The Associated Press has learned.

North Korea orders troops on war footing

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 03:08

Kim Jong Un declares a "quasi-state of war" after an exchange of fire with South Korea.

Wildfires rage in U.S. Northwest, army and foreign crews called in

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 20:17

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - U.S. crews battling a flurry of wildfires raging unchecked across the Pacific Northwest contended with high winds on Thursday, a day after three firefighters were killed and four others were injured in Washington state. Authorities late Thursday ordered the immediate evacuation of the small community of Tonasket, nestled along the bank of the Okanogan River in north-central Washington, impacting about 1,000 people. On Wednesday, some 4,000 households in the riverfront towns of Twisp and Winthrop, in the foothills of the Cascade mountains about 75 miles (120 km) southwest of Tonasket, were also forced to flee the encroaching blaze.

Shaun King: 'White man on my birth certificate is not my biological father'

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 19:51

Prominent Black Lives Matter activist accused this week of misrepresenting his race has breaks his silence, says mother had affair with "a light-skinned black man."

North Korea warns of war after exchange of fire with South

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 19:02

North Korea on Friday declared a "a quasi-state of war in frontline areas" facing the rival South and said it was ready for military operations after tensions jumped a day earlier with shells fired across the world's most heavily armed border.

Explosion at New York high school injures three

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 18:36
(Reuters) - A gas line explosion at a New York high school on Thursday injured three construction workers, one critically, authorities said. The explosion occurred at about 8 p.m. EDT at John F. Kennedy High School in New York's Bronx borough while construction work was going on in a sixth-floor laboratory, a police spokesman said.

Florida woman says she secretly recorded Jared Fogle

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 17:35

A Florida woman says former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle told her years ago about his interest in having sex with minors and that she went to authorities who told her to record the conversations. Rochelle ...

St. Louis police chief defends fatal shooting by officers

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 13:49

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The police chief on Thursday unapologetically defended the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old who was killed by two white officers in a confrontation that drew protesters and unrest back to the streets.

Bergdahl lawyer slams candidate Trump over 'traitor' comments

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 13:41

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The lawyer for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the former Taliban prisoner in Afghanistan charged with desertion, on Thursday chastised U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for calling his client a "traitor." "Sergeant Bergdahl is not charged with treason or anything like it," attorney Eugene Fidell said in a statement. "I condemn Mr. Trump's reckless disregard for the truth.

Army pilot, military cop are 1st women to pass Ranger School

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 13:16

FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) — One of the first women to graduate from the Army's notoriously grueling Ranger School says she hopes her success will go toward proving that women in the military are capable of doing what men do.

Stock market endures worst day in 18 months

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 13:08

The U.S. stock market is closing with its worst performance in 18 months, driven lower by another slump in Chinese shares and heavy selling by technical traders.

Drones banned from Philadelphia skies for pope's visit

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:27

The Federal Aviation Administration issued the aircraft restrictions, including the barring of model airplanes and hot air balloons in Philadelphia on Sept. 26 and 27, when the pope is to tour the city during his first visit to the United States. "The restrictions are designed to provide a safe and secure environment for the event but also ensure fair and equitable access to all airspace users to the greatest extent possible," the FAA said.

Trump pictured holding live American bald eagle in Time magazine

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 09:58

Donald Trump appears on the cover of Time magazine this week — but it’s not the cover that’s drawing the most attention. Inside, the Republican presidential frontrunner is pictured standing in his 25th-floor office in midtown Manhattan holding an eagle.

Jimmy Carter to undergo radiation for cancer on his brain

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:00

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter announced Thursday that his cancer is on four small spots on his brain and he will immediately begin radiation treatment, saying he is "at ease with whatever comes."