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Indiana family: Awaiting U.S. to confirm son's death

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 05:33

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Family members of a U.S. aid worker purportedly beheaded by Islamic State group militants say they are aware of reports regarding the death of their "treasured son" but are awaiting government authentication.

The $1 billion divorce: Why Harold Hamm's ex-wife didn't win more

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 05:25

By Joshua Schneyer (Reuters) - Just how much of Harold Hamm's fortune was amassed through his skill and hard work? That was a key question that Oklahoma divorce judge Howard Haralson had to weigh in his decision last week, when he ordered Hamm, the chief executive officer of Continental Resources - and Oklahoma's richest person - to hand over more than $1 billion in cash and assets to his ex-wife in one of the largest-ever U.S. divorce judgments. ...

'I Love Ferguson' signs, T-shirts lift morale in protest-hit town

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 04:03

By Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The streets of Ferguson, Missouri, bear two hallmarks of the months of sometimes violent protests that followed the August police shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. One is boarded-up shop windows, the other, ever-present "I Love Ferguson" signs, T-shirts and stickers. The signs were dreamed up by the city's former mayor, Brian Fletcher, 55, a week after the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown provoked rioting in which businesses were burned out. ...

Graphic IS video claims U.S. aid worker beheaded

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 02:42

Aid worker Peter Kassig has been executed, Islamic State militants claim.

Putin says there is a good chance of ending Ukraine conflict

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 23:42

By Lincoln Feast and Alexei Anishchuk BRISBANE Australia (Reuters) - Leaders from the G20 group of nations agreed on Sunday to boost flagging global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance but ties between the West and Russia plummeted to a new low over the crisis in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin left the G20 summit in Brisbane early as U.S. President Barack Obama accused Russia of invading Ukraine and Britain warned of a possible "frozen conflict" in Europe. ...

G-20 leaders reveal details of global growth plan

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 22:16

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Under pressure to jolt the lethargic world economy back to life, leaders of G-20 nations on Sunday finalized a plan to boost global GDP by more than $2 trillion over five years by investing in infrastructure and increasing trade. The fanfare, however, was overshadowed by tensions between Russian president Vladimir Putin and Western leaders.

Hagel: U.S. needs game-changing military innovation

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 20:58

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Wary of a more muscular Russia and China, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday the Pentagon will make a new push for fresh thinking about how the U.S. can keep and extend its military superiority despite tighter budgets and the wear and tear of 13 years of war.

Army veteran dies of injuries after hotel assault in N. Carolina

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 20:11
(Reuters) - An Army veteran injured and burned during an assault in a North Carolina hotel room a week ago died of his injuries on Saturday, authorities said. Stephen Patrick White, 46, of Greensboro, was assaulted on Nov. 9, Greensboro police said. He died in hospital on Saturday. Police and firefighters found White unconscious and burned in a hotel room after responding to a fire alarm and reports of a man screaming at the city's Battleground Inn. Police arrested the man who was screaming, identified as Garry Joseph Gupton, 26. ...

Workers die after chemical leak at DuPont plant near Houston

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 17:27
(Reuters) - Four workers died and a fifth was hospitalized Saturday after a chemical leak at a DuPont facility near Houston, the company said. The workers were performing routine maintenance tasks at the company's manufacturing facility in La Porte, Texas, when the chemical, methyl mercaptan, began to leak at around 4 a.m. Central Time (5 a.m. ET), spokesman Aaron Woods said. Woods would not say how the company learned of the leak, but said that the Harris County Medical Examiner pronounced four of the workers dead at the scene. ...

4 workers die after Houston-area chemical leak

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 16:18

LA PORTE, Texas (AP) — Four workers were killed and one was injured Saturday during a hazardous chemical leak at a suburban Houston industrial plant, DuPont officials said.

Washington state health exchange shuts down

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 16:15

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington's health care exchange shut down after the first few hours of open enrollment Saturday as state officials and software engineers tried to resolve a problem with tax credit calculations.

Surgeon with Ebola arrives in U.S. for treatment

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 14:02

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone arrived in Nebraska Saturday for treatment at a biocontainment unit where two other people with the disease have been successfully treated.

U.S. military chief says battle with IS starting to turn

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 12:41

By Phil Stewart BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United States' top military officer told American troops on a surprise visit to Baghdad on Saturday that the momentum in the battle with Islamic State was "starting to turn", but predicted a drawn-out campaign lasting several years.     General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was visiting Iraq for the first time since President Barack Obama responded to Islamic State advances this summer by ordering troops back into a country they left in 2011. ...

Ferguson officer's injuries exaggerated?

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 12:31

Newly released video shows Darren Wilson leaving for the hospital after the shooting.

Ferguson protesters decry report officer Wilson may return to work

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 11:09

By Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Activists protesting the fatal shooting in August of an unarmed black teen by a white policeman expressed anger on Saturday after the city's police chief told local media the officer could return to work if a grand jury does not to charge him criminally. The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, which saw weeks of sometimes violent protests following the Aug. 9 shooting, is on edge as a grand jury decides whether the officer, Darren Wilson, will face charges for the shooting of Michael Brown. ...

A world away from Ferguson protests in quiet St. Louis suburb

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 04:15

By Scott Malone FLORISSANT Mo. (Reuters) - In this quiet city just north of Ferguson, Missouri, the neat streets of small homes and shops show no signs of the racial tension that has gripped the adjacent St. Louis suburb since the fatal police shooting in August of an unarmed black teen. In riot-scarred Ferguson, many businesses remain boarded up three months since the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Florissant shows no obvious mark of racial tensions, apart from a few "I Love Ferguson" signs put up to show support for its southern neighbor. ...

Obamacare's 2.0 health insurance enrollment period begins

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 04:06

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's plan to extend private health coverage to the uninsured entered a new uncertain phase on Saturday as government-backed online insurance marketplaces opened their 2015 plans to millions of potential enrollees. The website was widely expected to avoid the mishaps of a year ago, when technical glitches paralyzed operations and drove Democrat Obama's signature domestic policy to the brink of disaster, exposing him to criticism from Republicans who have campaigned for its repeal. ...

Putin gets cool G-20 welcome over Ukraine conflict

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 03:15

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin faced a chorus of criticism Saturday at a world leaders' summit, where the escalating conflict between Russia and Ukraine threatened to overshadow talk of global economics.

Hopes and fears as health law sign-up season opens

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:43

WASHINGTON (AP) — The second sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health overhaul opened Saturday, with hopes that this time consumers will have a positive experience.

At G20 summit, U.S. and Europe blast Russia over Ukraine

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 01:42

By Alexei Anishchuk and Gernot Heller BRISBANE Australia (Reuters) - Western leaders attending a G20 summit blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday for the crisis in Ukraine, threatening further sanctions if Russia did not withdraw troops and weapons from its neighboring nation. U.S. President Barack Obama said Russian aggression against Ukraine was a threat to the world, while the European Council demanded Moscow put pressure on rebels there to accept a ceasefire. ...