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New Orleans detectives faulted for ignoring sex crimes

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 21:52
(Reuters) - Hundreds of sex crime complaints to the New Orleans Police Department over a three-year period went virtually uninvestigated, city watchdog and police officials said on Wednesday. Roughly 1,300 sexual assault calls were assigned to five detectives between 2011 and 2013, and in 65 percent of those cases officers filed no follow-up reports, the office of the city's inspector-general said in a report. ...

Colorado man's wife, dead in fall from cliff, insured for millions

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 17:27
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado man accused of killing his wife by pushing her off a cliff two years ago stood to reap millions of dollars from life insurance benefits, prosecutors said on Wednesday, as homicide investigators delved separately into the 1995 death of his first spouse. A federal grand jury indicted Harold Henthorn, 58, on first-degree murder charges last week in the slaying of Toni Henthorn, 50, who plunged 50 feet to her death in Rocky Mountain National Park in September 2012. ...

Earthquake shakes parts of Kansas, Oklahoma

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 16:27

CONWAY SPRINGS, Kan. (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 shook parts of Kansas and Oklahoma on Wednesday, the largest since a series of temblors began rattling Kansas a little more than a year ago.

911 calls from school shooting: 'I need help'

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 16:26

Emergency calls during the Washington school shooting describe a frantic, horrific scene.

California man pleads not guilty to killing family of four

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:06

By Dana Feldman VICTORVILLE Calif. (Reuters) - An ex-convict pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to four counts of murder in the slayings of a couple and their two young sons whose skeletal remains were found buried last year in the California desert. The suspect, Charles "Chase" Merritt, 57, has been described by police as a former business associate of the father, Joseph McStay, who was reported missing with his wife and two boys in February 2010 from the family's Southern California home. ...

House, Senate to vote on Keystone

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:59

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-stalled legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline got new life on Wednesday after Senate Democrats suddenly abandoned efforts to block the measure in hopes of helping endangered Sen. Mary Landrieu keep her seat in energy-rich Louisiana.

Forensics expert to testify at Ferguson grand jury

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 12:33

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A private forensic pathologist who performed an autopsy on Michael Brown will testify before the grand jury deciding whether to charge the Ferguson police officer who shot him, the attorney for Brown's parents said Wednesday.

Russia to deploy long-range bombers

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:30

The missions stretch from the Arctic Ocean to Gulf of Mexico, in a show of military force.

Window washers rescued after dangling at NYC's World Trade Center

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:02

By Sascha Brodsky NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City firefighters rescued two window washers on Wednesday who had been trapped for two hours on broken scaffolding dangling outside the 69th floor of New York's tallest skyscraper, local officials said. Rescuers cut a hole in a window of the newly opened building, One World Trade Center, and quickly pulled in the two men from the oblong, open-topped platform as it hung almost vertically high above the National September 11 Memorial in lower Manhattan. ...

WHO says more than 5,000 have now died of Ebola

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:42

The outbreak that is ravaging West Africa marks another grisly toll.

Window washers saved from scaffold dangling from One World Trade Center

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 09:20

Rescue crews are rushing toward One World Trade Center early Wednesday afternoon where scaffolding is dangling from the side of the soaring tower. may work better, but challenges loom for Obamacare customers

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 09:08

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The technology glitches may be a thing of the past. But people shopping online for health insurance plans under U.S. President Barack Obama's healthcare law may encounter a new set of problems early next year, one of them being unexpected new costs., the federal website where people enroll for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, opens for sign-ups for policies covering 2015 this Saturday, the so-called open enrollment period. ...

Tsarnaev lawyers want triple murder evidence

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 08:43

Lawyers for the accused bomber demand evidence relating to grisly 2011 crime.

Dutch unveil world's first solar-powered bicycle path

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 08:24

The Netherlands on Wednesday unveiled the world's first solar bike path, a revolutionary project to harvest the sun's energy that could eventually also be used on roads. The so-called "SolaRoad" bike path is made of concrete modules each measuring 2.5 by 3.5 metres (eight by 11 feet), embedded with solar panels covered in tempered glass. The solar cells currently put the electricity they generate onto the national grid, but future plans include using the energy to power street lights. Electric bikes and cars will one day be able to refuel using contactless charging directly from the road or bike path, said Sten de Wit, a physicist who helped develop the project.

Family of Dallas Ebola victim reaches settlement with hospital

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 08:19

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - The family of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die of Ebola in the United States, said on Wednesday it had reached a settlement with the hospital that had treated him and admitted to making mistakes in addressing his care. Family lawyer Les Weisbrod told reporters the hospital "wanted to do the right thing." Details of the deal were not released and the family will not be billed for his care, he said. Hospital officials said a settlement had been reached but have not provided details. ...

Women face hasty surgery, dirty clinics in Indian sterilization drive

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 08:02

By Aditya Kalra RAIPUR India (Reuters) - The scene in the gloomy room where 83 women were sterilized last weekend is repeated routinely at makeshift contraception clinics across India: bloodstained sheets that aren't changed between patients, and hasty two-minute surgeries. Only this time, something went tragically wrong. More than a dozen of the mostly poor and illiterate villagers operated on by Dr. R.K. Gupta have since died, and scores remain sick in hospital, many of them in intensive care. ...

Obamacare enrollment group faces new challenge

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 07:58

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Enroll America, the U.S. government's private-sector flagship for reaching Americans who lack health insurance, has raised less money than last year to promote enrollment in Obamacare health plans but still expects to reach more consumers. The group, closely aligned with the White House and backed by healthcare companies and nonprofit groups, said on Wednesday it has collected $20 million from donors this year, down from $27 million a year ago. ...

Judge overturns same-sex marriage ban in South Carolina

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 07:43

A federal judge has ordered officials to stop prohibiting same-sex marriages.

Voter turnout for 2014 midterms worst in 72 years

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 05:34

Voter turnout in last week's midterm elections was terrible. How terrible? Just 36.3 percent of eligible voters cast votes — the worst turnout in 72 years.