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Jordan Spieth wins the Masters in record fashion

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 14:57

Jordan Spieth went wire-to-wire to win the 2015 Masters in spectacular fashion.

Wisconsin students' Rice Krispies treat a snap, crackle, colossus

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 13:21
By Mary Reardon MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - University of Wisconsin-Madison students said on Sunday they have completed a Rice Krispies cereal treat weighing more than 5-1/2 tons they hope will be entered into Guinness World Records. The colossus made by combining Rice Krispies cereal, marshmallows and butter was more than 1,000 pounds heavier than a 10,314 pound Rice Krispies treat made in California in 2010 that is recognized by Guinness World Records. The students had been aiming for a 15,000 pound dessert and manufacturers had donated 9,000 pounds of marshmallows, 5,500 pounds of Rice Krispies and 900 pounds of butter for the effort. Danny Lerner, one of the organizers, said Sunday he was pleased with the results after challenges posed by raw weather and warping in the wooden mold used to make the treat.

Alaska road to oilfield operations opens for limited traffic

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 12:58
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - Alaska’s lone road to North Slope oilfield operations reopened on Sunday to limited traffic after flooding from an adjacent river shut it down for nearly a week, state transportation officials said. Thirty trucks carrying what they deem critical loads are allowed to travel north on the Dalton Highway to Deadhorse, the base of operations for several oilfields that produce more than half a million barrels of crude oil daily, the officials said.

Republicans preemptively react to Hillary Clinton’s presidential announcement

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 12:11

Ahead of Hillary Clinton’s announcement of her bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, her Republican opponents preemptively reacted to the news Sunday by attacking her candidacy.

Hillary Clinton announces her presidential campaign

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 11:23

After years of often-breathless speculation about her future, Hillary Rodham Clinton's team confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in politics: She’s running for president.

Sharpton to preach in South Carolina town where officer shot black man

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 09:00

By Randall Hill NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton plans to deliver a sermon and attend a prayer vigil on Sunday in the South Carolina town where Walter Scott, an African-American father of four, was shot in the back while running from a white patrolman. New York-based Sharpton has said the shooting of Scott, whose death April 4 was filmed by a bystander, validates the need for a federal oversight of policing in the United States. Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral for Scott, 50, on Saturday in Summerville, north of North Charleston where the shooting took place. Sharpton remained in New York, where his National Action Network was wrapping up its national convention.

Shooting drew together ordinary lives of driver, officer

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 08:10

But for a series of split-second decisions that followed a traffic stop, Walter Scott might still be alive and police officer Michael Slager still patrolling the streets.

Pope calls Armenian slaughter '1st genocide of 20th century'

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 23:53

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday honored the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of Armenians by calling it "the first genocide of the 20th century," a politically explosive declaration that will certainly anger Turkey.

Capitol lockdown ends after man shoots himself dead

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 18:41

By Tom Ramstack and Joshua Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man shot himself dead in front of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, police said, sparking a temporary security lockdown at the complex on one of the busiest days for tourists in Washington. The man, who was wearing a backpack and had carried a rolling suitcase and a sign to the site, fired a single shot at himself, Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine told reporters. A bomb squad technician examined the suitcase and the backpack and officials later gave the all-clear, lifting the lockdown after more than two hours. Robert Bishop, a real estate developer from Annapolis, Maryland, who was visiting Washington and was at the scene of the shooting, said the man who killed himself had a sign that he thinks said, "Tax the 1 percent." The deadline for Americans to submit their tax returns is Wednesday.

Clinton's campaign to target middle class

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 16:56

Before the kickoff of her 2016 run, two advisers shed light on the message.

Obama says Clinton would be 'excellent president'

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 15:21

The president heaps praise on his friend, who will announce a White House run.

Capitol lockdown ends after man shoots himself dead

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:47
By Joshua Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man shot himself dead near the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, police said, sparking a temporary security lockdown at the complex on one of the busiest days for tourists in Washington. The lockdown, which ended shortly before 4 p.m. EDT and lasted about two hours, was a precautionary measure, Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said. Police had also been investigating a suspicious package on the lower west terrace of the Capitol building in Washington.

Police report shots fired on west front of U.S. Capitol

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:27

WASHINGTON (AP) — A precautionary lockdown of the U.S. Capitol has been lifted after shots were fired in an apparent suicide.

Boston police officer shot on video released from the hospital

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 11:15

(Reuters) - A Boston policeman has been released from the hospital two weeks after he was shot at close range by a man who was subsequently shot dead by other officers in an incident captured on video, authorities said on Saturday. John Moynihan, 34, has returned home and was continuing to recuperate following surgery to remove a bullet lodged in his neck, Boston police said in a statement. Massachusetts officials on Friday released surveillance video showing the near-fatal shooting of Moynihan, a six-year veteran who was honored for his role in responding to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The decision to make the video public comes after the shooting last week of a black man in the back by a white police officer in South rekindled a national debate over use of force by law enforcement.

Man Shoots Himself Near U.S. Capitol

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 11:00

A man shot himelf near the U.S. Capitol Building today, police said, prompting the building to be put on lockdown and staff told to shelter in place. The man shot himself near the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building today, according to police. Although the man shot himself, the Capitol was locked down as a precautionary measure, Sgt. Kimberly Schneider of the U.S. Capitol police said.

San Francisco police seek robbery suspects after deadly chase

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 09:55
(Reuters) - San Francisco authorities on Saturday were hunting for robbery suspects whose car struck and killed a pedestrian during a chase by police through city streets, police said. The vehicle was spotted by police on Friday evening after an armed robbery of a person in the Nob Hill neighborhood but raced away when officers tried to pull it over, according to an online report by the San Francisco Chronicle. Police lost track of the vehicle in the city's South of Market neighborhood and later found it abandoned on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, it said. The car was unoccupied and had been stolen, it said.

Pope: Church must be 'oasis of mercy,' not severe fortress

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 09:21

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday proclaimed a special year of worldwide efforts by the Catholic Church to stress mercy, not severity, saying the institution's credibility was at stake.

US, Cuban presidents expected to meet Saturday in Panama

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 05:29

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Not since the height of the Cold War have the presidents of the United States and Cuba met face to face.

New Yorkers get direct say on funding of neighborhood projects

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 04:05
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thousands of New Yorkers found an enticing pitch in their in-boxes this month: "Decide How to Spend $1 Million." The email was an invitation to voters to get involved in the latest example of "participatory budgeting," an exercise in grass-roots democracy that seems to be catching on in some big American cities. In New York City, some members of the city council have invited constituents in their districts to vote this month on which local projects they want to be funded with a total of more than $25 million in public money. "It's a great way to get the pulse of the community on what everyone believes city dollars and resources should be spent," said Paul Vallone, a councilman from Queens, one of the five New York City boroughs. In recent years, more than a dozen municipalities including Chicago, Boston and San Francisco have embraced some form of participatory budgeting, says the Participatory Budgeting Project, a non-profit that assists cities in the process.

Funeral to be held for man killed by South Carolina police officer

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 03:05

By Harriet McLeod SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (Reuters) - A memorial service will be held Saturday for Walter Scott, the South Carolina father of four whose death has become the latest flashpoint in the debate over U.S. police tactics after he was shot in the back while running from a white patrolman last week. Scott's family is expected to be escorted to the funeral by police from North Charleston, the city that fired Officer Michael Slager after he was charged with murder when a cell phone video emerged showing him shooting at Scott's back eight times on April 4. The city wants to give Scott's family "the utmost respect and the respect that the gentleman who is deceased deserves," North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said at a press conference a few days before the funeral. The service will be held at 11 a.m. EDT at W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center in Summerville, Scott's family said.