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What is the Khorasan group?

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 15:15

The al-Qaida network in Syria has been under U.S. surveillance for two years.

Maryland hospital to care for U.S. doctor exposed to Ebola in West Africa

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 13:55

By Jon Herskovitz (Reuters) - The U.S. National Institutes of Health plans to admit to one of its special observation wards an American physician exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone, it said on Saturday. The patient, who has not been identified, was expected to be admitted on Sunday to the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, for observation and to enroll in a clinical study, the institute said. ...

Eric Holder: 'I wanted to be an activist attorney general'

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 13:39

Holder reveals how he became a progressive who wouldn't accept excuses for inequality.

Oregon teen accused of bringing homemade bomb to school

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 11:18
(Reuters) - An Oregon teen has been detained on charges of bringing a homemade bomb to his high school and causing a campus evacuation on Friday, police said. The 16-year-old boy, who has not been named because of his age, is accused of placing the explosive device in his locker at St. Helens High School, the St. Helens Police Department said in a statement. Police responded to calls by school staff reporting that they received information about the student possibly harboring an explosive, police said in a statement posted online. ...

James Traficant of Ohio, former congressman and felon, is dead

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 11:01
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Former U.S. Representative James Traficant of Ohio, a brash, eccentric figure known for his bombastic speeches who went to prison for corruption, died on Saturday at age 73, his family attorney said. Traficant had been hospitalized since Wednesday in critical condition after he lost control of his 1948 Ford tractor in the barn at his home in Greenford, Ohio, police said. The tractor rolled over and pinned him underneath. Family attorney Heidi Hanni said Traficant died at 11:30 a.m. ...

James Traficant, convicted ex-congressman, dies

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 10:58

CLEVELAND (AP) — James Traficant, the colorful Ohio politician whose conviction for taking bribes and kickbacks made him only the second person to be expelled from Congress since the Civil War, died Saturday. He was 73.

U.S. flight woes linger after Chicago air traffic center fire

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 09:35

By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - U.S. airports reported hundreds of residual flight cancellations on Saturday, a day after an employee apparently set a Chicago-area air traffic control center on fire and tried to take his own life. The incident forced the evacuation of the Federal Aviation Administration control center in Aurora, Illinois, and severely snarled air traffic on Friday, when an estimated 2,100 flights were canceled at major airports across the country. ...

Suspect in Oklahoma beheading is formally arrested in hospital

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 08:46

(Reuters) - The Oklahoma man suspected of beheading a former co-worker at a food distribution warehouse last week, who was shot by another employee trying to thwart the attack, was placed under arrest in a hospital where he underwent surgery, authorities said on Saturday. Alton Nolen was charged with first degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon when he emerged from sedation, said Moore, Oklahoma, police sergeant Jeremy Lewis. ...

US-led planes strike fighters attacking Syria town

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 07:47

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-led coalition warplanes struck Islamic State fighters in Syria attacking a town near the Turkish border for the first time Saturday, as well as positions in the country's east, activists and a Kurdish official said.

Liberia: Top doctor goes under Ebola quarantine

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 06:19
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's chief medical officer is placing herself under quarantine for 21 days after her office assistant died of Ebola.

Prospect of tighter White House security touches nerve in Washington

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 04:36

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The prospect of more of the U.S. capital being closed off after an intruder got into the White House has struck a nerve in Washington over public space being eroded by barricades and bollards. The possible tightening of security around the president's residence, a highly visible symbol of democracy and a prime draw for tourists and protesters alike, raises questions like whether safety trumps openness or whether a capital city can ever be entirely safe, analysts said. The week after a 42-year-old Iraq war veteran climbed the 7-foot (2. ...

Hundreds of small earthquakes hit central California

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 01:47
(Reuters) - More than 500 small earthquakes struck a volcanic region in central California on Thursday and Friday, posing no immediate risk, federal environmental officials said. The "earthquake swarm" shook the Long Valley Caldera area north of Fresno, an area that has seen an increased amount of quakes, volcanic gas emissions and other disturbances in recent decades, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. "These are just kind of ordinary, everyday earthquakes," said USGS spokeswoman Leslie Gordon. Eight of the quakes were recorded between 3.0 and 3. ...

Volcano erupts in Japan; 250 trapped, 11 hurt

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 01:25

TOKYO (AP) — A volcano erupted in central Japan on Saturday, catching mountain climbers by surprise and trapping more than 250 people. At least 11 people were injured, including seven who were unconscious.

Hong Kong police arrest protesters at government complex

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 00:38

HONG KONG (AP) — Riot police in Hong Kong on Saturday arrested scores of students who stormed the government headquarters compound during a night of scuffles to protest China's refusal to allow genuine democratic reforms in the semiautonomous city.

Chelsea Clinton gives birth to baby girl

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 23:59

Bill and Hillary Clinton are grandparents. The couple's daughter, Chelsea Clinton, has given birth to her first child, a daughter named Charlotte.

Four dead, dozen injured in college bus crash in Oklahoma

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 23:42
(Reuters) - Four college softball players were killed, and a dozen others were injured, when their bus was involved in a crash on an Oklahoma freeway, officials said on Friday. The crash occurred around 9 p.m. local time (0200 GMT) when a semi truck crossed over a median into oncoming traffic north of Ardmore, Oklahoma and collided with the bus, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Captain Ronnie Hampton said. Three of the North Central Texas College softball players were pronounced dead at the scene, and a fourth player died after being taken to a local hospital, Hampton said. ...

New Mexico sheriff guilty of violating motorist's civil rights

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 18:03
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - A New Mexico sheriff was found guilty by a federal jury on Friday of violating a motorist's civil rights when he dragged the man out of his vehicle and struck him with his badge after a high-speed car chase, prosecutors said. Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella, 52, was also found guilty of a federal firearms charge and was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals after the verdict. He could face a total of up to 17 years in prison on the two counts. According to a federal indictment filed in U.S. ...

Attorney Gen. Holder reflects on career

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 17:13

Eric Holder will leave his office as one of Obama's most accomplished progressives.

Justice Department tells Ferguson police to stop wearing bracelets

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 16:41

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department asked the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department on Friday to order its officers not to wear bracelets with the name of the white officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager last month, sparking protests. In a letter to Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, the Justice Department said residents had told federal investigators that officers policing protest sites on Tuesday in Ferguson were seen wearing "I am Darren Wilson" bracelets. Wilson killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, causing outrage in the mostly black St. ...

U.S. official says Khorasan Group threat to aviation

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 14:52

WASHINGTON (AP) — An al-Qaida cell in Syria known as the Khorasan Group, which was targeted by U.S. airstrikes this week, represents "a clear and present danger" to commercial flights to Europe and the United States, the Obama administration's top aviation security official said Friday.