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Stargazers share stunning images of solar eclipse

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 07:22

People across Europe shot stunning footage of the solar eclipse that turned the morning sky dark.

Indian train accident kills at least 30, leaves 50 injured

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:26

By Sharat Pradhan Bachhrawan, India (Reuters) - At least 30 people were killed and 50 injured when an express train overshot a railway signal and some carriages went off the rails in a northern Indian state on Friday, officials said. India's creaking railway system is the world's fourth largest, ferrying more than 20 million people each day, but it has a poor safety record, with thousands of people dying in accidents every year. Friday’s accident occurred at Bachhrawan railway station, about 45 km (28 miles) from Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, one of India's most populous states."Dead bodies after dead bodies were being pulled out," said Gyaneshwari, a 43-year-old passenger, who uses only one name. Blood was splattered in and around the wreckage.The accident happened when the train driver "overshot the signal ... causing derailment of the tail engine and two coaches," Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu told parliament.

At least 77 killed in triple suicide bombings in Yemen

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:17

Officials say 121 others were wounded in attacks targeting mosques attended by Shiite Huthis.

Day 1 of NCAA tourney: 12 hours of nonstop drama

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 23:56

t'll be difficult for the NCAA tournament to top the last-possession magic of Thursday's 16 games.

Eclipse sweeps across Atlantic, visible only from remote islands

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 23:44

Thousands of sky gazers flock to remote islands for a chance to see a total solar eclipse.

Ohio man cleared of murder after 39 years in jail to get $1 million payment

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 23:02

(Reuters) - An Ohio man freed last year after spending 39 years in jail for a murder he did not commit will receive more than $1 million from the state for his wrongful imprisonment, court records show. An Ohio Court of Claims judge on Thursday ordered that just over $1 million be paid to Ricky Jackson, the longest-held U.S. prisoner to be cleared of a crime. "Wow, I didn't know that," Jackson told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which said he learnt of the payment from a journalist. Jackson was convicted along with Wiley Bridgeman and Bridgeman's brother, Kwame Ajamu, for the 1975 murder of Harold Franks, a money order salesman in the Cleveland area, after a 12-year-old boy testified he saw the attack, court papers show.

Border Patrol agent in Washington state shoots person dead

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 22:55
(Reuters) - A Border Patrol agent in Washington state fatally shot a person on Thursday who was suspected of crossing the U.S.-Canada border illegally and attacking the officer, officials said. The shooting occurred around 2:30 p.m. local time near Sumas, Washington, according to a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The statement said the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General, Customs and Border Protection internal affairs and other authorities were investigating the incident, and that details had also been sent to the FBI.

San Francisco police officer resigns amid racist text probe

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 22:54
A San Francisco police officer involved in a scandal over racist and homophobic text messages allegedly sent by four officers has resigned, officials said on Thursday. The San Francisco police department confirmed on Thursday night that Michael Robison had stepped down, but was unable to provide additional details. The Los Angeles Times reported that Robison, who is a 23-year-veteran and is gay, left the department on Wednesday, citing his attorney Tony Brass. "He's a gay police officer that joined the most diverse police department in the country," Brass told The Times.

FBI probing death of black man hanging from tree in Mississippi

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 21:31
The FBI is investigating the death of a black man found hanging from a tree in Mississippi on Thursday in what may be either a criminal case or a suicide, the agency said. The man, who authorities did not name, was found more than two weeks after he had gone missing in a wooded area in Claiborne County in western Mississippi, about half a mile from his home, Jackson-based FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jason Pack said in a statement. State and local authorities are also probing the death, Pack said. The Mississippi chapter of the NAACP identified the dead man as Otis Byrd, 54, and called for a swift and thorough federal investigation into his death.

Teen accomplice gets 16 years in Spokane murder of World War Two vet

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 18:03
A Washington state teenager was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Thursday for his role in the murder of an 88-year-old World War Two veteran who was beaten to death during a robbery outside a Spokane fraternal lodge, his lawyer said. Demetruis Glenn, 17, received the sentence in Spokane County Superior Court, his lawyer Christian Phelps said. Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard, also 17, were accused of assaulting Delbert "Shorty" Belton as he sat in his vehicle in the August 2013 incident. Adams-Kinard was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Feb. 5 after changing his plea to guilty in January.

Jeb Bush live-streams Atlanta speech using Meerkat

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 16:08

Jeb Bush became the first potential presidential candidate to use Meerkat on Thursday, delivering a speech via the live-streaming app that’s been predicted to change the 2016 election.

Secret Service chief insists no crash at White House

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 14:47

Joseph Clancy pushed back on any suggestion that his agency deliberately erased surveillance video.

Britain's Prince Charles meets Obama on U.S. goodwill tour

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 14:28

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday as part of a goodwill tour of the United States. Obama and the Prince of Wales chatted amiably in front of reporters and television cameras while the Duchess of Cornwall sat smiling on a couch nearby. "I think it’s fair to say that the American people are quite fond of the royal family," Obama told the prince. It was the first White House visit by Charles since May 2011.

Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton promise, charity did not disclose donors

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 13:40

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - In 2008, Hillary Clinton promised Barack Obama, the president-elect, there would be no mystery about who was giving money to her family's globe-circling charities. She made a pledge to publish all the donors on an annual basis to ease concerns that as secretary of state she could be vulnerable to accusations of foreign influence. At the outset, the Clinton Foundation did indeed publish what they said was a complete list of the names of more than 200,000 donors and has continued to update it. In response to questions from Reuters, officials at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and the foundation confirmed no complete list of donors to the Clintons' charities has been published since 2010.

Israeli leader backtracks from Palestinian state opposition

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 13:18

JERUSALEM (AP) — Days after winning re-election, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday backtracked from hard-line statements against the establishment of a Palestinian state in the face of a diplomatic backlash.

Judge refuses to order release of Garner grand jury transcripts

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 11:26
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state judge on Thursday refused to order the release the transcripts of secret grand jury proceedings into the killing of an unarmed black man last July by a white police officer who put him in a chokehold. Acting Supreme Court Justice William Garnett said that civil liberty groups, the news media, public defenders and New York's elected public advocate had not shown that they had a need for the records. (Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

Judge won't release grand jury testimony in Eric Garner death

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 11:16

The judge argued there wasn't a good enough reason to release the secret information.

Suspect in fatal Arizona shooting rampage appears in court

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:24

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona ex-convict appeared in court on Thursday accused of killing one person and wounding five others in a shooting rampage that began at a motel in suburban Phoenix and ended with his capture four hours later. Ryan Elliott Giroux, 41, who is alleged to have white supremacist ties, is charged with multiple felonies including first- and second-degree murder. Video released by the Maricopa County Superior Court on Thursday showed the tattooed and shackled Giroux wearing striped jail clothing and appearing for fewer than four minutes before Court Commissioner Sigmund Popko.

Pentagon official who sought to move judges to Guantanamo quits

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 08:02
A Pentagon official who sought to move military judges to Guantanamo Bay to speed up slow-moving trials of al Qaeda suspects is resigning, the Defense Department has said. Retired Marine Corps Major General Vaugh Ary, who sparked a judicial rebellion as overseer of military tribunals at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, will be replaced on an interim basis by Paul Oostburg Sanz, the general counsel of the Navy Department, the Pentagon said in a Wednesday statement.

IS claims deadly museum attack in Tunisia

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 08:00

According to an online audio recording, the militant group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a museum in the Tunisian capital on Wednesday which killed 20 foreign tourists. It praised the two attackers whom the recording said were "knights of the Islamic State" who were armed with machineguns and bombs. (Reporting By Omar Fahmy; Writing by Noah Browning; Editing by Toby Chopra)