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US-led strikes hit IS oil sites for 2nd day

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:18

The U.S.-led coalition again targets oil installations in eastern Syria, activists said.

Traffic control site fire halts flights in, out of Chicago

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:17

CHICAGO (AP) — A fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility Friday halted to all flights in and out of the city's two airports.

Tracking would-be global jihadists

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 03:47

Interpol chief says database of foreign fighters trying to join extremist cause has mushroomed in size to 33 countries.

Police, protesters scuffle after Ferguson apology

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 03:24

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police and protesters clashed briefly in Ferguson just hours after the St. Louis suburb's police chief issued an apology to the family of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer last month.

Police, protesters clash at rally in Ferguson, Missouri: CNN, KMOV

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 21:33

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Several protesters were arrested on Thursday night after police clashed with demonstrators at a rally in Ferguson, Missouri, where black teenager Michael Brown was shot to death by a white police officer last month, CNN and KMOV-TV reported. A number of protesters were arrested after Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson began marching with a crowd of rally-goers and a scuffle broke out near him, the broadcasters, CNN and St. Louis television station KMOV, said. Reuters could not independently verify the reports. ...

Derek Jeter's magical Yankee Stadium finale

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 21:19

Derek Jeter hits a walk-off single in his final Yankee Stadium game.

New York officials scramble to reassure city after security threat

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 15:39

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A warning by Iraq's prime minister that Islamist militants planned to attack New York City sent political leaders scrambling on Thursday to assure the public it was safe to ride the subways and travel the streets of the nation's largest city. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio each had the same idea - take a subway ride to a busy transit hub to announce that everything was under control. "I have a simple message for all New Yorkers. ...

Militant in Syria beheading videos identified: FBI

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 13:12

By Julia Edwards and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A masked Islamic State militant seen wielding a knife in videos at the beheading of two Americans has been identified, FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday, but he declined to give the person's name or nationality. The videos released in August and September of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff showed a masked Islamic State militant brandishing a knife and speaking English with a British accent. ...

FBI director: Strikes on al-Qaida affiliate did not wipe out its threat to U.S.

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:51

FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that he is “not confident” that a U.S. military strike against a Syrian-based al-Qaida cell has disrupted a plot to mount a terror attack aimed at the United States and that the group remains “at the top of my list of things that I worry about.”

NYC boosted subway security after Iraq warning: police commissioner

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:49

(Reuters) - New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said on Thursday that the department boosted police presence on subways and city streets after the Iraqi prime minister's warning of a potential threat to transit systems from Islamist militants. Even so, Bratton and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to reassure New Yorkers that there was no specific, credible threat to the subway system or the city in general. "We are convinced New Yorkers are safe," de Blasio said at a press conference at a lower Manhattan subway station. (Reporting By Frank McGurty; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Obama accepts Holder resignation

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:44

The president praises the U.S. attorney general for his track record in a variety of areas.

U.S. has no evidence of Islamic State plot against subways: sources

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:49

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has no evidence to back up an Iraqi claim that Islamic State forces were plotting to attack U.S. subway systems, two senior U.S. government security officials told Reuters on Thursday. In the past, the United States had received threats that various militant groups were targeting such transportation systems but there is no recent information about an imminent plan by Islamic State, one official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. ...

Magnitude 6.2 quake hits Alaska near Anchorage, no immediate damage reported

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:46
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Alaska on Thursday near Anchorage, but the U.S. Geological Survey said there was little likelihood of casualties or severe damage from shaking generated by the deeply rooted tremor. The agency said the quake's epicenter was located 81 miles (130 km) northwest of Anchorage, Alaska's most populous city, and originated at a depth of 63.2 miles (101.7 km) below the surface, which would have lessened its impact. "It was the earth rolling. It looked like I had double vision going on. ...

Strong earthquake hits Alaska

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:33

A powerful earthquake shook up a large swath of Alaska, including the state's largest city.

Groundhog dies after escaping NYC mayor’s grip

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:08

Her shadow was one of the last things she saw.

U.S. government unaware of purported subway attack plot, U.S. official says

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:44
NEW YORK (Reuters) - No one in the U.S. government is aware of a purported plot to attack the U.S. and French subway systems that was revealed on Thursday to journalists by Iraqi's prime minister, a senior U.S. administration official said. Earlier, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Iraq had received "credible" intelligence on Thursday morning of such a plot by Islamic State militants. The administration official added that the purported plot was not raised by Iraq during meetings with U.S. officials in New York this week during the United Nations General Assembly. ...

Cruise ship assists in rescuing hundreds off coast of Cyprus

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:22

LIMASSOL, Cyprus (AP) — A cruise ship rescued more than 300 people, apparently refugees who fled Syria, who were stranded Thursday aboard a small boat off Cyprus.

IS hostage executioner ID'd by FBI

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:26

The man who murdered Foley, Sotloff and Haines has reportedly been identified by the FBI.

Donald Verrilli, Kamala Harris top list to replace Holder

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:48

Getting a new attorney general confirmed by the Senate, which could possibly be controlled by the Republicans come January, will be challenging for President Obama, deep in the second term of his presidency.