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Obama says will take action on immigration by year-end

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 22:19

YANGON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama, speaking at a news conference in Myanmar, said on Friday he would take action to reform U.S. immigration policy before the end of the year. The New York Times reported Obama plans to announce an overhaul of U.S. immigration policy through executive action that would shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. (Reporting by Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

Sources: Obama executive order to affect millions of immigrants

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 22:16

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is poised to act soon to unveil a series of executive actions on immigration that will shield possibly around 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation, according to advocates in touch with the White House.

Fugitive ex-policeman targeted Los Angeles police chief's father

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 22:14

(Reuters) - A former Los Angeles police officer who eluded authorities for days after a grudge-driven killing spree last year had targeted the city police chief's father, police said on Thursday. Christopher Dorner, the 33-year-old former Los Angeles Police Department officer who took his own life after killing four people in a vendetta against the police force, targeted George Beck, the father of Police Chief Charlie Beck, LAPD spokeswoman Officer Sally Madera said. The news was first reported by local broadcaster NBC4, which published an interview with Charlie Beck on Thursday. ...

Two hurt as man pulls knife at Connecticut Navy base

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 20:59
(Reuters) - Two U.S. Navy civilian police officers were injured on Thursday outside a submarine base in Connecticut after a belligerent man pulled a knife near an entrance, military officials said. The suspect got into a scuffle with an officer and pulled the knife outside the New London naval submarine base in Groton around 7 p.m., base spokesman Chris Zendan said. Two other officers responded to the incident and one suffered a ricochet injury after a colleague fired his pistol, Zendan said, while another received a minor stab wound to the leg. ...

Trooper ambush suspect charged with terrorism

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 15:49

The man accused of opening fire on a Pennsylvania State Police barracks admitted killing a trooper because he was dissatisfied with government and wanted to "wake people up," according to court documents filed Thursday that provided the first indication of a possible motive.

U.S. internal review cites Secret Service failures in White House intrusion

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 15:39
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An intruder was able to scale the White House fence and enter the executive mansion in September because of major Secret Service failures including an agent who was distracted by a personal cellphone call, according to an internal review released on Thursday. Iraq war veteran Omar Gonzalez, 42, is accused of breaking into the heavily guarded complex on Sept. 19 armed with a knife in one of the most significant security breaches since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. The suspect was not stopped until he entered the main floor of the White House. ...

Report: Surgeon infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone to be flown to Nebraska

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 15:21

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A surgeon infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone will be flown to the University of Nebraska Medical Center for treatment, "CBS Evening News" reported on Thursday. The surgeon was born in Sierra Leone but is a U.S. resident, CBS reported. Representatives for the University of Nebraska Medical Center said hospital officials could not confirm the report. "Staff members here have been in a state of readiness to treat Ebola patients since we were first visited by the U.S. State Department in early August," the medical center said in a statement. ...

Obama order to affect millions of immigrants

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 15:14

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is poised to unveil executive action that will shield possibly around 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally from deportation, according to advocates in touch with the White House.

Conservation groups ask Obama administration to protect Yellowstone bison

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:46

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - Two conservation groups asked the Obama administration on Thursday to provide Endangered Species Act protections for about 4,900 bison at Yellowstone National Park, where managers intend to cull the herd by 900 this winter. Buffalo Field Campaign and Western Watersheds Project said in a petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that buffalo at the park that spans parts of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho made up part of the only free-roaming band in the country to retain its genetic integrity. ...

Exclusive: Ex-wife of US oil baron to appeal $1 billion divorce award

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:41

By Joshua Schneyer (Reuters) - Sue Ann Hamm, the ex-wife of Oklahoma oil magnate Harold Hamm who was awarded cash and assets worth more than $1 billion in the couple's divorce this week, plans to appeal the judgment on grounds that it grossly undervalues the marital wealth she is entitled to. ...

Missouri town told to prepare for worst

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:50

Residents of a community near Ferguson are warned to stay close to their homes.

Loophole for Nazis finally closed

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:50
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday to strip suspected Nazi war criminals of their Social Security benefits, insisting American taxpayers should not be underwriting the retirement of anyone who participated in the Third Reich's atrocities.

AP sources: IS, al-Qaida reach accord in Syria

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:25

ISTANBUL (AP) — Militant leaders from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida gathered at a farm house in northern Syria last week and agreed on a plan to stop fighting each other and work together against their opponents, a high-level Syrian opposition official and a rebel commander have told The Associated Press.

Surprising findings about school lunches

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 10:27

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) – In a study of three rural Virginia elementary schools, both packed and school lunches almost entirely met nutrition standards, but those packed at home tended to have more calories, fat and saturated fat. “We assumed there would be differences between school and packed lunch, but not such stark differences,” said lead author Alisha R. Farris of the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. ...

What is a lame-duck politician? And is it always a bad thing?

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 10:03

There’s been a lot of chatter about last week’s Republican sweep in elections transforming President Obama as a lame duck — but what exactly does that term mean?

Florida to execute man who killed wife and stepdaughter in 1992

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:48

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - A man convicted of fatally shooting his sleeping wife, then raping and murdering her 10-year-old daughter, was scheduled to die by injection Thursday evening at Florida State Prison after spending almost half his life on death row. Attorneys for Chadwick Banks, 43, unsuccessfully challenged the state's lethal-injection methods and argued that his post-conviction legal representation was inadequate. Banks, shot his sleeping wife, Cassandra Banks, at their mobile home near Quincy in north Florida in 1992. ...

Obama to shield up to 5 million immigrants from deportation

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:17

Reports indicate that the President is planning a massive immigration overhaul.

Letter from North Dakota: The Oil Party Rocks On

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 08:16

By Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON N.D. (Reuters) - Falling oil prices have spooked Wall Street and even parts of Texas. But in North Dakota's booming oil patch, the crude-fueled party carries on. Since June, the price of crude oil has fallen 30 percent to about $75 a barrel, raising fears that oil production would slow across the United States. But you wouldn't know it here. The state's economy remains the fastest growing in the nation, thanks to more than 1 million barrels of oil produced each day. ...

Grand jury testimony in black Missouri teen's slaying nearly done: attorney

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:33

By Scott Malone CLAYTON Mo. (Reuters) - The grand jury considering whether to charge a white Missouri police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen in August appears to be approaching the end of its process, lawyers for the family said on Thursday. A private pathologist hired by the family of 18-year-old Michael Brown was to testify on Thursday after the grand jury, which meets in secret, asked to hear from him and may be one of its final witnesses, attorney Anthony Gray said. ...

France to Israel: Stop building

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:53

France is wary of Israel 's desire to build 200 new settlements in East Jerusalem.