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Austin police officer placed on leave for fatally shooting suspect

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 05:09
An Austin, Texas, police officer has been placed on administrative leave after fatally shooting a suspect who was trying to flee and appeared to be reaching for a weapon, police said on Monday. "Officers instructed him to go and place his hands behind his back," said Austin Assistant Police Chief Brian Manley.

Iran talks hit final stage but deal remains elusive

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 03:52

VIENNA (AP) — Disputes over attempts to probe Tehran's alleged work on nuclear weapons unexpectedly persisted at Iran nuclear talks on Monday, diplomats said, threatening plans to wrap up a deal by midnight — the latest in a series of deadlines for the negotiations.

Obama remains the ‘Scrooge’ of pardons

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 03:40

What does it take to get a pardon from President Obama? It’s a question Sala Udin, a former Pittsburgh City Council member and onetime civil rights Freedom Rider, is asking a lot this summer, more than three years after he first asked a president he deeply admires to grant him a pardon for a 44-year-old federal firearms conviction.

Walker enters Republican race, needs to show appeal beyond Iowa

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 03:30

By Steve Holland MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Scott Walker jumped into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Monday, needing to prove he has learned from early missteps and can appeal to voters beyond the conservatives who dominate the first nominating contest in Iowa. The Wisconsin governor, the 15th Republican to announce a presidential candidacy, has a resume that appeals to conservatives and has placed him among the top contenders for his party's nomination in poll after poll. Walker's advisers say he will portray himself as a "fighter who can win" at a campaign launch at 6:15 p.m. EDT in Waukesha, just outside of Milwaukee.

How Scott Walker became a conservative star

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 03:09

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will formally launch a presidential primary campaign Monday evening, becoming one of seven current or former Republican governors to enter the 2016 race — and the only one to survive a recall election in his own state.

Clinton to propose tax incentives to encourage companies to share profits: aide

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 02:09

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday will propose tax incentives to encourage companies to share more profits with workers, according to a campaign aide. In a speech in New York in which she will lay out her economic vision, Clinton will say that workers need to benefit from the profits they are helping to produce and will cite studies showing profit-sharing can increase productivity.

'Important issues' remain in nuclear talks: Iranian source

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 00:31

Vienna (AFP) - Iran and major powers still have "important issues" to resolve before they can nail down a historic nuclear accord, a source close to Iranian negotiators said Monday amid expectations a deal was close.

Officials: 'Agreement' at eurozone summit on Greece bailout

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 22:47

Eurozone leaders at a marathon emergency summit on Greece say a deal is at hand.

Greece talks drag beyond deadline amid warnings of euro exit

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 20:23

BRUSSELS (AP) — Talks between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and distrustful European leaders dragged past a self-imposed weekend deadline and beyond dawn Monday without an agreement that would give the Greek leader a rescue package to prevent his banks from collapsing.

Oklahoma woman named Miss USA; Trump a no-show

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 20:12

Oklahoma's Olivia Jordan was crowned Miss USA on Sunday, capping weeks of controversy in the run-up to the annual beauty pageant after its co-owner Donald Trump made incendiary remarks about Mexican immigrants while announcing his run for president. Despite the controversy, no incidents or disruptions were apparent either in the audience or on stage during the live broadcast from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, carried on cable channel Reelz after NBC dropped the show over Trump's remarks. Trump, who traditionally attends, said on Saturday he would be campaigning and would not be on hand.

Escape by top drug lord a strong blow to Mexico's government

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 20:09

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The capture of drug lord Joaquin Guzman was the crowning achievement of President Enrique Pena Nieto's government in its war against drug cartels, a beacon of success amid domestic woes. That makes the bold escape by "El Chapo" from a maximum security prison all the more devastating.

Eurozone leaders thrash out Greece bailout deal

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 18:30

Eurozone leaders were thrashing out a Greek bailout deal through the early hours on Monday after Athens received an ultimatum to accept harsh reforms or be forced to leave the single currency. Time was running out to get a desperately needed debt agreement in place after 10 hours of talks in Brussels, with Greece's economy and banking system at risk of imminent collapse. Europe appeared at its most divided for decades as Greece and its 18 eurozone partners worked on a statement detailing steps expected from Athens, including the enactment of reforms in parliament by Wednesday.

Graham: Trump ‘a wrecking ball' for GOP

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 17:15

Sen. Lindsey Graham says the mogul is causing a big rift with Hispanic voters.

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata dies of cancer at 55

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 16:51

Nintendo said Monday that its chief executive Satoru Iwata has died of bile duct cancer at the age of 55, several months after he abandoned the Japanese videogame giant's consoles-only policy. In a brief statement, the Kyoto-based firm said Iwata passed away on Saturday. Iwata, who started off as a programmer, took the top post at Nintendo in 2002, two years after joining the firm and was more recently pushing a long awaited departure from its consoles-only policy in a bid to repair a battered balance sheet.

Confederate flag supporters rise up to defend embattled symbol

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 14:20

Horns blared and hundreds of the rebel flags fluttered as more than 1,500 vehicles and some 4,500 people turned out for the "Florida Southern Pride Ride" in Ocala, according to police estimates. "That flag has a lot of different meanings to a lot of different people," said David Stone, 38, who organized the event. In South Carolina, lawmakers moved quickly to take the flag down from the statehouse grounds in Columbia, a longstanding demand of those who see it as a divisive symbol of the South's pro-slavery legacy.

McConnell: Iran deal will be 'hard sell' in Congress

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 13:19

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other congressional leaders expressed doubts Sunday about a historic agreement with Iran to address that country's nuclear program, predicting President Barack Obama could face hurdles in Congress if negotiators reach a final deal.

Eurozone sets Greece tough terms as euro exit looms

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 11:04

Hawkish Germany pushed for a Greek "time out" from the euro if leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras fails to agree terms for a three-year rescue plan worth up to 86 billion euros ($96 billion). Athens faces demands to push through new reform laws next week to win a third bailout since 2010, with the government in a tight corner as the cash-starved country's banks look set to run dry in days. "There will be no agreement at any price," Merkel said as she arrived for the summit of 19 eurozone leaders, complaining of a loss of trust in Athens and warning of "tough negotiations" ahead.

Chicago rapper Capo, baby killed in gang-related incident: report

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 10:54
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago rapper Capo, a member of Chief Keef's "Glo Gang," has died in a gang-related shooting over the weekend that also resulted in the death of a baby boy who was struck by a vehicle fleeing the scene, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Sunday. The death of Marvin Carr, who went by the name Capo, was confirmed by the group's manager, Renaldo Hess, according to the newspaper. Chicago police confirmed on Sunday that a 22-year-old gang member who was shot in the hip and the back on the city's south side on Saturday afternoon had died, but could not provide his name.

Busy Rhode Island beach reopened a day after explosion

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 10:12
The state's fire marshal was investigating the cause of the explosion that occurred around noon on Saturday at Salty Brine Beach on the state's southern coastline, said Rayna Maguire, spokeswoman for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. A representative for the fire marshal was not immediately available for comment. It was not clear what caused the explosion, Kurt Blanchard of the Rhode Island Environment Police said on Saturday.

Mexico kingpin 'Chapo' Guzman stages brazen jailbreak in blow to president

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 07:01

By Gabriel Stargardter and Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's most notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman broke out of a high security prison on Saturday night for the second time, escaping in a tunnel built right under his cell, and heaping embarrassment on President Enrique Pena Nieto. The kingpin snuck out of the prison through a subterranean tunnel more than 1.5 km (1 mile) long that ended in a building site in the local town, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido told a news conference on Sunday. Guzman, who had bribed his way out of prison during a previous escape in 2001, was seen on video entering his shower area at 8.52 p.m. on Saturday (0152 GMT Sunday), then disappeared, the National Security Commission (CNS) said.