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Obama criticized for 'latte salute'

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 23:33

An Instagram video of the president saluting two Marines with a coffee cup in his raised hand rankles some viewers.

Mission accomplished: India joins Mars explorers

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 23:02

NEW DELHI (AP) — India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers.

Denver area students walk out over conservative history curriculum proposal

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 19:42

ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay.

Fired UPS worker kills two supervisors, self, in Alabama shooting

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 19:18

By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - A recently-fired UPS employee on Tuesday shot dead two supervisors at the company facility where he had worked in Birmingham, Alabama, before turning the gun on himself, police said. The gunman, identified by authorities as Kerry Joe Tesney, 45, was fired earlier this month and had recently received a letter in the mail with the news that he had lost his appeal to get his job back, police said. Police had earlier said that Tesney, a resident of Trussville, a Birmingham suburb, was fired on Monday. ...

Grand jury testimony begins in Tony Stewart case: report

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 18:45

A grand jury began hearing testimony on Tuesday in the case involving Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward Jr.

Alaska elections office ordered to expand language assistance

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 18:16
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - A federal judge has ordered Alaska election officials to go further in offering translation assistance to native-language voters in a ruling that one civil rights lawyer said on Tuesday may have implications for non-English speakers in other states. The decision, issued on Monday, gives the state the six weeks that remain before the Nov. 4 elections to comply with a list of remedies designed to accommodate Yup'ik- and Giwch'in-speaking voters in several rural Alaska Native villages. The eight-page order by U.S. ...

Obama's Syria war carries risks for him at home and abroad

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 15:06

By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Appearing relaxed enough to crack a joke, U.S. President Barack Obama took to the world stage on Tuesday after launching airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants but he is still facing huge political risks at home and abroad. The reason for Obama's good humor? His diplomacy paid off this time, with military contributions from five Arab states. One of his first items of business after arriving in New York for meetings at the United Nations was to personally thank representatives from the five. ...

U.S. security officials issue bulletin on Syria-based threat

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 14:31
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. security agencies issued an intelligence bulletin on Tuesday about threats from Syria-based al Qaeda operatives, a Homeland Security spokeswoman said. The Department of Homeland Security and FBI alerted state, local and federal law enforcement to the latest threats, said to DHS spokeswoman Marsha Catron. "Recent intelligence indicated that senior Syria-based AQ operatives were nearing the execution phase for an attack in Europe or the homeland," she said. U.S. ...

Ariz. fugitive captured after months on run

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 13:53

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A former personal trainer who broke free from an Arizona jail by hoisting himself atop a basketball hoop and pulling apart a security fence is back in custody after months on the run, authorities said Tuesday.

U.S.: Terror group was nearing attack

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 13:26

U.S. bombed cell of al-Qaida militants in northwestern Syria of whom few have heard.

Secret Service interviewed accused W.H. intruder twice

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 13:25

In both cases, the Secret Service concluded there was no evidence that Omar Gonzalez was a security threat: U.S. official.

Mont. prosecutor seeks 10 years for teacher rapist

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 13:14

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana prosecutor is seeking 10 years in prison for a teacher who raped a 14-year-old student, after the Supreme Court rejected a one-month sentence from an earlier judge whose comments pinned some responsibility on the victim.

After 13 years, Belgian 9/11 victim identified

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 13:07

More than 13 years after the September 11 attacks in New York City, one Belgian victim has finally been identified.

3 Afghan soldiers in U.S. immigration custody

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:44

BOSTON (AP) — Three Afghanistan National Army officers who vanished during training in Massachusetts were placed in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday after being detained on the Canadian border, authorities said.

Holder: Al-Qaida cell was nearing attack

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:08

AG to Yahoo's Katie Couric: Khorasan is "capable" of being a greater concern than IS.

Fire at memorial to slain teen adds to tensions in Ferguson

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:48

City leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, faced heightened tensions on Tuesday after an early morning fire destroyed a makeshift memorial honoring the black teenager killed last month by a white police officer. The memorial for 18-year-old Michael Brown that caught fire was erected in a grassy area alongside the road where Brown died. A larger memorial, which runs down the center lane of the road, was untouched by the fire. Still, neighborhood residents who have been protecting and building on the memorials since Brown was killed Aug. ...

More insurers to join Obamacare in 2015

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 10:08

The number of insurers offering individual health plans on the Obamacare exchanges will increase about 25 percent in 2015 and that should keep down prices, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Tuesday in a report. More than 7 million people signed up for health insurance through the exchanges in 2014, which were created under President Barack Obama's national healthcare reform law and offer income-based subsidies. Next year, there will be 63 additional issuers in the 44 states for which it has data, the agency said in a report. ...

Obama: No nation has 'free pass' on climate change

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:48

Pres. Obama warns that the globe's climate is changing faster than efforts to address it.

D'Souza gets community confinement for election law violation

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:40

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza was sentenced on Tuesday to spend eight months in a community confinement center during five years of probation after pleading guilty to a campaign finance law violation. The defendant, a frequent critic of President Barack Obama, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan. He was also given a $30,000 fine and ordered to do one day of community service a week during his probation. D'Souza, 53, admitted in May to illegally reimbursing two 'straw donors' who donated $10,000 each to the unsuccessful 2012 ...

Sierra Leone: 130 Ebola cases found during lockdown

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:36

Sierra Leone says 130 confirmed cases of Ebola were found during a three-day nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the disease. Officials are awaiting tests on about 70 more suspected cases.