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Ho, ho, holdup! Bank robbers get busy during holidays

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 03:07
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - End-of-year holidays mean a lot of things - Santa, carols, parties, cards and gifts. They also mean more bank robberies. The number of holdups at U.S. banks tends to rise in December as crooks, some of them spurred by holiday consumerism, turn to robbery in the weeks leading up to Christmas, according to the FBI and security experts. The trend is so pronounced that the FBI's regional office in Washington, D.C., told banks last month to be on their guard. It also warned would-be robbers that police were focused on thwarting bank stickups. ...

Police arrest suspect in shooting near high school

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 02:43

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police in Portland have arrested a suspect in the shooting that injured three people outside an alternative high school.

Thousands of protesters expected in D.C., NYC over police killings

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 02:05

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thousands of demonstrators were expected in Washington and New York on Saturday to protest the killings of unarmed black men by U.S. police and to urge Congress to protect citizens. Organizers said the protests would be among the largest over police tactics and the killings of black males by officers in New York, Cleveland and Ferguson, Missouri. The lack of criminal charges from grand juries in the New York and Ferguson cases have galvanized protests around the United States. ...

Russia reaches out to Europe's far-right parties

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 01:25

VIENNA (AP) — A Russian loan to France's National Front. Invitations to Moscow for leaders of Austria's Freedom Party. Praise for Vladimir Putin from the head of Britain's anti-European Union party.

Indonesia landslide kills 18, leaves 90 missing

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 00:06

BANJARNEGARA, Indonesia (AP) — A mudslide set off by torrential rains rushed down hills into a village in central Indonesia and swept away scores of homes, killing at least 18 people and leaving 90 others missing, officials said Saturday.

2 U.S. troops, court official killed in Afghanistan

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 23:40

Separate insurgent attacks are part of a surging wave of militant assaults ahead of the withdrawal of most foreign troops.

8 dead, 100 missing in Indonesian landslide: official

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 20:55

A landslide triggered by torrential downpours has killed at least 12 people and left nearly 100 others missing on Indonesia's main island of Java, an official said Saturday. Hundreds of rescuers were digging through mud and rubble after the landslide buried scores of houses in Jemblung village in central Java late Friday, the national disaster agency said. Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said it was unclear whether those missing were buried under the landslide or had taken refuge. Landslides triggered by heavy rains and floods are common in tropical Indonesia during the rainy season.

U.S. Senate aims to vote Monday on $1.1 trillion spending bill

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 20:10

By Richard Cowan and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Friday struggled to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would avert a looming federal government shutdown, postponing a vote until Monday when procedural hurdles begin to evaporate. Negotiations between Democrats and Republicans to speed the process along collapsed during late-night talks in the nearly abandoned U.S. Capitol. Barring any agreement to act in a more streamlined way, the Senate is on track to hold a procedural vote at 1 a.m. eastern time Sunday aimed at clearing the way for passage on Monday. ...

Sony hackers promise to deliver large 'Christmas Gift'

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 20:00

Recently leaked files include Crackle details, along with emails about Ryan Gosling, Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Smith's kids

Pacific storm triggers tornado, mudslides, floods in Southern California

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 19:39

The twister touched down in South L.A., where it damaged roofs and uprooted trees.

New York protesters 'blow the whistle' at police stations

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 16:28

By Sebastien Malo and Frank McGurty NEW YORK (Reuters) - Demonstrators staged mass "whistle-blowing" rallies outside police stations across New York City on Friday to start a second weekend of planned protests against the killing of an unarmed black man by a white patrolman. In Harlem, about three dozen protesters marched past public housing projects where they say police abuse is particularly pervasive before rallying outside a local police station house. There, the crowd blew metal whistles, piercing the cold air with the high-pitch shrill. ...

New York protesters to stage mass whistle-blowing at police stations

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 13:48
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - The latest wave of protests in New York against the killing of an unarmed black man by a white patrolman began on Friday with a visual demonstration by artists in Times Square and a rally outside City Hall. As hundreds of tourists and shoppers watched, protesters held up stark, black signs with white lettering bearing the names of more than 100 people who organizers say were victims of police violence. The artists are members of a Brooklyn-based collective called We Will Not Be Silent. ...

Artist wins trademark battle against Chick-fil-A

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 13:14
Artist wins trademark battle against Chick-fil-A

Three teens shot near Portland, Oregon high school

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:57

By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Three teenagers were shot on Friday outside a Portland, Oregon high school, police said, and officers were searching for at least one suspect who was believed to have left the scene following the gunfire. All three victims of the shooting outside Rosemary Anderson High School in north Portland, two boys and one girl, were "conscious and breathing" as they were rushed to a local hospital, the Portland Police Bureau said in a tweet. Police said the shooting suspect ran from the scene. ...

Officials: 3 go to hospital after Oregon school shooting

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:33

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters say they have taken three people to the hospital after a shooting at a Portland, Oregon, high school.

Obama says NFL was 'winging it' in Rice domestic violence case

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:22

By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday the NFL appeared to be "winging it" in dealing with former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice's domestic violence case but praised the league for later putting in place a new policy to handle such incidents. The National Football League on Wednesday unveiled a tougher policy for disciplining players for off-field misconduct including violence against women in the wake of high-profile domestic violence cases involving Rice and 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player Adrian Peterson. ...

Longtime Rep. Dingell hospitalized as 'precaution'

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:35

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. John Dingell, Congress' longest serving member, was hospitalized for observation on Friday and was resting comfortably, his spokesman said.

Cleveland boy's death in police shooting declared homicide

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:24

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The death of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy fatally shot by police in November has been formally ruled a homicide, according to a county autopsy report released on Friday that found he was struck once in the abdomen. Tamir Rice, who was black, was shot on Nov. 22 by a white police officer responding to a call of a suspect waving a handgun around in a Cleveland park. The weapon turned out to be a replica that typically fires plastic pellets. The sixth-grader died the next day. ...