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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.

3 dead in shooting at UPS facility in Ala., say police

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:11

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A UPS employee opened fire Tuesday morning inside one of the company's warehouses in Alabama, killing two people before committing suicide, police said.

Life sentence in NYC for Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:05

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A seemingly unrepentant Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday in New York following his conviction on terrorism charges. A Manhattan federal jury in March found the Kuwaiti-born 48-year-old guilty of conspiring to kill Americans, conspiring to provide material support for terrorists and providing such support, after a trial that offered a rare glimpse of bin Laden in the hours following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. U.S. ...

Chicago Mayor Emanuel proposes decriminalizing pot in Illinois

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 08:59

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday to reform sentencing for low-level drug offenses, which would include ticketing rather than arresting people caught with small amounts of marijuana. Emanuel had backed a 2012 change in Chicago law that decriminalized marijuana in the nation's third-largest city. Emanuel said on Tuesday that the change statewide would save tax dollars, allow police to focus on more serious crimes and keep non-violent offenders from a lifetime in the criminal justice system. ...

Pa. fugitive appears in documentary as Vietnam War re-enactor

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 08:52

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — The manhunt for the survivalist accused of ambushing a state police barracks has narrowed to the rural area where he grew up and his parents still live, but the suspect has managed to elude capture despite the efforts of hundreds of law enforcement officials.

Somali pirates release U.S.-German hostage

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 08:33

Mogadishu (AFP) - Somali pirates on Tuesday freed a German-American journalist and writer, Michael Scott Moore, two and a half years after he was kidnapped in the war-torn Horn of Africa nation, officials said.

Pentagon: Khorasan group nearing attack

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 08:26

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

India's $75 million spacecraft on course to enter Mars orbit

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 08:20

NEW DELHI (AP) — India will soon know if its first interplanetary mission will achieve its goal, when a spacecraft built with homegrown technology for a remarkably low price tag of $75 million begins its final maneuvers into orbit around Mars.

House candidate saws neighbor's garage in half: lawsuit

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 07:56

Neighbor is seeking $40K, including $20K to fix the garage, and a portion of politician's property.

White House vulnerability study in 1990s warned of fence jumpers

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 07:08

The man who jumped the White House fence, ran across the North Lawn, up the stairs and through the front door before he was stopped by the Secret Service last week shocked security experts and lawmakers.

Obama: War on Islamic State will ‘take time’

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 06:51

President says fight is not just the U.S.'s alone; Arab coalition played key role.

Police take forensic evidence in search for missing UVa. student

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 06:40

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — In a second search of the home of the man believed to be the last person seen with a missing University of Virginia student, officials said they took pieces of clothing, but they would not elaborate on the importance of the items Tuesday.

Airstrikes target al-Qaida veterans

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 05:28

U.S. forces simultaneously hit IS and the shadowy Khorosan Group in Syria.

Russia to bolster Black Sea fleet with 80 new warships

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 05:17

By Vladimir Soldatkin NOVOROSSIYSK Russia (Reuters) - Russia will increase its Black Sea fleet with more than 80 new warships by 2020 and will complete a second naval base for the fleet near the city of Novorossiysk by 2016, its commander said on Tuesday. In comments made to President Vladimir Putin as he visited the port city, Vice Admiral Alexander Vitko said a second Black Sea base was needed in addition to the main base on the Crimea peninsula annexed from Ukraine because of NATO expansion. "Eighty ships and other vessels are expected to arrive (in Novorossiysk) before 2020. ...

'Suitcase full of fears': Pope calls for global effort on migration crisis

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:43

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis called on Tuesday for countries to join forces to help the rising number of migrants, thousands of whom have died this year on perilous journeys to flee poverty and war. The pontiff's message comes as seaborne migration from North Africa to Europe is at a record high and the United States is seeing a surge in the number of children from Central America attempting to cross its southern border. ...

Boeing, Liquid Robotics to cooperate on maritime surveillance

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 03:20

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing Co , the No. 2 supplier to the U.S. Defense Department, and Liquid Robotics, a top supplier of autonomous ocean vehicles, on Tuesday said they had signed a multiyear agreement to collaborate on products for maritime surveillance. The companies said the initial focus would be to develop solutions for anti-submarine warfare, maritime domain awareness and other defense equipment. ...

Friend of accused Boston bomber seeks to have trial moved

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 03:07

BOSTON (Reuters) - A friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber charged with lying to investigators has asked a judge to move his trial out of the city. The man, Robel Phillipos, is due in court on Tuesday for a final hearing before his trial starts on Sept. 29. U.S. prosecutors contend that Phillipos and two Kazakh exchange students, who were also friends of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, went to Tsarnaev's college dorm room three days after the April 15, 2013 bombing and removed a laptop computer and backpack containing empty fireworks shells. ...

Ebola cases to triple in weeks without drastic action: WHO

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 02:25
Geneva (AFP) - The number of Ebola infections will triple to 20,000 by November, soaring by thousands every week if efforts to stop the outbreak are not stepped up radically, the WHO warned in a study on Tuesday.