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FBI director: Strikes on al-Qaida affiliate did not wipe out its threat to U.S.

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:51

FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that he is “not confident” that a U.S. military strike against a Syrian-based al-Qaida cell has disrupted a plot to mount a terror attack aimed at the United States and that the group remains “at the top of my list of things that I worry about.”

NYC boosted subway security after Iraq warning: police commissioner

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:49

(Reuters) - New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said on Thursday that the department boosted police presence on subways and city streets after the Iraqi prime minister's warning of a potential threat to transit systems from Islamist militants. Even so, Bratton and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to reassure New Yorkers that there was no specific, credible threat to the subway system or the city in general. "We are convinced New Yorkers are safe," de Blasio said at a press conference at a lower Manhattan subway station. (Reporting By Frank McGurty; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Obama accepts Holder resignation

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:44

The president praises the U.S. attorney general for his track record in a variety of areas.

U.S. has no evidence of Islamic State plot against subways: sources

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:49

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has no evidence to back up an Iraqi claim that Islamic State forces were plotting to attack U.S. subway systems, two senior U.S. government security officials told Reuters on Thursday. In the past, the United States had received threats that various militant groups were targeting such transportation systems but there is no recent information about an imminent plan by Islamic State, one official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. ...

Magnitude 6.2 quake hits Alaska near Anchorage, no immediate damage reported

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:46
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Alaska on Thursday near Anchorage, but the U.S. Geological Survey said there was little likelihood of casualties or severe damage from shaking generated by the deeply rooted tremor. The agency said the quake's epicenter was located 81 miles (130 km) northwest of Anchorage, Alaska's most populous city, and originated at a depth of 63.2 miles (101.7 km) below the surface, which would have lessened its impact. "It was the earth rolling. It looked like I had double vision going on. ...

Strong earthquake hits Alaska

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:33

A powerful earthquake shook up a large swath of Alaska, including the state's largest city.

Groundhog dies after escaping NYC mayor’s grip

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:08

Her shadow was one of the last things she saw.

U.S. government unaware of purported subway attack plot, U.S. official says

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:44
NEW YORK (Reuters) - No one in the U.S. government is aware of a purported plot to attack the U.S. and French subway systems that was revealed on Thursday to journalists by Iraqi's prime minister, a senior U.S. administration official said. Earlier, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Iraq had received "credible" intelligence on Thursday morning of such a plot by Islamic State militants. The administration official added that the purported plot was not raised by Iraq during meetings with U.S. officials in New York this week during the United Nations General Assembly. ...

Cruise ship assists in rescuing hundreds off coast of Cyprus

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:22

LIMASSOL, Cyprus (AP) — A cruise ship rescued more than 300 people, apparently refugees who fled Syria, who were stranded Thursday aboard a small boat off Cyprus.

IS hostage executioner ID'd by FBI

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:26

The man who murdered Foley, Sotloff and Haines has reportedly been identified by the FBI.

Donald Verrilli, Kamala Harris top list to replace Holder

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:48

Getting a new attorney general confirmed by the Senate, which could possibly be controlled by the Republicans come January, will be challenging for President Obama, deep in the second term of his presidency.

Iraq's leader: Plot uncovered for imminent attack on US, Paris subways

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:16

NEW YORK (AP) — Iraq's prime minister said Thursday his country's intelligence operation has uncovered a plot for an attack on subway systems in the United States and Paris.

Police chief issues apology over slain black teen in Missouri

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:15

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - After weeks of heavy criticism and calls for his ouster, the police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, issued a video apology on Thursday to the parents of Michael Brown, the black teenager shot to death by a white police officer last month. "I want to say this to the Brown family. No one who has not experienced the loss of a child can understand what you are feeling," Chief Tom Jackson said in the video. "I am truly sorry for the loss of your son. ...

Washington state university being evacuated after bomb threat

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:05
SEATTLE (Reuters) - The campus of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, was being evacuated on Thursday due to a "non-specific bomb threat," emergency officials said. Police and school safety officials issued a campus-wide alert, asking everyone to evacuate all buildings, and close all room doors and windows, as a sweep of the campus was performed. (Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Bill Trott)

Iran's president says nuclear deal possible before deadline

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:49

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran's president warned world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday that the goal of extremists creating chaos in the Mideast is the destruction of civilization and rise of Islamophobia.

ESPN suspends Bill Simmons for Goodell, NFL rant

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:48

ESPN has suspended Bill Simmons for three weeks after he repeatedly called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a liar during a profane tirade on a podcast.

U.S. Attorney General Holder to resign

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:23

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will announce his resignation at the White House on Thursday, Justice Department and White House officials said. The officials, speaking on background, said Holder will formally announce his plans to leave his post in the Obama administration but will stay on as the nation's top lawyer until his successor is confirmed. In a statement, the White House said President Barack Obama would make a personnel announcement at 4:30 p.m. (2030 GMT). ...

Congress channels leftover Afghan war funds to fight Ebola

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:21

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top lawmakers in Congress have approved the use of leftover Afghanistan war money to fight Ebola in West Africa.

Attorney General Eric Holder to resign

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:15

An almost certainly bruising confirmation battle for his successor will follow.