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Obama comes out swinging on issue that could change the Internet

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 05:54

The president made a surprise statement some call a rebuke of current ISP policies.

Awkward handshake starts off historic summit

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 05:45

An uneasy handshake Monday between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe marked the first meeting between the two men since either took power, and an awkward first gesture ...

U.S. transgenders welcome an easier path to altering birth papers

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 05:11

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Naz Seenauth's driver's license says he is male. His birth certificate says he is female. The mismatch, he says, is deeply frustrating. New York City, where Seenauth was born and raised, does not accept that he is a transgender man and will not amend his birth certificate, for now at least, even though his doctor will attest to his gender. "It was kind of weird," Seenauth said of his failed attempt to get the document reissued last year, "because New York City is such a liberal place. ...

Rare hearing for Briton in Florida, serving life for double murder

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 03:53

By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - A rare legal hearing in the case of a British man, who has served 27 years in jail for a grisly double-homicide, begins Monday, with defense lawyers hoping to convince a Florida judge the murders were carried out by Colombian drug traffickers. Krishna Maharaj, 75, spent a decade on death row for the crime he says he didn't commit, before his sentence was appealed and commuted to two life sentences in 1997. ...

Food costs eating into consumers' saving at the pump as holidays near

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 03:34

By Nathan Layne (Reuters) - Martha Franco says she hadn't really noticed the sharp drop in gasoline prices, even though the mother of three is always shuttling the kids around in her SUV. She has been paying closer attention to the soaring cost of meat instead. "Meat and grains. Actually it seems like the price of everything is going up," Franco, 30, said following a visit to a Kmart discount store on the outskirts of Chicago, with her two youngest children and a bag of groceries in the shopping cart. ...

At least 20 killed in explosion at northeast Nigerian school

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 02:17

A bomb blast tore through a secondary school as students gathered for assembly before classes, a teacher said.

Suicide bomber kills 48 students in Nigeria

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 00:55

Survivors say the bomber was disguised in a school uniform.

Egyptian militants pledge allegiance to IS group

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 00:28

CAIRO (AP) — Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a jihadi organization based in the Sinai Peninsula that has carried out several attacks targeting Egyptian security forces, has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

Obama: Momentum building on 'historic' trans-Pacific trade deal

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 23:02

The president has arrived in Beijing on the first leg of an eight-day Asia tour.

Electorate divided by daily life, views on issues

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 22:32

Judging by the exit polls, people who vote for Democrats and those who back Republicans seem to be living in different countries.

'This is completely unacceptable'

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 22:21

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine nurse who battled politicians over her quarantine after she returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa said she will continue speaking out on behalf of public health workers.

U.S. faces last best chance on Iran nuke deal

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 19:19

MUSCAT, Oman (AP) — The Obama administration is facing its last best chance to curb Iran's nuclear program — not just to meet an end-of-the-month deadline for a deal, but also to seal one before skeptical Republicans who will control Congress next year are able to scuttle it.

Plane crash kills nine, including church leader, on Grand Bahama

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 18:13
By Neil Hartnell NASSAU Bahamas (Reuters) - A private jet struck a construction crane on approach to Grand Bahama International Airport on Sunday and crashed, killing all nine people aboard, including the leader of the Bahamas Faith Ministries, police and civil aviation officials said. Pastor Myles Munroe was headed across the island chain from Lynden Pindling International Airport near Nassau, capital of the archipelago nation, to Grand Bahama, where authorities said they believed he was due to host a church conference. ...

Mormon bishop apologizes over Harry Reid controversy

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 17:42

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Mormon bishop in Los Angeles apologized Sunday for the tone of a blog saying Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was unworthy to enter the faith's temples, but stood by his criticism of Reid's stands on some issues.

Obama arrives in Beijing

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 17:26

The trip marks one of Obama's final opportunity to amplify U.S. influence in Asia.

Alaska storm brings frigid weather to swath of US

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 13:43

A massive storm fueled by the remnants of Typhoon Nuri did not do much damage in Alaska's sparsely populated Aleutian Islands, but forecasters say it's anchoring a system that will push a frigid blast of air into the mainland United States and send temperatures plunging early this week.

Syria rebels, Qaeda capture key southern town: monitor

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 12:00

Syrian rebels and Al-Qaeda seized the southern town of Nawa Sunday from troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad after months of intense fighting, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

U.S. officials hope new avoids last year's problems

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 11:07

By Howard Schneider WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials planned to unveil an improved healthcare insurance website on Sunday they hope will allow the second enrollment period under President Barack Obama's health reform plan to avoid the technical meltdown that plagued its launch last year. The reconfigured insurance marketplace will go live Sunday night before a three-month open enrollment period that begins Nov. 15, during which existing policyholders can change their coverage. ...

Catalan volunteers labour to make breakaway vote count

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 10:45

With see-through ballot boxes and dozens of electoral workers milling around, the Maristas school in Barcelona is a polling station like any other, with one difference: this vote is forbidden. In other respects, the volunteers at this school near the city's iconic Sagrada Familia Cathedral -- along with 40,000 others across the region -- are doing things by the book. Spain's government mounted legal challenges to Catalonia's independence vote on Sunday, putting the volunteers running the 6,700 polling stations in a delicate spot.

Iraqi officials say IS leader wounded in airstrike

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 10:44

Iraqi officials said Sunday that an airstrike wounded the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Pentagon officials said they had no immediate information on such a strike or al-Baghdadi being wounded.