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Kenya: Extremists vow more attacks; president responds

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 09:11
GARISSA, Kenya (AP) — Somalia's Islamic extremist group al-Shabab warned Saturday of more attacks in Kenya like the assault on Garissa University College that killed 148 people.

High political stakes for Clinton on Iran nuclear agreement

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 08:44

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton can claim a piece of the victory if the U.S. and other world powers ultimately complete a final nuclear deal with Iran.

Ferguson, Missouri, releases racist emails from former officials

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 06:28
Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, have released the full content of racially charged and religiously insensitive emails, including about President Barack Obama, sent between the city’s former court clerk and two ex-police supervisors. The emails, although dating back years before the shooting, were among evidence presented by the Justice Department in a report in March that concluded that racism pervaded the Ferguson Police Department. They were sent and received by Mary Ann Twitty, who was Ferguson’s court clerk, as well as former Ferguson police Captain Rick Henke and former police Sergeant William Mudd. All three were removed from their jobs after the Department of Justice discovered the emails, which prompted an investigation by city officials.

Illinois convicted killer who escaped jail captured in Chicago

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 04:54
(Reuters) - Chicago police have captured a convicted killer who overpowered a jail guard, taking his keys and uniform and fleeing in his SUV south of the city three days ago, authorities said. Kamron Taylor, 23, who escaped on Wednesday from the Jerome Combs Detention Center in Kankakee, about 60 miles south of Chicago, was taken into custody by Chicago police at 9 p.m. Friday, the Chicago Police Department said in a statement. Responding to a call about a suspicious person on the city's South Side, officers approached Taylor, who fled on foot. Police caught Taylor after a brief foot chase and found he had a handgun, the department said.  Taylor, who was awaiting sentencing, overpowered a jail guard early on Wednesday, taking his keys and uniform.

Holes, questions remain for Iran's nuclear deal

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 04:34

Could Iran cheat? Possibly. Would the U.S or anyone else be able to respond in time? In theory, yes.

Somali militants vow to turn Kenyan cities 'red with blood'

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 02:50

By Edith Honan GARISSA, Kenya (Reuters) - Somali militants vowed on Saturday to wage a long war against Kenya and run its cities "red with blood" after the group's fighters killed nearly 150 people during an assault on a Kenyan university. In the worst bloodshed in Kenya in nearly two decades, four al Shabaab gunmen went on a killing spree on Thursday, hunting down and executing students in a campus in Garissa, a northeastern town 200 km (120 miles) from the Somali border. The raid has put Kenya on heightened alert and spooked Christian congregations, horrified by survivor testimonies recalling how the Islamist militants had sought out Christians to kill, while sparing some Muslims. In the message directed at the Kenyan public, the al Qaeda aligned group said the raid was retribution for Kenya's military presence in Somalia and mistreatment of Muslims within Kenya.

5 years after coal mine blast, explosion risks persist

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 01:03

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The nation's worst coal mine disaster in decades exposed lax safety measures at some Appalachian mines, issues that persist five years later despite the crackdown that followed, according to an Associated Press review of federal inspection records.

Gun-control activist and widow of James Brady dies at 73

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 20:40

Sarah Kemp Brady, who became an activist for gun control after her husband was shot in the head in the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, died Friday.

Mother, child missing in flood as storms hit South, Midwest

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 18:29

Rescue crews lose sight of a vehicle carrying a woman and a child in eastern Kentucky.

Iran deal leaves major questions unresolved

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 17:34

Could Iran cheat? Possibly. Would the U.S be able to respond in time? In theory, yes.

New York teenager falls off building in police chase

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 17:25
A 17-year-old boy was critically injured when he fell from the roof of a six-story New York apartment building as police attempted to question him over reports of marijuana smoking, police said on Friday. The boy was attempting to flee from the officers with a group of teenage friends on Thursday night when he lost his footing and dropped from the rooftop into an alleyway, the New York City Police Department said in a statement.

Alabama man walks free after 30 years on death row

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 14:46

An Alabama man who spent 30 years on death row for crimes he didn't commit walked free from court on Friday after his conviction for a 1985 double murder was overturned because of insufficient evidence. Anthony Ray Hinton, 58, emerged from Jefferson County Courthouse to cheers from well-wishers before being embraced by tearful friends and relatives, a day after a judge had dismissed all charges against him. "Sun do shine," an emotional Hinton said moments after his release. Hinton was released after a key piece of ballistics evidence used against him in his December 1986 trial for two separate murders during robberies in Birmingham was discredited.

Kenya mourns 148 dead in university attack by militants

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:29

The 20-year-old student called home from the university being besieged by Islamic militants and frantically told her father, "There are gunshots everywhere! Tell Mum to pray for me — I don't know if I will survive."

Seven officers suspended from San Francisco force over racist texts

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:13
(Reuters) - Seven San Francisco police officers linked to a scandal over racist and homophobic text messages were suspended with the recommendation they be fired, Chief Greg Suhr said on Friday. “There is also no place in the SFPD for any officer capable of the thinking expressed in these hateful text messages," Suhr said in a statement. "The officers responsible for the reprehensible texts should be separated from the SFPD as soon as practical. The fine, right-minded men and women of the SFPD that are of the impeccable character required of a Guardian (police officer) expect no less,” he said.

Philadelphia woman held for trying to help IS

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:07

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia woman was arrested Friday on charges she tried to join and martyr herself for the Islamic State group, a day after two women in New York were charged with plotting to wage jihad by building a bomb and using it for a Boston Marathon-type attack.

Police created 'dangerous crossfire' in pursuing Boston bombers: report

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 11:03
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Law enforcement created "dangerous crossfire situations" while trying to apprehend the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, according to a state report on the emergency response that was released on Friday. Police officers lacked "weapons discipline" during a gun battle with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed a short time later, in the early hours of April 19, 2013, the report found. The weapons problem also plagued officers arresting the younger brother, according to the 130-page report made public by the Massachusetts' emergency management agency. Tsarnaev, 21, is currently on trial in federal court for detonating two pressure cooker bombs at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, killing three people and injuring 264, as well as for murdering a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer while trying to flee three days later.

Alabama man freed after nearly 30 years on death row

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 08:51

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A man who spent nearly 30 years on Alabama's death row was freed Friday after prosecutors finally acknowledged that the only evidence they had against him couldn't prove he committed the crime.

Philadelphia woman arrested for trying to support Islamic State

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 08:28
U.S. authorities arrested a Philadelphia woman on Friday and charged her with attempting to provide support to the Islamic State militant group by planning to travel overseas to join the organization, the U.S. Justice Department said. Thirty-year-old Keonna Thomas, also known as Fatayat Al Khilafah and YoungLioness, was charged with trying to provide material support and resources, including herself as a fighter, to a foreign terrorist organization, the department said. Prosecutors allege that Thomas communicated with an Islamic State fighter in Syria, who asked her whether she wanted to take part in what was termed a martyrdom operation, to which she responded: "that would be amazing... a girl can only wish." The criminal complaint also alleges that Thomas did online research on indirect travel routes to Turkey and bought an electronic visa to the country. Turkey is a common transit point for people traveling from Europe to enter Syria and join Islamic State.

Fire hits part of GE's Louisville facility, no injuries reported

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 07:32

(Reuters) - A huge fire ripped through a part of General Electric's Louisville, Kentucky, facility used for warehousing and offices on Friday, the company said. No one was injured in the blaze, according to city officials. City officials ordered a shelter-in-place warning for those living within a half-mile of the facility, and GE evacuated the remaining buildings in the 900 acre (365-hectare) complex, company spokeswoman Kim Freeman said. The fire was contained to a warehouse and office building, Freeman said.