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U.N. puts spotlight on climate change

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 02:08

By Valerie Volcovici NEW YORK (Reuters) - With crises from Islamic State to Ebola competing for attention, the United Nations on Tuesday will zero in on climate change, giving leaders from 125 countries a platform to explain how they plan to address the issue. A huge march to call for international action on climate change, which brought as many as 400,000 people to the streets of New York on Sunday, set the tone for the summit spearheaded by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. ...

U.S., partners begin airstrikes in Syria

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 01:58

The U.S. and five Arab countries launch strikes on Islamic State targets in eastern Syria.

Obama scores coalition victory with Arab strikes

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 01:22
NEW YORK (AP) — For President Barack Obama, the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria marked an unexpected foreign policy victory as he plunges the U.S. deeper into a military conflict in the Middle East that he has reluctantly embraced.

Israel military shoots down Syrian aircraft

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 01:20

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military shot down a Syrian fighter jet that infiltrated its airspace over the Golan Heights on Tuesday morning — the first such downing in decades, heightening tensions in the volatile plateau.

Hamas suspects in slaying of Israeli teens killed

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 00:50

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli special forces stormed a West Bank hideout early on Tuesday and killed two Palestinians suspected in the June abduction and slaying of three Israeli teenagers, a gruesome attack that had triggered a chain of events that led to the war in Gaza this summer.

Security heightened at Colorado army base after reports of shots fired

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 22:37
(Reuters) - A U.S. Army base in Colorado ordered "an increased security presence" on Monday evening after reports of gun shots on or near the base, Fort Carson authorities said in a statement. "This is not thought to be an active shooter event," they added added. The installation near Colorado Springs, about 70 miles south of Denver, said the incident near its northwest perimeter happened at about 7:50 p.m. local time. There were no reports of injuries and an investigation was underway. (Reporting by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

More Americans than ever have never married: survey

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 20:22
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A record 20 percent of adult Americans, or 42 million people, have never married, marking a U.S. demographic and social shift, according to an analysis released on Wednesday. The rise in never-married adults is caused by several factors, including later ages for marriage and more people living together and raising children outside of wedlock, the report by the Pew Research Center said. In 2012, 23 percent of men and 17 percent of women 25 and older had never been married, marking a widening gap between the sexes. ...

Pentagon: U.S., partners begin airstrikes in Syria

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 18:06

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and partner nations began launching airstrikes against Islamic State group targets in Syria for the first time Monday night, expanding a military campaign against the militants with a mix of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from ships in the region.

Climate protesters arrested in march on Wall Street

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 16:40

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dozens of protesters were arrested on Monday during a demonstration in New York City to denounce what organizers say is Wall Street's contribution to climate change. Hundreds of protesters had earlier in the day blocked streets near the stock exchange, in an action called Flood Wall Street. It came on the heels of Sunday's international day of action that brought 310,000 people to the streets of New York City in what activists said was the largest protest ever held on climate change. ...

Arab Bank liable over Hamas attacks: U.S. jury

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 16:20

By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. jury on Monday found Arab Bank Plc liable for providing material support to Hamas and said it must compensate victims of two dozen attacks attributed to the Islamic militant group in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Jurors needed less than two days of deliberations to reach their verdict after a six-week trial in Brooklyn federal court, which lawyers described as the first terrorism financing civil case to reach trial in the United States. A trial on damages will be held later. ...

Owner: ‘Better late than never'

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 14:03

Bisciotti: Officials never tried to persuade the NFL to be lenient on Rice after his Feb. arrest.

700 babies in Texas possibly exposed to TB

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 14:03

An employee at El Paso hospital was diagnosed with the illness nearly a year ago: officials.

Islamic State-linked group threatens to kill French hostage

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:56

An Algerian group linked to Islamic State group jihadists threatened to kill a French hostage within 24 hours unless Paris halts air strikes on the IS in Iraq, in a video posted Monday.

Destructive California wildfire burns on as weather heats up

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:17

By Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) - Crews fighting a California wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and charred 28 square miles of forest land have made progress, but officials said on Monday the return of high temperatures and low humidity could fuel a new flare-up. The so-called King Fire, which broke out on Sept. 13, was burning through drought-parched timber and brush in the popular El Dorado National Forest and Tahoe National Forest, areas northeast of Sacramento. No residents have been hurt, said fire service spokesman Tom Piranio, but 2,800 people had been evacuated. ...

3 missing Afghan soldiers found

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:54

Soldiers who went missing from a Cape Cod military base over the weekend have been found.

Ebola toll passes 2,800: WHO

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:35

An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been largely contained in Senegal and Nigeria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, but the disease is still spreading elsewhere and has now killed over 2,811 people in the region. Senegal and Nigeria, the most recent of five nations to record cases of Ebola, implemented strict measures to isolate the ill and track down further possible cases -- steps that Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have failed to impose, allowing the disease to take hold in cities and rural communities. ...

White House intruder to face charges in court

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:31

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The man who jumped the fence at the White House in a major security breach was due in court on Monday amid reports that U.S. authorities are considering widening the security buffer around the executive mansion. Omar Gonzalez, 42, who ran into the White House on Friday while carrying a knife, faced charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a "deadly or dangerous weapon." The charge carries up to 10 years in prison. Gonzalez was expected in U.S. District Court in Washington, a court spokesman said. ...

Cops: Bear kills hiker near N.Y.

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:24

A 22-year-old hiker walking with friends in the woods just an hour's drive from New York has been killed by a bear, police said Monday.

Lawyer: Exonerated NYC man dies from asthma attack

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 09:44

A New York City man freed after serving 23 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit died over the weekend.

Arias trial: Judge maintains camera restrictions

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:54

A judge refused to lift camera coverage restrictions in the penalty phase of Jodi Arias' retrial.