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India overpass collapse kills 14; scores feared trapped

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 03:29

By Supriyo Hazra KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - An overpass under construction in the bustling Indian city of Kolkata collapsed on Thursday on to vehicles and street vendors below, killing at least 14 people with more than 100 people feared trapped. "The concrete had been laid last night at this part of the bridge," resident Ramesh Kejriwal told Reuters. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, whose center-left party is seeking re-election in the state of West Bengal next month, rushed to the scene.

In Minneapolis, distrust flares after officers cleared

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 02:51

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Activists from Minneapolis' black community spent four months demanding the release of videos and other evidence after a black man was fatally shot in a confrontation with two white police officers. When it finally was made public and a prosecutor announced the officers wouldn't be charged, they were enraged.

Obama, Asian leaders to huddle on North Korea nuclear threat

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 23:30

WASHINGTON (AP) — Working to display a united front, the United States and key Asian countries are seeking to put more pressure on North Korea as world leaders open a nuclear security summit in Washington.

7 hurt, damage reported after tornado touchdowns in Oklahoma

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 21:54

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — At least seven people were injured and authorities were evaluating damage that included a destroyed home after severe storms spawned multiple tornado touchdowns in northeastern Oklahoma on Wednesday night, authorities said.

North Korea in focus as Washington nuclear summit kicks off

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 18:19

North Korea's nuclear defiance will feature prominently during the first day of a major security summit hosted by President Barack Obama in Washington Thursday. Obama will kick off the nuclear security summit by meeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, followed by a separate sit-down with President Xi Jinping of China.

Trump sounds off on abortion; criticism comes from all sides

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 17:44

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said on Wednesday that women who end pregnancies should face punishment if the United States bans abortion, triggering a torrent of criticism from both sides of the abortion debate, including from his White House rivals. After MSNBC broadcast a clip of an interview with Trump, the billionaire businessman rowed back his remarks, first saying that the abortion issue should be handled by states and later that doctors who performed abortions should be the ones held responsible. "The doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman," Trump said in his last statement.

Key details in no charges against 2 Minneapolis officers

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 17:10

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor released hundreds of pages of documents and videos hours after detailing Wednesday the reasons why two white officers would not face criminal charges in the Nov. 15 fatal shooting of a black man. Jamar Clark, 24, died a day later. Some key details of the investigation:

Top aide to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigns amid scandal

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 15:43

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A top political aide to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigned Wednesday, a week after he publicly admitted making inappropriate remarks to her but denied the two ever had an affair.

Coalition has 'momentum' against IS group: Pentagon official

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 14:06

A top Pentagon official on Wednesday said Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria are losing the lengthy fight against the US-led coalition, even as the jihadists continue to mount attacks overseas like the one in Brussels last week. Coalition forces have been hitting IS targets since August 2014 after the extremists seized huge parts of Iraq and Syria, and critics have accused the campaign of moving too slowly. "Right now, without question, the momentum against ISIS is more than at any other time in our campaign," Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said, using an acronym for the IS group.

Trump walks back call to punish women who undergo illegal abortions

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 13:43

APPLETON, Wis.—Donald Trump sparked a firestorm Wednesday when he said there should be some form of “punishment” for women who have abortions if the procedure is outlawed in the United States—a position he walked back just hours later after he came under widespread criticism, even from the anti-abortion movement. In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews set to air Wednesday night, the Republican presidential frontrunner repeatedly asserted he is “pro-life” and that abortion should be outlawed. “Should abortion be punished?” Matthews asked.

Conservative female journalists’ open letter to Trump: Tell Lewandowski ‘You’re fired!’

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 12:37
A day after Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was charged with assaulting a female reporter, more than a dozen female journalists signed an open letter calling for the Republican frontrunner to fire him.

France charges main suspect in foiled attack plot

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 11:42
Paris (AFP) - France on Wednesday charged the main suspect in a foiled attack plot, who was found with an arsenal of weapons and explosives at his home, with membership of a terrorist organisation.

Congress moving ahead on encryption vs. terrorism debate

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 09:45

Major tech companies must now look to Congress to address many of the disagreements that played out in the legal filings between law enforcement and Apple.

No charges for 2 Minneapolis officers in fatal shooting

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 08:42

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two Minneapolis police officers involved in the November fatal shooting of a black man will not be charged, a Minnesota prosecutor said Wednesday.

Trump mocks reporter allegedly assaulted by his campaign manager

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 18:52

He insists Corey Lewandowski did nothing wrong when he yanked a reporter away from him at a campaign event.

Atlanta asks NBA to mull moving All-Star game from Charlotte

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 17:30

Atlanta city leaders make their pitch after North Carolina lawmakers passed legislation criticized as limiting protections for LGBT people.

UK man wanted hijack snap to get 'closer look' at 'suicide belt'

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 16:55

A British man who caused online debate Wednesday after having his picture taken with the hijacker of an Egyptian plane said that he did it to take a "closer look" at his supposed suicide belt. Ben Innes, 26, posed for a photo grinning next to the hijacker during the five-hour stand-off on Tuesday aboard the EgyptAir A320 jet and sent the picture to his friends.

Flint official: State overruled plan for corrosion control

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 15:46

An official with Flint's water plant said Tuesday he had planned to treat the drinking water with anti-corrosive chemicals.

Former WWE CEO Linda McMahon slams ‘deplorable’ GOP campaign rhetoric, dishes on Trump candidacy

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 13:04

Former wrestling mogul Linda McMahon has condemned the current state of the 2016 race — which, at times, has played out more like a WWE storyline than an election — calling the candidates’ rhetoric “deplorable.”

Donald Trump on campaign manager’s assault charge: There’s ‘nothing there!’

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 12:25

A defiant Donald Trump expressed his support for Corey Lewandowski even as surveillance footage taken from the Republican frontrunner's own club showed Lewandowski grabbing a reporter who he previously said he "never touched."