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French train attacker 'went to Syria'

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 10:52

A suspected jihadist gunman overpowered by passengers on a packed Amsterdam-Paris train had visited Syria and was known to both French and Spanish intelligence services, officials said Saturday. The suspect, who has been named as 25-year-old Moroccan national Ayoub El Khazzani, was wrestled to the floor by three American passengers after opening fire with an assault rifle on Friday evening, and is now being interrogated by counter-terrorist officials near Paris. A Spanish counter-terrorism source said he had lived in Spain for seven years until last year before travelling to Syria from France.

Congressman says NYC federal building gunman got 'raw deal'

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 10:02

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who gunned down a security guard at a federal building in Manhattan before killing himself was a whistleblower who had been given "a raw deal" by the agency that fired him, a New Jersey congressman who took up the man's case said Saturday.

Jimmy Carter focuses on faith as cancer treatment begins

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 09:38

ATLANTA (AP) — Jimmy Carter always goes home to Plains, Georgia. The tiny town he calls a "haven" was there when he got out of the Navy, when he left the governor's office and when he lost the 1980 presidential election.

Jury awards former basketball star Michael Jordan $8.9 million in brand case: reports

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 07:59

A jury awarded retired basketball player Michael Jordan $8.9 million in his lawsuit against a grocery store chain that used his name in a one-page magazine advertisement without his permission, the Chicago Tribune and other local media reported. Jordan, 52, led the Chicago Bulls to six National Basketball Association championships in the 1990s. The jury deliberated six hours after a two-week trial in federal court in Chicago, and decided on the award amount on Friday evening.

State media report blast at chemical plant in eastern China; no casualties reported yet

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 07:06
BEIJING (AP) — State media report blast at chemical plant in eastern China; no casualties reported yet.

France train gunman identified as known Islamist militant

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 06:15

A gunman overpowered by passengers on a train in France on Friday was known to European authorities as a suspected Islamist militant, provided the identity he has given interrogators is correct, France's interior minister said. "It is important to be careful about his identity which is not yet established with certainty," Cazeneuve said. "If the identity he has declared is confirmed, he is a 26-year-old man of Moroccan nationality identified by the Spanish authorities to French intelligence services in February 2014 because of his connections to the radical Islamist movement." He said inquiries in collaboration with other European authorities "should establish precisely the activities and travels of this terrorist".

'Give me back my gun,' train attacker pleaded with Americans

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 01:15

A gunman tackled by young Americans on a train between Amsterdam and Paris pleaded with them to hand back his Kalashnikov after they overpowered him, one of the group said. "Everything happened very fast," Anthony Sadler, a student travelling with friends Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone, both members of the US military, told France's BFMTV. My friends and I got down and then I said 'Let's get him'," said Skarlatos, a 22-year-old member of the National Guard in Oregon, who has recently returned from service in Afghanistan.

Rival Koreas to hold high-level talks to defuse war fears

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 00:54

Their first high-level talks in nearly a year will be held at the border village of Panmunjom.

North, South Korea officials to meet at DMZ in bid to ease tension

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 00:50

The meeting raises hopes for an end to a standoff that put the two sides on the brink of armed conflict.

Judge rules U.S. government must swiftly release immigrant children in detention

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 23:47
By Victoria Cavaliere LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Friday ordered the government to swiftly release immigrant children held at detention centers, affirming a July ruling that said some minors who crossed the border illegally were being detained in violation of a long-standing settlement. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles gave the administration of President Barack Obama until Oct. 23 to comply with her order to release hundreds of unauthorized immigrant children, and in some cases their mothers, "without unnecessary delay." Gee's ruling comes amid debate by U.S. presidential candidates over illegal immigration and follows an influx of immigrants from Central America across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Two Koreas agree to talks as military deadline looms

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 23:25

Top officials will meeting as tensions increase over a dispute about loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts.

Biden ponders details of 2016 run with decision nearing

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 23:15

Tucked away at his family home in Delaware, Vice President Joe Biden has been huddling with longtime aides and family members, evaluating what it would take to launch a viable presidential campaign against well-funded Democratic opponents with a huge head start.

Why evangelicals back Donald Trump

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 19:27

Gunman slays guard at NYC federal building, kills himself

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 18:09

A gunman shot and killed a security guard at a federal building in Lower Manhattan on Friday before killing himself, and investigators are seeking a motive, police said. Police identified the gunman as Kevin Downing, a 68-year-old former federal employee from Fort Lee, New Jersey. The New York Daily News said he was a retired Army Reserve captain outraged over being fired by the Department of Labor.

Black teen killed by St. Louis police shot in back: autopsy

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 16:39

News of the preliminary results of an autopsy escalated tensions that had flared after Wednesday's killing of Mansur Ball-Bey, as protesters and family of the slain 18-year-old questioned police accounts that he pointed a gun at officers. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said additional officers would be available for the weekend in anticipation of further protests. Late Friday, St. Louis' elected prosecutor, Circuit Attorney Jennifer M. Joyce, said her office would begin investigating now, rather than waiting until police turn over the results of their own investigation.

Two dead in shooting at New York federal building

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 15:46

A gunman shot and killed a private security guard at a US federal building in downtown New York by the metal detector on Friday before killing himself, police said. "He proceeded through the security area and headed towards the elevator, where he encountered another employee.

Gunman slays guard at NYC federal building, then kills himself

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 15:41
A gunman opened fire at a federal building in Lower Manhattan on Friday, fatally wounding a security guard before killing himself, officials said. A police official identified the gunman as Kevin Downing, a man in his late 60s from Fort Lee, New Jersey, according to media reports.

Clock ticking on Obama's Gitmo promise

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 13:56

Lingering on President Obama's to-do list before his term ends is closing the detention facility.

More than 30,000 expected for Trump rally

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 13:26

A surprise surge in supporters forced the presidential candidate's team to find a bigger venue.

Fears over global slowdown hammer US stocks for 2nd day

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 13:06

NEW YORK (AP) — Growing concerns about a slowdown in China shook markets around the world on Friday, driving the U.S. stock market to its biggest drop in nearly four years.