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Air Force admits nuke flaws, but will fixes work?

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:39

Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years — repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps — the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide.

N. Korea says did not hack Sony, wants joint probe with U.S.

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 04:14

A spokesman of the North's foreign ministry said there would be "grave consequences" if the U.S. refused to cooperate.

San Francisco prosecutor charges deputy in hospital assault: report

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 02:01
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The San Francisco District Attorney's office charged a sheriff's deputy on Friday for allegedly attacking a hospital patient and covering it up with a false police report, according to officials and local media. District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement on Twitter that his office charged officer Michael Lewelling with assault and perjury in connection with the incident at San Francisco General Hospital. The attorney's office could not be immediately reached for comment or to provide additional details. ...

Tour agents: N. Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:36

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. But two leading travel agencies that specialize in the small but growing North Korea market say they have confirmed that the North may be ready to open up its doors again soon.

Human rights in spotlight after U.S.-Cuba deal

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 20:15

HAVANA (AP) — To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty.

Protesters from both sides of policing controversy face off in NYC

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 15:50
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scores of protesters denouncing police violence against non-whites rallied alongside dozens of supporters of New York City police officers on Friday in a tense standoff outside City Hall that comes amid weeks of mostly peaceful protests. It was one of the first counter-rallies by police supporters since the chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man killed when officers were attempting to arrest him in July. The killing set off a wave of protests against the treatment of minority groups by police. ...

Ferguson prosecutor: Some witnesses lied, including woman who didn’t see shooting

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 15:06

A woman who swore she saw teenager Michael Brown pummel Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson and charge him “like a football player,” was lying about being at the scene of the controversial police shooting, St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said Friday.

Stephen Collins to '7th Heaven' Fans: 'I'm very sorry'

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:42
In an exclusive interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, embattled actor Stephen Collins admits to sexual misconduct with underage girls and talks about his time starring on the hit show '7th Heaven.'

Obama vows U.S. response to North Korea

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:26

President Barack Obama vowed that the United States will respond to the devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures blamed on the North Korean government. Obama said the cyber attack "caused a lot of damage" to Sony but that he believed the company made a mistake in canceling the release of "The Interview," a comedy portraying the assassination of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un. "We will respond," Obama told an end-of-year news conference. ...

Ferguson wants peace instead of protests, but anger still simmers

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:56

By Carey Gillam FERGUSON, Mo (Reuters) - It is hard to find much healing in Ferguson, Missouri. More than four months after a white police officer killed an unarmed black teenager and sparked nationwide demonstrations over the way police in the United States interact with the black community, anger still simmers in the city of 21,000 mostly black residents. Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, and the larger St. Louis area want to move from protests to peace, promising programs to build alliances between blacks and whites, and between police and those they are sworn to protect. ...

Lawmaker wants investigation of St. Louis prosecutor

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:44

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis County prosecutor who convened the grand jury that investigated the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown says some witnesses before the panel obviously lied under oath.

Barbara Scrivner’s long journey to clemency

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:24

Twenty years into her three-decade sentence for selling small amounts of meth, President Barack Obama had decided to let Scrivner out of prison, her lawyer told her in a brief and emotional phone call. She started to cry.

Obama says U.S. blacks better off overall than when he began presidency

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:19

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday that U.S. blacks are better off now than they were when he began his presidency in 2009, but that the gap between blacks and whites remains. "Like the rest of America, Black America, in the aggregate, is better off now than it was when I came into office," he told reporters in an end-of-year news conference. "The gap between income and wealth of white and black America persists, and we've got more work to do on that front. ...

FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:27
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader and vowed the United States will respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" after a hack attack the administration blamed on the secretive Communist regime.

NY police officer apparently punches teen in video, probe underway

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 09:51
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police are investigating a plainclothes officer who appears to punch a teen-aged black boy during an arrest that was captured on video and widely circulated on the Internet, the department said on Friday. The posting of the footage follows days of U.S. protests over recent cases of police violence toward unarmed black men, including one in which a New York City man died after an officer placed him in a banned chokehold. ...

'A human being gripped by a severe mental illness'

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:00

James Holmes's parents are pleading for him to be spared the death penalty.

Hackers' latest message to Sony

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:58

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The hackers who launched a cyberattack on Sony Pictures praised the company's decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" and said its data will be secure if they continue to comply, CNN reported on Friday, quoting the message.

'A human being gripped by a severe mental illness'

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:18

James Holmes's parents pleading for him to be spared the death penalty.

Painting sells for staggering sum

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:51

GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. (AP) — The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House kept secret its 2013 sale of an oil painting by French post-impressionist Paul Cezanne to a private buyer for $100 million to help protect Detroit-owned artworks under threat due to the city's bankruptcy.