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5 killed in fighter jet crash in Libya

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 04:28

A Libyan security official says a military jet has crashed in the country's eastern city of Tobruk, killing the pilot and four other people.

Juvenile jail escape latest for troubled Tenn. facility

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 04:17

The juvenile detention center where more than 30 teens escaped under a fence has a long history of violence, allegations of sexual abuse and previous efforts to break out.

Recline rancor: Passenger speaks out about airline seat dispute

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 04:02

NEW YORK (AP) — The businessman whose dispute with a fellow airline passenger over a reclined seat sparked a national debate about air-travel etiquette says he's embarrassed by the way the confrontation unfolded and regrets his behavior.

Al-Qaida announces India wing, renews loyalty to Taliban chief

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 03:45

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahri on Wednesday announced the formation of an Indian branch of his militant group he said would spread Islamic rule and "raise the flag of jihad" across the subcontinent. In a 55-minute video posted online, Zawahri also renewed a longstanding vow of loyalty to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar, in an apparent snub to the Islamic State armed group challenging al Qaeda for leadership of transnational Islamist militancy. Zawahri described the formation of "Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent" as a glad tidings for Muslims "in Burma, Bangladesh, Assam, Gujurat, Ahmedabad, and Kashmir" and said the new wing would rescue Muslims there from injustice and oppression. Counter-terrorism experts say al Qaeda's aging leaders are struggling to compete for recruits with Islamic State, which has galvanized young followers around the world by carving out tracts of territory across the Iraq-Syria border.

3 in their 80s die in N.J. murder-suicide

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 02:59

Three people in their 80s were found dead in two homes on a suburban street in New Jersey after a man shot his wife, brother-in-law and himself, authorities said.

U.S. gives $3.1M for Newtown recovery

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 02:53

Aid for counseling, other services follows fatal shooting of 20 students and 6 educators.

N.Y. police to announce details of body camera pilot program

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 02:52

New York City's police department is planning to release new details this week about its pilot program for equipping officers with wearable video cameras to record encounters with the public, the department's chief spokesman said. A federal judge ordered the department last year to test the technology in a handful of police precincts after ruling that police had acted unconstitutionally by stopping and frisking black and Latino New Yorkers in disproportionate numbers. Bill Bratton, the police commissioner, is expected to announce a pilot program involving 50 police officers in five of the city's 76 police precincts, according to NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis.

Hagel: Russia, China aim to close military tech gap with U.S.

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 02:36

Russia and China are trying to close the technology gap with the U.S. Hagel was speaking before a NATO summit expected to bring Russia's souring relations with the West into sharp focus and the goals of NATO allies to strengthen defense spending. Hagel said the Pentagon was renewing a push to revamp how it works with the defense industry.

N.C. half brothers freed after 3 decades in prison

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 02:23

North Carolina's longest-serving death row inmate and his younger half brother have walked out of prison as free men.

Feds probing some Chicago police-involved shootings: attorney

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 02:20

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The FBI and federal prosecutors are investigating some shootings in Chicago in which police were involved and in which a gun belonging to the person shot was not recovered, according to an attorney who represents police officers. The attorney, Daniel Q. Herbert, in a letter to the head of the Chicago police union dated Aug. 29, warned of the investigation and advised that officers not speak to investigators unless they have legal representation present. "It has come to my attention that the FBI and U.S. The letter to Dean C. Angelo, Sr., president of the Chicago branch of the Fraternal Order of Police, was published this week on the police blog Second City Cop.

France puts warship delivery to Russia on hold

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 01:32

PARIS (AP) — Responding to international pressure, France suspended the delivery of a warship to Russia at least until November amid security concerns over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, officials said Wednesday.

Biden: We'll follow terrorists to 'gates of hell'

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 01:26

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday said America will follow the terrorists who posted videos showing the beheading of two journalists "to the gates of hell."

Sam gets another chance at NFL career

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 01:25

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Michael Sam's second chance will be with the Dallas Cowboys.

Federal judge upholds Lousiana's gay marriage ban

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 01:20

A federal judge upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages on Wednesday, as well as the state's refusal to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states.

Ebola toll hits more than 1,900: WHO

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 01:15
More than 1,900 people have died in the Ebola epidemic sweeping through West Africa, the head of the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

Missouri governor lifts state of emergency in Ferguson

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 01:12

(Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Wednesday formally lifted the state of emergency that he had declared in Ferguson weeks ago when the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer sparked sometimes violent demonstrations. "Over the past week, we've seen students getting back to school, businesses reopening their doors and folks getting back to their normal routines," Nixon said in a statement. Nixon had declared a state of emergency on Aug. 16 due to unrest in the St. Louis suburb following the Aug. ...

Fewer child migrants crossing U.S. border

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 23:45

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of immigrant children caught alone illegally crossing the Mexican border into the United States continued to decline in August, according to figures disclosed Wednesday by the Homeland Security Department.

U.S. troops to train in Ukraine

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 23:43

Pentagon says 200 soldiers to participate in exercise in western part of country, first time since tensions began.

Bernie Madoff's son Andrew dies of cancer

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 23:02

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Andrew Madoff, the son of convicted fraudster Bernard Madoff, died on Wednesday from cancer, his lawyer said. "Andrew Madoff has lost his courageous battle against mantle cell lymphoma," lawyer Martin Flumenbaum said in a statement. "He died peacefully at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on September 3, 2014, surrounded by his loving family." Bernard Madoff is serving a 150-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to operating a massive Ponzi scheme estimated to have cost investors $17 billion in lost principal.

Warming ocean imperils lobster, fish catch

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 22:57

Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region's famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters. It's already starting to happen. The culprit is the warming seas — and ...