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Nigeria military claims Boko Haram leader dead

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:04

Nigeria's military on Wednesday claimed for the first time that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was dead, saying troops had shot a lookalike who had been posing as the militant commander.

3 surrender in Pa. gay beating case

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 09:44

The victims said a group hurled gay slurs, beat them when the 2 parties passed on the street.

NFL sponsors should sever ties over scandals, majority in poll says

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 09:38

By Jennifer Saba NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than half of Americans believe that brands should drop their sponsorship deals with the National Football League over its handling of players accused of domestic violence, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Among those surveyed, 30 percent said that the NFL's largest sponsors should sever their ties permanently with the league, while 24 percent said they should end their sponsorship for this season. ...

Florida poll shows Scott and Crist neck and neck in nasty campaign

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 09:04

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Months of mud-slinging by Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist have made voters distrust both men in a hot race that is too close to call, according to a new poll released Wednesday. Six weeks before election day, the Quinnipiac University Poll found Republican Scott with support of 44 percent of likely voters, while 42 percent said they would vote for Crist, a former Republican running for his old job as a Democrat after he switched parties in 2012. ...

For $265, learn how to survive a plane crash

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:46

They raced down the slide, one by one, like children on a playground. At the bottom, smartphone photos were snapped and high fives exchanged. The frequent fliers were all smiling and laughing — and quietly ...

13-year-old girl earns spot on middle school football team

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:15
Paige Smith made the Gladewater Middle School football team two years after coaches told her it would be impossible.

Not just a feeling: Middle class majorly squeezed

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:51

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years ago, Jason Prosser was stunned to discover the cost of child care for his newborn son — so much so that he and his wife postponed having a second child.

Terror threat surfaces in GOP campaigns

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:48

Latest ad shows lone militant with black Islamic State banner; effort to cast Democrats as weak on terrorism.

U.S. can't confirm death of Khorasan group leader: Rice

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:32

Washington (AFP) - US airstrikes in Syria have had an "important impact," US national security adviser Susan Rice said Wednesday, but it is unclear if they have killed the head of the Khorasan group, an Al-Qaeda offshoot.

U.S. drone strike said to kill 10 in Pakistan

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 04:19

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone fired four missiles at a vehicle carrying Uzbek and local militants in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border on Wednesday, killing 10 of them, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.

5 U.S. strikes hit Syria, Iraq targets

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 04:06

Pentagon says U.S. forces destroyed two Islamic State armed vehicles, 8 other vehicles, weapons cache.

2 U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 03:49

Pentagon says group's staging areas in eastern Syria were targets.

NATO says Russia makes significant pullback from Ukraine

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 03:28

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO has observed a significant withdrawal of Russian forces from inside Ukraine, but many Russian troops remain stationed nearby, an alliance military spokesman said on Wednesday. "There has been a significant pullback of Russian conventional forces from inside Ukraine, but many thousands are still deployed in the vicinity of the border," Lieutenant-Colonel Jay Janzen said in an e-mailed response to a request from Reuters for comment. "Some Russian troops remain inside Ukraine. ...

Obama to address UN amid new Mideast strikes

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 02:37

The president will cast the U.S. as the linchpin in efforts to defeat IS militants.

Activists: Air raids hit IS group in eastern Syria

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 01:32
BEIRUT (AP) — At least 10 airstrikes hit suspected Islamic State positions on Wednesday in an eastern Syrian town near the Iraqi border, activists said.

Obama criticized for 'latte salute'

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 23:33

An Instagram video of the president saluting two Marines with a coffee cup in his raised hand rankles some viewers.

Mission accomplished: India joins Mars explorers

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 23:02

NEW DELHI (AP) — India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers.

Denver area students walk out over conservative history curriculum proposal

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 19:42

ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay.

Fired UPS worker kills two supervisors, self, in Alabama shooting

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 19:18

By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - A recently-fired UPS employee on Tuesday shot dead two supervisors at the company facility where he had worked in Birmingham, Alabama, before turning the gun on himself, police said. The gunman, identified by authorities as Kerry Joe Tesney, 45, was fired earlier this month and had recently received a letter in the mail with the news that he had lost his appeal to get his job back, police said. Police had earlier said that Tesney, a resident of Trussville, a Birmingham suburb, was fired on Monday. ...

Grand jury testimony begins in Tony Stewart case: report

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 18:45

A grand jury began hearing testimony on Tuesday in the case involving Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward Jr.