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Charlie Hebdo editor: We attack religion when it becomes political

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 05:45

The editor of Charlie Hebdo defends the French satirical newspaper's depiction of religion, saying it targets faith only when it becomes "entangled" in politics.

Kentucky teen couple suspected of multi-state crime spree captured

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 04:49
(Reuters) - Teenage sweethearts from Kentucky suspected of carrying out a multi-state crime spree over the past two weeks after running away from home were captured in Florida on Sunday, Kentucky authorities said. Dalton Hayes, 18, and Cheyenne Phillips, 13, were found by the U.S. Marshals Service and local law enforcement early Sunday in Panama City, Florida, sleeping in a stolen pickup truck. They were taken into custody without incident, the Grayson County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. ...

Pope attracts world-record crowd in rain-swept Philippines

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 04:02

Pope Francis drew a record six million people as he celebrated mass in the rain-swept Philippine capital Sunday, a triumphant finale to an Asian tour in which he championed the plight of the poor. Francis made an exhilarating entrance to a Manila bayside park for the mass aboard a "popemobile" that was styled after the nation's iconic, flamboyant and much-loved "jeepney" minibus. The Philippines is famed as the Catholic Church's bastion in Asia, with 80 percent of the former Spanish colony following the faith. "I cannot fathom the faith of the simple people," Francis said, according to the Archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who acted as the pontiff's chaperone.

Middle class decline looms over final years of Obama presidency

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 04:02

By Howard Schneider DALTON, Georgia (Reuters) - Barack Obama enters the final two years of his presidency with a blemish on his legacy that looks impossible to erase: the decline of the middle class he has promised to rescue. The revival of middle-class jobs has been one of Obama's mantras since he took office in 2009 fighting the worst economic crisis in generations. Obama's administration can take credit for stabilizing the U.S. economy, which is growing again and last year added jobs at the fastest clip since 1999. Federal Reserve survey data show families in the middle fifth of the income scale now earn less and their net worth is lower than when Obama took office.

'Friendship Nine' to be cleared of civil rights sit-in crimes

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 03:33

By Colleen Jenkins ROCK HILL, S.C. (Reuters) - Fifty-four years after nine young black men became the first U.S. civil rights protesters to serve jail time for sitting at an all-white lunch counter, surviving members of the group will return to a South Carolina courtroom this month to be exonerated of their crimes. They say the push to clear their names so long after the Jan. 31, 1961, sit-in in Rock Hill will have little effect on their lives. Author Kimberly Johnson, who published a children's book about the Friendship Nine last year, began to seek vindication for the men after reading what Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in 1963 while he was jailed for demonstrating against discrimination of African Americans. Johnson said she was struck by the similarity of the nonviolent approaches by King and those of the Friendship Nine, most of whom were attending Friendship College when they agreed to risk arrest at the McCrory's five-and-dime store's lunch counter.

Obama's address to pitch tax proposals to help middle class

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 01:03

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class.

Kentucky teens on alleged crime spree captured in Florida

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 00:45

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two teenage sweethearts suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks across the South have been taken into custody in Florida, Kentucky authorities said Sunday.

Pope says Mass for huge Manila crowd, appeals for suffering children

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 00:44

By Philip Pullella and Rosemarie Francisco MANILA (Reuters) - Pope Francis said a huge open-air Mass for a rain-drenched crowd of millions in the Philippine capital on Sunday, after appealing to the world to "learn how to cry" over the plight of poor, hungry, homeless and abused children. City officials said some 4 million people were in Manila's Rizal Park and more in surrounding areas to witness the event that caps Francis's week-long trip to Asia. The 78-year-old Pope, wearing a transparent yellow poncho over his white cassock, was driven through the ecstatic crowd in a "popemobile" modified from a jeepney, the most popular mode of transport in the Philippines. He stopped often along the route to kiss children and bless religious statues on the day the Philippines celebrates the feast of the infant Jesus.

Bill Cosby thanks Denver fans as protesters chant 'shame!'

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 18:32

By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Bill Cosby thanked hundreds of fans who turned out for shows in Denver on Saturday as a small gathering of protesters outside the theater denounced the comedian, who has been accused of sexual assault by more than a dozen women in the past three months. The star of NBC hit 1980s family sitcom "The Cosby Show" denies the allegations, many of which are decades old and fall outside the statute of limitations for criminal or civil cases. His lawyer has called the claims "discredited" and "defamatory." Cosby has never been charged over any of the allegations. Outside the Buell Theatre in downtown Denver, about 40 protesters chanted "No more jokes!" and some pointed and shouted "Shame on you!" and "Rape supporters!" at ticket holders as they lined up to get in for the first of two shows.

Obama seeking tax increases on wealthy to help middle class

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 18:19

The president will suggest closing tax loopholes in State of the Union address.

Arrest of U.S. FAA inspector prompts new security rules, training

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 16:42
(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Saturday suspended a program that allows its inspectors to skip security checkpoints on the job after one of them was arrested with a firearm in his carry-on bag, according to officials and media reports. The arrest at New York's LaGuardia Airport on Tuesday also prompted FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta to ramp up security training of its inspectors during the temporary suspension of the program, according to the agency's statement on Saturday. The program allowed the inspectors to bypass the checkpoints and access secure areas of the airports while performing their normal duties. The FAA said it would also require inspectors to sign an agreement stating that weapons-related infractions will result in their permanently losing the ability to bypass the checkpoints.

Police: 2 dead, 1 wounded in central Florida mall shooting

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 15:53
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man had "several pockets full of ammunition" when he targeted his wife in a shooting Saturday morning that killed two people at a mall food court where the woman worked, police said.

Deadly anti-Charlie Hebdo riots as France defends free speech

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 14:02

Five people were killed and churches set on fire in Niger on Saturday in fresh protests against the French weekly Charlie Hebdo's Mohammed cover, as France condemned the violence and defended freedom of expression. With France still reeling from last week's attacks that claimed 17 lives, jittery European countries stepped up security, with soldiers patrolling the streets of Belgium for the first time in 35 years. Around 1,000 youths wielding iron bars, clubs and axes rampaged through the Niger capital, hurling rocks at police who responded with tear gas. "In Niamey, the tally is five dead, all civilians," Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou said in a speech broadcast on state television, as he appealed for calm.

New Jersey mother charged with burning newborn to death

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 13:46
(Reuters) - A New Jersey woman was charged on Saturday with killing her newborn baby by setting her on fire and leaving her burning in the middle of a roadway, law enforcement said. Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier, 22, of Pemberton Township, a suburb of Philadelphia, was charged with one count of first degree murder and was being held on $500,000 bail, police and a local prosecutor said. Dorvilier was accused of dousing the baby with a flammable liquid before setting her alight, Burlington County Prosecutor Robert Bernardi and Pemberton Township Police Chief David Jantas said in a statement.

To keep up with demand, Charlie Hebdo ups print run

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 11:47

The latest edition of Charlie Hebdo keeps flying off the shelves as soon as it arrives in stores, forcing the publisher to increase the latest print run to 7 million.

AP Source: Greek police detain 4 alleged terrorists

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 11:00

Greek police have detained four suspected terrorists, including one who could be the man wanted by Belgian authorities as an alleged ringleader of a jihadi cell, a police official told the Associated Press Saturday.

CBS suspends sports analyst Greg Anthony after his arrest

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 09:57

CBS Sports basketball analyst Greg Anthony has been suspended indefinitely by the network, a CBS spokesperson said on Saturday, a day after he was arrested in Washington, D.C., on a charge of soliciting prostitution. "Greg Anthony will not be working again for CBS this season," the spokesperson said in an email. "I will work to regain the trust that I have lost, and the first step is saying that I am sorry." Anthony played 11 seasons in the National Basketball Association before joining CBS in 2008 as lead studio analyst for the network's college basketball coverage, according to his network biography. He had been scheduled to work CBS' broadcast of the Michigan State-Maryland basketball game in College Park, Maryland, on Saturday.

Rally in support of police planned for Washington, D.C

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 09:45
By John Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of people were expected to march in the nation's capital on Saturday in a show of support for law enforcement across the country and to speak out against what they say is an anti-police climate, rally organizers said. Supporters wearing symbolic blue were set to start the "Sea of Blue" rally around 12 p.m. at Washington's National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and march to the Capitol, where speakers will address the crowd, said rally organizer Kelly Wince.

Shooting at Florida mall leaves one dead, two hurt: police

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 08:53
By Irene Klotz MELBOURNE, Fla. (Reuters) - One person is dead and two are injured after gunfire erupted early on Saturday at a mall in Melbourne, Florida, police said. "At this time, we believe the situation is contained," said Melbourne police commander Vince Pryce. Earlier, they had said the shooter was contained after gunfire prompted authorities to evacuate Melbourne Square mall on Florida's east coast.

NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto to illuminate mysterious reaches of solar system

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:19

NASA’s piano-sized probe New Horizons is on course to unlock the mysteries of the Pluto system some 4.67 billion miles from Earth.