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Purple Heart medal, lost 20 years, finds way home

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 07:45

MANLIUS, N.Y. (AP) — A Purple Heart medal posthumously awarded to a New York soldier killed in Vietnam is being returned to his family about two decades after it was found on a school playground.

Americans more worried about economy than Ebola: Poll

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 07:23

Virus made Gallup poll's top 10 concerns, but remained behind economy, dissatisfaction with government, jobs, healthcare, immigration.

Friend of accused Boston bomber lied repeatedly, prosecutor says

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 07:09

By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - A friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect lied repeatedly to investigators before eventually confessing about his activities in the days after the attack, a federal prosecutor said on Tuesday. Defense lawyers have argued that Robel Phillipos, 21, was too intoxicated on marijuana to remember what he did the night of April 18, 2013, when prosecutors say he and two other men removed a backpack containing empty fireworks shells from the dorm room of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. ...

Suspected serial killer charged in Indiana

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 06:37

Convicted sex offender thought to have murdered at least 7 women may have started killing 20 years ago.

Snowplow driver drunk in plane collision that killed oil CEO

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 05:38

Moscow (AFP) - Russian and French experts were investigating Tuesday a plane crash at a Moscow airport which killed the CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, whose private jet struck a snowplough on takeoff.

Soldier run over in Quebec parking lot by suspected jihadi has died

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 05:23

Montreal (AFP) - One of two Canadian soldiers run over by a driver suspected of having jihadist sympathies has died, police said Tuesday.

Very bad news for McDonald's

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 05:15

The fast food giant posted huge disappointments that should have stockholders reeling.

Special Report: U.S. visa program for crime victims is hit-or-miss prospect

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 05:11

By Dan Levine and Kristina Cooke (Reuters) - It was the week of Chinese New Year, and Jian Zhen Huang was climbing her sister’s doorstep in Brooklyn with cups and other supplies for the celebration inside. Suddenly, a young man grabbed her, punched her in the face several times, knocked her down to the pavement and stole her phone. The housewife spent that February 2013 night at a hospital and left with her head wrapped in gauze, staples in her scalp and black circles around her eyes - “like a panda,” her husband said in an affidavit. Headaches and sleepless nights persisted for months. ...

6,000-year-old temple discovered with altars for sacrifices

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 04:24

A 6,000-year-old temple holding humanlike figurines and sacrificed animal remains has been discovered within a massive prehistoric settlement in Ukraine. It was a "two-story building made of wood and clay surrounded by a galleried courtyard," the upper floor divided into five rooms, write archaeologists Nataliya Burdo and Mykhailo Videiko in a copy of a presentation they gave recently at the European Association of Archaeologists' annual meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. A platform on the upper floor contains "numerous burnt bones of lamb, associated with sacrifice," write Burdo and Videiko, of the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The floors and walls of all five rooms on the upper floor were "decorated by red paint, which created [a] ceremonial atmosphere." [See Photos of the Prehistoric Temple & Animal Remains]

Pope's historic trip to unstable region

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 04:16

Pope Francis will make his first visit to the predominantly Muslim nation of Turkey.

Oscar Pistorius gets sentenced

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 03:27

Olympic, Paralympic sprinter was convicted of culpable homicide in girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp's death.

Arizona jury to consider death penalty for murderer Jodi Arias

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 02:27
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona jury will be sworn in on Tuesday to decide whether 34-year-old convicted murderer Jodi Arias will be executed for the 2008 slaying of Travis Alexander, court officials said. After months of delays, a 12-member jury is set to be impaneled in Maricopa County Superior Court in downtown Phoenix in the penalty phase retrial of the former California waitress. Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder in May 2013 for killing Alexander, 30, in his Mesa, Arizona, home. ...

Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 01:15

A South African judge sentences the runner for the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Islamic Front propaganda video as good as martial arts movie

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:28

The Islamic Front, an alliance of militant groups in Syria, released a video on October 20, described as showing “special operations” unit training camp. The unit, dubbed War Lions, are filmed undergoing vigorous exercises. A fighter being interviewed in 1’00" says that main reason they come to the training camp is to defeat militias from different countries that have recently entered Syria. The video states that a number of unit leaders were killed in battle in Aleppo. Credit: YouTube/Islamic Front

Silicon Valley and politics meet

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:24

A database of all political giving for the last 30 years, which ranks the intensity of donors' liberalism or conservatism, shows Democrats get the lion's share of donations from tech company employees.

Thirteen high school volleyball players hurt in Missouri bus crash

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 23:04
(Reuters) - Thirteen high school girls on a Missouri volleyball team were injured on Monday when their bus collided with a car on the way to a tournament, the school said. The girls from Raymore-Peculiar High School were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, the school said in messages on Twitter. No further details were immediately available. Police and fire departments could not immediately be reached for comment. The Kansas City Star newspaper reported that a flatbed truck crashed into the bus as it made a U-turn in Lee's Summit on Monday afternoon. ...

U.S. national security prosecutors shift focus from spies to cyber

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 21:08

By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is restructuring its national security prosecution team to deal with cyber attacks and the threat of sensitive technology ending up in the wrong hands, as American business and government agencies face more intrusions. The revamp, led by Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, also marks a recognition that national security threats have broadened and become more technologically savvy since the 9/11 attacks against the United States. ...

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:59

Oscar de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, has died. He was 82.

Pistorius to learn sentence for killing girlfriend

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:12

Pretoria (AFP) - South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday learns his sentence for shooting dead his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year, bringing an end to a seven-month trial that gripped the nation.

Police say they might have spotted ambush suspect

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:16
Police shifted their search and a northeastern Pennsylvania school district tightened security amid another reported sighting Monday of the suspect in a deadly state police ambush.