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32 structures destroyed in California wildfire

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 19:48

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Light rain and cooler temperatures helped firefighters makes advances Sunday against a huge Northern California wildfire that has destroyed nearly three-dozen structures.


NASA spacecraft arrives at Mars

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 18:54

The explorer Maven slips into the red planet's orbit following a 10-month journey.


Accused White House intruder is decorated Iraq war veteran

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 18:15

By Peter Cooney WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Texas man accused of breaking into the White House while armed with a knife is a U.S. military veteran who was decorated for his service in the Iraq war, the U.S. Army said on Sunday. Omar Gonzalez, 42, is expected to appear in court in Washington on Monday facing a charge of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison. The U.S. ...


Checkpoints around White House may be coming

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 18:11

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service is having preliminary discussions about setting up security screening checkpoints near public areas around the White House, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press Sunday.


Police capture last of five escaped California inmates

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 16:07
(Reuters) - Police have recaptured the last of five inmates, described as armed and dangerous, who escaped from a jail near Fresno, California, authorities said on Sunday. The five men, three of whom were accused of attempted murder, escaped on Friday shortly after 9 p.m. from the Madera County Jail, about 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Fresno. Roel Soliz, 30, of Chowchilla, was apprehended mid-afternoon on Sunday in the small central California town of Fairmead, Sheriff John Anderson said in a statement. ...

Searchers say closing in on Pennsylvania police shooter suspect

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 15:16
By Joe McDonald BLOOMING GROVE Pa. (Reuters) - Searchers found an assault rifle and ammunition hidden in the woods on the ninth day of a massive hunt for a man suspected of attacking two Pennsylvania state troopers, killing one of them, police said on Sunday. Police said they believe they are closing in on Eric Frein, 31, who they describe as a survivalist, in a rugged area of forests, boulders and caves in the Poconos Mountains of Pennsylvania, where he could easily hide from heat-seeking sensors in helicopters. ...

Police: Rifle carried by cop ambush suspect found

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 13:05
Authorities say they have found items abandoned or hidden by the suspected shooter in last week's deadly police barracks attack, including an AK-47-style weapon and ammunition.

Yemen government signs peace deal after days of fighting

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 12:01

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni government officials and Shiite rebels signed a peace agreement on Sunday following days of violence that left more than 140 people dead and sent thousands fleeing their homes, state media said, although major rebel advances earlier in the day deepened a sense of uncertainty in the country.


Arrest warrant issued for man seen with missing Virginia student: police

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 11:57
(Reuters) - An arrest warrant has been issued for the 32-year-old man police have identified as a person of interest in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student, Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo said on Sunday. The man, Jesse Leroy Matthew, presented himself at the police station on Saturday after officials said they were looking for him. After departing the station house following a brief discussion with police, he led law enforcement officials on a high-speed chase. ...

Lawmaker: White House security breach 'absolutely inexcusable'

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 11:37

Congressmen and security experts express shock at the Secret Service's latest gaffe.


California wildfire destroys 10 houses, 22 other structures

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 09:25

By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - Ten houses and 22 outbuildings have been destroyed in a wildfire that swept through parts of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California over the past week and continues to burn, a fire official said on Sunday. No residents of the homes were hurt, said Tom Piranio, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Firefighters were only recently able to enter the burned areas to tally the structural damage caused by the King Fire, he added. About 12,000 homes have been evacuated since the blaze began on Sept. 13, Piranio said. ...


Yemen PM quits as Shiite rebels seize government HQ

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 08:39

Sanaa (AFP) - Shiite rebels seized the Yemeni government headquarters Sunday and the premier resigned as violence raged despite a UN announcement of a power-sharing deal to end days of fighting, officials said.


St. Louis police offer 'highly entertaining' media training course

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 06:02

The police response to the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. — which included heavily armed militarized police clashing with protesters in the St. Louis suburb — is a case study for how not to manage a crisis. The St. Louis Police Academy seems to agree.


White House boosts security after breach

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 05:34

An intruder with a knife scaled a fence and made it all the way inside before he was caught.


Pope denounces perversion of religion for violence

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 05:08

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Pope Francis denounced that extremists around the world are "perverting" religion to justify violence as he visited Albania on Sunday, holding up as a model the Balkan nation where Christians and Muslims endured brutal oppression under communism but now live and work peacefully together.


Former NFL kicker Bironas dies in car wreck

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 04:59

By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - Former Tennessee Titans’ kicker Rob Bironas died late Saturday in a single vehicle car crash in Nashville, police said on Sunday. Bironas, 36, lost control of the SUV he was driving at a high rate of speed around a curve in the road, police said in a statement posted on the department’s website. The vehicle veered off the right side of the road, struck a line of trees and stopped upside down in a large culvert, police said. Bironas was taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. ...


Selling Mitch McConnell: What's love got to do with it?

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 04:02

By Richard Cowan PADUCAH Ky (Reuters) - Mitch McConnell is hardly a lovable guy. The Republican leader in the U.S. Senate has a dour public persona and many of his constituents don't view him as a "real Kentuckian," according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that underscores what his election campaign already knows - McConnell has an image problem. While other politicians might be deterred by polls showing how unpopular they are in their home state, McConnell has risen to the challenge as he seeks a sixth term in what is perhaps his toughest re-election battle in a 30-year Senate career. ...


Massive New York march aims to focus world's eyes on climate change

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 03:18

By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - World leaders including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon were set to join farmers, fishermen, children and others in a massive demonstration on Sunday to demand action on climate change. Organizers are expecting 100,000 to join the People's Climate March in midtown Manhattan ahead of this week's U.N. General Assembly, which brings together 120 world leaders to discuss reducing carbon emissions that threaten the environment. ...


Afghan presidential candidates sign unity deal

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 01:47

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's two presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal Sunday, capped with a hug and a handshake, three months after a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of U.S. and foreign troops.


Florida prison system fires 32 guards after inmate deaths: Miami Herald

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 22:59
(Reuters) - The secretary of Florida's prison system has fired nearly three dozen guards in the wake of the recent scrutiny given to inmate deaths across the state during recent years, the Miami Herald newspaper reported. Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews dismissed 32 guards on Friday, according to the newspaper. All of them had been accused of criminal misconduct or wrongdoing stemming from inmate deaths at four different prisons, the report said. ...

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