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Suspect in Bali suitcase murder confesses

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 10:16

A U.S. man detained in Bali has confessed to killing his girlfriend's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase, police confirmed on Friday. Tommy Schaefer, 21, and Heather Mack, 19, both from Chicago, were arrested on Aug. 13 after the battered body of Sheila von Weise-Mack was found in a bloody suitcase outside a luxury hotel on the resort island in Indonesia. Police said the suspects made separate confessions in which Schaefer admitted to killing Wiese-Mack, 62, and Mack, who is three months pregnant, admitted to helping him stuff her body into the suitcase. ...

Duncan slams Jindal's Common Core lawsuit: ‘Do the right thing for children’

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 09:51

Education Secretary Arne Duncan has hit back at Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal for mounting a lawsuit over the Obama administration’s Common Core academic standards, implying that the Republican lawmaker’s opposition to the controversial policy has been driven by his desire to run for president.

Obama: Campus sex assault an 'affront to our basic humanity'

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 09:39

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a new focus on violence against women, President Barack Obama kicked off a star-powered campaign Friday against campus sexual assault particularly targeted at encouraging men to take a stand.

Islamic State captures 60 Syrian villages

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 09:35

Islamic State jihadists have seized 60 Kurdish villages near the Turkish border in a lightning two-day campaign, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday.

Judge concerned over U.S. embassy bombing case guilty plea

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 09:32

By Joseph Ax and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Egyptian man pleaded guilty in New York on Friday to charges stemming from the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people. Wiping tears from his eyes and frequently shaking his head, Adel Abdul Bary, 54, pleaded guilty to three counts, including threatening to kill, injure or destroy property by means of an explosive and conspiring to murder U.S. citizens abroad. However, U.S. ...

Alibaba shares jump 46 percent on NYSE debut

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:00

(Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's shares rose as much as 46 percent in their first day of trading on Friday, lifting the Chinese online retailer's value to $244 billion. The company's initial public offering, on track to be the biggest ever if underwriters exercise their option to sell more shares, will help fund Alibaba's expansion in the United States and elsewhere. The sale raised more than $8.2 billion for the company after fees for underwriters, and about $13 billion for major shareholders. Alibaba's shares were trading at $99 on the New York Stock Exchange at 11:58 a.m. ...

Scottish nationalist leader quits

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:18

Alex Salmond resigned as leader of his party Friday, will quit as First Minister after losing independence referendum.

Unemployment rises in 24 U.S. states

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:16

Unemployment rates rose in nearly half of U.S. states in August, even as employers in two-thirds of the states added jobs.

Alibaba IPO a Wall Street ‘feeding frenzy’

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 04:31

From Yahoo Finance: Pro looks at anticipated offering. PLUS: Live show 10:15 ET.

Exclusive: Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:41

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found. Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion. ...

Exclusive: Surf wisdom with Tulsi Gabbard, first Hindu congresswoman

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 01:42

Yahoo News goes surfing with Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a war veteran and the first Hindu congresswoman.

From gangsta rapper to Islamist militant

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 00:39

As war in Syria and Iraq attracts a growing number of Muslim extremists from Europe, intelligence officials in Germany believe a former gangsta rapper has joined the inner circle of Islamists fighting there.

Congress backs Obama on aid to Syrian rebels

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 23:29

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation requested by President Barack Obama authorizing the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East is headed for his signature after a sweeping Senate vote.

Florida granddad who killed family fatally shot son years before

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 20:04

The Florida man who police say gunned down his daughter and six grandchildren Thursday had been to prison for fatally shooting his young son during a hunting trip 13 years ago, according to court records.

Vote counting begins in Scotland

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 19:54

Historic referendum will decide whether Scotland ends its 307-year-old union with England.

Home Depot says breach affected 56M payment cards

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 18:25

The Home Depot says it has eliminated malware from its U.S. and Canadian networks that affected 56 million unique payment cards between April and September. The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer ...

Kansas court orders removal of Democrat from Senate ballot

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 17:34

The Kansas Supreme Court has ordered the state to remove U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Chad Taylor's name from the ballot, in a ruling that could influence the national fight for control of the Senate.

Obama: 'We do not give in to fear'

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 16:57

The president says airstrikes on the Islamic State will continue.

Police seek gunman at Phoenix's Sky Harbor airport

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 15:30

Police in Arizona arrested one man and were seeking another at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport on Thursday after officers pursued a car there carrying suspects in a shooting at a nearby gas station forecourt, authorities said. No one was being allowed into the airport's Terminal Four due to police activity, and people were told to avoid the area, said Sergeant Steve Martos, a Phoenix Police Department spokesman. Sergeant Mike Pooley of the Tempe Police Department said a patrol car had followed the suspect vehicle from the scene of the shooting to the airport. ...

Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 15:19

In a desperate bid to slow West Africa's accelerating Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million people confined to their homes for three days starting Friday while volunteers conduct a house-to-house search for victims in hiding.