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Obama to send 1,500 more troops to Iraq as campaign expands

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 18:59

By Phil Stewart and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has approved sending up to 1,500 more troops to Iraq, roughly doubling the number of U.S. forces on the ground helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle the militant group Islamic State, U.S. officials said on Friday. Obama's decision greatly expands the scope of the U.S. campaign and the geographic distribution of American forces, some of whom will head into Iraq's fiercely contested western Anbar province for the first time to act as advisers. ...


Pittsburgh researcher found guilty in wife's cyanide poisoning death

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 18:13
PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A jury found a University of Pittsburgh neurological surgery professor guilty of first degree murder on Friday for the cyanide poisoning death of his physician wife, in what prosecutors described as a crime of jealousy. The jury of eight men and four women rendered its verdict in the trial of Dr. Robert Ferrante, 66, after 15 hours of deliberations, said Mike Manko, a spokesman for the Alleghany County District Attorney's Office. Ferrante was accused of killing his wife, Dr. ...

Obama chooses NY prosecutor as attorney general

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 16:50

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a second trail-blazing pick for the nation's top law enforcement officer, President Barack Obama intends to nominate a federal prosecutor in New York to become the next attorney general and the first black woman to lead the Justice Department.


Mexico: Burned remains probably are 43 missing

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 16:42

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Suspects in the disappearance of 43 college students have confessed to loading the youths onto dump trucks, murdering them at a landfill, then burning the bodies and dumping the ashen remains into a river, Mexican authorities said Friday.


Man charged with killing California couple, young sons

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 15:54

By Pat Maio VICTORVILLE Calif. (Reuters) - An ex-convict was charged on Friday with four counts of murder in the slayings of a couple and their two young sons whose skeletal remains were found buried last year in the California desert, police and prosecutors said. The suspect, Charles "Chase" Merritt, 57, was described by police as a former business associate of the father, Joseph McStay, who was reported missing with his wife and two boys in February 2010 from the family's Southern California home. ...


Utah man accused of trying to snatch sleeping girl, 5, from bedroom

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 13:46
By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Police with search dogs on Friday arrested a Utah man accused of trying to abduct a sleeping 5-year-old girl from her bed in the dead of night in a kidnapping foiled only because the child's stepfather awakened to the sound of the front door opening. Police said the suspected kidnapper entered the home in Sandy, Utah, early on Friday through an unlocked side or rear door, took the girl from a downstairs bedroom, and was leaving the house when the parents woke up. He gave up the girl and fled when challenged. ...

Supreme Court to hear Obamacare subsidies case

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 12:43

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear a legal challenge to a key part of the Obamacare health law which, if successful, would deprive millions of Americans of tax-credit subsidies to help them afford health insurance coverage. In a one-sentence order, the court said it would take up a case brought by conservative challengers of the law, the most sweeping overhaul of U.S. healthcare in decades and President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy accomplishment. ...


Obama doubles U.S. troop levels in Iraq

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 12:27

The U.S. military will send 1,500 more soldiers to train and assist Kurdish forces.


Obama authorizes 1,500 additional U.S. troops for deployment to Iraq

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 11:09

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday authorized the U.S. military to deploy up to 1,500 additional troops to help train and advise Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants, the White House said. The White House will ask Congress for $5.6 billion for the operations in Iraq and Syria, which includes $1.6 billion for the new "Iraq Train and Equip Fund," the White House Office of Management and Budget said. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Jim Loney)


Republican concedes razor-thin Senate race

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 10:47

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — Republican Ed Gillespie on Friday conceded the Virginia Senate race to the Democratic incumbent, Mark Warner, and said he would not seek a recount in the tight race even though state law entitled him to one.


Man charged with killing California couple, young sons

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 10:47

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A lone suspect has been arrested and charged with four counts of murder in the slaying of a couple and their two young sons whose skeletal remains were found buried last year in the California desert, police and prosecutors said on Friday. The accused, Charles "Chase" Merritt, was described as a business associate of the father, Joseph McStay, whose family was reported missing in February 2010 from their Southern California home, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said. ...


Judge confirms Detroit plan to exit historic bankruptcy

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 10:11

By Lisa Lambert DETROIT (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday confirmed Detroit's plan to adjust $18 billion of debt and exit the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy. The ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes, who is overseeing the historic case, came more than two months after the start of a hearing to determine whether the 1,165-page plan was fair to creditors and feasible for the city to implement. Speaking from the bench, Rhodes said the city acted in good faith when it proposed its plan to shed about $7 billion of debt and invest $1. ...


Grisly findings at MH17 crash site

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:43

Dutch investigators continue their difficult work at the MH17 crash site in Ukraine.


U.N. women's rights panel harsh accusation of China

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:37

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations women's rights watchdog has accused China of trying to silence activists and said some who had come to Geneva to testify about the country's record "fear reprisals" upon return. At least one female activist was prevented from going to the Swiss city under "travel restrictions" imposed by China, and others alleged their reports had been censored by "state agents", the panel said, calling for a halt to such practices. The U.N. ...


"Iran has not provided any explanations"

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:36

Iran is still failing to provide answers in a probe into its nuclear activities, and is unlikely to do so before a November 24 deadline for a deal with world powers, the UN atomic watchdog said Friday. "Iran has not provided any explanations" on two issues that Tehran had undertaken to clarify by August 25, the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a new quarterly report. Iran and the IAEA have agreed to a "technical meeting to further discuss the two outstanding practical measures ... but not before November 24," said the report, not yet public but seen by AFP. "There is no progress, basically," a diplomat familiar with the IAEA's probe said.


No decision yet on nominee for U.S. attorney general: White House

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:59

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has not made a decision on a nominee to replace U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, a White House spokesman said on Friday. The comment came in response to a CNN report that Obama was expected to choose U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch of New York as his nominee. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said there had been no decision and that the administration would not have any personnel announcements on Friday. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Bill Trott)


Obama says sees room to work with Congress on manufacturing, exports

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:54

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday he plans to talk with congressional leaders over lunch about how to build on momentum in the economy, discussing ideas to boost manufacturing and exports, and invest in early childhood education. "Good ideas don't necessarily come from just one party," Obama told reporters ahead of meeting with his cabinet. "All these issues are ones in which there is a strong possibility for bipartisan cooperation as long as we set politics aside," he said. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Susan Heavey)


U.S. lawmakers want criminal probe of Takata as air bag concerns grow

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:08

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Democratic lawmakers on Friday called for the U.S. Justice Department to examine whether air bag-maker Takata broke the law, as authorities study the dangers of the safety device that is now part of a sweeping recall. The statement comes a day after the New York Times reported that officials with Takata Corp examined air bag dangers in 2004 but halted the probe after initial tests raised concerns. ...


Ukraine braces for more Russian artillery

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:22

By Natalia Zinets and Vladimir Soldatkin KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukraine's military accused Russia on Friday of sending a column of 32 tanks and truckloads of troops into the country's east to support pro-Russian separatists fighting government forces. Thursday's cross-border incursion, if confirmed, is a significant escalation of a conflict that has killed more than 4,000 people since the separatists rose up in mid-April and would call into question Russia's commitment to a two-month-old ceasefire deal. ...


Democratic Senator leaves controversial group

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:00

Sen. Joe Manchin resigned a leadership position that raised many eyebrows in his party.


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