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U.S. bans Hungarians from entry over corruption charges

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 08:25
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The United States has banned several Hungarian citizens from entry and alleged that they were engaged in or benefiting from corruption, prompting the Hungarian government to call for a show of evidence. Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government has clashed several times with the European Union and the United States over reforms that critics said harmed some foreign investors and weakened the system of checks and balances in the former Communist satellite. "The U.S. ...

Power out, trees fall as hurricane crosses Bermuda

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 08:11
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Hurricane Gonzalo crushed trees, flattened power lines and damaged Bermuda's main hospital during an hours-long battering, but the tiny, wealthy British territory suffered no deaths.

Mission Unaccomplished: Containing Ebola in Africa

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 08:08
Looking back, the mistakes are easy to see: Waiting too long, spending too little, relying on the wrong people, thinking small when they needed to think big. Many people, governments and agencies share the blame for failing to contain Ebola when it emerged in West Africa.

More young mourners showing love, remembrance with 'RIP' shirts

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:31

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - At the crowded funeral of 13-year-old Demureye' Macon, who was shot on a Chicago street, older mourners wore sober suits and dresses in beige and black. But Macon's peers came dressed in colorful tributes to the seventh-grader, sporting T-shirts, jackets and bandanas bearing the deceased's photo, his birth and death dates and messages including "Long Live the King" and "RIP Demureye." "He was like my little brother," Macon's friend Joshua Reynolds, 16, said at the funeral last week. Reynolds wore a shirt that read "My Brother's Keeper. ...

Cautious optimism over Nigeria's kidnapped girls

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:22

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — There's no dancing in the streets, but people in the hometown of more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls are cautiously optimistic about news of a cease-fire with the Islamic extremists who abducted their daughters six months ago.

Supreme Court denies request to block Texas voter ID law

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 03:33

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday denied a request to block a Texas law requiring voters in the state to show certain forms of identification before they cast a ballot. The move comes after a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday granted a request by the state to stay a lower court decision that struck down the law, meaning the measure will be in effect for the November elections. The decision, published early on Saturday morning, was unsigned and did not provide a supporting legal argument. ...

Obama calls for end to Ebola 'hysteria'

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 03:05

Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama told Americans on Saturday not to "give in to hysteria or fear" over the deadly Ebola virus, calling for patience and a sense of perspective.

Supreme Court allows Texas use of new voter ID law

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 02:28

The state's controversial voter identification law can be used for the November election, the justices rule.

Obama says Ebola travel ban could make things worse

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 02:06

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Americans to avoid hysteria over Ebola, and played down the idea of travel bans from Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa, explaining that restrictions could make things worse. Lawmakers this week urged Obama to bar people from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea from entering the United States. Obama has said he is not philosophically opposed to travel bans, but in his weekly address made it clear that he is not leaning toward them. ...

Report: Ferguson officer says he feared for life

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 21:30

Darren Wilson has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle as he and Michael Brown struggled over his gun, The New York Times reported.

Hurricane Gonzalo scores bull's eye hit on Bermuda

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 21:03

By Sam Strangeways HAMILTON Bermuda (Reuters) - Hurricane Gonzalo slammed into Bermuda on Friday, knocking out most of the electricity as it lashed the tiny Atlantic island chain with pounding surf, torrential rain and howling wind, but there were no immediate reports of injuries. The strongest storm to sweep the subtropical British territory in a decade made full landfall at about 8:30 p.m. as the 35-mile-wide (56 km) eye of the storm crossed the south-central coast of Bermuda, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami reported. ...

California police identify remains of missing Saudi student

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 20:06

By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police said on Friday they had identified the remains of a man found alongside a freeway in a Southern California desert city as those of a college student from Saudi Arabia who went missing in September. Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi, 23, was last seen at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Reseda on Sept. 17, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Authorities discovered his body in Palm Desert, roughly 125 miles (200 km) to the southeast, on Thursday. ...

Courts knock down gay marriage bans in Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 19:14

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Barriers to gay marriage fell in Arizona, Alaska and Wyoming on Friday following a series of federal court actions in the latest in a series of legal victories for supporters of same-sex matrimony in America. In Arizona, U.S. District Judge John Sedwick wrote in a ruling made public on Friday that the state's curbs on gay marriage were "unconstitutional by virtue of the fact that they deny same-sex couples the equal protection of the law." Same-sex couples in the state began getting married right away. ...

Obama names Ebola 'czar,' beefs up Texas response

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 18:06

By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama appointed a former White House adviser as U.S. Ebola "czar" on Friday and named senior officials to help step up the government's response the disease in Texas, where it first appeared on U.S. soil. Obama, facing criticism from some lawmakers over his administration's handling of efforts to contain the virus, appointed Ron Klain, a lawyer who had served as chief of staff to Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, to oversee the U.S. response. ...

In turn, gay marriage becomes legal in Arizona

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:11

PHOENIX (AP) — Gay marriage became legal in Arizona on Friday, a sharp turn for a state that became ground zero in the clash over gay rights less than a year ago when the state Legislature passed a bill allowing businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians.

Eye of weakening Hurricane Gonzalo smashes into Bermuda

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 14:47

By Sam Strangeways HAMILTON Bermuda (Reuters) - The eyewall of Hurricane Gonzalo made a direct hit on Bermuda on Friday evening pounding the Bermuda coast with high waves, driving rain and gusting winds, becoming the strongest storm to hit the tiny Atlantic island chain in a decade, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. "At least part of the island, if not the entire island, is going to be in the eye," said hurricane center specialist Stacy Stewart. "It's a very large eye. ...

Good news for Hunter Biden after cocaine controversy

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:33

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hunter Biden, the youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden, faces no automatic review of his law license in Connecticut following his discharge from the U.S. Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine use, Connecticut legal authorities said Friday.

Supreme Court allows gay marriage in Alaska

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:27

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday allowed gay marriage in Alaska to go into effect, increasing the number of U.S. states that permit gay marriage to 31. The nine justices rejected a last-minute request from the state, which wanted to block a ruling by a federal judge on Sunday that struck down the state's ban. Gay and lesbian couples will now be able to obtain marriage licenses. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and James Dalgleish)

Mysterious 'space plane' lands in California

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:17

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A top-secret space plane landed Friday at an Air Force base on the Southern California coast.

White House comments on travel ban

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 09:52

The president responds to calls to impose a travel ban as part of efforts to fight Ebola.