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Congress clears Keystone XL pipeline bill, setting up veto

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 14:29

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Congress cleared a bill Wednesday to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting up a confrontation with President Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto the measure.


Self-proclaimed atheist charged in slayings of Muslim students

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:55

The suspect professes on Facebook to be an atheist who dislikes all religions.


Prosecutor offers reason for why veteran killed 'American Sniper'

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:01

The trial of an ex-Marine accused of killing 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle begins.


Costa Concordia captain sentenced to 16 years in prison

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:37

The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship was convicted Wednesday of multiple charges of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in jail, Italian court officials said.


Police: Parking dispute sparks 3 North Carolina killings

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:35

Authorities believe they know what motivated the killings of three family members in Chapel Hill.


Jury selection resumes for trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:30

By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - The long-running process of picking a jury to hear the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev resumed on Wednesday after a massive winter storm forced two days of delay. The court is in its sixth week of trying to select 12 jurors and six alternates to hear the case of the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and injured 264 at the finish line of Boston's best-attended sporting event.


'American Sniper' called murder defendant 'nuts', lawyer says

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:10

By Jon Herskovitz STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - A former U.S. Marine acted with forethought and malice when he fatally shot Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL whose best-selling autobiography was turned into the hit movie "American Sniper," prosecutors told a Texas jury on Wednesday. Opening statements began in the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, 27, charged with murdering Kyle, who was credited with the most kills of any U.S. sniper, as well as Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield in February 2013 at a shooting range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth.


Boehner tells Democrats to 'Get off their a**'

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:01

The House Speaker explains what it will take to fund the Department of Homeland Security.


NYC cop due to be charged for stairwell shooting of unarmed man

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 05:29
A New York City prosecutor is expected to announce criminal charges on Wednesday against a rookie police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed man while patrolling the darkened stairwell of a housing project last November. Peter Liang, the officer, was patrolling with his partner in the Brooklyn housing project around 11:15 p.m. on Nov. 20 when his gun discharged a single bullet, killing Akai Gurley, 28, who was in the stairwell a flight below with his girlfriend. Kenneth Thompson, the district attorney in Brooklyn who oversaw the secret grand jury proceedings, has declined to comment, but his office drew reporters' attention to a particular arraignment due to take place on Wednesday afternoon, after which Thompson will address a news conference. Liang's arraignment would come two months after another grand jury in the city borough of Staten Island voted against indicting one of the police officers who killed Eric Garner, an unarmed black man being arrested for peddling loose cigarettes, by putting Garner in a chokehold.

Obama sends Congress request for military force against IS

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 05:26

The president is asking Congress to formally authorize war against the Islamic State.


Costa Concordia captain begs for mercy

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 04:03

Francesco Schettino made a last-ditch appeal to be to cleared of the 2012 disaster.


'American Sniper' murder trial to open in Texas

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:12

By Jon Herskovitz STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - Lawyers for an Iraqi war veteran will argue at the start of his trial on Wednesday that he was insane when he fatally shot former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, whose best-selling autobiography was turned into the hit movie "American Sniper." Eddie Ray Routh, 27, is charged with murdering Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield in 2013 at a shooting range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth. Legal experts have said it is a tough task to obtain a verdict of innocence by reason of insanity in Texas.


Man arrested after shooting three dead in North Carolina

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 02:17
(Reuters) - A man has been arrested and charged with fatally shooting three people near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus on Tuesday, the school said. The victims were named as Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21 and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abua, 19. Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, of Chapel Hill was arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree murder, according to a statement on the school's alert website. The university said that Barakat was a second-year student at its dentistry school, his wife was planning on starting there in the fall, while her sister was a student at North Carolina State University.

Pennsylvania residents want return of Paterno statue: poll

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 02:07

By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Pennsylvania residents overwhelmingly support restoration of the Joe Paterno statue on Penn State's campus, according to a new survey by Quinnipiac University. In a poll of 1,023 residents, 59 percent support putting the statue of the famed football coach in a “place of prominence," while 25 percent oppose such a move. Paterno was a legendary figure on Penn State's campus, who saw his reputation left in tatters in the wake of child sex abuse charges against Jerry Sandusky, his former defensive football coach. Officials at Penn State, including Paterno, drew withering criticism for not taking action after being alerted that Sandusky was sexually abusing children, sometimes in locker room showers.


Jon Stewart's exit as a phony newsman is a loss to real news

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 01:31

NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Stewart's fans were gobsmacked by the sad news he delivered on Tuesday's edition of "The Daily Show": He's leaving his phony anchor desk and ending his reign as phony newsman, and the loss is to real news.


Ukraine fighting rages ahead of peace talks

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 01:00

Leaders from four countries plan to meet in a last-ditch bid to end the conflict.


Obama disputes aide's gay marriage claim

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 00:30

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is disputing a longtime aide's view that Obama feigned opposition to gay marriage, compromising his true beliefs out of concern it could hurt him with voters.


US, Britain close embassies in Yemen over security fears

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 23:31

The United States and Britain have closed their embassies in Yemen and pulled out staff due to fears over the security situation, officials said. "On February 11, 2015, due to the deteriorating security situation in Sanaa, the Department of State suspended embassy operations and US Embassy Sanaa American staff were relocated out of the country," a State Department travel warning said. In addition, US nationals were urged to leave Yemen, it said.


Missouri executes man convicted of 1990 murder

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 22:10

Missouri on Wednesday executed a man convicted of murdering a neighbor in 1990, officials said, amid scrutiny of the secrecy surrounding the state's lethal injection protocols. Walter Storey, 47, was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m. local time on Wednesday after receiving a lethal injection at a state prison in Bonne Terre, Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Mike O'Connell said in a statement. Storey, the first prisoner to be executed in the state this year, was convicted of beating and stabbing his neighbor, Jill Frey, to death in February 1990. "Jill Frey's loved ones waited a quarter-century for the closure and finality of justice that came early this morning," said Attorney General Chris Koster in a statement.


U.S. aid worker remembered as 'free spirit' with empathy for others

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 19:04

By David Schwartz PRESCOTT, Ariz. (Reuters) - Kayla Mueller, the young U.S. aid worker who died while a captive of militants of the Islamic State group in Syria, was remembered by family and friends in her hometown on Tuesday as a "free spirit" driven by her enormous empathy for human suffering. The White House said Mueller's family received a message from her captors containing information that was authenticated by U.S. intelligence analysts who verified her death. President Barack Obama also publicly acknowledged in an interview with the news website Buzzfeed that Mueller was among the hostages whom U.S. commandos were sent to rescue but failed to find in an operation he ordered last year. Outside the county courthouse in her hometown of Prescott, Arizona, two of Mueller's maternal aunts joined one of her childhood friends and a local pastor to deliver a tearful tribute to the Northern Arizona University grad.


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