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Obama on Thanksgiving urges generosity to Syrian refugees

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 02:11

He reminds Americans that "the world is still full of pilgrims" seeking "a safer, better future."

Mother who left baby in New York City church manger will not face charges

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 22:36
A custodian on Monday found the crying infant with his umbilical cord still attached wrapped in towels and placed in the indoor nativity scene at the Holy Child Jesus Church in Queens, New York police said. The baby's mother was located by police and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said on Wednesday she would not be prosecuted because she gave up the child in accordance with the state's "Safe Haven" law. Under New York state law, a parent may abandon a newborn anonymously at certain designated safe haven locations, as long as the baby is handed over to an appropriate person.

Turkish military says did not know downed jet was Russian

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 22:20

Turkey's military said it did not know the warplane it shot down on the Syrian border was Russian, adding that it was ready for "all kinds of cooperation" after Moscow called the incident a "planned provocation". In a statement issued after tensions surged between Ankara and Moscow, the Turkish armed forces said they had made significant efforts to find and rescue the two pilots after shooting down the jet on Tuesday. The sole surviving pilot said he had received no warning and the aircraft did not violate Turkish air space, prompting the Turkish army to release audio recordings it said showed the Russian jet was repeatedly warned to change course.

Ex-Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards hospitalized with pneumonia

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 21:05

Edwards, 88, who celebrated the birth of his fifth child in August 2013 with his third spouse, Trina Edwards, then 34, developed a cough while they were out of town visiting friends, she said in the posting quoted by news media in Louisiana. The colorful and roguishly charming Democrat served in the state legislature and U.S. House of Representatives early in his political career before going on to run for Louisiana governor, taking office in 1972 for the first of four terms. Edwards was convicted in May 2000 of extortion in the awarding of state casino licenses, ending a lengthy pursuit by prosecutors that according to his own count had made him the subject of 22 public corruption investigations over the years.

Chicago calm a day after release of video of police shooting teenager

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 19:47

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The white Chicago policeman charged with murdering a black teenager he shot 16 times spent his first full day in custody on Wednesday in a jail hospital ward, but calm prevailed in the city despite fears of civil unrest over a video of the slaying. Five people were arrested late on Tuesday in mostly peaceful demonstrations following release of the graphic footage showing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being gunned down in the middle of a street on Oct. 20, 2014, as he was walking away from police who had confronted him. A new round of protests on Wednesday at Chicago's criminal courthouse and City Hall were sparsely attended, although members of the City Council's black caucus again demanded the resignation of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

Obama 'deeply disturbed' by Chicago police shooting video

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 17:09

The president speaks out about the deadly shooting of a black teen by a Chicago policeman.

Obama says U.S. is safe as millions set off on Thanksgiving travel

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 15:31

By Roberta Rampton and Kylie Gumpert WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans they were safe as millions of travelers set off for the long Thanksgiving weekend on Wednesday and authorities stepped up security at airports in response to the attacks in Paris two weeks ago. In New York City, record-breaking crowds were expected on Thursday for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, and Police Commissioner William Bratton said the city was deploying more officers at the annual event than ever before. "Right now, we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland," Obama told reporters at the White House, two weeks after suspected Islamist militants killed 130 people in a series of coordinated attacks in the French capital.

No 'specific, credible' threat made against U.S.

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 14:13

After the Paris terror attacks, officials affirm that there have not been any concrete plots for the government to foil.

Three men held in connection with shooting of Minnesota demonstrators

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:21

Three white men were being held on Wednesday by Minneapolis police as prosecutors weighed charges against them in connection with the shooting this week of five people protesting against the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man. While police have said they will not identify the men until they are charged, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, citing sources, reported that Allen Lawrence "Lance" Scarsella III, 23, was arrested, while Nathan Gustavsson, 21, and Daniel Macey, 26, were taken into custody after they turned themselves in. None of the five demonstrators wounded in Monday's shooting received life-threatening injuries, police said.

Obama tells Americans homeland is safe as millions set off on Thanksgiving travel

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:07

By Roberta Rampton and Kylie Gumpert WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans they are safe as millions of people traveled on Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday, with security heightened at airports, New York City's parade festivities and other venues after the Paris attacks. "Right now, we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland," Obama told reporters at the White House, flanked by his FBI director and other top security officials. "We are taking every possible step to keep our homeland safe," he said.

Turkish army releases audio of warnings to downed Russian plane

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 09:58

The Turkish army on Wednesday released a series of audio recordings of apparent warnings issued to a Russian jet before it was downed near the Syrian border. "This is Turkish Air Force speaking on guard. Change your heading south immediately," a voice in one of the recordings can be heard saying in English, repeating the message several times.

Moroccan woman mistaken as jihadi in bath pic

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 08:09

A Moroccan woman says that the Daily Mail and other news outlets used an image of her seminude, mistaking her for Hasna Ait Boulahcen.

Some in military suspended for deadly Afghan hospital attack

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 07:52
WASHINGTON (AP) — American soldiers and airmen who killed and wounded dozens of civilians in a strike on an Afghanistan hospital violated U.S. rules of engagement and have been suspended as they await disciplinary action, military officials said Wednesday.

Security expected to be tighter as Americans head off on Thanksgiving travel

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 07:11

By Kylie Gumpert NEW YORK (Reuters) - Millions of Americans embarked on their annual Thanksgiving travels on Wednesday, with security at airports, New York City's parade festivities and other venues expected to be heightened amid jitters after the Paris attacks. The FBI sent a bulletin earlier this week to police departments across the country warning of possible copycat incidents and sharing intelligence on how the assailants in Paris carried out attacks on Nov. 13 that killed 130 people. The U.S. State Department also issued a world-wide travel alert on Monday warning American travelers to remain vigilant, particularly when visiting foreign countries.

Following Paris attacks, encryption services face new scrutiny

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 06:42

Companies are now being asked to defend products that have the potential to facilitate deadly attacks.

IS claims Tunisia attack, suspected bomber's body found

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 06:33

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The body of a suspected suicide bomber was found at the scene of an attack on Tunisia's presidential guard, and the Islamic State group claimed responsibility Wednesday for the attack that left 13 people dead.

Lawyer for Chicago police officer says video 'distorts images': CNN

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 05:04

Daniel Herbert, a lawyer for Officer Jason Van Dyke, told CNN his client arrived at the scene 18 minutes after a suspect carrying a knife was reported to have threatened businesses and vandalized police cruisers. Prosecutors said Van Dyke had been on the scene 30 seconds before he shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times. The Chicago shooting charges follow more than a year of unrest across the United States over police shootings of black men that was sparked after the August 2014 killing of unarmed Michael Brown, 18, in Ferguson, Missouri.

Putin sends air defense missiles to Syria to deter Turkey

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 04:25

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered state-of-the art air defense missile systems to be deployed at a Russian air base in Syria following the downing of one of its warplanes by Turkey, a move that raised the threat of a military confrontation between the NATO member and Moscow.

Brussels schools and metro reopen despite terror alert

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 02:03

Brussels struggled to return to normal Wednesday after four days on maximum terror alert, with schools and the metro reopening despite two suspects from the Paris attacks still being at large. "It's not very reassuring, is it?," said Sarah, who runs a private nursery in Brussels. The Brussels metro system had been closed since Saturday and gradually returned to service, but with many stops still shut to better deploy security staff.

Chicago awaits more protests over police shooting

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 23:31

Mostly peaceful protests followed the release of the video of a black teen's slaying.