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Neither China nor U.S. giving ground over projects dispute

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 18:24

BEIJING (AP) — China and the United States are budging not a bit over Beijing's assertive development in disputed parts of the South China Sea, with Chinese officials politely but pointedly dismissing Washington's push for U.S.-proposed ways to ease tensions.

Tornadoes touch down in parts of Texas, Oklahoma

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 17:15
(Reuters) - Several tornadoes touched down in northwest Texas and western Oklahoma Saturday evening, part of an night of severe weather predicted for a swath of the U.S. ranging from Oklahoma to Nebraska, the National Weather Service said. The twisters that swept down to the ground in the Texas panhandle and in Oklahoma in the early part of the evening landed in areas that were not highly populated, said Keli Pirtle, a spokeswoman for the Storm Prediction Center of the National Weather Service. A tornado that hit the city of Van, Texas, southeast of Dallas, May 10 killed two people and caused $40 million in damage, authorities said.

What we know about Abu Sayyaf: The Islamic State leader killed by U.S. forces

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 12:52

Before Saturday, most Americans had never heard of Abu Sayyaf. But according to the Department of Defense, the senior Islamic State leader wielded the kind of power worthy of sending U.S. Special Operations forces into eastern Syria on a rare and risky mission to capture him.

Bush's tough week exposes challenges for his likely 2016 bid

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:57

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jeb Bush worked his way through the dim hallway of an Arizona resort for hours, shuttling from room to room and meeting with dozens of Republican officials, many for the first time.

Notre Dame senior dies after falling from roof a day before graduation

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 08:43
A 21-year-old graduating senior at the University of Notre Dame died early on Saturday after falling from the roof of the school's sports arena in South Bend, Indiana, the university said. The medical examiner will work to determine a cause of death.

US commandos kill senior IS leader in Syria raid

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 08:09

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. commandos mounted a rare raid into eastern Syria overnight, killing a senior Islamic State leader in a firefight, capturing his wife and rescuing a Yazidi woman held as a slave, the Pentagon said Saturday.

Army weighs if ex-Green Beret hero should be dismissed

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 06:49

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An Army officer stripped of a medal for heroism under fire and his right to call himself a Green Beret is fighting for his military career after accusations he tracked down and killed a suspected bomb-maker in Afghanistan.

U.S. says its troops killed senior Islamic State leader in raid

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 05:26

U.S. special operations forces killed a senior Islamic State leader, who helped direct the group's oil, gas and financial operations, during a raid in eastern Syria, the Pentagon and White House said on Saturday. The White House said President Barack Obama ordered the raid that killed the man identified as Abu Sayyaf. U.S. officials said his wife, Umm Sayyaf, was captured in the raid and was being held in Iraq. White House National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement that U.S. personnel based out of Iraq conducted the operation in al-Amr in eastern Syria.

Nepal army: All 8 bodies found in crashed US Marine chopper

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 03:31

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The bodies of all eight people on board the U.S. Marine helicopter that crashed during a relief mission in earthquake-hit Nepal have been recovered, Nepal's army said Saturday.

Egypt's ousted President Morsi sentenced to death

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 02:25

The verdict was announced Saturday in Cairo.

Virginia's all-women Sweet Briar College holding last commencement

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 02:03
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Virginia's all-women Sweet Briar College holds its final commencement on Saturday, as school supporters battle to stop it from becoming the latest U.S. women-only school to shut down. The 700-student school in southwest Virginia is scheduled to close because of financial woes amid a changing educational landscape that has made U.S. all-women schools a vanishing breed. Commencement speaker Teresa Tomlinson, the mayor of Columbus, Georgia, and a 1987 graduate, said she would come out fighting for the school's survival. It has to continue,” Tomlinson said, adding that women’s colleges can mold women into leaders just as Sweet Briar had for her.

FBI looks into shattered glass in new twist in derailment

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 22:42

The agency is called in to investigate the possibility that the Amtrak train's windshield was hit with an object shortly before the train derailed.

Clintons report $30M from speeches, book in past 16 months

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 17:52

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton reported Friday that they earned more than $30 million combined in speaking fees and book royalties since January 2014, putting them firmly within the upper echelon of American earners as the former secretary of state seeks the White House again.

Philadelphia train may have been hit by projectile before wreck

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:56

By Jarrett Renshaw PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia and a separate commuter train in the vicinity may have been hit by projectiles of some kind shortly before the wreck, a U.S. transportation safety official said on Friday, after investigators interviewed members of the Amtrak crew. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was called in to examine a remnant of a shattered windshield with a circular damage pattern from the Amtrak locomotive, Sumwalt said. The revelation that Amtrak train No. 188 might have been struck by an object added an unexpected twist to a crash probe that initially focused on why the train had accelerated to over 100 miles per hour (160 km per hour) in the minute before it barreled into a curved track segment where the authorized speed limit was just 50 mph (80 kph). The unexplained speed has renewed calls for the installation of "positive train control" technology, which can automatically slow or stop a train to prevent an accident.

Was Amtrak train hit by a flying object?

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:51

The Amtrak train that derailed along the nation's busiest tracks may have been struck by an object in the moments before it crashed, investigators said Friday, raising new questions about the deadly accident.

Boston Marathon bomber Tsarnaev sentenced to death for 2013 attack

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:30

By Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by a U.S. jury on Friday for helping carry out the 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded 264 others in the crowds at the race's finish line. After deliberating for 15 hours, the federal jury chose death by lethal injection for Tsarnaev, 21, over its only other option: life in prison without possibility of release. The same jury found Tsarnaev guilty last month of placing a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs on April 15, 2013, as well as fatally shooting a policeman. William Richard, the father of bombing victim Martin Richard, described the decision to leave his 8-year-old son to die of his wounds so that he could save the life of his daughter, Jane, who lost a leg but survived.

House panel to hold Amtrak hearing; Schumer blasts Boehner

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 14:11

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. House committee announced Friday it would hold a hearing on the deadly Amtrak crash while U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer launched another push to get Congress to pay for train safety technology and infrastructure improvements in the wake of the derailment.

Jury sentences Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:39

More than two years after the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, admitted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to the death penalty.

Seattle teens missing after Nepal quake presumed dead, families say

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:28

The families of two Seattle teenagers missing in Nepal say there is no chance the girls survived a massive April earthquake, and the $51,000 that had been donated by Friday to fund a search mission will now go to the country's recovery. The families of Bailey Sage Meola and Sydney Jo Schumacher, both 19, posted a message on social media on Thursday announcing that they believe the girls died while hiking in Nepal's Langtang Valley when a 7.8 magnitude quake struck on April 25. Another quake, of 7.3 magnitude, rocked Nepal on Tuesday. In the days after the first earthquake, friends and family of Meola and Schumacher set up a crowdfunding campaign on seeking money to help pay for a search-and-rescue mission to try to find the girls in the high-altitude, remote area of the Himalayas where they were hiking.

Mark Everson ran the IRS. Now he wants to be president.

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 08:17

There comes a moment in the career of many government bureaucrats when they sit across the table from a high-ranking elected official — the president, even—and think, You know, I’m just as smart as these guys. “You understand they’re just another person,” says Mark Everson, who served in the Reagan administration and as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service under George W. Bush. “You ask yourself, Do you like this? Do you think you qualify?” The answers he arrived at — yes and yes — led him, after a long period of soul-searching, to the Lincoln Dinner of the Linn County (Iowa) Republican Committee on May 1, where he shared a dais with the only other presidential candidate who showed up, an Indiana contractor named Mike Petyo. Because the hard truth about presidential politics is that while you may be just as smart as the guys who win, you almost certainly aren’t as famous, charismatic or rich.