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As Boehner departs, his to-do list could remain undone

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 03:41

Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio has a lot he could do legislatively before he leaves Congress this month, but not a lot of time or conservative support to do it.

Clinton backs potential no-fly zone in Syria

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 02:37

BOSTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton says she would push for a no-fly zone and safe regions in Syria to address the humanitarian crisis that has spilled out in the Middle East.

6 US service members among 11 dead in Afghan plane crash

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 23:29

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.S. Air Force C-130J transport plane crashed overnight at an air base in eastern Afghanistan, killing six American airmen and 5 civilians, the U.S. military said Friday.

What we know about the Oregon college gunman

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 23:00

Blog posts suggest he had an interest in past mass shootings and a disdain for religion.

Hurricane Joaquin lashes Bahamas, could threaten U.S.

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 20:06

ELEUTHERA, Bahamas (AP) — Hurricane Joaquin hammered islands in the central Bahamas with torrential rains that flooded homes and forecasters warned that the "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm could grow even stronger as it roared on a path that could take it near the U.S. East Coast.

Virginia serial killer executed by lethal injection: reports

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 18:01
(Reuters) - Convicted Virginia serial killer Alfredo Prieto was executed by lethal injection on Thursday night, the Washington Post and ABC News reported. Prieto, 49, was pronounced dead at 9:17 p.m. EDT at Virginia's Greensville Correctional Center, the media outlets reported. (Reporting by Ian Simpson in Washington; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Gunman kills nine at Oregon college, dies in shootout with police

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 17:18

By Courtney Sherwood ROSEBURG, Ore. (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire at a community college in southwest Oregon on Thursday, killing nine people and wounding seven others before police shot him to death, authorities said, in the latest mass killing to rock an American campus. Governor Kate Brown said the suspect was a 20-year-old man who was slain in an exchange of gunfire with police in Snyder Hall at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg following the rampage shortly after 10:30 a.m. local time. The massacre in Roseburg, a former timber town in Umpqua River Valley, is the latest in a series of mass shootings at U.S. college campuses, movie theaters, military bases and churches in recent years.

Sheriff leading shooting response wrote anti-gun control letter

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 16:54

The sheriff of Douglas County, Ore. — the location of the latest mass shooting — adamantly opposed the White House’s push for stricter gun laws three years ago.

Hurricane Joaquin strengthens but threat to U.S. lessens

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 16:26

Powerful Hurricane Joaquin, which battered the Bahamas with torrential rain, powerful winds and storm surges on Thursday, is now seen as less likely to pose a major threat to the U.S. East Coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Oklahoma seeks to halt three executions after drug mix-up

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 13:21

The Oklahoma attorney general on Thursday sought an indefinite stay of three executions including that of Richard Glossip, whose planned execution a day earlier was stopped at the last minute because of a mix-up with lethal injection drugs. Scott Pruitt filed the request with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals so the state could examine what went wrong with its execution protocols. In his filing, Pruitt said the office needed to evaluate what happened on Wednesday, when the state received potassium acetate for use in its three-drug protocol instead of the court-approved potassium chloride.

Oregon shooting prompts new calls for stricter gun laws

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 13:05

News of a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon Thursday prompted calls for stricter gun laws from the White House and the country.

Live: 13 dead in shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 12:33

Thirteen people were killed and more than a dozen others wounded in a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., on Wednesday, according to local reports.

Hurricane Joaquin intensifies but U.S. landfall not certain

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 10:48

By Neil Hartnell NASSAU (Reuters) - Hurricane Joaquin strengthened as it battered the Bahamas with torrential rains, storm surges and heavy winds on Thursday and U.S. officials raced to prepare for possible landfall early next week, three years after Superstorm Sandy devastated New York and New Jersey. Joaquin, the third hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season, intensified into a major Category 4 storm on a scale of 1 to 5, with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles (209 km) per hour, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Fifteen dead, 20 wounded in shooting at Oregon college: media

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 10:43
(Reuters) - At least 15 people were killed and another 20 wounded at a shooting on Thursday at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, media reported. A Douglas County commissioner told CNN that the shooter had been taken into custody. A spokeswoman for the Douglas County Sheriff's department confirmed to Reuters that there was a shooting at the Umpqua Community College campus in Roseburg.

Afghan forces recapture city center amid fierce clashes with Taliban

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 09:41

By Hamid Shalizi KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan troops recaptured the center of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on Thursday amid fierce clashes with Taliban militants, three days after losing the provincial capital in a humbling defeat for Kabul and its U.S. allies. "There are military helicopters in the sky and government forces everywhere," said Abdul Ahad, a doctor in the city. "Dead Taliban are on the streets, but there are still (militants) in some government buildings fighting Afghan forces."A Taliban spokesman said fighters had withdrawn to the edges of the city in order to attempt to encircle Afghan and U.S. troops.U.S. special forces accompanied and later fought alongside Afghan soldiers, the international military coalition confirmed, saying that they returned fire in self-defense.The Afghan army's Deputy Chief of Staff, Murad Ali Murad, said most Taliban fighters had fled, although some were holed up in civilians' homes.

So, what does Silicon Valley think about Carly Fiorina?

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 09:10

The San Francisco Bay Area has long been home to legends of failure and redemption, a place where business leaders are often encouraged to flounder before they can truly lead a company to IPO Valhalla. No surprise, then, that former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has taken to comparing herself to greats like Mike Bloomberg and Steve Jobs, both of whom stumbled in their fields before coming back as business-world icons.

Hurricane Joaquin strengthens but U.S. landfall not certain

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 08:48

(Reuters) - Hurricane Joaquin gathered strength on Thursday as it moved over the Bahamas and officials on the U.S. East Coast began gearing up for possible landfall early next week, three years after Superstorm Sandy devastated New York and New Jersey. Joaquin, the third hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season, intensified into a major Category 3 storm on a scale of 1 to 5, with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour (205 kph), the National Hurricane Center said. Forecasts were still inconclusive on whether the storm would slam into the U.S. East Coast or head to sea without making landfall, the NHC said.

Russia says Islamic State group not the only target in Syria

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 08:45
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian jets carried out a second day of airstrikes in Syria Thursday, and Sen. John McCain said that the targets included U.S.-backed rebels, as concerns grew about a conflict that has now drawn in warplanes from the world's two most powerful militaries.

Oregon becomes third U.S. state to allow recreational marijuana sales

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 08:26

By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Marijuana sales for recreational use began in Oregon on Thursday as it joined Washington state and Colorado in allowing the sale of a drug that remains illegal under U.S. federal law. Oregon residents 21 years and older can buy up to a quarter-ounce (seven grams) of dried pot at roughly 200 existing medical-use marijuana dispensaries as a new law took effect. About 40 people lined up outside the medical pot dispensary Shango in a strip mall near Portland International Airport for the chance to buy recreational pot one minute after midnight, when the changes went into effect.