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Mexico midterm elections open amid fears of violence

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 08:59

Thousands of soldiers and federal police were deployed to guard polling stations in restive southern states as voting began Sunday for what could be Mexico's most violent elections in years, seen as a litmus test for President Enrique Pena Nieto's government.


Escaped New York murderers leave taunting note in prison

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 08:46

The two convicted murderers who used power tools to break out of a maximum security New York prison must have been heard during their escape, and left behind a note telling their jailors to "Have a nice day," New York's governor said on Sunday. Local, state and federal authorities set up roadblocks and went door-to-door in their search for Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, who went missing early Saturday morning from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, about 20 miles (30 kms) south of the Canadian border.


Report: Ex-speaker Hastert quietly tried to boost income

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 08:41

A former business associate of Dennis Hastert says the ex-House speaker looked for ways to increase his income around the time he is accused of paying someone to stay quiet about decades-old misconduct.


Britain to expand Iraq training mission to counter IS: Cameron

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 08:07

Britain is to expand its military training mission in Iraq in the coming weeks, Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Sunday, saying the Iraqi army needed more help to deal with improvised bombs planted by Islamic State militants. Cameron, speaking before a meeting of the Group of Seven industrial nations (G7), said Britain would send 125 new military advisers to Iraq, most of whom would train the Iraqi army in how to counter improvised explosive devices or IEDs.


Woman struck by baseball bat at Red Sox game in serious condition

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 07:17
(Reuters) - A woman who was struck in the head by a shattered baseball bat at a Red Sox game in Fenway Park on Friday remains in a serious condition at a Boston hospital, her family said on Sunday. Tonya Carpenter was sitting in the second row of Boston's home game when the broken bat flew into the stands during the second inning and hit her. "On behalf of our family, we want to thank everyone for the continued prayers and well wishes," the family said in a statement.

Obama looks to patch U.S.-German relations on Bavarian trip

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 21:22

MUNICH (AP) — President Barack Obama is aiming to show unity with Western allies on global challenges during an overnight trip to Germany, especially Chancellor Angela Merkel amid enduring anti-Americanism in her country over U.S. spying programs.


Big U.S. data breaches offer treasure trove for hackers

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 20:07

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A massive breach of U.S. federal computer networks disclosed this week is the latest in a flood of attacks by suspected Chinese hackers aimed at grabbing personal data, industrial secrets and weapons plans from government and private computers. The Obama administration on Thursday disclosed the breach of computer systems at the Office of Personnel Management and said the records of up to 4 million current and former federal employees may have been compromised. U.S. officials have said on condition of anonymity they believe the hackers are based in China, but Washington has not publicly blamed Beijing at a time when tensions are high over Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea.


American Pharoah wins Triple Crown

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 15:30

Bob Baffert's horse becomes the first to achieve the feat since Affirmed in 1978.


New Pix: Prince George & Princess Charlotte!

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 15:30

Kate Middleton snapped the shots of her little ones.


Insiders worry elite SEAL Team 6 becoming terrorist hunters with limited oversight

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 11:25

A new report delves deep inside the secretive SEAL Team 6, the U.S.’s most mythologized military group, to separate fact from fiction.


Obamas, Clintons join Vice President Biden at son Beau's funeral

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 08:57

By Jeff Mason WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his family joined a host of U.S. political figures including Bill and Hillary Clinton on Saturday to mourn Vice President Joe Biden's son, Beau, who died last week of brain cancer at the age of 46. One thousand people filled the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Wilmington for a funeral Mass for Biden, a former Delaware attorney general who also served a year-long term in Iraq as a member of the Delaware Army National Guard. Beau Biden was diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2013 and underwent surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.


Two convicted murders escape from New York prison

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 08:23
By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two convicted murderers have escaped a maximum security prison in New York state near the Canadian border and were the subject of a manhunt on Saturday, U.S. police said. The two men were missing at early morning bed check in the Clinton Correctional Facility, a men's state prison in Dannemora, about 40 miles (65 km) south of the Canadian province of Quebec. Both men are considered a danger to the public, New York state police said.

Tune in, toke up, smile big: Introducing The First Church of Cannabis

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 07:54

The First Church of Cannabis says Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act gives its members the right to toke up legally. The church is getting ready for its first service.


Big U.S. data breaches offer treasure trove for hackers

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 07:31

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A massive breach of U.S. federal computer networks disclosed this week is the latest in a flood of attacks by suspected Chinese hackers aimed at grabbing personal data, industrial secrets and weapons plans from government and private computers. The Obama administration on Thursday disclosed the breach of computer systems at the Office of Personnel Management and said the records of up to 4 million current and former federal employees may have been compromised. U.S. officials have said on condition of anonymity they believe the hackers are based in China, but Washington has not publicly blamed Beijing at a time when tensions are high over Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea.


Obamas, Clintons set to join Joe Biden at son's funeral

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 05:16

The vice president will mourn his eldest son, whose death from brain cancer a week ago triggered an outpouring of grief in Delaware and beyond.


Behind tough talk on Russia, G-7 leaders face tough reality

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 04:13

WASHINGTON (AP) — Behind the tough talk on Russia expected from President Barack Obama and other leaders gathering in Germany this weekend is a stark reality.


U.S. judge for FIFA trials is familiar with organized crime cases

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 04:08
By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. judge presiding over the corruption cases of indicted soccer officials may not have been able to pronounce the name of soccer's world governing body, FIFA, during a secret hearing in 2013, but he does know how to oversee a proceeding that involves organized crime.     U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie in Brooklyn, New York, has spent some of his nearly three decades on the bench handling mobster trials. A defendant was found murdered in one of the cases, and in another the head of a crime family walked the streets in a bathrobe as he faked a mental illness to try to avoid standing trial.      Now, Dearie, who turned 71 on Thursday, is responsible for presiding over the cases of nine current and former FIFA officials and five corporate sports executives who are accused of participating in a decades-long criminal enterprise that involved more than $150 million in bribes.

Vets, visitors return to Normandy to mark D-Day anniversary

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 04:06

PARIS (AP) — Allied veterans and families of their fallen comrades gathered Saturday at the U.S. cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach to mark the 71st anniversary of the D-Day invasion that helped defeat the Nazis in World War II.


Ten fascinating facts on the 71st anniversary of D-Day

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 02:03
On June 6, 1944, about 150,000 troops stormed the beaches of France in the epic D-Day invasion that proved pivotal to the Allied war effort. But how did the idea originate and how did the Allies pull off such a huge task?

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