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Hagel says U.S. speeding up training of Iraqi forces

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 12:59

FORT IRWIN, California (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the U.S. military is accelerating its efforts to train and advise Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State militants.

Obama confirms "evil"murder of US aid worker Kassig

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 12:50

President Barack Obama confirmed Sunday the death of US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, calling his beheading at the hands of the Islamic State group "pure evil."

Oregon immigration vote is a warning for Obama

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 09:54

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The fate of a little-noticed ballot measure in strongly Democratic Oregon serves as a warning to President Barack Obama and his party about the political perils of immigration policy.

Obama defends healthcare law after adviser criticism

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 09:44

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday defended the transparency of his signature healthcare law, after one of the White House's advisers on the reform said the law passed, in part, because of the "stupidity" of American voters. Obama said the law, which extends private health coverage to uninsured Americans, was extensively analyzed and written about before its passage in 2010, and in subsequent debates. "The fact that some adviser who never worked on our staff expressed an opinion that I completely disagree with ... ...

Republicans weigh government shutdown to stop Obama on immigration

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 09:37

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One Republican leader on Sunday held open the possibility that his party could move to shut down the government in an attempt to stop President Barack Obama from taking executive action on immigration policy. A vocal group of conservatives in the House of Representatives is pressing to use government funding as leverage to prevent any White House moves that would allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States. ...

New video of MH17 downing shows alarm in Ukraine

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 08:21

Four months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, The Associated Press has obtained video that shows how close the burning passenger jet came to hitting village homes and suggests that residents first assumed it was a Ukrainian military plane that had been struck.

Administration says working well

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 06:54

As a crucial second sign-up season gears up, the Obama administration said Sunday that is stable and working well, a far cry from last year's frozen computer screens and frustrated customers.

Indiana family: Awaiting U.S. to confirm son's death

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 05:33

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Family members of a U.S. aid worker purportedly beheaded by Islamic State group militants say they are aware of reports regarding the death of their "treasured son" but are awaiting government authentication.

The $1 billion divorce: Why Harold Hamm's ex-wife didn't win more

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 05:25

By Joshua Schneyer (Reuters) - Just how much of Harold Hamm's fortune was amassed through his skill and hard work? That was a key question that Oklahoma divorce judge Howard Haralson had to weigh in his decision last week, when he ordered Hamm, the chief executive officer of Continental Resources - and Oklahoma's richest person - to hand over more than $1 billion in cash and assets to his ex-wife in one of the largest-ever U.S. divorce judgments. ...

'I Love Ferguson' signs, T-shirts lift morale in protest-hit town

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 04:03

By Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The streets of Ferguson, Missouri, bear two hallmarks of the months of sometimes violent protests that followed the August police shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. One is boarded-up shop windows, the other, ever-present "I Love Ferguson" signs, T-shirts and stickers. The signs were dreamed up by the city's former mayor, Brian Fletcher, 55, a week after the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown provoked rioting in which businesses were burned out. ...

Graphic IS video claims U.S. aid worker beheaded

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 02:42

Aid worker Peter Kassig has been executed, Islamic State militants claim.

Putin says there is a good chance of ending Ukraine conflict

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 23:42

By Lincoln Feast and Alexei Anishchuk BRISBANE Australia (Reuters) - Leaders from the G20 group of nations agreed on Sunday to boost flagging global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance but ties between the West and Russia plummeted to a new low over the crisis in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin left the G20 summit in Brisbane early as U.S. President Barack Obama accused Russia of invading Ukraine and Britain warned of a possible "frozen conflict" in Europe. ...

G-20 leaders reveal details of global growth plan

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 22:16

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Under pressure to jolt the lethargic world economy back to life, leaders of G-20 nations on Sunday finalized a plan to boost global GDP by more than $2 trillion over five years by investing in infrastructure and increasing trade. The fanfare, however, was overshadowed by tensions between Russian president Vladimir Putin and Western leaders.

Hagel: U.S. needs game-changing military innovation

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 20:58

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Wary of a more muscular Russia and China, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday the Pentagon will make a new push for fresh thinking about how the U.S. can keep and extend its military superiority despite tighter budgets and the wear and tear of 13 years of war.

Army veteran dies of injuries after hotel assault in N. Carolina

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 20:11
(Reuters) - An Army veteran injured and burned during an assault in a North Carolina hotel room a week ago died of his injuries on Saturday, authorities said. Stephen Patrick White, 46, of Greensboro, was assaulted on Nov. 9, Greensboro police said. He died in hospital on Saturday. Police and firefighters found White unconscious and burned in a hotel room after responding to a fire alarm and reports of a man screaming at the city's Battleground Inn. Police arrested the man who was screaming, identified as Garry Joseph Gupton, 26. ...

Workers die after chemical leak at DuPont plant near Houston

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 17:27
(Reuters) - Four workers died and a fifth was hospitalized Saturday after a chemical leak at a DuPont facility near Houston, the company said. The workers were performing routine maintenance tasks at the company's manufacturing facility in La Porte, Texas, when the chemical, methyl mercaptan, began to leak at around 4 a.m. Central Time (5 a.m. ET), spokesman Aaron Woods said. Woods would not say how the company learned of the leak, but said that the Harris County Medical Examiner pronounced four of the workers dead at the scene. ...

4 workers die after Houston-area chemical leak

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 16:18

LA PORTE, Texas (AP) — Four workers were killed and one was injured Saturday during a hazardous chemical leak at a suburban Houston industrial plant, DuPont officials said.

Washington state health exchange shuts down

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 16:15

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington's health care exchange shut down after the first few hours of open enrollment Saturday as state officials and software engineers tried to resolve a problem with tax credit calculations.

Surgeon with Ebola arrives in U.S. for treatment

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 14:02

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone arrived in Nebraska Saturday for treatment at a biocontainment unit where two other people with the disease have been successfully treated.

U.S. military chief says battle with IS starting to turn

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 12:41

By Phil Stewart BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United States' top military officer told American troops on a surprise visit to Baghdad on Saturday that the momentum in the battle with Islamic State was "starting to turn", but predicted a drawn-out campaign lasting several years.     General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was visiting Iraq for the first time since President Barack Obama responded to Islamic State advances this summer by ordering troops back into a country they left in 2011. ...