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Hundreds of small earthquakes hit central California

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 16:47
(Reuters) - More than 500 small earthquakes struck a volcanic region in central California on Thursday and Friday, posing no immediate risk, federal environmental officials said. The "earthquake swarm" shook the Long Valley Caldera area north of Fresno, an area that has seen an increased amount of quakes, volcanic gas emissions and other disturbances in recent decades, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. "These are just kind of ordinary, everyday earthquakes," said USGS spokeswoman Leslie Gordon. Eight of the quakes were recorded between 3.0 and 3. ...

Volcano erupts in Japan; 250 trapped, 11 hurt

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 16:25

TOKYO (AP) — A volcano erupted in central Japan on Saturday, catching mountain climbers by surprise and trapping more than 250 people. At least 11 people were injured, including seven who were unconscious.

Hong Kong police arrest protesters at government complex

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 15:38

HONG KONG (AP) — Riot police in Hong Kong on Saturday arrested scores of students who stormed the government headquarters compound during a night of scuffles to protest China's refusal to allow genuine democratic reforms in the semiautonomous city.

Chelsea Clinton gives birth to baby girl

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 14:59

Bill and Hillary Clinton are grandparents. The couple's daughter, Chelsea Clinton, has given birth to her first child, a daughter named Charlotte.

Four dead, dozen injured in college bus crash in Oklahoma

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 14:42
(Reuters) - Four college softball players were killed, and a dozen others were injured, when their bus was involved in a crash on an Oklahoma freeway, officials said on Friday. The crash occurred around 9 p.m. local time (0200 GMT) when a semi truck crossed over a median into oncoming traffic north of Ardmore, Oklahoma and collided with the bus, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Captain Ronnie Hampton said. Three of the North Central Texas College softball players were pronounced dead at the scene, and a fourth player died after being taken to a local hospital, Hampton said. ...

New Mexico sheriff guilty of violating motorist's civil rights

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 09:03
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - A New Mexico sheriff was found guilty by a federal jury on Friday of violating a motorist's civil rights when he dragged the man out of his vehicle and struck him with his badge after a high-speed car chase, prosecutors said. Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella, 52, was also found guilty of a federal firearms charge and was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals after the verdict. He could face a total of up to 17 years in prison on the two counts. According to a federal indictment filed in U.S. ...

Attorney Gen. Holder reflects on career

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 08:13

Eric Holder will leave his office as one of Obama's most accomplished progressives.

Justice Department tells Ferguson police to stop wearing bracelets

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 07:41

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department asked the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department on Friday to order its officers not to wear bracelets with the name of the white officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager last month, sparking protests. In a letter to Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, the Justice Department said residents had told federal investigators that officers policing protest sites on Tuesday in Ferguson were seen wearing "I am Darren Wilson" bracelets. Wilson killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, causing outrage in the mostly black St. ...

U.S. official says Khorasan Group threat to aviation

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 05:52

WASHINGTON (AP) — An al-Qaida cell in Syria known as the Khorasan Group, which was targeted by U.S. airstrikes this week, represents "a clear and present danger" to commercial flights to Europe and the United States, the Obama administration's top aviation security official said Friday.

Colorado detective accused of tipping off suspect in luring case

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 05:11
By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - A police detective in Colorado has been arrested on charges that he tipped off a suspect in a sex crimes investigation that the 13-year-old girl he had been emailing was actually an undercover officer, prosecutors said on Friday. The detective, Jack Gardner, 56, who investigates Internet crimes against children, is accused of having emailed the suspect from a laptop at the Boulder Police Department, warning him not to attend a meeting with the "girl" because he faced arrest. ...

WHO: Deaths linked to Ebola pass 3,000

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 02:07

Thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines should be available in the coming months and could eventually be given to health care workers and other people at high risk of the deadly disease, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Republican ad campaign brings back Watergate-era slogan

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 01:56

The new Republican ad campaign is meant to soften the image of the party.

Obama, Netanyahu to meet at White House next week

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 01:43
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a meeting on Wednesday to discuss Israel's relationship with the Palestinians, the situation in Gaza, Iran nuclear talks, and the fight against Islamic State militants, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Friday. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Marine who vanished from Iraq unit to go on trial

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 01:33

A U.S. Marine who vanished from his unit in Iraq and later wound up in Lebanon for eight years will face trial in military court on desertion and other charges, the military said Friday.

Secret Service director briefed Obama on review: White House

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 01:29
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama received an update Thursday on a review of the Secret Service's response after an intruder climbed the White House fence and entered the executive mansion last week, the White House said on Friday. Spokesman Josh Earnest said Secret Service Director Julia Pierson briefed Obama in the Oval Office on the investigation. Earnest said the White House would likely review the service's eventual recommendations on how to change security procedures. ...

Britain joins fight against Islamic State

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 00:51

Britain, Belgium and Denmark have joined the U.S.-led coalition of nations against IS.

Nigerian schoolgirl freed by rebels comes home

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 00:45

The first of Nigeria's kidnapped "Chibok girls" to make it home after being released by her Islamic extremist captors spent a tortured night, tossing and turning and screaming "They will kill me! They will kill me!"

Modern airpower vs. tribal warriors

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 23:59

Few matchups seem as asymmetric as the fight between the U.S. and Islamic State.

Suspect in trooper shooting tracked to old Poconos resort

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 23:35

Police say Eric Frein killed one officer, wounded second at Pa. state police barracks.

Air traffic center fire grounds flights in Chicago, snarls traffic

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 23:19

By Mary Wisniewski and Karl Plume CHICAGO (Reuters) - An intentionally set fire at a Chicago-area air traffic control center led to the cancellation of more than 1,000 flights at the city's two major airports, snarling air traffic across the nation. The blaze at the facility in Aurora, outside of Chicago, apparently was set by a man who suffered self-inflicted wounds, Aurora police said. There were no indications that it was an act of terrorism and the blaze was extinguished, it said. ...