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Consumed by Islamic State, Iraq's Anbar province a key battleground again

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:57

In recent weeks, the world has watched the battle to save Syria’s border town of Kobani from Islamic State. But the radical jihadists have for longer been engulfing another strategically more vital target - Iraq’s western Anbar province and its road to Baghdad.


NATO intercepts Russian jets over Baltic Sea

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:37

NATO scrambled fighter jets twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea, it said Tuesday amid reports that Russian military activity in the region is increasing.


White House confirms U.S. citizen released from North Korea

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:33

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday that detained American tourist Jeffrey Fowle had been released from North Korea and was on his way home to be with his family. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States welcomed the move but pressed North Korea to release two other U.S. citizens as well. "While this is a positive decision ... we remain focused on the continued detention of Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller and again call on the DPRK to immediately release them," Earnest said, referring to North Korea. ...


North Korea's big move on captured American

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:28

WASHINGTON (AP) — American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held.


Homeland Security orders new screening for Ebola

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:28

WASHINGTON (AP) — Everyone coming to the United States from the three West African countries at the center of the Ebola outbreak will now be screened for the deadly disease at one of five airports, the Homeland Security Department said Tuesday.


U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:27

By Jeffrey Dastin NEW YORK (Reuters) - Travelers to the United States from Ebola-stricken Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea must fly into one of five airports that have enhanced screening in place for the virus, the U.S. government said on Tuesday. The restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in those three West African countries were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and were set to go into effect on Wednesday. The measures stop well short of the travel ban sought by some U.S. lawmakers in a bid to prevent further Ebola cases in the United States. ...


Stone in Jerusalem may answer ancient mystery

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 08:59

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli archaeologists said Tuesday they have discovered a large stone with Latin engravings that lends credence to the theory that the reason Jews revolted against Roman rule nearly 2,000 ago was because of their harsh treatment.


Eric Frein sightings: How 'wilderness ninja' has outfoxed 1,000 cops

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 08:44

Two fresh sightings of alleged sniper Eric Frein has resulted in more closed public schools in northern Pennsylvania.


Purple Heart medal, lost 20 years, finds way home

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 07:45

MANLIUS, N.Y. (AP) — A Purple Heart medal posthumously awarded to a New York soldier killed in Vietnam is being returned to his family about two decades after it was found on a school playground.


Americans more worried about economy than Ebola: Poll

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 07:23

Virus made Gallup poll's top 10 concerns, but remained behind economy, dissatisfaction with government, jobs, healthcare, immigration.


Friend of accused Boston bomber lied repeatedly, prosecutor says

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 07:09

By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - A friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect lied repeatedly to investigators before eventually confessing about his activities in the days after the attack, a federal prosecutor said on Tuesday. Defense lawyers have argued that Robel Phillipos, 21, was too intoxicated on marijuana to remember what he did the night of April 18, 2013, when prosecutors say he and two other men removed a backpack containing empty fireworks shells from the dorm room of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. ...


Suspected serial killer charged in Indiana

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 06:37

Convicted sex offender thought to have murdered at least 7 women may have started killing 20 years ago.


Snowplow driver drunk in plane collision that killed oil CEO

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 05:38

Moscow (AFP) - Russian and French experts were investigating Tuesday a plane crash at a Moscow airport which killed the CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, whose private jet struck a snowplough on takeoff.


Soldier run over in Quebec parking lot by suspected jihadi has died

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 05:23

Montreal (AFP) - One of two Canadian soldiers run over by a driver suspected of having jihadist sympathies has died, police said Tuesday.


Very bad news for McDonald's

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 05:15

The fast food giant posted huge disappointments that should have stockholders reeling.


Special Report: U.S. visa program for crime victims is hit-or-miss prospect

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 05:11

By Dan Levine and Kristina Cooke (Reuters) - It was the week of Chinese New Year, and Jian Zhen Huang was climbing her sister’s doorstep in Brooklyn with cups and other supplies for the celebration inside. Suddenly, a young man grabbed her, punched her in the face several times, knocked her down to the pavement and stole her phone. The housewife spent that February 2013 night at a hospital and left with her head wrapped in gauze, staples in her scalp and black circles around her eyes - “like a panda,” her husband said in an affidavit. Headaches and sleepless nights persisted for months. ...


6,000-year-old temple discovered with altars for sacrifices

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 04:24

A 6,000-year-old temple holding humanlike figurines and sacrificed animal remains has been discovered within a massive prehistoric settlement in Ukraine. It was a "two-story building made of wood and clay surrounded by a galleried courtyard," the upper floor divided into five rooms, write archaeologists Nataliya Burdo and Mykhailo Videiko in a copy of a presentation they gave recently at the European Association of Archaeologists' annual meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. A platform on the upper floor contains "numerous burnt bones of lamb, associated with sacrifice," write Burdo and Videiko, of the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The floors and walls of all five rooms on the upper floor were "decorated by red paint, which created [a] ceremonial atmosphere." [See Photos of the Prehistoric Temple & Animal Remains]


Pope's historic trip to unstable region

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 04:16

Pope Francis will make his first visit to the predominantly Muslim nation of Turkey.


Oscar Pistorius gets sentenced

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 03:27

Olympic, Paralympic sprinter was convicted of culpable homicide in girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp's death.


Arizona jury to consider death penalty for murderer Jodi Arias

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 02:27
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona jury will be sworn in on Tuesday to decide whether 34-year-old convicted murderer Jodi Arias will be executed for the 2008 slaying of Travis Alexander, court officials said. After months of delays, a 12-member jury is set to be impaneled in Maricopa County Superior Court in downtown Phoenix in the penalty phase retrial of the former California waitress. Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder in May 2013 for killing Alexander, 30, in his Mesa, Arizona, home. ...

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