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Protesters against Minneapolis police shooting ousted from city council meeting

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 20:20

Three protesters were removed from a Minneapolis city council meeting on Friday after they voiced disapproval over how city leaders have handled the investigation of Sunday's police killing of an unarmed African-American man. The protesters interrupted a regular council meeting to complain about the way the city handles police misconduct issues. Jamar Clark, 24, died on Monday night after his family decided to disconnect life support.

One American killed in attack on hotel in Mali: State Department

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 20:19

A U.S. citizen died in the attack on a luxury hotel in Bamako, Mali, where armed Islamist militants took hostages on Friday, the U.S. State Department said. Six Americans were recovered safely and U.S. special forces assisted in the rescue efforts, U.S. officials said earlier. The State Department, in a statement, identified the victim as Anita Datar.

Oklahoma woman who plowed into homecoming crowd was not drunk -court papers

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 18:18

By Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton TULSA, Okla. (Reuters) - A woman accused of killing four people and injuring dozens more at Oklahoma State University's Oct. 24 homecoming parade had a blood alcohol content below the minimum level to be considered legally intoxicated, court papers showed. According to a brief filed on Thursday with the Payne County District Court by defense attorney Tony Coleman, a blood draw conducted on the day of the accident showed that 25-year-old Adacia Chambers had a blood alcohol content of 0.01 percent. Due to a gag order, officials with the police department in Stillwater, Oklahoma, said on Friday they could not comment specifically on the case or the accuracy of the brief's contents.

Man who landed gyrocopter at Capitol pleads guilty

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 18:17

A Florida man who flew a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds to publicize campaign finance reform pleaded guilty on Friday to a reduced charge. Douglas Hughes, 62, a mail carrier from Ruskin, Florida, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one felony count of operating as an airman without an airman's certificate. A date for Hughes's sentencing has not been set but his attorney, Mark Goldstone, asked Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to give him probation.

Belgium raises terror alert to highest level in Brussels

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 16:31

Belgium raised its terror alert to the highest level in the capital Brussels on Saturday, with the OCAM national crisis centre warning of an "imminent threat" a week after the Paris attacks. "Following our latest evaluation... the centre has raised its terror alert to level 4, signifying a very serious threat, for the Brussels region," it said, as Europe tightens security after Islamic State militants killed 130 people in the French capital. "The analysis shows a serious and imminent threat requiring specific security measures as well as detailed recommendations to the population," said OCAM, which is part of the Belgian interior ministry, in a statement.

Montana bride who pushed husband off cliff loses appeal

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 15:54

Jordan Graham pleaded guilty in December 2013 to second-degree murder over the death of Cody Johnson, 25, her husband of eight days, and was sentenced by a U.S. judge last year. In legal motions filed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the former nanny accused prosecutors of distorting facts and acting vindictively, including by suggesting she had blindfolded her spouse before shoving him to his death. Graham's attorneys also alleged that prosecutors engaged in misconduct by calling her a sociopath during a court hearing, and by wrongly arguing that she deserved a life sentence because she plotted Johnson's killing in advance.

Chipotle E. coli outbreak reaches six states, shares tumble

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 15:19

More than 40 people have fallen ill with E. coli food poisoning after eating at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants in six different states, federal health officials said on Friday, sending shares of the burrito chain to an 18-month low. The outbreak spread with new Chipotle-linked E. coli cases reported in California, Ohio, New York and Minnesota, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The CDC said 45 people got sick from the E. coli O26 outbreak strain, and of those, 43 reported eating at Chipotle.

Man who landed gyrocopter at U.S. Capitol pleads guilty

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:58

A Florida man who flew a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds to publicize campaign finance reform pleaded guilty on Friday to a reduced charge. Douglas Hughes, 62, a mail carrier from Ruskin, Florida, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one felony count of operating as an airman without an airman's certificate. A date for Hughes's sentencing has not been set but his attorney, Mark Goldstone, asked Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to give him probation.

Chipotle E. coli outbreak suspected in three new states

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:46

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that three additional states reported E. coli infections of the same strain as the Chipotle outbreak.

18 dead in Mali hostage siege a week after Paris carnage

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 07:20

Special forces stormed a luxury hotel in Mali on Friday after gunmen seized guests and staff in a hostage crisis that left at least 18 people dead, a week after the jihadist rampage in Paris. Many of the 170 hostages initially trapped by the suspected Islamists in the besieged Radisson Blu hotel in the Malian capital Bamako were foreigners and a Belgian regional assembly official was reported to be among the dead. About nine hours after the attack began in a hail of automatic gunfire, the country's security minister said there were no more hostages after Malian special forces backed by US and French troops stormed the building.

Six Americans recovered from Mali hotel under attack, Obama briefed

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 06:21

By Warren Strobel and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six Americans have been recovered from the luxury hotel in Bamako, Mali, where armed Islamist militants took hostages on Friday, U.S. officials said, adding that U.S. special forces were assisting in rescue efforts there. Representatives for U.S. Africa Command said American military personnel were helping move civilians to safety as Malian forces cleared the hotel in Mali's capital, Bamako. Six Americans were recovered from the hotel, said Army Colonel Mark Cheadle, a spokesman for the Africa Command Another U.S. defense official said about 25 American military personnel were in Bamako when Islamist gunmen stormed the building, but there has not been a formal request for U.S. military assistance.

Obama administration files Supreme Court appeal in immigration case

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 06:16

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse an appeals court decision that blocked President Barack Obama's executive actions aimed at protecting millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. The Justice Department is appealing a 2-1 decision on Nov. 9 by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that affirmed a lower court's decision to halt Obama's steps that were announced in November 2014. Obama's executive orders would let up to 4.7 million illegal immigrants live in the United States without the threat of deportation.

Princeton University to mull dropping Woodrow Wilson's name in racism row

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 04:38

(Reuters) - Princeton University will look into removing the name of former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson from buildings and school programs under a deal signed with student demonstrators over what they call his racist legacy. Thursday's agreement between students and several top administrators at the renowned Ivy League university in New Jersey ended a 32-hour sit-in outside Princeton President Christopher Eisgruber's office, a university statement said. Eisgruber said Princeton appreciated the "willingness of the students to work with us to find a way forward".

Israeli spy Pollard freed from U.S. prison after 30 years

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 04:16

By Roselle Chen and Ari Rabinovitch BUTNER, N.C./JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard was released on parole on Friday after 30 years in a U.S. prison, Israeli and U.S. officials said, in a case that seriously strained relations between the close allies. The former U.S. Navy analyst early Friday morning left a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina, about 45 miles north of Raleigh, said Edmond Ross, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. "The people of Israel welcome the release of Jonathan Pollard," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.

Wal-Mart scrimped on hiring as store space grew rapidly

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 04:15

By Nathan Layne CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart has been dogged by criticism of the standard of its stores in recent years, including long checkout lines and insufficient stocking of its shelves. Over the past decade, Wal-Mart Stores Inc opened nearly 1,500 new stores in the United States, a 45 percent increase in space and equivalent to more than 4,000 American football fields, while its sales have grown by 50 percent. The disparity may help to explain why Wal-Mart acknowledged earlier this year that its customer service needed to be improved significantly as it was hurting sales growth, and why it is now investing a lot more in its workforce and technology to improve the standard of the stores and how shoppers are treated there.

Gunmen attack luxury hotel in Mali capital, 170 taken hostage

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 01:29

Gunmen shouting Islamic slogans attacked a hotel full of foreigners in Mali's capital.

Minneapolis NAACP chief calls for release of videos in fatal police shooting

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 20:59

By Brendan O'Brien MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - The head of the Minneapolis NAACP on Thursday joined protesters in demanding that authorities release videos of an altercation earlier this week in which a police officer shot an unarmed black man to death. Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the Minneapolis National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said there have been "so many false narratives spun by the Minneapolis Police Department as to what has happened." "Enough is enough," she told about 75 protesters and members of the media at a news conference outside the police precinct near where Jamar Clark, 24, was shot early Sunday. Community activists have said Clark was unarmed and claim he was handcuffed when he was shot shortly during an altercation with two police officers.

More than 500,000 people homeless in the United States: report

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 18:01

More than 500,000 people - a quarter of them children - were homeless in the United States this year amid scarce affordable housing across much of the nation, according to a study released on Thursday. The report, from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), said the number was down slightly from 2014. Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Oregon and Hawaii have all recently declared emergencies over the rise of homelessness, and on Thursday Seattle's mayor toured a new encampment for his city's dispossessed.