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Islamic State militants claim attacks on Iranian ambassador's residence in Libya

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 09:55

Militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State said they were behind Sunday's twin bomb attacks on the residence of the Iranian ambassador in the Libyan capital and a rocket strike on the eastern Labraq airport. The attack on the ambassador's residence came two days after the group claimed responsibility for a double suicide bombing that killed more than 40 people in the eastern town of Qubbah, one of the worst attacks on civilians since a 2011 uprising toppled Muammar Gaddafi. Western powers are concerned that Libya is emerging as a thriving battleground for militants loyal to Islamic State, which controls large areas of Iraq and Syria.

Hundreds of inmates relocated after Texas prison uprising

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 09:44
(Reuters) - More than 300 inmates from a Texas federal prison damaged in an uprising on Friday were relocated on Sunday and hundreds more will be moved later in the day, said a private contractor who operates the prison. The inmates at the Willacy County Correctional Center in Raymondville, Texas are being transferred to other U.S. Bureau of Prisons facilities in a process that will continue next week, said Issa Arnita, spokesman for Management & Training Corporation.

Body of six year old girl found at Branson, Missouri hotel

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 09:15
(Reuters) - The body of a 6-year-old girl was found at a Missouri hotel on Saturday evening shortly after she was reported missing, police said on Sunday, and her death is being treated as suspicious. Jasmine Miller was found dead in a room at the Windsor Inn near the city of Branson, a tourist destination in the Ozark Mountains known for its numerous entertainment theaters, many of which feature country music stars.

Homeland Security chief: Budget stall muddies response to IS

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 09:09

WASHINGTON (AP) — The possible shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security threatens the Obama administration's efforts to counter the extremist appeal of the Islamic State group within the U.S. and to respond with emergency aid to communities struggling with winter snowstorms, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned on Sunday.

Homeland security chief worried about al Shabaab mall threat

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 06:06

The U.S. homeland security chief said on Sunday he takes seriously a threat made by Somali-based Islamist militants against shopping malls, including the Mall of America in Minnesota, and urged people going there to be careful. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was reacting to a video released by al Shabaab appearing to call for attacks on Western shopping areas, specifically mentioning Mall of America, the West Edmonton Mall in Canada and London's Oxford Street. "This latest statement from al Shabaab reflects the new phase we’ve evolved to in the global terrorist threat, in that you have groups such as al Shabaab and ISIL publicly calling for independent actors in their homelands to carry out attacks," Johnson told the CNN program "State of the Union," using an acronym for the militant group Islamic State.

For Clinton, her family foundation may pose campaign risks

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 03:56

WASHINGTON (AP) — The foundation launched by former President Bill Clinton more than a decade ago has battled HIV and AIDS in Africa, educated millions of children and fed the poor and hungry around the globe. It also has the potential to become a political risk for Hillary Rodham Clinton as she moves toward a second presidential campaign.

Bangladesh ferry with 100 passengers sinks; at least 31 dead

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 03:29

A rescue operation was underway, but it was not clear exactly how many people were missing.

Legal haze: D.C. pot users face questions as deadline expires this week

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 03:21

Voters in the District of Columbia last year passed a measure clearing the way for pot possession, but members of Congress have used their power over the city to prevent local officials from coming up with any plan to let the drug be sold legally for recreational purposes. With the congressional review period for the new measure set to expire on Wednesday, District of Columbia pot users will be left in a murkier position than those in Colorado and Washington state, which fully legalized marijuana last year. You can possess a small amount ... but you can only get it, I guess, illegally," said Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington's non-voting representative in Congress. A key argument by supporters was that marijuana laws unfairly victimized black people in Washington, who represent about half the city's population.

Police: Dozens feared missing after ferry sinks in Bangladesh

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 01:19

Survivors said the twin-deck vessel was carrying between 70 and 150 passengers when it capsized in the middle of the Padma river.

Kerry and Iran's Zarif to try narrow gaps in nuclear talks

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 00:53

By Lesley Wroughton GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif will try to narrow gaps in another round of nuclear talks in Geneva on Sunday as they press to meet a March 31 deadline for a political framework agreement. The talks will be joined for the first time by U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, who agreed to attend after Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said he would take part. A close aide and the brother of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Hossein Fereydoon, will also be part of the meetings, Iranian media reported. Kerry was due to arrive in Geneva in the early afternoon, then immediately meet with the U.S. delegation, which has been in Geneva since Friday.

Retired police officer kills daughters, self in N.Y. suburb: reports

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 19:46
Glen Hochman, 52, who retired from the White Plains police force last month, killed two daughters, ages 17 and 13, before killing himself in Harrison, an affluent town about 15 miles northeast of New York City, newspapers and broadcasters reported, citing police sources. Hochman's wife and an older daughter were not home at the time. "The department is shocked and horrified by the news of this unfathomable tragedy," David Chong, White Plains' public safety commissioner, said in a statement. Hochman served 22 years on the White Plains police force, he said.

Another winter storm to pummel eastern United States with snow and sleet

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 19:29

A fresh band of winter weather that churned up the East Coast on Saturday, pummeling the storm-weary region with snow, sleet and freezing rain, was expected to gradually taper off Sunday morning, forecasters said. Six inches or more of fresh snow was forecast for parts of the Northeast by early Sunday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Boston, which had already been hit by 98.7 inches (251 cm) of snow going into the weekend, saw only about an inch Saturday, but local weather watchers there were forecasting the total tally to hit 100 inches by midnight. Snow and ice contributed to major delays at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York Saturday, with some arriving flights delayed more than two hours, and flights destined for Newark International Airport in New Jersey were delayed more than three hours, according to a Federal Aviation Administration advisory.

Another winter storm hits East Coast

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 19:06

The latest in a series of blizzards dropped a wintry mix as far south as Georgia.

Inmates to be transferred after unrest at Texas prison: reports

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 17:58
(Reuters) - Thousands of inmates at a federal prison in south Texas will be moved to other facilities after an uprising by angry prisoners left the prison damaged and "uninhabitable," according to officials quoted in local press reports. The disturbance began early on Friday at the Willacy County Correctional Center in Raymondville, Texas, which primarily holds individuals who have entered the United States illegally. The prison, which is run by the private company Management & Training Corp, is located about 40 miles (64 km) from the Mexican border.

What's fueling the clash over Keystone XL pipeline

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 16:28

The U.S. is already criss-crossed by thousands of miles of oil and gas pipelines.

Professor, two others dead in apparent murder-suicide in Arkansas

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 14:59
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark (Reuters) - A university professor, his wife and his sister were found shot to death on Friday night in the family’s burning home in a prosperous Little Rock suburb, Arkansas authorities said. “The initial indication is murder-suicide, but it’s an open investigation so I can’t comment beyond that,” Captain Jim Hansard of the Maumelle, Arkansas police department, said on Saturday.  Maumelle is a city of 18,000 located across the Arkansas River from Little Rock, the state capital. The dead included Dr. James Wilbanks, 41, a professor of management at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Standoff nearing end at south Texas prison: report

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 14:39
(Reuters) - Law enforcement said they were making progress on Saturday ending a disturbance at a federal correctional facility in southern Texas were as many as 2,000 inmates were protesting medical services, according to a published report. The disturbance began early Friday at the Willacy County Correctional Center, which primarily holds immigrants who entered the United States illegally, and is run by the private company Management & Training Corp, the San Antonio Express-News reported. The unrest, which prison officials said was not a riot, began when prisoners refused to come to breakfast or report for work to protest medical services at the facility, the Express-News and local broadcaster KGBT-TV reported. Management & Training Corp could not immediately be reached for comment about the standoff.

‘Laser cat’ high school senior commits suicide

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 12:28

The New York high school senior whose 80-style laser portrait with his cat became an Internet phenomenon died of an apparent suicide.

Malcolm X's family tackles enduring controversy of his legacy

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 11:48

Fifty years after his assassination, civil rights leader was seen by many as an extremist.

Spacewalking astronauts rig station for new U.S. space taxis

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 11:20
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - A pair of U.S. astronauts floated outside the International Space Station on Saturday to begin rigging parking spots for two commercial space taxis. Station commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore, 52, and flight engineer Terry Virts, 47, left the station’s Quest airlock shortly before 8 a.m. EST/1300 GMT to begin a planned 6-1/2-hour spacewalk, the first of three outings over the next eight days. The work will prepare docking ports for upcoming flights by Boeing Co and privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, which are developing capsules to ferry crew to and from the station, which flies about 260 miles (418 km) above the Earth. The United States has been dependent on Russia for station crew transportation since the space shuttle were retired in 2011.