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Ad it up: A splendid drama, 'Mad Men,' comes to an end

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 20:16

NEW YORK (AP) — "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner promised a finale that was "dramatic and appropriate."

Marines: 1 killed, 21 taken to hospitals after hard landing

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 20:10

HONOLULU (AP) — A Marine Corps Osprey aircraft made a hard landing in Hawaii on Sunday, killing one Marine and sending 21 other people to hospitals as dark smoke from the resulting fire billowed into the sky.

Nine killed in gun battle among Texas biker gangs

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 19:23

Nine people were killed and 18 were injured on Sunday when a simmering feud among rival biker gangs boiled over at a sports bar in Waco, Texas, leading to a gun battle in the parking lot, police said. The clash took place outside the Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill at a shopping mall in the central Texas city, police said. Eighteen people were taken to area hospitals with injuries that included gunshots and stab wounds, said Waco Police Sgt. Patrick Swanton. The fight, which involved members of at least three gangs, erupted shortly after noon and quickly escalated into a brawl involving clubs, knives and chains, Swanton said.

One U.S. marine dead, others injured in Hawaii accident: news reports

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 17:28
(Reuters) - One U.S. marine was killed and 12 were hospitalized after their aircraft suffered a "hard landing," on Sunday during a training exercise in Hawaii, ABC News and local media reported. The other 21 marines on board were taken to a hospital, and at least 12 were admitted for their injuries, according to ABC News and local news outlet Hawaii News Now. The marines were members of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, participating in training in an MV-22 Osprey at the time of the accident, the local news outlet reported. Honolulu firefighters and emergency crews responded to Bellows Air Force Station in Windward Oahu, Hawaii, where plumes of black smoke rose from the site.

Police: 9 dead in shooting all members of rival biker gangs

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 17:00

Nine people were killed Sunday and some others injured after a shootout erupted among rival biker gangs at a Central Texas restaurant, sending patrons and bystanders fleeing for safety, a police spokesman said.

Officials: Saudi-led coalition airstrikes resume in Yemen

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 15:18

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led coalition airstrikes targeting Shiite rebels resumed early Monday in the southern port city of Aden after a five-day truce came to a close following talks on the war-torn country's future that were boycotted by the rebels.

Nine killed in fight between bikers in Texas: reports

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 13:49
(Reuters) - Police in Waco, Texas, said on Sunday that gunfire at a sports bar left a number of people dead and others injured while local media reported that nine people had been killed in a fight between biker gangs. The shootings took place at an eatery called Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill in a shopping area called the Central Texas Market Place area, the Waco Police Department said on its Facebook page. Local television station KXXV reported that the shootout took place in a parking lot outside the restaurant and that eight people died there and one died at a hospital.

Amtrak engineer made no report of object hitting windshield before crash: NTSB

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 13:42

By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. federal investigators have found no record that the engineer of the Amtrak commuter train that crashed in Philadelphia last week reported an object hit his locomotive in the minutes before it derailed, a U.S. official said on Sunday. The U.S. passenger rail service said on Sunday it would restore full service between Philadelphia and New York at 5:30 a.m. on Monday following last Tuesday's derailment that killed eight people and injured more than 200. In an interview on ABC television's "This Week," National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said: "We listened to the dispatch tape, and we heard no communications at all from the Amtrak engineer to the dispatch center to say that something had struck his train." The comment by Sumwalt comes as investigators are looking to explain what caused a circular pattern of damage found on the locomotive's windshield after the accident.

Benghazi controversy explained

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 08:35

It’s been nearly three years since the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and the events of that night still remain a political controversy.

Syria army pushes IS jihadists back from ancient Palmyra

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 07:38

Syrian troops pushed Islamic State group jihadists back from the ancient city of Palmyra on Sunday, easing fears over the world heritage site, after fighting that left hundreds dead. The toll comprised 123 soldiers and loyalist militiamen, 115 IS fighters as well as 57 civilians, dozens of whom were executed by the jihadists, the Observatory said, quoting sources on the ground. On Saturday the jihadists pressed their offensive and seized the northern part of the modern town of Palmyra, known as Tadmur in Arabic, but were driven out by regime forces. Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said the jihadists were still just a kilometre (less than a mile) away from the UNESCO-listed heritage site and its adjacent museum housing thousands of priceless artefacts.

Malaysia launches talks amid Asia's growing migrant crisis

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 05:50

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia launched high-level talks with its neighbors Sunday to try to solve the deepening problem of refugees stranded in boats off Southeast Asia's shores, but there appeared to be no quick solution to the crisis.

Central U.S. braces for storms after tornado series hits area

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 04:54
Thunderstorms and flash floods were predicted for several central U.S. states on Sunday after a tornado series hit large parts of the area a day earlier. Parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kansas were either under a flash flood watch or flash flood warning on Sunday morning as thunderstorms battered several central states, the National Weather Service said. Texas and Oklahoma were the hardest hit but there were no reports on Sunday morning of major damage or deaths.

Monitor: Islamic State dead in Syria raid climbs to 32

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 02:45

At least 32 Islamic State members, including four of its leaders, were killed in air strikes and a U.S. special forces raid that targeted the group in eastern Syria, a group monitoring the Syrian war said on Sunday. U.S. officials said the raid killed a senior Islamic State leader identified as a Tunisian who helped to manage its black-market sales of oil and gas to raise funds. British-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights gathers its information from sources in the region. The operation in the eastern Deir al-Zor province marked a departure from Washington's strategy of relying primarily on air strikes to target militants in the area.

Pope canonizes 2 saints from 19th century Palestine

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 01:24

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis canonized two nuns from what was 19th century Palestine on Sunday in hopes of encouraging Christians across the Middle East who are facing a wave of persecution from Islamic extremists.

Neither China nor U.S. giving ground over projects dispute

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 18:24

BEIJING (AP) — China and the United States are budging not a bit over Beijing's assertive development in disputed parts of the South China Sea, with Chinese officials politely but pointedly dismissing Washington's push for U.S.-proposed ways to ease tensions.

Tornadoes touch down in parts of Texas, Oklahoma

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 17:15
(Reuters) - Several tornadoes touched down in northwest Texas and western Oklahoma Saturday evening, part of an night of severe weather predicted for a swath of the U.S. ranging from Oklahoma to Nebraska, the National Weather Service said. The twisters that swept down to the ground in the Texas panhandle and in Oklahoma in the early part of the evening landed in areas that were not highly populated, said Keli Pirtle, a spokeswoman for the Storm Prediction Center of the National Weather Service. A tornado that hit the city of Van, Texas, southeast of Dallas, May 10 killed two people and caused $40 million in damage, authorities said.

What we know about Abu Sayyaf: The Islamic State leader killed by U.S. forces

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 12:52

Before Saturday, most Americans had never heard of Abu Sayyaf. But according to the Department of Defense, the senior Islamic State leader wielded the kind of power worthy of sending U.S. Special Operations forces into eastern Syria on a rare and risky mission to capture him.

Bush's tough week exposes challenges for his likely 2016 bid

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:57

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jeb Bush worked his way through the dim hallway of an Arizona resort for hours, shuttling from room to room and meeting with dozens of Republican officials, many for the first time.

Notre Dame senior dies after falling from roof a day before graduation

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 08:43
A 21-year-old graduating senior at the University of Notre Dame died early on Saturday after falling from the roof of the school's sports arena in South Bend, Indiana, the university said. The medical examiner will work to determine a cause of death.

US commandos kill senior IS leader in Syria raid

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 08:09

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. commandos mounted a rare raid into eastern Syria overnight, killing a senior Islamic State leader in a firefight, capturing his wife and rescuing a Yazidi woman held as a slave, the Pentagon said Saturday.