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Church of England gives final nod to women bishops

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 07:01

A new states that 'a man or a woman may be consecrated to the office of bishop'.

Unusual nature of Kassig video suggests he fought his captors, former roommate says

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 06:56
A friend of former U.S. Army Ranger and American aid worker Peter Kassig says the unusual nature of the video released by the terror group announcing his killing suggests the 26-year-old fought his execution.

U.K. father denies Islamic State jihadist in video is his son

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 06:01

The father of a British man fighting with the Islamic State takes back his initial claim.

State Department's unclassified email system hacked

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 05:02

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department's unclassified email systems were the victim of a cyberattack in recent weeks, around the same time as White House systems were breached, a senior U.S. official said on Monday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said none of the department's classified systems was compromised. Portions of its unclassified systems have been shut down to improve their security but should be back online shortly. "The department recently detected activity of concern in portions of its unclassified email system. ...

Surgeon being treated in U.S. for Ebola dies

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 04:59

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in his native Sierra Leone has died while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said Monday.

Sierra Leone doctor dies of Ebola at Nebraska hospital

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 04:59

By Colleen Jenkins (Reuters) - A surgeon from Sierra Leone has died of Ebola at the Nebraska hospital where he was being treated after arriving from West Africa over the weekend, the hospital said on Monday. Dr. Martin Salia, a permanent U.S. resident, contracted the virus while working in a Freetown hospital, according to his family. He was chief medical officer at United Methodist Church's Kissy Hospital in Sierra Leone when he was confirmed last Tuesday to have contracted Ebola. ...

St. Louis awaits grand jury's decision on shooting of unarmed black teen

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 04:03

By Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Residents of Ferguson, Missouri, faced another day on Monday of waiting for a grand jury to decide if it will bring criminal charges against a white policeman who fatally shot an unarmed black teen in August, sparking weeks of sometimes violent protests. The grand jury has been meeting in secret for almost three months as it evaluates evidence about the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, and many in this St. Louis suburb expect another wave of demonstrations if no charges are brought. ...

White House turns climate change spotlight to U.S. cities, towns

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 02:03

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After announcing a major deal with China to curb emissions and a $3 billion pledge into a fund to help poor countries fight climate change last week, the Obama administration will turn its focus to American towns and cities to help them adapt to the impacts of global warming. On Monday, a task force of eight governors, 16 mayors and two tribal leaders will meet with Vice President Joe Biden and senior White House officials to present recommendations on how they can help local communities deal with extreme weather. ...

Can McConnell keep his ‘No shutdowns’ promise?

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 01:02

Republicans on the Hill say they are anxious for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz or like-minded House conservatives to again take up the charge as they stand up to what they see as Democratic abuse of the levers of power in a two-party system. Whereas the 2013 government shutdown came on the heels of Republican opposition to the president over funding the Affordable Care Act—which passed Congress in 2010 with only Democratic support—congressional conservatives today are itching for a fight over Obama’s expected executive order on immigration, which could delay or prevent the deportation of up to 5 million undocumented people.

Pope says will visit United States next year

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 00:39

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis announced on Monday he would visit the United States next year, his first trip there as leader of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church. The official confirmation of the trip was keenly awaited in the United States after months of speculation. Francis told an inter-religious conference on marriage he would go to Philadelphia in September for the Roman Catholic Church's World Meeting of Families, an international gathering. ...

Facebook slams door on political campaigns

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 00:23

A code change means Obama's successful 2012 outreach on the site won’t happen again.

What Japan's recession means for country, world

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 00:13

TOKYO (AP) — In a surprise, Japan said its economy, the world's 3rd-biggest following the U.S. and China, contracted 1.6 percent at an annual pace in the July-September quarter as consumer and corporate spending failed to regain momentum after a sales tax increase in April.

GM ignition-switch compensation claims deadline extended to Jan. 31

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 20:34

(Reuters) - The deadline to file claims under General Motors Co's faulty ignition-switch compensation program has been extended by one month to Jan. 31, 2015, the program's administrator, Kenneth Feinberg, announced on Sunday. The notice of the extension has already been sent to almost four and a half million current and prior owners of the eligible vehicles, the program, Feinberg said in a statement. An additional one month extension is being implemented "out of an abundance of caution", he said. Last week, a car-safety advocate urged a more active approach to finding cases of injury or ...

Japan slides into recession as tax hike takes toll

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 19:51

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy unexpectedly shrank in the third quarter as housing and business investment declined following a tax hike, dragging the country into a recession and further clouding the outlook for the global economy.

Ford: Mustang driver injured by air bag fragment in North Carolina crash

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 17:17

By Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said on Sunday night it was cooperating with U.S. safety regulators investigating a report the driver of a 2007 Ford Mustang was injured in August by a metal fragment from the car’s air bag. The 2007 Mustang was part of a June recall of millions of cars from nine manufacturers because air bag inflators made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp could rupture and send metal fragments into the cabin. ...

Confrontations await Obama after productive trip

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 17:13
The president returned home on a collision course with Republicans on immigration and an oil pipeline project.

U.S. hostage Peter Kassig is killed by Islamic State

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 14:18

By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have beheaded another American hostage, Peter Kassig, issuing a video claiming the killing on Sunday and warning the United States they would kill other U.S. citizens "on your streets." U.S. President Barack Obama confirmed the death of the aid worker in what he called "an act of pure evil by a terrorist group that the world rightly associates with inhumanity. ...

Lawyer: Cosby won't address 'decade-old' claims

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 13:36

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby will not dignify "decade-old, discredited" claims of sexual abuse with a response, his attorney said Sunday, the first comment from the famed comedian's lawyer on an increasing uproar over allegations that he assaulted several women in the past.

Hagel says U.S. speeding up training of Iraqi forces

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 12:59

FORT IRWIN, California (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the U.S. military is accelerating its efforts to train and advise Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State militants.

Obama confirms "evil"murder of US aid worker Kassig

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 12:50

President Barack Obama confirmed Sunday the death of US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, calling his beheading at the hands of the Islamic State group "pure evil."