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42.9 million Americans have unpaid medical bills

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:11

42.9 million Americans have unpaid medical bills


Cleveland mayor disagrees with DOJ report on city's police

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 09:21
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The mayor of Cleveland said on Thursday he did not agree with all of the U.S. Department of Justice's findings in a scathing report on the widespread use of excessive force by the city's police, saying it will take time to agree on how to reform the troubled department. A federal investigation published this week concluded that Cleveland police supervisors tolerated, and in some cases, endorsed the use of unnecessary or unreasonable force. ...

Seven dead in Kabul after two suicide attacks

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 09:21

A wave of violence assaults Kabul as NATO forces pull out.


More looting, one arrest as Bay Area protests dwindle

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:57

By Emmett Berg OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Police in Oakland, California, said demonstrators broke windows and looted stores and that one person was arrested for allegedly assaulting an officer in the latest protest of police activity in the United States. Oakland and neighboring Berkeley have seen nightly demonstrations since the weekend in response to decisions by two grand juries not to charge white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. ...


American nurse exposed to Ebola to be admitted to NIH center

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:35
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An American nurse who was exposed to Ebola while volunteering in an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone will be admitted to the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center in Maryland on Thursday, NIH announced. The center is one of 35 designated as an Ebola treatment center earlier this month by the U.S. government, and previously treated a nurse who contracted Ebola in Texas. NIH did not release any further information on the nurse, including when he or she might have been exposed to the virus, current medical condition or affiliation. ...

Yemen's al-Qaida blames Obama for hostage deaths

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:01

The terror group comments after a failed U.S. hostage rescue operation.


Exclusive: Campaign contributions under scrutiny in California police probe

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 03:05

By Dan Levine and Kristina Cooke OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - An investigator appointed by a U.S. federal judge is examining whether campaign contributions affected how the city of Oakland, California, chose its lawyers for police disciplinary cases, according to a source briefed on the probe. The investigation started after an arbitrator reinstated an Oakland police officer who was heavily criticized for firing tear gas at a crowd of protesters during Occupy protests in 2011. That followed a series of other cases in which arbitrators overruled disciplinary actions for Oakland police. ...


Harvard professor apologizes to Chinese restaurant

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 03:03
A Harvard Business School instructor who blasted a Boston-area Chinese restaurant for overcharging him by $4 on a takeout order apologized Wednesday for a lengthy and widely publicized email exchange with ...

New Jersey voters say U.S. not ready for president 'Jersey Guy' Christie: poll

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 02:02

(Reuters) - New Jersey voters say the rest of the United States is not ready for a "Jersey Guy" president and neither is the Garden State, where Governor Chris Christie's presidential appeal continues to slide, a poll released on Thursday showed. A telephone poll of 1,340 registered New Jersey voters by Quinnipiac University found that Christie, and every other potential Republican contender for the 2016 White House race, would lose the state to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the possible Democratic candidate. ...


Matt Bai: Did TV's '24' convince us that torture really worked?

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 01:20

Jack Bauer's operative philosophy was simple: "Stop terrorists, by any means necessary."


Hong Kong police arrest protesters in main camp

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 00:52

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police on Thursday took away demonstrators who refused to leave the main pro-democracy protest camp and tore down their tents in a final push to retake streets occupied by activists for two and a half months.


California braces for what could be worst storm in years

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 00:50

Northern California is expected to be slammed by heavy rain and hurricane force winds.


U.S. chokehold protesters 'die-in', issue demands in NY

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 17:33

By Sharon Bernstein and Sebastien Malo BERKELEY, Calif./NEW YORK (Reuters) - Students at medical schools around the United States staged "die-ins" to protest the chokehold death by police of an unarmed black man, and New York activists demanded the city take action after a grand jury declined to indict the officer involved. Protests intensified last week after the grand jury decision not to charge a white New York City police officer in the July death of Eric Garner. ...


Former VP Dick Cheney says CIA torture report is 'full of crap'

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 17:14

Former Vice President Dick Cheney says a declassified Senate report on the controversial post-9/11 CIA interrogation program is "full of crap.""I think it is a terrible report, deeply flawed," Cheney said on Fox News, his first televised interview since the report's release. "It's a classic example of where politicians get together and throw professionals under the bus."Cheney said he had not read the entire 6,000-page classified document, drafted by Democrats and their staffs on the Senate Intelligence Committee, or the 500-page declassified and redacted executive summary. ...


6 ways Democrats lose out in 2015 spending bill

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 14:16

The 1,600-page document could be forced through House and Senate in less than a week.


For CIA, fallout from Senate report looks far from over

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 14:06

By Mark Hosenball and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As outcry grows over its now-defunct brutal interrogation program, America's spy agency appears caught in the crossfire of debate over its methods in the ongoing U.S. battle against Islamic militants and whether it has changed its ways. Inside the Central Intelligence Agency, intelligence officials expressed resentment over what they said was the unfairness of a Senate Intelligence Committee report released on Tuesday that harshly criticized the spy agency's detention and questioning of militant suspects. ...


Police body cameras carry risks without firm rules

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 12:14

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Civil rights activists and some police chiefs are warning that the Obama administration's proposal to help local police departments buy 50,000 body cameras must come with firm rules on how to use the equipment. They say that without proper oversight to address potential misuse, such as when police turn off their cameras during brutal acts, the wide deployment of the equipment could undermine efforts to build trust in police departments across the country. Last week, President Barack Obama announced a $75 million plan to help police departments buy body cameras after a state grand jury decided not to indict a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri, for the shooting death of an unarmed black teen, sparking protests and conversations about excessive force and racial bias in policing. Obama's plan, which requires congressional approval, calls for departments to undergo training, receive guidance on best practices from the Department of Justice and submit a plan of use for approval.


Body of U.S. hostage killed in rescue attempt in Yemen arrives in U.S.

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:16

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - The body of Luke Somers, an American held by an al Qaeda unit in Yemen who was killed on Saturday when U.S. special forces tried to rescue him, was flown to the United States on Wednesday, a U.S. defense official said. The body of the photo journalist landed shortly after noon EST (1700 GMT) aboard a C-17 U.S. military aircraft in Dover, Delaware, and there was a "dignified transfer" with Somers' family present, the official said. No media representatives were present. U.S. ...


Delays plague Hillary Clinton's State Dept. files

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:42

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has failed to turn over government documents covering Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state that The Associated Press and others requested under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act ahead of her presumptive presidential campaign. They include one request AP made four years ago and others pending for more than one year.


CIA report casts pall over 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:40

Director Kathryn Bigelow claims torture was a part of the story that couldn't be ignored.


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