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Japanese prime minister 'speechless' after video claims IS hostage dead

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 16:19

Shinzo Abe says the video is likely authentic and offers condolences to the family.


U.S. airline flights land in Atlanta after bomb threats

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 15:13
Bomb threats against two U.S. airline flights on Saturday prompted North American air defense fighter planes to scramble to accompany them to their destination in Atlanta, an airport spokesman said. The planes landed safely at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, no bombs were found aboard either flight and the Atlanta airport has returned to normal operations, said airport spokesman Reese McCranie. Threats against Delta Air Lines flight 1156, coming from Portland, Oregon, and Southwest Airlines flight 2492, from Milwaukee, had been deemed credible, McCranie said. Atlanta's WSB-TV News reported that the threats were made on Twitter Inc, without citing a source.

Police: Third person dies after shooting at Nebraska party

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 13:47

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police say a third person has died following an early-morning shooting at a house party in Omaha.


Jeb Bush speaks up for immigrants

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 13:47

The ex-Florida governor offers different view on immigration than his GOP colleagues.


Rockets kill 30 in Ukrainian city as rebels launch offensive

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 13:20

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine's southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz a terrorist attack and NATO and the U.S. demanded that Russia stop supporting the rebels.


U.S. airliners land in Atlanta after bomb threats

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 12:43
(Reuters) - Two U.S. airliners landed safely on Saturday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta after bomb threats were made against them, an airport spokesman said. The threats against Delta Flight 1156, coming from Portland, Oregon, and Southwest Airlines Flight 2492, from Milwaukee, were deemed credible, but more information was not immediately available, said airport spokesman Reese McCranie. The aircraft were each accompanied by a pair of North American Aerospace Defense Command fighter planes as they landed at the airport, a NORAD spokesman said.

Winter storm spreads snow, traffic woes in Northeast

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 10:56

A winter storm spread freezing rain and snow and snarled traffic from the Middle Atlantic states into New England on Saturday, and forecasters said they expected a second system to lash the region early next week. Winter storm warnings were in place for much of Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire. Up to 8 inches of snow were expected in the area by Saturday night as the storm system headed east, said National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist Brian Hurley in College Park, Maryland.


Police: Man shot his family, killing 3, then killed himself

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 10:40

NEW YORK (AP) — In the quiet of a pre-dawn Saturday on a dead-end street, a father came home and shot his family in their heads, leaving women in three generations dead and a wounded 12-year-old girl calling 911, police said.


Police hunt for man in fatal shooting of three people in New York City home

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 08:36
(Reuters) - A New York City man was suspected of shooting four people inside their home on Saturday, killing two women and a 7-year-old girl and badly wounding another child, police said. Police were searching for Jonathon Walker, 34, in connection with the early morning shootings in the borough of Queens, close to John F. Kennedy International Airport. Officers arrived at the home around 5:40 a.m. and found four people shot in an incident a police spokeswoman described as "domestic in nature." Three of the victims, a 62-year-old woman, a 31-year-old woman and the 7-year-old girl, were shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Police release video of cop fatally shooting armed, fleeing man

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 08:24

Police in Muskogee, Okla., released video footage of the controversial police shooting that resulted in the death of a 21-year-old man last week.


Kia Motors recalls nearly 87,000 Forte sedans in U.S. due to fire risk

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 06:07
Kia Motors is recalling 86,880 Forte sedans in the United States because a cooling fan resistor may overheat and melt, increasing the risk of a fire, according to documents filed by U.S. auto safety regulators. The recall involves certain model year 2014 Forte compact sedans and is expected to begin on Feb. 24, according to documents on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. The South Korean automaker reported several incidents of engine fires that could be linked to the resistor but no accidents or injuries, the documents said. A Kia Motors representative was not immediately available for comment.

Nazi camp survivors recall Auschwitz

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 04:41

By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - In a little leather book, the kind some men use to list lovers, Holocaust survivor Hy Abrams keeps the names that still haunt him: Auschwitz, Plaszow, Mauthausen, Melk and Ebensee. It has been 70 years since the Soviet army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, where Abrams was taken at age 20 by German Nazi soldiers and separated from his mother, father, brother and three sisters. Abrams, at 90, is among the oldest of a dwindling population of Holocaust survivors who gather each week at a Brooklyn synagogue to share stories, and perhaps lunch and a dance or two. With an average age of 79, they are poor and in need of special help as the result of stress and malnutrition, said the UJA-Federation of New York, which supports the Brooklyn gatherings organized by Selfhelp Community Services.


President Lincoln memorabilia up for auction in Texas

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 04:11

By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia, including a lock of the 16th U.S president's hair, will be up for auction in Dallas on Saturday, months before the United States marks 150 years since the end of the Civil War and Lincoln's assassination. The collection of more than 300 items, with a combined estimated value of about $400,000, belonged to a Fort Worth history buff and is considered to be one of the best private Lincoln collections known to exist, according to Heritage Auction officials. The late Fort Worth art gallery owner Donald Dow built the collection over five decades, beginning in 1963 with the purchase of a box of books, according to his son Greg Dow, who is selling the collection. "He started collecting because of his interest in the Civil War and military history," Greg Dow said.


Obama to cut short India trip to visit Saudi Arabia

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 01:25

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will cut short his three-day trip to India to travel to Saudi Arabia to pay respects following the death of King Abdullah, U.S. and Indian officials said Saturday, hours before the U.S. president was to depart for New Delhi.


GOP's Christie brings New Jersey candor to Iowa evangelicals

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 23:07

Republican audiences have cheered him in the past, but this will be a tougher test.


Baseball legend Ernie Banks dies at 83

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 22:52


Auschwitz: enduring testament to Nazi horrors

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 21:31

The Auschwitz concentration camp, one of the most haunting symbols of the horrors of Nazism, is today a firm fixture on the tourist trail. Thousands of people, including many school children, visit each year to learn about the gas chambers that were part of the Nazi's "final solution". This despite the fact that from the summer of 1942 "information about the massacres of the Jews in territory occupied by the German army was complete," said French historian Georges Bensoussan. Governments at the time have been accused of turning a blind eye to the Nazi death camps.


Eyeing 2016 presidential bid, Jeb Bush signals focus on middle class

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 16:44

The former Florida governor calls for overhaul of immigration and education systems.


Denver woman who tried to help IS sentenced

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 16:40

Shannon Conley repeatedly told FBI agents she wanted to go to Syria to fight alongside the extremist group.


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