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Complex probe follows killing of deputies

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 16:18

Authorities search for answers after an attack leaves two California officers dead.

U.S. envoy travels to Ebola-stricken West Africa

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 15:56

By Michelle Nichols WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, is traveling to Guinea on Sunday and will also visit Liberia and Sierra Leone, making the trip despite calls by some U.S. lawmakers for a travel ban on the three West African countries worst-affected by Ebola. Power, a member of President Barack Obama's cabinet, left Washington on Saturday. ...

Hawaii officials warn of possible lava evacuation

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 15:11

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii authorities on Saturday told several dozen residents near an active lava flow to prepare for a possible evacuation in the next three to five days as molten rock oozed across a country road and edged closer to homes.

US to recognize same-sex marriage in 6 more states

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 09:41

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states and extending federal benefits to those couples, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday.

U.S. recognizes gay marriages in six more states

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 09:05

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Saturday the U.S. government will recognize same-sex marriages in six more states, bringing to 32 the number of states where couples in gay unions qualify for federal benefits. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming were added to the list on Saturday, a week after Holder made a similar announcement concerning seven other states. The move comes after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals of cases that sought to overturn bans on same-sex marriages. ...

Obama commends New Yorkers for calm reaction to Ebola threat

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 07:55

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The first person quarantined under strict new rules in the New York City area for people with a high risk of Ebola tested negative, New Jersey officials said on Saturday, as President Barack Obama said the response to domestic cases of the deadly disease needs to be based on "facts, not fear." Under the new policy, anyone arriving at the two international airports serving New York City after having contact with Ebola patients in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea must submit to a mandatory 21-day quarantine. The requirement exceeds current federal ...

U.S. car safety regulators face review over safety lapses

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 07:42

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Transportation Department will conduct an internal review of U.S. auto safety regulators in response to a series of safety lapses, including this week's reports of defective airbags, a senior administration official said on Saturday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the review of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration would look at what has occurred and what can be done better to ensure safety. ...

Egypt leader: 'Foreign hands' behind Sinai attack

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 05:32

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Saturday that an assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula that killed 30 troops was a "foreign-funded operation" and vowed to take drastic action against militants.

Obama: Science, not fear, key to Ebola response

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 03:42

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. must be guided by science — not fear — as it responds to Ebola.

Washington school gunman was homecoming prince

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 03:40

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Jaylen Fryberg was well liked and athletic, a football player named to his high school's homecoming court just one week ago.

Two deputies killed, two others hurt in California shooting spree

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 17:21

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Two California sheriff's deputies were killed and two others were wounded in a shooting spree that started in a motel parking lot in Sacramento on Friday, authorities said. The two suspects, described on Twitter by the California Highway Patrol as a man and a woman, both Hispanic and heavily armed, were taken into custody, police said. The incident began on Friday morning in the parking lot of a Motel 6 when a deputy, later identified as Danny Oliver, 47, approached a vehicle considered to be suspicious, said Sacramento County Sheriff Lieutenant R.L. Davis. ...

Two killed, four wounded in Washington state school shooting

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 17:14

By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) - A student shot dead a female classmate and wounded four others when he opened fire in the cafeteria of his Washington state high school on Friday, apparently after a fight with fellow students, authorities said. The shooter, a homecoming prince at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, took his own life as his classmates scrambled to safety in the latest outburst of deadly violence at an American school. ...

Two U.S. states to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola zones

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 16:45

By Ellen Wulfhorst and David Morgan NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York and New Jersey will automatically quarantine medical workers returning from Ebola-hit West African countries and the U.S. government is considering the same step after a doctor who treated patients in Guinea came back infected, officials said on Friday. The steps announced by the two states, which go beyond the current restrictions being imposed by President Barack Obama's administration on travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, came as medical detectives tried to retrace the steps in New York City of Dr. ...

Remains belong to missing Virginia student

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 14:30

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Remains found nearly a week ago in a rural area of Virginia are those of a university student who disappeared last month, authorities said Friday, ending a search by thousands that took weeks and left the campus and community on edge.

Wash. state shooting suspect identified

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 14:09

Social media posts penned by the shooter portray a head-over-heels teenager.

Heathcare worker at Newark airport to be quarantined on Ebola fears

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:24

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A healthcare worker who had been treating patients in West Africa was detained at Newark Liberty International Airport and will be quarantined, in line with a new policy aimed at reducing risk from the Ebola virus, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Friday. "Her next stop was going to be here in New York," Christie said during a news conference announcing the mandatory quarantine policy. "A quarantine order will be issued." Christie's remarks about the quarantined healthcare worker were first reported by CNBC. ...

Obama meets Ebola survivor Nina Pham at White House

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:06

President Barack Obama gives Ebola survivor Nina Pham a bear hug, part of his personal hands-on approach to persuade jittery Americans to trust elite doctors and scientists to keep them safe.

Student opens fire at Washington state high school, now dead: police

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:29

Police are responding to reports of a shooting on or near Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

US general: NKorea may have nuke missile knowhow

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:44

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea may be capable of fielding a nuclear-armed missile that could reach U.S. soil, but because it has not tested such a weapon the odds of it being effective are "pretty darn low," the commander of U.S. forces in South Korea said Friday.

Texas man charged with raping two children, infecting them with HIV

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:44
AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A Houston man has been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting two girls, ages 14 and 2, and infecting them with sexually transmitted diseases including HIV, police said on Friday. The man admitted to sexually assaulting the teenage victim multiple times, police said in a statement. A lawyer for the man was not immediately available for comment. The suspect, a registered sex offender, is being held without bond, police said. He "has destroyed their lives ... ...