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Two Koreas agree to talks as military deadline looms

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 23:25

Top officials will meeting as tensions increase over a dispute about loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts.

Biden ponders details of 2016 run with decision nearing

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 23:15

Tucked away at his family home in Delaware, Vice President Joe Biden has been huddling with longtime aides and family members, evaluating what it would take to launch a viable presidential campaign against well-funded Democratic opponents with a huge head start.

Why evangelicals back Donald Trump

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 19:27

Gunman slays guard at NYC federal building, kills himself

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 18:09

A gunman shot and killed a security guard at a federal building in Lower Manhattan on Friday before killing himself, and investigators are seeking a motive, police said. Police identified the gunman as Kevin Downing, a 68-year-old former federal employee from Fort Lee, New Jersey. The New York Daily News said he was a retired Army Reserve captain outraged over being fired by the Department of Labor.

Black teen killed by St. Louis police shot in back: autopsy

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 16:39

News of the preliminary results of an autopsy escalated tensions that had flared after Wednesday's killing of Mansur Ball-Bey, as protesters and family of the slain 18-year-old questioned police accounts that he pointed a gun at officers. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said additional officers would be available for the weekend in anticipation of further protests. Late Friday, St. Louis' elected prosecutor, Circuit Attorney Jennifer M. Joyce, said her office would begin investigating now, rather than waiting until police turn over the results of their own investigation.

Two dead in shooting at New York federal building

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 15:46

A gunman shot and killed a private security guard at a US federal building in downtown New York by the metal detector on Friday before killing himself, police said. "He proceeded through the security area and headed towards the elevator, where he encountered another employee.

Gunman slays guard at NYC federal building, then kills himself

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 15:41
A gunman opened fire at a federal building in Lower Manhattan on Friday, fatally wounding a security guard before killing himself, officials said. A police official identified the gunman as Kevin Downing, a man in his late 60s from Fort Lee, New Jersey, according to media reports.

Clock ticking on Obama's Gitmo promise

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 13:56

Lingering on President Obama's to-do list before his term ends is closing the detention facility.

More than 30,000 expected for Trump rally

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 13:26

A surprise surge in supporters forced the presidential candidate's team to find a bigger venue.

Fears over global slowdown hammer US stocks for 2nd day

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 13:06

NEW YORK (AP) — Growing concerns about a slowdown in China shook markets around the world on Friday, driving the U.S. stock market to its biggest drop in nearly four years.

French official: 2 Americans subdued train gunman

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 12:56

A gunman opened fire with an automatic weapon on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris Friday, wounding three people before being subdued by two American passengers, officials said.

Mistrial in case of North Carolina policeman who shot black man

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 12:36
Randall Kerrick, 29, faced a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the September 2013 death of Jonathan Ferrell, 24, a former Florida A&M football player who had wrecked his car on a dark road and was seeking help when he encountered officers. Ferrell ran and Kerrick opened fire at point-blank range and killed him. Judge Robert Ervin earlier on Friday urged the jurors to continue deliberations and ask for any exhibits or trial testimony they might need to reach a verdict.

Baylor football player to face punishment for Texas sexual assault

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 09:40
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A jury in Waco, Texas that convicted a Baylor University football player of sexual assault heard testimony on Friday as it weighs his punishment, which could include up to 20 years in prison. Defensive end Sam Ukwuachu, 22, was convicted on Thursday on charges that he sexually assaulted a Baylor women's soccer player at his Waco apartment in 2013. Ukwuachu had told the same jury in the central Texas city that the encounter was consensual and that he had a previous relationship with the woman.

Nashville hotel cancels reservations for hate group CCC, cited by Dylann Roof

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 07:42

The Guesthouse Inn says that it canceled the reservations for members of the Council of Conservative Citizens white supremacist group, which had scheduled an event at the hotel for this weekend.

Black teen killed by St. Louis police shot in back: autopsy

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 06:34
The results of the autopsy by the city's medical examiner in the death of Mansur Ball-Bey are preliminary and an investigation of the incident continues, police said in a statement. The finding may escalate tensions that flared immediately after the shooting Wednesday, as protesters and family members of the slain teen questioned police accounts that Ball-Bey pointed a gun at them as he fled from a home where police were serving a search warrant. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper that the location of the fatal wound neither proves nor disproves the account given by the two officers who said they fired four rounds at Ball-Bey.

U.S. agency opens probe into 2008 Honda Accord air bag controller

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 06:14

U.S. safety regulators have opened an investigation into air bags on Honda Motor Co's 2008 Accord sedans after 19 complaints of malfunctioning air bags including a front crash that resulted in injuries, federal officials said on Friday. The issue involves a module that controls deployment of the air bag. This appears to be a problem separate from that of combustible air bag inflators in Honda vehicles and has caused the recall of millions of them.

Cheating site logged federal subscribers with sensitive jobs

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 03:59

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. government employees with sensitive jobs in national security or law enforcement were among hundreds of federal workers found to be using government networks to access and pay membership fees to the cheating website Ashley Madison, The Associated Press has learned.

North Korea orders troops on war footing

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 03:08

Kim Jong Un declares a "quasi-state of war" after an exchange of fire with South Korea.

Wildfires rage in U.S. Northwest, army and foreign crews called in

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 20:17

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - U.S. crews battling a flurry of wildfires raging unchecked across the Pacific Northwest contended with high winds on Thursday, a day after three firefighters were killed and four others were injured in Washington state. Authorities late Thursday ordered the immediate evacuation of the small community of Tonasket, nestled along the bank of the Okanogan River in north-central Washington, impacting about 1,000 people. On Wednesday, some 4,000 households in the riverfront towns of Twisp and Winthrop, in the foothills of the Cascade mountains about 75 miles (120 km) southwest of Tonasket, were also forced to flee the encroaching blaze.

Shaun King: 'White man on my birth certificate is not my biological father'

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 19:51

Prominent Black Lives Matter activist accused this week of misrepresenting his race has breaks his silence, says mother had affair with "a light-skinned black man."