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King James commits personal foul with royal touch

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 06:59

LONDON (AP) — When King James touched the future queen of England on the shoulder after a basketball game, royal watchers cried foul.

Harry Reid eviscerates GOP leaders in interview

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 06:41
The outgoing senate majority leader lets lose on Republicans.

Obama to announce new grants to states for preschool

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 06:21

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce more than $1 billion in public and private investments in preschool programs, a small step toward the kind of infusion the White House says is needed. Fewer than a third of U.S. 4-year-olds are currently enrolled in preschool programs that help them do better when they get to elementary school and help increase their learning and earning potential later in life. The United States ranks 28th in access to preschool among industrialized nations. ...

Israel minister says US censure slows settlements

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 06:11

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. criticism of Israel's settlement policies has slowed down construction in the West Bank, Israel's defense minister said in comments broadcast Wednesday, adding that he hopes the slowdown will be "temporary" because the Obama administration "won't be around forever."

Ex-CIA officials say torture report is one-sided, flawed

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:49

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of former top-ranking CIA officials disputed a U.S. Senate committee's finding that the agency's interrogation techniques produced no valuable intelligence, saying such work had saved thousands of lives. Former CIA directors George Tenet, Porter Goss and Michael Hayden, along with three ex-deputy directors, wrote in an op-ed article published on Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal that the Senate Intelligence Committee report also was wrong in saying the agency had been deceptive about its work following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. ...

UN expert calls for prosecution over torture

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 03:35

Members of George W. Bush's national security team must be prosecuted, says a UN official.

Giving away ‘Anatoly Z.’

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 03:01
A tiny handful of adoption professionals in the U.S. specialize in finding new homes for children whose original adoptive parents give them up. Technically this is called “disruption” (if the interruption comes before the adoption is finalized) and “dissolution” (if it comes after). Those who are appalled by the very thought often call it “rehoming,” as if with a pet. Those who believe it has been the dirty little secret of the adoption world for far too long prefer “second chance adoption.”

Hundreds march in fourth day of protests in California

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 00:36

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters angered at the killing of unarmed black men by white police officers marched through downtown Berkeley streets, briefly blocking traffic on a state highway, and delaying metro and train services in the area as protests continued in Northern California.

Torture report: Harsh tactics didn't net bin Laden

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 23:24

A Senate report says harsh CIA interrogations did not lead to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Hundreds march as California protests continue

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 20:09

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters angered at the killing of unarmed black men by white police officers marched through downtown Berkeley streets Tuesday night as protests continued in Northern California.

NY police promise to rebuild trust as protests spread

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 19:27

By Sharon Bernstein and Scott Malone BERKELEY, Calif./NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of the New York Police Department vowed on Tuesday to repair relations with poor and minority communities following the death of a suspect, even as protests over police violence flared across the United States. The department will retrain its members in nonviolent ways of making arrests, Police Commissioner William Bratton said, adding that he had taken a non-confrontational approach to protests over a grand jury's decision not to charge the officer involved in the controversial chokehold case. ...

Report slams psychologists who devised Bush-era interrogation

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 17:05
By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The CIA paid $80 million to a company run by two former Air Force psychologists without experience in interrogation or counter-terrorism who recommended waterboarding, slaps to the face and mock burial for prisoners the U.S. suspected of being terrorists, according to a U.S. Senate report. The two men are referred to in the report by the pseudonyms "Dunbar" and "Swigert" but have been identified by U.S. intelligence sources as James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. ...

Malala, Satyarthi receive Nobel Peace Prize

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 15:51

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai became the youngest ever Nobel laureate Wednesday when she received the Peace Prize in Oslo, sharing it with Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi. Fraternity between the nations!" said Thorbjoern Jagland, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel committee. Malala, 17, who was given the prestigious award in Oslo City Hall, became a global icon after she was shot and nearly killed by the Taliban in October 2012 for insisting that girls had a right to an education.

Lawmakers agree on $1.1 trillion spending bill

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 14:59

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time running short, Republicans and Democrats agreed Tuesday on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and delay a politically-charged struggle over President Barack Obama's new immigration policy until the new year.

Tennessee couple get 35 years in prison in girl's soda death

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 14:39
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - An eastern Tennessee father and stepmother of a 5-year-old girl who died after being forced to drink large amounts of grape soda and water as a form of punishment have been sentenced to 35 years in prison, authorities said. Randall Vaughn, 42, and Mary Vaughn, 59, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated child neglect and were sentenced on Monday in Rogersville, Tennessee, District Attorney General Dan Armstrong said on Tuesday. ...

Senate report: CIA torture produced ‘fabricated’ intel, thwarted no plots

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 14:20

After waterboarding, a 9/11 mastermind told interrogators what "he thought they wanted to hear."

Kerry urges flexibility in U.S. war powers against Islamic State

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 13:56

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Any congressional authorization of U.S. military force against Islamic State should be flexible and not limit the fight to Iraq and Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday. The authorization should also not restrict U.S. President Barack Obama in deploying combat troops against the militant group if needed, Kerry told a Senate committee debating the need for an Authorization for the Use of Military Force, or AUMF. ...

Attorneys: Darren Wilson should be banned from policing in Missouri

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 13:15

Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown, may have resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, but a group of attorneys wants the controversial officer stripped of his right to carry a badge anywhere in Missouri.

CIA torture report: The most stunning findings

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:51

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today released a controversial report on the CIA’s interrogation practices.

President Obama, politicians react to Senate CIA torture report

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:41

Some reaction to the Senate Intelligence Committee report released Tuesday on the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques at secret overseas facilities after the 9/11 terror attacks.