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Dubai skyscraper catches fire, though no one killed in blaze

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 02:15

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One of the world's tallest residential towers caught fire early Saturday in Dubai's Marina district, sending hundreds of residents pouring into the streets as bright yellow flames raged several stories high. No one was reported killed.

Obama begins sales pitch on trade to wary U.S. public

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 02:05

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday began a broad sales pitch to the U.S. public about the merits of free trade deals, an area in which he faces stiff resistance from many in his own Democratic party. Obama has said he wants to work with Congressional Republicans to finalize the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact, an agreement that would stretch from Japan to Chile, covering 40 percent of the world economy. "I’m the first to admit that past trade deals haven’t always lived up to the hype," Obama said in his weekly address. "But that doesn’t mean we should close ourselves off from new opportunities." The first step in working with other nations to finalize the TPP deal is to pass "fast track" legislation to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress.

2 sides in West Coast ports dispute reach tentative contract

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 01:52

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Negotiators reached a tentative contract covering West Coast dockworkers, likely ending a protracted labor dispute that snarled international trade at seaports handling about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually.

Road rage? Mistaken identity? Questions raised in Vegas case

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 01:48

A mother of four who just finished giving her daughter a driving lesson is followed by a driver they encountered on their way home.

Huge blaze guts upper floors of 79-story Dubai skyscraper

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 00:29

Hundreds of panicked residents fled one of the tallest towers in Dubai early Saturday as a huge fire engulfed the skyscraper, causing extensive damage to its luxury flats. The inferno gutted the upper part of 79-storey Torch tower, triggering an evacuation of nearby blocks in the Dubai Marina neighbourhood, an AFP correspondent reported. Civil defence teams cleared the building, which at 336.1 metres (1,105 feet) is one of the world's tallest residential towers. Dubai Marina is a popular expat neighbourhood that has a high concentration of residential towers.

Hundreds to mark 50th year since Malcolm X's assassination

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 22:47

NEW YORK (AP) — Activists, actors, and politicians will remember civil rights leader Malcolm X with a ceremony at the New York site in Harlem where he was killed 50 years ago.

U.S. refinery strike widens to include nation's largest refinery

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 22:02

Shortly after talks between union and oil company representatives ended on Friday night, the union notified Motiva Enterprises [MOTIV.UL] of a strike by its members at the company's 600,250 barrel per day (bpd) refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. The USW also gave notices on Friday of strikes to begin in 24 hours at Motiva's 235,000 bpd Convent, Louisiana and 238,000 bpd Norco, Louisiana refineries and the Shell Oil Co chemical plant in Norco, the union said. "The industry’s refusal to meaningfully address safety issues through good faith bargaining gave us no other option but to expand our work stoppage," USW International President Leo Gerard said in a statement. Motiva is a 50-50 joint venture of Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Saudi Aramco [SDABO.UL].

Analysts: West looks impotent as Ukraine ceasefire frays

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 21:50

The continued fighting in eastern Ukraine has made a mockery of the West's latest attempts to negotiate a ceasefire but may ultimately pave the way for a more durable peace, say analysts. It did not take long for the latest truce, brokered by France and Germany and signed in the Belarussian capital Minsk last week, to look as impotent as previous deals. With barely a pause, pro-Russian rebels continued their assault on the key transport hub of Debaltseve, ultimately forcing the Ukrainian military into a humiliating retreat. "It was a classic case of good intentions paving the way to hell," said Ievgen Vorobiov of the Polish Institute of International Affairs.

Linguistic gap may have contributed to U.S. farmworker slaying, group says

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 19:28
By Eric M. Johnson PASCO, Wash. (Reuters) - A Hispanic immigrant rights group said on Friday that cultural and linguistic differences may have inflamed tensions between police and a Mexican farm laborer shot dead in Washington state last week in a killing that raised questions about use of force. Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, an out-of-work orchard worker from Mexico's Michoacan state, was shot and killed in the city of Pasco in Washington's agricultural heartland after he pelted police with rocks and then fled, in a confrontation captured on video. His death sparked protests by demonstrators who accused police in Pasco of overly aggressive tactics in dealing with the Hispanic community and who likened the shooting to two high-profile police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York City. "He suffered from mental illness," Felix Vargas, chairman of Consejo Latino, said of Zambrano Montes.

Meningitis bacteria to blame for Oregon student's death

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 18:33
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - A bacterial infection related to meningitis is to blame for the death of a University of Oregon student-athlete who was found unresponsive in her dorm room earlier this week, public health officials said on Friday. Freshman Lauren Jones, 18, was found unconscious on Tuesday and declared dead at a nearby hospital. An initial autopsy did not offer conclusive results, but tests completed on Friday confirmed that meningococcemia caused her death, Lane County Public Health spokesman Jason Davis said in a statement. Jones was the fourth student at the school confirmed to have been infected with meningococcemia, a bacterial precursor to meningitis, since an outbreak began earlier this year.

2 sides in West Coast ports dispute reach tentative contract

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 18:32

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Negotiators reached a tentative contract covering West Coast dockworkers on Friday evening, likely ending a protracted labor dispute that snarled international trade at seaports handling about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually.

Massive fire engulfs Dubai skyscraper

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 15:40

Thousands have reportedly been evacuated from one of the tallest residential buildings in the world.

NASCAR suspends Kurt Busch before Daytona 500

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 15:32

The suspension comes hours after a judge said he committed an act of domestic violence.

Cuomo's fracking ban has some New York towns contemplating secession

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:14

Environmentalists praised New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ban on hydraulic fracturing. But in New York's struggling Southern Tier, the ban was seen not as cause for celebration but as the final straw, prompting some towns to consider seceding to Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania college aims to end insurance coverage of abortions in rape cases

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 13:59
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - University of Scranton employee insurance plans will no longer cover abortions in cases of rape, incest or life-threatening pregnancies under a plan that the Jesuit school says is consistent with Catholic doctrine. The union negotiated away coverage for elective abortions nine years ago in return for adoption coverage, but its current contract pays for abortions in cases of rape, incest, or to save the live of the mother. In a letter to faculty released by the university on Friday, its president, Rev. Kevin Quinn, said that even limited abortion coverage is "inconsistent with the moral teachings of the church." The move comes as Pope Francis, the first Catholic pontiff who is a member of the Jesuit order, prepares to visit Pennsylvania in September. Michael Friedman, an English professor who serves as union president, insisted that Quinn could not impose the change unilaterally.

Greece wins eurozone bailout deal with strict conditions

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:42

Europe on Friday granted Greece a crucial extension to its massive debt bailout, ending weeks of tension, but at the cost of huge concessions including a commitment to spell out reforms within two days. The 19 single currency finance ministers reached the hard-won deal to end a standoff pitting Greece against an angry Germany, suspicious that the radical leftist government in Athens was looking to ditch its austerity obligations. "The meeting was intense because it was about building trust between us," said Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem, after the talks ended with a two page statement setting out the tough conditions Athens will have to fulfil. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said the deal would mark a new era for Athens and its relationship with the European Union.

Authorities: Explosion near NAACP office targeted accountant

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:38

DENVER (AP) — A judge has ordered the man accused of setting off a small explosion last month near a Colorado NAACP officeheld without bond pending a hearing next week.

Texas attorney general aims to void marriage license for same-sex couple

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:02
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas attorney general asked the state's Supreme Court on Friday to revoke a marriage license issued a day earlier to two women, arguing the move violated a decade-old state ban against gay marriage and could cause legal chaos. Travis County, where the capital Austin is located, issued a marriage license to Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, who have been together for about 30 years and have two daughters.

Amid controversy, oil trains quietly rerouted through Virginia towns

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:49

Hundreds of communities across the United States have become accustomed to the sight of mile-long oil trains rumbling by in recent years. Pembroke, Virginia, was not one of them, until now. CSX Corp is temporarily rerouting up to five oil trains through this small riverside town to bypass the site of an explosive oil train derailment that occurred 90 miles north in Mount Carbon, West Virginia, on Monday. In line with a federal protocol established last year following a string of fiery derailments across North America, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management on Tuesday informed 16 counties and cities that oil trains could be coming through their towns, local officials and fire departments said, one day after the Mount Carbon derailment.

Ex-Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell sentenced

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 09:56

McDonnell receives her punishment for a role in a bribery scheme that destroyed her husband's career.