Hong Kong protests show signs of escalation
Police seen unloading tear gas and rubber bullets; authorities warn to disperse immediately.
10/02/2014 - 11:28 PM
U.S. citizen joins Syria Kurds in fight against Islamic State
By Tom Perry and Fiona Ortiz BEIRUT/CHICAGO (Reuters) - A U.S. citizen has joined Kurdish forces fighting against Islamic State militants in northern Syria, a spokesman for the main Kurdish armed group in the country said on Thursday. The Kurdish official said that Jordan Matson had joined the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), who are mainly battling advances by Islamic State close to Syria's borders with Turkey and Iraq. "Yes it is true," YPG spokesman Redur Xelil said in an online message. "He is fighting in the Jazaa area. ...
10/02/2014 - 09:59 PM
Dose of reality for 'Real Housewives' couple facing fraud sentencing
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The married stars of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" are due for a dose of unscripted reality.
10/02/2014 - 11:52 PM
Photos: Millions make Haj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia
01/01/1970 - 08:00 AM
The nine lives of Boko Haram 'leader' Abubakar Shekau
Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is an elusive figure whose whereabouts are unknown, but he makes himself heard each time the military proclaims him dead.
10/02/2014 - 09:56 PM
How Kentucky's struggling miners view most expensive Senate race
Once the linchpin of Kentucky's economy, the coal industry has deteriorated beyond recognition. While the miners of Clay County feel the pinch, the 2014 Senate race over Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's seat has emerged as a $100 million contest, the most expensive Senate race in American history.
10/02/2014 - 06:00 PM
Dozens feared exposed to Dallas Ebola patient
Health officials: Lapse in diagnosis, quarantine should be a lesson in what not to do in future.
10/03/2014 - 12:17 AM
Hong Kong leader offers talks with protesters
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's embattled leader has offered to hold talks between his government and pro-democracy protesters, but says he will not accept their demand that he resign.
10/03/2014 - 12:09 AM
Matt Bai: Who says Jeb can't survive the primaries?
So I've been catching up on all the latest accumulation of Washington wisdom and totally get why no one other than Rand Paul, Ted Cruz or the reincarnated Pat Buchanan can possibly win the Republican nomination in 2016. But, what about Jeb Bush? Or Chris Christie?
10/02/2014 - 05:36 PM
Why did ER send Ebola patient home?
A Texas hospital initially released him even though he said he had been in West Africa.
10/02/2014 - 11:47 PM
Protesters to pack meeting on education changes
DENVER (AP) — Students and teachers fighting a plan to promote patriotism and downplay civil disobedience in some suburban Denver U.S. history courses are expected to pack a school board meeting Thursday where the controversial changes could face a vote.
10/02/2014 - 11:43 PM
Using 'contact tracing' to halt Ebola spread
CDC tries to determine if U.S. Ebola patient exposed others in Dallas area.
10/02/2014 - 08:19 PM
W.H. fence-jumping suspect pleads not guilty
A man accused of jumping a fence at the White House pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he ran into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife.
10/02/2014 - 06:11 AM
The reporter behind Secret Service chief's ouster
Behind the shocking revelations of incompetence and unprofessionalism that rocked the Secret Service this week is a longtime reporter who's been diligently uncovering the agency's secrets for years.
10/02/2014 - 05:52 AM
Mexico catches drug lord in tourist haunt
Mexico City (AFP) - Soldiers captured one of Mexico's most-wanted drug barons in a restaurant in a colonial town popular with American tourists and retirees.
10/02/2014 - 02:51 PM
U.S. Secret Service director resigns
The recent break-in at the White House created insurmountable heat for Julia Pierson.
10/02/2014 - 03:32 AM
Texas Ebola patient had contact with kids
Texas Gov. Rick Perry says school-aged children are being monitored for symptoms.
10/02/2014 - 03:22 PM
Prosecutor to seek death penalty in beheading
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma prosecutor said Wednesday he will seek the execution of a man accused of beheading a co-worker in a fit of rage after being suspended from his job at a food processing plant.
10/02/2014 - 06:36 AM
Dallas Ebola patient vomited outside apartment on way to hospital
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Two days after he was sent home from a Dallas hospital, the man who is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was seen vomiting on the ground outside an apartment complex as he was bundled into an ambulance. The Dallas Ebola case, involving a man who flew back to the United States last month from Liberia, has prompted national concern over the potential for a wider spread of the deadly virus from West Africa, where at least 3,338 people have died in the worst outbreak on record. U.S. ...
10/02/2014 - 05:04 PM
Supreme Court takes no immediate action on gay marriage cases
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday took no action over whether it plans to take up the question of whether states can ban gay marriage. The seven different cases pending before the court were not mentioned in a list of new cases the court agreed to hear on Thursday ahead of its new term, which starts on Monday. The move does not necessarily mean the court will decline to hear the cases during the new term. It often takes more time to consider particularly noteworthy or complicated cases before deciding whether to take them up. ...
10/02/2014 - 09:56 PM
Boston Herald apologizes for Obama 'watermelon' cartoon
BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Herald has apologized for an editorial cartoon about the recent White House security breaches featuring U.S. President Barack Obama that made a watermelon reference. The cartoon, which appeared on Wednesday, depicted Obama brushing his teeth while an unidentified man, presumably an intruder, sits in a bathtub behind him asking, "Have you tried the new watermelon-flavored toothpaste?" A historic U.S. racist stereotype held that black people are particularly fond of watermelons. Obama is the United States' first black president. ...
10/02/2014 - 11:29 PM
Texas girl kidnapped 12 years ago at age 4 found alive in Mexico
An Austin, Texas, girl abducted 12 years ago has been found in Mexico, law enforcement officials say.
10/01/2014 - 11:37 PM
US, India to Team Up on Mars Exploration
India's recent Mars success appears to have turned some heads. NASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will investigate ways to collaborate on future missions to Mars, officials said Tuesday (Sept. 30). The announcement comes just one week after India put its first-ever Mars probe in orbit around the Red Planet, becoming just the fourth entity — after the United States, the Soviet Union and the European Space Agency — to do so. NASA and ISRO also signed an agreement Tuesday that lays out their respective roles on the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission, which is scheduled to launch to Earth orbit in 2020 to study the consequences of climate change on a fine scale.
10/02/2014 - 01:24 AM
UN loses first staffer to virus outbreak
"Probable Ebola" strikes member of international organization in Liberia.
10/02/2014 - 02:48 AM
Nationality trumps race in sentencing gap
Study after study has shown that black men do more time in jail than white men who commit similar crimes — an entrenched racial disparity in the nation’s justice system that Attorney General Eric Holder has decried as “shameful” and unacceptable.
10/01/2014 - 05:21 PM
No country for old men, or women: Afghanistan
By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Afghanistan is the worst country to live in as an older person, an annual index on the wellbeing of the elderly showed on Wednesday. The Asian country was ranked bottom for the second consecutive year in HelpAge International's Global AgeWatch Index, its health situation in particular the poorest in the world. Norway topped the index - up one place from last year - followed by Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and Germany, all of which remained in the top 10. ...
10/02/2014 - 12:36 AM
'Not comfortable' with Secret Service chief in job
Senior Democratic lawmaker wants Julia Pierson to leave after series of presidential security breaches.
10/02/2014 - 10:23 AM
Rhode Island child dies of infection related to Enterovirus D68
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A Rhode Island child hospitalized with Enterovirus D68 has died of a bacterial infection, in what state public health officials described on Wednesday as an unusual and dangerous combination. The child, a 10-year-old girl who was not named, died last week as a result of a staphylococcus aureus sepsis alongside the respiratory virus, the Rhode Island Department of Health said in a statement, calling it a "very rare combination that can cause very severe illness in children and adults. ...
10/02/2014 - 04:46 AM
Corruption allegations deep-freeze Greenland's government
By Teis Jensen COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Three Greenlandic ministers stepped down from the government on Wednesday to press Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond to quit after she was accused of misuse of state money on private flights and hotels for family members. Hammond, premier since April last year, temporarily left office on Tuesday to wait for the results of an inquiry into her use of state funds, naming Kim Kielsen as her acting head of government. ...
10/02/2014 - 12:03 AM
Florida cop on leave after using stun gun on 62-year-old woman
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation after he fired a stun gun into a 61-year-old woman's back during an arrest in a Tallahassee neighborhood.
10/02/2014 - 07:46 AM
700-year-old tomb may decide Turkey's role in IS fight
By Dasha Afanasieva and Selin Bucak ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A vow to defend the 700-year-old tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, in a Turkish enclave in northern Syria could decide Turkey's role in the military campaign against Islamic State. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Tuesday that the militants were advancing on the white stone mausoleum, guarded by several dozen Turkish soldiers and perched on a manicured lawn under a Turkish flag on the banks of the Euphrates. ...
10/01/2014 - 08:21 PM
NYC teacher at elite school faces multiple sex charges
NEW YORK (AP) — A teacher at an elite New York City high school already accused of sending an indecent photo to a student is now facing an additional 36-count indictment alleging he victimized six others.
10/01/2014 - 10:05 PM
U.S. experts hunt for Ebola exposure after first case
By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Health experts are monitoring "a handful" of people who were potentially exposed to Ebola through physical contact with the first patient diagnosed with the deadly virus in the United States, the top U.S. public health official said on Wednesday. Health officials confirmed the first case of the virus in the country on Tuesday, when a man who flew from Liberia to Texas tested positive for Ebola, which has killed more than 3,000 people in three countries in West Africa. ...
10/02/2014 - 07:08 AM
Two Colorados, two visions, one tight race
No one expected the 2014 Colorado governor's race to be tight — or even much of a race. Now the contest between Gov. John Hickenlooper and former dairy farmer, community banker, and Congressman Bob Beauprez is a textbook tossup.
10/01/2014 - 05:20 PM
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