NASA spacecraft arrives at Mars
The explorer Maven slips into the red planet's orbit following a 10-month journey.
09/22/2014 - 12:39 PM
Checkpoints around White House may be coming
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service is having preliminary discussions about setting up security screening checkpoints near public areas around the White House, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press Sunday.
09/22/2014 - 10:11 AM
32 structures destroyed in California wildfire
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Light rain and cooler temperatures helped firefighters makes advances Sunday against a huge Northern California wildfire that has destroyed nearly three-dozen structures.
09/22/2014 - 11:48 AM
Accused White House intruder is decorated Iraq war veteran
By Peter Cooney WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Texas man accused of breaking into the White House while armed with a knife is a U.S. military veteran who was decorated for his service in the Iraq war, the U.S. Army said on Sunday. Omar Gonzalez, 42, is expected to appear in court in Washington on Monday facing a charge of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison. The U.S. ...
09/22/2014 - 10:15 AM
NYC police officer dies, 8 hurt in van crash
(Reuters) - A New York City police officer died, and eight others were injured when their van crashed into a barrier in the Bronx on Sunday morning, police said. Michael Williams, 25, was thrown through a back window of the police van after it hit a barrier around 5 a.m. local time (0900 GMT) and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, the New York Police Department said in a statement. The eight other officers in the van were also hurt, though none of their injuries were life-threatening, police said. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. ...
09/22/2014 - 02:22 PM
California wildfire destroys 10 houses, 22 other structures
By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - Ten houses and 22 outbuildings have been destroyed in a wildfire that swept through parts of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California over the past week and continues to burn, a fire official said on Sunday. No residents of the homes were hurt, said Tom Piranio, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Firefighters were only recently able to enter the burned areas to tally the structural damage caused by the King Fire, he added. About 12,000 homes have been evacuated since the blaze began on Sept. 13, Piranio said. ...
09/22/2014 - 01:25 AM
Lawmaker: White House security breach 'absolutely inexcusable'
Congressmen and security experts express shock at the Secret Service's latest gaffe.
09/22/2014 - 03:37 AM
Relatives: Vet arrested at White House needs help
The man accused of getting inside the White House after scaling a fence is a veteran who was awarded a medal for his service in Iraq and retired due to disability, the Army said Sunday.
09/22/2014 - 07:35 AM
St. Louis police offer 'highly entertaining' media training course
The police response to the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. — which included heavily armed militarized police clashing with protesters in the St. Louis suburb — is a case study for how not to manage a crisis. The St. Louis Police Academy seems to agree.
09/21/2014 - 10:02 PM
Police: Rifle carried by cop ambush suspect found
Authorities say they have found items abandoned or hidden by the suspected shooter in last week's deadly police barracks attack, including an AK-47-style weapon and ammunition.
09/22/2014 - 12:54 PM
New York climate march draws hundreds of thousands
By Barbara Goldberg and Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - An international day of action on climate change brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets of New York City on Sunday, easily exceeding organizers' hopes for the largest protest on the issue in history. Organizers estimated that some 310,000 people, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former U.S. ...
09/22/2014 - 03:43 AM
Yemen government signs peace deal after days of fighting
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni government officials and Shiite rebels signed a peace agreement on Sunday following days of violence that left more than 140 people dead and sent thousands fleeing their homes, state media said, although major rebel advances earlier in the day deepened a sense of uncertainty in the country.
09/22/2014 - 10:53 AM
New Afghan president, but vote totals kept secret
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Ending months of vote-related tension, Afghanistan's election commission named a new president Sunday only hours after the leading candidates signed a power-sharing deal that names one of them as the country's new chief executive.
09/22/2014 - 11:03 AM
Pope in Albania urges Muslims to condemn extremism
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Pope Francis called Sunday for Muslims and all religious leaders to condemn Islamic extremists who "pervert" religion to justify violence, as he visited Albania and held up the Balkan nation as a model for interfaith harmony for the rest of the world.
09/22/2014 - 01:19 AM
California authorities catch 4 of 5 jail escapees
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say four of five inmates who escaped from a central California jail have been caught.
09/21/2014 - 12:48 PM
White House intruder was armed with knife: officials
By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Texas man arrested on Friday for charging at the White House was armed with a knife when he climbed a fence and made it into the executive mansion after President Barack Obama had departed, the U.S. Attorney's Office said on Saturday. Previously, the U.S. Secret Service had said Omar Gonzalez, 42, had been unarmed. Gonzalez was charged with unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a "deadly or dangerous weapon," according to an affidavit released by the U.S. Attorney's Office on Saturday. ...
09/21/2014 - 10:39 AM
Wife of British IS hostage pleads for his release
London (AFP) - The wife of a British taxi driver being held hostage by Islamic State jihadists implored his captors to release him, saying Saturday she could not see how his death could assist any cause.
09/21/2014 - 07:21 AM
Why Secret Service didn’t shoot intruder
Agents defend their decision to hold their fire after a man scales the White House fence.
09/21/2014 - 12:09 AM
Tracing shift from everyday American to jihadis
WASHINGTON (AP) — A college dropout from Florida. A nurse's aide from Denver. The owner of a pizza-and-wings joint from upstate New York.
09/21/2014 - 02:27 AM
Egypt's president ready to back anti-IS fight
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is feeling vindicated by the world's alarm over Islamic extremism that is fueling wars and bloodshed across the Middle East.
09/21/2014 - 12:33 PM
Tense hunt in trooper ambush case hits 8 days
CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — The suspect in the deadly ambush at a state police barracks in a remote part of northeastern Pennsylvania remained at large for an eighth day Saturday as police appeared to have narrowed their search, largely shutting down the area where he lived with his parents but leaving neighbors with few answers about what's going on just outside their front doors.
09/21/2014 - 12:32 PM
Pope chooses a moderate for Chicago archbishop
As the leader of two American dioceses, Roman Catholic Bishop Blase Cupich has staked out a firm position in the middle of the road.
09/21/2014 - 10:38 AM
Fence-jumper gets into White House
An intruder makes it all the way through the front door before being apprehended.
09/21/2014 - 10:59 AM
Turkish hostages freed, but questions linger
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world's most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo.
09/21/2014 - 09:12 AM
Duncan slams Jindal's Common Core lawsuit: ‘Do the right thing for children’
Education Secretary Arne Duncan has hit back at Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal for mounting a lawsuit over the Obama administration’s Common Core academic standards, implying that the Republican lawmaker’s opposition to the controversial policy has been driven by his desire to run for president.
09/20/2014 - 01:51 AM
Purdue shooter sentenced to 65 years
Indiana man admitted fatally stabbing, shooting fellow student inside crowded classroom.
09/20/2014 - 06:41 AM
Russia calls for new MH17 investigation
Russia's U.N. ambassador cast doubt on the Netherlands-led investigation into the downing of a Malaysian Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine's rebel territory and called Friday for a new probe assisted by the United Nations.
09/20/2014 - 05:49 AM
Body of Texas sheriff's deputy found in lake
Divers found the body of a missing Central Texas sheriff's deputy Friday, a day after her patrol car was found swamped by floodwaters minutes after she radioed for help while checking flooded low-water crossings.
09/20/2014 - 12:48 PM
Russian jets intercepted by U.S., Canada
8 fighter jets entered a U.S. "air defense identification zone" near Alaska: officials.
09/20/2014 - 08:32 AM
'Canoe Pool,' other revelations from declassified CIA papers
What do we know after the CIA declassified more than 200 articles this week?
09/20/2014 - 03:24 AM
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