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Turkey-Russia spat over downed Russian warplane escalates
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 22:30:00 -0500

FILE - This Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 frame grab from video by Haberturk TV, shows a Russian warplane on fire before crashing on a hill as seen from Hatay province, Turkey. The Russian plane shot down by Turkey on Tuesday was operating over the Turkmen Mountain region in Syria's Latakia province, and one of the Russian pilots was captured by a rebel group that includes local Turkmen fighters. The Turkmen in Syria were among the first to take up arms against Syrian government forces, as Turkey lent its support to rebels seeking to topple President Bashar Assad. They have looked to Turkey for support and protection. (Haberturk TV via AP) TURKEY OUTMoscow drafts sanctions against Turkey, while Turkey vows to shoot down any new intruders.

Man jumps White House fence, triggering lockdown
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 18:10:31 -0500

A worker adds spikes to the White House fence on July 1, 2015, as part of an effort to deter fence jumpers; a man draped in an American flag vaulted the barrier and was intercepted on November 26 as the Obama family celebrated Thanksgiving insideA man draped in an American flag jumped over the fence of the White House while President Barack Obama was inside with his family celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, officials and US media said. In a statement, the Secret Service named the man as Joseph Caputo: "Caputo was immediately apprehended and taken into custody. Secret Service officers had their guns drawn and were accompanied by K-9 units, according to two CNN photojournalists who saw the incident, which triggered a lockdown at the presidential mansion.

Trump denies mocking New York Times reporter's disability
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:29:07 -0500

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at an event at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle BeachRepublican presidential candidate Donald Trump denied on Thursday he was mocking the physical disability of a New York Times reporter during a campaign speech in which he flailed his arms and distorted his speech in an imitation of the journalist. The latest uproar over Trump's behavior on the campaign trail was ignited by remarks the billionaire real-estate tycoon and former reality-TV star made during a South Carolina rally on Tuesday about the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York's World Trade Center. During the speech, he singled out Times investigative reporter Serge Kovaleski for a story he wrote a few days after the attacks while he was then a Washington Post correspondent.

Thanksgiving shopping crowds 'good not great'; online sales strong
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:20:03 -0500

Shoppers wait to enter Macy's Herald Square store during the early opening of the Black Friday sales in the Manhattan borough of New YorkPITTSBURGH/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Retailers across the United States offered early Black Friday discounts to lure bargain-hunters on Thanksgiving eve, but initial checks showed crowds in brick-and-mortar stores were subdued even as online sales jumped. "It's still early, and from what we are seeing so far the crowds are good but not great," said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners. At the Toys R Us in New York's Times Square, a line of about 200 shoppers, hemmed in by barricades, stretched to the corner of 45th Street and toward Sixth Avenue, where the Macy's Inc Thanksgiving Day parade had ended a few hours earlier.

New York's Thanksgiving parade draws huge crowd amid tight security
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:18:58 -0500

New York Police Department officers stand watch from a building as a float proceeds high above spectators along 6th Ave during the 89th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New YorBy Kylie Gumpert and Alexander Besant NEW YORK (Reuters) - Crowds of spectators watched the marching bands, floats and giant balloons of Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, held without incident under tight security almost two weeks after deadly attacks in Paris. President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans on Wednesday they were safe to travel over the holiday.. Police, who were patrolling in record numbers, arrested a 41-year-old Russian tourist for flying a drone in Central Park near the parade route with his son, 14. Police walked alongside many parade groups and helicopters hovered overhead amid enhanced security following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.

E. coli from Costco chicken salad traced to tainted celery
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 22:15:07 -0500

Shoppers are pictured outside a Costco Wholesale store in Los AngelesBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A multi-state E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 19 people who ate rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco Wholesale Corp's stores has been traced to a celery-and-onion mix used in the salad, prompting its California maker to recall the product. The contaminated chicken in that case was supplied by California-based Foster Poultry Farms.

Police detain two over Mali hotel attack: security sources
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:36:08 -0500

French special forces stand guard outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 20, 2015, after it was beseiged by jihadistsMalian special forces arrested two suspects Thursday over a siege at a luxury hotel in the capital Bamako that left 20 people dead, security sources said. "Two suspects linked to the attack last week at the Radisson hotel have just been arrested and they are being interrogated," one of the sources told AFP. The identity of the suspects and their alleged role in Friday's jihadist attack on the 190-room Radisson Blu hotel was not immediately known.

There is no 'specific, credible' threat against the U.S. Does that mean everything’s fine?
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

There have been no concrete plots against the U.S. after the Paris attacks, officials say.

Obama 'deeply disturbed' by Chicago police shooting video
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:09:42 -0500

Demonstrators argue with police officers during a protest in response to the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in ChicagoThe president speaks out about the deadly shooting of a black teen by a Chicago policeman.

Following Paris attacks, encryption services face new scrutiny
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:42:59 -0500

FILE - In this July 30, 2014, file photo, Silicon Valley pioneer and Silent Circle co-founder Jon Callas holds up Blackphone with encryption apps displayed on it at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. The Paris terrorist attacks have renewed the debate between law-enforcement officials and privacy advocates over whether there should be limits to encryption technology. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)Companies are now being asked to defend products that have the potential to facilitate deadly attacks.

Moroccan woman mistaken as jihadi in bath pic
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:09:23 -0500

New York Post - Thug in a TubA Moroccan woman says that the Daily Mail and other news outlets used an image of her seminude, mistaking her for Hasna Ait Boulahcen.

Putin sends air-defense missiles to Syria to deter Turkey
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:05:41 -0500

This frame grab from video by Haberturk TV, shows smoke from a Russian warplane after crashing on a hill as seen from Hatay province, Turkey, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Turkey shot down the Russian warplane Tuesday, claiming it had violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warnings. Russia denied that the plane crossed the Syrian border into Turkish skies. (Haberturk TV via AP) TURKEY OUTMOSCOW (AP) — In a move raising the potential threat of a Russia-NATO conflict, Russia said Wednesday it will deploy long-range air defense missiles to its base in Syria and destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes following the downing of a Russian military jet by Turkey.

Preventable errors led to hospital attack, military says
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:52:32 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. airstrike that killed 31 civilians at a hospital in Afghanistan last month resulted from preventable errors by soldiers and airmen who violated rules of engagement and have been removed from duty while awaiting further investigation, military officials said Wednesday.

IS claims Tunisia attack, suspected bomber's body found
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:33:37 -0500

A man walks past the bus that exploded Tuesday in Tunis, Wednesday Nov.25, 2015. Tunisia's president declared a 30-day state of emergency across the country and imposed an overnight curfew for the capital Tuesday after an explosion struck a bus carrying members of the presidential guard, killing at least 12 people and wounding 20 others. (AP Photo)TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The body of a suspected suicide bomber was found at the scene of an attack on Tunisia's presidential guard, and the Islamic State group claimed responsibility Wednesday for the attack that left 13 people dead.

Hollande, Obama vow unity against IS, appeal to Russia
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:01:20 -0500

US President Barack Obama (R) and his French counterpart Francois Hollande hold a press conference at the White House in Washington, DC on November 24, 2015France and the United States pledged on Tuesday to step up the fight against the Islamic State group, urging Russia to throw its weight behind global efforts to resolve the four-year Syrian conflict. President Francois Hollande met his US counterpart Barack Obama at the White House as Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane dealt a severe blow to efforts to coordinate the fight against IS. Speaking 11 days after jihadists killed 130 people in the French capital, Hollande urged an "implacable" joint response to crush the group in Syria and Iraq.

Ted Cruz has always had a master plan. Now it could win him the White House.
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Congress is running out of time, and will, to respond this year to Paris attacks
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Chicago prepares for protests after release of video showing officer shooting teen
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 02:27:42 -0500

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, accused of fatally shooting a black teenager, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Van Dyke was charged with first degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP)MANDATORY CREDIT, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES OUT, DAILY HERALD OUT, NORTHWEST HERALD OUT, DAILY CHRONICLE OUT, THE HERALD-NEWS OUT, THE TIMES OF NORTHWEST INDIANA OUT, TV OUT, MAGS OUT, NO SALESThe latest on the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer (all times local): 12:45 a.m. A small crowd of protesters is snaking through streets near Chicago's downtown early Wednesday. ...

Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:17:57 -0500

File Russia's Defence Ministry handout photo shows a Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jet taking off from the Hmeymim air base near Latakia, SyriaRussia claims its plane was still in Syrian airspace at the time of the incident.

Source: Chicago cop expected to be charged in teen's death
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 01:03:11 -0500

Journalist Brandon Smith, left, and activist William Calloway talk to reporters Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, after a Cook County judge ordered the Chicago Police Department to release a video of an officer fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Nov. 25, in Chicago. The video is said to show the officer shooting McDonald 16 times in October 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County prosecutors are expected to charge a white Chicago police officer with murder in the death of a black teenager who was shot 16 times more than a year ago, an official close to the investigation said Monday night.