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Obama assigns 350 more troops to U.S. Embassy in Baghdad
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:18:41 -0400

President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, as he begins his trip to Estonia and Wales for the NATO Summit. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)The U.S. is adding 350 more troops to help protect the American Embassy in Baghdad and its support facilities in the capital, raising the number of U.S. forces in the country to over 1,000, officials said Tuesday.




U.S. soldier convicted in sex scandal dies
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:21:09 -0400

Air Force Staff Sgt. Luis Walker arrives for the fourth day of his trial at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, Friday, July 20, 2012. Walker is accused of sexually assaulting 10 basic trainees, with charges ranging from rape and aggravated sexual assault to obstructing justice and violating rules of professional conduct. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life imprisonment. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express News, Billy Calzada)First Air Force trainer convicted of rape, sex assault at military site has died.




Convictions overturned in N.C. soybean field slaying
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:11:21 -0400

Leon Brown listens to evidence during a court hearing for him and his brother, death row inmate Henry McCollum Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 in Lumberton, N.C. On Tuesday, a judge overturned the convictions of Henry McCollum, 50, and Leon Brown, 46, in the 1983 rape and murder of the 11-year-old girl, citing the new evidence that they are innocent. The ruling is the latest twist in a notorious legal case against the men that began with what defense attorneys said were coerced confessions from two scared teenagers with low IQs. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chuck Liddy)One of North Carolina's longest-serving death-row inmates and his half brother are being freed after three decades in prison after another man's DNA was discovered on a cigarette butt left near the body of a girl the siblings were convicted of killing.




911 calls show efforts to save Ariz. gun instructor
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:54:46 -0400

FILE - This Aug. 27, 2014 file photo shows people seen at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Ariz. The girl who accidentally killed the shooting range instructor, Charles Vacca, in northern Arizona had said immediately after the shooting that she felt the gun was too much for her and had hurt her shoulder, according to police reports released Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)People desperately tried to save a firearms instructor who was accidentally shot by a 9-year-old girl.




Despite dangers, U.S. journalist Sotloff was determined to record Arab Spring's human toll
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:38:41 -0400

A video purportedly shows U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff kneeling next to a masked Islamic State fighter holding a knife in an unknown location in this still image from video released by Islamic StateBy Warren Strobel and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even for a freelance journalist covering the tumult in the Arab world, Steven Sotloff's travels seemed nonstop. In December, he was in northern Syria, writing about the lives of destitute, displaced Syrians and the war, according to his published reports and his communications with colleagues and editors. It's pretty bad here," he e-mailed another journalist. "I've been sleeping at a front, hiding from tanks the past few nights, drinking rain water." In August 2013, telling colleagues he understood the dangers, Sotloff returned to Syria, slipping across the border from Turkey.




Appeals court grills U.S. lawyer on NSA phone collection
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:47:44 -0400

A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, about 25 miles (40 kms) south of Salt Lake CityCircuit Court of Appeals in New York was the first appellate court to hear arguments on whether the National Security Agency (NSA) program is lawful, in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenging the gathering of so-called metadata. Judge Gerard Lynch, one of three judges who heard the arguments, said it was "hard for me to imagine" Congress had envisioned such a sweeping effort when it passed an expansion of anti-terrorism powers known as the Patriot Act after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Stuart Delery, a lawyer for the Justice Department, told Lynch in response that Congress was fully informed when it voted to reauthorize the Patriot Act twice.




Key hearing on Detroit's historic bankruptcy begins in US court
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:54:48 -0400

A City of Detroit Water and Sewerage man-hole cover is seen along Jefferson Avenue in the Delray neighborhood of DetroitBy Karen Pierog DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit will not recover, and it may not survive as a major city if its debts are not significantly reduced during bankruptcy, a city attorney told a federal judge at the start of a critical phase of the case on Tuesday. As Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr looked on in the courtroom, Bruce Bennett, an attorney for the city, sought to convince Judge Steven Rhodes that Detroit's 1,034-page plan to adjust $18 billion of debt would save the city. "There is no doubt, your honor, that progress has been made, but Detroit is still a city in distress," said Bennett, an attorney with the Jones Day law firm, in his opening statement. The plan is aimed at reducing Detroit's debt by about $7 billion and reinvesting as much as $1.7 billion in the city, according to Bennett.




NATO coalition in Afghanistan shrinking
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:46:45 -0400

FILE - This April 30, 2014 file photo shows Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers standing guard during a military exercise on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. The Afghan National Security Forces depend exclusively on billions of dollars in funding from the US and its allies, money that is now at risk after President Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign a security agreement to keep a small U.S. force of trainers in the country after the NATO-led coalition ends its mission and withdraws at the end of the year. Alongside the exodus of US troops from Afghanistan before the end of the year, soldiers who hail from countries like Singapore and Slovenia, Mongolia and Malaysia have been packing up too, leaving behind an ever-shrinking NATO coalition. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini, File)Alongside the exodus of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, soldiers who hail from countries like Singapore and Slovenia, Mongolia and Malaysia have been packing up too, leaving behind an ever-shrinking NATO coalition.




Video purports to show beheading of second U.S. journalist
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:30:53 -0400

NH SotloffAn online video purports to show the beheading of U.S. writer Steven Sotloff by ISIL.




74-year-old serial killer convicted of 3 murders
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:14:58 -0400

FILE - In this Monday, March 4, 2013 file photo, Samuel Little appears at Superior Court in Los Angeles.Testimony is set to begin Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 in the trial of Little, accused of sexually assaulting and strangling three women in the 1980s. Prosecutors planned to call their first witnesses in their case against Little, 74, who faces life in prison for killing the three women who were found nude below the waist. Little was arrested in 2012 after detectives from Los Angeles found him living in a shelter in Kentucky.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes,File)A jury has convicted a 74-year-old career criminal in 3 serial murders from the 1980s.




Apple says its systems not to blame for celebrity photo breach
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

The week before a crucial launch of its new iPhone, Apple Inc said intimate photos of celebrities including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence were leaked online through the apparent hacking of individual iCloud accounts.




Justin Verlander addresses online hacking of nude photos
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander says he wants to keep his personal life private after nude photos of him and model girlfriend Kate Upton allegedly were hacked from an online account.




Mississippi woman sentenced in fatal silicone injection case
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:25:15 -0400

This Wednesday, August 27, 2014 file photo shows Tracey Lynn Garner during her trial in Jackson, Miss. On Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, Garner was convicted of murder in connection to illicit silicone buttocks injections that led to a Georgia woman's death. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)A Mississippi woman convicted of murder for administering an unlicensed silicone buttocks injection to a patient who later died was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison.  Tracey Lynn Garner, 54, performed the unlicensed injection in 2012 in her Jackson home on 37-year-old Karima Gordon, who fell ill immediately after the procedure and died a few days later. A jury last week found Garner guilty of depraved-heart murder. Prosecutors argued during the trial that Garner was motivated by greed.  Garner faces a separate trial in the death of Marilyn Hale, an Alabama woman who authorities say died under similar circumstances two years earlier. Lee McDivitt, an investigator for the Mississippi Attorney General's Office, testified during the trial that he found a large bottle of silicone and syringes in Garner's home that were labeled "veterinary use only." Garner, who is transgender, was formerly named Morris Garner.




Apple admits celebrity accounts hacked but denies large breach
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Apple has issued a statement about the 100+ celebrity iCloud accounts that were allegedly hacked for nude photos.




Ebola: Liberian doctors strike, food costs spike
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:21:06 -0400

Women of the group "Peace Mothers" hold placards to raise awareness for the Ebola epidemic in central Monrovia on September 1, 2014Doctors in Liberia were out on strike on Tuesday as they struggled to cope with the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, while the United Nations warned the spread of the disease in West Africa was causing food shortages in one of the world's poorest regions. Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said 800 more beds for Ebola patients were urgently needed in the Liberian capital Monrovia alone, while in Sierra Leone highly infectious bodies were rotting in the streets. MSF called for rich nations to send military medical teams to support buckling healthcare systems in West Africa.




Study: Double mastectomy doesn't boost survival for most
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:06:32 -0400

A woman gets a mammogram to screen for breast cancer on May 15, 2001 in Putanges, FranceRemoving both breasts to treat cancer affecting only one side doesn't boost survival chances for most women, compared with surgery that removes just the tumor, a large study suggests. The results raise concerns about riskier, potentially unnecessary operations that increasing numbers of women are choosing.




Home Depot investigating 'unusual activity' after breach
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:23:51 -0400

A sign outside The Home Depot store is pictured in Monrovia, CaliforniaHome Depot Inc said on Tuesday it was working with law enforcement to investigate "some unusual activity" related to customer data but that it could not confirm if it had become the latest retailer to be hit by a large-scale security breach. "At this point, I can confirm that we’re looking into some unusual activity and we are working with our banking partners and law enforcement to investigate," Home Depot representative Paula Drake wrote in an emailed statement to Reuters. "If we confirm that a breach has occurred, we will make sure customers are notified immediately." The statement came after security website KrebsonSecurity first reported that multiple banks had seen evidence that Home Depot may be the source of stolen credit and debit cards put up for sale on underground markets. Retail customers faced a massive data breach during last year's holiday season when hackers stole at least 40 million payment card numbers and 70 million other pieces of customer data from Target Corp .




Another American medical missionary has Ebola
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:35:12 -0400

UN peacekeepers wear a face mask to protect themselves from the Ebola virus as they patrol in Kandopleu, Ivory Coast, on August 14, 2014 near the border with Guinea and LiberiaAnother American doctor working in West Africa has contracted the deadly Ebola virus, a missionary group announced on Tuesday morning.




Pentagon: Al-Shabab leader was target of airstrike
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

A U.S. airstrike in Somalia killed at least six members of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, possibly including its leader who was in a car that was hit.




Joan Rivers on life support, family says
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:38:48 -0400

Joan Rivers' Family Remains Hopeful About RecoveryJoan Rivers' family is confirming that the comedian is on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week during a procedure at a doctor's office.




Ukraine rebels: We are poised to recapture Donetsk airport
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:30:25 -0400

A Ukrainian serviceman rides in an armoured vehicle near DonetskEU officials proposed sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russian firms of cash as punishment for Moscow's role in Ukraine, where rebels said they were storming Donetsk airport, potentially their biggest prize since turning the war's tide last week. Western countries accuse Moscow of sending armored columns of troops into Ukraine, where the momentum in a five-month war shifted last week decisively in favor of pro-Russian rebels, who are now advancing on a new front towards a major port. Russia denies its troops are involved in fighting on the ground, in the face of what Western countries and Ukraine say is overwhelming evidence. According to the United Nations, the war, in which pro-Russian separatists are fighting to throw off rule from Kiev, has killed more than 2,600 people and driven nearly a million from their homes in east Ukraine.




Girl from Uzi shooting said gun was too much for her
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:33:31 -0400

An employee smokes outside of an office for the Last Stop outdoor shooting range Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in White Hills, Ariz. Instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed at the range by a 9-year-old with an Uzi submachine gun. (AP Photo/John Locher)PHOENIX (AP) — An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi said Tuesday the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on a brief excursion during a vacation.




Celebrity lawyer: Avoid using iCloud, smartphones
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:52:10 -0400

Jennifer Lawrence smiles on the red carpet at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly HillsBy Jeffrey Dastin, Michael Parks, Patricia Reaney and Eric Kelsey NEW YORK (Reuters) - Celebrity representatives and security experts used the online posting of intimate photos of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other female entertainers to sound new warnings on Tuesday about the dangers of storing data on the Internet. Martin Garbus, a New York trial lawyer who over the years has represented actors Al Pacino, Sean Connery, Robert Redford and others, said worried clients had approached him after the apparent mass hacking over the weekend. ...




'Losing the battle' with Ebola
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:34:25 -0400

Health care workers, wearing protective suits, leave a high-risk area at the MSF-run Elwa hospital on August 30, 2014 in MonroviaDoctors Without Borders tells U.N. that world leaders are failing to address the epidemic.