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Police taking precautions in ambush suspect search

A Pennsylvania State Trooper prepares to enter a wooded area at the Dunmore Cemetery during the funeral service of Pennsylvania State Trooper Bryon Dickson on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 in Dunmore, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who has been charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, Butch Comegys) WILKES BARRE TIMES-LEADER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — Authorities wearing bulletproof vests and carrying heavy rifles fanned out Saturday in the neighborhood around the home of a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper, exercising extreme caution as they combed a heavily wooded area for a suspect described as a self-taught survivalist.


Kentucky firefighter dies after ice bucket challenge accident

By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE KY. (Reuters) - A Kentucky firefighter who was severely injured a month ago while helping college students take part in an "ice-bucket" fundraiser died on Saturday from his injuries, authorities said. Captain Tony Grider, 41, of Campbellsville was hurt along with three other firefighters when an aerial ladder got too close to a power line as their department doused a university band with water. Kyle Smith, the chief of Campbellsville Fire and Rescue, said Grider died at noon at University of Louisville hospital. ...

Tracing shift from everyday American to jihadis

In this Sept. 10, 2014 photo, Ana and John Conley, parents of defendant Shannon Conley, exit the U.S. Federal courthouse following their daughter's plea hearing, at the U.S. Federal Courthouse, in Denver. Shannon Conley, a 19-year-old suburban Denver woman who federal authorities say intended to wage jihad has pleaded guilty under a deal that requires her to give authorities information about others with the same intentions. With foreign fighters from dozens of nations pouring into the Middle East to join the Islamic State group and other terrorist organizations, U.S. officials are putting new energy into trying to understand what radicalizes people far removed from the fight and into prodding countries around the world to do a better job of keeping them from joining up. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) 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.


Egypt's president ready to back anti-IS fight

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi speaks to The Associated Press during an interview at the presidential palace in Cairo, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. In his first interview with foreign media since taking office in June, el-Sissi has told AP he is prepared to give whatever support is needed in the fight against the Islamic State group but says military action is not the only answer. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo) CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi told The Associated Press on Saturday he is prepared to give whatever support is needed in the fight against the Islamic State group but called for a "comprehensive strategy" to tackle the roots of extremism across the region.


Buffer zone agreed upon in Ukrainian peace talks

Ukrainian serviceman stands next to the destroyed Grad multiple rocket launcher system of Ukrainian army at the village of Dmytrivka Participants in Ukrainian peace talks have reached agreement to create a buffer zone to separate government troops and pro-Russian militants.


Fence-jumper gets into White House

A Secret Service police officer holds a weapon as he stands near an entrance to the White House complex during an evacuation minutes after President Barack Obama departed Washington for Camp David aboard Marine One on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. A Secret Service agent at the scene says someone jumped the fence surrounding the White House. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) An intruder makes it all the way through the front door before being apprehended.


Pope names Cupich as next Chicago archbishop

Bishop Blase Cupich answers questions from the press in Bellevue, Washington Bishop Blase Cupich, who has struck a moderate tone on divisive social issues, was appointed the archbishop of Chicago on Saturday, succeeding a cardinal with an aggressive approach to the culture wars.


Why Secret Service didn’t shoot intruder

Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the lawn on the North side of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Agents defend their decision to hold their fire after a man scales the White House fence.


Pope names moderate as Chicago archbishop, key role in U.S. Church

File photo of Bishop Blase Cupich answering questions from the press in Bellevue Washington VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in his first major appointment in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United States, on Saturday named Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago. Cupich, 65, who is seen as a moderate and is currently the bishop of Spokane, Washington, succeeds the more conservative Cardinal Francis George, 77, who is retiring. Chicago, with more than 2.2 million parishioners, is the third-largest U.S. ...


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.

Secret Service investigates after man jumps White House fence, reaches doors

A U.S. Secret Service agent with an automatic rifle hurries people to evacuate the White House complex over a security alert moments after President Barack Obama and his family left for the presidential retreat, Camp David, in Maryland By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man jumped over the White House fence and made it to the front doors of the executive mansion before being apprehended on Friday, sparking an evacuation within the complex shortly after President Barack Obama departed for the weekend. Omar J. Gonzales, a 42-year-old white male from Texas, made it onto the grounds at 7:20 EDT, a U.S. Secret Service spokesman said. Gonzales ignored commands to stop and was ultimately caught, unarmed, just inside the North Portico doors of the White House, one of the building's main entrances. ...


Body of Texas sheriff's deputy found in lake

Authorities search for Travis County Sheriff's Deputy Jessica Hollis in Austin, Texas on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Later in the day, officials said her body was found after she was swept into Lake Austin when heavy rains flooded parts of Central Texas early Thursday. She was patrolling low water crossings looking for people in danger in the 3400 block of Fritz Hughes Park Road, according to a spokesman with the sheriff's office. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Laura Skelding) 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.


China shuts almost 1.8 million accounts in pornography crackdown: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Cyperspace Administration has closed nearly 1.8 million accounts on social networking and instant messaging services since it launched its anti-pornography campaign in April, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday. The campaign has been focused on shutting down websites showing pornography and services used to solicit prostitution. Most of the accounts closed were associated with microblogs, smart phone app WeChat and the instant messaging service QQ, Xinhua quoted the Cyberspace Administration as saying. ...

Russian jets intercepted by U.S., Canada

Russian MiG 35 fighter jets entered a US "air defense identification zone" and were intercepted by American and Canadian warplanes near Alaska, two US defense officials said 8 fighter jets entered a U.S. "air defense identification zone" near Alaska: officials.


Purdue shooter sentenced to 65 years

Cody Cousins arrives at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse for sentencing Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Lafayette, Ind. Cousins pleaded guilty to murder last month for the Jan. 21 attack during which 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wisconsin, was killed inside a classroom filled with students on the West Lafayette campus. (AP Photo/The Journal & Courier, John Terhune) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES Indiana man admitted fatally stabbing, shooting fellow student inside crowded classroom.


Ex-Gov. Rowland convicted in finance scheme

Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland, right, arrives with his family at federal court Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in New Haven, Conn. Rowland faces seven federal charges, including allegations he conspired with Apple's owner, Brian Foley, to hide $35,000 in payments for work he did on the 2012 congressional campaign of Foley's wife, Lisa Wilson-Foley. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) A jury convicted former Conn. Gov. John Rowland of crimes in a campaign finance scheme.


Russia calls for new MH17 investigation

30 MILLION DOLLAR REWARD TO SOLVE MH17 MYSTERY 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.


Utah doctor gets up to life for wife's murder

Martin MacNeill enters the courtroom before his sentencing, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Provo, Utah. MacNeill, a Utah doctor convicted of killing his wife in a trial that became a national true-crime cable TV obsession, has been sentenced to 17 years to life in prison. MacNeill was found guilty of giving his wife drugs prescribed after cosmetic surgery and leaving her to drown in the bathtub of their home in 2007 so he could begin a new life with his mistress. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) A Utah doctor convicted of murdering his wife in a case that became a true-crime cable TV obsession was sentenced Friday to 17 years to life in prison at a hearing in which his daughter called him a monster.


Netflix tells Canada regulator it shouldn't subsidize 'old media'

By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Online video streaming service Netflix Inc told Canada's broadcast regulator on Friday that it opposes paying to support "old media" and its own commercial interests and market dynamics were enough to ensure it distributed Canadian content. The submissions from Netflix came on the last day of a two-week hearing on the future of Canadian television in which the Californian company has been painted as a disruptive threat to the country's established cable and broadcast television interests. ...

Obama signs bill to train, arm Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Democratic National Committee's Women's Leadership Forum, on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Military authorization to arm, train Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State group has been signed into law.


Army opens Ranger school to women

Female Veterans Lay Wreath At World War II Memorial In Washington The Army is opening the door for women to go to Ranger school, in one of the first steps toward allowing women to begin moving into more grueling combat jobs.


'Canoe Pool,' other revelations from declassified CIA papers

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building What do we know after the CIA declassified more than 200 articles this week?


225 victims of MH17 identified

Members of a group of international experts inspect the territory at the site where the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, near the village of Hrabove Forensic experts have identified a total of 225 victims of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, with 14 new names released to families, Dutch authorities said on Friday.


White House anti-assault campaign uses stars, sports to reach campuses

U.S. President Barack Obama stands next to Vice President Joseph Biden (L) as he launches the "It's On Us" campaign to help prevent sexual assault on school campuses while in Washington By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who have long talked about the need to curb sexual assault at universities, got some help on Friday from the people many young adults actually listen to: celebrities and athletes. In its latest effort to help college campuses confront the issue, the White House is relying on a combination of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, social media and star power to spread its message aimed at preventing and coping with such assaults. ...


Scots' 'No' doesn't stop Catalan secession push

A fan waves a Scottish national flag alongside others waving 'Estelada' flags, that symbolize Catalonia's independence during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Barcelona and Apoel at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) Parliament in Spain's Catalonia region gives leader power to call secession referendum.


Suspect in Bali suitcase murder confesses

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2014 file photo, an Indonesian police officer escorts Tommy Schaefer, left, as he is brought to the police station for questioning in relation to the death of his girlfriend's mother, in Bali, Indonesia. Heather Mack, 19, and her boyfriend Schaefer, 21, both from Chicago, were arrested in Bali on Aug. 13, a day after the body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack was found in a suitcase inside the trunk of a taxi at the St. Regis Bali Resort. The American man on Indonesia’s Bali island has confessed that he killed his girlfriend’s mother in a luxury hotel, and the girlfriend has acknowledged helping him stuff the body into a suitcase, Indonesian police said Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati, File) A U.S. man detained in Bali has confessed to killing his girlfriend's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase, police confirmed on Friday. Tommy Schaefer, 21, and Heather Mack, 19, both from Chicago, were arrested on Aug. 13 after the battered body of Sheila von Weise-Mack was found in a bloody suitcase outside a luxury hotel on the resort island in Indonesia. Police said the suspects made separate confessions in which Schaefer admitted to killing Wiese-Mack, 62, and Mack, who is three months pregnant, admitted to helping him stuff her body into the suitcase. ...


Duncan slams Jindal's Common Core lawsuit: ‘Do the right thing for children’

Yahoo News Exclusive Interview with United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan 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.


U.S. judge awards $40.7 million in SEC case over bitcoin Ponzi scheme

The logo of Bitcoin (virtual currency) is pictured on a door in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge in Texas ordered Bitcoin Savings and Trust and its owner to pay a combined $40.7 million after the Securities and Exchange Commission established that the company, which sold investments using the virtual currency, was a Ponzi scheme. In a decision dated Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Amos Mazzant said Trendon Shavers "knowingly and intentionally" operated his company "as a sham and a Ponzi scheme," misleading investors about the use of their bitcoin, how he would generate promised returns and the safety of their investments. ...


Russia eyes measures to fend off Western Internet threat: Kremlin

A free municipal educational project called "The Krasnoyarsk electronic pensioner" in Krasnoyarsk MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia must think about protecting its Internet against threats from the West, a Kremlin spokesman said on Friday, in comments that one prominent critic said could herald moves to control all web-based data exchanges with the rest of the world. The Kremlin dismisses accusations that it wants to isolate the Russian Internet, repeatedly saying its only concern is to ensure national security, especially as relations with the West have plunged to Cold War lows over Ukraine. ...


Netflix says in talks with potential partners in Belgium

An illustration photo shows the logo of Netflix the American provider of on-demand Internet streaming media in Paris BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. video streaming service Netflix said on Friday it was in talks with cable and telecoms groups to distribute its content in Belgium as it launched its on-demand service in the country. Netflix is talking with telecoms group Belgacom and cable operators, it said, in an effort to mirror distribution deals with Deutsche Telekom in Germany and Bouygues in France. ...


Belgium's Telenet not talking to Netflix over a distribution deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian cable group Telenet said on Friday it was not in talks with Netflix over a possible partnership to distribute the latter's online streaming services. Netflix said earlier on Friday it was in talks with Belgacom and other cable operators to distribute its content in Belgium. "No, we are not in talks at the moment," a Telenet spokesman said. (Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; editing by Philip Blenkinsop)

Qualcomm shows off robot technology, but mum on China dispute

A logo of U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm is seen on the windshield of a car in Beijing By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc executives showed off robots made with smartphone technology at an annual developer conference on Thursday, but they steered clear of talking about China, a key growth market where the chipmaker is entangled in an antitrust investigation. With an explosion in smartphones in recent years tapering off, Qualcomm and handset manufacturers are eager to show consumers and investors that they have more innovation in store to drive demand for new devices. ...


San Francisco drag queens meet with Facebook over name policy

The Facebook logo is pictured at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco drag queens and a city lawmaker met with Facebook on Wednesday demanding the site change its policy banning users from using aliases online, but said they were rebuffed. Facebook, the world's largest social media network, has cracked down on users with fake names. A company spokesman said it had locked scores of accounts in recent weeks, including hundreds owned by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. ...


Uber must face lawsuit over gratuity charge: court ruling

An illustration picture shows the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge rejected a bid by the online for-hire car service Uber to dismiss a civil lawsuit that accuses the company of charging customers a 20 percent driver gratuity but pocketing most of the additional revenue instead. In a ruling late on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco said Uber must face multiple civil counts, including an allegation the company violated California's unfair competition laws. A company representative could not immediately be reached for comment. San Francisco-based Uber raised $1. ...


Kinnevik CEO sees little risk of tech bubble ahead of Zalando, Rocket floats

By Mia Shanley and Helena Soderpalm STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Painful memories of the Internet bubble bursting more than a decade ago are likely to cut the risk that tech stocks get too frothy, as newcomers Zalando and Rocket Internet prepare to make market debuts, the head of Sweden's Kinnevik said. The company is the biggest investor in German online fashion retailer Zalando and has an 18.5 percent stake in venture capital company Rocket Internet, which has ambitions to be the largest Internet business outside the United States and China. ...

Stoners get high on love with marijuana dating sites

A young couple share a marijuana joint By Mary Papenfuss SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Dinner and a movie make for a typical date night but dinner followed by a joint could raise some eyebrows or be a turn-off despite increasing acceptance of marijuana use across the United States. So now, tuned-in stoners and users of medical pot are turning on to dating websites that cater exclusively to tokers or, at the very least, the “cannabis friendly” to avoid experiencing what they describe as all-too-frequent shock and rejection on the dating circuit. ...


Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors: Senate panel

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in Warsaw By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other contractors involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found. The Senate Armed Services Committee's year-long probe, concluded in March but made public on Wednesday, found the military's U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom, was aware of only two out of at least 20 such cyber intrusions within a single year. ...


Online volunteers map uncharted Ebola zones to help save lives

By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Donating to disasters used to mean writing a check to Oxfam or the Red Cross. These days in the Internet age, for the Ebola crisis, citizens from all over the world are donating their time by going online to build maps for relief workers. Call it crowd-sourced cartography that can save lives. ...

Banks spend more on IT, hoping the cloud is silver-lined

A women holds her laptop as she walks in front of a cloud computing logo at the booth of IBM during preparations for the CeBIT trade fair in Hanover By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Two-thirds of banks are planning to spend more on information technology this year, the highest proportion since before the start of the financial crisis, according to an annual survey published on Wednesday. The survey of 198 senior bankers by banking software firm Temenos also found only 11 percent anticipated spending less on IT this year, the lowest since 2008. ...


Top U.S. security threats: lone wolves, Syria fighters : officials

A view is seen of smoke billowing after American air strikes in Khazir By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans radicalized by online propaganda from Islamic State and other militant groups pose the main terrorist threat to the United States, which is especially vulnerable to foreign fighters returning from Syria, senior U.S. security officials said on Wednesday. While there is no evidence that the radical Islamist group plans an attack on U.S. soil, its vigorous propaganda machine and sophisticated online recruitment efforts created a clear potential threat, they said. ...


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