Turkey: 49 hostages have been freed
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by Islamic militants in Iraq three months ago were freed and safely returned to Turkey on Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, ending Turkey's most serious hostage crisis.
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:28:51 -0400
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 administrations Common Core academic standards, implying that the Republican lawmakers opposition to the controversial policy has been driven by his desire to run for president.
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:51:33 -0400
U.S. Secret Service investigates after man jumps White House fence, reaches doors
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. ...
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:59:22 -0400
Weather helps crews make gains against California wildfire
By Dan Whitcomb and Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada seized on a break in the weather on Friday to slowly gain ground against a blaze threatening to destroy 12,000 homes as it roared for a seventh day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. More than 3,000 residents of those dwellings remained displaced, Larry Pendarvis, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said. ...
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:43:44 -0400
Exclusive: Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found. Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion. ...
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:41:09 -0400
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.
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:49:02 -0400
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.
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:48:06 -0400
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