Migrants leave Budapest for Austrian frontier; pressure builds for EU action
By Marton Dunai BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hundreds of migrants left Budapest aboard a packed train bound for a town near the Austrian border on Thursday after two days of chaos symbolic of a European asylum system brought to breaking point. Exhausted and confused, migrants crammed onto a train to the Hungarian border town of Sopron, clinging to doors and squeezing their children through open carriage windows. Trains to Vienna and beyond to Germany were canceled, making it unclear what would be the next stop for the migrants - many of them refugees from wars in the Middle East.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 08:16:30 -0400
Can this video game-like software help save the suburbs from heroin?
Heroin has been quietly wreaking havoc across the United States for more than a decade, capturing media attention, prompting federal government action and for the first time since the early 90s turning drug abuse into a presidential campaign talking point.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 02:17:05 -0400
Kentucky clerk faces judgment day in same-sex marriage dispute
By Steve Bittenbender ASHLAND, Ky. (Reuters) - A county clerk in Kentucky who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on her religious beliefs heads to court on Thursday where a federal judge could hold her in contempt for defying his order to do so. Lawyers for Kim Davis, the elected Rowan County clerk who is an Apostolic Christian, on Wednesday asked U.S. District Judge David Bunning to temporarily block his order requiring her to issue marriage licenses while she appeals the issue. Davis has refused to issue licenses to any couples, gay or straight, since the U.S. Supreme Court in June ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 07:04:07 -0400
Australia under fire for lobbying on California kangaroo trade
By Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian government is under fire for lobbying the California legislature to stop a ban on the sale of kangaroo products in the U.S. state, a restriction the industry argues would cripple exports of the marsupials' meat and leather. The California senate will vote on Thursday on a bill to extend a moratorium indefinitely on the sale of kangaroo products like premier league baseball mitts and fire retardant gloves favored by U.S. firefighters. Powerful animal rights and democracy lobbyists in California are angry about the way the bill was introduced this week via the backdoor, just days before the end of the current legislative session, following extensive Australian government lobbying and financial aid.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 01:52:46 -0400
Washington state patrolman won't face charges over shooting of two black men
A Washington state police officer will not face criminal charges after shooting two unarmed black men suspected of trying to steal beer from a supermarket, a prosecutor's office said on Wednesday. Officer Ryan Donald, a three-year veteran of the police department in the state capital Olympia, told investigators the men had no weapons during the May incident. No charges will be brought against Donald because his use of force was justified, said Anne Larsen, a spokeswoman for the Thurston County prosecuting attorney said.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 03:58:17 -0400
Relentless writer on bin Laden raid mistake, deadly Xbox
To find out how the difference between a chain-link fence and a stone wall nearly spelled disaster for the Americans carrying out the raid to kill Osama bin Laden, pick up Relentless: The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command.
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:43:08 -0400
GOP reportedly seeks pledge to avert Trump third-party run
WASHINGTON (AP) Seeking to avert a 2016 disaster, the Republican National Committee on Wednesday challenged every GOP presidential candidate to sign a pledge not to undertake a third-party bid under any circumstances.
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:36:09 -0400
Kentucky clerk unlikely star in fight against gay marriage
Fans of Kim Davis have rallied around the Kentucky clerk while foes have lined up in protest since she touted her religious beliefs in defiance of a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses. From the overwhelmed florist in Morehead, Kentucky, delivering bouquets to her nearby office, to a fellow county clerk biking across the state to show solidarity, to a Republican presidential candidate calling hers a fight against tyranny, many are standing with her. This week the U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant Davis a stay on a federal judge's injunction that would force her to issue marriage licenses to all comers.
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:05:42 -0400
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