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Millions of bees swarm when truck overturns in Washington state

By Reuters on April 17, 2015, at 4:34 p.m.
A truck carrying millions of honey bees overturned on a freeway north of Seattle on Friday, creating a massive traffic jam as the swarming insects stung firefighters, officials said. Beekeepers tried to collect the bees from the wreck on Interstate 5 highway in Lynnwood, less than 15 miles north of …

US proposes higher royalty rates for drilling federal land

By Reuters on April 17, 2015, at 4:09 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. government would get a larger share of oil and gas revenue from federal land under a proposal announced by the Interior Department on Friday. The federal government is entitled to a 12.5 percent share of fossil fuels sold from federal land, chiefly in Western states. The …

Justice Dept. staff may oppose Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal-Bloomberg

By Jennifer Saba and Malathi Nayak, Reuters on April 17, 2015, at 3:46 p.m.
Staff attorneys at the Justice Department’s antitrust division are nearing a recommendation to block the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc., Bloomberg reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. A spokesman for Time Warner Cable questioned the report, saying the company had …

Islamic State, security forces clash in Iraq’s largest refinery

By Reuters on April 16, 2015, at 8:40 p.m.
BAGHDAD — Islamic State militants clashed with security forces inside Iraq’s largest refinery on Thursday and held on to recent gains in the west of the country, as Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the extremist group remained “very, very dangerous.” The insurgents suffered a major defeat this month when Iraqi …
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Martin Dempsey told reporters at the Pentagon that the U.S. still possesses the military option despite a missile system Russia is selling to Iran.

US military option in Iran ‘intact’ despite Russian missiles

By Reuters on April 16, 2015, at 7:56 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. military option to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and encourage a diplomatic solution, remains intact despite Russia’s decision to deliver its S-300 missile defense sytem to Tehran, the top U.S. general said Thursday. “We’ve known about the potential for that system to be sold …

UN chief urges immediate ceasefire by ‘all parties’ in Yemen war

By Louis Charbonneau, Reuters on April 16, 2015, at 7:35 p.m.
UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for an immediate halt to the fighting in Yemen, the first time he has made such an appeal since Saudi-led airstrikes against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels began three weeks ago. Ban said the poorest country in the Middle East was already …
Sony Corp.'s headquarters in Tokyo as seen in this 2014 file photo.

Sony condemns WikiLeaks release of documents stolen by hackers

By Reuters on April 16, 2015, at 4:58 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Sony Corp.’s Sony Pictures Entertainment objected to the online release by WikiLeaks on Thursday of a searchable database of more than 30,000 documents that were obtained by hackers in a massive cyberattack last year. “The cyberattack on Sony Pictures was a malicious criminal act, and we strongly …
Doug Hughes, the Ruskin, Fla., mailman who delivered letters of protest to Congress by flying a small gyrocopter through the no-fly zone in Washington D.C., and landing on the Capitol Mall.

Gyrocopter pilot appears in court; judge bans him from DC

By Christine Mai-Duc and James Queally, Los Angeles Times on April 16, 2015, at 4:56 p.m.
The Florida mail carrier accused of landing a gyrocopter outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was charged in federal court Thursday and has been barred from returning to the District of Columbia or flying any aircraft, officials said. Douglas Hughes, 61, was charged with violating aircraft registration requirements, a felony, …

Clinton Foundation to limit donations from foreign governments

By Reuters on April 16, 2015, at 6:59 a.m.
NEW YORK — The Clinton Foundation will limit donations from foreign governments to six countries that already support it, in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s decision to become a U.S. presidential candidate, the nonprofit charitable group said in a statement. The countries are Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and …
A small helicopter is pictured in this still image taken from video after it landed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington April 15, 2015. One person was detained and nearby streets were temporarily closed as police investigated, according to a police statement that called the craft a "gyro copter."

‘Gyro copter’ lands on US Capitol grounds, one person detained

By Reuters on April 15, 2015, at 2:01 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A small helicopter landed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol with a single occupant aboard on Wednesday, but a bomb squad found nothing hazardous and normal operations have resumed, U.S. Capitol Police said. Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said in a statement that one man was in …

U.S. military to exhume remains of unidentified victims of Pearl Harbor attack

By Reuters on April 15, 2015, at 10:19 a.m.
The remains of as many as 388 “unknown” U.S. military members who died when the USS Oklahoma was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor will be exhumed in Hawaii in an effort to identify them, the Department of Defense said Tuesday. The remains of the sailors and Marines …
Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez listens during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, April 15, 2015. Hernandez, 25, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, is accused of fatally shooting semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd in an industrial park near Hernandez's Massachusetts home in June 2013.

Jury reaches verdict in ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez’s murder case

By Reuters on April 15, 2015, at 10:18 a.m.
FALL RIVER, Massachusetts — The jury in the murder trial of former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez has reached a verdict, court officials said on Wednesday. Hernandez is accused of killing an associate in 2013. The verdict will be read out in court later on Wednesday.  

Hamilton cruises to Chinese Grand Prix victory

By Reuters on April 12, 2015, at 5:26 p.m.
SHANGHAI — Lewis Hamilton extended his lead at the top of the Formula One championship standings with a pole-to-flag victory at the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday, the Briton leading a Mercedes one-two ahead of Nico Rosberg. The race finished behind a safety car after Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso suffered …

Striking Lyondell Houston refinery workers to weigh final offer

By Reuters on April 12, 2015, at 4 p.m.
HOUSTON — More than 400 striking hourly workers represented by the United Steelworkers union at Lyondell Basell Industries’ Houston refinery are scheduled to vote on the company’s last, best and final offer on Monday and Tuesday, a local union official said on Sunday. “We were presented with a last, best …

US, allies conduct 13 airstrikes in Syria, Iraq

By Reuters on April 12, 2015, at 12:55 p.m.
WASHINGTON — U.S.-led forces targeted Islamic State militants in Syria with three airstrikes from Saturday to Sunday morning, and also conducted 10 airstrikes in Iraq, the U.S. military said. All strikes in Syria were near Kobani, while the Iraq strikes hit near Bayji, Mosul, Ramadi and Sinjar, it said in …

Indiana HIV outbreak tops 100 cases

By Reuters on April 11, 2015, at 4:04 p.m.
An HIV outbreak in southeastern Indiana related to intravenous prescription drug abuse has reached 106 confirmed and preliminary cases, state public health officials said Friday. As of Thursday there were 95 confirmed HIV cases and 11 preliminary cases from the outbreak in rural Scott County, some 30 miles north of …

US Capitol lockdown lifted after gunman shoots himself

By Tom Ramstack and Joshua Roberts, Reuters on April 11, 2015, at 2:33 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A man shot himself dead in front of the U.S. Capitol Saturday, police said, sparking a temporary security lockdown at the complex on one of the busiest days for tourists in Washington. The man, who was wearing a backpack and had carried a rolling suitcase and a sign …
Police officers inspect the site of a car bomb blast at a car park of a shopping mall on the Thai tourist island of Koh Samui on Friday, April 10. An explosion in the underground car park wounded seven people and damaged about 10 cars late on Friday, a police spokesman said.

Truck bomb wounds 7 on Thai holiday island Koh Samui

By Reuters on April 11, 2015, at 1:51 p.m.
BANGKOK, Thailand — A truck bomb in an underground carpark wounded seven people on the Thai holiday island of Koh Samui Friday night, in an incident which was likely to raise fears that Muslim rebels in the deep south could extend their campaign to tourist areas. All of the wounded, …
A vehicle belonging to Shi’ite militia fighters pulls the body of an Islamic State fighter, who was killed during clashes with Iraqi forces, in Tikrit on April 1. The Reuters Iraq bureau chief, Ned Parker, who documented the lynching in the city received threats and was denounced by Shiite-backed media over the report. After a buildup of pressure, Parker has left Iraq.

Reuters Iraq bureau chief threatened after reporting lynching in Tikrit

By Reuters on April 11, 2015, at 12:14 p.m.
LONDON — The Baghdad bureau chief for Reuters has left Iraq after he was threatened on Facebook and denounced by a Shiite paramilitary group’s satellite news channel in reaction to a Reuters report last week that detailed lynching and looting in the city of Tikrit. The threats against journalist Ned …

US, allies conduct 17 airstrikes in Syria, Iraq

By Reuters on April 11, 2015, at 10:55 a.m.
WASHINGTON — U.S.-led forces have targeted Islamic State militants with eight airstrikes in Syria and nine in Iraq since early on Friday, the U.S. military said Saturday. In Syria, the airstrikes hit Islamic State positions near Al Hasakah and Kobani, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement. In …
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