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A soldier walks by Camp Delta, which no longer holds detainees, on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in this photo approved for release by the U.S. military. President Obama recently said in an interview with CNN that he would do everything he can to close the facility.

Obama vows to ‘do everything I can’ to close Guantanamo

By Reuters on Dec. 21, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said in an interview with CNN Sunday that he will do “everything I can” to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after four Afghan detainees held there were sent home. Obama promised to shut the internationally condemned prison when he took office …
Musician Elton John performs songs off his new album "The Diving Board" with USC Thornton School of Music students in Los Angeles, California, in this Sept. 16, 2013, file photo. John and his partner, David Furnish, tied the knot Sunday, Dec. 21, after same-sex marriage was legalized earlier this year.

British musician Elton John ties the knot under new law

By Reuters on Dec. 21, 2014, at 1:55 p.m.
LONDON — British musician Elton John on Sunday married his long-term partner David Furnish, converting their civil partnership after laws allowing same-sex marriage in Britain came into force this year. John, one of Britain’s most prominent musicians and gay celebrities, announced the wedding by posting an invitation on the social …

U.S.-led air strikes smash ISIS strongholds in Iraq, Syria

By Reuters on Dec. 21, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
WASHINGTON — U.S.-led forces attacked Islamic State targets on Sunday with 13 air strikes in Iraq and three in Syria, using fighter, bomber and other aircraft, the U.S. military said. Four of the Iraq strikes were near Sinjar in the north of the country, which destroyed Islamic State buildings, tactical …

Suspect nabbed in fatal shooting of Sunshine State police officer

By Letitia Stein, Reuters on Dec. 21, 2014, at 11:34 a.m.
TAMPA, Florida — A veteran Florida police officer was shot and killed while on duty early Sunday, law enforcement officials said, providing no details about the suspect in custody or motive for the shooting. Officer Charles Kondek, 45, was gunned down in Tarpon Springs, about 30 miles northwest of Tampa, …
President Barack Obama answers a question about the cyber attack on Sony Pictures after his end of the year press conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington on Dec. 19, 2014.  Obama and his family plan to depart Washington later in the day to  spend the holidays in Hawaii. Obama said in a recent interview with CNN that he does not consider the cyber attack against Sony an act of war but an act of "cyber vandalism."

Obama: North Korea cyber attack an act of ‘cyber vandalism,’ not war

By Steve Holland, Reuters on Dec. 21, 2014, at 10:09 a.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama moved to prevent anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber vandalism. Washington’s long-standing dispute with North Korea, which for years has centered on …
Police officers salute as vehicles containing the bodies of two New York Police officers who were shot dead drive by in the Brooklyn borough of New York Dec. 20, 2014.  A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have been in revenge for the police chokehold death of an unarmed black man.

Revenge may have fueled gunman’s ‘assassination’ of 2 NYC police officers

By Laila Kearney and Edward McAllister, Reuters on Dec. 21, 2014, at 7:42 a.m.
NEW YORK — A gunman shot dead two New York City police officers in what officials called an “assassination,” hours after warning on social media that he planned an attack in retribution for recent police killings of unarmed black men. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday ordered flags flown at …

Mandy Rice-Davies, key figure in UK 1960s sex scandal, dies at 70

By Reuters on Dec. 20, 2014, at 7:09 p.m.
LONDON — Mandy Rice-Davies, a former model who was at the center of one of Britain’s biggest political sex scandals — the 1960s Profumo Affair — has died at 70 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist said Friday. Rice-Davies lived with Christine Keeler, who had simultaneous affairs with …
Police block off the scene of a shooting Saturday where a gunman killed two New York police officers as they sat in their squad car before killing himself. The officers were patrolling in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.

Two New York City police officers killed, gunman dead, NY Times reports

By Reuters on Dec. 20, 2014, at 5:43 p.m.
NEW YORK — A gunman fatally shot two New York police officers as they sat in their squad car on Saturday and then killed himself, the New York Times reported, in the first deaths of police officers by gunfire in the city in three years. Quoting a law enforcement source, …

Obama approves creation of World War I memorial in Washington

By Reuters on Dec. 20, 2014, at 5:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has approved the creation of a national memorial to commemorate World War I in which more than 116,000 Americans died, the memorial’s commission said on Saturday. The site will complete the quartet of national memorials in Washington to the four great U.S. wars of the …
A double-decker Megabus crashed Saturday in Indiana, injuring at least 28 passengers.

Megabus rollover in Indiana injures at least 28

By Reuters on Dec. 20, 2014, at 4:31 p.m.
More than two dozen people were injured Saturday when a commercial passenger bus traveling to Atlanta from Chicago crashed in Indiana, officials said. The double-decker Megabus with some 70 passengers aboard slid off Interstate 65 in southern Indiana at about 5:30 a.m. EST and rolled over, Indiana State Police spokesman …
A health worker demonstrates putting on protective gear in a Red Cross facility in the town of Koidu, Kono district in eastern Sierra Leone on Thursday.

Ebola death toll in three African countries hits 7,373, reports WHO

By Reuters on Dec. 20, 2014, at 1:21 p.m.
GENEVA — The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday. The latest data, posted overnight on the WHO website, reflected nearly 500 new deaths from the worst …

Obama signs nearly $578 billion defense bill for fiscal 2015

By Reuters on Dec. 20, 2014, at 5:38 a.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed an annual defense policy bill on Friday that authorizes U.S. training for Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting Islamic State rebels and sets overall defense spending at nearly $578 billion, including about $64 billion for wars abroad. The legislation, approved by Congress earlier this month, …

US offers reward for poacher who shot bald eagle in Connecticut

By Reuters on Dec. 19, 2014, at 5:35 p.m.
BOSTON — U.S. wildlife authorities are on the hunt for a poacher who shot a bald eagle to death last week in Connecticut, officials said on Friday, announcing a $5,000 reward. The bald eagle, the national bird of the United States, is protected from hunting by federal law and killing …

Canadian driver jailed for deaths caused by stopping for ducks

By Reuters on Dec. 18, 2014, at 4:18 p.m.
OTTAWA — A Canadian woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Thursday for causing two deaths in 2010 when she stopped her car on a Quebec highway to help a group of ducklings crossing the road. Emma Czornobaj had been convicted in June of two counts each of …

US will not support new Palestinian UN draft resolution

By Reuters on Dec. 18, 2014, at 2:16 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The United States would not support a new Palestinian-proposed U.N. Security Council draft resolution, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Thursday. “It is not something we would support,” Psaki told reporters. Earlier, Israel’s foreign minister described a draft resolution that calls for a peace deal within …

U.S. considers ‘proportional’ response to Sony hacking attack

By David Brunnstrom and Jim Finkle, Reuters on Dec. 18, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The United States said Thursday a cyberattack on Sony Pictures was a serious national security matter and the Obama administration was considering a proportional response, although the White House stopped short of blaming North Korea. U.S. government sources said Wednesday that investigators had determined the attack was “state …

Autism risk linked to particulate air pollution

By Reuters on Dec. 18, 2014, at 10:32 a.m.
Children whose mothers were exposed to high levels of fine particulate pollution in late pregnancy have up to twice the risk of developing autism as children of mothers breathing cleaner air, scientists at Harvard School of Public Health reported Thursday. The greater the exposure to fine particulates emitted by fires, …
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, was one of two suspects in the Boston Marathon explosion.

Accused Boston Marathon bomber due in court on Thursday

By Reuters on Dec. 18, 2014, at 10:19 a.m.
BOSTON — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due in court Thursday, his first appearance in public in more than a year, as his lawyers prepare for the January start of his trial on charges of carrying out the deadly 2013 attack. Tsarnaev, 21, last appeared at U.S. District …

Ali’s ‘What’s My Name?’ opponent, Ernie Terrell, dies at 75

By Reuters on Dec. 17, 2014, at 4:36 p.m.
Former heavyweight boxing champion Ernie Terrell, best known for his punishing loss to Muhammad Ali in the famed “What’s My Name?” fight in 1967, has died at the age of 75, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday. Terrell, a towering 6-foot-6-inch boxer with an 82-inch reach, had been suffering from dementia …

First Grateful Dead manager Rock Scully dies at age 73

By Reuters on Dec. 17, 2014, at 4:29 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Rock Scully, the first manager of psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead, who helped guide the group from the 1960s to 1980s, died in northern California. He was 73. Scully died Tuesday in his hometown of Monterey, his longtime friend Stephen Vagnini said. He had been suffering …
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