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IRS: Data thieves gain access to 100,000 US taxpayers’ information

By Reuters on May 26, 2015, at 6:41 p.m.
Tax return information for about 100,000 U.S. taxpayers was illegally accessed by cyber criminals over the past four months, U.S. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday, the latest in a series of data thefts that have alarmed American consumers. From February to May, attackers sought to gain access to personal …

Iran nuclear deal unlikely by June 30, French envoy says

By Arshad Mohammed, Reuters on May 26, 2015, at 6:32 p.m.
WASHINGTON — An Iran nuclear deal is not likely by June 30 because technical details will remain to defined and Iran will not get sanctions relief before the end of the year in the best of cases, western ambassadors said Tuesday. Six major powers are seeking to negotiate an agreement …

Storms kill 16 in Texas, Oklahoma; Houston flooded

By Kristen Hays and Amanda Orr, Reuters on May 26, 2015, at 5:51 p.m.
HOUSTON — Torrential rains have killed at least 16 people in Texas and Oklahoma, including four in Houston, where floods turned streets into rivers and led to about 1,000 calls for help in the fourth-most populous U.S. city, officials said Tuesday. The death toll is set to rise with numerous …

Eric Caidin, beloved Hollywood memorabilia maven and guru of grindhouse, dies at 62

By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times on May 26, 2015, at 4:44 p.m.
Eric Caidin, an impresario of pulp and collector of film memorabilia whose Hollywood Book and Poster Co. was a mecca for movie fans for nearly 40 years, has died. He was 62. Caidin died May 18 in Palm Springs, where he had been attending a film noir convention. The cause …

Charter’s $56 billion Time Warner Cable deal to face tough scrutiny

By Abhirup Roy and Malathi Nayak, Reuters on May 26, 2015, at 4:27 p.m.
Charter Communications Inc.’s $56 billion bid to remake the U.S. cable television industry by acquiring larger rival Time Warner Cable Inc. will try to skirt the regulatory obstacles that helped sink Comcast Corp.’s earlier bid for Time Warner Cable. The combined company would control a big swath of the cable …

Yemen man pleads guilty to al-Qaida scheme to kill U.S. military

By Nate Raymond, Reuters on May 26, 2015, at 4:08 p.m.
NEW YORK — A Yemeni man who prosecutors said was a member of al-Qaida and engaged in attacks against U.S. military forces stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to kill Americans overseas. Saddiq al-Abbadi, 40, pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, to four …

Court sides with states against Obama’s immigration action

By Julia Edwards, Reuters on May 26, 2015, at 4:02 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation was dealt another setback Tuesday when a U.S. appeals court refused to lift a block put in place by 26 states that argued Obama overstepped his authority. By a 2-1 vote that could pave the way …

2 dead, 1 wounded in shooting at North Dakota Wal-Mart

By Reuters on May 26, 2015, at 3:57 p.m.
A U.S. airman apparently shot two Walmart employees early Tuesday at a store in Grand Forks, North Dakota, killing one of them, before fatally shooting himself, police said. It was not clear what, if any, connection the airman, who police identified as Marcell Willis, 21, had to the workers or …

West Virginia’s 20-week abortion ban takes effect

By Reuters on May 26, 2015, at 3:52 p.m.
A law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy took effect in West Virginia Tuesday, making the state one of 12 to prohibit abortions after that period. The law cites fetal pain as a reason to prohibit abortion at that point in the pregnancy. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat, …

Kansas man missing for 23 years found submerged in car

By Kevin Murphy, Reuters on May 26, 2015, at 2:52 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Kansas — The body of a man missing since 1992 has been recovered from the driver’s seat of a car submerged in a Kansas lake, authorities said Tuesday. Fremont O’Berg, who was 57 when he disappeared, was found alone in his 1981 Chevrolet Citation in about 20 feet …

Owner of pressure cooker in D.C. bomb scare apologizes

By Reuters on May 25, 2015, at 10 p.m.
A Virginia man who triggered a bomb scare Sunday near the U.S. Capitol apologized and explained the suspicious device was a pressure cooker used for his food truck business, local news reported Monday. Authorities Sunday blew up the pressure cooker found in a suspicious, unattended vehicle parked near the Capitol …

Three hurt when waterspout sends bounce house flying at Florida beach

By Reuters on May 25, 2015, at 8:33 p.m.
A waterspout touched down on Florida’s Fort Lauderdale beach amid a Memorial Day crowd Monday, lifting an inflatable bounce house into the air and injuring three children, police said. The waterspout, a swirling funnel of water similar in some ways to a tornado, uprooted the bounce house and sent it …

Texas governor says deadly flooding is worst ever seen

By Jim Forsyth, Reuters on May 25, 2015, at 7:05 p.m.
SAN ANTONIO — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday described the flash flooding that had killed at least three people in his state as “a relentless wall of water that mowed down huge trees like they were grass.” Abbott declared states of disaster in 24 counties and flew over the …
Atlantic cod caught as part of a research survey.

Cod restrictions hit charter fleet

By Sean Horgan, The Daily News of Newburyport on May 25, 2015, at 6:03 p.m.
It isn’t just the Northeast commercial groundfishing fleet that is struggling under the weight of the more restrictive federal fishing regulations that have completely taken cod off the table in the Gulf of Maine. The tendrils of those new regulations have reached the charter and for-hire fishing operators, who try …

Hand transplant a success for Bay State man

By Al Pike, Foster's Daily Democrat on May 25, 2015, at 3:39 p.m.
SOUTH BERWICK | Troy Pappas died more than 2½ years ago, yet he continues to give. Joe Kinan is living proof. The Massachusetts man was one of the most severely burned survivors of a 2003 fire that killed 100 and injured more than 200 at a nightclub called The …
A cable truck returns to a Time Warner Cable office in San Diego, California in this Dec. 11, 2013, file photo.

Charter nears $55 billion deal for Time Warner Cable

By Liana B. Baker and Greg Roumeliotis, Reuters on May 25, 2015, at 3:16 p.m.
Time Warner Cable Inc. is nearing an agreement to be acquired by smaller peer Charter Communications Inc. for about $55 billion, combining the second and third largest U.S. cable operators, people familiar with the matter said Monday. The cash and stock deal values Time Warner Cable at $195 per share, …
President Barack Obama (left) and Army Military District of Washington Commanding General Jeffrey Buchanan bow their heads during wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as part of the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, May 25, 2015.

Obama heralds first Memorial Day without ground war in 14 years

By Reuters on May 25, 2015, at 2:57 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Virginia — President Barack Obama heralded the first Memorial Day in 14 years without a major ground war in an annual ceremony of remembrance Monday for fallen American forces. In remarks at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, Obama paid tribute to military personnel who served in conflicts such as …

NH teen to lose leg in effort to become cancer-free

By Crystal A. Weyers, Foster's Daily Democrat on May 25, 2015, at 12:37 p.m.
ROCHESTER, New Hampshire — This Wednesday 18-year-old Alicia Wade will say goodbye to cancer, but also to her left leg. Diagnosed last year on October 7, the teen has been battling a rare form of cancer for seven months. Known as a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor, a variety of …

Fighter jets escort Air France flight to New York after threat

By Reuters on May 25, 2015, at 11:34 a.m.
NEW YORK — An Air France flight from Paris was escorted by two U.S. F-15 fighter jets to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, the U.S. military said. Air France flight 22, traveling from Charles de Gaulle Airport, …

New Orleans police officer shot dead in patrol car

By Reuters on May 24, 2015, at 5:55 p.m.
A New Orleans housing authority police officer was found shot to death as he sat inside a patrol car near a construction site, officials said Sunday, in a fresh reminder of the dangers of working in law enforcement in the United States. Police responded just after 7 a.m. to a …
 
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