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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:36:52 -0500

AUSTRALIA FAMILY STABBINGSYDNEY (AP) — Eight children were found dead on Friday inside a home in a northern Australian city, police said.


Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:05:16 -0500

Secret Service report: White House needs a taller fence and more, better-trained agentsAfter a prostitution scandal and consternation over how a fence-jumper at the White House got deep into the presidential mansion before he was stopped, the Secret Service needs to make sweeping changes like building a taller fence, hiring many more agents and stepping up their training, an independent commission says.


Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:27:34 -0500

New death sentences, executions continued to drop in 2014, report saysThe Death Penalty Information Center says the number of executions in 2014 was the lowest it’s been in 20 years.


Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:37:50 -0500

Members of the Cuban Revolutionary Army hold Cuban national flags during a march "For the Five and Against the Terrorism" in HavanaBy Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - For decades, it was Cuba's first response to criticism. Poor economic performance? An obvious effect of a U.S. trade embargo that amounted to a blockade of the island nation by a bullying superpower. Arrests of dissidents? A legitimate act of self-defense against mercenaries working for the world's richest nation, which backed the failed Bay of Pigs invasion and plots to assassinate revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. ...


Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:49:36 -0500

Protestors hold hands as they rally against the Ferguson, Mo Grand Jury exoneration of police officer Darren Wilson, at the U.S. Justice Department in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday will set up a task force to draw up recommendations to strengthen trust between law enforcement and local communities, following protests over several instances of police killings of unarmed people this year. "There is a sense of urgency," White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett told reporters before Obama was to sign an executive order setting up the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. She said the order directs the 11-member panel to submit recommendations to the president by March 2. Obama had said on Dec. ...


Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:18:18 -0500

Flames engulf a seven-story downtown apartment complex under construction in Los AngelesBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A construction fire that gutted an entire city block of downtown Los Angeles and caused up to $30 million in damages was an act of arson, authorities said on Thursday. Los Angeles Fire Department officials have previously said the blaze, one of the largest structure fires in the city's recent history, was likely arson but no suspects have been arrested or charged. The conflagration erupted at about 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 8 and quickly destroyed a seven-story luxury apartment complex under construction near the junction of two freeways. ...