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The U.K.'s other 'yes' vote—at Royal and Ancient golf club

Thursday, 18 September 2014 13:54
By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - The Royal and Ancient golf club agreed on Thursday to open its doors to women, ending 260 years of male-only membership at one of the oldest clubs in the world and paving the way for women to play a role in the sport's governance. The club's 2,400 worldwide members voted in person and via proxy and postal votes, and, after being encouraged by chief executive Peter Dawson and the…
Actor Spacey's 'persistent and malevolent' stalker gets prison
Thursday, 18 September 2014 13:54
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who threatened to blow up, torture and castrate Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey in what prosecutors called a "persistent and malevolent" cyberstalking campaign has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Linda Louise Culkin, 55, of Quincy, was also ordered by a judge Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Boston to pay Spacey $124,000 to compensate him for the bodyguards he hired during the two-year stretch when she…
Calif. wildfires force thousands to flee homes
Thursday, 18 September 2014 13:54
POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested a man on suspicion of arson in a fast-growing California wildfire that has driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes. The arrest of 37-year-old Wayne Allen Huntsman was announced Thursday. The 111-square-mile fire 60 miles east of Sacramento is threatening about 12,000 homes around the town of Pollock Pines. It has been fueled by gusty winds, along with timber and grass that is bone dry…
Arab Bank never backed Hamas, lawyer tells U.S. trial
Thursday, 18 September 2014 13:51
By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Arab Bank Plc never provided material support for the Palestinian group Hamas, a lawyer told jurors on Thursday during closing arguments at the bank's trial on civil charges under the U.S. anti-terrorism law. The Jordan-based bank is accused of providing financial services to Hamas by almost 300 U.S. citizens who were the victims or family members of victims of 24 attacks the Islamic militant group is alleged to…
Australian dollar slumps as Fed hints at earlier rate rises
Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:54
View Comments Share FacebookTwitterG+PinterestMail The battle on the Federal Reserve between the 'hawks' who want to raise rates and 'doves' who want to keep them lower for longer is finely balanced, and has a direct effect on the Australian dollar and local interest rates. In its meeting overnight, the US Federal Reserve hinted at earlier and steeper interest rate rises, even as it pledged to keep rates near zero for a "considerable time.
After Ferguson, Eric Holder looks to better police-community relations
Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:50
Following the weeks of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri that followed the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Wednesday that he is launching a program to combat distrust and hostility between law enforcement and the communities they serve. "As we saw all too clearly last month as the eyes of the nation turned toward Ferguson, Missouri, whenever discord, mistrust and rolling tensions are allowed to fester…
Administration adjusts Obamacare enrollment figures
Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:50
The number of Americans who are now enrolled in the new Obamacare marketplaces, and who have paid their premiums, now stands at 7.3 million, an administration official told Congress today. Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, gave the updated figure to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday. Earlier this year, after the first-ever Obamacare open enrollment period closed, the administration said that more than 8 million people…
James Clapper says he misspoke, didn't lie about NSA surveillance
Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:50
WASHINGTON - James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, told Congress on Thursday that he did not lie to them about government surveillance last year when denied the U.S. was collecting data on millions of Americans in a hearing last year. "It has been very disappointing to have my integrity questioned because of a mistake," Clapper told government officials and contractors at an intelligence summit in Washington sponsored by two major industry groups. PlayVideoPolitics
Cardinal running back Dwyer makes bail, released from Ariz. jail
Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:49
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer posted bond and was released from a county jail on Thursday, a day after he was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault in the latest domestic violence case involving a National Football League player. Dwyer was taken into custody on Wednesday hours after two other NFL teams placed players embroiled in domestic violence cases on leaves of absence amid intensifying criticism from corporate…
Actor Spacey's 'persistent and malevolent' gets prison
Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:49
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who threatened to blow up, torture and castrate Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey in what prosecutors called a "persistent and malevolent" cyberstalking campaign has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Linda Louise Culkin, 55, of Quincy, was also ordered by a judge Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Boston to pay Spacey $124,000 to compensate him for the bodyguards he hired during the two-year stretch when she…

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