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U.S. airstrikes boost Islamic State, more hostages possible: FBI

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 10:30
By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Support for Islamic State increased after U.S. airstrikes began in Iraq and the militant group may take more hostages to try to force concessions from Washington, the FBI director told Congress on Wednesday. Islamic State is "committed to instilling fear and attracting recruits" and to drawing public attention, as shown through its use of social media and in videos it released of the beheadings of American journalists James Foley…
Woman's execution for child's starving death appealed to Supreme Court
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 10:27
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a 38-year-old Texas woman are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block her scheduled execution for the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago. Lisa Coleman is set for lethal injection Wednesday evening in Huntsville. She'd be the ninth convicted killer and second woman to be executed in Texas this year. Nationally, she'd be only the 15th woman executed since the Supreme Court in…
No foreign troops, says Iraqi prime minister
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 10:27
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new prime minister said Wednesday that foreign ground troops are neither necessary nor wanted in his country's fight against the Islamic State group, flatly rejecting the idea a day after the top U.S. general recommended that American forces may be needed if current efforts to combat the extremists fail. In his first interview with foreign media since taking office on Sept. 8, Haider al-Abadi told The Associated Press that U.S.
In Hillary Clinton's wake, Joe Biden visits Iowa
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:31
PlayVideoPolitics Hillary Clinton rallies Iowa Democrats at Harkin Steak Fry Clinton praised President Obama and rallied Democrats to turn out for the 2014 midterms during her first public event in Iowa since the 2008 pres... On Sunday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton drew thousands to her highly anticipated first visit to Iowa after a humbling third-place finish in the 2008 caucuses.
U.S. attorney general to propose more rewards, agents to fight Wall St crime
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:29
By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wall Street whistleblowers who provide U.S. prosecutors with evidence of financial fraud should get larger rewards for their efforts, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder plans to say in a speech on Wednesday, according to a Justice Department official. The FBI also needs more agents, including those with expertise in forensic accounting, to better pursue complicated financial crime investigations, Holder will say, said the person, who declined to be named.
US inflation falls for first time in over a year
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:27
Washington (AFP) - Consumer prices in the United States fell in August for the first time in more than a year, dragged lower by declines in energy, the Labor Department reported Wednesday. The consumer price index fell 0.2 percent on the month. It was the first decline in CPI since April 2013, surprising analysts who estimated it would be unchanged from July. Excluding volatile food and energy prices, core CPI was flat in August.
Democrat Coakley leads Republican Baker in Mass. governor's race: poll
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 08:28
BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat, leads Republican businessman Charlie Baker in the state's governor's race, according to the first poll released since last week's party primaries. Some 41 percent of likely voters said they would cast their ballots for Coakley, who could be the first woman elected to the office, while 34 percent backed Baker, findings by the WBUR/MassINC Polling Group showed on Wednesday.
Quebec separatists closely watch Scotland's independence vote
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 08:25
MONTREAL (AP) — Quebec's separatists are watching closely this week to see if the Scottish independence movement has learned from their failed attempts to break away from Canada. And they could be rejuvenated if Scotland breaks away from the United Kingdom. The Scottish National Party, which is leading the campaign for Scotland to vote yes in Thursday's vote on independence, has been advised over the years by separatists in Quebec, a French-speaking province where two…
Toxic red algae tide off Florida kills wildlife, could harm economy
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 08:25
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy. Known as "red tide," this particular strain called Karenia brevis is present nearly every year off Florida, but large blooms can be particularly devastating. Right now, the algae is collecting in an area about…
What is about North Korea that's so attractive to Americans?
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 08:25
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — One shouted about God's love as he crossed a frozen river, clutching a Bible. Another swam, drunk and naked. Several U.S. soldiers dashed around land mines. Time and again, Americans over the years have slipped illegally into poor, deeply suspicious, fervently anti-American North Korea, even as it has become increasingly easy to enter legally as a tourist. It's incomprehensible to many, especially since tens of thousands of desperate North Koreans…

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