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U.S. must disclose version of drone memo: appeals court

Monday, 21 April 2014 11:45
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to turn over a redacted version of a memorandum providing a legal justification for the government to conduct targeted killings of people linked to terrorism, including Americans. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the government waived the secrecy of the legal analysis by having publicly discussed the justification for such killings, including the 2011 death of…
Federal appeals court: U.S. must disclose version of drone memo
Monday, 21 April 2014 11:45
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to turn over a redacted version of a memorandum providing a legal justification for the government to conduct targeted killings of people linked to terrorism, including Americans. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the government waived the secrecy of the legal analysis by having publicly discussed the justification for such killings, including the 2011 death of…
Experts have doubts about Hawaii-bound teen stowaway's story
Monday, 21 April 2014 11:45
Experts are questioning the veracity of a 16-year-old boy’s story after he said he stowed away in the wheel well of a plane and survived a five-hour flight from California to Hawaii. “Somebody surviving at 35,000 feet for five hours with no supplemental oxygen supply; I just don’t believe it,” ABC News aviation consultant Jim Nance said. Most people can remain conscious at 32,000 to 35,000 feet for only a few seconds and would most…
American wins 2014 Boston Marathon
Monday, 21 April 2014 11:45
Boston (AFP) - Meb Keflezighi became the first American man since Greg Meyer in 1983 to win the Boston Marathon on Monday, holding off Kenya's Wilson Chebet down the stretch for the triumph. The 38-year-old, whose other wins include the 2009 New York Marathon and 2012 US Olympic trials, won in an unofficial time of two hours, eight minutes and 37 seconds, what would be a personal best and second-best US men's time ever at…
Pennsylvania Dems keep the gloves on in gubernatorial primary
Monday, 21 April 2014 10:31
This article originally appeared on RealClearPolitics. PHILADELPHIA -- With Republican Tom Corbett among the nation's most vulnerable incumbent governors up for re-election this year, the Pennsylvania Democrats vying to replace him have ample reason not to pull punches in their bids for the nomination. According to the latest polls, all four Democratic contenders -- self-funded businessman Tom Wolf, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, state treasurer Rob McCord, and former Clinton White House environmental official Katie McGinty…
Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise
Monday, 21 April 2014 10:30
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues. Biden planned to meet Tuesday with government leaders who took over after pro-Russia Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February following months of protests. The White House said President Barack Obama and Biden agreed he should…
Obamas host Easter Egg Roll under sunny skies
Monday, 21 April 2014 10:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama applied a healthy-eating theme to this year's Easter Egg Roll, as she and President Barack Obama lead the annual festivities Monday on the South Lawn of the White House. Under sunny skies with mere wisps of clouds overhead, the first lady said the emphasis of the 136th Easter Egg Roll would be keeping young people active and healthy. She spoke from the White House's Truman Balcony, flanked by…
Teen 'lucky' after riding in landing gear of Hawaii-bound jet
Monday, 21 April 2014 10:30
HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen. "Doesn't even remember the flight," FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on Sunday night. "It's amazing he survived that." The boy was questioned by the FBI after being discovered on the tarmac…
'We're taking back our race'
Monday, 21 April 2014 10:30
BOSTON (AP) — With security tight along the 26.2-mile route, tens of thousands of runners set out from the starting line at the Boston Marathon on Monday in a "Boston Strong" show of resilience a year after the deadly bombing. "I showed up, I'm back, and I am going to finish what I didn't finish last year," said Mary Cunningham, 50, of St. Petersburg, Fla., who was stopped a mile short of the finish line…
Top court declines Exxon's appeal in water pollution case
Monday, 21 April 2014 09:30
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a ruling against Exxon Mobil Corp that ordered the company to pay $105 million in damages for polluting New York City's groundwater with a toxic gasoline additive. The decision not to hear the case leaves intact a July 2 U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld the judgment. In 2009, a jury concluded that Exxon contaminated water supply wells when…