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Australian PM: Public execution terror plot foiled

Thursday, 18 September 2014 13:55
STORY HIGHLIGHTSAustralian police arrest one person and detain 15 othersMore than 800 law enforcement officials participate in the operationAuthorities decline to detail the pending attack, citing an ongoing operationPM Tony Abbott says intelligence pointed to a possible "demonstration killing" by militants (CNN) -- Australian authorities disrupted what they described as a pending attack "on a member of the public," part of a sweeping counterterrorism operation on Thursday that came just days after the country raised…
Hillary Clinton: Congress Living in 'Evidence-Free Zone'
Thursday, 18 September 2014 13:54
Congress is living in an "evidence-free zone" as it debates issues of equal pay and family-friendly work policies, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday. "Unfortunately, reality is not always the context in which these decisions are made. The Congress increasingly -- despite the best efforts of my friends and others -- is living in an evidence-free zone," she said during a roundtable discussion at the Center for American Progress focused on women's issues.…
Darrell Hammond to Become New Voice of 'SNL'
Thursday, 18 September 2014 13:54
Darrell Hammond will return to "SNL" as the announcer when its 40th season kicks off on Sept. 27. He will replace Don Pardo, who died in August.
Photographer finds young Rwandans building a nation of peace
Thursday, 18 September 2014 13:54
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A long row of school kids are seated on the woodland floor, heads bowed in remembrance of local teachers killed protecting their charges during Rwanda’s genocide 20 years ago. It’s a haunting image of what these children have lost, but also what some of them have found: unity. Award-winning photographer Carol Allen-Storey met the children earlier this year, among 60 young adults she photographed for an exhibition that opened in…
R&A allows women members after overwhelming 'yes' vote
Thursday, 18 September 2014 13:54
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 club's committees, more…
Microsoft lays off 2,100 as part of earlier job cut plan
Thursday, 18 September 2014 13:54
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp made a second round of layoffs on Thursday, moving towards its target of cutting 18,000 staff, or about 14 percent of its workforce, as Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella tries to slim down the giant software company. Microsoft gave notice to 2,100 employees on Thursday, 747 of those in the Seattle area, a company spokesman said. That is in addition to 13,000 laid off in July, which means a further…
Banks rally on rate outlook, lead S&P 500 to new high
Thursday, 18 September 2014 13:54
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were higher in light volume on Thursday, setting up the S&P 500 to test resistance at its record high, a day after the Federal Reserve said interest rates would remain low for a considerable while. * The Fed renewed on Wednesday its pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time," a language supportive of equities and other risky assets.
Ukraine looking beyond photo-op in Washington visit
Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:54
STORY HIGHLIGHTSUkrainian President addressed Congress, will meet with Obama, ThursdayPresident Petro Poroshenko wants military aid for Ukraine to fight Russian separatists After speech, White House announced $46 million in assistance that omitted lethal aid Washington (CNN) -- American leaders offered Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko a high-profile platform Thursday to advocate for greater support to his besieged military, though whether that support would ever materialize remained in doubt. After an address to a joint session of…
Emergency declared as fires rage in Northern California
Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:54
A firefighter is shrouded in smoke as he battles the King Fire near Fresh Pond, California, on Wednesday, September 17. California Gov.
Kerry says Syrian President is using chlorine weapons
Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:54
STORY HIGHLIGHTSThe House approves Obama's request to train and arm Syrian rebels to fight ISISThe Senate could vote on the measure as early as ThursdayKerry tells a Senate committee that no countries have agreed to put boots on the ground (CNN) -- While ISIS militants keep trying to spread their radical Islamist rule in Syria and Iraq, a slew of U.S. officials are scrambling to find the best way to stop them.

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