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California governor Jerry Brown intervenes to delay threatened BART strike

By Ronnie Cohen SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California’s Democratic governor intervened on Sunday to avert a San Francisco area rail strike that threatened to cripple the morning rush-hour commute, effectively prohibiting a walkout for seven days after the sides failed to reach a contract agreement. Federal and state mediators had…

How the U.S. DEA program differs from recent NSA revelations

By John Shiffman WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former spy-agency contractor Edward Snowden has caused a fierce debate over civil liberties and national-security needs by disclosing details of secret U.S. government surveillance programs. Reuters has uncovered previously unreported details about a separate program, run by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, that extends…

ABC in talks to develop TV shows based on ‘Star Wars’ characters

(Reuters) – ABC television executives are talking with George Lucas’ Lucasfilm studio about making TV shows based on characters developed by the studio that created the “Star Wars” franchise, according to the president of Disney’s ABC Entertainment Group. “We’ve started conversations with them,” Paul Lee told a gathering of TV…

Snowboarder killed by Oregon ice tunnel collapse

(Reuters) – A search team on Oregon’s Mount Hood retrieved the body of a snowboarder on Sunday, a day after he was buried beneath falling ice and snow as he explored an ice tunnel, the local sheriff’s office said. The snowboarder, identified as 25-year-old Collin Backowski, was exploring the mountain…

Ohio death row inmate found hanged days before execution date

By Kim Palmer COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – An Ohio death row inmate was found hanged in his prison cell on Sunday, three days before he was due to be executed for the 1987 murder of a babysitter, a prison spokeswoman said. Billy Slagle, 44, had been due to receive a…

Police kill 14-year-old boy in New York City

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A police officer shot an armed 14-year-old boy in New York City early on Sunday after he did not drop his gun when ordered, police said. After hearing gunshots, two officers came across the boy, whom police identified as Shaaliver Douse, chasing another male down a…

Peter Capaldi announced as new star of ‘Doctor Who’

Scottish actor best known for his role as Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It revealed as 12th actor to play the Time Lord Peter Capaldi, best known for playing foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in political satire The Thick of It, has been named as the 12th actor to…

Terror alert reportedly based on warning from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri

By Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) – Soldiers blocked roads outside Western embassies in Sanaa on Sunday, after a U.S. warning of a possible major militant attack in the Middle East prompted the closure of many missions in Yemen and U.S. missions in several other Arab states. Security in Yemen, home…

Senator Schumer: Putin is behaving like a schoolyard bully

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior Democratic senator said on Sunday that the U.S.-Russia relationship had become “poisonous” and urged President Barack Obama to consider moving next month’s Group of 20 summit away from the Russian city of St. Petersburg. Charles Schumer, the U.S. Senate’s third ranking Democrat…

The concept of delusions gets a big — but unnoticed — overhaul

It’s not clear who forcibly sedated her in 1972. It’s not certain that she was admitted to a psychiatric ward in the following year. What’s definite though is that many people thought she was mad as she ranted about conspiracies in the White House during eccentric phone calls to the…

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