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Obama says will ensure freedom of navigation in South China Sea

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 01:04

HANOI (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that Washington would stand with partners to ensure freedom of navigation and flight in the South China Sea and, without mentioning China by name, said big nations should not bully smaller ones. He was speaking on the second day of a visit to Vietnam, where on Monday he announced the complete lifting of the United State's ban on sales of lethal weapons to the Southeast Asian country. (Writing by John Chalmers; Editing by Robert Birsel)

Greece starts evacuating squalid Idomeni migrant camp

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 01:03

At least 200 police started clearing Greece's squalid Idomeni camp Tuesday on the border with Macedonia, where over 8,400 migrants are living, according to AFP. No force was used as officers, who started to arrive at the camp Monday, urged migrants to leave their tents and board buses to take them to shelters. Officials have said 6,000 spots are available at reception centres, and that most of the migrants are to be moved to camps at former industrial facilities near Greece's second city Thessaloniki over 10 days.

Unnamed 'Oxygen Thief' become self-published success

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 01:01

NEW YORK (AP) — The fair-skinned man with the hoodie and dark ski cap sits on a bench outside McNally Jackson Books in downtown Manhattan, where neither patrons nor employees seem aware that he's the author of a work so in demand at the store that it's often out of stock.

Kershaw tosses 2-hitter in Dodgers' 1-0 win over Reds

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 01:01

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw bailed out the Los Angeles Dodgers' exhausted bullpen with his third shutout of the season, and he was quick about it, too.

Obama pushes for better rights in Vietnam after arms deal

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 01:01

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — After knocking down one of the last vestiges of Cold War antagonism with a former war enemy, President Barack Obama on Tuesday took his push for closer ties directly to the Vietnamese people, meeting with activists and entrepreneurs and arguing that better human rights would boost the communist country's economy, stability and regional power.

5 dead after skydiving tour plane crashes in Hawaii

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 01:00

HONOLULU (AP) — Five people died after a skydiving tour plane crashed and caught fire in Hawaii, one of two plane crashes reported Monday in the islands.

Doubts mount over merger of health insurers Anthem, Cigna

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 00:43

Cigna shares closed down 4 percent at $126.15, well below Anthem's original $188 per share offer of cash and stock announced last July. "The market is telling you that it feels the probability of the deal is significantly less than 100 percent," Morningstar analyst Vishnu Lekraj said in a telephone interview. Anthem's bid for Cigna followed close on the heels of Aetna Inc's proposed $34 billion purchase of Humana Inc .

Head of TSA security operations removed from position

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 00:42

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee said Monday that the head of security operations at the Transportation Security Administration has been replaced.

Singapore kicks out Swiss bank linked to Malaysia's 1MDB

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 00:33

Singapore's central bank on Tuesday said it was kicking out Swiss bank BSI, which has been linked to a global money-laundering scandal at Malaysia's state fund 1MDB that has embroiled Prime Minister Najib Razak. In a statement, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said it had also asked state prosecutors to investigate six senior executives of BSI Bank Limited including its former chief executive for possible criminal offences. The MAS said it has served BSI Bank with a "notice of intention to withdraw its status as a merchant bank in Singapore for serious breaches of anti-money laundering requirements, poor management oversight of the bank’s operations, and gross misconduct by some of the bank’s staff".

Obama says several Vietnam activists prevented from meeting him

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 00:29
U.S. President Barack Obama said several civil society members in Vietnam were prevented from meeting him on Tuesday and that, despite great strides made by the country, Washington still had concerns about the limits it puts on political freedom. Obama said during a meeting with about six activists that there were "significant areas of concern" about political freedom and praised those Vietnamese who were "willing to make their voices heard". Obama announced on Monday the end of an arms ban on Vietnam, which Washington had long said hinged on the extent to which the country's human rights record had improved.

Pioneering jockey Payne in hospital after race fall

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 00:16

Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne is undergoing tests in hospital after falling during a race and complaining of acute abdominal pain, sparking fears of internal injuries, racing officials said Tuesday. Australia's Payne -- the first woman to win the 155-year-old Melbourne Cup last year -- tumbled from her horse Dutch Courage at Mildura in northwest Victoria state on Monday and was taken to a nearby hospital. While early scans did not detect anything, doctors decided she should be taken to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne for further tests, Victorian Jockeys Association's chief executive Des O'Keeffe said.

Police: Driver charged in high-speed chase was off-duty cop

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 00:11
FAIRLAWN, Ohio (AP) — Police say a driver who led officers on a high-speed chase in Ohio earlier this month turned out to be an off-duty officer — and so was his passenger.

Mother of slain officer wishes police got more respect

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 00:01

BOSTON (AP) — The mother of a Massachusetts police officer who was shot dead during a weekend traffic stop says she wishes police got more respect. Sharon Tarentino's comments come as she prepares to bury her son later this week.

Obama drop-in for pork soup stuns Vietnam street shop owner

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 23:51

The US president slipped away from his hectic Vietnam visit on Monday night to sample the dish with Anthony Bourdain, a chef and food critic who fronts a travel show about hidden culinary gems around the world. While 54-year-old restaurant owner Nguyen Thi Lien knew a foreign television crew was on the way, she had no idea they would be bringing a very special guest. A large crowd gathered outside the restaurant, letting out a cheer as Obama exited.

South Dakota Indian hospital threatened with funds cutoff

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 23:44
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. government on Monday threatened to cut off Medicare and Medicaid funding to a government-run hospital in Rapid City — the third South Dakota hospital serving Native Americans that's been found to have serious deficiencies in recent months.

South Korea: Overseas North Korean restaurant workers flee

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 23:42
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — An unspecified number of North Koreans working at a Pyongyang-run restaurant overseas have escaped their workplace and will come to South Korea, South Korean officials said Tuesday.

Pavelski scores twice, Sharks top Blues to take 3-2 lead

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 23:29

ST. LOUIS (AP) — All the time Joe Pavelski has spent practicing his stick work has paid off big for the San Jose Sharks.

No Duda, no problem: Mets find power stroke, beat Nationals

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 23:25

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bartolo Colon's back was bothering him enough that he told New York Mets manager Terry Collins he wouldn't be able to hit another memorable home run. The heart of the lineup took care of that.

Suspect in Ohio officer's fatal shooting has pro bono lawyer

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 23:15
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — One of the two attorneys who represented a man accused of fatally shooting an Ohio policeman and then withdrew from the potential death penalty case will keep that role after all, working for free.

Homeless, drug-addicted recruited for New York check scheme

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 23:14
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Police in New York are looking for the leaders of an illegal check-cashing operation that recruited homeless people and drug addicts.