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Islamic State says 'Schweppes bomb' used to bring down Russian plane

By Ahmed Aboulenein and Lin Noueihed CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State's official magazine carried a photo on Wednesday of a Schweppes drink it said was used to make an improvised bomb that brought down a Russian airliner over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last month, killing all 224 people on board. Show More Summary

No 'religious test' in House bill pausing Syrian refugees: Ryan

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan called on Congress on Wednesday to promptly pass legislation tightening controls on Syrians seeking asylum in the United States, but stressed that such a bill will not discriminate against Muslims. Show More Summary

Americans deeply split on abortion as Supreme Court takes case: Reuters/Ipsos poll

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans are split over abortion restrictions like those in a Texas law challenged before the U.S. Supreme Court, reflecting deep and longstanding divisions over the contentious issue, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday. Show More Summary

Officials identify police officers in Minneapolis shooting of black man

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said Officers Mike Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze were involved in the shooting early Sunday of Jamar Clark, 24. Both men have been police officers for seven years, including 13 months with the city.

Ohio jury convicts man for 1985 murder of pregnant wife

An Ohio jury this week convicted a man of strangling his pregnant wife to death with a belt in 1985, in a case that was re-opened as a result of a 2009 arson investigation, a prosecutor's spokesman said on Wednesday. A Summit CountyShow More Summary

Ferguson, Missouri names new city manager

De'Carlon Seewood, an East St. Louis, Illinois, native who served as Ferguson's assistant city manager from 2001 to 2007, was chosen as city manager from a field of more than 40 applicants nationwide, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III said on Wednesday. Show More Summary

Texas appeals court to consider abuse of powers charge against Rick Perry

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is set to hear arguments on Wednesday on whether to dismiss an abuse of power charge against former Governor Rick Perry, who has said the case against him is politically motivated. Show More Summary

Bush to say would keep Guantanamo prison open if elected

By Steve Holland CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Republican Jeb Bush will pledge on Wednesday that if elected president next year he will keep open the disputed U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as long as the fight against Islamic militants lasts. Show More Summary

New bill in Congress proposes stricter vetting of refugees

A U.S. lawmaker introduced a bill aiming to toughen the vetting process for refugees seeking to enter the United States as Republican leaders in Congress sought to block Syrians fleeing war in their country. The Republican chairman of...Show More Summary

Ford-UAW contract passage in doubt as voting nears end

Workers at two large Ford Motor Co plants in Louisville, Kentucky rejected a proposed four-year labor contract by 2-to-1, putting its passage in doubt as voting at Ford plants nears an end. Just over half of those who have voted so far have rejected the contract, according to a tally of local union results gathered by the Detroit Free Press. Show More Summary

Closing arguments begin in trial of ex-Michigan cop accused in beating

Closing arguments were set to begin on Wednesday in the trial of a former suburban Detroit policeman charged with beating a black motorist at a traffic stop last January. William Melendez, 47, has pleaded not guilty to charges of misconduct in office, assault with intent to do great bodily harm, and strangulation during the Jan. Show More Summary

Texas to execute man convicted of killing three children in house fire

Texas plans on Wednesday to execute Raphael Holiday, 36, who was convicted of killing his daughter and two stepdaughters in a mobile home blaze in 2000. Holiday is set to be put to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. local time at the state's death chamber in Huntsville. Show More Summary

For Syrian refugees in U.S., fear gives way to hope

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - They share a small two-bedroom apartment in Sacramento with few possessions, but for Syrian refugee Mohammad Abd Rabboh, his wife and two daughters, there is finally freedom from fear. Show More Summary

Two killed, 360,000 without power in Washington state storm

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - At least two people were killed in Washington state and about 360,000 homes and businesses in the Seattle-area were without power on Tuesday as a storm packing powerful winds downed trees and triggered mudslides, local authorities said. Show More Summary

White House holds call with 34 governors on Syrian refugees

Obama administration officials held a conference call on Tuesday with 34 U.S. governors to discuss the country's refugee program, the White House said, after more than a dozen governors said they would refuse to accept Syrian refugees. Show More Summary

2 dead, 5 arrested in raid targeting Paris attack mastermind

A woman wearing a suicide vest blew herself up as police stormed a building near Paris.

Gunfire erupts in Paris suburb as police hunt fugitives

Shots rang out in northern Paris during an operation to catch a suspect in last week's attacks.

Two Air France flights from the United States to Paris diverted: FAA

Two Air France flights en route to Paris from the United States were diverted on Tuesday following anonymous threats, and passengers and crew were safely removed, the airline and the Federal Aviation Administration said. An Airbus A-380...Show More Summary

Obama says GOP incitement on Syria refugees 'needs to stop'

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Barack Obama lashed out Wednesday at Republicans who insist on barring Syrian refugees from entering the U.S., deeming their words offensive and insisting "it needs to stop."

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