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Jul 18, 2015

Suspect in slaying of U.S. Marines made 2014 trip to Mideast

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The suspect in the fatal shootings of four U.S. Marines traveled to Jordan and possibly other Middle Eastern countries last year, authorities said on Friday, as the investigation focused on any signs of a connection to Islamist militants.

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a Kuwaiti-born naturalized U.S. citizen, died on Thursday in a firefight with police after a rampage at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Jul 17, 2015

Probe into Chattanooga shooting suspect turns to Mideast travel

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities believe the suspect in the fatal shootings of four Marines in Tennessee visited Jordan last year and possibly Yemen as well, two U.S. government sources said on Friday, as investigators looked for any connection to Islamist militants.Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old Kuwait-born U.S. citizen, who the FBI identified as the shooter, died on Thursday in a firefight with police after he killed the Marines and wounded three other people in a rampage at two military facilities in Chattanooga.

A little more than 24 hours after the shooting, the FBI said it continued to investigate it as an act of terrorism and that it was “premature” to speculate on the motive. Abdulazeez’s travel was part of the investigation.

Jul 16, 2015

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush to recover at Maine hospital

BOSTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush is in fair condition and will remain in a Maine hospital for further evaluation after suffering a neck fracture in a fall at his home, his spokesman said in a statement on Thursday.

Bush, who served as the 41st U.S. president, was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland following the fall on Wednesday at his seaside compound in Kennebunkport.

Jul 14, 2015

Suspect in Islamic State-inspired bomb plot held without bail in Massachusetts

BOSTON (Reuters) – A Boston police captain’s son suspected of plotting to bomb a college cafeteria on behalf of Islamic State was ordered held without bail on Tuesday after prosecutors showed a video of him defending the militant group’s hostage executions and declaring America the enemy.

Alexander Ciccolo, 23, appeared in shackles in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts, wearing a beard, glasses, and a tan jumpsuit. He was mostly silent during the detention hearing as prosecutors described him as a radical on the verge of killing innocent people, and his attorney countered that he should not be punished for political beliefs.

Jun 29, 2015

Insight – Green group’s unconventional fight against fracking

By Richard Valdmanis

(Reuters) – The residents of Grant Township, Pennsylvania, were worried about Little Mahoning Creek, a picturesque trout stream best fished in the spring when the water runs fast.

The Pennsylvania General Energy Company had acquired a federal permit to drill an injection well down 7,000 feet about seven miles from the creek to dispose of wastewater from its natural gas hydraulic fracturing operations.

Jun 29, 2015

Green group’s unconventional fight against fracking

By Richard Valdmanis

(Reuters) – The residents of Grant Township, Pennsylvania, were worried about Little Mahoning Creek, a picturesque trout stream best fished in the spring when the water runs fast.

The Pennsylvania General Energy Company had acquired a federal permit to drill an injection well down 7,000 feet about seven miles from the creek to dispose of wastewater from its natural gas hydraulic fracturing operations.

Jun 24, 2015

Boston bomber apologizes, admits guilt for deadly 2013 attack

BOSTON (Reuters) – Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Wednesday apologized for the deadly 2013 attack at a hearing at which he was to be formally sentenced to death.

“I am sorry for the lives I have taken, for the suffering that I have caused you, for the damage I have done, irreparable damage,” Tsarnaev, 21, told a federal court.

Jun 12, 2015

Two New England men charged with conspiracy to support Islamic State

BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors charged two New England men on Friday with plotting to help the militant Islamist group Islamic State by beheading Americans, following an investigation that led law enforcement officers to shoot a suspect dead last week in Boston.

The men, Nicholas Rovinski, 24, of Rhode Island, and David Wright, 25, of Massachusetts, are accused of making plans with Wright’s uncle, Usaamah Abdullah Rahim, to kill the organizer of a Mohammed cartoon exhibit that took place in Texas in May, and later to target Massachusetts police, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.

Jun 11, 2015

U.S. should ditch ‘outdated’ oil export ban: Harvard

BOSTON (Reuters) – The United States must lift an “outdated” ban on oil exports to take full economic and geopolitical advantage of its hydraulic fracturing boom, according to a study by Harvard Business School and Boston Consulting Group released on Wednesday.

Lifting the 40 year-old ban imposed after the Arab oil embargo and easing restrictions on liquefied natural gas export terminals would add $23 billion to the economy by 2030, create tens of thousands of jobs, and provide the United States with additional clout overseas, the paper said.

Jun 3, 2015

U.S. researchers uncover secret of Greenland’s vanishing lakes

BOSTON (Reuters) – Scientists were baffled last year after meltwater lakes atop Greenland’s ice sheet suddenly drained out at rates rivaling Niagara Falls.

Now a team of U.S. researchers says it has figured out the bizarre phenomenon and that could help them forecast global sea-level rise.

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