U.S.-led air strikes killed 553 people in Syria, 32 civilians: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Air strikes by U.S.-led forces have killed 553 people, including 32 civilians, during a month-long campaign in Syria against Islamic State militants, a Syrian monitoring group which tracks the violence said on Thursday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the majority of the deaths, 464, were Islamic State fighters. Six [...]

Man arrested after jumping White House fence, causing lockdown

Man arrested after jumping White House fence, causing lockdown

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A man jumped the White House fence on Wednesday evening and was attacked by Secret Service dogs before being arrested, a Secret Service spokesman said. "Dogs got him," spokesman Edwin Donovan said, referring to the intruder. He identified the intruder as Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Maryland, and [...]

Suspended South Carolina speaker to plead guilty to ethics charges: report

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) – Suspended South Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Bobby Harrell is expected to plead guilty to criminal ethics charges related to misuse of campaign money and misconduct in office, a local newspaper reported on Wednesday. Harrell, a Republican indicted on nine counts that include falsifying his private plane’s logbook [...]

Man arrested after jumping White House fence, causing lockdown

Man arrested after jumping White House fence, causing lockdown

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A man jumped the White House fence on Wednesday evening and was attacked by Secret Service dogs before being arrested, a Secret Service spokesman said. "Dogs got him," spokesman Edwin Donovan said, referring to the intruder. He identified the intruder as Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Maryland, and [...]

Mexico says mayor, wife were behind student-teacher disappearances

Mexico says mayor, wife were behind student-teacher disappearances

By Gabriel Stargardter MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Mexican mayor and his wife were "probable masterminds" behind the disappearance of 43 student teachers last month in the restive southwest, the country’s attorney general said on Wednesday. The students went missing on Sept. 26 from Iguala in the southwestern state of Guerrero, after they clashed with [...]

AT&T revenue misses forecasts as more customers bring own phones

AT&T revenue misses forecasts as more customers bring own phones

By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) – AT&T Inc on Wednesday reported a rise in quarterly revenue, but the increase was less than Wall Street expected as a wave of subscribers plugged into the network using pre-purchased devices. The company cut its outlook for consolidated revenue growth for 2014 to 3-4 percent from 5 percent. AT&T’s [...]

At U.N., China asked to back human rights case against North Korea

By Mirjam Donath UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The chief U.N. investigator into human rights cases in North Korea said on Wednesday he has appealed to China to support calls to refer Pyongyang’s actions to The Hague on suspicion of crimes against humanity. Western diplomats say China, North Korea’s principal protector on the U.N. Security Council, [...]

Probe: Athletes took fake classes at University of North Carolina

Probe: Athletes took fake classes at University of North Carolina

By Marti Maguire RALEIGH N.C. (Reuters) – More than 3,000 students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received credit for fake classes over an 18-year period as part of a program that allowed many of them to remain eligible to play sports, according to a report released on Wednesday. The investigation by [...]

U.S. Court hears arguments on sex discrimination at Goldman Sachs

U.S. Court hears arguments on sex discrimination at Goldman Sachs

By Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group on Wednesday attacked expert evidence offered by attorneys for former female employees in a U.S. federal sex discrimination lawsuit, arguing there was no pattern of gender-based pay and promotion disparities at the bank. In the first day of arguments in a case launched in 2010, [...]

Blast outside Cairo University wounds 11: Officials

Blast outside Cairo University wounds 11: Officials

CAIRO (Reuters) – A bomb outside Cairo University wounded 11 people on Wednesday, among them several police officers, Egyptian officials said. The blast occurred in a square outside the university at the end of the school day. Six police officers and four civilians were wounded and transferred to hospitals, the interior ministry said in a [...]