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TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has opened a weeklong trip to Asia aimed at showing the U.S. is still committed to increasing its engagement and influence in the region.
The man charged with killing a U.S. airport security officer in a shooting frenzy at Los Angeles International Airport is set to appear in federal court on Wednesday, a spokesman for U.S. prosecutors said. Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, was charged a day after the November 1 shooting with killing a federal officer and committing an act of violence at an international airport. He is accused of killing one Transportation Security Administration agent and wounding two other TSA officers and an airline passenger with a rifle inside the airport, also known as LAX, before he was seriously wounded in a gunfight with airport police. Ciancia, who last month was transported from a hospital to U.S. custody, will not enter a plea when he appears before U.S. Magistrate Judge David T. Bristow, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California.
NEW YORK (AP) — Power up and shop.
SEATTLE (AP) — Officials are reviewing security for a commercial U.S.-to-Canada ferry service after they say a sex offender managed to steal one of the boats from the Seattle waterfront in a theft that raised the risk of collisions with barge traffic in a busy port area.
A federal grand jury in Texas has charged a former governor in Mexico's ruling party with drug smuggling, bank fraud, racketeering, money laundering and working with drug cartels, according to an indictment unsealed on Monday. Tomas Yarrington, ex-governor of Tamaulipas state, on Mexico's northeastern border with Texas, took millions of dollars in bribes from the Gulf Cartel and other traffickers, said the indictment, which was returned by the grand jury in Brownsville, Texas.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers began putting the pieces in place Monday for a potentially historic vote to address the nation's worst public-pension shortfall, as legislators scrambled to digest the complex deal and labor unions and other political heavyweights ratcheted up pressure for and against it.
A shopper is suing Macy's for $1 million over being handcuffed and thrown into a jail cell at the retail chain's flagship store in Manhattan two days after last year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The plaintiff, Rachid Bakhari, said the incident started when he tried to return an ill-fitting belt he had bought for $27, according to a lawsuit filed on Monday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Suddenly he was handcuffed by security personnel who tossed him into the store's jail cell, where he was held for three hours, the suit said. Bakhari in his lawsuit noted that "within its Herald Square store, Macy's maintains a jail cell, not well advertised in the promotions for its Thanksgiving Day parade." Macy's did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has bought Topsy Labs in a deal that will provide the iPhone maker with more insights about the chatter on Twitter.
A man suspected of having tuberculosis was removed from a US Airways Express flight with 70 passengers aboard shortly after it landed in Phoenix over the weekend, authorities said on Monday. The man was removed from a flight from Austin, Texas, on Saturday, one of the busiest U.S. travel days of the year, after an alert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Even if TB is confirmed in the traveler, the risk to other passengers and the crew is extremely low ... we are not recommending other precautions," CDC spokesman Benjamin Haynes said. A US Airways spokesman said the Transportation Security Administration had not flagged the passenger prior to the flight, although once in the air the CDC notified the airline that he had "do not board" status.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A traveling medical technician who stole painkillers and infected dozens of patients in multiple states with hepatitis C through tainted syringes was sentenced Monday to 39 years in prison.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" continues to illuminate the box office after its second weekend in theaters.
A surge of visitors clogged the U.S. government's revamped healthcare insurance shopping website on Monday, signaling that President Barack Obama's administration has a way to go in fixing the portal that showcases his signature domestic policy. By 5:30 p.m. EST, the website had logged 750,000 visitors, the White House said, nearly the 800,000 daily users the refurbished site is supposed to be able to handle. That was significant progress for a website that has become the face of one of the biggest crises of Obama's administration, one that has undermined the Democratic president's promotion of an activist government and threatened to become a drag on Democrats in next year's elections, when control of Congress will be at stake. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was passed in 2010.
A Minnesota man ticketed for disorderly conduct after he flung $1,000 in mostly small bills over a balcony at the nation's largest mall during a heavy holiday shopping day wants to give away more money, he said on Monday. Serge Vorobyov was banned from the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis for a year for the publicity stunt on Black Friday that has drawn attention from national media. Vorobyov, 29, said he hoped a YouTube video of the stunt would continue to generate thousands of views so he could potentially earn money from the advertising revenue and spread the wealth. Vorobyov said he is in the middle of a messy divorce and was forced recently to close his car-hauling business.
By Curtis Skinner YONKERS, New York (Reuters) - A New York commuter train that derailed on Sunday morning, killing four people, was traveling nearly three times faster than the speed limit for the curved section of track where it crashed, officials said on Monday. The seven-car Metro-North train's brakes were working properly but were applied just seconds before it derailed, investigators said. They said black-box recorders recovered from the train showed it had been traveling at 82 miles per hour before entering the 30-mile-per-hour (48-kph) curve. The recorders showed the train's brakes were applied "very late in the game," National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener told reporters.
By Joseph Lichterman DETROIT (Reuters) - The largest-ever municipal bankruptcy petition in U.S. history faces a watershed moment on Tuesday, as the judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy case is scheduled to rule whether the city is eligible for protection from creditors - an event that has citizens, public officials, creditors, retirees and others awaiting the judge's words and preparing responses. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes has scheduled a hearing for 10 a.m. EST on Tuesday to announce his decision, which will be followed by the release of a written opinion. Rhodes' ruling will begin a new chapter in the case that first arrived in federal court with Detroit's July 18 bankruptcy petition.
A man accused of leaping a fence at the Seattle waterfront and briefly commandeering a high-speed ferry used to shuttle passengers between Washington state and Canada was in jail on Monday with bail set at $200,000. U.S. authorities say Samuel Kenneth McDonough was able to set the high-speed catamaran adrift into the region's Elliott Bay on Sunday with no one else on board before authorities intervened to stop him and found he had locked himself in the ferry's wheelhouse. "It first appeared the clipper ship was adrift," Seattle police said in a statement. "However, when a tugboat went to retrieve the boat they discovered there was a man on board." McDonough, 33, told police he had been trying to take the ferry to West Seattle, the statement said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. said Monday that it could raise as much as $2.37 billion, making it one of the year's biggest IPOs.
By Malia Mattoch McManus HONOLULU (Reuters) - Dozens of same-sex couples, led by a gay minister and his longtime partner, tied the knot in Hawaii early on Monday as a new law went into effect at midnight, making the Aloha state the 15th to legalize gay marriage. With Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie in attendance, Jonipher Kwong and Chris Nelson became the first gay couple to marry in Hawaii during a ceremony at the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, just minutes after same-sex weddings became legal. "I also felt a little sad that some of the people who came before were not able to complete marriage and see it in their lifetime." Hawaii's governor signed legislation last month extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, capping 20 years of legal and political rancor in a state regarded as a pioneer in advancing the cause of gay matrimony. "We're both still riding cloud nine at this point." PATH TO GAY MARRIAGE The path to gay marriage in Hawaii, long a popular wedding and honeymoon destination, was long and bumpy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Critics are relentless in warning about what they see as the folly of the new Common Core academic standards, designed to prepare students for college or a job by the time they graduate from high school.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It could take four to six weeks before authorities can determine how a man died after an altercation in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium during Kansas City's game against Denver, police said Monday.