NATO seeks to manage Russia's new military deployments
By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin's high-profile military deployments aim to showcase Russian power in any global confrontation with the West, NATO officials say, but the alliance will not seek to match Moscow's actions. Curtis Scaparrotti, the U.S.-led alliance's top commander, told allied defense ministers on Wednesday that more than 120,000 Russian troops took part in exercises in September which culminated with the firing of a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, diplomats said. As Russia's sole aircraft carrier passed Europe's shores this week, reports of its warships equipped with nuclear-capable missiles in the Baltic alarmed allies.
Obama shortens prison sentences for 98 convict: White House
U.S. President Barack Obama shortened the prison sentences for 98 convicts serving time for drug-related offenses in his latest round of commutations, the White House said on Thursday. Obama has granted 688 commutations this year, for a total so far in his presidency of 872. The commutations are part of Obama's push to reform the criminal justice system to reduce the number of people serving long sentences for non-violent drug offenses.
Amazon's quarterly profit misses estimates, shares tumble
Amazon, whose shares were down 6.8 percent in after-hours trading, said its net income rose to $252 million, or 52 cents per share, from $79 million, or 17 cents per share, a year earlier. It was company's sixth straight profitable quarter. Total operating expenses rose 31.5 percent to $10.94 billion as the company invests in Amazon Web Services, expands its Prime program internationally, builds up its warehouse and delivery infrastructure and increases its original video offerings.
Police begin arresting pipeline protesters in North Dakota
Armed soldiers and law enforcement officers dressed in riot gear on Thursday began arresting protesters who had set up a camp on private land to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. An ...
Officer cleaning gun sends bullet into day care; no injuriesCLEVELAND (AP) ? Children and teachers inside an Ohio day care center were startled when a bullet fired accidently by an off-duty officer at home next door whizzed through their classroom and lodged into a wall, authorities said Thursday.
Hacked emails show Clinton aides surprised at 2015 email revelations
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two aides in charge of running Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign were taken aback as news broke in March 2015 of Clinton's use of private email for her work as U.S. secretary of state, according to stolen emails published on Thursday by WikiLeaks. The late-night exchange between Robby Mook, Clinton's campaign manager, and John Podesta, the campaign chairman, happened within hours of the New York Times breaking the news that Clinton exclusively used a private email account in a way that may have broken records rules. "Did you have any idea of the depth of this story?" Podesta wrote to Mook at 10:27 p.m. on the night the Times story appeared online, according to an exchange published by WikiLeaks.
Mobile and video pump profit at Google parent Alphabet
Google parent Alphabet on Thursday reported its quarterly profit climbed 27 percent to $5.1 billion, boosted by mobile and video advertising revenue. "We had a great third quarter," Alphabet chief financial officer Ruth Porat said in the earnings release. It has been about a year since the California internet titan revamped its corporate structure, making the Google internet operations a division of Alphabet and putting units such as autonomous cars and internet service balloons in an "other bets" category.
Grand Ole Opry is going north to NYC with new venueNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ? The Grand Ole Opry is going north. The famous venue for country music is branching out of Tennessee for the first time its 91-year history with a new restaurant and venue in Times Square.
Michigan men adopt stray dog, puppies at bachelor party
Ted Cruz's Supreme Court remark draws White House criticism
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Sen. Ted Cruz's suggestion of an indefinite Supreme Court vacancy under a President Hillary Clinton raises questions about the credibility and integrity of Republicans who have said the next president should get to the choose who fills the vacancy, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday.