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Rand Paul ran for president and realized he’s a senator

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:19

“It’s been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House,” Paul said in a statement announcing the end of his bid.

Return to the Big Easy: New Orleans’ grassroots revival

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 07:19

The story of New Orleans has always been one of resilience and survival

Cosby arrives for Day 2 of bid to get sex charges thrown out

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 06:36

A judge sweeps aside a former district attorney's claim that he granted the comedian immunity from prosecution.

WHO calls for further investigation into sexual spread of Zika virus

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 03:57

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) voiced concern on Wednesday over a report the Zika virus had been sexually transmitted in the United States and called for further investigation into the mosquito-borne virus. The first known case of Zika virus transmission in the United States was reported in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday by local health officials, who said it likely was contracted through sex and not a mosquito bite. This needs to be further investigated to understand the conditions and how often or likely sexual transmission is, and whether or not other body fluids are implicated," WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl told Reuters.

Georgia executes its oldest death row inmate for 1979 murder

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 21:09

ATLANTA (Reuters) - The oldest inmate on Georgia's death row, a 72-year-old man convicted of murdering a convenience store manager in a 1979 robbery, was executed early on Wednesday, a state prison official said.

FBI joins probe of Flint, Michigan's lead contaminated water

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 14:50
By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is joining a U.S. criminal investigation into Flint, Michigan's water contamination crisis, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit said on Tuesday. Gina Balaya, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit, said in an email that federal prosecutors in Michigan are "working with a multi-agency investigation team on the Flint water contamination matter, including the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the EPA's Office of Inspector General ... and the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division." The city was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager when it switched its source of tap water from Detroit's system to the Flint River in April 2014.

Chipotle says California probe widens into national investigation

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 14:24

The company said it intended to fully cooperate in the investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office for the Central District of California. Norovirus outbreaks were also reported in Massachusetts and California.

Kerry used private email to send Clinton now classified info

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 14:14

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Tuesday that John Kerry, when he was a senator, used a private email account to send information now deemed classified to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her personal server.

Bernie Madoff 'doing fine' in prison despite heart issues

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 13:59

Despite an issue with his heart, 77-year old Bernard Madoff is “doing as well as can be expected” serving a 150 year sentence at a federal prison in North Carolina, according to Ira Sorkin, the lawyer who represented him when he pleaded guilty to the largest financial crime in American history. “I think he’s had a little bout, little bit of a heart problem,” Sorkin told ABC News. Most troubling to Madoff, according to Sorkin and several inmates who served time with him, is that his wife Ruth stopped visiting him years ago and none of his grandchildren have come to see him either.

How accurate are Groundhog Day predictions?

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:57
How accurate are Groundhog Day predictions? It depends which animal is doing the forecasting.

How Cruz outsmarted Trump in Iowa

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 22:17

At least two Democratic Iowa caucuses were determined by a coin flip

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 20:21

How close were the Democratic Iowa caucuses? At at least two precincts, coin flips were apparently needed to decide which candidate — Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders — got the available delegates.

Cruz takes Iowa, besting Trump and emerging from GOP pack

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 18:27

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Ted Cruz comes out on top in the leadoff Republican presidential caucuses in Iowa, pushing aside Donald Trump and emerging from the pack of candidates.

Clinton, Sanders in tight battle for Iowa; O'Malley out

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 18:17

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were locked in a tight battle in Iowa's leadoff presidential caucuses Monday as the two rivals offered Americans a stark choice between political pragmatism and revolution. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, unable to turn it into a three-way race, ended his quest for the nomination.