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Kerry, Lavrov try to settle differences over Syrian talks

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 06:57

ZURICH (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met on Wednesday in hopes of resolving differences over who is eligible to join U.N.-mediated peace talks for Syria due to begin next week. Those differences have threatened to delay the start of the negotiations.

East Coast braces for major winter storm, but will the snowpocalypse actually come?

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 06:28

Forecasters are predicting a weekend of heavy snow, high winds and coastal flooding from Virginia to Maine.

Pakistan Taliban kill at least 19 as they storm university

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 00:30

The dead included students, guards, policemen and at least one professor.

Carson campaign volunteer dies after car accident in Iowa

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 22:47

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A volunteer for Ben Carson's presidential campaign died Tuesday after being hospitalized with injuries suffered in a car accident in western Iowa that hurt three other campaign workers.

Michigan governor apologizes for Flint water crisis

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 18:01

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, facing protests, lawsuits and calls for his resignation over drinking water contamination in Flint, on Tuesday apologized to the city's residents and called for the state to spend $28 million on fixes. "To you, the people of Flint, I say tonight as I have before, I am sorry and I will fix it," Snyder said in his annual speech to lawmakers, adding that federal, state and local leaders had failed residents. Some people have reported rashes, hair loss and other problems since Flint, under a state-appointed emergency manager, switched to Flint River water in April 2014 from a Detroit-run water system to save money, attorneys for the residents said.

Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 15:50

Sarah Palin jumps into 2016 race, endorses Donald Trump

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 14:43

The former VP candidate backs the Republican presidential front-runner.

NY Times: Former VP candidate Palin endorses Trump in 2016 race

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 12:47

(Reuters) - Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Tuesday backed billionaire businessman Donald Trump for the party's nomination in the 2016 race for president, the New York Times reported, citing officials with his campaign. “I’m proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for president,” Palin said in a statement provided by Trump's campaign, according to the Times.

Champagne flowed when released Americans finally left Iran

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 10:25

Pale but smiling, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati recounted Tuesday how disbelief turned to joy when he and three fellow Americans realized that they were being released as part of a deal with Iran and reunited with their families after spending years in Iranian prison.

'Affluenza' teen may have been forced to flee to Mexico

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 10:17

Lawyers for the Texas teenager who killed four people in the "affluenza" drunken-driving case and was captured in Mexico said on Tuesday they are investigating whether the 18-year-old chose to flee or was forced. Judge Timothy Menikos of Tarrant County juvenile court deferred a ruling on a move to transfer Ethan Couch's case to adult court because his parents were not adequately notified about the proceedings. Couch and his mother, Tonya Couch, 48, were captured in Puerto Vallarto, Mexico, last month after a manhunt of more than two weeks sparked by allegations the teen violated his probation in the 2013 drunken driving case.

About 3,500 slaves held by Islamic State in Iraq: U.N. report

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:50
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - An estimated 3,500 people, mainly women and children, are being held as slaves in Iraq by Islamic State militants, the United Nations said on Tuesday. The Islamist group, which also controls large parts of Syria, is responsible for acts that may "amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possibly genocide", particularly against minorities, a report said. Iraqi security forces and allied groups including Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have also killed and abducted civilians, it said.

U.S. top court takes up case on Obama immigration plan

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:42

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear President Barack Obama's bid to resurrect his plan to shield more than 4 million illegal immigrants from deportation, a unilateral executive action he took in 2014 to bypass the Republican-led Congress. Obama's action was blocked by lower courts after Texas and 25 other Republican-governed states sued to stop it, contending he exceeded his presidential powers under the U.S. Constitution. The case is not the first time Obama has asked the Supreme Court to rescue a major initiative.

Actress investigated in possible link to 'El Chapo'

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:22

There are indications that drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman had business dealings with actress Kate del Castillo, who arranged a meeting between the drug boss and actor Sean Penn, Mexico's attorney general said in an interview published Tuesday.

Clinton receives endorsement from largest LGBT organization

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 04:43

Hillary Clinton received an endorsement Tuesday for her White House bid from America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.

UN: Nearly 19,000 civilians killed in Iraq in under 2 years

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 03:25

BAGHDAD (AP) — At least 18,802 civilians were killed and another 36,245 were wounded in Iraq between the start of 2014 and Oct. 31 of last year as Iraqi forces battled the Islamic State group, according to a U.N. report released Tuesday.

Ex-FBI agent's family 'outraged' he wasn't in Iran deal

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 18:52
Washington (AFP) - "Crushed and outraged" relatives of an American missing in Iran for nine years expressed deep frustration that he was not included in a prisoner exchange over the weekend. "Why did Iran prisoner swap not include my father?" asked Sarah Moriarty, daughter of ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson, who has been missing for nearly a decade. Speaking on behalf of her "crushed and outraged" family, Moriarty noted the capture and US negotiations for the release of a number of Americans during her father's long captivity -- 3,237 days thus far.

At Liberty University, Donald Trump again stumbles when discussing religion

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 12:48

The Republican presidential candidate spoke at Liberty University Monday to an audience of roughly 13,000 people inside the school’s main events building, the Vines Center.