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Republican Walker exits 2016 presidential race

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 14:23

Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin abruptly pulled out of the 2016 U.S. presidential race on Monday, doomed by a lightning-quick collapse from serious contender to a candidate struggling to raise money and his profile. Walker, reading a statement in the Wisconsin capital of Madison, decried the negative tone of the Republican campaign in remarks seemingly directed at New York billionaire Donald Trump. Walker harked back to the late Republican President Ronald Reagan as a model for the party because "he was an optimist." "Sadly the debate taking place in the Republican Party today is not focused on that optimistic view of America.

Carson won’t back down from Muslim comments

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 12:12

The GOP presidential hopeful says a commander in chief should be “sworn in on a stack of Bibles, not a Koran.”

U.S. expands VW pollution-skirting probe to other carmakers

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 12:06

The US government has expanded its investigation of pollution-skirting devices in diesel vehicles to other manufacturers after Volkswagen admitted it used them to thwart US environmental standards. The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that it will screen for so-called "defeat devices" in diesel vehicles on the road that are produced by other manufacturers. The California Air Resources Board is a partner in the investigation, an EPA spokesperson said in an email to AFP.

Bergdahl lawyers seeks public release of military report on disappearance

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 12:06

The lawyers for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl filed papers on Monday seeking the public release of the military report on the soldier who left his post in a remote part of Afghanistan and spent nearly five years imprisoned by the Taliban. The report on Bergdahl's disappearance and capture was put together by Major General Kenneth Dahl, who told a military hearing last week at a base in San Antonio that he did not believe the soldier should face jail time for his actions.. Bergdahl's defense counsel said in its filing: "These documents are unclassified.

Plan to admit more refugees faces stiff opposition in Congress

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 11:48

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House plans to allow thousands more refugees into the United States faced stiff opposition on Monday in the U.S. Congress, where Republican lawmakers demanded the right to review, and reject, the effort, citing fears of terrorism. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday announced an increase of 15,000 per year for the next two years in the number of refugees the country takes in. Under current law, Congress does not have to approve the Democratic administration's plan.

Clinton says she won't let GOP 'tear up' health care law

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 11:07

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is vowing to build upon President Barack Obama's health care law if she wins the White House, and defend it against Republican opposition.

Dallas police fatally shoot man they say opened fire on them

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 10:43
Dallas police fatally shot a man armed with a handgun on Monday after he opened fire at an apartment complex while officers were responding to an unrelated call, police said, adding he may have been seeking to die. Geraldo Ramirez, 24, fired several rounds in the air to draw the attention of officers who were investigating a car accident. Ramirez then began shooting at them, Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin told a news conference.

White House cites August jump in children entering U.S. illegally

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 09:47

The White House said on Monday there was a surprising increase in August in the number of children entering the country illegally after those figures fell steadily since the child migrant crisis a year ago. "We have seen over the last year a precipitous decline in the number of unaccompanied children attempting to enter this country without proper documentation and we have seen just in the last month, in the month of August, a surprising uptick," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

APNewsBreak: US weighs abstention on Cuba embargo vote at UN

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 08:53

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, the United States may accept a United Nations condemnation of the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba without a fight, The Associated Press has learned.

Mother of Baby Doe held on $1M bond; no bail for boyfriend

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 08:12

BOSTON (AP) — The mother of a young girl dubbed Baby Doe and identified almost three months after her remains washed up inside a trash bag on a Boston Harbor beach was ordered held on $1 million cash bond Monday, and the mother's boyfriend was denied bail on murder charges.

Catholic lawmakers thrilled by upcoming visit of Francis

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 07:37

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner has been trying for 20 years to get a pope to come talk to Congress. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says it's "thrilling beyond words."

Mother of dead Massachusetts toddler held on $1 million bail

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 07:07

The couple, Rachelle Bond, 40, and Michael McCarthy, 35, were arraigned on murder charges in Dorchester Municipal Court after authorities announced their arrest last week. The child's name was Bella Bond.

Macy's to hire 85,000 workers for holiday shopping season

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 05:43

(Reuters) - Department store chain Macy's Inc plans to hire 85,000 temporary workers in the United States for the holiday shopping season, down from 86,000 last year. Macy's said on Monday that about 12,000 positions would be based in direct-to-consumer fulfillment facilities in areas such as Arizona, Oklahoma and Connecticut. Macy's customer service centers will get 1,600 workers.

Pentagon promotes 'Lean In' groups to boost women in leadership

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 04:29

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, keen to expand the number of women and minorities in military leadership, on Monday will endorse "Lean In" discussion groups sparked by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg's bestselling book, a senior defense official said. Carter and Sandberg will meet at the Pentagon with 15 women from all ranks and military services who already lead Lean In groups, followed by a news conference, where Carter will promote creation of more such groups, at government facilities and even during working hours. In recent years, the Pentagon has stepped up its recruitment of women and minorities, and is moving to open more - if not all - combat jobs to women, a continuing source of debate among military and civilian leaders.

How to host Pope Francis: Obama learns from Bush

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 03:11

Papal meetings with American presidents come with a special set of rules and expectations.

Emmys 2015: Best and worst moments

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 00:11

This year, the Emmys were actually pretty good!

Authorities: Gun tests tie suspect to freeway shootings

Sun, 09/20/2015 - 22:12

PHOENIX (AP) — Soft-spoken and handcuffed, a 21-year-old landscaper insists that he is not responsible for a string of Phoenix freeway shootings and that his gun has been sitting in a pawn shop for months.

Best and worst dressed at the Emmys

Sun, 09/20/2015 - 21:09

Despite the extreme L.A. heat, most stars still brought it in the style department.

Seattle teachers ratify three-year contract, ending labor dispute

Sun, 09/20/2015 - 20:05
The strike, which left many working parents scrambling to improvise childcare arrangements, marked the first labor-related disruption of classes in three decades for Seattle's public schools. Negotiators for the teachers union and the Seattle school district had reached a tentative agreement on Tuesday.

Pope meets Fidel Castro after warning against ideology

Sun, 09/20/2015 - 18:09

Pope Francis met with Fidel Castro after urging thousands of Cubans to serve one another and not an ideology...