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Obama's approval rating hits two-year high

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 06:41

According to a new CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday, 50 percent of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling his presidency — up 5 points over the most recent survey and his highest approval rating since May 2013.

U.S. justices take up new Arizona redistricting panel challenge

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 06:36
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to take up a fresh challenge to a commission in Arizona that draws legislative districts just a day after ruling on a related case.

Live: Chris Christie launches 2016 presidential bid

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:51

Yahoo's Bianna Golodryga and guests look at the N.J. governor's chances in a crowded GOP field.

Jeb Bush releasing 33 years of tax records in show of transparency

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:49

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Jeb Bush planned to release 33 years of tax records on Tuesday in what was believed to be the most ever made public by a presidential candidate. Bush, a former Florida governor, is attempting to demonstrate that he is more transparent than his rivals for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and distinguish himself from Democrat Hillary Clinton. The tax records are expected to cover nearly all of his business career.

Why Chris Christie has to run for president to stay afloat in New Jersey

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:33

The only thing keeping him politically afloat at home is the prospect of a presidential campaign.

Indonesia military cargo plane crashes in Medan, dozens dead

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:04

An aircraft crashes into a residential neighborhood in Indonesia's third-largest city.

Crunch time for Greece as IMF debt looms and bailout ends

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 02:38

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — It's crunch time for Greece, with the European part of its international bailout expiring Tuesday and with it any possible access to the remaining rescue loans that it needs to pay its debts.

Oklahoma, Florida move quickly to resume lethal injections

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 23:30

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma and Florida moved quickly to resume lethal injections after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of midazolam, a sedative that has been used in several problematic executions.

How state fights against same-sex marriage may backfire

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 22:32

Efforts by some states to challenge the Supreme Court ruling will likely prove futile.

The next act: What happens now in Greece's drama

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 18:47

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Greece has entered the twilight zone.

Survey shows enough votes to remove Confederate flag in SC

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 16:05

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A survey of South Carolina legislators shows there is enough support to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds if all supporters cast a vote.

Supreme Court allows Texas abortion clinics to remain open

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 12:02

The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Texas to enforce restrictions that would force 10 abortion clinics to close.

Obama signs trade bills into law, says tough battle still ahead

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:46

By Roberta Rampton and Lindsay Dunsmuir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law legislation that gives him "fast-track" power to push ahead on a Pacific Rim trade deal that has been the subject of intense debate in Congress and across the nation. Flanked by some of the lawmakers who supported the bill through a six-week congressional battle, Obama acknowledged that his fight to secure the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership was far from over. "We still have some tough negotiations that are going to be taking place," Obama said at a signing ceremony.

Stocks tumble on Greece and Puerto Rico debt woes

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:30

David Kotok, chief investment officer at Cumberland Advisors, expects the market to be "rocky" and volatile in the face of these cross-Atlantic debt concerns but remains overall bullish on stocks.

Co-worker recalls Colorado movie massacre gunman acting 'spaced out'

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 09:01

Lawyers for Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes sought on Monday to build their case he was legally insane, calling a former co-worker at a pill-coating factory who remembered him as quiet, antisocial and acting oddly. Public defenders are seeking to save Holmes' life after the 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 people and wounding 70 in the July 2012 shooting rampage. Jose Sanchez worked with the defendant for three or four months beginning in the fall of 2010 at a pill- and capsule-coating factory in San Diego county, California.

French beheading suspect denies jihad motivation

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 08:53
The man being held in France under suspicion of beheading his boss and trying to blow up a chemicals plant has told investigators there was no religious motivation behind the attack, a source close to the inquiry said on Monday. The source said Yassin Salhi, 35, told investigators he was not a jihadist and repeated earlier statements that he committed the act outside the southeast city of Lyon on Friday after a row with his wife the day before and his boss a few days earlier. The severed head of his boss was found hanging on the fence of a site belonging to U.S-based gas and chemicals company Air Products, next to flags bearing professions of the Muslim faith.

Shot New York prison escapee is serious but stable

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 08:37

Doctors updated the condition of New York prison escapee David Sweat to serious from critical on Monday, a day after he was shot by police after more than three weeks on the run, hospital officials said. Sweat, 35, is being treated in the state capital where a trauma team at Albany Medical Center determined that the convict did not require surgery, the hospital said in a statement.

Justices uphold use of drug implicated in botched executions

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:25

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the use of a controversial drug that has been implicated in several botched executions. Two of the justices said for first time that death penalty itself probably is unconstitutional.