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Big review set by Democrats after election losses

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 12:35

Democrats are planning an extensive review of what went wrong in the 2014 and 2010 elections, hoping to find ways to translate success in presidential campaigns into future midterm contests.

Nissan recalls 52,000 vehicles for faulty air bags

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 12:27

Nissan is recalling more than 52,000 vehicles for passenger air bags that can explode with too much force and send shards of metal into the passenger compartment.

Things to know about new attorney general nominee

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 10:26

Loretta Lynch is President Barack Obama's pick to be the next attorney general. If confirmed, she would be the first black woman to hold the post.

Gorbachev says world is on brink of new Cold War

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 10:03

By Bettina Borgfeld BERLIN (Reuters) - Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned in a speech in Berlin on Saturday that East-West tensions over the Ukraine crisis were threatening to push the world into a new Cold War, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Gorbachev, who is credited with forging a rapprochement with the West that led to the demise of communist regimes across Eastern Europe, accused the West, and the United States in particular, of not fulfilling their promises after 1989. "The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. ...

Mexican meth increasingly supplanting at-home labs

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 09:30

The nation's Heartland is ridding itself of the scourge of homemade methamphetamine, with lab seizures down by nearly half in many high-meth states. Any celebration is muted: Meth use remains high, but people are increasingly turning to cheaper, imported Mexican meth rather than making their own.

Obama picks Loretta Lynch to be next U.S. attorney general

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:08

President Barack Obama on Saturday picked Brooklyn federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to be the next U.S. attorney general who, if confirmed by the Senate, would be the first black woman in the job.

U.S. says North Korea releases 2 detained Americans

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 07:54

U.S. intelligence officials say two American citizens are on their way home from North Korea after their release from prison there.

Two Americans freed by North Korea, returning home: U.S. officials

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 07:41

By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. citizens Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller have been freed from detention by the North Korean government and are returning to the United States, the U.S. government said on Saturday. Bae and Miller were being accompanied home by James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, his office said. Their release comes less than three weeks after another American was freed by Pyongyang. Bae, a missionary from Washington state, was arrested in North Korea in November 2012 and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for crimes against the state. ...

Arizona's immigrant smuggling law struck down

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 07:36

A federal judge has struck down Arizona's 2005 immigrant smuggling law on the grounds that it's trumped by federal statutes.

Hard-line US cardinal loses another Vatican job

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 07:07

American Cardinal Raymond Burke, a fervent opponent of abortion and gay marriage, was removed by Pope Francis from another top Vatican post on Saturday.

Power shift in U.S. Senate brings sterner tone to foreign policy debate

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 06:11

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate will bring a tough new tone to the debate over Washington's foreign policy, with lawmakers expected use their new clout and power over the budget to promote a more interventionist foreign policy. While leaders of the Democratic-majority Senate mostly backed President Barack Obama's international goals, Republicans plan to pressure the White House to take a tougher line on Iran, Russia and Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria. ...

Ebola volunteers wrestle with quarantine mandates

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 05:28

Dr. Robert Fuller didn't hesitate to go to Indonesia to treat survivors of the 2004 tsunami, to Haiti to help after the 2010 earthquake or to the Philippines after a devastating typhoon last year. But he's given up on going to West Africa to care for Ebola patients this winter.

Foundation of U.S. nuclear system showing cracks

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 04:15

WASHINGTON (AP) — The foundation of America's nuclear arsenal is fractured, and the government has no clear plan to repair it.

Chef, 90, faces jail, fines for feeding the homeless

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 03:14

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - For decades, 90-year-old Arnold Abbott has hauled pans filled with roast chicken and cheese-covered potatoes onto a south Florida beach park to feed hundreds of homeless people. For his good deeds, Abbott finds himself facing up to two months in jail and hundreds of dollars in fines after new laws that restrict public feeding of the homeless went into effect in Fort Lauderdale earlier this year. On Wednesday, several police cars waited for Abbott at a downtown Fort Lauderdale park, and officers pulled aside the frail man, clad in a white chef’s coat, soon after the first plates were ready to be served. Abbott moved to Florida from Massachusetts in 1970 and was a civil rights activist and wholesale jewelry salesman.

EU foreign chief, in Gaza, calls for Palestinian state

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 02:43

The European Union's new foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on Saturday appealed for the establishment of a Palestinian state, saying the world "cannot afford" another war in Gaza. "We need a Palestinian state -- that is the ultimate goal and this is the position of all the European Union," Mogherini said during a trip to Gaza, devastated by its third conflict in six years.

Obama taps Washington outsider as attorney general

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 23:54

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has chosen federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general, sending a Washington outsider as a high-profile confirmation test amid a power shift in the Senate.

Expanded U.S. role in Iraq? Not without Congress' OK

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 23:28

Members of Congress face a debate over President Obama's new $5.6 billion plan.

Teen wounded in Washington school shooting dies

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 21:47

SEATTLE (AP) — Another of the teenagers wounded in a Washington state high school shooting has died, raising to five the number of fatalities after a student opened fire in the cafeteria two weeks ago.

Boy shot in Washington state school rampage dies, death toll is five: hospital

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 21:32

(Reuters) - A boy shot during a rampage at a Washington state high school last month has died from his wounds, a spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center said on Friday, bringing the death toll to five. Andrew Fryberg, 15, died Friday evening at the hospital, spokeswoman Susan Gregg said. He was shot in the head during the Oct. 24 incident in a cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, an hour's drive north of Seattle. Three girls were also killed in the attack, along with the gunman who took his own life. ...

Obama to send 1,500 more troops to Iraq as campaign expands

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 18:59

By Phil Stewart and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has approved sending up to 1,500 more troops to Iraq, roughly doubling the number of U.S. forces on the ground helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle the militant group Islamic State, U.S. officials said on Friday. Obama's decision greatly expands the scope of the U.S. campaign and the geographic distribution of American forces, some of whom will head into Iraq's fiercely contested western Anbar province for the first time to act as advisers. ...