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Woman abducted on Philadelphia street found safe

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 16:13

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A woman seen on surveillance video being abducted off a Philadelphia street was found safe outside Baltimore on Wednesday, and the man who snatched her was arrested, police said.

Obama, Republicans sound conciliatory note but battles loom

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 15:39

By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his powerful U.S. Senate adversary struck a conciliatory tone on Wednesday, but Obama's plans to proceed with new immigration rules foreshadowed a bumpy start to his relationship with a Republican-controlled Congress. Obama and Mitch McConnell, who will become majority leader when Republicans take charge in the Senate in January, signaled they hoped to get past a previously frosty relationship to pass legislation on priorities on which they can both agree. ...

In rare case, NYC cops charged with assault over teen's arrest

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 14:48
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two New York police officers have been charged with assaulting a teenaged boy during his arrest in Brooklyn, prosecutors said on Wednesday, an unusual case in a city where prosecutions of police for excessive are rare. After a brief chase on a Brooklyn sidewalk in August, Officers David Afanador, 33, and Tyrane Isaac, 36, can be seen in surveillance video footage hitting Kahreem Tribble, 16, even after he put up his hands in apparent surrender, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said in a statement. ...

Obama not 'mopey' about election rout

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 14:05

The president vows to act on his own on immigration if Congress doesn't handle its job.

Missouri ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, court rules

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 13:56

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a St. Louis circuit judge ruled on Wednesday. The decision comes a day after a federal judge ruled that neighboring Kansas also was violating the constitution by refusing to allow same-sex marriages. And it adds momentum to sweeping changes taking place across the country that allow same-sex couples to marry in more than 30 states. "Marriage equality is now the law of the land in the state of Missouri," said Winston Calvert, the city attorney for St. Louis, who challenged the state's same-sex marriage ban. ...

Obama to seek authority from Congress for Islamic State fight

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 13:36

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he would seek fresh authorization from Congress in the next few weeks for the U.S. military campaign against Islamic State militants, taking a new approach to congressional backing for the fight. Obama made the announcement at a news conference after his Democratic Party suffered big losses in Tuesday's congressional elections, which left Republicans in charge of the U.S. Senate. "The world needs to know we are united behind this effort and the men and women of our military deserve our clear and unified support," Obama said. ...

Obama vows to get job done with GOP

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 13:00

The president says he'll work with Republicans to avoid gridlock in Washington.

McConnell's stern warning for Obama

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 10:35

The republican senator has a simple demand of the president.

Californians support reducing sentences for nonviolent criminals

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 10:33
(Reuters) - California voters passed a measure on Tuesday that will reduce the sentences of nonviolent offenders, potentially releasing 10,000 felons from state prisons. Proposition 47 won the support of 59 percent of voters, California Secretary of State records show. About 40,000 offenders could be annually affected by the new law, reported the state's Legislative Analyst's Office. State savings from the reduction in prisoner population would be used to support school truancy and dropout prevention, victim services, mental health and drug abuse treatment. ...

Yankees' Rodriguez admits PED use to feds: report

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 09:18

MIAMI (Reuters) - New York Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in an interview with federal agents investigating a Florida anti-aging clinic at the center of baseball's doping scandal, the Miami Herald reported on Wednesday. Rodriguez publicly has denied the use of banned substances from the Miami-area Biogenesis clinic, even as he concluded last week a one-year suspension by Major League Baseball for violating the league's doping program. ...

Was last night the start of Chris Christie 2016?

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 09:11

Was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie a big winner in yesterday’s midterm elections? He wasn’t on the ballot but lots of other Republican governors and gubernatorial candidates were, and Governor Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, was instrumental in some of their victories.

Wearied by partisan warfare, many women desert Democrats

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 08:18

By Andy Sullivan and Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats hoped women voters would help them weather a tough election year, but weariness with President Barack Obama and disgust with relentless partisan warfare in Washington prompted many to abandon the party they had backed two years earlier. In a bitter election marked by record spending, Obama's Democrats battled a powerful headwind of frustration among women voters who said they had grown tired of the relentless attack ads on TV and unceasing warfare between Democratic and Republican lawmakers. ...

Is 'red wave' or 'shellacking 2.0' end of an era for Democrats?

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 08:08

It's been called "shellacking 2.0," "a red wave," a "political typhoon," and "a repudiation" of Obama and his party.

5 winners and losers from the midterms

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 08:04

Complete Yahoo News election coverage

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 08:04

Although both parties will cling to small political wins in the news cycle, there won't be tidal-wave victories for anyone. The Democrats will lose six seats in the House and three in the Senate (Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia). (Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe/Getty Images)

'Famously liberal' city imposes historic tax

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 07:59

By Ann Saphir BERKELEY Calif. (Reuters) - The California city of Berkeley overwhelmingly approved the first U.S. ballot measure to tax sugary soft drinks, but while supporters hope it will unleash similar efforts nationwide, organizers of the measure said their grassroots effort would not be easy to duplicate. The success on Tuesday by famously liberal Berkeley follows a string of failures to tax soda, including in nearby Richmond, California, in 2012. Berkeley's new law will impose a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. ...

How a midterm makes history: Election 2014 firsts

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 06:53

From the first female veteran in Congress to the first black senator elected in the South since Reconstruction, it was a historic night in elective politics.

Time's cover tweak: From 'Hope' to 'Change'

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 06:23

In the wake of the Republican Party's shellacking of Democrats in Tuesday's midterm elections, the magazine is tossing some salt in President Barack Obama's wounds.

Voters OK legal marijuana in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 04:00

By Shelly Sebens PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Residents of Oregon, Alaska, and the U.S. capital voted to legalize marijuana on Tuesday, in key victories that could fuel the legalization movement as cannabis usage is increasingly recognized by the American mainstream. The Oregon and Alaska measures would legalize recreational pot use and usher in a network of retail pot shops similar to those operating in Washington state and Colorado, which in 2012 voted to become the first U.S. states to allow marijuana use for fun. ...