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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. ...


Republicans seize control of Senate

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 01:27

The GOP takes over formerly Democratic seats in seven states to win back the majority.


Voters give nod to legal marijuana in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C.

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 01:21

By Shelby 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. ...


On Politics: What Obama’s loss of Congress means for 2016 candidates

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 23:44

Barack Obama will now become the third consecutive president to come into office with governing majorities in both houses of Congress and leave office having fumbled away control of both of them.


Long-term winner of midterms: Hillary Clinton

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 22:59

Who won the 2014 midterm elections? The easy answer is the Republican Party. But in politics, the easy answer isn’t always the only answer, and the winner of an election isn’t always the one who benefits most. The long-term winner of the 2014 midterms wasn’t even on the ballot this year. Her name is Hillary Clinton.


Battle to win Bayou: Runoff election pricy for both parties

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 22:55

Democrats and Republicans have spent months preparing for the possibility that the hotly contested Louisiana Senate race would not be decided on Nov. 4 and instead would stretch into December runoff. Now that that possibility is a reality, they get to deploy their plans. The battle to win the Bayou will be a complicated and expansive fight on the airwaves and to turn out voters who just voted, with both sides investing millions in an effort to jazz their bases once again and stave off election-fatigue.


Republicans prevail in big, bitterly fought governor races

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 22:19

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Republicans governors triumphed in key races on Tuesday in the political heavyweight states of Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin, joining the partisan tide that gave Republicans control of the U.S. Senate. In races shaped by voters' worries about the uneven economic recovery, Republicans won the governor's posts in the Democratic strongholds of Massachusetts, Maryland and President Barack Obama's home state of Illinois, according to projections. ...


Sixth person dies following Maine fire at site of Halloween party

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 22:18
(Reuters) - A sixth person has died following a house fire that broke out in Portland, Maine, over the weekend just hours after a Halloween party, officials said on Tuesday, making it the deadliest blaze in 40 years. Steven Summers died at Massachusetts General Hospital on Tuesday evening after suffering critical burns in the inferno, said Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the state Department of Safety. There was a party at the two-story residence on Halloween last Friday before the fire started early the next morning, McCausland said. ...

Takeover: Republicans surge to Senate control

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 22:08

The GOP rides a powerful wave of voter discontent to victories in the Senate and House.


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