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Clinton says no email apology: 'What I did was allowed'

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 13:20

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday she does not need to apologize for using a private email account and server while at the State Department because "what I did was allowed."

'Give it a go, Joe': Pittsburgh union crowd cheers on Biden

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 12:49

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Hearing chants of "run Joe, run," Vice President Joe Biden marched in Pittsburgh's annual Labor Day parade on Monday as speculation swirled about a potential late entry into the Democratic presidential campaign.

Europe's Refugee Crisis by the Numbers

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 11:40

European leaders are proposing extra funding to help relocate thousands of people amid the continent's biggest refugee crisis since World War II. Germany and Austria are advocating for quotas for each of the 28 members of the European Union. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is expected this week to propose relocating 120,000 migrants in Italy, Greece and Hungary to other nations in the E.U., according to Bloomberg News.

Jailed Kentucky clerk seeks emergency injunction in gay marriage case

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 11:07

By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Lawyers for jailed Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis said on Monday they had asked an appellate court to force Governor Steve Beshear to let her refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses based on her religious convictions. The lawyers sought emergency relief from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, asking it to grant Davis an exemption from the "governor's mandate that all county clerks issue marriage licenses," the non-profit legal advocacy group Liberty Counsel, which represents Davis, said in a news release.

Britain says to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees over five years

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 09:52
By David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged on Monday to take in up to 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years, responding to public clamor for his government to help those fleeing civil war in the country. "We are proposing that Britain should resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refuges over the rest of this parliament. Cameron has been under pressure from the media and his European counterparts to take in far more refugees to help with the wider migrant crisis, which has seen hundreds of thousand of people arrive in mainland Europe.

Obama orders government contractors to offer paid sick leave

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 08:41

By Jeff Mason and Lucia Mutikani BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday ordered government contractors to offer their workers seven days of paid sick leave a year and, without naming them, knocked Republican presidential candidates for advocating what he said were anti-union policies. Obama signed an executive order on sick leave during a flight on Air Force One to Boston, where he spoke at a union event. The White House said it would affect some 300,000 people.

Obama: world economy is volatile right now, U.S. is bright spot

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 08:08
BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday the world economy was volatile at the moment and the U.S. economy was a bright spot in the mix.

Man shot in head before Brooklyn parade is reportedly Gov. Cuomo aide

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 06:52
A man reportedly identified as an aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was shot in the head and critically injured after gunfire erupted in the pre-dawn hours on Monday before the West Indian Day parade in Brooklyn, police said. The 43-year-old man was the "unintended target" of the shooting, which took place at 3:41 a.m. at 1680 Bedford Avenue, said a spokeswoman for the New York Police Department. Cuomo's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Illinois town to bury slain officer as police hunt killers

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 06:39

An 18-mile procession beginning after Gliniewicz's funeral will wind its way from Fox Lake, about 60 miles (97 km) northwest of Chicago, through Lake County. The procession will end at Hillside East Cemetery in Antioch, where Gliniewicz will be buried. Gliniewicz, a decorated 30-year veteran of the Fox Lake Police Department and the father of four boys who was known around the village as "G.I. Joe," was killed on Tuesday.

Merkel demands EU partners share burden of migrant influx

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 01:40

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel, reflecting on "a moving, in some parts breathtaking weekend behind us," said Monday that all EU countries could help to accommodate the human tide from the Middle East and Africa.

Obama observes Labor Day, extends contractors' paid leave

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 20:18

The president will sign an executive order Monday requiring paid sick leave for employees of federal contractors, including 300,000 who currently receive none.

Clinton back in Iowa, promises to take on Republicans

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 16:40

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Campaigning in Iowa over Labor Day weekend, Hillary Rodham Clinton said she is ready to take on Republican opposition and will press for specifics on immigration proposals by front-runner Donald Trump.

Harvard Professor Larry Lessig Says He's Running for President

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 16:26

After exceeding his $1 million crowd-funding goal, Harvard Law School professor Larry Lessig announced today on “This Week” that he is running for president. “I think I'm running to get people to acknowledge the elephant in the room,” he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

Austria to revoke measures that let migrants cross from Hungary

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 15:55

By Michael Shields and Irene Preisinger VIENNA/MUNICH (Reuters) - Austria said on Sunday it planned to end emergency measures that have allowed thousands of refugees stranded in Hungary into Austria and Germany since Saturday morning. Austria had suspended its random border checks after photographs of a Syrian toddler lying dead on a Turkish beach showed Europeans the horror faced by those desperate enough to travel illegally into the heart of Europe, which is deeply divided over how to cope. After 71 people suffocated in the back of a truck abandoned on an Austrian highway en route from Hungary, and as thousands headed from Budapest toward Austria on foot, Vienna had agreed with Germany to waive rules requiring refugees to register an asylum claim in the first EU country they reach.

Kentucky clerk who refused same-sex marriage licenses starts new appeal

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 13:14

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, 49, who refused to issue the licenses due to her Apostolic Christian belief that marriage can only be between a man and a woman, said she was prepared to remain in jail where she has been reading a Bible since her incarceration for contempt on Thursday, her lawyers said. Davis was jailed for refusing to follow the orders of U.S. District Judge David Bunning. Davis' stance has come to symbolize the cultural gap over gay marriage in the United States.

Boy fatally shot, two adults wounded at family party in Charlotte

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 11:31
The boy, identified as Kevin Antonio Calderon Rodas, was killed about 9 p.m. on Saturday during a family celebration in the front yard of a southwest Charlotte house, according to police. "It's a sad state of affairs," Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Deputy Chief Jeff Estes said during a news conference on Saturday night.

Critics push U.S. to help Europe by taking more refugees

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 11:21

By Bill Trott and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States came under more pressure on Sunday to help Europe find sanctuary for a flood of immigrants displaced by war and chaos, but Washington showed no signs of planning a dramatic increase in its intake of refugees. David Miliband, head of the International Rescue Committee and former British foreign secretary, called on the United States to bring out "the kind of leadership America has shown on these kind of issues" in the past. "The United States has always been a leader in refugee resettlement but 1,500 people over four years is such a miniscule contribution to tackling the human side of this problem," Miliband said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." State Department spokesman John Kirby, in an interview with Reuters late on Saturday, offered no indication the United States would be greatly boosting the number of immigrants it would allow into the country.

Indiana zoo locked down briefly after cheetah jumps out of exhibit

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 11:16

No zoo visitor, staff or cheetah was injured in the incident, Indianapolis Zoo spokeswoman Judy Palermo said. About 9:40 a.m. local time on Sunday, a zoo staffer noticed that a 4-year-old male cheetah named Pounce jumped into a fenced grassy area next to the primary exhibit. Zoo visitors walk alongside the grassy area, Palermo said.

Sarah Palin on immigrants: 'When you're here, let's speak American'

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 11:14

The former Alaskan governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee weighs in on the war of words between 2016 GOP hopefuls Jeb Bush and Donald Trump.

Whale watching ships search for entangled blue whale off California

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 09:05
(Reuters) - Whale watching ships were dispatched on Sunday to help search for a blue whale entangled in a fishing line for several days off the southern California coast, officials said. The whale, which was first seen by a cruise ship off the coast of the upscale seaside community of Rancho Palos Verdes, was last spotted on Friday in the channel between Los Angeles Harbor and Catalina Island, said Jim Milbury, a spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Rancho Palos Verdes is about 25 miles (40 km) from Catalina Island.