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$30M donation brought NFL another crisis of credibility

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 14:21

The NFL has done some important work making football safer, from the pro level on down. Yet it continues to destroy any chance for that narrative.

IRS chief : Impeachment charges lack merit, won't testify

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 13:46

WASHINGTON (AP) — The commissioner of the IRS said Monday that Republican allegations that he misled congressional investigators probing his agency "are without merit," and said he would not appear at a congressional hearing this week examining whether he deserves to be impeached.

Top Republicans bash VA secretary for ‘ludicrous’ comment about Disneyland lines and veterans’ care

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:45

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald caused a small uproar among leading Republican politicians on Monday after he said hospital wait times were not the best way to measure veterans’ satisfaction with the agency. Or what’s important?” McDonald said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, the Washington Post reported. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump were among those who criticized McDonald’s comments.

Veterans hold Trump Tower protest after Donald Trump’s charity fundraising drive comes up short

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:12

A group of veterans went to Donald Trump’s headquarters in midtown Manhattan on Monday to demand an apology and answers after the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s campaign admitted a veterans fundraiser did not raise as much money as he had initially claimed. “We’re here as a group of veterans to reject Donald Trump,” McCoy said. The protest came on the heels of a Washington Post report published Saturday, in which Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said the fundraiser only brought in about $4.5 million.

Officer acquitted on all charges in Freddie Gray case

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 08:02

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore officer was acquitted Monday of assault and other charges in the arrest of Freddie Gray, dealing prosecutors a significant blow in their attempt to hold police accountable for the young black man's death from injuries he suffered in the back of a police van.

John Hickenlooper says he probably would serve as Clinton’s running mate

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:02
On Monday, May 23, at 1:30 p.m. ET, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric speaks with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper about the 2016 presidential race where the fight for the Democratic nomination wages on between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Meanwhile, looking toward the general election, new polls show Clinton and Trump in a dead heat. Hickenlooper will also talk about his memoir, “The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics.” 

U.S. Supreme Court rules for black Georgia death row inmate

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 06:48

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a black Georgia death row inmate convicted in 1987 of murdering an elderly white woman, finding that prosecutors unlawfully excluded black potential jurors in selecting an all-white jury. In a 7-1 ruling, the court handed a victory to inmate Timothy Foster, 48, who asserted prosecutorial misconduct after he was convicted and sentenced to death in the 1986 murder of Queen White, a 79-year-old retired schoolteacher. The justices threw out Foster's conviction after decades on death row.

Even Lindsey Graham is reportedly telling Republicans to support Donald Trump

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 06:32

Lindsey Graham is now urging members of his party to support Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee. “I’d rather lose without Donald Trump than try to win with with him. At the time, Trump was also firing off scathing attacks against Graham, then one of his rivals in the race for the GOP nomination.

IS blasts in Syria regime heartland kill more than 120

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 03:58

More than 120 people were killed Monday in a wave of bombings claimed by the Islamic State group in northwestern Syria, the deadliest attacks yet in the regime’s coastal heartland. Seven near-simultaneous explosions targeted bus stations, hospitals and other civilian sites in the seaside cities of Jableh and Tartus, which until now had been relatively insulated from Syria’s five-year civil war. The unprecedented attacks on strongholds of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime came as IS faces increasing pressure in both Syria and Iraq, where Baghdad’s forces on Monday launched a major offensive to retake the jihadist-held city of Fallujah.

US ex-POW in Japan to travel with Obama to Hiroshima

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 02:37

TOKYO (AP) — An American held by Japan as a prisoner of war during World War II and forced to work in a copper mine has been invited to accompany President Barack Obama on his historic visit to Hiroshima this week, a U.S. veterans group said.

Monitor: Blasts kill more than 100 in Syrian government coastal heartland

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 02:34

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks in the Mediterranean cites that have up to now escaped the worst of the conflict.

Mission not quite accomplished: Obama’s antiterrorism legacy

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 01:01

Three years ago today, Barack Obama gave a major counterterrorism address at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. It was what his aides call a “framing” speech, an effort to knit together an overarching approach to the fight against radical terrorists. Predictably, Obama touted his administration’s key successes. Osama bin Laden was dead, the core al-Qaida organization in Pakistan was “on a path to defeat,” and there had been no “large-scale” terror attacks on U.S. soil since he had taken office.

Wild US election fascinates, worries Iran after nuclear deal

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 00:17

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — After decades of officially-imposed detachment from the "Great Satan," Iranians are this time transfixed by the wild U.S. presidential campaign, mindful that the next White House occupant could have direct impact on their lives.

Obama lifts decades-old arms ban in his 1st visit to Vietnam

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 23:52

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday lifted a half-century-old ban on selling arms to Vietnam during his first visit to the communist country, looking to bolster a government seen as a crucial, though ...

In swing-state suburbs, white women are skeptical of Trump

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 23:50

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — For Donald Trump to win the White House in November, he'll need the votes of women like lifelong Republican Wendy Emery.

Obama confirms leader dead as Taliban meet on his successor

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 23:49

By Matt Spetalnick and James Mackenzie HANOI/KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama confirmed on Monday that the leader of the Afghan Taliban had been killed in an American air strike, an attack likely to trigger another leadership tussle in a militant movement already riven by internal divisions. Obama, on a three-day visit to Vietnam, reiterated support for the government in Kabul and the Afghan security forces, and called on the Taliban to join peace talks. The president authorized the drone strike that killed Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a remote region just on the Pakistani side of the border with Afghanistan on Saturday, and Afghan authorities have said the mission was successful.

Verdict expected in Freddie Gray-officer trial in Baltimore

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 23:35

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore judge is expected to announce his verdict in the trial of a police officer charged in the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray.

Germany's Bayer offers $62 billion for Monsanto

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 22:39

The move which would create the world's biggest supplier of seeds, pesticides and genetically modified crops.

Indian climber 3rd to die on Mount Everest in recent days

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 21:40

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An Indian climber who had fallen sick and was being helped down Mount Everest has died, becoming the third to die in recent days while attempting to scale the world's tallest peak, an expedition organizer said Monday.

17 girls dead in fire at school dormitory in Thailand

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 18:56

At least 17 young girls died after a fire swept through the dormitory of a school for children of hill tribes in northern Thailand, officials said Monday, adding several others were either missing or injured. Seventeen girls were killed and two are still missing, with five injured," Colonel Prayad Singsin of the police in Chiang Rai told AFP. A Chiang Rai provincial official confirmed the death toll, adding that the privately-run school is home to girls aged between six and 13 years old, drawn mainly from the deprived local hill tribes.