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Ford calls back more than 202,000 vehicles in five North American recalls

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 07:09

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said on Tuesday it was calling back 202,241 vehicles in five North American recalls covering several issues, including an incorrect repair in a previous recall. The No. 2 U.S. automaker said it was aware of one accident in the case of the improperly repaired vehicles, but no injuries related to any of the issues. ...


Calif. family mourns 3 teen girls killed on Halloween

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 06:47

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Taking to the streets after hearing a loud crash on Halloween night, Brenda Gonzalez soon saw signs of her sister: the pillowcases she and her friends had been carrying for candy, the tutu she'd been wearing.


Midterms and marijuana: What's at stake for legalization

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 06:14

From Alaska to Maine, a guide to America's pot votes on Election Day


Tea Party 'has completely...ruined the Republican Party,' says former Nixon aide

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 05:03

Looking ahead to 2016, the 'lifelong Republican' and former Nixon aide weighs in on his son's political future and the prospect of a race between Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton.


Legal marijuana gets major test in Oregon, Alaska, and D.C. ballots

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 03:49

Ballot measures in Oregon and Alaska would set up a network of regulated pot shops, similar to those already operating in Colorado and Washington state after twin landmark votes in 2012. The referendums come amid rapid shifts in Americans' opinions on marijuana in recent years that have seen efforts to legalize cannabis creep closer toward the mainstream and brought about sweeping pot policy changes in states and cities, where the drug remains illegal under federal law. "Win or lose, we expect to see more support and more dialogue about the issue than ever," said Mason Tvert, a spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, which is working on legalization measures in California and other states for 2016.


U.S. governors seeking re-election face dissatisfied voters

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 03:10

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 30 U.S. governors' races will be decided on Tuesday, with more than a dozen considered too close to call and a large number of incumbents struggling to defend their economic policies as they seek to remain in office. Hot-button issues from gun control to abortion restrictions and healthcare figure in some races. For many voters, however, the economy has remained the central issue. ...


6 most aggressive GOP attempts to tie Obama to Dem candidates

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 00:26

Republicans trying to take back the Senate and expand their advantage in the House have rallied over the past year around a common strategy: tie Democrats to President Barack Obama — at any cost and for any reason. Candidates, parties and independent groups spent hundreds of millions to try to convince voters that Democrats on ballots all over the country not only think like Obama but are basically him, in miniature. The reason for this effort is obvious: nationally, the president has a 42 percent approval rating, and in many of the more conservative states where embattled Democrats are fighting to keep their jobs, his favorability is even lower.


Everything you need to know about the 2014 midterms

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 00:23

The 20 races that you need to follow on Election Day.


Republicans expect gains, but many races close on election day

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 21:04

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans are poised to make major gains and possibly recapture control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday in midterm elections that could serve as a public referendum on President Barack Obama's job performance. Millions of Americans will cast ballots to elect 36 senators, 36 governors and all 435 members of the House of Representatives in campaigns influenced by Obama's low job approval rating, partisan gridlock in Washington and a U.S. economy that is not growing widely enough to help many in the middle class. ...


St. Louis police deny no-fly zone during protests aimed at media

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 18:52

By Kenny Bahr CLAYTON Mo. (Reuters) - St. Louis County police defended on Monday a no-fly zone imposed over the suburb of Ferguson during August street protests, saying it was for safety reasons, after an Associated Press report said the prohibition was to keep news helicopters away. Police have been criticized for using rubber bullets, tear gas and dogs and for pointing weapons at protesters during demonstrations that followed the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. "It's always all about safety. ...


Obama declares Hawaiian lava flow to be major disaster

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 18:43

(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday declared a slow-moving lava flow from the Pu'u O'o vent of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii to be a major disaster, the White House said. The declaration frees up federal money to help protect local communities from the lava flow, which began moving toward homes on the big island of Hawaii on June 27 and is threatening Pahoa village. The leading edge of the flow has paused about 185 yards from Pahoa Village Road, the main thoroughfare through an old sugar plantation. No homes have been destroyed and no injuries have been reported. ...


One wounded in shooting outside Delaware college residence hall

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 16:21
(Reuters) - One person was wounded on Monday in a shooting outside an off-campus residence hall at Delaware State University in Dover on Monday and the shooter was at large after fleeing the scene, a city spokeswoman said. No one was killed in the incident, which took place in the parking lot of an off-campus residence hall after 5 p.m., said Dover spokeswoman Kay Sass. The victim was taken to a hospital, she said. Although the shooter was still at large, it was not considered to be an active shooter situation, the university said. ...

St. Louis police deny no-fly zone during protests aimed at media

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 14:51

By Kenny Bahr CLAYTON Mo. (Reuters) - St. Louis County police defended on Monday a no-fly zone imposed over the suburb of Ferguson during August street protests, saying it was for safety reasons, after an Associated Press report said the prohibition was to keep news helicopters away. Police have been criticized for using rubber bullets, tear gas and dogs and for pointing weapons at protesters during demonstrations that followed the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. "It's always all about safety. ...


San Antonio mayor's car hit in drive-by shooting, mayor not a target: police

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 13:35
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Two people were injured and the mayor of San Antonio's car was damaged when it was caught in the crossfire in a drive-by shooting on Monday involving rival gangs, police said. Mayor Ivy Taylor was not in the vehicle and her parked car was not a target, San Antonio police said. A car carrying four gang members chased down a group of rival gang members, cornering them and opening fire, according to Police Chief William McManus. About two dozen shots were fired. One man was shot in the leg and another in the abdomen, McManus said. ...

Ahead of tough election, White House blames dismay with Washington

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 13:16

By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With many races still tight but polls showing a general trend in favor of Republicans, the White House on Monday blamed voter dissatisfaction with Washington for what could be an Election Day rout for President Barack Obama's Democrats. Both parties pushed to get voters to the polls in a final effort to sway the electorate ahead of Tuesday's election, which could shift control of the U.S. Senate and upend policy priorities for the last two years of Obama's final term. ...


Suspected driver arrested in fatal Halloween hit-and-run in California

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:44

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police have arrested a driver suspected of killing three 13-year-old girls in a hit-and-run incident at a Southern California crosswalk as they were trick-or-treating on Halloween, officials said on Monday. Jaquinn Ramone Bell, 31, was arrested on Sunday at a Motel 6 in Stanton, a short distance from Santa Ana where the hit and run occurred on Friday night, Santa Ana police Chief Carlos Rojas told a news conference. ...


Maryland boy plotted school attack with gun, bombs: police

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 10:35
(Reuters) - Maryland police have arrested a 16-year-old boy they allege planned to bring a gun and bombs to his school to kill people, authorities said on Monday. The boy planned to take three crude, homemade bombs and a handgun to the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson and "he wanted to kill people," the Baltimore County Police Department said in a statement. The boy, a 10th-grade student at the school, was a suspect in car break-ins on Saturday in the Monkton area, about 65 miles north of Washington. ...

Ga. governor courts black voters, testing larger GOP strategy

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 10:21

Nathan Deal, the 72-year-old Republican governor of Georgia, is fighting for his political life against former President Jimmy Carter’s grandson, two-term state Sen. Jason Carter. And in the process, he’s providing a cautionary tale to national Republicans about how hard it is to win over the black and other nonwhite voters they increasingly need to survive.


Spanish princess may face 'unprecedented' trial

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 09:51

Cristina de Bourbon is caught in a scandal involving 16 others, including her husband.


Controversy over 40K ‘missing voters’ in Georgia raises racial tensions

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 09:40

Democratic leaders say the state’s voter registration system is too convoluted and slow. But they also say African-American voters will be inspired to turn out because of that.


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