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Two killed, six injured in boat accident near Baltimore bridge

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 11:38
Two bodies were pulled from the water near the Francis Scott Key Bridge spanning the Patapsco River, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police said in a statement. The power boat hit a concrete piling along a shipping channel that protects the bridge from boat strikes, police said.

Two dead, three hurt in shooting at Kansas City family gathering

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 10:17
KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) - Two people were killed and three others wounded by gunfire at a family gathering in Kansas City overnight, police said Sunday.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch faces potential minefield with Hillary Clinton email investigation

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 09:05

The latest controversy over Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email system while secretary of state is not only a possible drag on her presidential campaign, but it also creates a potential headache for Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The inspectors general for the State Department and intelligence community on Friday disclosed that an internal review of Clinton's system concluded some emails contained classified information and that the inspectors general had sent a non-criminal "referral" to the Justice Department over the matter. Lynch and her department must now determine what to do next -- including whether to open a criminal investigation -- and whatever she decides will be under intense scrutiny, especially by Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Trump tops CNN poll of 2016 Republicans, says he leads 'movement'

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 08:03

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Real estate magnate Donald Trump moved to the top of the 2016 Republican presidential field in a CNN poll released on Sunday, edging rival Jeb Bush and gaining support from Republicans in the last month despite a series of controversial statements. Trump was backed by 18 percent of Republicans in the CNN poll, which was conducted entirely after his July 18 criticism of Republican Senator John McCain's war record. His lead over Bush, a former Florida governor who was at 15 percent, was within the poll's margin of error. "There is a movement going on. ...

Rand Paul plans to keep pushing to defund Planned Parenthood

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 08:01

U.S. Republican presidential contender Rand Paul said on Sunday he plans to continue pushing to cut federal funding for the non-profit reproductive healthcare organization Planned Parenthood over a dispute about treatment of aborted fetal tissue. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has started a "fast-track process" to bring Paul's legislation for a vote soon, McConnell's spokesman told Reuters on Sunday. Republicans have rallied around secretly recorded videos that critics say show Planned Parenthood illegally selling aborted fetal tissue.

Police probe decapitation of Arizona woman and her dogs

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 07:59
The grisly scene was discovered Saturday morning after a neighbor decided to check on the welfare of a married couple he knew had mental health issues. When the husband opened the door to the couple's home he was naked, a portion of his left forearm was cut off, his right eye was missing, and large amounts of blood were seen throughout the home, according to Phoenix police. The neighbor called police who entered the home and found the headless body of Trina Heisch, 49, in a bedroom closet along with two dogs.

Trump surge among Republican voters shows no sign of abating

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 07:44

Donald Trump's wild ride to the front of the Republican presidential field showed no signs of abating Sunday, with a new poll showing him with a big lead in a key early primary state. The NBC/Marist poll had the trash-talking billionaire with a seven point lead in New Hampshire and just two points behind the leader in Iowa, another closely watched early primary state. A CNN/ORC poll, meanwhile, found that most Republicans voters want to see him stay in the race and 22 percent thought he would be their party's eventual nominee, ahead of every other candidate except Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor whose brother and father were presidents.

2016 Republicans use Trump, TV to make debate cut

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 04:07

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Rick Perry is attacking Donald Trump's credibility and branding the billionaire businessman "a cancer on conservatism." Rick Santorum, a conservative stalwart, popped up on a TV program popular with liberals. Lindsey Graham set his cellphone on fire.

Obama urges Kenya to use tough past to guide its future

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 02:35

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — President Barack Obama told Kenyans on Sunday that their country is at a crossroads and urged them to "choose the path to progress" by continuing to root out corruption, confront terrorism and be more inclusive of women and girls.

Paris police open fire on car at Tour de France barricades

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 01:55

PARIS (AP) — Paris police officers opened fire on a car that tried to crash through barricades about eight hours before the final arrival of the Tour de France cycling race on Sunday, a police official said.

Clinton: I did not send or get classified emails on private account

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 16:17

By Alana Wise WINTERSET, Iowa (Reuters) - U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Saturday that she did not use a private email account to send or receive classified information while she was secretary of state, in response to a government inspector's letter this week. "I did not send nor receive anything that was classified at the time," Clinton said at a campaign stop in Iowa. The email controversy has dogged Clinton's bid for the presidency, fuelling worries that the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination has tried to sidestep transparency and record-keeping laws.

Lafayette theater gunman spent weeks before rampage drinking beer at a motel pool

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 15:42

The gunman who opened fire on Lafayette moviegoers before killing himself spent the final weeks of his own life drinking and tanning poolside at a pay-by-the-week motel.

Obama aide: Under new Gitmo plan, some detainees would be sent to U.S.

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 12:38
Speaking at the Aspen Security Conference, deputy national security advisor Lisa Monaco said the White House is drafting a plan to close the prison that it will present shortly to Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Firefighters swiftly extinguish fire at The Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 12:30

A fire broke out at The Cosmopolitan Hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard Saturday.

Funeral on Monday for a Louisiana theater shooting victim

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 11:49

Mayci Breaux, 21, will be remembered in an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at the Church of the Assumption in Franklin, Louisiana, Ibert's Mortuary said in an online obituary. Franklin is about 50 miles southeast of Lafayette. Breaux and Jillian Johnson, 33, were killed on Thursday night when authorities said John R. Houser, fired at them and others at the Grand 16 Theater in Lafayette during the movie "Trainwreck." Houser, 59, then killed himself.

Exclusive: AFL-CIO may delay endorsement of Clinton as 2016 presidential candidate - sources

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 11:45

In a possible setback for Hillary Clinton, the AFL-CIO’s political committee has recommended the nation’s largest labor union federation delay endorsing a candidate for the 2016 presidential race as it seeks to push her to be more supportive of its policies on issues such as trade and wages. The move highlights the pressures Clinton is facing to take a tough stand against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed free trade deal backed by President Barack Obama but vigorously opposed by unions who see it as detrimental to jobs and wages in the U.S. Unions also want her to back labor-friendly policies on other issues, such as the minimum wage and the Federal Reserve.

Hillary Clinton to testify before Benghazi panel in October

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 08:08

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify Oct. 22 before the House committee investigating the deaths of four Americans in the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, her presidential campaign said Saturday.

Clinton to appear in Oct before congressional committee on Benghazi: spokesman

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 07:44

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will appear in October before the House committee investigating the 2012 attacks that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, Clinton's presidential campaign said on Saturday. "Earlier this week we were pleased for Secretary Clinton to receive an offer from Congressman (Trey) Gowdy to appear before the committee in a public hearing in October, and yesterday accepted his invitation," campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said. (Writing by Bill Trott; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

Many bid farewell to Illinois woman who died in Texas jail

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 06:33

LISLE, Ill. (AP) — Family and friends of an Illinois woman found dead in a Texas jail cell are saying their goodbyes at her wake and funeral near the Chicago suburb where she grew up.