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Clinton defends her Benghazi record in face of Republican criticism

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 16:20

By Jonathan Allen and John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton deflected harsh Republican criticism of her handling of the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, at a testy hearing in Congress on Thursday that seemed unlikely to put a dent in the front-runner's campaign. At a sometimes bitter day-long hearing, the former secretary of state shrugged off Republican accusations that she ignored requests for security upgrades in Libya and misinformed the public about the cause of the attack by suspected Islamist militants that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi. Clinton, 67, avoided the fray during several heated exchanges between Republicans and her Democratic allies, and stayed composed under aggressive questioning from Republican lawmakers.

Paul Ryan is in, will seek job of House Speaker

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 15:14

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Paul Ryan on Thursday formally declared his candidacy for speaker of the House after getting unified support from across the Republican conference.

Paul Ryan announces candidacy for House Speaker

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 15:06

U.S. Republican congressman Paul Ryan formally announced his candidacy for speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday after he nailed down crucial endorsements from Republican factions. Ryan earlier this week said he was open to replacing retiring House Speaker John Boehner, but only if he could win the unified backing of his divided party colleagues in the House.

Clinton gets emotional during Benghazi hearing

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 13:46

The former secretary of state is being grilled by the House Select Committee over what she knew about the 2012 attack.

Obama vetoes defense bill, sends it back to Congress

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 13:22

By Patricia Zengerle and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama vetoed a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill on Thursday, returning the measure to the Republican-controlled Congress because of the way it uses money meant for war spending to avoid automatic budget cuts to military programs. "I'm going to be sending it back to Congress and my message to them is very simple: 'Let's do this right,'" Obama told reporters. Let's have a budget that properly funds our national security as well as economic security," he said.

Obama vetoes $612 billion defense bill in rebuke to GOP

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 13:20

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama vetoed a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill Thursday in a rebuke to congressional Republicans, and insisted they send him a better version that doesn't tie his hands on some of his top priorities.

What becomes of Joe Biden now?

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 07:45

UAW union says members overwhelmingly ratify Fiat Chrysler pact

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 07:39

The United Auto Workers union said on Thursday that 77 percent of voting members have ratified a four-year labor contract with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. The new contract will be used as a basic pattern for contracts at U.S. automakers General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co. The UAW is expected to soon name the company with which it negotiates next. Last month, 65 percent of Fiat Chrysler UAW members rejected a previous proposed agreement, which led to a threat by the union to strike Fiat Chrysler's U.S. operations.

Florida musician killed by plainclothes cop never fired gun: lawyer

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 07:11

A Florida musician who was shot and killed by a plainclothes police officer after his car broke down on a highway exit ramp never fired the handgun he was carrying and was running away at one point, lawyers for the dead man's family said on Thursday. Corey Jones, a 31-year-old black drummer, was waiting for a tow truck around 3 a.m. on Sunday when he was approached by Nouman Raja, an officer of Asian heritage who was driving an unmarked van, the lawyers told a news conference on the steps of the Palm Beach County courthouse accompanied by the dead man's family. Police say there was a confrontation with Jones, who was carrying a recently purchased handgun, which ended with Jones being shot and killed by Raja, who was on duty investigating a burglary.

Benghazi showdown: Clinton vs. Trey Gowdy

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 04:45

The two key figures in the drama are set to square off at Thursday’s Capitol Hill hearing.

Biden announcement shocked his own team

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 04:45

It was a chaotic day in the vice president’s office ahead of his blockbuster announcement.

Teacher killed in attack on Swedish school; attacker shot

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 04:18
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A knife-wielding masked man stabbed four people Thursday at a school in southern Sweden, killing one teacher and seriously wounding two students and another teacher before being shot by police, authorities said.

Last of 37 frat brothers in Pennsylvania hazing death to be arraigned

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 03:07

Five members of a fraternity at New York City's Baruch College will appear before a Pennsylvania judge for arraignment on Thursday on charges of third-degree murder in the 2013 hazing death of a pledge. The five, all from the New York borough of Queens, are the last of 37 defendants from the Pi Delta Psi fraternity to be charged in connection with the death of Chun “Michael” Deng, 19, of Oakland Park, N.Y., at a rented house in the Pocono Mountains region of Pennsylvania.

Man arrested after road-rage killing of four-year-old in New Mexico

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 00:49
Police in New Mexico arrested a 32-year-old man on Wednesday after a 4-year-old girl was killed when shots were fired at her father in a road-rage incident. Lilly Garcia, who was with both parents in their red four-door Dodge truck on the Interstate-40 highway in Albuquerque on Tuesday afternoon, died after being rushed to hospital. The suspect, Tony Torrez, matched the description given by police and faces charges of murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and assault with the intent to commit a violent felony, police said.

Deliberations begin in trial of ex-NFL player charged with four murders

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 18:27
By Olga Grigoryants LANCASTER, Calif. (Reuters) - A Los Angeles County jury began deliberations on Wednesday in the murder retrial of former Oakland Raiders defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith, charged with killing four Southern California men over the course of nearly a decade. The 48-year-old onetime National Football League star, whose original trial in one of the slayings ended in a hung jury, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.

At odds with Republicans, Hillary Clinton to testify on Benghazi

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 17:34

By Jonathan Allen and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Whether it's a fact-finding mission as Republicans insist or the political witch hunt that Democrats anticipate, the congressional committee investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday will hear from Hillary Clinton, then the secretary of state and now the top candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton and many of her fellow Democrats have seized on the comments in recent weeks by Republican lawmakers as evidence that the goal of the Benghazi committee in the U.S. House of Representatives was to hurt her front-runner status in the campaign for the November 2016 election. Clinton's appearance follows months of unflattering reports about her use of a private home email server for her State Department work.