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'Call me Caitlyn': Vanity Fair editor and stylist talk to Katie Couric

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 07:48

Buzz Bissinger and stylist Jessica Diehl share the story behind Caitlyn Jenner's debut.

Report tells of rapid capsize on China cruise ship

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 06:00

Tour guide Zhang Hui "had 30 seconds to grab a life jacket," before the ship overturned in China's mighty Yangtze river during a storm Monday night, the Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday. The 43-year old and a colleague "grabbed everything they could reach and kept their heads above water" as the ship sank, Xinhua said. More than a dozen people have been been saved from the Dongfangzhixing, or "Eastern Star," which went down on the popular tourist route from the eastern city of Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing, Xinhua said.

Poll: Hillary Weakens on Trustworthiness While Jeb Slides Into GOP Free-For-All

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 05:55

Indeed, while Bush has lost ground in the contest for the GOP nomination, Clinton does less well against him in a head-to-head matchup. The gap between them has closed from 12 points to three – 47-44 percent, Clinton-Bush, among registered voters, vs. 53-41 percent two months ago. Bush, at the same time, has even greater difficulties with personal favorability than Clinton, and a far weaker home base.

Q&A: What's next in the Dennis Hastert hush-money case

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 05:43

CHICAGO (AP) — The federal judge presiding over former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's hush-money case donated money to the then-Illinois congressman, but has not said whether he'll recuse himself. That's one of a number of outstanding issues as Hastert prepares to appear in court for the first time at his arraignment on Thursday.

Nestle USA to remove artificial flavors, cut salt in some foods

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 04:59

(Reuters) - Nestle USA said on Tuesday it would remove artificial flavors and reduce salt by 10 percent in its frozen pizza and snack products by the end of this year. The move will include more than 250 products sold under the Digiorno, Tombstone, California Pizza Kitchen, Jack's, Hot Pocket and Lean Pockets brands. Nestle USA said in February it would remove artificial flavors and certified colors from its chocolate products, such as Butterfinger and Baby Ruth bars, by the end of the year.

Friend of Boston bomber to be sentenced for obstructing investigation

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 03:11

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A friend of the Boston Marathon bomber who admitted to obstructing the investigation into the deadly 2013 blast, one of the highest-visibility attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001, is set to be sentenced on Tuesday. Kazakhstan national Dias Kadyrbayev was one of three friends to face federal charges for removing a backpack containing fireworks from bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's college dorm hours after the FBI released photos of the suspect and his older brother. Federal prosecutors are seeking a seven-year prison sentence for Kadyrbayev, who pleaded guilty in August after his roommate and fellow Kazakh exchange student Azamat Tazhayakov was convicted of obstruction of justice.

Survivors pulled from China boat capsizing; hundreds missing

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 03:11

Well over 400 people are still missing after a cruise ship capsized on the Yangtze River.

With law expired, Senate mulls changes to phone collection

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 23:32

The Senate now will decide the fate of a House bill backed by the president that would end the National Security Agency's collection of American calling records while preserving other surveillance authorities. ...

U.S. safety officials to testify to Congress on Amtrak crash

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 21:27

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Human error remains a strong focus of the inquiry into the Philadelphia Amtrak crash, but federal investigators are still digging for answers, aides said ahead of the first hearing in the U.S. Congress on last month's deadly accident. House Republican aides told reporters on Monday that investigators might suspect human error caused Amtrak Train 188 to hit speeds of 106 miles per hour (171 km per hour) in a zone with a 50-mph (80-kph) speed limit. Christopher Hart, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, is scheduled to testify to the House of Representatives' Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Arizona mosque, site of anti-Islam protest, holds 'love not hate' event

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 20:57

By Deanna Dent PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona mosque where hundreds gathered last week for an anti-Islam demonstration, with counter-protesters shouting "Go home, Nazis," was the site of a "love not hate" event on Monday to promote peace and inclusiveness, participants said. The Islamic Community Center of Phoenix said it was hosting a gathering that includes a multi-faith prayer service and speakers to "show that when one of us is mistreated, our community responds with a message of Love and Not Hate." "We ask that you bring a FLOWER as a symbol of love and care," the event organizers said on Facebook. "We are better together, and together we are strong." ( Monday's event, organized by more than 20 groups, comes four days after an anti-Muslim event held outside the mosque drew more than 200 protesters, some armed, who berated Islam and its Prophet Mohammed.] The rally was held at the mosque in part because two Texas gunmen who opened fire outside an anti-Muslim event in Texas last month had worshipped there, said rally organizer Jon Ritzheimer, an Iraq war veteran.

Report: Survivors yell for help in China boat sinking

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 20:41

The small cruise ship sank overnight during a storm, leaving almost 450 people missing.

North Carolina Senate overrides governor's veto of marriage opt-out bill

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 18:25

By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - A measure that would allow some public officials in North Carolina to opt out of performing gay marriages moved closer to becoming law on Monday, when lawmakers voted to override Republican Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of the bill. The Republican-led state Senate reached the three-fifths majority needed to override McCrory’s veto in a 32-16 vote. The legislation now goes back to the Republican-controlled state House of Representatives, which passed it in February by a margin wide enough to override the veto.

Homeland security chief reassigns top TSA official

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 18:09

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Monday he reassigned the acting administrator for the Transportation Security Administration after earlier ordering improved security at U.S. airports. The moves follow media reports that checkpoint screeners failed to detect mock explosives and weapons in 95 percent of tests carried out by undercover agents. Johnson said in a statement that Melvin Carraway would be reassigned to serve in the Office of State and Local Law Enforcement at Department of Homeland Security headquarters, while TSA Acting Deputy Director Mark Hatfield would lead the agency until a new acting administrator was appointed.

Hastert to appear before judge who donated to campaign

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 16:09

CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is set to make his first court appearance in his hush-money case on Thursday, when he is expected to enter a plea before a federal judge who previously donated $1,500 to the then-Illinois congressman's re-election campaign.

Graham's personal history frames campaign launch

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 15:19

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced himself to the nation here Monday by capitalizing on one of his most valuable political assets: his powerful up-from-nothing personal story.

What We Know About the Dennis Hastert Scandal

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 14:15

New details about an alleged hush money scandal involving former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert have been trickling out over the weekend. Now, sources say, two male students who knew Hastert, 73, when he was a high school teacher and wrestling coach before he entered politics have accused him of sexual misconduct. ABC News has reached out directly to Hastert by email, but has not received a response.

2015 hurricane season: Forecasters predict ‘below-average’ activity

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 14:11

Ten years after the record-setting hurricane season that produced Katrina and other destructive storms, forecasters are calling for a quiet year in the Atlantic.

Colorado cinema gunman picked midnight movie because fewer children likely present

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 12:41

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A psychiatrist testified on Monday that Colorado theater gunman James Holmes chose a midnight screening of a movie to commit mass murder because he believed there would be fewer children present. Court-appointed psychiatrist William Reid, who made the comments during questioning by a prosecutor in a capital case now in its sixth week, said Holmes also indicated he was sorry when he learned a young girl was among the dead. "He said that he didn’t want to kill children," Reid said Holmes told him of the late-night attack.

Bernie Sanders talks to Katie Couric

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 10:14

Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric interviews presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders about his bid for the White House, whether he can realistically defeat Hillary Clinton, the midnight expiration of controversial provisions of the Patriot Act and why he may be voting for the USA Freedom Act, which would allow some counterterrorism tools — including the NSA’s controversial bulk data collection — to continue.

U.S. top court throws out conviction for Facebook threats

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 09:08

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man over threatening statements he made on Facebook toward his estranged wife, law enforcement officers and children in a case touching upon the boundaries of free speech online. The court ruled on an 8-1 vote in favor of Anthony Elonis in a decision that could make it harder for people to be prosecuted for outbursts on social media. Elonis served prison time for posting a series of statements on Facebook in 2010 after his wife left him.