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Obama departs for Kenya, returning to his father's homeland

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 16:29

President Barack Obama departed for Kenya on Thursday, his first trip to his father's homeland as U.S. president, kicking off a swing through Africa that will also include a stop in Ethiopia. Obama, the first black U.S. president, is the son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas. Obama is expected to meet with family members while in Nairobi, but he will not be traveling to the village most closely associated with his family name.


Trump tours Mexican border despite 'great danger'

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 14:52

The Republican presidential hopeful tours the city of Laredo without the protection of U.S. border agents.


Exclusive: Military school knew of doctor's macabre ways for decades

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 13:03

By John Shiffman WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The president of the U.S. military’s medical college said he took swift action after learning in 2013 that John Henry Hagmann, a former Army doctor teaching there, was injecting students with hypnotic drugs, inducing shock by withdrawing their blood, and performing rectal exams in class. Hagmann was escorted off the Uniformed Services University campus in Maryland, and the college quickly offered students blood tests to determine if they had been exposed to any diseases, school President Charles Rice said. The college also launched an internal investigation into Hagmann’s conduct, and it forwarded information to law enforcement authorities and the Virginia Board of Medicine, which revoked Hagmann’s license last month.


Bush says O’Malley shouldn't have apologized for ‘white lives matter’

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 12:46

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Thursday that Martin O’Malley, the former Maryland governor now running for the president as a Democrat, should not have apologized this week for comments that some activists deemed to be racially insensitive.


Jurors advance death penalty case against Colorado movie gunman

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:25

Jurors in the Colorado movie massacre trial found on Thursday the prosecution had proved aggravating factors that, the state has argued, make the 2012 rampage so heinous that the gunman, James Holmes, deserves be put to death. At around midday, the jury said the prosecution had proved at least one aggravating factor. The jurors will then deliberate on whether the mitigating factors outweigh the aggravating ones. If they vote that they do, the defendant gets an automatic life sentence.


Kerry pushes back against critics of Iran deal

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:22

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry bluntly challenged critics of the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran on Thursday, calling it "fantasy, plain and simple," to think the United States failed to hold out for a better deal at the bargaining table.


Sandra Bland had marijuana in her system: family attorney

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:17

Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis made the disclosure in a text message to attorney Cannon Lambert, who has called the state's autopsy on the Chicago-area woman defective, Lambert said. "Looking at the autopsy results and toxicology, it appears she swallowed a large quantity of marijuana or smoked it in the jail," Mathis said in a text message to Lambert that the attorney disclosed to Reuters.


Bill Clinton says Hillary once told him she'd never run for office

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 07:26

When Bill Clinton first proposed to Hillary, he told her, “I want you to marry me, but you shouldn’t it.” The future president told the future first lady-turned-senator-turned-secretary of state-turned-presidential candidate he wanted her to get into politics instead. “Oh my God,” Hillary responded. “I’ll never run for office. I’m too aggressive, and nobody will ever vote for me.”


District of Columbia clears path to vote on $15 per hour minimum wage

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 07:21
The District of Columbia could raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by mid-2020 under a ballot initiative cleared this week, making it the latest U.S. city to consider raising base pay for hourly workers. Washington's elections board on Wednesday allowed backers to start a petition drive that could put the $15-an-hour minimum wage on the November 2016 ballot. If approved, the hike would raise Washington's minimum wage to above that of any other city on the East Coast.

Sheriff: Sandra Bland told jailer of prior suicide attempt

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 22:55

Bland told a Texas guard she had tried to kill herself in the past, the sheriff said.


Some public hospitals win, others lose with Obamacare

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 22:49

By Robin Respaut SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A year and a half after the Affordable Care Act brought widespread reforms to the U.S. healthcare system, Chicago's Cook County Health & Hospitals System has made its first profit in 180 years. Seven hundred miles south, the fortunes of Atlanta's primary public hospital, Grady Health System, haven't improved, and it remains as dependent as ever on philanthropy and county funding to stay afloat. In states like Illinois that have opted to accept federal money to expand Medicaid, some large, public hospitals are finding themselves on solid financial footing for the first time in decades, and formerly uninsured patients are now getting regular care.


Four adults, three teens shot across Baltimore in overnight gun violence: police

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 21:23
The three teenagers, ages 13, 15 and 16, sustained non-life threatening gunshot wounds around 11 p.m. on Wednesday in East Baltimore, police said. Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, who went to the crime scene, said the community had seen enough violence. "It is certainly unacceptable for this community to see three teenagers being shot on a beautiful summer night like this," he told the Baltimore Sun newspaper.

Police make arrest in California officer's shooting death

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 19:36

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area police sergeant was shot and killed during an early morning traffic stop Wednesday, and the man suspected in the shooting has been placed under arrest at a hospital where he is being treated for gunshot wounds, authorities said.


New York moves to raise state minimum wage to $15 for fast-food workers

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 16:26

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York moved on Wednesday to raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour by the end of 2018 in New York City and by mid-2021 in the rest of the state. The New York Wage Board voted unanimously for the increase, which would cover some 180,000 workers statewide and affect fast-food chains with 30 locations or more in the United States. The three-member board was formed at the behest of Governor Andrew Cuomo in May after the state legislature turned down his proposals for minimum wage increases for most workers.


Armed man arrested in LA where Biden was due to speak

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 14:14
A man with a loaded handgun was arrested in Los Angeles on Wednesday as he tried to drive through a security checkpoint outside a business where U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was due to speak a few hours later, police said. Biden was not at the venue when the man was taken into custody at about 9:15 a.m. in the city's North Hollywood area, just west of the Bob Hope Airport in neighboring Burbank, according to Los Angeles police Sergeant Kyle Kirkman. Law enforcement officers confronting the man were alerted to the possibility of a gun when he "advised them that he had a loaded weapon in the vehicle," a Secret Service spokeswoman in Washington, Nicole Mainor, told Reuters.

Federal charges including hate crimes for accused shooter

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 14:01

The man accused of killing nine black church members last month in Charleston, South Carolina, was indicted Wednesday on 33 federal counts, including hate crimes, firearms violations and obstructing the practice of religion, which could include the death penalty.


New York moves to raise state minimum wage to $15 for fast-food workers

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 13:45

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York moved on Wednesday to raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour by the end of 2018 in New York City and by mid-2021 in the rest of the state. The New York Wage Board voted unanimously for the increase, which would cover some 180,000 workers statewide and affect fast-food chains with 30 locations or more in the United States. The three-member board was formed at the behest of Governor Andrew Cuomo in May after the state legislature turned down his proposals for minimum wage increases for most workers.


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