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Obama gives U.S. women’s soccer an assist in pay dispute

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 12:14

Barack Obama welcomes the U.S. Women’s National Team to the White House last year. Barack Obama welcomed the U.S. women’s soccer team to the White House to celebrate their World Cup championship, saying they had achieved “payback” for prior defeats. On Wednesday, he waded into the battle over the considerable difference in pay between men and women players.

House Speaker Ryan rules out presidential bid

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:31

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is definitively ruling out a bid for president this year, telling the GOP, "Count me out."

Unconventional #1: The GOP’s veep problem, Cruz’s scheme to sink Trump in California, Sanders’ strange superdelegate shift (and more!)

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 10:34

Unconventional is Yahoo News’ guide to the ins and outs of this year’s crazy presidential conventions. The GOP’s 2016 “veepstakes” is likely to be weirder than anything we’ve seen before. If none of the candidates arrive at the convention in Cleveland with a majority of delegates (for the first time since 1984) and no candidate manages to cobble together a majority on the first ballot either (for the first time since 1952), it will means chaos, maneuvering and multiple rounds of presidential balloting — which in turn almost guarantees that the GOP’s 2016 vice presidential candidate will be chosen in one of five very odd ways.

Democracy Spring protests at the Capitol

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 10:33
Voting rights reform demonstrators stage a sit-in at the Capitol, in Washington, Monday, April 11, 2016, urging lawmakers to take money out of the political process. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Music producer David Gest dies in London at 62

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 09:12

LONDON (AP) — David Gest, a music producer, reality TV star and former husband of Liza Minnelli, was found dead Tuesday at a London hotel. He was 62.

Trump, Clinton hold double-digit leads in New York

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 05:43

The frontrunners maintain large leads heading into their respective New York primaries next week, recent polls show. According to the results of a NY1/Baruch College poll released Monday, Trump has a commanding 43-point lead in his home state, with 60 percent support among likely GOP primary voters compared to just 17 percent for Ohio Gov. John Kasich and 14 percent for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. A new NBC/WSJ/Marist survey also released Monday shows the real estate mogul leading Kasich by 33 points (54 percent to 21 percent) and Cruz (18 percent) by 36.

N. Koreans: Brutal work abroad better than life back home

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 03:18

One North Korean who worked abroad says that as a waitress in China, she was forced to put up with male customers who groped her and tried to get her drunk. Two others recall the frozen bodies of their ...

Cosby's wife seeks to avoid further questions in defamation suit

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 03:06

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for Bill Cosby's wife and business manager Camille Cosby will ask a judge on Tuesday to spare her from answering further questions related to a lawsuit by seven women who claim the comedian sexually assaulted them. Camille Cosby's lawyers have accused the attorneys for the seven women of acting improperly during a February 22 deposition about the lawsuit, one of a series of actions by women who have accused Bill Cosby of sex abuse, toppling him from his position as one of the United States' best-loved entertainers. "Plaintiffs' counsel, Joseph Cammarata, asked Mrs. Cosby a litany of improper and offensive questions, including questions regarding her own sexual relations, her own political commentary, and the death of the Cosby's son in 1997," they said in papers filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts.

The Mysterious 28 Pages on 9/11 That Everyone’s Talking About

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 02:15

The White House is coming under renewed pressure to declassify 28 pages of a congressional report on the Sept. 11, 2001 hijackings before President Obama leaves office next year. The debate over the pages, which allegedly indicates that the 19 Saudi Arabian nationals who carried out the deadly attacks received some kind of support from the government in Riyadh, has ebbed and flowed ever since the report was published in 2002. The controversy has flared up again ahead of President Obama’s upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia for an April 21 summit with the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Two further suspects charged in Brussels bombing case

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 00:08

Belgium has charged a further two men with terrorist offences over alleged links with the rental of a property thought to have been used as a safe house ahead of the Brussels attacks, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday. Four other suspects were picked up on Friday, including Mohamed Abrini, who investigators say has confessed to depositing a bomb at Brussels airport, and Osama Krayem, suspected of buying bags used by the bombers. The March 22 attacks in Brussels killed 32.

Businesses that share Trump name get swept up in the circus

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 23:33

NEW YORK (AP) — It's not easy being Trump these days. Just ask the people at Trump Tobacco in California, Trump Travel in New York, Trump Memorials in Nebraska and Trump Chiropractic & Acupuncture in Kansas.

Sanders lags in delegates but leads in likability

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 23:31

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders is still behind when it comes to delegates and votes, but he has one clear advantage over his Democratic and Republican presidential rivals — a lot of people actually like him.

Democrats look for political advantage on Equal Pay Day

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 23:24

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tuesday marks Equal Pay Day, a symbolic event dramatizing how much longer it takes a woman to earn as much as a man — and an annual opportunity for Democrats to lambast Republicans for inaction on the issue.

Afghan Taliban announce spring offensive

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 21:57

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban announced the start of their warm-weather fighting season on Tuesday, vowing "large-scale attacks" in the 15th year of their war against the U.S.-backed Afghan government.

With New York on their minds, Democrats trade fresh attacks

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 20:48

NEW YORK (AP) — Tensions frayed in both parties Monday as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tried to stave off the prospect of a lengthy battle to the nomination with big victories in New York.

Judge clears Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven' copyright case for trial

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 14:52

A trial is needed to determine if the song copies its opening notes from a song performed by the rock band Spirit, a federal judge has ruled.

San Antonio district fires officer who body-slammed girl

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 14:51

The district said the officer's misstatements about what happened were revealed by the video.

Dueling rallies held over North Carolina LGBT rights law

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 13:41

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hundreds rallied Monday to defend a North Carolina law limiting protections for lesbians, gays and transgender people, using cheers and a booming public address system to drown out a smaller counter-protest across the street.

Paul Ryan is running for something. But what?

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 13:28

It looks like Paul Ryan is running for the post of Mr. Republican. Whether he hopes that involves winning the party’s presidential nomination – and when – is less clear. The hallway talk we’re referring to is the result of a lengthy piece in Sunday’s New York Times that dubs Speaker Ryan the GOP’s “mirage candidate.” It doesn’t directly say that the Wisconsin member of Congress is positioning himself as a shiny savior for a deadlocked 2016 Republican National Convention.

Are Hillary’s big speaking fees being used to help fund her campaign?

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:52

Recently filed campaign finance reports may shed light on how Hillary Clinton is using some of the money she collected from her hefty speechmaking fees from Wall Street banks and other special-interest groups: She is plowing an increasingly large amount of her funds, $560,983 as of last month, back into her presidential campaign. Since then, the reports show, Clinton has kicked another $282,162 into her campaign, with payments to her campaign committee, Hillary for America, averaging about $90,000 a month.