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White House turns climate change spotlight to U.S. cities, towns

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 02:03

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After announcing a major deal with China to curb emissions and a $3 billion pledge into a fund to help poor countries fight climate change last week, the Obama administration will turn its focus to American towns and cities to help them adapt to the impacts of global warming. On Monday, a task force of eight governors, 16 mayors and two tribal leaders will meet with Vice President Joe Biden and senior White House officials to present recommendations on how they can help local communities deal with extreme weather. ...

Can McConnell keep his ‘No shutdowns’ promise?

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 01:02

Republicans on the Hill say they are anxious for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz or like-minded House conservatives to again take up the charge as they stand up to what they see as Democratic abuse of the levers of power in a two-party system. Whereas the 2013 government shutdown came on the heels of Republican opposition to the president over funding the Affordable Care Act—which passed Congress in 2010 with only Democratic support—congressional conservatives today are itching for a fight over Obama’s expected executive order on immigration, which could delay or prevent the deportation of up to 5 million undocumented people.

Pope says will visit United States next year

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 00:39

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis announced on Monday he would visit the United States next year, his first trip there as leader of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church. The official confirmation of the trip was keenly awaited in the United States after months of speculation. Francis told an inter-religious conference on marriage he would go to Philadelphia in September for the Roman Catholic Church's World Meeting of Families, an international gathering. ...

Facebook slams door on political campaigns

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 00:23

A code change means Obama's successful 2012 outreach on the site won’t happen again.

What Japan's recession means for country, world

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 00:13

TOKYO (AP) — In a surprise, Japan said its economy, the world's 3rd-biggest following the U.S. and China, contracted 1.6 percent at an annual pace in the July-September quarter as consumer and corporate spending failed to regain momentum after a sales tax increase in April.

GM ignition-switch compensation claims deadline extended to Jan. 31

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 20:34

(Reuters) - The deadline to file claims under General Motors Co's faulty ignition-switch compensation program has been extended by one month to Jan. 31, 2015, the program's administrator, Kenneth Feinberg, announced on Sunday. The notice of the extension has already been sent to almost four and a half million current and prior owners of the eligible vehicles, the program, Feinberg said in a statement. An additional one month extension is being implemented "out of an abundance of caution", he said. Last week, a car-safety advocate urged a more active approach to finding cases of injury or ...

Japan slides into recession as tax hike takes toll

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 19:51

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy unexpectedly shrank in the third quarter as housing and business investment declined following a tax hike, dragging the country into a recession and further clouding the outlook for the global economy.

Ford: Mustang driver injured by air bag fragment in North Carolina crash

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 17:17

By Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said on Sunday night it was cooperating with U.S. safety regulators investigating a report the driver of a 2007 Ford Mustang was injured in August by a metal fragment from the car’s air bag. The 2007 Mustang was part of a June recall of millions of cars from nine manufacturers because air bag inflators made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp could rupture and send metal fragments into the cabin. ...

Confrontations await Obama after productive trip

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 17:13
The president returned home on a collision course with Republicans on immigration and an oil pipeline project.

U.S. hostage Peter Kassig is killed by Islamic State

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 14:18

By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have beheaded another American hostage, Peter Kassig, issuing a video claiming the killing on Sunday and warning the United States they would kill other U.S. citizens "on your streets." U.S. President Barack Obama confirmed the death of the aid worker in what he called "an act of pure evil by a terrorist group that the world rightly associates with inhumanity. ...

Lawyer: Cosby won't address 'decade-old' claims

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 13:36

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby will not dignify "decade-old, discredited" claims of sexual abuse with a response, his attorney said Sunday, the first comment from the famed comedian's lawyer on an increasing uproar over allegations that he assaulted several women in the past.

Hagel says U.S. speeding up training of Iraqi forces

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 12:59

FORT IRWIN, California (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the U.S. military is accelerating its efforts to train and advise Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State militants.

Obama confirms "evil"murder of US aid worker Kassig

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 12:50

President Barack Obama confirmed Sunday the death of US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, calling his beheading at the hands of the Islamic State group "pure evil."

Oregon immigration vote is a warning for Obama

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 09:54

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The fate of a little-noticed ballot measure in strongly Democratic Oregon serves as a warning to President Barack Obama and his party about the political perils of immigration policy.

Obama defends healthcare law after adviser criticism

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 09:44

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday defended the transparency of his signature healthcare law, after one of the White House's advisers on the reform said the law passed, in part, because of the "stupidity" of American voters. Obama said the law, which extends private health coverage to uninsured Americans, was extensively analyzed and written about before its passage in 2010, and in subsequent debates. "The fact that some adviser who never worked on our staff expressed an opinion that I completely disagree with ... ...

Republicans weigh government shutdown to stop Obama on immigration

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 09:37

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One Republican leader on Sunday held open the possibility that his party could move to shut down the government in an attempt to stop President Barack Obama from taking executive action on immigration policy. A vocal group of conservatives in the House of Representatives is pressing to use government funding as leverage to prevent any White House moves that would allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States. ...

New video of MH17 downing shows alarm in Ukraine

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 08:21

Four months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, The Associated Press has obtained video that shows how close the burning passenger jet came to hitting village homes and suggests that residents first assumed it was a Ukrainian military plane that had been struck.

Administration says working well

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 06:54

As a crucial second sign-up season gears up, the Obama administration said Sunday that is stable and working well, a far cry from last year's frozen computer screens and frustrated customers.

Indiana family: Awaiting U.S. to confirm son's death

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 05:33

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Family members of a U.S. aid worker purportedly beheaded by Islamic State group militants say they are aware of reports regarding the death of their "treasured son" but are awaiting government authentication.

The $1 billion divorce: Why Harold Hamm's ex-wife didn't win more

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 05:25

By Joshua Schneyer (Reuters) - Just how much of Harold Hamm's fortune was amassed through his skill and hard work? That was a key question that Oklahoma divorce judge Howard Haralson had to weigh in his decision last week, when he ordered Hamm, the chief executive officer of Continental Resources - and Oklahoma's richest person - to hand over more than $1 billion in cash and assets to his ex-wife in one of the largest-ever U.S. divorce judgments. ...