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The real reason Paul Ryan won’t run for president in 2016

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 01:37

The Wisconsin congressman tells Yahoo News about the project he wants to protect.

Why are New Jersey politicians so corrupt?

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 01:30

The persistent corruption problems in New Jersey have endured despite decades of criminal prosecutions and tearful public confessions because of a set of circumstances and institutional arrangements unique to the state.

American held in Thailand linked to Detroit housing telemarketing scam

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 01:24
Thai police have arrested an American suspected of being part of a group charged with operating a fraudulent Detroit housing telemarketing scheme that caused losses of over $20 million to nearly 300 people, a senior officer said on Tuesday. New York resident Joseph Simon Arsenault was arrested in Bangkok on Monday after police acted on a request from the U.S. embassy in Bangkok, said Police Major General Warawut Thaweechaiyagarn, investigative commander of Thailand's Immigration Bureau. Arsenault was one of 16 people charged in 2014 with a range of offences including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit. "We are waiting to send him back to the United States which should happen in the very near future." Arsenault was not available for comment.

French Olympians among 10 dead in Argentina air crash

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 23:03

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Two helicopters carrying French sports stars filming a popular European reality show crashed in a remote part of Argentina, killing 10 people, including two Olympic medal winners and a sailing champion, authorities said.

Democrats denounce GOP letter on Iran nuke talks

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 22:45

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in the White House and Congress accused 47 GOP senators of undermining President Barack Obama in international talks to curb Iran's nuclear program, saying that trying to upend diplomatic negotiations was tantamount to rushing into war with Tehran.

U.S. ambassador to South Korea leaves hospital after knife attack

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 21:50

By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to South Korea left a Seoul hospital on Tuesday, five days after he was slashed by a knife-wielding Korean nationalist with a history of violent protest, causing wounds that required 80 stitches to the envoy's face. Police are seeking to bring charges including attempted murder against Kim Ki-jong, 55, for the attack at a forum discussing Korean reunification. The ambassador, Mark Lippert, suffered a deep facial gash and a puncture wound on his wrist. Lippert, 42, had become known for an approachable, informal style since taking up his posting in Seoul in November and the attack raised questions about his security arrangements.

Oklahoma University shuts 'disgraceful' fraternity for racist video

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 20:27

By Heide Brandes NORMAN, Okla. (Reuters) - The University of Oklahoma closed a fraternity linked to a video of students singing racial epithets, ordered its members to move out of the house and labeled the actions of those involved "disgraceful." "Effective immediately, all ties and affiliations between the university and the local SAE (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) chapter are hereby severed," University President David Boren said on Monday. Over the weekend, ceremonies in Selma, Alabama, marked the 50th anniversary of a crackdown on a civil rights march there known as "Bloody Sunday." In the 10-second video posted online on Sunday and replayed by media outlets, students on a bus chanted in unison, using offensive language referring to blacks and vowing to never admit them into the fraternity. It was not immediately clear when the video of students on a bus chartered for a date night was taped.

Texas federal judge leaves block on Obama immigration plan in place

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 20:00

(Reuters) - A federal judge in Texas on Monday declined to lift a block of the White House's immigration plan for at least 10 more days, court records show. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the border with Mexico, issued a preliminary injunction last month halting President Barack Obama's plans that would have shielded millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. On Monday, Hanen said in a one-page order that the court will not rule on any pending motions at least until a court hearing set for March 19, where government attorneys will have to explain a filing that said some 100,000 people had been given three-year periods of deferred action prior to the judge's injunction. He also cited ways that Texas would be harmed by the action but used no other states as examples.

Democratic donors unfazed by Hillary Clinton's use of private email

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 17:51

Top Democratic donors say they are unfazed by the disclosure that Hillary Clinton conducted State Department business on a personal email account, although several said she could fend off Republican criticism by addressing the issue head-on and announcing her candidacy for president. The presumed front-runner for the Democratic Party's 2016 presidential nomination had generally avoided controversy until the email issue emerged. She’s still the person to beat.” Lena Kennedy, a Pasadena donor and bundler, added: “I just think Hillary needs to address the questions, and then we need to move on.” Clinton is expected to address the issue publicly this week. Last week, as the tempest over the emails grew, the former Secretary of State announced on Twitter that she had asked the State Department to release the 55,000 emails she had previously turned over as a part of the Department’s request for records from all former secretaries of state.

Woman now in wheelchair testifies at Boston bombing trial

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 15:25

A woman Monday recalled shielding her husband from the sight of his mangled leg, being pushed to the ground by a bystander frantically trying to extinguish the flames on her body and coming to grips with becoming a double amputee.

Fallout from racist fraternity video grows

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 14:07

Bianna Golodryga interviews a Sigma Alpha Epsilon official about the "shocking" clip.

GOP tries to undercut nuclear deal with warning to Iran

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 14:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers warned the leaders of Iran on Monday that any nuclear deal they cut with President Barack Obama could expire the day he leaves office. The White House denounced the GOP's latest effort to undercut the international negotiations as a "rush to war."

Obama emailed Clinton on her private address: White House

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 13:00
By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton exchanged emails during her time as secretary of state, the White House said on Monday, confirming the president was aware that his potential successor used a private email address for government work. Obama said in an interview with CBS on Saturday that he found out about Clinton's use of a personal email account through recent news reports, but White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama was aware of her address earlier. "The point that the president was making is not that he didn’t know Secretary Clinton’s email address.

Flight crew cite brake problem in Delta NYC accident: NTSB

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 12:48

A brake problem may have caused a Delta Air Lines Inc jet to skid off a runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport last week, according to testimony from the flight's crew, federal safety investigators said Monday. The auto brakes were set to "max," but the crew "did not sense any wheel brake deceleration" before the plane crashed into a fence, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement. Another MD-88 aircraft operated by Delta landed on the same runway 3 minutes prior to the plane that crashed, the crew of which described the braking action on the runway as "good," the agency said. Still, the National Transportation Safety Board said it is examining the weather conditions at the time of the accident.

Apple reveals watch details, thin new computer

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 11:33

Get the rundown on the Apple Spring Forward event from Yahoo Tech.

That time the Watergate prosecutor argued for job discrimination vs. gays

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 11:06
A newly unearthed legal filing reveals another, less well-known, chapter in Archibald Cox’s career.

White House: Obama emailed Hillary Clinton on her private email address

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 10:50

President Barack Obama exchanged emails with the then secretary of state on her private, nongovernmental account when she was in office, the White House says.

Several hurt as Amtrak train, truck collide in N.C.

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 10:44

The passenger train's engine toppled on its side after a collision with a tractor trailer.

Amtrak train, truck collide in North Carolina; minor injuries reported

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 10:39
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - An Amtrak passenger train and a tractor trailer truck collided in North Carolina on Monday, derailing part of the train and causing non-life threatening injuries to some of its approximately 200 passengers, local authorities said. The train had been headed to Philadelphia when it collided around noon with a truck that was hauling heavy equipment and apparently got stuck on the tracks in Halifax County, said Heather Joyner, communications director of Halifax County Emergency 911. Amtrak said on Twitter it was responding to the incident and aware of reported injuries.

Obama slaps sanctions on Venezuelan officials

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 10:30

The president accuses 7 officials of perpetrating human rights violations and corruption.