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New Jersey's Christie launches political action committee

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 22:13
Gov. Chris Christie takes his firmest step yet toward running for president.

New Miss Universe crowned in Florida

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 21:05

MIAMI (AP) — Miss Colombia Paulina Vega, a relative pageant newcomer, has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries at Sunday's pageant in Miami.

East Coast braces for 'historic' blizzard on Monday

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 17:26

By Luc Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A swath of the U.S. East Coast from Philadelphia to New York City to Maine braced for a potentially historic blizzard on Monday expected to dump as much as 3 feet (90 cm) of snow and snarl transportation for tens of millions of people. The National Weather Service (NWS) on Sunday issued a blizzard warning for the northern section of the East Coast from Monday afternoon until Tuesday, placing states from New Jersey to Indiana under winter storm watches and advisories. "This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference, saying the snowfall could reach up to 3 feet.

Two flights evacuated at Sea-Tac International over security issue

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 17:20
Two commercial airline flights were evacuated after landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Sunday over a security concern, a spokesman for the airport said. Jet Blue Flight 1006, inbound to Seattle from Long Beach, California, and SkyWest Flight 4741, were both cleared of passengers after landing and moved away from terminals, spokesman Peter McGraw said. He declined to elaborate on the security concern, saying it was still under investigation. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman referred calls regarding the evacuations to the airport.

Two dead in apparent murder-suicide at NYC Home Depot: NYPD

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 13:10
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two people were killed after a shooting in a Home Depot store in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood on Sunday afternoon in what appears to be a murder-suicide, two New York Police Department (NYPD) spokesmen said. One male individual, who preliminary NYPD investigations suggest was the shooter, was declared dead at the scene, Detective James Duffy said. The shooting took place around 2:45 p.m. EST, and police recovered a gun on the scene close to the body of the first victim. ...

Kerry in Nigeria to warn against postelection violence

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 12:45

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — In a rare high-level visit to Africa's most populous country, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Nigeria's leading presidential candidates to refrain from fomenting violence after next month's vote, and he condemned savage attacks by Boko Haram, an al-Qaida-linked insurgency.

2 dead in shooting at NYC Home Depot

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 11:20

Two people are dead following a shooting at a Home Depot store in Manhattan.

Exit poll: Greece's anti-bailout Syriza party wins election

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 10:18

The anti-bailout Syriza party won a decisive victory in Greece's national elections on Sunday, according to projections by state-run TV's exit poll, in a historic first for a radical left-wing party in Greece.

Senior House Republican says housing finance reform 'huge priority'

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 08:40

A top U.S. Republican lawmaker will revisit a plan to reduce government involvement in the country's housing finance system, and expects Senate colleagues to be receptive to potential changes, according to an interview aired on C-SPAN on Sunday. Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House Committee on Financial Services, said shepherding legislation to remove a government backstop for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would be a "huge priority," adding that he is willing to compromise to get a bill passed. "We've got to get off that boom-bust-bailout cycle, and I fear that under government control, we are once again repeating the same mistakes of the past," he said.

Obama to propose protecting 1.4 million acres of U.S. Arctic refuge: report

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 07:20
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will propose protecting 1.4 million acres (556,000 hectares) of Arctic refuge from oil and gas drilling, The Washington Post reported on Sunday. The administration plans to propose designating the area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, the highest level of federal protection that would ban oil and gas drilling, the newspaper reported, citing people briefed on the plan. (Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Frances Kerry)

'Death-qualified' juror search slows marathon, theater cases

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 07:04

One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon.

At GOP Summit, Republicans Turn Fire on Obama, Clinton, and Each Other

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 06:43

The first conservative showcase of the 2016 cycle is taking place in Iowa today, marking the unofficial start of the presidential cycle. Most of the jabs have been focused directly at President Obama and a Democrat they may be running against -- Hillary Clinton. "You can't have Bush," Trump said, criticizing the former Florida governor's support for Common Core education standards and immigration views, as well as his brother former President George W. Bush.

Japan stunned by video claiming death of 1 of 2 IS hostages

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 04:38

TOKYO (AP) — From the prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese were shocked Sunday at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed.

Obama announces nuclear 'breakthrough' on landmark India trip

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 04:17

An agreement on nuclear trade is aimed at establishing a lasting strategic partnership.

Analysis: GOP calls for bipartisanship, says Obama defiant

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 03:30

WASHINGTON (AP) — Winners by far in last fall's elections, Republicans now demand bipartisanship from President Barack Obama as their due and the voters' desire.

Obama received warmly in India, seeks policy advances

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 01:26

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama was greeted in India Sunday with an elaborate welcome at the country's sprawling presidential palace, then he solemnly laid a wreath at a memorial honoring the father of India's independence movement, Mahatma Gandhi.

Obama looks to build toward policy breakthroughs with India

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 22:32

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama was welcomed like royalty Sunday in India as he opened a three-day visit aimed at turning his burgeoning rapport with Prime Minister Narendra Modi into progress on climate change, defense and economic issues.

Winter storm spreads snow, traffic woes in U.S. Northeast

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 18:33

A winter storm spread freezing rain and snow and snarled traffic from the Middle Atlantic states into New England on Saturday, and forecasters said they expected a second system to lash the region early next week. Winter storm warnings remained in place for parts of New England, with up to 8 inches (20 cm) of snow expected in the area overnight as the storm system headed east, said National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist Brian Hurley in College Park, Maryland.

FBI identifies kidnap suspect on lam in Kentucky

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 17:27
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - The FBI on Saturday identified a man suspected in a kidnapping in Missouri after authorities say he crashed a car-jacked van more than 500 miles away in Kentucky and fled in another stolen vehicle. Robert "Robbie" Caldwell, 25, and an unidentified man are being sought in the Thursday morning kidnapping of a 67-year-old man outside his home in Kansas City as he was getting ready to leave for work, the FBI said in a statement. He returned to Kansas City on Friday. Caldwell is believed to be driving that car, the FBI said.