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Poll: Half of Democrats want Biden in race

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 15:16

By James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The drumbeat for Joe Biden to jump into the 2016 presidential race is growing louder. Almost half of the nation’s Democrats want the vice president to enter the field and challenge front-runner Hillary Clinton, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll. The declared Democratic presidential candidates, including Clinton and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, her closest rival, will take the stage Tuesday night in Las Vegas for the first party debate.

'How is a woman supposed to behave?'

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 13:13

What to Expect From Bernie Sanders at Tuesday's Democratic Debate

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 11:51

Bernie Sanders may be the outsider in the Democratic nomination race, but that doesn't mean he's a stranger to the debate stage. As all eyes turn to Tuesday's first Democratic debate of the 2016 campaign, the big question is now: How will Sanders' fiery rhetoric and pointed platform play on the national stage? "I think he's going to do very well," said Greg Guma, a Vermont-based journalist.

Exclusive - Transatlantic divide: how U.S. pays three times more for drugs

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 07:02

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. prices for the world's 20 top-selling medicines are, on average, three times higher than in Britain, according to an analysis carried out for Reuters. The finding underscores a transatlantic gulf between the price of treatments for a range of diseases and follows demands for lower drug costs in America from industry critics such as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The 20 medicines, which together accounted for 15 percent of global pharmaceuticals spending in 2014, are a major source of profits for companies including AbbVie , AstraZeneca , Merck , Pfizer and Roche .

Zimbabwe will not charge U.S. dentist for killing Cecil the lion

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 06:49

Zimbabwe will not charge American dentist Walter Palmer for killing its most prized lion in July because he had obtained legal authority to conduct the hunt, a cabinet minister said on Monday. Palmer, a lifelong big-game hunter from Minnesota, stoked a global controversy when he killed Cecil, a rare black-maned lion, with a bow and arrow outside Hwange National Park in Western Zimbabwe.

Washington Post says Iran's conviction of its reporter is 'contemptible'

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 06:07

The Washington Post on Monday denounced the espionage conviction of the newspaper's American-born Tehran correspondent as an "outrageous injustice" and urged Iran's leaders to overturn it. Jason Rezaian, who was arrested in July 2014, had 20 days to appeal the verdict, the Iranian news service ISNA cited a judiciary spokesman as saying. Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron said the paper, Rezaian's family and his lawyer in Iran were pursuing an appeal.

Memphis policeman shot dead, suspect in custody: police

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 02:20

The officer, Terence Olridge, 31, was shot multiple times at about 1 p.m. and then rushed to a local hospital where he died, Memphis Police spokesman Louis Brownlee said. Brownlee said that Olridge, who had just marked his first anniversary with the department, was engaged to be married. A male suspect is in custody in connection with the shooting, Brownlee said.

Iran says Washington Post reporter convicted

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 02:11

Jason Rezaian has been detained for more than a year on charges including espionage.

Trump won't be next president: Obama

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 15:08

President Barack Obama is fairly certain of one thing when it comes to next year's election: Donald Trump won't succeed him in the White House. The billionaire businessman, the frontrunner in the race to become the Republican party's White House nominee, has raised hackles with his controversial comments on immigration, gun control and women, among other issues. "I don't think he'll end up being president of the United States," Obama said in the interview, which aired on Sunday.

California to ban 'Redskins' for school sports, keep Confederate building names

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 14:41

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California will ban public schools from naming their sports teams "Redskins," a name seen as a slur against Native Americans, but will not stop municipalities from naming parks and buildings for Confederate heroes, Governor Jerry Brown said on Sunday. Brown's decision to sign a bill ending the use of "Redskins" yet veto legislation banning Confederate names comes amid controversy around the country over the racial implications of team names, display of the Confederate flag and the naming of public places. Advocates for Native Americans welcomed the decision to ban the term "Redskins." “The most populous state in the country has now taken a stand against the use of this insidious slur in its schools," activists from the group Change the Mascot said in a statement on Sunday.

Hundreds of Southwest flights delayed by online booking problems

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 13:26

(Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co said hundreds of its flights were delayed because of problems on its website, phone lines and airports on Sunday. In a statement on its website, Southwest said intermittent technical issues "are impacting website performance in creating new bookings and requiring us to process some customers manually as they arrive for travel." The airline, which flies in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean, said it was asking customers to arrive at least two hours before their scheduled departures and use airport kiosks to print boarding passes and tags for baggage. Southwest said that as of 3:30 ET, 450 of the approximately 3,600 flights scheduled were delayed.

Ohio prosecutor criticized over reports on child's shooting by police

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 11:42

An Ohio prosecutor handling the fatal shooting by police of a 12-year-old boy while he played with a replica pistol was criticized by activists on Sunday for releasing two reports that called the shooting "reasonable" before any grand jury decision on charges had been announced. "It looks as though the prosecutor is trying to taint the grand jury process as well as manipulate the judicial process overall," said Edward Little, one of the so-called Cleveland 8, a group of clergy, academics and activists who have called for the two police officers involved in the November 2014 playground shooting of Tamir Rice to be indicted. The conclusions of a retired FBI agent and an out-of-state prosecutor were submitted to the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office ahead of an expected decision by a grand jury on whether criminal charges were warranted in the shooting, which was captured on surveillance video.

'Sometimes' I carry a gun, says Donald Trump

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 11:42

Donald Trump says he sometimes carries a gun to protect himself.

Charles Koch: ‘What we’re after is to fight against special interests’

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 10:54

Charles Koch — one-half of the notorious multibillionaire Koch brothers — says he gets daily death threats and is now on al-Qaida’s hit list.

Man arrested, accused of planting bombs on California golf course

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 09:20
Kevin Hornbuckle, 49, faces possession and manufacturing of a destructive device charges after two bombs were found on the course at the Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park, California, about 50 miles (80 km) north of San Francisco, the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety said in a statement. The golf club was evacuated from the facility before police destroyed the bomb, authorities said. Club employees told police they also found remnants of a second bomb which appeared to have been detonated at the golf course on Friday night, authorities said.

Islamic State figures killed in air strike; Baghdadi not believed among them

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 08:35

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Eight senior figures from Islamic State were killed in an air strike while meeting in a town in western Iraq, but the group's reclusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi did not appear to be among them, residents of the town and hospital sources said. Iraq said on Sunday its air force had hit the meeting and had also struck a convoy that was carrying Baghdadi to attend it. It said Baghdadi had been driven away from the convoy in an unknown condition.The Iraqi military's announcement was the latest unconfirmed report of the possible death or injury of Baghdadi, who has survived a year of U.S.-led air strikes and multi-sided wars in two countries since proclaiming himself caliph of all Muslims after his forces swept through most of northern Iraq last year.

Ex-Benghazi investigator: 'This has become a partisan investigation' focused on Clinton

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 08:18

A former investigator with the select congressional committee on Benghazi says the probe into the September 11, 2012, terror attacks that killed four Americans — including Ambassador Chris Stevens — morphed into a politically motivated mission targeting Hillary Clinton after the revelation that she used a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

Cushing quake follows rules to curb seismic activity tied to wells

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 07:02
An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.5 that struck near the U.S. crude oil hub of Cushing, Oklahoma on Saturday occurred just days after regulators imposed new rules meant to prevent temblors in the area and said more changes were possible. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC), which regulates the state's oil and gas industry, ordered companies on Sept. 18 to shut or reduce usage of five saltwater disposal wells around the north-central Oklahoma city of Cushing. Saltwater, a normal byproduct of oil and gas work, is put into deep disposal wells that scientists say have contributed to a rash of small and medium-sized earthquakes in Oklahoma since 2009.

House conservative group would 'look favorably' on Ryan for speakership

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 06:52

By Jason Lange and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of hard-line conservative Republicans would "look favorably" on Paul Ryan if he ran to be speaker of the House of Representatives, the group's leader said on Sunday. The approximately 40-member House Freedom Caucus is at the center of turmoil within the Republican Party over who will be the party's effective leader in the House ahead of the 2016 presidential election. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy had been the front-runner in the race but abruptly dropped out on Thursday after facing skepticism from Freedom Caucus lawmakers who viewed him as too willing to compromise with Democratic President Barack Obama.