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New York governor orders investigation into daring prison escape

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 06:41

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday ordered an investigation into the escape of two convicted killers from a maximum-security prison, saying it was "critically important" to determine how they planned and carried out their brazen getaway. Richard Matt and David Sweat remained at large for a 10th day as more than 800 law enforcement officers combed dense woodlands near the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora in upstate New York. The governor announced that state Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott would conduct a thorough investigation to determine all factors involved in the escape.

U.S. top court rules against woman challenging husband's visa denial

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 06:18
The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against a U.S. citizen who objected to the U.S. government's denial of a visa for her Afghan husband. Din, who lives in Fremont, California, sued the U.S. government after her husband, Afghan citizen Kanishka Berashk, was denied a visa in 2009.

U.S. top court rejects North Carolina abortion ultrasound case

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 06:02
The high court left in place an appeals court ruling that struck down the 2011 law as unconstitutional because it forced doctors to voice the state's message discouraging abortion. Under the law, passed by North Carolina's Republican-led legislature, physicians must perform an ultrasound, display the sonogram and describe the fetus to women seeking abortions.

Spokane NAACP head under pressure over racial-identity flap

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 23:38

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The leader of the NAACP in Spokane is facing calls to step aside after her parents said the 37-year-old activist falsely portrayed herself as black for years.

Prisoner manhunt enters Day 10; alleged helper due in court

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 22:21

DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — The intense manhunt for two escaped murderers in far upstate New York has hit its 10th day as a woman charged with helping the killers flee from prison heads back to court.

Hillary Clinton's rivals dig in day after campaign rally

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 18:48

The day after her big rally in New York, both sides of the aisle took aim at the former secretary of state.

Two teens injured in shark attacks at North Carolina island resort

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 18:27
A girl about 14 years old was attacked shortly after 4 p.m. local time, suffering grave wounds to her left arm and leg before a man swimming nearby heard her screams and came to her aid, Mayor Betty Wallace told Reuters.

Spokane NAACP leader cancels meeting amid furor

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 16:50

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The leader of the Spokane NAACP, Rachel Dolezal, has canceled a chapter meeting Monday where she was expected to speak about the furor sparked over her racial identity.

FIFA official urges Blatter not to go back on quit promise

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 12:10

The head of FIFA's audit and compliance unit said on Sunday that changes at the top of world football's governing body were "indispensable" following reports Sepp Blatter might go back on his decision to resign. "For me, the reforms are the central topic," wrote Domenico Scala in a statement. Scala's statement came after Swiss newspaper Schweiz am Sonntag cited an anonymous source close to Blatter as saying he had not ruled out the prospect of going back on his decision to resign after receiving messages of support from Asian and African federations.

New York prison escapee turns 35 on ninth day of manhunt

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 07:51

As the hunt for a pair of inmates who escaped from an upstate New York prison entered its ninth day on Sunday, new details emerged about how a female prison worker now under arrest promised to help them in a daring breakout. Sunday also marked the 35th birthday of David Sweat, the younger of the two convicted killers who broke out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora by cutting through a steel wall and slithering through a steam pipe to a manhole on the street outside the prison's walls. Sweat and Richard Matt, 48, were discovered missing from their adjoining cells in the maximum security prison, located about 20 miles (32 km) south of the Canadian border, at 5:30 a.m. on June 6.

As search for 2 killers drags on, rural N.Y. residents on edge

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 05:42

Residents in rural New York, unaccustomed to locking their doors, day or night, were on edge as the manhunt stretched into a ninth day.

The voice of opposition past, Justice Kennedy may save Obamacare now

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 05:05

By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Justice Anthony Kennedy was furious when a majority on the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. As he read the dissenting opinion from the bench three years ago, his anger was palpable. It amounts instead to a vast judicial over-reaching.” That was Kennedy on June 28, 2012.

Pope eyes worldwide audience for environment encyclical

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 02:56

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is looking for a global audience for his upcoming encyclical on the environment, saying it's addressed to everyone, not just Catholics.

Officials amazed Dallas attack wasn't deadlier

Sat, 06/13/2015 - 22:51

DALLAS (AP) — A man who authorities say opened fire outside Dallas police headquarters from his parked van, with bullets piercing the glass at the entrance and causing damage inside, was the only person killed after the gunfire turned into a street battle and standoff.

A different Clinton takes on a different era

Sat, 06/13/2015 - 21:46

The former secretary of state says "democracy can't be just for billionaires and corporations" in her first major campaign rally.

In race for U.S. presidency, Jeb Bush runs from Romney's ghost

Sat, 06/13/2015 - 21:12

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Republican Jeb Bush gathered donors in Miami for an April retreat, it was clear he planned a less scripted, more inclusive U.S. presidential campaign bearing little resemblance to that of the unsuccessful 2012 nominee Mitt Romney. "Let Jeb be Jeb" was the message Bush's advisers conveyed. A former Florida governor, Bush will launch his campaign for the November 2016 election in Miami on Monday, having built a well-funded organization but facing some of the same dilemmas that Romney faced.

U.S. plans to store heavy arms in Baltic, Eastern Europe: source

Sat, 06/13/2015 - 19:14

The United States plans to store heavy military equipment in the Baltics and Eastern European nations to reassure allies made uneasy by Russian intervention in Ukraine, and to deter further aggression, a senior U.S. official said on Saturday. "We will pre-position significant equipment," the official said, commenting on a New York Times report that the Pentagon was poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 troops. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, declined to comment on the details of the report, which cited U.S. and allied officials.

Clinton pitches to working Americans at presidential campaign rally

Sat, 06/13/2015 - 17:54

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promised on Saturday to fight for a fairer society for ordinary Americans, staking out a place on the left to cut off any budding challenge for the Democratic nomination. In the first major rally of her campaign for the November 2016 presidential election, Clinton touched on many of the issues that energize liberal Democrats. Speaking on New York's Roosevelt Island, with Manhattan's skyscrapers as a backdrop, Clinton promised to "make the economy work for everyday Americans, not just those at the top" if elected president.