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As midterms loom, Obama shifts spotlight to economy

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:11

By Roberta Rampton EVANSTON Ill. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama tried on Thursday to turn the spotlight on the economy, the issue U.S. voters care about most ahead of November midterm elections, making the case that his policies have steered the country away from the brink of collapse and laid a foundation for growth. It's the second take for a strategy that the White House rolled out in June, only to have its optimistic message drowned out by crises in Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and western Africa. ...

Interim Secret Service head has been a familiar figure beside U.S. presidents

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:50

By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As a member of the U.S. Secret Service's most elite detail, Joseph Clancy guarded the lives of three U.S. presidents and now will try to repair the agency's damaged credibility after a spate of embarrassments and failures. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Clancy's appointment as interim director shortly after Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned on Wednesday. Clancy rejoins the service after leaving his job as head of security for the Comcast media corporation in the Philadelphia area where he grew up. ...

Chaotic scene outside White House a challenge for Secret Service

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:44

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If James McGinley had his way, he would take his message around the world, but he does not have the money and instead is sitting cross-legged in Lafayette Park across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House with the words "Wage Love" tattooed across his face. McGinley, a well-spoken man, is trying to talk over the piercing din of a man shouting into a bullhorn, as tourists on Segways whiz by and Secret Service guards push people off of Pennsylvania Avenue for some unknown security reason. ...

White Ohio woman sues over sperm from black donor

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:47

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio woman has sued a Chicago-area sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man as she and her partner had intended.

More trouble for man who brought Ebola to US

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:39

The Liberian man infected who brought the disease to the US will be prosecuted.

India PM Modi invokes Gandhi himself in effort against filth problem

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:40

Outside of New Delhi's largest train station heaps of garbage lie in the streets and in front of nearby shops and restaurants. In one corner, a sign reads "Deluxe Toilet," which is actually a filthy public bathroom.

'I will not resign'

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:23

Hong Kong's embattled leader Leung Chun-ying won't step down, but did agree to send underling to talk to protesters.

Dozens feared exposed to Dallas Ebola patient

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:17

Health officials: Lapse in diagnosis, quarantine should be a lesson in what not to do in future.

At nation's oldest Episcopal seminary, 8 of 10 professors fired

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 08:14

NEW YORK (AP) — The lid has been lifted on a fierce internal battle at the nation's oldest Episcopal seminary, which has lost most of its faculty over what they say is their dean's intimidating, disrespectful leadership.

Dose of reality for 'Real Housewives' couple facing fraud sentencing

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:52

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The married stars of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" are due for a dose of unscripted reality.

Boston Herald apologizes for Obama 'watermelon' cartoon

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:29
BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Herald has apologized for an editorial cartoon about the recent White House security breaches featuring U.S. President Barack Obama that made a watermelon reference. The cartoon, which appeared on Wednesday, depicted Obama brushing his teeth while an unidentified man, presumably an intruder, sits in a bathtub behind him asking, "Have you tried the new watermelon-flavored toothpaste?" A historic U.S. racist stereotype held that black people are particularly fond of watermelons. Obama is the United States' first black president. ...

Hong Kong protests show signs of escalation

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:28

Police seen unloading tear gas and rubber bullets; authorities warn to disperse immediately.

Who is Joseph Clancy, interim director of the Secret Service?

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:19

The 58-year-old led presidential detail for President Barack Obama and the first family before retiring in 2011 to become director of corporate security for Comcast.

U.S. citizen joins Syria Kurds in fight against Islamic State

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 05:59

By Tom Perry and Fiona Ortiz BEIRUT/CHICAGO (Reuters) - A U.S. citizen has joined Kurdish forces fighting against Islamic State militants in northern Syria, a spokesman for the main Kurdish armed group in the country said on Thursday. The Kurdish official said that Jordan Matson had joined the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), who are mainly battling advances by Islamic State close to Syria's borders with Turkey and Iraq. "Yes it is true," YPG spokesman Redur Xelil said in an online message. "He is fighting in the Jazaa area. ...

The nine lives of Boko Haram 'leader' Abubakar Shekau

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 05:56

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is an elusive figure whose whereabouts are unknown, but he makes himself heard each time the military proclaims him dead.

Supreme Court takes no immediate action on gay marriage cases

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 05:56

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday took no action over whether it plans to take up the question of whether states can ban gay marriage. The seven different cases pending before the court were not mentioned in a list of new cases the court agreed to hear on Thursday ahead of its new term, which starts on Monday. The move does not necessarily mean the court will decline to hear the cases during the new term. It often takes more time to consider particularly noteworthy or complicated cases before deciding whether to take them up. ...

Using 'contact tracing' to halt Ebola spread

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 04:19

CDC tries to determine if U.S. Ebola patient exposed others in Dallas area.

Matt Bai: Who says Jeb can't survive the primaries?

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 01:36

So I've been catching up on all the latest accumulation of Washington wisdom and totally get why no one other than Rand Paul, Ted Cruz or the reincarnated Pat Buchanan can possibly win the Republican nomination in 2016. But, what about Jeb Bush? Or Chris Christie?

HK police warn protesters not to charge buildings

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 01:06
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police warned of serious consequences if pro-democracy protesters try to occupy or surround government buildings, as they have threatened to do if the territory's leader doesn't resign by midnight Thursday.