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John Cornyn: Obama ‘does not speak for the U.S. government exclusively’

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 00:21
Cornyn addressed the issue of voting rights, which Obama championed in his speech in Selma, Ala., on Sunday commemorating the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. Obama urged Congress to heed the Supreme Court’s call to amend the Voting Rights Act to reinstate the Department of Justice’s ability to oversee jurisdictions that have had a history of discriminating against minority voters. Cornyn said that the push to fix the so-called “pre-clearance” provision, which was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013, is an effort to “drive divisions and create phony narratives.” Cornyn, who is responsible for scheduling floor votes, said he does not believe Congress should take up legislation to amend the act. He is the first top GOP Congressional leader to publicly say so.

University of Oklahoma expels two leaders for racist singing

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 23:07

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The University of Oklahoma has expelled two students for playing a leadership role in singing a racist song at a fraternity-linked event that was captured on video and viewed worldwide, the school's president said on Tuesday. The two students, who have not officially been identified, were connected to a Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity event. The video, posted on Sunday, prompted the university to shut down the fraternity's house on campus and force members to vacate it by midnight on Tuesday. "There is zero tolerance for this kind of threatening racist behavior at the University of Oklahoma," President David Boren said in a post on social media website Twitter.


Japan marks 4th anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 19:52

Japan marked the fourth anniversary Wednesday of the quake-tsunami disaster that swept away thousands of people and sparked a nuclear crisis, a tragedy that has left visible scars on the landscape and continues to wreak misery for many. Remembrance ceremonies were being held in towns and cities around the disaster zone and in Tokyo, where Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are to lead tributes to those who died in Japan's worst peace-time disaster. The National Police Agency said a total of 15,891 people are confirmed to have died in the disaster, with another 2,584 still listed as missing. At the beach in Shichigahama, 28 police and coastguard officers offered a silent prayer Wednesday morning before they began their search for the bodies of two townspeople still missing.


Families offer apologies for roles in racist OU fraternity video

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 18:03

One Dallas-area man and the family of another have reportedly come forward to apologize for their roles in a racist video that has caused a firestorm at the University of Oklahoma after going viral.


Madison police shooting forces liberal city to look at race gap

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 14:47

By Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - The fatal police shooting of an unarmed biracial teen in Madison, Wisconsin, has cast a light on the divide between the liberal whites that dominate the university city and its black residents, who said this week they feel marginalized. Since the death on Friday evening of 19-year-old Tony Robinson, Madison has seen days of protests and a measured response by the city's police department. Robinson was shot after Officer Matt Kenny responded to calls about a man dodging cars in traffic who had allegedly battered another person, according to police officials. Madison, a city of 243,000, is perennially near the top of media rankings of the best places to live in the United States.


University of Oklahoma expels two leaders of racist singing

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 14:10

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The University of Oklahoma has expelled two students for playing a leadership role in singing a racist song at a fraternity-linked event that was captured on video and viewed worldwide, the school's president said on Tuesday. The two students, who have not been identified, were connected to a Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity event. The video, posted on Sunday, prompted the university to shut down the fraternity's house on campus and force members to vacate its premises by midnight Tuesday. "There is zero tolerance for this kind of threatening racist behavior at the University of Oklahoma," President David Boren said in a statement posted on Twitter.


In hectic Hillary Clinton press conference, a penchant for privacy and control

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 14:09

Her first press conference in nearly six months was at a hard-to-reach citadel — and on just a few hours' notice.


Jury in Boston bombing trial sees photos of writing in boat

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 13:08

Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Tuesday saw photographs of a blood-stained, hand-scrawled note speckled with bullet holes inside the boat he was captured in days after the deadly 2013 attack.


2 U. of Oklahoma students expelled over racist video

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:55

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma's president expelled two students Tuesday after he said they were identified as leaders of a racist chant captured on video during a fraternity event.


Fuel truck spill shuts down most of interstate near Washington

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:19
A tanker truck carrying biodiesel fuel overturned on Interstate 95 north of Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, forcing much of the busy highway to shut down, emergency officials and local television said. Minor injuries were reported from the accident, about 10 miles northeast of the U.S. capital, the Prince George's County Fire Department said on its Twitter feed. Hazardous materials crews were containing the spill of an estimated 1,000 gallons of fuel in the southbound lanes of I-95, a major East Coast thoroughfare, it said. Washington's WJLA television reported that all four southbound lanes of the highway were closed and two northbound lanes were shut down.

Live: Day 4 of testimony in the Boston marathon bombing trial

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:09

Yahoo News' Holly Bailey is in the courtroom in Boston covering the proceedings. Follow along for all the latest developments from the trial.


Houston Ship Channel remains partially shut: U.S. Coast Guard

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:08
Marine traffic in the Houston Ship Channel will remain partially halted until salvage ships retrieve an anchor that broke off a bulk carrier that collided with a tanker on Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Tuesday. The bulk ship hauling steel and the tanker that was carrying 216,000 barrels of the gasoline additive methyl tertiary-butyl ether, or MTBE, remained in place on Tuesday as the U.S. Coast Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers worked with salvage companies to move them and retrieve the lost anchor, the Coast Guard said. Thirty-six ships were waiting to get in while 28 waited to get out on Tuesday morning, said J.J. Plunkett, port agent for the Houston Pilots.

Hillary Clinton to break silence on emails

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 07:56
Hillary Clinton will hold a press conference Tuesday to address the controversy that has erupted over her use of a private non-governmental email to conduct official business while she served as Secretary of State.

Obama to announce changes for student loan repayment

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 05:58

President Barack Obama is slated to speak to students at Georgia Tech on Tuesday about how he wants to make the process of repaying student loans easier to understand and manage. Obama will sign a “student aid bill of rights” and will speak about an assortment of policy tweaks and projects to try to make it easier to help people with student loans pay back their debt. "It's our responsibility to make sure that the 40 million Americans with student loans are aware of resources to manage their debt, and that we are doing everything we can to be responsive to their needs," said Ted Mitchell, undersecretary of education, on a conference call with reporters. The White House said it will require clearer disclosures from companies to make sure borrowers understand who is servicing their loan and how to set monthly payments and change repayment plans.


Hillary Clinton to address email use after U.N. remarks: reports

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 05:08

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton plans to address her use of private email while at the U.S. State Department after her scheduled remarks at the United Nations later on Tuesday, according to media reports. CBS News, MSNBC and CNN, citing sources, said Clinton would hold a news conference after her speech in New York, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. EDT. Reuters could not immediately confirm the reports. (Reporting by Jonathan Allen, Jeff Mason and Susan Heavey; Editing by Emily Stephenson)


Boston Marathon trial moves into days after deadly blasts, Twitter talk

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 03:28

The Boston Marathon bombing trial on Tuesday is due to resume with defense lawyers cross-examining an FBI agent who a day earlier discussed two Twitter accounts that defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev used in the months leading up to the attack. Tsarnaev, 21, is accused of killing three people and injuring 264 with a pair of homemade bombs at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, as well as fatally shooting a police officer three days later as he and his brother tried to flee the city. Federal prosecutors contend that Tsarnaev was driven by an extremist view of Islam and a desire to strike back at the United States in revenge for military campaigns in Muslim-dominated countries. Defense lawyers argue that his older brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, was the driving force behind the attacks and that his younger brother followed him out of a sense of submission.


Atlanta-area police shoot dead unarmed, naked African-American man

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 02:38
(Reuters) - A white, Atlanta-area police officer shot dead a naked and unarmed African-American man acting erratically in his apartment complex and who was possibly suffering from a mental illness, the county police chief said. A Dekalb County police officer responded to a caller who said a man was "acting deranged, knocking on doors, and crawling around on the ground naked," on Monday around 1 p.m. local time, county police chief Cedric Alexander told reporters. The officer encountered the man, who was not wearing any clothes, in the parking lot, Alexander said at a conference published online by local broadcaster Fox5. Alexander said the man ran at the officer, who backed up and ordered the person to stop before shooting him twice.

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.

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