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Who are the winners and losers in the Apple v. FBI drama? An explainer

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 11:27

No one came out of this brawl unscathed.

Obama turns attention to growing opioid abuse problem

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 10:55
ATLANTA (AP) — President Barack Obama says TV cameras usually show up wherever he goes and he's hoping an appearance at a conference on opioid abuse will highlight a growing problem that killed nearly 30,000 people in 2014.

North Carolina attorney general won’t defend transgender law: It’s a ‘national embarrassment’

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 10:43

One day after civil liberties groups filed suit to fight a controversial “bathroom bill” in North Carolina that they say discriminates against the LGBT community, state Attorney General Roy Cooper announced that he would not defend its constitutionality.

Obama seeks to loosen restrictions on opioid abuse medication

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 10:41
President Obama outlined a number of new actions aimed at combating the country’s deadly opioid epidemic on Tuesday.

Trump's campaign manager charged by police, Walker endorses Cruz

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 09:56
U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery in Florida on Tuesday, the latest chapter in a raucous White House race marked by threats, insults and physical confrontations. Police in Jupiter, Florida, charged Lewandowski, 42, with intentionally grabbing and bruising the arm of Michelle Fields, then a reporter for the conservative news outlet Breitbart, when she tried to question Trump at a campaign event on March 8. "Mr. Lewandowski is absolutely innocent of this charge," Trump's campaign said in a statement.

Susan Sarandon says she’s not sure she’d vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 08:43

“I don’t know,” the actress and Bernie Sanders surrogate says. “I’m gonna see what happens.”

Unions prevail as US Supreme Court deadlocks in fees case

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 08:38

The US Supreme Court deadlocked Tuesday in a 4-4 decision that effectively affirms the right of public employee unions to collect mandatory fees from non-members in states that allow the practice. The court had been expected to rule against the unions before the death in February of conservative justice Antonin Scalia, underscoring the impact of a vacancy that the Republican-controlled Senate has refused to fill while Barack Obama is president. In split decisions, the lower court rulings stand -- in this case, favoring unions against a challenge to state laws that allow them to collect mandatory fees from non-members.

Trump brings his insurgency to Paul Ryan country

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 06:24

The battle for the soul of the Republican Party comes to Wisconsin on Tuesday as Donald Trump re-emerges on the campaign trail with an afternoon rally in the hometown of House Speaker Paul Ryan. The scheduled stop comes just a week before the crucial April 5 Wisconsin Republican presidential primary, where Trump hopes to add to his delegate lead in his bid to claim the GOP nomination.

EgyptAir hijacking suspect reportedly asked for meeting with ex-wife

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 06:00

The hijacking of an EgyptAir plane by a man claiming to be wearing a suicide vest on Tuesday stoked fears of terrorism. But the hijacker apparently told hostage negotiators he was trying to get in touch with his ex-wife.

EgyptAir plane hijacked to Cyprus, most passengers freed

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 00:20

By Yiannis Kourtoglou LARNACA, Cyprus, March 29 (Reuters) - A man thought to be strapped with explosives hijacked an Egyptian plane on a flight between Alexandria and Cairo on Tuesday and forced it to land in Cyprus, Egyptian officials said. After the EgyptAir plane landed at Larnaca airport, the hijacker released all the people onboard except four foreign passengers and the crew, EgyptAir said. Cyprus broadcasting (CYBC) reported that the hijacker may have personal motives.

Obama to address nation's growing opioid problem

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 23:20

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will issue a proposed rule Tuesday that aims to increase medication-based treatment for tens of thousands of people addicted to opioids.

Utah governor signs bill requiring abortion anesthesia

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 18:09

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The governor signed a bill Monday that makes Utah the first state to require doctors to give anesthesia to women having an abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy or later.

Saudi land purchases fuel debate over US water rights

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 17:12

Saudi Arabia's largest dairy company will soon be unable to farm alfalfa in its own parched country to feed its 170,000 cows. So it's turning to an unlikely place to grow the water-chugging crop — the ...

FBI unlocks iPhone of attacker, ending Apple battle

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 15:25

The FBI has unlocked the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers, officials said Monday, ending a heated legal standoff with Apple that had pitted US authorities against Silicon Valley. Apple, backed by a broad coalition of technology giants like Google and Facebook, was fiercely opposed to assisting the US government in unlocking the iPhone on grounds it would have wide-reaching implications on digital security and privacy. A key court hearing scheduled earlier this month to hear arguments from both sides in the sensitive case was abruptly cancelled after the FBI said it no longer needed Apple's help and had found an outside party to unlock the phone.

Clinton warns of possible Trump Supreme Court nominations

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 15:04

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton rebuked Senate Republicans on Monday for denying a hearing to U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, accusing them of obstructionism, and warned of dangers if Donald Trump appointed the next justice. "What kind of justice would a President Trump appoint, or for that matter what kind of attorney general?" she asked, noting the Republican front-runner wants a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country and the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants. Clinton called on Republican Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to "do his job" and convene a hearing for Garland, a moderate federal appeals judge who is President Barack Obama's nominee to fill the seat vacated by the Feb. 13 death of Antonin Scalia.

Belgium releases sole suspect charged over Brussels attacks

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 13:34

Belgium on Monday freed the sole suspect charged over last week's Islamic State attacks in Brussels that left 35 dead, raising fresh questions about the handling of the case by under-fire Belgian authorities. Prosecutors charged Faycal C. on Saturday with "terrorist murder" and were investigating whether he was a third airport attacker who fled after his bomb did not go off, but said there was now a lack of evidence. Police earlier Monday released new CCTV footage of a third suspect in the March 22 Zaventem airport attack, the so-called "man in the hat" seen with the two suicide bombers.

Shots fired inside U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, suspect arrested

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 10:56
Dozens of people scrambled for cover Monday afternoon when gunshots were fired inside the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Workers and visitors were immediately warned to shelter in place.

Fidel Castro to Obama: We don't need your 'presents'

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 05:12

HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro responded Monday to President Barack Obama's historic trip to Cuba with a long, bristling letter recounting the history of U.S. aggression against Cuba, writing that "we don't need the empire to give us any presents."

Belgian police release video footage of third airport suspect

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 02:35

Belgian police on Monday released new video footage of the third suspect whose bomb failed to go off at Brussels airport in last week's attack. The footage shows the man wearing a hat and white jacket pushing a trolley with a large bag through the departure hall, next to suicide bombers Ibrahim El Bakraoui and Najim Laachraoui. "It's a new video which had not previously been released," a spokesman for the federal prosecutor's office told AFP.

8-year-old lost daughter rejoins Syrian family in Cyprus

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 02:07

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Jaffar Ismail says his daughter Amal sometimes asks why he and his wife abandoned her in the chaos of their bombed-out neighborhood in the southern Syrian town of Nawa.