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Official: Prison chief, 11 others put on leave after escapes

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 10:09

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The superintendent at the prison where two killers broke out has been placed on leave along with his security chief and 10 other staff members amid a widening internal investigation into how the inmates pulled off the daring escape, a state official said Tuesday.

Supreme Court takes up major case on public sector union fees

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 07:34

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to take up a case that could weaken public sector unions, a challenge by 10 nonunion public school teachers who say California's requirement that they pay the equivalent of union dues violates their free speech rights. The case comes as some Republican politicians, most notably Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, have taken aim at public and private sector unions, which generally align themselves with Democrats. In 2011, Walker signed a law that limited collective bargaining rights for state workers.

Governor Christie announces 2016 Republican presidential bid

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 07:00

LIVINGSTON, N.J. (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told donors and friends on Tuesday he intends to run for the Republican presidential nomination, The Washington Post reported, joining a large field of candidates seeking to win the White House next year.

Obama's approval rating hits two-year high

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 06:41

According to a new CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday, 50 percent of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling his presidency — up 5 points over the most recent survey and his highest approval rating since May 2013.

U.S. justices take up new Arizona redistricting panel challenge

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 06:36
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to take up a fresh challenge to a commission in Arizona that draws legislative districts just a day after ruling on a related case.

Live: Chris Christie launches 2016 presidential bid

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:51

Yahoo's Bianna Golodryga and guests look at the N.J. governor's chances in a crowded GOP field.

Jeb Bush releasing 33 years of tax records in show of transparency

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:49

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Jeb Bush planned to release 33 years of tax records on Tuesday in what was believed to be the most ever made public by a presidential candidate. Bush, a former Florida governor, is attempting to demonstrate that he is more transparent than his rivals for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and distinguish himself from Democrat Hillary Clinton. The tax records are expected to cover nearly all of his business career.

Why Chris Christie has to run for president to stay afloat in New Jersey

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:33

The only thing keeping him politically afloat at home is the prospect of a presidential campaign.

Indonesia military cargo plane crashes in Medan, dozens dead

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:04

An aircraft crashes into a residential neighborhood in Indonesia's third-largest city.

Crunch time for Greece as IMF debt looms and bailout ends

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 02:38

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — It's crunch time for Greece, with the European part of its international bailout expiring Tuesday and with it any possible access to the remaining rescue loans that it needs to pay its debts.

Oklahoma, Florida move quickly to resume lethal injections

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 23:30

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma and Florida moved quickly to resume lethal injections after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of midazolam, a sedative that has been used in several problematic executions.

How state fights against same-sex marriage may backfire

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 22:32

Efforts by some states to challenge the Supreme Court ruling will likely prove futile.

The next act: What happens now in Greece's drama

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 18:47

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Greece has entered the twilight zone.

Survey shows enough votes to remove Confederate flag in SC

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 16:05

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A survey of South Carolina legislators shows there is enough support to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds if all supporters cast a vote.

Supreme Court allows Texas abortion clinics to remain open

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 12:02

The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Texas to enforce restrictions that would force 10 abortion clinics to close.

Obama signs trade bills into law, says tough battle still ahead

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:46

By Roberta Rampton and Lindsay Dunsmuir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law legislation that gives him "fast-track" power to push ahead on a Pacific Rim trade deal that has been the subject of intense debate in Congress and across the nation. Flanked by some of the lawmakers who supported the bill through a six-week congressional battle, Obama acknowledged that his fight to secure the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership was far from over. "We still have some tough negotiations that are going to be taking place," Obama said at a signing ceremony.

Stocks tumble on Greece and Puerto Rico debt woes

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:30

David Kotok, chief investment officer at Cumberland Advisors, expects the market to be "rocky" and volatile in the face of these cross-Atlantic debt concerns but remains overall bullish on stocks.

Co-worker recalls Colorado movie massacre gunman acting 'spaced out'

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 09:01

Lawyers for Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes sought on Monday to build their case he was legally insane, calling a former co-worker at a pill-coating factory who remembered him as quiet, antisocial and acting oddly. Public defenders are seeking to save Holmes' life after the 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 people and wounding 70 in the July 2012 shooting rampage. Jose Sanchez worked with the defendant for three or four months beginning in the fall of 2010 at a pill- and capsule-coating factory in San Diego county, California.