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New Jersey voters say U.S. not ready for president 'Jersey Guy' Christie: poll

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 02:02

(Reuters) - New Jersey voters say the rest of the United States is not ready for a "Jersey Guy" president and neither is the Garden State, where Governor Chris Christie's presidential appeal continues to slide, a poll released on Thursday showed. A telephone poll of 1,340 registered New Jersey voters by Quinnipiac University found that Christie, and every other potential Republican contender for the 2016 White House race, would lose the state to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the possible Democratic candidate. ...

Matt Bai: Did TV's '24' convince us that torture really worked?

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 01:20

Jack Bauer's operative philosophy was simple: "Stop terrorists, by any means necessary."

Hong Kong police arrest protesters in main camp

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 00:52

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police on Thursday took away demonstrators who refused to leave the main pro-democracy protest camp and tore down their tents in a final push to retake streets occupied by activists for two and a half months.

California braces for what could be worst storm in years

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 00:50

Northern California is expected to be slammed by heavy rain and hurricane force winds.

U.S. chokehold protesters 'die-in', issue demands in NY

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 17:33

By Sharon Bernstein and Sebastien Malo BERKELEY, Calif./NEW YORK (Reuters) - Students at medical schools around the United States staged "die-ins" to protest the chokehold death by police of an unarmed black man, and New York activists demanded the city take action after a grand jury declined to indict the officer involved. Protests intensified last week after the grand jury decision not to charge a white New York City police officer in the July death of Eric Garner. ...

Former VP Dick Cheney says CIA torture report is 'full of crap'

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 17:14

Former Vice President Dick Cheney says a declassified Senate report on the controversial post-9/11 CIA interrogation program is "full of crap.""I think it is a terrible report, deeply flawed," Cheney said on Fox News, his first televised interview since the report's release. "It's a classic example of where politicians get together and throw professionals under the bus."Cheney said he had not read the entire 6,000-page classified document, drafted by Democrats and their staffs on the Senate Intelligence Committee, or the 500-page declassified and redacted executive summary. ...

6 ways Democrats lose out in 2015 spending bill

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 14:16

The 1,600-page document could be forced through House and Senate in less than a week.

For CIA, fallout from Senate report looks far from over

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 14:06

By Mark Hosenball and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As outcry grows over its now-defunct brutal interrogation program, America's spy agency appears caught in the crossfire of debate over its methods in the ongoing U.S. battle against Islamic militants and whether it has changed its ways. Inside the Central Intelligence Agency, intelligence officials expressed resentment over what they said was the unfairness of a Senate Intelligence Committee report released on Tuesday that harshly criticized the spy agency's detention and questioning of militant suspects. ...

Police body cameras carry risks without firm rules

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 12:14

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Civil rights activists and some police chiefs are warning that the Obama administration's proposal to help local police departments buy 50,000 body cameras must come with firm rules on how to use the equipment. They say that without proper oversight to address potential misuse, such as when police turn off their cameras during brutal acts, the wide deployment of the equipment could undermine efforts to build trust in police departments across the country. Last week, President Barack Obama announced a $75 million plan to help police departments buy body cameras after a state grand jury decided not to indict a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri, for the shooting death of an unarmed black teen, sparking protests and conversations about excessive force and racial bias in policing. Obama's plan, which requires congressional approval, calls for departments to undergo training, receive guidance on best practices from the Department of Justice and submit a plan of use for approval.

Body of U.S. hostage killed in rescue attempt in Yemen arrives in U.S.

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:16

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - The body of Luke Somers, an American held by an al Qaeda unit in Yemen who was killed on Saturday when U.S. special forces tried to rescue him, was flown to the United States on Wednesday, a U.S. defense official said. The body of the photo journalist landed shortly after noon EST (1700 GMT) aboard a C-17 U.S. military aircraft in Dover, Delaware, and there was a "dignified transfer" with Somers' family present, the official said. No media representatives were present. U.S. ...

Delays plague Hillary Clinton's State Dept. files

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:42

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has failed to turn over government documents covering Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state that The Associated Press and others requested under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act ahead of her presumptive presidential campaign. They include one request AP made four years ago and others pending for more than one year.

CIA report casts pall over 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:40

Director Kathryn Bigelow claims torture was a part of the story that couldn't be ignored.

Photographer's awe-inspiring video shows severe weather in a new light

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 09:58

Nicolaus Wegner, who produced a mesmerizing time-lapse video of thunderstorms and supercells swirling in the northern Great Plains last year, is back with another awe-inspiring film.

Chicago proposes chokehold ban in wake of U.S. protests

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:21

By Mark Guarino CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago city council members have proposed a ban on the use of chokeholds by police officers working within city limits in an expansive proposal coming in the wake of the chokehold death of an unarmed black man being arrested in New York. The proposal, which includes all security personnel such as deputy sheriffs, U.S. Marshals and private security guards, is the first among U.S. municipalities attempting to regulate arrest techniques after a grand jury last week declined to indict a New York City police officer in a chokehold death. ...

King James commits personal foul with royal touch

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 06:59

LONDON (AP) — When King James touched the future queen of England on the shoulder after a basketball game, royal watchers cried foul.

Harry Reid eviscerates GOP leaders in interview

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 06:41
The outgoing senate majority leader lets lose on Republicans.

Obama to announce new grants to states for preschool

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 06:21

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce more than $1 billion in public and private investments in preschool programs, a small step toward the kind of infusion the White House says is needed. Fewer than a third of U.S. 4-year-olds are currently enrolled in preschool programs that help them do better when they get to elementary school and help increase their learning and earning potential later in life. The United States ranks 28th in access to preschool among industrialized nations. ...

Israel minister says US censure slows settlements

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 06:11

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. criticism of Israel's settlement policies has slowed down construction in the West Bank, Israel's defense minister said in comments broadcast Wednesday, adding that he hopes the slowdown will be "temporary" because the Obama administration "won't be around forever."

Ex-CIA officials say torture report is one-sided, flawed

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:49

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of former top-ranking CIA officials disputed a U.S. Senate committee's finding that the agency's interrogation techniques produced no valuable intelligence, saying such work had saved thousands of lives. Former CIA directors George Tenet, Porter Goss and Michael Hayden, along with three ex-deputy directors, wrote in an op-ed article published on Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal that the Senate Intelligence Committee report also was wrong in saying the agency had been deceptive about its work following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. ...

UN expert calls for prosecution over torture

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 03:35

Members of George W. Bush's national security team must be prosecuted, says a UN official.