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Immigrants wait, hope, plan for Obama order

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 23:41

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Immigrants in the country illegally already are flooding attorneys' offices with calls to see if they can qualify under President Barack Obama's yet-to-be-announced plan to shield as many as 5 million immigrants from deportation.

Police: Florida State gunman killed by officers

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 23:33

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Officers shot and killed a suspected gunman after a shooting at Florida State University early Thursday that wounded three others and prompted an alert for students to take shelter, police said.

Two people shot on Florida State University campus: hospital

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 22:39
(Reuters) - Two people were shot at the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, a local hospital official said on Thursday. Campus police said the incident was ongoing, but declined to provide more information, and the university urged people to seek shelter and remain indoors. The Tallahassee Democrat newspaper reported that students said the shooting occurred at a library on campus. "We have two victims from a shooting that happened on the Florida State University campus," said a nursing supervisor at the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare hospital. ...

Ferguson braces for finding on shooting of unarmed black teen

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 20:47

By Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Residents of Ferguson, Missouri, prepared on Wednesday for a grand jury report expected soon on the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white policeman, an event that laid bare long-simmering racial tensions in the St. Louis suburb. The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown sparked weeks of sometimes violent protests. Many businesses have boarded up their windows as they expect another wave of demonstrations to follow the grand jury's decision, particularly if officer Darren Wilson is not charged. ...

U.S. states get more, spend more on Medicaid under Obamacare: report

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 20:16

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One part of the Affordable Care Act is going according to plan, with U.S. states receiving and spending more money on the Medicaid health insurance program, a report released by the National Association of State Budget Officers on Thursday showed. States run Medicaid, which serves families who have low incomes, and receive partial reimbursements from the federal government. The healthcare overhaul known as Obamacare allowed more people to enroll in Medicaid and also gave states 90 percent to 100 percent reimbursements for new enrollees. ...

Kasich steals show at governors' meeting

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:29

The wily 62-year-old former congressman butts heads with Wisconsin’s Scott Walker during a heated exchange.

Obama to offer deportation relief to 250,000 farm workers: union

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:25

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's immigration reforms would lift the threat of deportation for at least 250,000 undocumented people who work on farms, Arturo Rodriguez, the president of the United Farm Workers union said on Wednesday after meeting with Obama. "We were pleased to learn from the president today that at least 250,000 farm workers (and at least 125,000 California farm workers) will be eligible for deportation relief under his executive action," Rodriguez said in a statement. ...

Obama to act unilaterally on immigration, irking Republicans

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:05

By Steve Holland and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will outline a plan on Thursday to relax U.S. immigration policy for as many as 5 million people, bypassing Congress and angering Republicans. U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, the leading Republican voice on fiscal policy and a potential 2016 presidential candidate, called the plan a "partisan bomb" while a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner branded the president “Emperor Obama” for acting unilaterally. The White House said Obama will deliver a televised speech at 8 p.m. ...

Top Obama aide won’t rule out unilateral easing of Cuba policy

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:37

A year after President Barack Obama said the United States must "update our policies" on Cuba, his pick for the No. 2 job at the State Department, Tony Blinken, refused to rule out unilateral steps by the president in the next two years — provided Alan Gross goes free.

Matt Bai: Uber, Gruber and underlying truth

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:47

Two unfortunate recent remarks, by Uber's Emil Michael and health policy expert Jonathan Gruber, might be the latest examples of the destructive, distortive potential of social media. Never before have a few words been able to travel so far and so fast, detached from any context. But what we talk about less often is the power of even our shallowest social networks to illuminate, in a single moment, what volumes of journalism might miss — providing not distortion, but rather perfectly distilled truth.

California sees reserves growing more than $4 billion over two years

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:59
By Robin Respaut (Reuters) - California's state budget will accumulate more than $4 billion of reserves in the next two years, the budget watchdog estimated on Wednesday, a sign of significant progress for the debt-ridden state. California's Legislative Analyst's Office said much of the extra money would most likely go toward education, the state's rainy day fund, and potentially paying down liabilities. For fiscal year 2014-2015, the office anticipated $2 billion more in revenues than expected in the state's budget act. ...

'Ready for Hillary' super PAC winding down

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:32

The super-PAC Ready for Hillary, which launched in late 2012 to urge Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016 and is described by some as a "shadow operation" for her would-be campaign, is coming to an end, Politico reports.

NASA simulation shows a year in the life of Earth’s CO2

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:31

NASA scientists created an ultra-high-resolution computer model that gives staggering views of how carbon dioxide swirls around Mother Earth — and the heavy toll it takes on her.

Racial divide in U.S. arrest rates is 'staggering,' study finds

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:43

According to USA Today — which compared arrests reported by local police departments to the FBI in 2011 and 2012 with data from the 2010 U.S. census — at least 1,581 police departments arrest black people at a higher rate than Ferguson, Mo., where blacks are arrested nearly three times more than people of other races.

Stephen Colbert to host Kennedy Center Honors

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:05
WASHINGTON (AP) — The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts says Stephen Colbert will host this year's Kennedy Center Honors, bringing a new touch to the annual awards show.

Supporters say man framed deaf brother for murder

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:01

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Advocates for a deaf man serving a life sentence for murder say he was framed by his brother who is also serving time in the 1981 Tampa slaying.

Obama poised to announce go-it-alone plan on immigration Thursday

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:19
By Steve Holland and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is set on Thursday to outline a controversial plan to relax U.S. immigration policy and grant relief from deportation to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants in a go-it-alone move that will deepen a partisan divide with Republicans. Sources close to the administration said the rollout would include a televised speech by Obama on Thursday night laying out the plan followed by a trip to Las Vegas on Friday to build support. Nevada is home to the highest proportion of undocumented immigrants in the country. ...

Texas DuPont workers died from accidental asphyxiation: coroner

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:31

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Four workers who died on Saturday at a DuPont and Co plant in Texas were accidentally asphyxiated by chemicals, the coroner's office said on Wednesday, another finding that suggests the victims were not wearing full safety equipment. The workers were overcome by methyl mercaptan, a chemical used to give natural gas its rotten-egg smell and for making insecticides and plastics. A DuPont spokesman declined to say if the victims were caught by surprise by the chemical or sent to repair a leak in a unit that officials have described as an enclosed, five-story structure. ...

Don Lemon to Cosby accuser: 'You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex'

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:54

The CNN host engaged in an awkward exchange with one of the women accusing the comedian of rape.

Frustrated Senators have questions about Obama’s Islamic State strategy

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:06

Lack of direction from the White House has frustrated Democrats and Republicans alike.