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U.S. must target currency manipulation in trade deals: senator
Jan 31, 2015   01:01 AM  17 hours ago  Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration must insist that U.S. trading partners pledge not to manipulate currencies when negotiating trade deals, the Senate Committee on Finance chairman said on Friday.

U.S. ground troops could be needed in Iraq: Chuck Hagel
Jan 31, 2015   12:54 AM  17 hours ago  Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview on Friday the United States might eventually need to send non-combat ground troops to Iraq to help turn back Islamic State forces.

Republican Romney opts out of 2016 run for president
Jan 30, 2015   11:28 PM  19 hours ago  Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney bowed out of the 2016 U.S. presidential race on Friday after considering a third run, telling supporters it was time for the next generation of party leaders to seek the White House.

Pentagon to use war budget to ease pain of defense cuts: analysts
Jan 30, 2015   11:24 PM  19 hours ago  Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The 2016 U.S. defense budget being released on Monday will continue a recent trend of shifting funds from the Pentagon base budget to its supplemental war-funding request, fuelling criticism of the account’s use to…

U.S. congressman from Mississippi has inoperable brain tumor: spokesman
Jan 30, 2015   10:56 PM  19 hours ago  Reuters: Politics
(Reuters) – U.S. Representative Alan Nunnelee of Mississippi, who was diagnosed with brain cancer last year, has been told by doctors he has a new tumor and it is inoperable, a spokesman for the Republican congressman said on Friday.

After controversy, Oregon governor says no policy role for fiancée
Jan 30, 2015   10:28 PM  20 hours ago  Reuters: Politics
PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – Oregon Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber said on Friday his fiancée will no longer have a policy role in his office amid controversy over whether her consulting work posed a conflict of interest with her posit…

CNN

Mike Pence’s very bad week
Jan 31, 2015   02:51 PM  4 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics
It should have been Mike Pence’s strongest moment as Indiana governor — a chance to showcase his style of executive leadership on the national stage. Instead, the week turned into a calamity of Team Pence’s own making.

‘Gaps’ in GOP field present opening for Scott Walker
Jan 31, 2015   02:51 PM  4 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics
Scott Walker says he sees “gaps” in the potential Republican presidential field for 2016. But is he the candidate best positioned to fill them?

Romney bows out after three weeks
Jan 31, 2015   02:13 PM  4 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics
In the end, as it always has been with Mitt Romney, it was about the data.

Clues that Romney wouldn’t run
Jan 30, 2015   11:44 PM  19 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics
While Mitt Romney announced he wouldn’t run for president on Friday, he had personally come to that decision a week prior — well before he made campaign-style stop in Starkville Mississippi, on Wednesday that kept the national press scr…

Democrats lose their favorite candidate: Mitt Romney
Jan 30, 2015   11:20 PM  19 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics
Here we won’t go again.

Wider path for Jeb Bush
Jan 30, 2015   11:20 PM  19 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics

Washington Post

The Fix: America’s first family, and Barack Obama
Jan 31, 2015   02:55 PM  3 hours ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
Kim Kardashian posted this photo on her Instagram account Friday, a snap of Kardashian, her husband Yeezu — er — Kanye West, and President Obama.  The trio looked happy, but things between Obama and the first family of pop culture have…

The Fix: America’s first family, and Barack Obama
Jan 31, 2015   02:55 PM  3 hours ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
Kim Kardashian posted this photo on her Instagram account Friday, a snap of Kardashian, her husband Yeezu — er — Kanye West, and President Obama.  The trio looked happy, but things between Obama and the first family of pop culture have…

Murder trial begins in the case of Etan Patz, boy who disappeared 35 years ago
Jan 31, 2015   04:35 AM  14 hours ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
NEW YORK — Thirty-five years after New York City first-grader Etan Patz vanished on a short walk to his school bus stop, sparking a national missing children’s movement, a Manhattan prosecutor called it a “crime that changed the face of …

Federal Eye: GOP senator proposes barring bonuses for tax-delinquent federal employees
Jan 31, 2015   01:59 AM  16 hours ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
An inspector general’s report in the spring revealed that the Internal Revenue Service doled out more than $1 million in bonuses to hundreds of tax-delinquent IRS employees.Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) on Friday proposed putting an end to t…

Mitt Romney bows out of GOP presidential race over potential for political injury
Jan 31, 2015   12:32 AM  18 hours ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
Mitt Romney’s exploration of a third presidential campaign ended Friday after three tumultuous weeks of deliberations that led him to conclude that, while he might emerge with the Republican nomination again in 2016, he might be so badly…

Clinton backers dismiss impact of Romney exit: Bush will still get bruised, they say
Jan 30, 2015   10:50 PM  20 hours ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
Mitt Romney’s exit Friday after a brief flirtation with another presidential run dealt a light blow to Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton — who, said supporters, had stood to benefit from an internecine Republican duel betwe…

Reuters

U.S. regulators recall 2.1 million vehicles in new air bag issue
Jan 31, 2015   06:06 PM  46 minutes ago  Reuters: U.S.
(Reuters) – The auto industry’s air bag troubles deepened on Saturday as U.S. federal safety regulators said three big automakers will recall about 2.1 million older vehicles to fix defects that could cause air bags to deploy when they a…

U.S. regulators recall 2.1 million vehicles in new air bag issue
Jan 31, 2015   05:10 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: U.S.
(Reuters) – The auto industry’s airbag troubles deepened on Saturday, as federal regulators said three big automakers will recall about 2.1 million older vehicles to fix defects that could cause airbags to deploy when they are not suppos…

Ode to the range: Cowboys take to prose to celebrate U.S. West
Jan 31, 2015   12:17 PM  6 hours ago  Reuters: U.S.
ELKO, Nev. (Reuters) – When long-time bronc rider Paul Zarzyski needed to rest his aching bones after an adrenaline-charged stint on torquing horseflesh, he often turned to the last thing most people would associate with cowboy life: wri…

San Francisco police detain two over body parts in suitcase
Jan 31, 2015   08:09 AM  10 hours ago  Reuters: U.S.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – San Francisco police said on Friday night they had detained two people in connection with a case involving a suitcase full of body parts discovered on a downtown street earlier this week.

$50 million lawsuit filed over deadly Washington subway smoke incident
Jan 31, 2015   07:26 AM  11 hours ago  Reuters: U.S.
(Reuters) – The family of the woman who died in a Washington D.C. subway train after smoke filled a tunnel and two rail cars filed a $50 million lawsuit against the city’s subway system on Friday.

In Los Angeles, Muslim women find empowerment in female-only Friday prayers
Jan 31, 2015   07:01 AM  11 hours ago  Reuters: U.S.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – After the traditional call to prayer, Edina Lekovic stood in front of some 150 women seated on the floor at an interfaith center in Los Angeles, and delivered a sermon, a role traditionally reserved for Muslim men.

CNN

Aaron Hernandez murder trial begins
Jan 31, 2015   02:28 PM  4 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
As opening statements and testimony get underway in the murder trial of NFL’s Aaron Hernandez, will Shayanna Jenkins’ words help or hurt her fiancé if she takes the stand?

Just when New England had dug out…
Jan 31, 2015   02:28 PM  4 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
Just when Northeasterners had shoveled their way out of feet of blizzard snow, here comes the weather to mess things up again.

Swapped Bergdahl detainee returned to fight
Jan 31, 2015   02:28 PM  4 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
The U.S. military and intelligence community now suspect that one of the five Taliban detainees released from Guantanamo Bay in return for Sgt Bowe Bergdahl in May of last year has attempted to return to militant activity from his curren…

Hagel: Gitmo transfers caused some White House friction
Jan 31, 2015   02:26 PM  4 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
White House officials pressured Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to increase the pace of detainee transfers from the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, the outgoing secretary acknowledged to CNN’s Barbara Starr in an interview Friday.

1 killed, 2 hurt on Scorsese set
Jan 31, 2015   02:25 PM  4 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
A structure on the Taiwan set of an upcoming Martin Scorsese movie collapsed this week, killing a studio construction worker and injuring two more, Taipei police said.

Texas declares Chris Kyle Day in honor of sniper
Jan 31, 2015   02:23 PM  4 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
Texas is setting aside a day to honor Chris Kyle, the U.S. Navy SEAL marksman depicted in the film, “American Sniper.”

MSNBC

Recall: 2.1 Million Vehicles Need Second Air Bag Fix
Jan 31, 2015   05:26 PM  1 hour ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
The recalls include Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix and Toyota Avalon models.

Round Two: Millions Brace for Another Winter Blast
Jan 31, 2015   04:31 PM  2 hours ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
Parts of 14 states — spanning from Nebraska and eastward to New Jersey — are under either winter storm watches, warnings and advisories.

Smoky 5-Alarm Blaze Tears Through Brooklyn Warehouse
Jan 31, 2015   04:15 PM  2 hours ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
Firefighters were battling a four-alarm warehouse fire in Brooklyn Saturday morning, officials said.

More Snow Targets Millions From Southwest to Northeast
Jan 31, 2015   04:15 PM  2 hours ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
Substantial snow accumulation was most likely from Nebraska and South Dakota through the southern Great Lakes and into western Pennsylvania.

NYC to Pay $3.9M in 2012 Cop Shooting of Black Teen
Jan 31, 2015   03:32 PM  3 hours ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
The city agreed Friday to settle a federal suit and compensate the family of Bronx 18-year-old Ramarley Graham, who was fatally shot by police.

Mom, Baby Kicked Off Flight
Jan 31, 2015   02:43 PM  4 hours ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
A mom and her baby are kicked off of a flight from Denver to Memphis after a verbal exchange between the mother and a flight attendant.

Fox News

Historic leadership change at NY Assembly looks like done deal despite calls for transparency
Jan 31, 2015   04:15 PM  2 hours ago  FOXNews.com
The contest to succeed longtime New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was supposed to be an open process, giving lawmakers two weeks to mull their options.

Letter with suspicious powder received at Samaritan’s Purse charity headquarters in Boone, NC
Jan 31, 2015   04:01 PM  2 hours ago  FOXNews.com
The FBI says it is investigating a suspicious letter containing white powder that was sent to the headquarters of the Samaritan’s Purse charity in western North Carolina.

Police: Atlanta area man shot dead trying to rob dog breeder
Jan 31, 2015   03:36 PM  3 hours ago  FOXNews.com
Police say a metro Atlanta man was fatally shot as he tried to rob a bulldog breeder he had contacted through the website Craigslist.

Aaron Hernandez won’t be allowed to watch the Super Bowl
Jan 31, 2015   03:33 PM  3 hours ago  FOXNews.com
Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez won’t be allowed to watch the team take on the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl while on trial for murder.

Judge: Funeral home wrongly sold Lee Harvey Oswald’s casket
Jan 31, 2015   03:21 PM  3 hours ago  FOXNews.com
A funeral home that sold Lee Harvey Oswald’s pine casket for $87,468 must return it to the accused presidential assassin’s brother, a judge ruled Friday.

Navy abandons ‘Global force for good’ in newest commercials to broaden appeal
Jan 31, 2015   03:16 PM  3 hours ago  FOXNews.com
The Navy is taking a new approach to its recruiting commercials: Appealing to people who are already in uniform, have long since left the military and those who never will join.

Reuters

Plastics factory fire kills 13 people in Bangladesh capital
Jan 31, 2015   05:52 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: World News
DHAKA (Reuters) – At least 13 people including two women were killed when a fire swept through a plastics factory in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka on Saturday, police said.

Italy elects senior judge Sergio Mattarella as president
Jan 31, 2015   05:39 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: World News
ROME (Reuters) – Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and veteran center-left politician, as president on Saturday, handing a welcome political victory to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Plastics factory fire kills 13 people in Bangladesh capital
Jan 31, 2015   05:19 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: World News
DHAKA (Reuters) – At least 13 people including two women were killed when a fire swept through a plastics factory in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka on Saturday, police said.

Kurds retake oil facility in north Iraq, 15 workers still missing
Jan 31, 2015   05:16 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: World News
KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) – Kurdish peshmerga forces retook a small crude oil station near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk which Islamic State insurgents seized earlier on Saturday, but the fate of 15 employees remained unclear.

Palestinians in Syria cut off from aid once more: U.N.
Jan 31, 2015   05:07 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: World News
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of longtime Palestinian refugees in a camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital have been cut off from United Nations emergency aid for nearly two months by armed groups that are preventing access, …

Ukraine, rebels hold fresh peace talks as fighting rages in east
Jan 31, 2015   04:43 PM  2 hours ago  Reuters: World News
MINSK/KIEV (Reuters) – A new round of peace talks got under way involving Ukraine and separatists on Saturday, even as fighting between Kiev government forces and the Russian-backed rebels raged in Ukraine’s east, claiming civilian and m…

CNN

Cuba to build first new Catholic church since revolution
Jan 30, 2015   09:04 PM  21 hours ago  CNN.com – World
A neglected, weed-strewn field in a small Cuban town where there are more horses than cars seems an unlikely setting for a major shift in government policy.

Dozens killed in North Sinai attack
Jan 30, 2015   09:02 PM  21 hours ago  CNN.com – World
At least 20 people were killed and 36 injured Thursday after three explosions targeted security posts in the Al Arish area of northern Sinai, EGYNews reports.

Photos: Explosion aftermath
Jan 30, 2015   09:01 PM  21 hours ago  CNN.com – World
A natural gas explosion rocked a maternity hospital on the outskirts of Mexico City on Thursday, January 29.

Arrests in Mexico hospital blast that killed 3
Jan 30, 2015   09:00 PM  21 hours ago  CNN.com – World
A maternity hospital south of Mexico City is on the verge of collapsing after a natural gas delivery truck hit a building and exploded, emergency officials say.

UK summons Russian envoy
Jan 30, 2015   07:28 PM  23 hours ago  CNN.com – World
Two UK Royal Air Force jets intercepted a pair of Russian bombers flying over the English Channel near British airspace this week, the British defense ministry says.

ISIS launches attack on oil-rich Iraqi city
Jan 30, 2015   07:12 PM  23 hours ago  CNN.com – World
ISIS militants have attacked Kirkuk in northern Iraq, an effort that might be an attempt to capture the key oil-rich city or perhaps to divert Kurdish troops fighting to capture the group’s stronghold of Mosul.

MSNBC

Americans gear up to help Philippines
Nov 12, 2013   12:38 AM  1 year ago  MSNBC.com: World News
From military veterans and U.S. troops to grassroots Filipino-American organizations, people across the country geared up to do what they could to help after one of largest storms ever barreled through the Philippines over the weekend an…

Video: Hundreds attend 99-year-old UK veteran’s funeral
Nov 12, 2013   12:15 AM  1 year ago  MSNBC.com: World News
A veteran of the RAF during World War II, Harold Jellicoe Percival’s funeral was attended by hundreds of Britons even though they never knew him. An ad in a local paper encouraged attendees, because he had no living family members. NBC’s…

Video: Typhoon’s winds stronger than Hurricane Katrina
Nov 12, 2013   12:09 AM  1 year ago  MSNBC.com: World News
Typhoon Haiyan may be among the biggest ever recorded, peaking at more than 200 mph with a 20-foot storm surge. NBC’s Tom Costello reports. (Nightly News)

Video: Tacloban residents struggle without food, water
Nov 11, 2013   11:54 PM  1 year ago  MSNBC.com: World News
The Philippine city of Tacloban is ground zero in an area completely wiped out by the fast-moving, ferocious typhoon. People are desperate for aid, and have no access to food, shelter or water. NBC’s Harry Smith reports. (Nightly News)

Doctors haunted by typhoon victims they couldn’t help
Nov 11, 2013   11:53 PM  1 year ago  MSNBC.com: World News
TACLOBAN, Philippines — Days after the super-typhoon Haiyan roared ashore here and laid waste to the Philippine island of Leyte, the roads remain blocked, the airports closed, the ferries aren’t running — and a public health crisis is un…

Typhoon pushed the limits — bigger storms ahead
Nov 11, 2013   11:05 PM  1 year ago  MSNBC.com: World News
Experts say Typhoon Haiyan was about as strong as it could theoretically get when it swept through the Philippines, but storm intensity limits are on the rise.

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