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Obama signs nearly $578 billion defense bill for fiscal 2015
Dec 19, 2014   11:34 PM  4 hours ago  Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama signed an annual defense policy bill on Friday that authorizes U.S. training for Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting Islamic State rebels and sets overall defense spending at nearly $578 billion…

Former Florida mayor sentenced to prison for secret consulting job
Dec 19, 2014   11:18 PM  4 hours ago  Reuters: Politics
MIAMI (Reuters) – A south Florida mayor was sentenced to 22 months in prison on Friday after being found guilty of corruption tied to his lobbying work for a secret consulting job while in office.

Ex-NYC councilman loses bid for new corruption trial
Dec 19, 2014   11:13 PM  4 hours ago  Reuters: Politics
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former New York City Councilman Larry Seabrook lost a bid for a new trial on Friday after a federal judge rejected his claim that his brother and aide were excluded from watching jury selection.

Former Florida mayor sentenced to prison for secret consulting job
Dec 19, 2014   10:28 PM  5 hours ago  Reuters: Politics
MIAMI (Reuters) – A south Florida mayor was sentenced to 22 months in prison on Friday after being found guilty of corruption tied to his lobbying work for a secret consulting job while in office.

Obama’s year-end message to Americans: I’m not a lame duck
Dec 19, 2014   10:09 PM  5 hours ago  Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If U.S. President Barack Obama is feeling the pain from a rough year at the office, he did a great job of covering it up on Friday.

Women rule at Obama year-end press conference
Dec 19, 2014   09:58 PM  5 hours ago  Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama called it his “who’s been naughty, and who’s been nice” list: a checklist of reporters to call on during his traditional year-end news conference on Friday.

CNN

The Year in Politics 2014
Dec 19, 2014   11:28 PM  4 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics
A lot has happened this year in politics. Get caught up to speed and refresh your memory in under two minutes.

Upbeat Obama bids goodbye to tough year
Dec 19, 2014   09:28 PM  6 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics
Barack Obama actually looks like he’s having fun being President.

Obama: Americans carry ‘hidden biases,’ but are ‘basically good’
Dec 19, 2014   09:09 PM  6 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics
In some of his broadest remarks on racism yet, President Barack Obama said Friday that he believes while there are “some hidden biases that we all carry around,” people are “basically good” and want to fix those problems, if given soluti…

Obama applauds LeBron’s ‘I Can’t Breathe’ shirt
Dec 19, 2014   09:00 PM  6 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics
President Barack Obama praised basketball star LeBron James for wearing an “I Can’t Breathe” protest shirt during his pre-game warmup last week.

Obama wraps 2014: Cuba, North Korea and Congress
Dec 19, 2014   08:48 PM  6 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics
President Obama joined a chorus of criticism when he said the entertainment company erred when it pulled a satirical movie at the behest of hackers.

Michele Bachmann: Sexism in Congress
Dec 19, 2014   08:21 PM  7 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics
Statuary Hall inside the Capitol is the storied site of many key moments in U.S. history — from heated debates about slavery to inaugural lunches with presidents.

Washington Post

Federal Eye: Obama gives federal workers a 2015 pay raise
Dec 20, 2014   01:47 AM  1 hour ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
President Obama on Friday ordered a 1-percent pay raise for federal employees, giving them only their second mandatory wage increase in the past five years.The salary bump will take effect on Jan. 1, marking the second year Obama provide…

A roundup of news from across the nation
Dec 20, 2014   01:25 AM  2 hours ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
NEW YORKOfficer videotaped in teen attack is chargedA New York police officer seen on a smartphone video punching a teenage suspect during an arrest has been suspended.New York Police Department officials announced the suspension Friday …

Obama criticizes Sony’s decision to pull ‘The Interview’
Dec 20, 2014   01:09 AM  2 hours ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
President Obama on Friday chastised Sony Pictures for shelving a satirical movie following a North Korea cyberattack and vowed that the United States would take retaliatory action against the hermit nation.Read full article >>

Obama criticizes Sony’s decision to pull ‘The Interview’
Dec 20, 2014   01:09 AM  2 hours ago  White House: Latest White House News, Headlines, Analysis & More – The Washington Post
President Obama on Friday chastised Sony Pictures for shelving a satirical movie following a North Korea cyberattack and vowed that the United States would take retaliatory action against the hermit nation.Read full article >>

President Obama relaxed, upbeat during traditional end-of-year news conference
Dec 20, 2014   12:58 AM  2 hours ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
President Obama shook off the grim resignation that had become a hallmark of his recent appearances during his traditional end-of-year news conference on Friday, replacing it with the upbeat, easy confidence that helped propel him into o…

President Obama relaxed, upbeat during traditional end-of-year news conference
Dec 20, 2014   12:58 AM  2 hours ago  White House: Latest White House News, Headlines, Analysis & More – The Washington Post
President Obama shook off the grim resignation that had become a hallmark of his recent appearances during his traditional end-of-year news conference on Friday, replacing it with the upbeat, easy confidence that helped propel him into o…

Reuters

U.S. judge restores protections to Great Lakes wolves
Dec 20, 2014   03:10 AM  26 minutes ago  Reuters: U.S.
(Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday restored U.S. Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the western Great Lakes in a decision hailed by wildlife advocates for halting wolf hunting and trapping planned in such states as M…

Cuban relatives of U.S. spy in dark after news of release
Dec 20, 2014   02:32 AM  1 hour ago  Reuters: U.S.
WASHINGTON/MIAMI (Reuters) – His release from a Cuban prison has been as cloak-and-dagger as his spying career ever was.

Inspections prompt changes at mismanaged Yellowstone, Yosemite jails
Dec 20, 2014   01:38 AM  1 hour ago  Reuters: U.S.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The National Park Service says it has revamped operations at jail facilities in two of its largest and most popular parks after a review by federal auditors revealed that the detention sites were being improperly …

U.S. Supreme Court allows gay marriage to proceed in Florida next month
Dec 20, 2014   12:56 AM  2 hours ago  Reuters: U.S.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday declined to extend a stay sought by Florida officials defending the state’s ban on same-sex marriages, allowing gay marriages to proceed in Florida next month.

Protesters from both sides of policing controversy face off in NYC
Dec 20, 2014   12:50 AM  2 hours ago  Reuters: U.S.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Scores of protesters denouncing police violence against non-whites rallied alongside dozens of supporters of New York City police officers on Friday in a tense standoff outside City Hall that comes amid weeks of most…

Remains of two infants found in California storage locker
Dec 19, 2014   11:52 PM  3 hours ago  Reuters: U.S.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – Officials in northern California have asked for help finding information about the grisly discovery of two infants or fetuses in an abandoned storage unit.

CNN

Airman dresses as Santa to surprise son
Dec 19, 2014   09:17 PM  6 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
An airman disguised himself as Santa to surprise his six-year-old son who thought he wouldn’t be home for Christmas.

Woman finds scorpion in store skirt
Dec 19, 2014   09:16 PM  6 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
A woman found a scorpion inside her skirt as she was trying it on in a JC Penney fitting room. KPIX reports.

Reborn Kepler spacecraft discovers another planet
Dec 19, 2014   05:34 PM  10 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
Kepler is still on the beat.

The week in 32 photos
Dec 19, 2014   11:44 AM  15 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.

Secret Service pulled ‘beyond limits’
Dec 19, 2014   09:54 AM  17 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
The Secret Service is stretched; and needs more training, more staff and a director from outside its ranks — and the White House needs a better fence — a review has found.

Killer meatloaf?
Dec 19, 2014   09:53 AM  17 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
The children of an elderly West Virginia couple who passed away months apart in late 2012 and early 2013 are blaming their deaths on a restaurant chain’s meatloaf.

MSNBC

Homeowner Chops Down Eagles Nest
Dec 20, 2014   02:38 AM  57 minutes ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
Washington state homeowner chops down tree containing bald eagle nest as camera rolls. KING’s Dan Cassuto reports.

It Was Them: FBI Says North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack
Dec 20, 2014   12:31 AM  3 hours ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
Sony took the unprecedented step on Wednesday of canceling the Christmas Day release of the film.

Supreme Court Denies Florida Gay Marriage Delay
Dec 20, 2014   12:29 AM  3 hours ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to grant a delay sought by officials in the Sunshine State to delay gay marriage past a Jan. 5 date set by a court.

U.S. Issues Travel Alert After Lone-Wolf Attack
Dec 20, 2014   12:20 AM  3 hours ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
Officials said that there is no specific threat to Americans travelling abroad, but they are concerned that Monday’s violence could inspire copycats.

U.S. Issues Travel Alert After Lone-Wolf Australia Attack
Dec 20, 2014   12:20 AM  3 hours ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
Officials said that there is no specific threat to Americans travelling abroad, but they are concerned that Monday’s violence could inspire copycats.

Kurdish fighters continue offensive against Isis
Dec 20, 2014   12:07 AM  3 hours ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
A day after opening up a safe corridor to rescue Yazidi families trapped on Mount Sinjar, Peshmerga forces battle to keep advancing against Isis militants in the area.

Fox News

Driver pleads not guilty in pedestrian deaths outside Calif. church
Dec 20, 2014   03:13 AM  23 minutes ago  FOXNews.com
A woman accused of killing four people, including a 6-year-old boy, while running her car into pedestrians outside a California church appeared in court Friday cuffed to a gurney and pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter charges.

Lava continues to slow, estimated to reach shopping center in rural Hawaii town in 8 days
Dec 19, 2014   11:47 PM  3 hours ago  FOXNews.com
Lava flowing in a rural Hawaii town continues to slow down and is estimated to reach a shopping center in about eight days.

Lawyer says convicted child molester won’t testify if called in case of boy missing since ’79
Dec 19, 2014   11:45 PM  3 hours ago  FOXNews.com
A lawyer says a convicted child molester long suspected in a 1979 missing child case plans to invoke his right against self-incrimination if he’s called to testify in the murder trial of a man now charged with the crime.

Attorneys for jailed ex-billionaire seek his release so he can provide missing info on money
Dec 19, 2014   11:32 PM  4 hours ago  FOXNews.com
Attorneys for jailed real estate mogul Tim Blixseth have filed an emergency motion seeking to have him released.

Man accused of making false carjacking report during police search for suspect in 6 killings
Dec 19, 2014   11:30 PM  4 hours ago  FOXNews.com
A man has been accused of making a bogus carjacking report while police were searching for someone believed to have killed six people in suburban Philadelphia.

Oklahoma official: State has drugs for 4 executions scheduled, believes process to be ‘humane’
Dec 19, 2014   11:01 PM  4 hours ago  FOXNews.com
Oklahoma’s prison system chief says the state has the drugs it needs to execute four inmates early next year and plans to administer the same three drugs used in a botched execution this spring.

Reuters

Cuban relatives of U.S. spy in dark after news of release
Dec 20, 2014   02:32 AM  1 hour ago  Reuters: World News
WASHINGTON/MIAMI (Reuters) – His release from a Cuban prison has been as cloak-and-dagger as his spying career ever was.

Israel bombs Gaza militant base after rocket hits southern Israel
Dec 20, 2014   02:07 AM  1 hour ago  Reuters: World News
GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas militant base in the Gaza Strip on Friday for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army said.

Israel bombs Gaza militant base after rocket hits southern Israel
Dec 19, 2014   11:44 PM  3 hours ago  Reuters: World News
GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas militant base in the Gaza Strip on Friday for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army said.

Cuba’s Raul Castro steps out of brother’s shadow with U.S. deal, support surges
Dec 19, 2014   11:23 PM  4 hours ago  Reuters: World News
HAVANA (Reuters) – Stepping out of his legendary brother’s shadow, President Raul Castro has scored a diplomatic triumph and a surge in popular support with the deal that ends decades of open hostility with the United States.

Eight Colombian police, military killed in guerrilla attacks
Dec 19, 2014   10:51 PM  4 hours ago  Reuters: World News
BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s Marxist-led FARC guerrillas killed five soldiers in an ambush on Friday just hours before the rebels were to begin an indefinite ceasefire, the army said.

How Syria policy stalled under the ‘analyst in chief’
Dec 19, 2014   10:45 PM  4 hours ago  Reuters: World News
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – (In Oct. 9 story, corrects paragraph 12 to clarify that size of Obama’s National Security Council staff has continued to grow, rather than “has nearly doubled”, after the White House clarified numbers it had provid…

CNN

Man’s suicide blamed on ruble collapse
Dec 19, 2014   09:24 PM  6 hours ago  CNN.com – World
The suicide of a businessman is being blamed on the painful collapse of the Russian ruble. Matthew Chance reports.

Real life castaway spotted on an island
Dec 19, 2014   09:19 PM  6 hours ago  CNN.com – World
The Coast Guard released video of a real life castaway they say was stranded on an island in the Bahamas for six days.

Low-tech hacking identifies, locates ISIS’ opponents, study says
Dec 19, 2014   03:46 PM  11 hours ago  CNN.com – World
North Korea, with its previous technologically laggard image, may have just shocked the world with some alleged hacking savvy, but when ISIS comes to mind, so does the terrorists’ digital bent.

FIFA to publish Michael Garcia report — with redactions
Dec 19, 2014   12:58 PM  14 hours ago  CNN.com – World
Is this the moment the world finally gets to know what really happened in December 2010 when FIFA decided to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar?

Utopia shrinking
Dec 19, 2014   11:48 AM  15 hours ago  CNN.com – World
When he brought his camera to shoot the shrinking German city of Hoyerswerda, you could say American photographer Demetrius Freeman took a few risks.

The week in 32 photos
Dec 19, 2014   11:46 AM  15 hours ago  CNN.com – World

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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