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Fed eyes audit push as key political challenge in 2015
Dec 18, 2014   06:03 AM  2 hours ago  Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve is lobbying to stem a rising threat to its independence as the “Audit the Fed” movement, once seen as usual background noise, looks set to gain momentum in 2015 when Republicans gain contro…

Iowa and New Hampshire voters will listen before they judge Bush
Dec 18, 2014   06:02 AM  2 hours ago  Reuters: Politics
DAVENPORT, Iowa (Reuters) – Bob Shelley neatly folds his newspaper and uses it as a coaster for his coffee mug. By no coincidence, it covers the face of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who just announced he will explore a bid for the W…

U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years
Dec 18, 2014   03:19 AM  4 hours ago  Reuters: Politics
HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its…

U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years
Dec 18, 2014   02:56 AM  5 hours ago  Reuters: Politics
HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its…

U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years
Dec 18, 2014   02:07 AM  6 hours ago  Reuters: Politics
HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its…

U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years
Dec 18, 2014   01:48 AM  6 hours ago  Reuters: Politics
HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its…

CNN

Obama: ‘Go to the movies’
Dec 18, 2014   01:15 AM  7 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics
President Barack Obama says Americans should “go to the movies” without fear, despite hackers’ threats against venues that show a controversial film that Sony has now decided to pull.

Pentagon kept in dark on Gross
Dec 18, 2014   01:03 AM  7 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics
Alan Gross was in a Cuban prison Tuesday morning when his attorney, Scott Gilbert, phoned to say Gross would soon be released.

American, Cuban spies freed
Dec 18, 2014   01:01 AM  7 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics

Rubio: block Cuban ambassador
Dec 18, 2014   12:59 AM  7 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday outlined plans to protest President Barack Obama’s move to thaw diplomatic relations with Cuba by blocking funding for an embassy there and preventing a vote on any potential Cuban ambassador.

Clinton backs Obama’s Cuba moves
Dec 18, 2014   12:48 AM  7 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics
Hillary Clinton backed President Barack Obama’s historic easing of decades-old sanctions against Cuba on Wednesday and said she is “deeply relieved” by the release of U.S. contractor Alan Gross.

Gross release kept secret from Pentagon
Dec 17, 2014   09:39 PM  10 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics
Alan Gross was in a Cuban prison Tuesday morning when his attorney, Scott Gilbert, phoned to say Gross would soon be released.

Washington Post

Monkey Cage: Immigration activism — from the bench
Dec 18, 2014   05:24 AM  2 hours ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
The Obama administration will not lose much sleep over Tuesday’s decision by a district court judge to declare its recent immigration initiatives unconstitutional. The decision (available here) holds that those actions go beyond the boun…

In the Loop: USAID head Raj Shah tells staff he’s leaving (which we all knew)
Dec 18, 2014   05:00 AM  3 hours ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
You may recall the Loop reported last week that USAID Administrator Raj Shah was planning his exit. Well, Wednesday morning he’ll announce to his staff that he’s leaving the job sometime in the beginning of the new year.Read full article…

Monkey Cage: Little mention of Japan in coverage of Sony hack
Dec 18, 2014   04:02 AM  4 hours ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
I remember that, in the 1980s and as late as the mid-1990s, Japan was considered our main economic rival, they were taking over, buying up the United States, etc. etc.I hadn’t thought about this much in the past few years, but the recent…

Elizabeth Warren, other Democrats raise concerns about free-trade pact with Asia
Dec 18, 2014   03:01 AM  5 hours ago  White House: Latest White House News, Headlines, Analysis & More – The Washington Post
Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday voiced new concerns over President Obama’s trade agenda as congressional Democrats ramp up efforts to slow the administration’s bid to finalize a major free-trade pact in Asia that the president has cal…

Elizabeth Warren, other Democrats raise concerns about free-trade pact with Asia
Dec 18, 2014   03:01 AM  5 hours ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday voiced new concerns over President Obama’s trade agenda as congressional Democrats ramp up efforts to slow the administration’s bid to finalize a major free-trade pact in Asia that the president has cal…

Elizabeth Warren, other Democrats raise concerns about free-trade pact with Asia
Dec 18, 2014   02:43 AM  5 hours ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday voiced new concerns over President Obama’s trade agenda as congressional Democrats ramp up efforts to slow the administration’s bid to finalize a major free-trade pact in Asia that the president has cal…

Reuters

1 killed, about a dozen injured in southern California crash
Dec 18, 2014   07:08 AM  1 hour ago  Reuters: U.S.
(Reuters) – One person was killed and about a dozen injured when a driver plowed into a row of pedestrians before smashing into another car in a southern California beach city on Wednesday night, police said.

FBI, Los Angeles police recover nine stolen paintings worth $10 million
Dec 18, 2014   06:11 AM  2 hours ago  Reuters: U.S.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Federal agents and police in Los Angeles have recovered nine paintings worth millions of dollars that were stolen from the home of an elderly couple six years ago, including works by Marc Chagall and Diego Rivera,…

Federal judge rebuffs NCAA concussion settlement
Dec 18, 2014   05:33 AM  2 hours ago  Reuters: U.S.
(Reuters) – A federal judge on Wednesday rebuffed a $75-million NCAA settlement that aimed to end a massive class-action lawsuit over head injuries suffered by student athletes, court records show.

Executions in United States at 20-year low: report
Dec 18, 2014   05:21 AM  2 hours ago  Reuters: U.S.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amid growing concerns about how executions are carried out in the United States, the number of prison inmates being put to death fell to a 20-year low in 2014, the Death Penalty Information Center said in a report …

Lava creeps within mile of Hawaii shopping center
Dec 18, 2014   04:27 AM  3 hours ago  Reuters: U.S.
PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) – A stream of molten lava from an erupting volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island crept to within a mile of the only grocery store and gas station in the village of Pahoa on Wednesday as it neared a highway link with the …

Sea boundary talks between U.S., Mexico, Cuba to take years: Mexico
Dec 18, 2014   03:37 AM  4 hours ago  Reuters: U.S.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Joint talks among the United States, Cuba and Mexico to fix the maritime boundaries of the three countries in the Gulf of Mexico are likely to be complex and stretch beyond 2018, a senior Mexican official said on …

CNN

Thaw with Cuba angers anti-Castro exiles
Dec 18, 2014   03:10 AM  5 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
In Miami, where the vast majority of the large population of Cuban exiles once fiercely opposed any change in the U.S. stance toward the island, reactions were split, largely along generational lines.

205 more charges for kidnapping suspect
Dec 18, 2014   03:04 AM  5 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
A 34-year-old man originally charged in the kidnapping of a New Hampshire teen is now facing 205 additional charges, according to two grand jury rulings.

Six charged in West Virginia water contamination
Dec 18, 2014   03:02 AM  5 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
Almost one year after water for more than 300,000 West Virginia residents was contaminated because of a chemical spill, six former officials for the company responsible for the leak are facing federal charges.

14 arrested in deadly meningitis outbreak
Dec 18, 2014   02:58 AM  5 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
Fourteen people have been arrested in connection with the deadly 2012 national outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections distributed by a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts, a law enforcement source told CNN on Wednes…

Watch Thursday’s show!
Dec 17, 2014   11:53 PM  8 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
December 18, 2014

Debilitating outbreak sweeps Americas
Dec 17, 2014   08:34 PM  11 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
Its name means “bending over in pain.” It has no treatment or vaccine. Its symptoms resemble Dengue fever. And it has infected more than 1 million people — 155 of them fatally — since spreading to the Americas one year ago.

MSNBC

One Killed as Suspected DUI Driver Plows Into Crowd
Dec 18, 2014   06:18 AM  1 hour ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
One person was killed and others injured when a suspected drunk driver slammed into pedestrians leaving a holiday church service, police said.

Number of Death Sentences and Executions Hit New Lows
Dec 18, 2014   05:01 AM  3 hours ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
Botched procedures and exonerations are behind the slide, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

‘Slap in the Face’: Downed Pilots’ Families Slam Cuba Swap
Dec 18, 2014   04:52 AM  3 hours ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
The families of pilots fatally shot down by Cuba in 1996 spoke out against the release Wednesday by the U.S. of three Cuban prisoners.

‘Slap in the Face’: Dead Pilots’ Families Slam Cuba Swap
Dec 18, 2014   04:52 AM  3 hours ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
The families of pilots fatally shot down by Cuba in 1996 spoke out against the release Wednesday by the U.S. of three Cuban prisoners.

Three Sex Assaults Reported on Princeton Campus
Dec 18, 2014   04:51 AM  3 hours ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
All three sex assault were reported to authorities at the Ivy League school this past weekend as students prepared to head home for the holidays, said police.

NY Woman Sues Cops For Not Arresting Son
Dec 18, 2014   04:26 AM  3 hours ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
The suit alleged police let 29-year-old Peter Fedden was driven home after drunken crash in July 2013, and that he killed in a wreck later that night.

Fox News

One pedestrian killed, 12 injured in Southern California crash
Dec 18, 2014   06:45 AM  1 hour ago  FOXNews.com
A woman drove into a group of pedestrians outside a Southern California church during a Christmas presentation was just ending killing one and injuring as many as 12.

One pedestrian killed, several injured in Southern California crash
Dec 18, 2014   06:45 AM  1 hour ago  FOXNews.com
A woman drove into a group of pedestrians outside a Southern California church during a Christmas presentation was just ending killing one and injuring as many as 12.

Circus disputes citation for hair-hanging accident
Dec 18, 2014   06:34 AM  1 hour ago  FOXNews.com
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has contested a citation it received from federal regulators for an accident that sent eight hair-hanging acrobats plummeting to the ground during a live performance, severely injuring most o…

Lab tests show pesticide killed Portland, Ore., crows; unknown whether poisoning intentional
Dec 18, 2014   06:01 AM  2 hours ago  FOXNews.com
A wildlife official says tests have confirmed that a pesticide killed more than two dozen crows found in downtown Portland, but investigators still can’t say whether the birds were poisoned intentionally.

Police: 1 dead, several critical after car hits group of pedestrians on California street
Dec 18, 2014   06:01 AM  2 hours ago  FOXNews.com
Police say one person is dead and several are injured after a woman drove into a group of pedestrians outside a Southern California church where a Christmas performance had just ended.

Prosecutor: Mom who fled with girl in custody dispute years ago should bring her out of hiding
Dec 18, 2014   06:01 AM  2 hours ago  FOXNews.com
Mary Nunes was a child when her mother fled with her to Central America in a custody dispute 10 years ago.

Reuters

Social media: the hostage that eluded Sydney siege gunman
Dec 18, 2014   07:33 AM  43 minutes ago  Reuters: World News
SYDNEY (Reuters) – One hostage the Sydney siege gunman failed to take this week was social media.

Book Talk: War on Afghan frontline, by a female soldier
Dec 18, 2014   07:12 AM  1 hour ago  Reuters: World News
KABUL (Reuters) – Chantelle Taylor is a former combat medic who fought in one of Britain’s bloodiest battles in Afghanistan and wrote about her experience as a rare woman on the front line.

India tests its heaviest space launch vehicle, eyes global market
Dec 18, 2014   07:12 AM  1 hour ago  Reuters: World News
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s space agency successfully tested on Thursday its most powerful satellite launch vehicle that can put heavier payloads into space, and, it hopes, win India a bigger slice of the $300 billion global space indu…

Western sanctions may last for decades: Russian minister tells newspaper
Dec 18, 2014   07:04 AM  1 hour ago  Reuters: World News
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Western sanctions over Russia’s role in the Ukraine crisis are likely to last “for a very long time”, possibly decades, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev told Vedomosti newspaper.

Suicide bomber kills one on outskirts of Afghan capital
Dec 18, 2014   06:36 AM  1 hour ago  Reuters: World News
KABUL (Reuters) – One policeman was killed and two were injured on the outskirts of the Afghan capital on Thursday, in a blast caused by a suicide bomber attempting to enter Kabul in a vehicle laden with explosives, an interior ministry …

Social media: the hostage that eluded Sydney siege gunman
Dec 18, 2014   06:27 AM  1 hour ago  Reuters: World News
SYDNEY (Reuters) – One hostage the Sydney siege gunman failed to take this week was social media.

CNN

Mystery man among 5 freed in historic U.S.-Cuba deal
Dec 17, 2014   07:06 PM  13 hours ago  CNN.com – World
Five men are tasting freedom for the first time in years — including one President Barack Obama described as “one of the most important intelligence agents that the United States has ever had in Cuba” — in a historic deal between the U…

What you really Googled in 2014
Dec 17, 2014   03:35 PM  16 hours ago  CNN.com – World
In 2013, people just wanted to know how to twerk. It was a more innocent time. This year, people wanted to know if they had Ebola.

Debilitating outbreak hits Americas
Dec 17, 2014   02:52 PM  17 hours ago  CNN.com – World
Its name means “bending over in pain.” It has no treatment or vaccine. Its symptoms resemble Dengue fever. And it has infected more than 1 million people — 155 of them fatally — since spreading to the Americas one year ago.

Alan Gross freed, U.S. and Cuba strike historic deal
Dec 17, 2014   02:45 PM  17 hours ago  CNN.com – World
U.S. contractor Alan Gross, held by the Cuban government since 2009, was freed Wednesday as part of a landmark deal with Cuba that paves the way for a major overhaul in U.S. policy toward the island, senior administration officials tell …

You won’t believe where this truck was found
Dec 17, 2014   01:58 PM  18 hours ago  CNN.com – World
A plumber in Texas is trying to avoid fallout after a picture of his old work truck ended up on Islamic social media sites.

Alan Gross freed, U.S. and Cuba strike historic deal
Dec 17, 2014   01:56 PM  18 hours ago  CNN.com – World
U.S. contractor Alan Gross, held by the Cuban government since 2009, was freed Wednesday as part of a landmark deal with Cuba that paves the way for a major overhaul in U.S. policy toward the island, senior administration officials tell …

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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