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Reuters

Obama’s attorney general pick aims to smooth DOJ ties with Congress
Jan 28, 2015   11:32 PM  38 minutes ago  Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama’s pick for attorney general, on Wednesday sought to make a clean break from the testy relationship her predecessor had with Congress, while supporting the legality of the admin…

Air Force picks Boeing 747-8 to replace Air Force One
Jan 28, 2015   11:02 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force said on Wednesday it would use Boeing Co’s commercial 747-8 airliner to replace its current fleet of two Air Force One presidential aircraft, one of the most visible symbols of the United States.

Lawmakers submit bill to renew U.S. export credit agency charter
Jan 28, 2015   10:55 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group of U.S. Republican lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday to extend the term of the U.S. export credit agency for five years past its current June deadline.

U.S. government says Obamacare could affect up to 29 percent of taxpayers
Jan 28, 2015   10:32 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration estimates that up to 29 percent of U.S. taxpayers could have to take the law known as Obamacare into account as they complete their 2014 income tax returns, officials said on Wednesday.

Air Force picks Boeing 747-8 to replace Air Force One
Jan 28, 2015   10:27 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force said on Wednesday it would use Boeing Co’s commercial 747-8 airliner to replace its current fleet of two Air Force One presidential aircraft, one of the most visible symbols of the United States.

Raul Castro warns U.S. against meddling in Cuba’s affairs
Jan 28, 2015   09:32 PM  2 hours ago  Reuters: Politics
SAN JOSE (Reuters) – Cuba will not accept any interference from the United States, President Raul Castro said on Wednesday, warning that meddling in its internal affairs would make rapprochement between the two countries “meaningless.”

CNN

Airlines get more than 50 online threats since Jan. 17
Jan 28, 2015   11:31 PM  39 minutes ago  CNN.com – Politics
There has been a spike in online threats made against airlines since Jan. 17, when a bomb threat was made against a flight between Atlanta and Raleigh, according to a U.S. official.

The truth about border security
Jan 28, 2015   10:39 PM  1 hour ago  CNN.com – Politics

Clinton agrees to testify to House’s Benghazi panel
Jan 28, 2015   10:27 PM  1 hour ago  CNN.com – Politics
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to testify to the House’s select committee investigating Benghazi, the group’s Democratic spokesman told CNN.

Pentagon picks new Air Force One plane
Jan 28, 2015   10:26 PM  1 hour ago  CNN.com – Politics
The Pentagon has chosen Boeing’s 747-8 to replace the two aging planes that serve as the President’s Air Force One fleet.

Drone company looks to restrict flight areas in D.C.
Jan 28, 2015   10:25 PM  1 hour ago  CNN.com – Politics
It’s a tale almost too “this town” even for Washington.

First lady Michelle Obama shakes hands with Saudi king. So?
Jan 28, 2015   10:24 PM  1 hour ago  CNN.com – Politics
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama made a quick stop in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to pay respects to the late King Abdullah, and to hold meetings with the new leader, King Salman bin Abdulaziz. But one aspect of the encou…

Washington Post

McCain: Palin would ‘do great’ as presidential candidate
Jan 28, 2015   11:31 PM  39 minutes ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
How would Sarah Palin do if she decides to run for president? According to her former top-of-the-ticket running mate, quite well.”She’s very interesting. And I’m sure she’d do great,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told The Washington Post W…

Sarah Palin and her onetime fans on the right: It’s so over
Jan 28, 2015   11:21 PM  50 minutes ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
They’re over her.Sarah Palin’s odd, rambling speech last weekend before an audience of committed conservative activists in Des Moines has many influential voices on the right saying that the time has come to acknowledge that the romance …

Sarah Palin and her onetime fans on the right: It’s so over
Jan 28, 2015   10:52 PM  1 hour ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
They’re over her.Sarah Palin’s odd, rambling speech last weekend before an audience of committed conservative activists in Des Moines has many influential voices on the right saying that the time has come to acknowledge that the romance …

The Fix: 8 things you didn’t read today (but should have)
Jan 28, 2015   10:38 PM  1 hour ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
1. The Center for Plain Language just gave out awards for the most clearly written federal documents of the year – the Department of Homeland Security, the Social Security Administration and the Securities and Exchange Commission were t…

Sarah Palin and her one-time fans on the right: It’s so over
Jan 28, 2015   10:21 PM  1 hour ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
They’re over her.Sarah Palin’s odd, rambling speech last weekend before an audience of committed conservative activists in Des Moines has many influential voices on the right saying that the time has come to acknowledge that the romance …

In the Loop: Loretta Lynch assures GOP she is not Eric Holder
Jan 28, 2015   10:14 PM  1 hour ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
The memories of Eric Holder loomed over attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearing as Republicans reminded her over and over again that one of her most appealing qualities is that she’s not him.Read full article >&…

Reuters

Chemical spill at Washington state port forces evacuations
Jan 28, 2015   11:12 PM  58 minutes ago  Reuters: U.S.
SEATTLE (Reuters) – A chemical spill at the Port of Olympia in Washington state on Wednesday forced the evacuation of dozens of employees and several nearby businesses while the toxicity is assessed, the Olympia Fire Department said.

Deadly Maryland fire blamed on electrical failure
Jan 28, 2015   10:55 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: U.S.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Reuters) – An electrical failure ignited a large, dry Christmas treeand sparked a fire that tore through a Maryland waterfront mansion last week, killing six family members, investigators said on Wednesday.

Magnitude 5.7 quake hits off northern California coast
Jan 28, 2015   10:36 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: U.S.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck just offshore of northern California on Wednesday, rattling a wide coastal area below the Oregon border, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but local officials said no major …

U.S. government says Obamacare could affect up to 29 percent of taxpayers
Jan 28, 2015   10:32 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: U.S.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration estimates that up to 29 percent of U.S. taxpayers could have to take the law known as Obamacare into account as they complete their 2014 income tax returns, officials said on Wednesday.

California county declares fiscal emergency due to oil price plunge
Jan 28, 2015   10:05 PM  2 hours ago  Reuters: U.S.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Plunging oil prices led California’s Kern County to declare a fiscal emergency on Tuesday, a move that allows officials to tap into a reserve fund as tax revenue faces a big decline due to the lower oil prices.

No retrial for Detroit policeman who shot child: prosecutor
Jan 28, 2015   10:01 PM  2 hours ago  Reuters: U.S.
(Reuters) – Prosecutors will not seek a third trial for a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a sleeping child during a raid on a house in 2010, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said on Wednesday.

CNN

Snow day!
Jan 28, 2015   11:36 PM  34 minutes ago  CNN.com – U.S.

Supreme Court stays executions of 3 over drug protocol
Jan 28, 2015   09:13 PM  2 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
In a one-sentence order, the Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a stay of execution to three inmates bringing a challenge to Oklahoma’s use of the drug midazolam as a part of its lethal injection protocol.

2 ex-Vanderbilt football players found guilty of rape
Jan 28, 2015   09:10 PM  3 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
Two former Vanderbilt University football players were found guilty of rape and sexual battery by a Nashville jury on Tuesday, CNN affiliates reported.

Kendrick Johnson’s parents will likely avoid jail
Jan 28, 2015   09:09 PM  3 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
A jury found Kendrick Johnson’s parents and five other family members guilty of misdemeanor charges related to a 2013 protest, attorney Benjamin Crump said Wednesday.

Supreme Court stays executions of 3 over drug protocol
Jan 28, 2015   08:58 PM  3 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
In a one-sentence order, the Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a stay of execution to three inmates bringing a challenge to Oklahoma’s use of the drug midazolam as a part of its lethal injection protocol.

Cctor charged with voyeurism
Jan 28, 2015   08:58 PM  3 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
An American actor living in Canada has been arrested on voyeurism charges in Toronto, police said.

MSNBC

What Will Boston Do With All That Snow?
Jan 28, 2015   11:00 PM  1 hour ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
The blizzard is over, but Boston still faces the herculean task of disposing of hundreds of thousands of tons of snow.

14 Hours of Hell: How This Town Is Cleaning Up
Jan 28, 2015   10:58 PM  1 hour ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
The town was battered by blizzard conditions for 14 hours on Tuesday.

Couple Survives Scary Blizzard
Jan 28, 2015   10:42 PM  1 hour ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
Cindy Graham and Jeff Sullivan rode out the blizzard in a house that partially collapsed after being pounded by waves at high tide in Marshfield, Massachsetts.

Christmas Tree May Have Sparked Deadly Maryland Mansion Fire
Jan 28, 2015   10:23 PM  1 hour ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
A Christmas tree that had been cut down more than 60 days earlier fueled a massive fire that killed six family members, officials said Wednesday.

Sorority Sisters Asked to Skip UVA Frat Parties for ‘Safety’
Jan 28, 2015   10:17 PM  1 hour ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
A backlash is brewing on the campus of the University of Virginia, where women have been asked to skip frat parties for their “safety and well-being.”

Alabama Judge Faces Ethics Complaint for Gay Marriage Letter
Jan 28, 2015   10:10 PM  2 hours ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
A civil rights group has filed a complaint against Alabama’s Supreme Court Chief Justice for his comments urging judges not to perform gay marriages.

Fox News

Pentagon Unveils Program to Help Build 6th Generation Fighter
Jan 28, 2015   10:41 PM  1 hour ago  FOXNews.com
The Pentagon is poised to unveil a new collaborative research program in the upcoming 2016 defense budget submission.

Judge orders state to return tigers, lion hours after they’re seized at Ohio animal sanctuary
Jan 28, 2015   10:16 PM  1 hour ago  FOXNews.com
A judge ordered the state to return a dozen exotic animals — including several tigers and a lion — to their owner on Wednesday, just hours after they were taken from an animal sanctuary near Toledo.

US Coast Guard rescues 2 American boaters stranded on tiny uninhabited island in Bahamas
Jan 28, 2015   10:02 PM  2 hours ago  FOXNews.com
The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued two American boaters stranded on a tiny uninhabited island in the Bahamas.

Arkansas education board votes to take over Little Rock School District after poor test scores
Jan 28, 2015   10:01 PM  2 hours ago  FOXNews.com
Arkansas education officials have voted to assume control of the Little Rock School District after students at some of its schools performed poorly on state benchmark exams.

Mom admits helping her 2 children conceal evidence of double slaying that occurred at her home
Jan 28, 2015   10:00 PM  2 hours ago  FOXNews.com
A woman admitted on Wednesday that she helped two of her children conceal evidence of a gang-related double slaying that occurred at her home, where the bodies were buried in a yard.

Biker accused of making move on NYC highway that caused motorcycle-SUV melee pleads guilty
Jan 28, 2015   09:45 PM  2 hours ago  FOXNews.com
A motorcyclist accused of touching off a bloody, caught-on-video confrontation between bikers and an SUV driver in New York City has pleaded guilty to assault and rioting.

Reuters

Owner of gun that killed Argentine prosecutor emerges from hiding
Jan 28, 2015   11:50 PM  20 minutes ago  Reuters: World News
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – The man who lent an Argentine prosecutor the gun that killed him the day before he was to testify in Congress about allegations against the president emerged from hiding on Wednesday, saying the investigator fear…

Fidel Castro in good health, Brazilian visitor says
Jan 28, 2015   11:44 PM  26 minutes ago  Reuters: World News
HAVANA (Reuters) – Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro is in good health, appearing skinny but lucid, a Brazilian theologian who met with him told official Cuban media on Wednesday.

Two Israeli soldiers, U.N. peacekeeper killed in Israel-Hezbollah violence
Jan 28, 2015   11:42 PM  29 minutes ago  Reuters: World News
JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper were killed on Wednesday in an exchange of fire between Hezbollah and Israel, one of the most violent clashes between the two sides since a 2006 war.

Jordan prisoner swap on hold, fate of Japanese IS hostage unclear
Jan 28, 2015   11:14 PM  56 minutes ago  Reuters: World News
AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan said on Wednesday it had received no assurance that one of its pilots captured by Islamic State insurgents was safe and that it would go ahead with a proposed prisoner swap only if he was freed.

Syria says approves U.N. $2.9 billion humanitarian aid plan for 2015
Jan 28, 2015   11:02 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: World News
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Syria said on Wednesday it has approved a United Nations plan to deliver humanitarian aid to millions of people in the war-torn country this year, but warned the only way to the end the crisis was to help Damas…

Israel says Turkish criticism inappropriate at Holocaust memorial service
Jan 28, 2015   11:01 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: World News
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Israel on Wednesday accused a senior Turkish official of “misusing” a Holocaust commemoration to criticize Israeli policy, the latest exchange in a bitter row between the former allies.

CNN

Israel: Hezbollah kills 2 soldiers
Jan 28, 2015   10:40 PM  1 hour ago  CNN.com – World
New fighting in the Golan Heights led Israel to evacuate civilians Wednesday from the town of Mount Hermon.

Libyan ISIS branch: We’re behind hotel attack
Jan 28, 2015   10:13 PM  1 hour ago  CNN.com – World
The Libyan branch of ISIS has claimed responsibility for a deadly gun and bomb attack on a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital in which five foreigners, including an American contractor, died.

Boko Haram slaughters people ‘like animals’
Jan 28, 2015   09:46 PM  2 hours ago  CNN.com – World

Boko Haram slaughters people ‘like animals’
Jan 28, 2015   08:00 PM  4 hours ago  CNN.com – World

Libyan ISIS branch: We’re behind hotel attack
Jan 28, 2015   07:59 PM  4 hours ago  CNN.com – World
The Libyan branch of ISIS has claimed responsibility for a deadly gun and bomb attack on a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital in which five foreigners, including an American contractor, died.

3 die in Israel-Hezbollah clashes
Jan 28, 2015   07:52 PM  4 hours ago  CNN.com – World
New fighting in the Golan Heights led Israel to evacuate civilians Wednesday from the town of Mount Hermon.

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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