Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by Islamic State
Jordan says it is ready to trade an Iraqi woman militant for a pilot held by IS extremists.
01/28/2015 - 12:57 PM
Bucking Obama, senior Democrat seeks limits on war against IS
Rep. Adam Schiff's resolution forbids using ground forces in combat against IS militants.
01/28/2015 - 11:03 AM
Hezbollah carried out deadly attack on Israeli convoy
Lebanese Hezbollah militants killed and wounded a number of Israeli soldiers in a "big operation" on Wednesday targeting an Israeli military convoy in a frontier area, a Lebanese political source said. The attack in the Israeli-occupied Shebaa Farms area was in response to an Israeli rocket attack in Syria, the source, who is familiar with details of the operation, said.
01/28/2015 - 01:14 PM
Obama's pick for attorney general faces heated confirmation debate
By Aruna Viswanatha and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's pick for his next attorney general faces a Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday that will likely highlight tensions between the Obama administration and the new Republican Congress. Loretta Lynch, nominated in November, has stirred little controversy in her 16 years with the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn and is expected to win confirmation.
01/28/2015 - 01:03 PM
Blizzard hits Boston and New England, spares New York despite forecasts
By Ellen Wulfhorst and Scott Malone BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England on Tuesday, leaving some 4.5 million people grappling with as much as three feet of snow and coastal flooding but sparing New York City residents who had braced for a significant blast. Snow was forecast to keep falling into early Wednesday in eastern New England, possibly setting a record snowfall in Boston. At Logan International Airport, 23.3 inches (59.2 cm) of snow was on the ground early evening, swept higher in parts by strong winds. "There are drifts now of four, five and six feet in some places," Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said.
01/28/2015 - 04:08 AM
South Carolina court to clear 'Friendship Nine' of civil rights crimes
Black civil rights protesters who helped reinvigorate the 1960s U.S. sit-in movement against segregated lunch counters will appear in a South Carolina court on Wednesday to be celebrated instead of criminalized for standing up to racial injustice. A judge is expected to vacate the 54-year-old trespassing convictions of the "Friendship Nine," a group of mostly students at the now-closed Friendship College who agreed to risk arrest by sitting at the McCrory's five-and-dime store lunch counter in Rock Hill on Jan. 31, 1961. Hauled to jail and quickly found guilty, they became the first U.S. civil rights protesters to opt to serve jail time for sitting at an all-white lunch counter, helping launch the "jail, no bail" strategy that became a model for other activists. "It breathed new life into the sit-in movement," said Adolphus Belk Jr., director of the African-American studies program at Winthrop University in Rock Hill.
01/28/2015 - 12:09 PM
Opera strives to strike a chord with U.S. youth
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a public high school in a working-class neighborhood of Chicago, opera singer Eric Owens recently talked with a music class about stage fright, proper breathing and making words matter. The news for U.S. opera has been gloomy in recent years with big opera companies like the New York City Opera and the Baltimore Opera Company shutting down. "There's a concern that if we see a lot of senior citizens, what happens when they pass away and who will fill those seats?" said Cayenne Harris, manager of Chicago's "Lyric Unlimited" outreach program at the city's 61-year-old Lyric Opera.
01/28/2015 - 12:23 PM
Blizzard-stricken East digs out amid forecast 2nd-guessing
BOSTON (AP) — New Englanders savaged by a blizzard packing knee-high snowfall and hurricane-force winds began digging out as New Yorkers and others spared its full fury questioned whether forecasts were overblown.
01/28/2015 - 01:56 PM
Yahoo rallies as plan to spin off remaining Alibaba stake revealed
Yahoo promised to find a way to reduce the taxes it owes when it sells shares of Alibaba and now it has a plan to do so.
01/28/2015 - 01:58 AM
How cold-state pols prove their mettle in winter-wimpy Washington
In Washington, snow days are not for everyone — and they’re certainly not for people who work for cold-weather state politicians. Because if your boss is from the Northeast or the upper Plains or Alaska, you’re getting to work no matter what, even if it’s on sled or snowshoe.
01/27/2015 - 07:12 PM
Suspect charged with murder of missing Georgia couple
McRAE, Ga. (AP) — Elrey "Bud" Runion posted an ad on Craigslist seeking to buy a piece of his youth, a replica of the 1966 Ford Mustang convertible he bought after returning from the Vietnam War decades ago.
01/28/2015 - 03:26 AM
NYC economy lost $200M from fizzled storm, transit shutdown
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lost an estimated $200 million in economic activity in the fizzled snowstorm and decision to shut down the transit system — a loss that wasn't crippling overall but had the biggest impact on small businesses and hourly workers.
01/28/2015 - 01:11 AM
In battle against Islamic State, Iraqi tribal chiefs plead for more U.S. aid
At a meeting with Obama envoy, Sunni leaders a paint bleak picture.
01/27/2015 - 03:59 PM
Meteorologist offers rare apology on Twitter for ‘big forecast miss’ on snowstorm
Gary Szatkowski, chief of the National Weather Service office that serves Mount Holly, N.J., and Philadelphia, apologized on Twitter for his office's “big forecast miss” regarding this week's snowstorm.
01/27/2015 - 03:54 PM
Wisconsin Gov. Walker forms group to boost possible 2016 bid
The GOP governor of Wisconsin has taken the first formal step toward running for president.
01/28/2015 - 04:34 AM
Senate blocks swift passage of Keystone XL pipeline bill
Democrats in the U.S. Senate blocked the Keystone XL pipeline bill from moving forward on Monday, but supporters of the project vowed to push ahead and eventually get a vote on the measure. The Senate failed to get the 60 votes needed to limit debate, voting 53 to 39 on the measure. The Keystone bill allows Congress to approve TransCanada Corp's project to link Canada's oil sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Democrats, who lost control of the Senate as a result of November's elections, flexed their muscles to deliver a message to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he will have to deal with them even on bills that enjoy some bipartisan support.
01/27/2015 - 12:14 AM
Lawyer: Boy Scout files depict 'sordid' history of abuse
Opening statements have begun in a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America.
01/27/2015 - 05:13 AM
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