Putin: Russian economy will recover
The Russian leader says the current crisis could last two years at most.
12/18/2014 - 04:41 AM
Matt Bai: Why Democrats should take their convention to central Ohio
The site a party chooses for its convention can say something about the kind of country it wants to build. And when Democrats select where they expect to host Hillary Clinton’s coronation in 2016, they should go to Columbus, Ohio, to show what American cities might yet become. In terms of jobs, urban renewal and a great location at the center of an urbanized state, Columbus has much to recommend it. But it also has other things all too rare in modern American cities: strong leadership and a business community that doesn’t shirk its civic responsibility. It’s a vision of a hopeful future.
12/18/2014 - 05:18 AM
Obama reignites political debate over Cuba
WASHINGTON (AP) — The surprising move by President Barack Obama to restore U.S. ties with Cuba reignited long-simmering political passions over the fate of the island nation, reinforcing yet another difference between Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and several Republicans eyeing bids for the White House.
12/18/2014 - 07:35 AM
Accused Boston Marathon bomber due in court today
BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due in court on Thursday, his first appearance in public in more than a year, as his lawyers prepare for the January start of his trial on charges of carrying out the deadly 2013 attack. Tsarnaev, 21, last appeared at U.S. District Court in Boston in July 2013, when he was charged with killing three people and injuring more than 260 with a pair of homemade pressure cooker bombs at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013. He also was charged with fatally shooting a university police officer three days later. ...
12/18/2014 - 07:16 AM
U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years
By Daniel Trotta and Steve Holland 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 old Cold War enemy. After 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in a phone call on Tuesday on a breakthrough prisoner exchange, the opening of embassies in each other's countries, and an easing of some restrictions on commerce. ...
12/17/2014 - 08:48 PM
NYC subway extension may transform Manhattan neighborhood
By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Work crews are scrambling underneath New York City to finish the city's first major new subway stop in 25 years, a fast-track project intended to revitalize a long-neglected slice of Manhattan. The city's transit authority has been working for seven years on the $2.4 billion extension of the Number 7 subway line, once known mainly for transporting fans to New York Mets baseball games and the U.S. Open tennis tournament. ...
12/18/2014 - 09:06 AM
U.S. links N. Korea to Sony hacking
Sony cancels its release of "The Interview," citing threats from hackers.
12/17/2014 - 11:14 PM
Executions in United States at 20-year low: report
By Lawrence Hurley 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 issued on Thursday. The 35 executions this year was the lowest since 1994, said the Washington-based nonprofit, which does not take a position on whether the death penalty should be abolished, in its annual survey of national data. ...
12/18/2014 - 12:21 AM
Amid scrutiny, Uber vows bigger focus on safety
Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions.
12/17/2014 - 11:28 PM
Cuba's Castro hails new era of 'living together' with U.S.
Cuban President Raul Castro hailed a landmark exchange of prisoners with the United States on Wednesday and praised U.S. President Barack Obama as the two countries agreed to normalize relations after more than five decades of hostility. The United States freed three convicted Cuban spies in return for the release of U.S. foreign aid worker Alan Gross, imprisoned in Cuba in 2009, and of an intelligence agent who spied for the United States and had been held for nearly 20 years. ...
12/17/2014 - 09:56 PM
Pakistan massacre ‘blowback’ from U.S.-backed offensive against Taliban, officials say
The Pakistani Taliban assault on a school — killing 145, including 132 children — appears to be ”blowback” from a months-long Pakistani military offensive against the terror group that was encouraged and supported by the U.S. government, Pakistani and U.S. officials said today.
12/16/2014 - 06:02 PM
Obama to free 8 nonviolent drug offenders
President Barack Obama will shorten the sentences of eight prisoners serving time for nonviolent drug crimes and pardon 12 ex-convicts, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.
12/17/2014 - 05:40 PM
Clinton early 2016 front-runner — but 'barely': NBC News/WSJ poll
While Hillary Clinton may be the prohibitive favorite to win the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, the margin of American voters who would support her in a general election is razor thin.
12/17/2014 - 08:36 AM
The risks and opportunities for Jeb Bush
The Internet may be Jeb's best hope of becoming the GOP nominee.
12/17/2014 - 07:14 AM
After Alan Gross release, Obama seeks to resume full diplomatic ties with Cuba
President Obama will launch negotiations with Cuba.
12/17/2014 - 10:23 AM
Democrats go searching for a message ahead of 2016
Democrats are worried that they've become too focused on specific groups within their coalition and have lost focus on winning over moderate voters who care most about the economy and view government with skepticism.
12/17/2014 - 05:21 AM
Pakistan mourns as mass funerals begin
The nation begins burying the 142 victims, most of them children, of the school attack.
12/17/2014 - 02:20 PM
U.S., Cuba seek to normalize relations
These moves represent the biggest shift in U.S. policy toward the island in decades.
12/17/2014 - 08:56 PM
Cuba releases Alan Gross after 5 years in prison
The move comes amidst reports that U.S. will try to normalize relations with Cuba.
12/31/1969 - 07:00 PM
Aussie leader: Siege gunman dropped off watch list
SYDNEY (AP) — A gunman responsible for a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe was once on the national security agency's watch list — but was dropped off it years ago for reasons that remain unclear, Australia's prime minister said Wednesday.
12/17/2014 - 01:00 AM
Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into law
WASHINGTON (AP) — With little fanfare to mark a rare bipartisan achievement, President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a massive, $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps the government operating over the next nine months.
12/16/2014 - 09:54 PM
USOC decides to bid for 2024; city still undecided
The U.S. Olympic Committee will try to land the 2024 Olympics and end a 28-year drought without the Summer Games.
12/16/2014 - 08:48 PM
L.A. prosecutor declines to charge Bill Cosby in 1974 sex claim
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby, who has been the subject of dozens of sex abuse allegations over the past two months, will not be charged in connection with a 1974 sexual molestation claim, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said on Tuesday. The claim, which was recently brought by a California woman Judy Huth, was deemed to have been too old and surpassed the state's statute of limitations. Huth alleges Cosby molested her as a 15-year-old at the Playboy mansion. (Reporting by Eric Kelsey)
12/16/2014 - 05:46 PM
Pennsylvania suspect in family killings dead of self-inflicted cuts
By Daniel Kelley EAGLEVILLE, Pa. (Reuters) - An Iraq War veteran sought in the killing of six family members in Pennsylvania was found dead on Tuesday of "self-inflicted cutting wounds" following a two-day manhunt, authorities said. Suspect Bradley William Stone, 35, of Pennsburg was being sought in the deaths on Monday of his ex-wife, her mother, grandmother, sister and two other family members, including his 14-year-old niece. His 17-year-old nephew was seriously wounded. Stone's body was found on Tuesday afternoon in a wooded area in New Hanover Township, about a half mile (0. ...
12/16/2014 - 06:43 PM
Pakistani officials say siege at school over
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials say the siege at a Pakistani school is over, and authorities are sweeping the area.
12/16/2014 - 07:32 PM
NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly
NEW YORK (AP) — The blow that the hacking attack has dealt Sony is spreading beyond the entertainment corporation itself to theater chains and movie goers alike. And the financial toll is adding up too.
12/17/2014 - 04:08 PM
'Lone wolf' Australian hostage-taker had violent, unsettled past
By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - The self-styled sheikh behind a siege at a Sydney cafe had been charged as an accessory to murder and with multiple sexual offences. He also harbored deep grievances against the Australian government and had found little kinship in the city's large Muslim community, where he was seen as deeply troubled. Man Haron Monis, an Iranian refugee described by those who knew him as a loner, was killed early on Tuesday after heavily armed police stormed the Lindt Chocolate Cafe to end a 16-hour hostage drama that made global headlines. ...
12/16/2014 - 08:07 AM
Suspect in six Pennsylvania killings is target of manhunt
By Daniel Kelley LOWER SALFORD, Penn. (Reuters) - An Iraq war veteran suspected of killing six family members, including his 14-year-old niece, in a shooting spree in communities near Philadelphia was being sought on Monday by Pennsylvania police. The manhunt for Bradley William Stone, 35, focused in and around Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, where residents were advised to remain indoors with their doors locked, the Montgomery County district attorney said. ...
12/15/2014 - 11:38 PM
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