Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to a religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation.
04/01/2015 - 03:55 PM
Iraq declares victory over Islamic State group in Tikrit
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — Iraq declared a "magnificent victory" Wednesday over the Islamic State group in Tikrit, a key step in driving the militants out of their biggest strongholds.
04/01/2015 - 02:04 PM
A day after missing deal deadline, Iran nuclear talks resume
Iran and six world powers are pressing ahead with efforts to hammer out a framework accord.
04/01/2015 - 11:22 AM
Getty oil heir found dead in Los Angeles home
The grandson of billionaire Getty oil founder J. Paul Getty was found dead on Tuesday afternoon at his home in Los Angeles, the family said in a statement. Andrew Getty's parents, Ann and Gordon, confirmed the 47-year-old's death and requested privacy for the family during "this extremely difficult time", adding that further details would be released as they became available. Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Commander Andrew Smith said it was very early in the investigation and witnesses were being questioned, but no one was in custody. The death appeared to be either accidental or natural, Los Angeles County Coroner's Office spokesman Ed Winter told reporters in a news conference broadcast by TV station KTLA 5.
04/01/2015 - 09:53 AM
Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell hospitalized
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joni Mitchell was in intensive care in a Los Angeles-area hospital on Tuesday, according to the Twitter account and website of the folk singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.
04/01/2015 - 06:10 AM
Exclusive: Republican White House hopefuls attack Obamacare but take money
By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several Republican governors likely to run for president have secured hundreds millions of dollars under Obamacare while working to dismantle the healthcare law, according to a Reuters review of federal spending records. Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Texas Governor Rick Perry, all staunch opponents of President Barack Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act, have collectively applied for and won at least $352 million through grant programs set up by the law, federal records show. "Receiving federal grants that existed prior to the ACA is not the same as participating in the core elements of the ACA." The money in question stems from less controversial parts of the law that enhance public health and other nuts-and-bolts programs, rather than the insurance exchanges and expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor that have drawn fierce opposition from Republicans.
04/01/2015 - 05:10 AM
Arkansas governor sends religion bill back for rewrite
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) - Arkansas' Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson said on Wednesday he is sending the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act back to the legislature for a rewrite, to strike the right balance between religious freedom and tolerance for diversity. The announcement was a reversal for Hutchinson, who earlier said he would sign the bill into law. The governor had come under huge pressure from business and civil rights groups who said the law would potentially discriminate against gays. (Reporting by Steve Barnes; Writing by Fiona Ortiz; Editing by James Dalgleish)
04/01/2015 - 03:55 PM
Protesters again disrupt U.S. Supreme Court proceedings
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Protesters disrupted U.S. Supreme Court proceedings for the third time in just over a year on Wednesday, with several people shouting out before the nine justices heard oral arguments in a bankruptcy case. The protesters criticized two court rulings that pared back campaign finance restrictions. Activist group 99Rise, which was responsible for the previous disruptions in February 2014 and this January, issued a statement saying it was behind the protest.
04/01/2015 - 02:41 PM
World's oldest person dies at 117
TOKYO (AP) — The world's oldest person has died nearly a month after celebrating her 117th birthday.
04/01/2015 - 07:10 AM
Co-pilot told flight school of depressive episode in 2009
Lufthansa says the note was found in emails that Andreas Lubitz sent.
03/31/2015 - 10:04 PM
Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law
Mike Pence said Tuesday that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that a new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination.
03/31/2015 - 11:33 PM
Nigeria opposition leader fears 'tricks' after election victory
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Amid anger over an Islamic insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives, Nigerians threw out the incumbent and elected a 72-year-old former military dictator in a historic transfer of power officially announced early Wednesday following the nation's most hotly contested election ever.
04/01/2015 - 03:33 AM
Lavrov, Zarif claim breakthrough in Iran nuclear talks
Russia and Iran's foreign ministers claimed a breakthrough early Wednesday in talks on a framework deal curtailing Tehran's nuclear programme, but the US said not all issues had been agreed yet, as discussions were suspended for the night. "One can say with relative certainty that we at the minister level have reached an agreement in principle on all key aspects of the final settlement of this issue," Russian media quoted Sergei Lavrov as saying at talks in Switzerland. This came after Russia's top diplomat and the foreign ministers of five other major powers and Iran continued working through the night as they missed a midnight (2200 GMT) deadline to agree the main outlines of what they hope will be an historic accord. The powers hope a full agreement, due to be finalised by June 30, will see Iran scale back its nuclear capability to prevent Tehran developing nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian programme.
04/01/2015 - 04:59 AM
Police: Prisoner who stole gun, fled hospital found in DC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say a prisoner who escaped custody at a northern Virginia hospital with a guard's gun has been captured in Washington.
03/31/2015 - 09:48 PM
No nuke agreement yet: Iran talks push past deadline
Diplomats wrap up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results.
04/01/2015 - 01:23 AM
On a cold Boston morning, remembering Teddy Kennedy
A host of political luminaries attended the dedication Monday of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute on Columbia Point, right next to the presidential library of Teddy’s older brother, President John F. Kennedy.
01/01/1970 - 12:00 AM
Colorado theater gunman's mother says he's not a 'monster'
The mother of accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes says in a new book that she prays for her son’s victims daily, even calling out the deceased by name. “The first time I prayed for them by name and by wound, I was shaking, overcome,” Arlene Holmes writes.
03/31/2015 - 01:36 AM
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