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In battle against Islamic State, Iraqi tribal chiefs plead for more U.S. aid

Sheikh Ahmed Abu RishaAt a secret meeting with Obama envoy, Sunni leaders a paint bleak picture.


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:59:12 -0500

Meteorologist offers rare apology on Twitter for ‘big forecast miss’ on snowstorm

A snow plough clears a regional road near Koenigsfeld in the Black Forrest in southern GermanyGary 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.


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:54:00 -0500

Wisconsin Gov. Walker forms group to boost possible 2016 bid

Political Insiders Part 3: Iowa Freedom SummitThe GOP governor of Wisconsin has taken the first formal step toward running for president.


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:48:50 -0500

Islamic State: Japanese hostage & Jordanian pilot have less than 24 hours

In this Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 photo, Japan's Deputy Foreign Minister Yasuhide Nakayama, left, answers to a reporter's question in Amman, Jordan. Nakayama expressed hope that both a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home "with a smile on their faces," as criticisms mounted Tuesday over the government's handling of the crisis. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDITAn online message also demands the release of Sajida al-Rishawi.


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:49:35 -0500

Live updates: Massive snowstorm has millions hunkering down

NYC 2015 BlizzardDay Two of a monster snowstorm has major East Coast cities largely shut down.


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:48:09 -0500

Bowe Bergdahl to face desertion charges: NBC

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. ArmyWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in 2009 but was released last year in a prisoner swap with the Taliban, will be charged with desertion, according to NBC. The television network, citing senior defense officials, said the charges could come within a week. (Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Bill Trott)


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:10:12 -0500

Gunmen assault luxury Tripoli hotel, at least nine dead

Libyan security forces and emergency services surround Tripoli's central Corinthia Hotel on January 27, 2015Gunmen stormed a hotel in Tripoli popular with diplomats and officials Tuesday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, killing at least nine people, including five foreigners, before blowing themselves up. After setting off a car bomb outside the luxury Corinthia Hotel in Libya's capital, three militants rushed inside and opened fire, Issam al-Naass, a security services spokesman, told AFP. They made it to the 24th floor of the hotel, a major hub of diplomatic and government activity, before being surrounded by security forces and detonating explosive belts they were wearing, he said. The dead included three security guards killed in the initial attack, five foreigners shot dead by the gunmen and a hostage who died when the attackers blew themselves up.


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:23:39 -0500

Gunmen storm Libyan hotel; 4 foreigners, 5 guards dead

A car bomb has exploded outside the Hotel Corinthia in the Libyan capital Tripoli, pictured here in October 2013TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Tuesday, killing four foreigners and five guards, and triggering an hours-long standoff that ended when two assailants set off a grenade that killed them, officials said.


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:16:23 -0500

Senate blocks swift passage of Keystone XL pipeline bill

A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp's planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne North DakotaDemocrats 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.


Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:14:38 -0500

Snowstorm sweeps northeast, New York spared its brunt

Men play in the snow along 7th Ave during a storm in Times Square, New YorkBy Scott Malone, Jill Serjeant and Laila Kearney BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States on Tuesday, dropping as much as 2 feet (60 cm) of snow across Massachusetts and Connecticut even as its impact on New York City fell short of dire predictions. The governors of New York and New Jersey lifted travel bans they had imposed a day earlier and New York City's subway system restarted after being closed for 10 hours, though officials urged people to stay off snow-covered roadways. "YUP, IT SNOWED!" headlined New York's Daily News tabloid, taking matters in stride, the way New Yorkers typically pride themselves on doing. Police said a teenager died late on Monday when he crashed into a lamppost on a street where he was snow-tubing on Long Island, one of the hardest hit areas in New York state.


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:48:43 -0500

Uber says ride services reduce drunk driving

Transportation app Uber is seen on the iPhone of limousine driver Shuki Zanna in Beverly HillsUber, a ride service facing legal challenges around the world, on Tuesday released a survey showing that people are less likely to drive home after drinking alcohol after such businesses started operating in their cities. The results of the survey, done with advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving, were based on a December poll of 807 adults in the largest U.S. cities where Uber operates. Uber customers who request rides over the upcoming Super Bowl weekend, a time that traditionally sees a spike in drunk driving, can opt to donate $1 to Mothers Against Drunk Driving by typing in the code THINKANDRIDE, it said. Other factors, such as intensified campaigns against drunk driving, may have contributed to the numbers, Uber executive Jonathan Hall said in a phone interview.


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:21:10 -0500

U.S. says 9.5 million people enroll for 2015 insurance, beating goal

People sign up for health insurance at an enrollment event in Cudahy(Reuters) - More than 9.5 million people have signed up for 2015 individual health insurance on the new exchanges created under the national healthcare reform law, the U.S. government said on Tuesday, beating its enrollment target weeks before the deadline. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said that it had signed up or automatically enrolled more than 7.1 million people on its HealthCare.gov website through Jan. 16.


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:04:01 -0500

Gowdy vows to 'ratchet up' Benghazi investigation

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs Joel Rubin, left, and Neil Higgins, director of congressional affairs for the Central Intelligence Agency, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, before the House Select Committee on Benghazi as it held its third public hearing to investigate the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where a violent mob killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, promised Tuesday to "ratchet up" an inquiry he said is being hobbled by resistance from the Obama administration.


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:01:07 -0500

Dems accuse GOP of breaking promises on Benghazi panel

In this Sept. 17, 2014, file photo, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, the ranking member, confer as the panel holds its first public hearing to investigate the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where a violent mob killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House Select Committee on Benghazi will meet again on Tuesday, Jan. 27. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)Democrats on the special House panel investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks have accused Republicans of conducting the committee’s work without them and withholding information that would undermine the credibility of the panel itself, according to three letters obtained by Yahoo News.


Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:56:53 -0500

Companies try to capitalize on Northeast storm

With a road sign warning of an expected blizzard, morning commuters travel across the Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge into downtown Boston., Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. The Boston area is expected to get hit with about two feet of snow in the winter storm. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Anticipation of the storm has already spawned a few hashtags, as people turn to social media for updates on what’s predicted to be one historic blizzard. Unsurprisingly, it was only a matter of time before companies seized on the storm hype, using #Snowmageddon2015 as as an advertising tool.


Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:27:00 -0500

Millions hunker down for Northeast blizzard

NYC 2015 BlizzardMuch of the region is shut down but the storm has so far fallen short of predictions.


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:41:37 -0500

Lawyer: Boy Scout files depict 'sordid' history of abuse

This undated file photo provided by the California Department of Justice's official Internet web site, Megan's Law, shows former Boy Scout leader Al Stein who pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment in 2009. Previously sealed Boy Scouts "perversion" files spanning 16 years could soon be in the public eye as part of a negligence lawsuit set for trial Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in California that was filed against the organization by a victim of Stein's. (AP Photo/California Department of Justice, Megan's Law, File)Opening statements have begun in a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America.


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:13:48 -0500

What! Facebook's down? No storm selfies during brief outage

File-This April 9, 2012, file photo shows Instagram being demonstrated on an iPhone in New York. Social media websites Facebook and Instagram have stopped working Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The problem is affecting users in Australia but also in other countries including the United States. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — No storm selfies, hookups, status updates. With Facebook and Instagram down for nearly an hour overnight, what were legions of users to do?


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:39:06 -0500

Snowstorm threatens to paralyze crowded Northeast

NYC 2015 BlizzardTens of millions of people rushed to get home and settle in as a fearsome storm swirled in.


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:02:47 -0500

516 'Brotherhood elements' arrested on Egypt anniversary

Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim speaks during a press conference in the capital Cairo on January 26, 2015More than 500 backers of Egypt's blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood were arrested as clashes erupted on the anniversary of its 2011 uprising, a minister said Monday, in the biggest police sweep for months. Twenty people, mostly demonstrators, were killed Sunday when protesters clashed with security forces after Islamists called for rallies against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's government as Egypt marked the fourth anniversary of the toppling of ex-strongman Hosni Mubarak. Supporters of Mubarak's successor, Islamist Mohamed Morsi, have regularly clashed with security forces since he was ousted by then army chief Sisi in July 2013.


Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:50:45 -0500

Rand Paul on Possible Mitt Romney Run: 'No, No, No, No'

Rand Paul on Possible Mitt Romney Run: 'No, No, No, No''I’m with Ann Romney on this one,' the Kentucky senator said.


Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:29:25 -0500

Church of England consecrates first woman bishop

Libby Lane, a suffragan (Assistant) bishop in the Diocese of Chester, poses for photographers after her forthcoming appointment as the new Bishop of Stockport was announced earlier in the day, in the YMCA in CreweBy Phil Noble YORK, England (Reuters) - The Church of England consecrated its first woman bishop on Monday, the culmination of years of efforts by Church modernizers to overcome opposition from traditionalists - one of whom briefly shouted a protest during the service. More than two decades after the Church allowed women to become priests, 48-year-old mother-of-two the Reverend Libby Lane became Bishop of Stockport in a ceremony at York Minster, a Gothic cathedral in northern England. The protest came as John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, asked the congregation whether Lane should be consecrated as Bishop.


Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:01:32 -0500

More bad news for Malaysia Airlines

Workers stand behind a computer which shows the hacked website of Malaysia Airlines, at a cafe in Petaling Jaya outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. The airline's site was changed on Monday, at first with a message saying "404 - Plane Not Found" and that it was "Hacked by Cyber Caliphate." The browser tab for the website said "ISIS will prevail." (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)HONG KONG (AP) — Hackers defaced the website of Malaysia Airlines on Monday and threatened to dump stolen information online after posting a glimpse of customer data obtained in the attack.


Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:56:26 -0500

Last year tied with 2010 as warmest on record

2014: Earth's Hottest Year Since 1880By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Last year tied with 2010 as the hottest on record, in a new sign of long-term global warming stoked by human activities, according to British data on Monday that back up U.S. findings of record-breaking heat in 2014. The worldwide data, compiled by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia from records stretching back to 1850, showed average surface temperatures last year were 0.56 degree Celsius (1.0 Fahrenheit) above the long-term average of 1961-90. On Jan. 16, the U.S. space agency NASA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration said last year was the warmest on record, just ahead of 2010. Discrepancies occur because they use different ways to determine temperatures in places with few thermometers, such as the Arctic.


Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:02:42 -0500

Obama sees need to move on drone rules now

File photo of the White House seen from outside the north lawn fence in WashingtonPresident Barack Obama says the wayward quadcopter that crashed harmlessly on the White House grounds shows that the U.S. must update its laws to manage the expanding frontier of commercial and consumer ...


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:09:15 -0500
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