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  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to a Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, May 22, 2015. Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda hope to fend off hostile Senate amendments Friday and send a major trade bill to the House, where another fierce debate awaits. Senators also plan to address the government's soon-to-expire authority to collect bulk data on Americans' phone records. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House.




  • Moore endures under ‘the mercy of the sky’

    169581304SO00012_Residents_Known as the “tornado alley of tornado alley,” Moore, Okla., has been hit by six major tornadoes since 1998. In an adaptation from her new book, “The Mercy of the Sky,” Yahoo News correspondent Holly Bailey writes about the emotional toll on her hometown as it waits for the next big storm.




  • L.A. looking to 2016 to end the Bay Area’s lock on California politics

    When Sen. Barbara Boxer announced on Jan. 8 that she would be retiring after her current term ends in 2016, Democrats in Southern California quietly rejoiced.




  • Quadruple-murder suspect held without bond in Washington

    Murder suspect Wint is pictured in police booking photographDaron Wint, 34, of Lanham, Maryland, is accused of holding construction business owner Savvas Savopoulos and the others captive until he got $40,000 in cash, then killing them and setting fire to their mansion, according to court documents. Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent Cohen Jr. said he was being held without bond.




  • Clinton got now-classified Benghazi info on private email
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email server about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that has now been classified.

  • Calif. oil spill: Critics point to company's history of safety violations

    State of Emergency and the Race Against Time to Clean Up Oil Spill in Santa Barbara, CaliforniaCritical eyes have uncovered that Plains All American Pipeline, which operates the pipeline that ruptured in Santa Barbara earlier this week, has a history of safety violations.




  • US, Cuba close round of talks with no embassy announcement

    The Cuban flag flies in front of the U.S. Interests Section (background), in HavanaWASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba still have no agreement on re-establishing embassies.




  • Suspect arrested in D.C. quadruple murder

    This combination of undated photos provided by the Washington, D.C., police shows Daron Dylon Wint. The police issued a news release late Wednesday, May 20, 2015, saying they are looking for Wint in connection with last Thursday's quadruple homicide of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper inside their multimillion-dollar home. (Metropolitan Police Department via AP)Daron Dylon Wint is accused in the slayings of a wealthy family and their housekeeper.




  • IS suicide bomber attacks Saudi Shiite mosque, killing 21

    A Saudi man reacts following a blast inside a mosque, in the mainly Shiite Saudi Gulf coastal town of Qatif, 400km east of Riyadh, on May 22, 2015An Islamic State group suicide bomber attacked a Shiite mosque in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, killing 21 people and wounding 81 in an assault that threatens to fan sectarian tensions. The bomber struck during the main weekly prayers in Eastern Province, where assailants linked to the Sunni extremist IS killed seven members of the minority Shiite community in November. The interior ministry said a suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the mosque in the Shiite-majority city of Qatif, the official SPA news agency reported.




  • Ireland turns out for historic vote on gay marriage

    Members of the public arrive to vote at a polling station in Drumcondra, north Dublin, on May 22, 2015Irish voters turned out in force Friday for a historic referendum on whether same-sex marriage should become legal, after a campaign that has exposed divisions in the traditionally Catholic nation. After 15 hours of voting, the ballot boxes were sealed at 10:00pm (2100 GMT) across the republic, with polling stations reporting higher-than-expected voter numbers. State broadcaster RTE said polling stations were recording a higher turnout than usual for referendums, with voting levels in cities such as Dublin, Limerick and Waterford predicted to top 60 percent.




  • Safety measures ordered for failed oil pipeline in California

    Crew members inspect the oil spill damage at Refugio State Beach in Goleta, CaliforniaBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Owners of an oil pipeline that burst in California this week must take numerous corrective measures, including an in-depth analysis of factors contributing to the spill and a plan to fix any flaws found, before they can restart the line, U.S. safety officials said on Friday. The corrective action order issued on Thursday by the U.S. Transportation Department's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration, or PHMSA, is not regarded as a disciplinary enforcement sanction against the company, Plains All American Pipeline LP , officials said.




  • Missouri governor commutes man's life sentence for drug charge
    (Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has commuted the sentence of a man serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for a drug possession charge, his office said on Friday. Jeffrey Mizanskey was convicted in 1996 on the drug charge, and due to prior drug-related convictions and persistent offender laws at the time he has been in prison since, Nixon's office said in a statement. St. Louis Public Radio reported that Mizanskey, who is in his early 60s, was convicted for participating in a friend's sale of marijuana to an undercover police officer.

  • What happens to collection of phone records if law expires?

    FILE In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate struggled to reach agreement Friday on how to change the way the National Security Agency handles American calling records, setting the stage for a halt to the collection program and two less-controversial surveillance programs designed to track spies and terrorists.




  • Anti-Asian discrimination claims at Harvard reveal long fight over affirmative action

    HarvardDoes one of the nation’s most prestigious universities really have a racially biased admissions process, or are the organizers behind such a claim merely pushing a larger, more controversial agenda?




  • Prosecutor: 6 officers indicted in death of Freddie Gray

    FILE - In this May 1, 2015 file photo, Baltimore state's attorney Marilyn Mosby speaks in Baltimore. A few miles off in any direction, and the debate about the knife involved in Freddie Gray's arrest by Baltimore police may have been completely different. The state of Maryland has one set of laws governing knives. The city of Baltimore has its own rules. Caught in the middle are people like Gray, who probably have no idea whether carrying a legally purchased knife can lead to criminal charges. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)The state attorney in Baltimore says all six officers charged in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a grand jury.




  • Robert Gates: Boy Scouts’ ban on gay adult leaders not sustainable
    The Boy Scouts of America must reverse its longstanding policy of excluding gay adult leaders or risk unfavorable legal decisions that could doom the historic organization, president Robert Gates warned his group’s national leadership Thursday.

  • Shruggie emoticon makes guest appearance on Senate floor




  • Correction: DC Mansion Fire-Slayings story

    This combination of undated photos provided by the Washington, D.C., police shows Daron Dylon Wint. The police issued a news release late Wednesday, May 20, 2015, saying they are looking for Wint in connection with last Thursday's quadruple homicide of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper inside their multimillion-dollar home. (Metropolitan Police Department via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story May 21 about a family and their housekeeper killed in their mansion, The Associated Press reported erroneously, based on information found in court documents, that the man charged in the deaths was a former Marine who joined the service in 2000 and was honorably discharged for medical reasons. A Marine spokesman says the man, Daron Dylon Wint, was a recruit who attended boot camp for about two months in 2001, but Wint did not graduate and there was no reason given for his departure.




  • Obama's trade bill narrowly clears a key Senate hurdle

    President Barack Obama smiles as he walks across the South Lawn to the White House from Marine One, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Washington, as he returns from Connecticut where he delivered the commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy and attended a Democratic National Committee event. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in doubt until the final moment.




  • The emoji diversity lobby

    The emoji diversity lobbyAs one redhead found out, those cute little figures are ruled by a surprisingly complex political process.




  • Matt Bai: What presidential candidates need to understand about income inequality

    The American Dream that’s at the center of our national identity is not, in fact, in danger of slipping away. For most Americans, it’s already long gone, like Oldsmobiles and New Coke.




  • David Letterman signs off as late-night host

    The funnyman hosts his final show after 33 years and 6,028 broadcasts.




  • Two 2016 candidates, two faces of fear

    Two top Republican senators aired their grievances against the Obama administration’s approach to foreign policy and surveillance.




  • Innovative technologies under development for cleaning up oil spills

    An oil spill is seen in the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara in Goleta.As California struggles to deal with Tuesday’s huge oil spill, scientists are working on more efficient technologies to aid in future cleanups.




  • About 120 guns found at scene of deadly Texas gang fight

    A police officer recovers a shotgun while sweeping through the parking lot of a Twin Peaks restaurant Tuesday, May, 19, 2015, in Waco, Texas. A deadly weekend shootout involving rival motorcycle gangs at the restaurant apparently began with a parking dispute and someone running over a gang member's foot, police said Tuesday. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - About 120 guns and 160 knives were recovered from the scene of a deadly Sunday battle between rival motorcycle gangs in the Texas city of Waco that left nine people dead, police said on Wednesday as they sharply dropped their tally of weapons found. Gang members hid weapons in sacks of flour and bags of chips at the Twin Peaks restaurant, where they attacked each other in a fight that was likely set off by a smoldering turf battle, Waco Police said. Waco Police Sergeant Patrick Swanton told cable channel CNN: "These were vicious gang members that were in our city Sunday." The two main adversaries were motorcycle gangs the Bandidos, seen as the long-standing dominant gang in Texas and called a criminal organization by the U.S. Justice Department, and the Cossacks, which have been challenging them for power in the state, according to experts on the gangs.




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