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Reigning Miss Universe rebukes Trump for his migrant remarks
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:59:00 -0400

Colombia's Miss Universe Paulina Vega greets fans before she visits injured soldiers at the military hospital in BogotaThe reigning Miss Universe says Donald Trump, the beauty pageant's owner, was "hurtful and unfair" in his comments about Mexican migrants. But Paulina Vega of Colombia says she isn't giving up her crown.



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Obama draws sharp contrasts with 'mean' Republicans
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:36:42 -0400

President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wis., Thursday, July 2, 2015, about the economy and to promote a proposed Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) ? Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with "mean" Republicans in a state whose GOP governor was preparing to enter the vast 2016 presidential field.



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California removes 'lynching' language from state law
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:42:02 -0400

FILE- In this April 16, 2015, file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown talks with reporters after a meeting about the drought at his Capitol office in Sacramento, Calif. California's drought-stricken cities set a record for water conservation, reducing usage 29 percent in May, according to data released by a state agency Wednesday, July 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill striking the word "lynching" from a 1933 law that used the term to describe the crime of trying to take someone from police custody. The bill, which passed unanimously in the state legislature last week, followed outrage over the arrest of African-American activist Maile Hampton on a charge of felony lynching during a "Black Lives Matter" demonstration in Sacramento in January. Hampton's attorney, lawmakers and other supporters rallied behind her at court and on social media, saying it was ironic that she had been charged under a decades-old law originally enacted to protect black detainees from white lynch mobs.



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Thousands evacuated after freight train derails, catches fire, in Tennessee
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:01:49 -0400

Smoke rises from the site of a train derailment near Maryville, TennesseeA freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas derailed in eastern Tennessee, igniting a fire in one car and spreading noxious fumes that forced the evacuation of more than 5,000 people and the hospitalization of 25, officials said. Homes and businesses were evacuated following the derailment around midnight Wednesday of the CSX Corp train in Blount County, near Maryville, the officials they said. Local officials said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was monitoring air quality in the area.



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Brazil cyclist killed at World Police and Fire Games near Washington
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:32:08 -0400
A Brazilian cyclist was killed and two other riders were critically injured in a crash on Thursday during an international bicycle race near Washington, D.C., police said. One cyclist blew out a tire and lost control, colliding with the other two riders at the annual World Police and Fire Games, which drew some 12,000 first responders and law enforcers to compete in sporting events in the Washington area, police said. Carlos Silva, 48, died from his injuries a few hours after the early-afternoon crash in Dumfries, Virginia, about 35 miles (56 km) south of Washington, Prince William County police said.
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U.S. probe sees no links among black church fires in South
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:54:47 -0400

Fire crews try to control a blaze at the Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina in this handout photoFederal law enforcement officials have found no links among any of several recent fires at African American churches in the U.S. South and have determined that two were started by natural causes and one was due to an electrical fire. The investigation into the fires follows the June 17 shootings at a historic African American church in Charleston, South Carolina, in which nine black people were killed and a white man linked to racist views was charged in their deaths. A federal law enforcement team including the FBI and the Justice Department's civil rights division are investigating several church fires across five states over the past two weeks, Newman said.



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Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announces 2016 presidential bid
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:36:14 -0400

FILE - In this June 30,2015 file photo, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb speaks in Baltimore. On Thursday, Webb announced his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)Webb is the latest politician to join the field of challengers going up against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton for the party?s nomination.



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Can P.G. Sittenfeld make millennials stop hating politics?
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:07:43 -0400

Sittenfeld checks his iPhone before an interview with the editorial board of the Toledo Blade. (Photo: Andrew Romano/Yahoo News)The 30-year-old is aiming to be the first member of his generation elected to the U.S. Senate.



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Christie can?t win New Jersey. Does that matter?
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Here?s the good news for Christie, if you want to be glass-half-full about it: At least he?s not running for reelection as governor.



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All-clear given after reports of shooting at Navy Yard
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:26:22 -0400

A large police presence gathers along M St. in Southeast Washington, Thursday, July 2, 2015, after an official said shots have been reported in a building on the Washington Navy Yard campus. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Reports of an active shooter at the site of a deadly 2013 attack spurred a massive response from law enforcement.



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Sanders raises $15 million after launching presidential bid
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:19:25 -0400

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks during a town hall meeting, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Rochester, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign said Thursday the Vermont Democrat has raised $15 million since joining the race in late April, a strong total for his challenge against front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.



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Thousands evacuated after Tennessee train fire
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

A train carrying toxic chemicals derails and catches fire in eastern Tennessee.



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New warden, security measures after New York prison escape
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:51:36 -0400

This June 6, 2015 photo provided by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office shows Cuomo, second from left, walking with Steven Racette, left, superintendent of Clinton Correctional Facility, in Dannemora, N.Y. Racette and his deputy in charge of security are among 12 more staff who have been put on administrative leave during the investigation into David Sweat and Richard Matt's escape from the maxiumum-security facility, officials said Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (Darren McGee/Officer of the New York Governor via AP)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) ? A range of new security measures is being put in place at a maximum-security prison to close gaps exploited by two inmates who escaped last month.



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Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriage in churches
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 03:20:35 -0400

FILE - In this May 1, 2005, file photo, Bishop Gene Robinson addresses the congregation at Christ Church in Philadelphia, Sunday, May 1, 2005. Robinson, now retired, said he is breathless about how quickly the gay rights movement has progressed since he was getting daily death threats and forced to wear a bulletproof vest to his consecration 12 years ago. Episcopalians are set to vote Wednesday, July 1, 2015, on allowing religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. (AP Photo/Coke Whitworth, File)Episcopalians overwhelmingly voted to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples.



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Macy's dumps Trump; New York City reviewing contracts
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 01:43:56 -0400

People hold signs in front of Macy's Herald Square flagship store, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in New York. Macy's became the latest company to end its relationship with presidential candidate Donald Trump after his remarks about Mexican immigrants. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? The Macy's department store chain joined an ongoing exodus from association with Donald Trump and New Mexico's governor and New York City's mayor slammed him over his comments on Mexican immigrants.



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Obama: 'New chapter' begins as U.S., Cuba to open embassies
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:50:40 -0400

President Obama: 'New Chapter' Begins as US, Cuba Will Open EmbassiesPresident Obama announced the U.S. and Cuba are opening embassies in their respective capitals later this month and formally reestablished diplomatic relations between the two countries for the first time in more than 50 years. "More than 54 years ago at the height of the cold war, the United States closed its embassy in Havana. Today, I can announce that the United States has agreed to formally reestablish diplomatic relations with the republic of Cuba and re-open embassies in our respective countries," the president said in the Rose Garden today.



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Man bitten by shark on NC Outer Banks is 7th this summer
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:31:42 -0400

People surround and attend to a 68-year-old man that was bit by a shark in waist-deep water off Ocracoke Island, N.C., Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The man suffered wounds to his ribcage, lower leg, hip and both hands as he tried to fight off the shark. (Laura I. Hefty via AP)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) ? A shark bit a 68-year-old man several times Wednesday in waist-deep water off North Carolina's Outer Banks, officials said, the seventh in a record-breaking year of shark attacks for the state's coastal waters.



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What could happen if Greece leaves European Union?
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:05:11 -0400

Greece: What Could Happen If Country Leaves the European UnionIf Greece and its 11 million people left the European Union, it would be an unprecedented move within the monetary system that gave birth to the currency known as the euro.A referendum, which has already been criticized as confusing and illegal, scheduled on Sunday will help determine whether a "Grexit" -- Greek exit -- from the 19-nation currency bloc could become a reality. Earlier this week, the government issued a maximum cash withdrawal for Greek residents at 60 euros. But due to the shortage of 20-euro banknotes, people mostly have access to 50-euro banknotes. ...



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Trump loses business deals over comments about Mexicans, but gains in polls
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Donald Trump?s comments about Mexican immigrants may be costing him a growing of number of business relationships, but they appear to have given him a bump in the polls.



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