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Sources: First U.S. strike in expanded Iraq fight
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:21:49 -0400

FILE - In this undated file photo posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, a militant extremist group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters from extremist Islamic State group parade in Raqqa, Syria. In staging airstrikes against Islamic State extremists in Syria, the U.S. may find itself in a confounding morass teeming with jihadis, rebel rivalries and sectarian hatred. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, File)The U.S. goes to the aid of Iraqi security forces south of Baghdad.




U.S. says 115,000 could lose Obamacare insurance over immigration
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:16:29 -0400

A boy waits in line at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday said 115,000 people in 36 states could lose their private health insurance under Obamacare after Sept. 30, because of unresolved data problems involving their citizenship or immigration status. Another 363,000 people could see their insurance costs change, due to problems involving income data that is used to determine whether enrollees qualify for federal subsidies to help pay premiums on health plans obtained through the federal insurance marketplace, according to the administration. The U.S. ...




Hundreds flee 3 California wildfires; homes burn
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:24:32 -0400

In this Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 photo provided by YosemiteLandscapes.com, large plumes of smoke from a wildfire rise over Bass Lake, Calif. Crews attempted to get better access to two raging wildfires in California Monday that have forced hundreds to evacuate their homes. (AP Photo/YosemiteLandscapes.com, Darvin Atkeson)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A wildfire that broke out in far Northern California has burned at least 75 structures, forced the evacuation of about 1,500 residents and caused the closure of a major interstate freeway.




Crews battle 11 major California wildfires amid drought, heat wave
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:31:21 -0400

Handout photo of fire supression at Happy Camp Complex fire in the Klamath National ForestBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews battled nearly a dozen major wildfires across California on Monday that have forced hundreds of people to flee, destroyed dozens of homes and structures and charred thousands of acres of forest land left bone dry by the state's record drought.The most destructive of the 11 blazes, the Courtney Fire, quickly blackened 320 acres east of Yosemite after it erupted on Sunday, burning several homes to the ground, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. ...




California state Senator Wright to resign following fraud conviction
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:29:33 -0400

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California state Senator Roderick Wright plans to resign from office later this month following a perjury and voter fraud conviction that saw him sentenced to 90 days in jail, he said in a letter sent on Monday. Wright, who was convicted in January of lying about whether he lived in the district he sought to represent, was the first of three California Senate Democrats to face criminal proceedings this year. This effectively cost the party a cherished two-thirds majority in the California Senate. ...

U.S. Congress may yet reach a deal to curb inversions, lawmaker says
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:09:12 -0400

By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress may yet pass legislation this year to curb foreign buyout deals that allow corporations to cut their U.S. income taxes, a leading Democratic lawmaker said on Monday. Many large corporations have moved to trim their taxes in recent months by reincorporating overseas through the acquisition of a rival in a maneuver dubbed "inversion. ...

Hurricane strands tourists, sparks looting in Mexico
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:10:37 -0400

Power lines and debris are knocked over on a street after Hurricane Odile hit La PazCabo San Lucas (Mexico) (AFP) - Hurricane Odile destroyed wooden homes, flooded hotels and shut down airports in Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Monday, sparking looting, marooning thousands of tourists and injuring some 135 people.




Daniele Watts Goes on the Offensive
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Daniele Watts Goes on the Offensive




U.S. rejects military cooperation with Iran in Iraq, but is open to talks
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:36:53 -0400

US Secretary of State John Kerry leaves the International Conference on Peace and Security in Iraq at the Quai d’Orsay on September 15, 2014 in Paris, FranceWashington remains open to discussions with Tehran about the Islamic State threat.




GM pays for ignition switch deaths
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:50:24 -0400

A Chevy Traverse sits in the shop for service on a recall repair at Raymond Chevrolet in AntiochThe offers to victims' families are expected to be high to dissuade them from suing.




NFL's new attempt to take on domestic violence
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:42:03 -0400

FILE - in this March 26, 2014, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during a news conference in Orlando, Fla. Goodell says the league asked for, but was not given, a just-released video showing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee on an elevator. Goodell says during an interview with CBS aired Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014: "We assumed that there was a video. We asked for video. But we were never granted that opportunity." (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)The women will "help lead and shape" the league's policies and programs.




America's gay rights battle goes global
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:13:02 -0400

Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for MarriageStarting in 2012, the leader of the most prominent American anti-gay marriage organization unexpectedly began adding a ton of stamps to his passport.




Vikings bring back Peterson despite abuse charge
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:18:02 -0400

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. The Vikings benched Peterson for Sunday's game after his attorney said he had been indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of child abuse. Attorney Rusty Hardin says the charge accuses Peterson of using a branch, or switch, to spank his son. He says Peterson has cooperated with authorities and "used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son." Hardin says Peterson regrets the incident but never intended to harm the boy. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have seen the details. They have seen photos of the injuries that Adrian Peterson's 4-year-old son suffered at the hands of the star running back. They have a history of punishing players who have run into trouble with the law.




New U2 album: Ploy or innovative marketing?
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:14:34 -0400

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2014 file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, greets Bono from the band U2 after they preformed at the end of the Apple event on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. Apple unveiled a new Apple Watch, the iPhone 6 and Apple Pay and U2 offered iTunes customers a free download of their latest album, "Songs of Innocence." (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Since U2 stunned the music world by delivering a surprise album at Apple's iPhone 6 unveiling and making it available to a half-billion iTunes users for free, they've gotten an avalanche of publicity. ...