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Former Md. Gov. O'Malley jumps into 2016 Democratic race
Sat, 30 May 2015 14:55:42 -0400

BALTIMORE (AP) — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley entered the Democratic presidential race on Saturday in a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2016 nomination, casting himself as a new generation leader who would rebuild the economy and reform Wall Street.

Kerry, Zarif fail to make breakthrough in nuclear talks
Sat, 30 May 2015 14:31:21 -0400

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) pictured with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the United Nations in New York on April 27, 2015Tehran rejected a key Western demand for site inspections Saturday and differences remained after US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart held talks to secure a nuclear deal. With a deadline a month away, a senior Iranian negotiator said the Geneva talks between Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif failed to bridge the differences between Tehran and world powers. "The differences are still there," Abbas Araghchi, deputy head of Iran's negotiating team, said at the end of the meeting.




Disagreement over impact if US surveillance laws do expire
Sat, 30 May 2015 14:58:11 -0400

FILE - In this June 6, 2013 file photo, the sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post 9/11 surveillance laws used against spies and terrorists are set to expire midnight Sunday. Will that make Americans less secure? Absolutely, senior Obama administration officials say. Nonsense, counter civil liberties activists. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post-Sept. 11 surveillance laws used against suspected spies and terrorists are set to expire as Sunday turns into Monday.




Rollback of U.S. spy powers would mark post-9/11 watershed
Sat, 30 May 2015 15:19:16 -0400

A National Security Agency data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, south of Salt Lake CityBy Warren Strobel and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At 3:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, the National Security Agency and telecommunications companies will begin mothballing a once-secret system that collected Americans' bulk telephone records, shutting down computers and sealing off warehouses of digital data. If the U.S. Congress fails to act, key provisions of the USA Patriot Act will lapse in a watershed moment in the post-Sept. 11, 2001, era. Intrusive government powers, created and wielded in the name of preventing another mass-casualty terrorist attack, would be at least partly scaled back, proponents and critics of the surveillance say.




More flooding in Texas after week of storms
Sat, 30 May 2015 11:55:41 -0400

Flood waters cover Memorial Drive along Buffalo Bayou in Houston(Reuters) - Rain showers caused flooding on roads in parts of Texas early on Saturday, an official said, after severe weather killed at least 21 people earlier in the week, prompting U.S. President Obama to declare a disaster in the state. Texas has endured record rainfall for the month of May. This week, flooding turned streets into rivers, ripped homes off their foundations, swept over thousands of vehicles and trapped people in cars and houses. Obama signed a disaster declaration late on Friday to free up federal funds to help rebuild areas of Texas affected by the storms.




Obama says 'handful of senators' blocking surveillance reforms
Sat, 30 May 2015 05:57:33 -0400

Obama delivers remarks at the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VirginiaBy Patricia Zengerle and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Friday that surveillance powers used to prevent attacks on Americans could lapse at midnight on Sunday unless "a handful of senators" stop standing in the way of reform legislation. Obama said he had told Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to act swiftly on a bill passed by the House of Representatives that would renew certain powers and reform the bulk collection of telephone data. "I don't want us to be in a situation in which for a certain period of time, those authorities go away and suddenly we're dark and heaven forbid we've got a problem," Obama told reporters in the Oval Office.




Obama: 'Handful of senators' standing in way of Patriot Act
Fri, 29 May 2015 18:08:11 -0400

President Barack Obama speaks to media as he meets with Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 29, 2015. The president said a "handful of senators" are the only thing standing in the way of an extension of key Patriot Act provisions before they expire at midnight Sunday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — Blaming a "handful of senators" for stalled national security legislation, President Barack Obama said Friday he has told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to take action swiftly to extend key Patriot Act provisions.




4 more bodies found after Texas flooding
Sat, 30 May 2015 01:17:08 -0400

Another round of rain brings more serious flooding in TexasDALLAS (AP) — Authorities said Friday they reclaimed four more bodies from Texas waters, adding to the growing death toll inflicted by record-setting storms that continue to submerge highways and flood homes.




Bill Clinton would break new ground as First Gent
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

The election of a woman president would mean that for the first time, the first lady would be … a man.




Sepp Blatter wins FIFA re-election the old fashioned way
Fri, 29 May 2015 13:19:24 -0400

Switzerland FIFA ElectionDespite scandal all around him, Sepp Blatter remained FIFA's president thanks to a voting bloc he's spent years building using old-school politics.




Barbara Scrivner's difficult journey after receiving clemency
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500