News Daily - United States

Boeing wins large NASA ‘space taxi’ award: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co has won a large NASA contract to develop new “space taxis” that would fly astronauts to the International Space Station instead of relying on Russian spacecraft, an industry source said ahead of a NASA announcement expected on Tuesday. The source said Boeing had received a full award for the multibillion-dollar contract, but financial details were…

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 11:15 pm

Britain pledges state funding to Scotland ahead of independence vote

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Britain promised to guarantee Scotland’s high levels of state funding, granting Scots control over healthcare spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the United Kingdom before Thursday’s vote on independence. With polls showing the decision on the fate of the United Kingdom is too close to call, welfare spending and the future of Britain’s…

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 11:14 pm

‘Disappointed’ Anheuser-Busch takes NFL to task over domestic violence

(Reuters) – Anheuser-Busch publicly chastised the National Football League on Tuesday for its handling of domestic violence cases, making the NFL’s official beer sponsor the first major advertiser to put pressure on America’s most popular sports league. In a brief but strongly worded statement, Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser and Bud Light, said it was “disappointed and increasingly concerned by…

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 11:13 pm

Ditching cars for buses, bikes best way to cut city pollution : study

LONDON, Sept 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Encouraging people to abandon their cars and use public transport or walk or cycle around cities offers the “least pain, most gain” way to cut air pollution from traffic by 2050, a new international study said on Wednesday. The report, by the University of California and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy…

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 11:11 pm

NSA chief on tech-savvy Islamic State: ‘I’m watching’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – While U.S. military leaders appeared before Congress to outline their strategy to fight Islamic State militants on the battlefield, the National Security Agency chief said on Tuesday he was watching the media-savvy group’s cyber capabilities. Asked whether the Sunni Muslim group was planning cyber attacks on U.S. interests, Admiral Mike Rogers said he could not discuss specifics…

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 11:11 pm

Exclusive: South Korea’s Park says door open for talks with North

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Park Geun-hye, thwarted so far in ambitious plans to begin the process of reunifying the Korean peninsula, said the door is open for talks with the North during the upcoming U.N. General Assembly. However, Park said in an interview that Pyongyang must show sincerity in seeking a constructive dialogue and “walk the talk” in…

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 11:10 pm

AT&T ‘intrigued’ by Mexico, Latin America : exec

NEW YORK (Reuters) – AT&T Inc is “intrigued” by Latin America and especially Mexico and would not rule out an opportunistic deal there even as it seeks to complete its $48.5 billion planned takeover of DirecTV, an AT&T executive said at a conference on Tuesday. AT&T is one of several potential buyers Carlos Slim’s America Movil has contacted as it…

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 11:07 pm

Real Clear Politics - United States

Insurance Commissioner urges health reform plans

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says the state needs to decide soon what health benefits it would offer under federal health care reform.During a meeting with health care officials on Wednesday, Praeger says if Kansas doesn’t pick its own plan for a health insurance exchange, the federal government will make the decision for the

Posted on 6 September 2012 @ 3:43 pm

Police in legal minefield on Ariz. immigration law

More than two years after it was signed into law, the most contentious part of Arizona’s landmark immigration legislation is expected to go into effect following a federal court ruling issue late Wednesday.But the U.S. Supreme Court laid a legal minefield that Arizona now must navigate when the critical provision takes effect. The clause, one of

Posted on 6 September 2012 @ 3:40 pm

Biden will head to Ohio’s Appalachian region

Vice President Joe Biden will campaign this weekend in Ohio’s Appalachian region, an area loaded with white, working-class voters that President Barack Obama’s campaign hopes to appeal to in the aftermath of the Democratic National Convention.The Obama campaign has so far announced rallies in Zanesville in eastern Ohio and the southeastern Ohio

Posted on 6 September 2012 @ 3:37 pm

Lingle, Hirono meet in first debate for US Senate

Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle and U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono are facing each other in the first of five general election debates in their race to replace U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka.The Senate hopefuls planned to debate for about 90 minutes on Thursday at a luncheon hosted by the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce.The chamber is billing the event as a

Posted on 6 September 2012 @ 3:34 pm

Pine Bluff election in question due to Census data

Pine Bluff Mayor Carl Redus Jr. has filed a lawsuit that seeks to stop the November mayoral election.Redus wants to remain mayor for an additional two years to realign the city’s election cycle, which needs to change because of new U.S. Census data.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports ( http://is.gd/Y36rVi) that Pine Bluff’s population dropped

Posted on 6 September 2012 @ 3:07 pm

Obama to sketch path forward after Clinton pitch

President Barack Obama goes before the Democratic National Convention and the nation on Thursday for a capstone speech designed not just to persuade undecided voters to swing his way in a tight election but to put fire in the belly of his supporters and get them to come out on Election Day.Obama senior adviser David Plouffe promised the president

Posted on 6 September 2012 @ 3:01 pm

Longoria promises ‘no empty chairs’ at convention

Actress Eva Longoria says her speech to the Democratic convention will be very different from Clint Eastwood’s speech to Republicans.Longoria tells NBC’s “Today” there will be no empty chairs.Eastwood gave a bizarre and rambling address last week at the Republican convention, talking to an empty chair as he pretended to converse with

Posted on 6 September 2012 @ 2:58 pm

Time - United States

Top General Tweaks Obama’s Iraq War Plan

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs suggests U.S. ground troops might be need in combat

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 10:19 pm

Obama on Ebola: ‘The World Is Looking To Us’

Obama confirms U.S. efforts to lead the charge against the Ebola virus sweeping through West Africa

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 9:43 pm

Senator Seeks to Cancel NFL Tax-Exempt Status Because of Redskins Name

Sen. Maria Cantwell announced the upcoming legislation at a press conference hosted by the Change the Mascot campaign

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 9:34 pm

Top Lawmakers Confident Bill To Train and Equip Syrian Rebels Will Pass

President Obama looks to receive congressional support to equip and train Syrian rebels

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 8:00 pm

Teens Are Using Drugs Far Less Than They Used To

About 8.8 % of young people surveyed were current illicit drug users, down 13% from 2009.

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 6:37 pm

Timeline: The Worst Ebola Outbreak in History

As Ebola continues to ravage West Africa, follow this outbreak’s most critical moments

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 6:07 pm

Cable Companies Prepared for HBO Go to Go Streaming-Only

HBO Go may soon be available to non-cable-TV subscribers as an online-only streaming product, just like Netflix. That’s cause for celebration for Game of Thrones fans, many of whom have been, ahem, “borrowing” a cable login from their friend’s room mate’s dad for the last few years, or outright pirating the goods on Sunday nights.…

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 6:01 pm

NPR - United States

Rep. Gowdy To Lead New Benghazi Committee In First Public Hearing

House lawmakers will give the Sept. 11 attacks in Libya two years ago a fresh look. Wednesday’s hearing will be the first public one since Gowdy (R-S.C.) became chair of a special Benghazi committee.

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 9:12 pm

Obama Gives New Details On America’s Effort To Fight Ebola

The president announced a “major increase” in the U.S. response to the outbreak, including a new military command center in Liberia, and sending medical professionals from the U.S. to field hospitals.

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 8:05 pm

Dempsey Says If Needed He Would Recommend Ground Forces In Iraq

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Senate panel he supports the president’s plan to combat Islamic State militants but that if it proved necessary, he would recommend U.S. ground forces.

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 3:46 pm

Like It Or Not, Scotland’s Drama May Hit Your Wallet

Some economists say Thursday’s vote on Scotland’s independence could have wide-ranging economic impacts. They fear that a breakaway from the U.K. could trigger another global financial upheaval.

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 2:37 pm

How To Measure Success Against The New Monster In The Middle East?

Most Americans are far from clear as to what this “ISIL” monster is, other than a few shadowy, portentous figures on disturbing videotapes.

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 10:49 am

Obama To Announce Buildup In U.S. Efforts To Fight Ebola

The U.S. military plans to establish a medical base in Liberia to help stop the Ebola epidemic. It will build 1,700 new treatment beds and train up to 500 health care workers every week.

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 5:32 am

Tommy Boggs, Influential Lobbyist, Dies At 73

Boggs changed the lobbying profession by recognizing how power in Washington was becoming more diffuse.

Posted on 15 September 2014 @ 10:55 pm

Yahoo - United States

Leaders pledge powers in final push before Scottish vote

Pro-Union 'No' supporters rally in Edinburgh on September 16, 2014, ahead of the referendum on Scotland's independenceEdinburgh (AFP) – The leaders of Britain's three main parties on Tuesday issued a joint pledge to give the Scottish parliament more powers if voters reject independence, in a final drive to stop the United Kingdom from splitting.

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 11:16 pm

Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the first in a series of high-profile Capitol Hill hearings that will measure the president's ability to rally congressional support for President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria, in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Obama last week outlined his military plan to destroy the extremists, authorizing U.S. airstrikes inside Syria, stepping up attacks in Iraq and deploying additional American troops, with more than 1,000 now advising and assisting Iraqi security forces to counter the terrorism threat. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an election-year debate of Obama's plan to expand airstrikes and train Syrian rebels.

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 11:14 pm

Syrian rebels seize UN weapons in the Golan: ambassador

UNDOF armoured personnel carriers escort a convoy of vehicles leaving the Syrian side of the Golan Heights on September 15, 2014United Nations (United States) (AFP) – Syrian rebels linked to Al-Qaeda have seized UN weapons, uniforms and vehicles from peacekeepers in the Golan and set up a "safe zone" to wage attacks, the Syrian ambassador said Tuesday.

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 11:13 pm

Obama: Ebola crisis ‘spiraling out of control’

US President Barack Obama speaks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on September 16, 2014 in Atlanta, GeorgiaAtlanta (AFP) – President Barack Obama issued a global call to action to fight West Africa's Ebola epidemic on Tuesday, warning the deadly outbreak was unprecedented and "spiraling out of control," threatening hundreds of thousands of people.

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 11:09 pm

Senator to propose authorization to hit militants

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine has drawn up legislation to authorize U.S. military force against Islamic extremists that would strictly limit the engagement of American ground forces.

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 10:54 pm

U.S. Congress pushes ahead with bid to arm Syrian rebels

Rebel fighters make improvised mortar shells inside a weapons factory in IdlibBy Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives began debating legislation on Tuesday to authorize President Barack Obama's plan to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants, and lawmakers said the measure would likely pass Congress by the end of this week despite some members' reservations. …

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 10:52 pm

Ukrainian people make history with EU pact, US says

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (R) and members of the government applaud after successfully voting for ratification of a Ukraine-EU association agreement on September 16, 2014, in KievWashington (AFP) – The United States on Tuesday welcomed Ukraine's ratification of a landmark EU pact and new laws granting self-rule to the east, urging Moscow to implement a ceasefire deal in return.

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 10:42 pm

Star Tribune - United States

Questions, answers about Democrat’s attempt to get off ballot for Senate race in Kansas

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 11:25 pm

Ex-police chief at Massachusetts VA facility gets 10 years in prison in NY kidnap-murder case

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 11:15 pm

APNewsBreak: DEA Chicago chief heading to Washington to oversee US, international operations

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 11:05 pm

House vote on training, equipping Syrian rebels is set

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 11:00 pm

Democratic senator to propose authorization for military force against Islamic State militants

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 11:00 pm

Obama declares Ebola a global threat, outlines response _ but will it be enough and in time?

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 10:26 pm

Egypt rejects accusations of mismanagement in restoration of oldest pyramid

Posted on 16 September 2014 @ 10:01 pm

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