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Tensions with Warren camp could loom over Clinton campaign

By Amanda Becker and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The race for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is turning into a battle of ideas between a woman who has not yet said she is running and another who insists she won't. Hillary Clinton is expected to launch her White House bid later this month, while Elizabeth Warren, the senator known for her fiery anti-Wall St

Senator Menendez indicted for corruption says 'will be vindicated'

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey was indicted on corruption charges, allegations that the high-ranking Democrat vowed to fight at a news conference on Wednesday night. Menendez was indicted by a grand jury in New Jersey for accepting gifts from Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist, in exchange for using the power of his Senate office to benefit M

Arkansas governor seeks fix of religion bill seen as targeting gays

By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson told lawmakers on Wednesday to revise a bill that rights activists and U.S. businesses said allowed discrimination against gays, and home-state corporate giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc praised his action. The state's Senate took up the challenge late on Wednesday, sending to the House of Representatives legislation that wo

Menendez's fate could sharpen Republicans' edge in Senate

By Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez's indictment on corruption charges on Wednesday raised the possibility of Republicans gaining a 55th Senate seat to strengthen their hand in policy fights with President Barack Obama. Federal prosecutors indicted the New Jersey senator on charges of accepting gifts from a donor and friend, Flori

Gov. Mike Pence pledges to 'fix' controversial law

Indiana Governor Mike Pence held a press conference to announce he will ask the state's legislature to change a controversial religious freedom bill signed into law last week. This comes as a reversal for Pence, who on Sunday told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that the law would not change. Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga breaks down today's turnabout with Yahoo News Chief Washington

Only openly gay player in men's Division 1 college basketball responds to Indiana's religious freedom law

“For him to go and try to fix it gives me a lot more hope as I head to Indiana, where I am heading this week. It will make me feel a lot more comfortable when I’m down there.” Derrick Gordon, the first NCAA men’s Division I basketball player to come out and compete as an openly gay player, weighed in on Tuesday on the controversy surrounding Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law.

Obama talks to David Simon about the war on drugs and his favorite character from ‘The Wire’

In a TV news magazine-style sit-down at the White House, President Obama interviewed David Simon about the devastating impact of the drug war on urban communities, as depicted in Simon’s enduring HBO series ‘The Wire.’

Icelandic whaling: Conservationists split over efficacy of Obama’s sanctions, E.U. protest

The Icelandic Hvalur whaling company’s killing of endangered fin whales has been denounced by the United States and the European Union. Is it time for greater action?

DNC unveils clip reel tying Jeb Bush to brother’s policies

The Democratic National Committee put together a clip reel of Jeb Bush backing up his older brother’s policies in office — hinting at a potential line of attack should he become the GOP’s presidential nominee.

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Could Face Life

American soldier and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion over his disappearance from an Afghan outpost in 2009 and could face life in confinement, the Army announced today. As part of the deal, the Taliban five were relocated to Qatar. After Bergdahl's dramatic return to the U.S., the Army launched an investigation into whether the soldier willfully left his post

Lawmakers to Question Top Officials about Controversial Visa Program for Wealthy Foreigners

Republicans in Congress voiced strong objections Tuesday in response to a scathing Homeland Security investigation that found a senior official appeared to give special treatment to politically-connected applicants when he ran a little-known federal program that offers visas to those who invest $500,000 in a job-creating business. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the committee chairman, said h

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Lawyer Says

American soldier and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion for allegedly walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009, Bergdahl's attorney told ABC News today.

What Americans think about gay rights and religious liberty

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans support allowing businesses to refuse wedding-related services to same-sex couples on religious grounds, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll conducted earlier this year. But another recent poll suggests Americans' sympathy for religious objectors may be limited to just that — wedding-related businesses.

New Jersey Sen. Menendez vows to fight corruption charges

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A defiant New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez declared that he's "not going anywhere" after he was charged with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.

Double overtime: Faltering Iran nuclear talks extended again

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — With even a vague outline of an Iran nuclear deal eluding their grasp, negotiators went into double overtime Wednesday night and Thursday morning in a marathon attempt to find common ground for a more important task — forging a final deal by the end of June.

Arkansas Senate takes up religion bill at governor's request

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics of the measure, including his own son and some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.

Menendez's million-dollar defense

Embattled senator's legal bills already climbed into the seven-figure range — before his indictment on federal corruption charges.

New York lawmakers pass ethics legislation, but critics say the measure falls short

Critics say legislation leaves much to be desired

U.S. Internet users pay more and have fewer choices than Europeans

National broadband data suggests lack of competition and high cost deters many Americans from adopting high speed Internet services.

Prince Harry to embed with Australian army from Monday

Prince Harry will begin a month-long attachment with the Australian Army on Monday, officials said, spending time on bush patrols, working with an indigenous regiment and possibly flying helicopters. The 30-year-old, who will be nudged down to fifth in line to the throne by the birth of his brother Prince William's second child this month, has already announced he will leave the British military

US Senator Menendez indicted for corruption

US Senator Robert Menendez was indicted on charges of public corruption, following a two-year federal investigation into his ties to a friend who contributed large sums to his re-election campaign. Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and lead author of legislation aimed at tightening sanctions against Iran, will temporarily step down from his role on the panel. "

Obama calls Nigerian president-elect Buhari

US President Barack Obama spoke to Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari and outgoing leader Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday, praising both for their role in the country's first democratic transfer of power. Obama spoke to the men separately to "commend them for their leadership during Nigeria's election," the White House said. Nigeria has suffered six military coups since independence from B

Zarif says 'seize the moment' as Iran talks hit final stretch

Iran's foreign minister Wednesday told world powers to "seize the moment" and drop "excessive demands" as marathon high-stakes nuclear talks headed into another long bruising night of hard bargaining. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrived back in Switzerland to rejoin the negotiations saying the talks were in the final stretch. Fabius was re-joining US Secretary of State John Kerry and

Obama unveils sanctions program to fight cyberattacks

President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered a new sanctions program that could block assets of US and foreign hackers and of companies that seek to profit from cyberattacks. Obama said the threat from cyberattacks was a "national emergency" and that the sanctions could help strike back against those involved in attacks on US targets. "Starting today, we're giving notice to those who pose signifi

Kerry to stay at Iran talks till at least early Thursday

Lausanne (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry will stay in negotiations with Iran and his counterparts until at least Thursday morning, as they seek to reach a deal on the Iranian nuclear programme.

Netanyahu, Boehner hail 'strong' US, Israel ties

US House Speaker John Boehner and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Wednesday the "strong" ties between their nations, amid tensions between Netanyahu and the Obama administration. "In this violent and unstable region, where states are imploding and fanaticism is exploding, one thing remains rock solid -– our friendship, our alliance, our partnership," he said.

Cuba fears 'tens of thousands' of US yachts

Tens of thousands of American yachts could descend on Cuba if US President Barack Obama authorizes boat travel to the island, which is not ready for the influx, an official said Wednesday. Pleasure cruises from the United States to Cuba have virtually halted since former president George W. Bush cracked down on private boat trips in 2004 with an executive order that expanded the government's aut

Uber files complaints with EU against France, Germany, Spain

Uber has filed complaints with the EU against France, Germany and Spain as the popular taxi app hits back against efforts to ban it from Europe's streets, officials said Wednesday. The US-based firm's legal appeal to the European Union comes amid an increasingly tense battle with regulators and traditional cab drivers in several European countries. Uber argues that efforts by national government

White House says Iran nuclear talks still 'productive'

The White House on Wednesday said progress was still being made in crunch nuclear talks with Iran, but warned the United States would walk away if negotiations stall. "The sense that we have is that, yes, the talks continue to be productive and that progress is being made," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. Marathon negotiations are taking place in Lausanne, Switzerland, between Iran and


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