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On Christmas visit with troops, Obama lauds end of Afghanistan mission
News ImageBy Julia Edwards KANOEHE BAY, Hawaii (Reuters) - One week before the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan draws to a close, President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, thanked American troops on Thursday during a Christmas Day visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kanoehe Bay. One man in the crowd yelled "Huah!", a traditional cheer of the U.S. military, and the audience applauded as Obama spoke of the United States officially ending its fighting role in Afghanistan after 13 years of conflict. ...
Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:25:14 -0500
Former President George H.W. Bush spends Christmas in hospital
News Image(Reuters) - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush remained hospitalized on Thursday near his home in Houston after experiencing shortness of breath this week, and was in "great spirits," his spokesman said. Bush, 90, was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital on Tuesday. Spokesman Jim McGrath said on Wednesday that the 41st president's prognosis was positive and that he remained hospitalized as a precaution. "President Bush had another terrific day and is in great spirits," McGrath said on Thursday in an emailed statement. ...
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 19:29:46 -0500
As U.S. troops return to Iraq, more private contractors follow
News ImageBy Warren Strobel and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is preparing to boost the number of private contractors in Iraq as part of President Barack Obama's growing effort to beat back Islamic State militants threatening the Baghdad government, a senior U.S. official said. How many contractors will deploy to Iraq - beyond the roughly 1,800 now working there for the U.S. State Department - will depend in part, the official said, on how widely dispersed U.S. troops advising Iraqi security forces are, and how far they are from U.S. diplomatic facilities. ...
Wed, 24 Dec 2014 01:17:15 -0500
Former South Carolina Governor Edwards dies at 87
(Reuters) - James Edwards, the first Republican elected governor of South Carolina since post-Civil War Reconstruction who also served in President Ronald Reagan's Cabinet, died on Friday at age 87, his family said. Edwards' election in 1974 marked a key early moment in South Carolina's shift away from the Democratic Party as part of a broader embrace of the more conservative Republican Party across the South in the wake of the U.S. civil rights movement. Republicans in South Carolina now control the governor's mansion as well as both U.S. ... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 14:51:42 -0500
The weirdest political stories of 2014
News ImageFrom therapy chickens to the Palin brawl to a Seth Rogen movie causing an international incident, a look back at the year that was
Fri, 26 Dec 2014 03:02:35 -0500
Protesters set off explosives, throw bricks after police officer shoots, kills 18-year-old in Missouri
Violent protests broke out at a Mobil gas station in Berkeley, Mo., where an officer fatally shot an armed man who pointed a handgun at him, police said. Four people were arrested for assaulting police officers and at least two officers were treated for injuries. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 12:49:35 -0500
Cops around the country give away money with Secret Santa project
News ImageLaw enforcement officers across the country are handing out $100 bills thanks to generous donors inspired by a viral Secret Santa project.
Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:31:32 -0500
OReilly: New York Mayor de Blasio should resign
The New York City mayor is an incompetent pinhead" who has lost control of the NYPD, the Fox News host says. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 12:54:26 -0500
Boston bombing suspect Tsarnaev wants 'supporters moved away from courthouse
News ImageBombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pressing a judge to move his so-called supporters away from the Boston courthouse where his trial begins next month.
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:29:22 -0500
NYC Police Threatened 40 Times Since 2 Cops Killed
News ImageThere have been 40 separate threats against New York City police since two officers were shot and killed in Brooklyn Saturday, the NYPD said today.Half of those threats have been deemed not credible. The rest are still under investigation. There have been four arrests in the four days since the shooting, officials said.All threats against members of the NYPD are taken seriously and are investigated immediately to determine the credibility and origin of the information, the department said in a statement. ...
Wed, 24 Dec 2014 18:39:31 -0500
Congress Seeks a Screening of 'The Interview' and Wants to See 'Director's Cut'
News ImageCongress is looking to get into the movie business.Not for just any movie, of course. Before Sony Pictures announced today that there would be a "limited theatrical release" of "The Interview," there was a growing bipartisan call for Washington to host a screening of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy shelved by Sony in the wake of an unprecedented hacking scandal and threats of violence that followed.Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., offered up the movie theater in the Capitol Visitor Center for an early January screening that would include members of Congress and senior staff. ...
Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:38:36 -0500
Here's What the Internet Looks Like in North Korea
News ImageWhen the Internet in North Korea crashed this week for nearly 10 hours, it's unlikely that many of the reclusive nation's millions of residents noticed.That's because so few North Koreans have access to the Internet, and when they do, they see a very different online world than what most other people outside of the country experience when they log on, experts say.Key N. ...
Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:38:35 -0500
Former SC Gov. James Edwards dies at age 87
News ImageCHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) James B. Edwards, South Carolina's first Republican governor since Reconstruction and later energy secretary for two years in the Reagan administration, has died. He was 87.
Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:37:29 -0500
Jeb Bush stepping down from Tenet Healthcare board
MIAMI (AP) As he takes steps toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush is resigning from the board of Tenet Healthcare Corp. Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:28:05 -0500
President Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 7
News ImageKANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) How President Barack Obama spent the seventh day of his family's holiday vacation in Hawaii on Friday:
Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:16:06 -0500
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