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Former President Bush, 90, to spend fourth night in Houston hospital

Former President George H. W. Bush applauds during an event to honor the winner of the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award at the White House in Washington in this file photoHOUSTON (Reuters) - Doctors in Houston have decided to keep former U.S. President George H.W. Bush in the hospital for a fourth night since his bout with shortness of breath, though his condition has improved and he "remains in high spirits," his spokesman said on Friday. Bush, 90, was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital on Tuesday night and admitted for observation after experiencing breathing difficulties earlier that evening, according to his spokesman, Jim McGrath. There has been no word on whether the nation's 41st president is suffering from any particular ailment. ...

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 18:35:09 -0500
On Christmas visit with troops, Obama lauds end of Afghanistan mission

U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet U.S. military personnel at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Christmas Day in Kaneohe Bay, HawaiiBy 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
As U.S. troops return to Iraq, more private contractors follow

A Shi'ite fighter walks during an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militantsBy 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
NYPD chief says rift between police and mayor 'will go on for a while'

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton says the rift between the NYPD and Mayor Bill de Blasio will continue for the foreseeable future.

Sun, 28 Dec 2014 11:58:01 -0500
Ferguson officer placed on unpaid leave after calling Michael Brown memorial 'a pile of trash'

The spokesman for the Ferguson, Mo., police department has been placed on unpaid leave after calling the makeshift memorial to slain teenager Michael Brown a "pile of trash in the middle of the street."

Sun, 28 Dec 2014 10:48:22 -0500
The weirdest political stories of 2014

U.S. Representative Michael Grimm of New York reacts during a news conference after his guilty plea at the Brooklyn federal court in New YorkFrom 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

Police SantaLaw 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
Hundreds Turn Their Back on de Blasio at NYPD Officer's Funeral

Hundreds Turn Their Back on de Blasio at NYPD Officer's FuneralHundreds of police officers turned their backs on a screen showing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he spoke at the funeral of one of two officers killed last week in what has been called an "assassination."The funeral at the Christ Tabernacle Church, in the Glendale neighborhood of Queens, was broadcast to thousands of police who gathered outside.The killing of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu came amid heightened tensions between the police and the mayor over what some police saw as a lack of support for the force.Sgt. ...

Sat, 27 Dec 2014 19:36:35 -0500
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