1 April 2015

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges

FILE - In this March 23, 2015 file photo, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ speaks in Garwood, N.J. Menendez has been indicted on federal corruption charges.(AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)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 worth of gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.


1 April 2015

California unveils historic water restrictions over drought crisis

Weeds grow in dry cracked earth that used to be the bottom of Lake McClure on March 24, 2015 in La Grange, CaliforniaCalifornia announced sweeping statewide water restrictions for the first time in history Wednesday in order to combat the region's devastating drought, the worst since records began. Governor Jerry Brown issued the declaration at a press conference in a parched, brown slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains that would normally be covered by deep snow. The executive order issued by Brown would aim to achieve a 25 percent reduction in water usage across cities and towns throughout California by a combination of measures. "As Californians, we must pull together and save water in every way possible," Brown said.


1 April 2015

Getty oil heir found dead wrote of serious health problem

A police officer creates a perimeter outside a home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Police say a man was found dead at the home of Andrew Getty, heir to Getty oil fortune. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Getty, among the heirs in a family whose name is synonymous with elite American wealth, said in a court filing before he was found dead that he suffered from a serious health problem that could endanger his life.


1 April 2015

Arkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections bill

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, right, answers reporters' questions as Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, lisens at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to the state's religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)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 that included his own son and some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.


1 April 2015

Iraq hails victory over Islamic State extremists in Tikrit

In this image posted on the official Facebook account of Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi shows the premier carrying the national flag as he walks with Iraqi security forces in Tikrit, Iraq, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Iraqi security forces battled the last remaining pockets of Islamic State militants in Tikrit on Wednesday before the defense minister declared a ‘magnificent victory’ over the Islamic State group in Tikrit. (AP Photo/Iraq Prime Minister's office)TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — The government declared victory in Tikrit on Wednesday over extremists of the Islamic State group, and it warned the militants holding other Iraqi provinces that they would be the next to fall.


1 April 2015

Double overtime: Faltering Iran nuclear talks extended again

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second left, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, left, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, center, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, second right, and German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier wait for the start of a meeting on Iran's nuclear program with other officials from France, China, the European Union and Iran at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Diplomats scrambled Tuesday to reach consensus on the outline of an Iran nuclear deal just hours ahead of a self-imposed deadline to produce an agreement. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)Iran and six world powers are pressing ahead with efforts to hammer out a framework accord.


1 April 2015

Getty oil heir found dead in Los Angeles home

A police officer creates a perimeter outside a home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Police say a man was found dead at the home of Andrew Getty, heir to Getty oil fortune. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Andrew Getty, the grandson of billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, died from what appears to have been accidental or natural causes, but an autopsy is not expected to be performed before Thursday, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. TMZ on Wednesday cited unnamed law enforcement sources in reporting that Getty had been suffering severe gastrointestinal problems and had an appointment to see a doctor on Wednesday.


31 March 2015

Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell hospitalized

FILE - Joni Mitchell arrives to the Hammer Museum's "Gala In The Garden" in this Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 file photo taken in Los Angeles. Mitchell was hospitalized in Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 according to the Twitter account and website of the folk singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, but details on her condition have not been released. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joni Mitchell was in intensive care in a Los Angeles-area hospital on Tuesday, according to the Twitter account and website of the folk singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.


31 March 2015

Exclusive: Republican White House hopefuls attack Obamacare but take money

File photo of former Governor of Texas Rick Perry speaking at the Freedom Summit in Des MoinesBy Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several Republican governors likely to run for president have secured hundreds millions of dollars under Obamacare while working to dismantle the healthcare law, according to a Reuters review of federal spending records. Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Texas Governor Rick Perry, all staunch opponents of President Barack Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act, have collectively applied for and won at least $352 million through grant programs set up by the law, federal records show. "Receiving federal grants that existed prior to the ACA is not the same as participating in the core elements of the ACA." The money in question stems from less controversial parts of the law that enhance public health and other nuts-and-bolts programs, rather than the insurance exchanges and expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor that have drawn fierce opposition from Republicans.


1 April 2015

Arkansas governor seeks fix of religion bill seen as targeting gays

Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson discusses the findings and recommendations of the National School Shield Program in WashingtonBy 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. Indiana's governor a day earlier said lawmakers should fix a similar Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). In a news conference at the Capitol in Little Rock, Hutchinson, who previously said he would sign the bill, said he was sending the act back to the Republican-controlled legislature to be rewritten so it can better balance tolerance for diversity and protections of religious freedom.


1 April 2015

California governor orders 25 percent reduction in water usage statewide

California Governor Brown looks on during a news conference at the State Capitol in SacramentoBy Sharon Bernstein PHILLIPS, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown, acting in the face of a devastating multiyear drought, ordered the first statewide mandatory water restrictions on Wednesday, directing cities and communities to reduce usage by 25 percent. In California, the drought lingers despite storms that brought some respite in December and February.


1 April 2015

World's oldest person dies at 117

Misao Okawa (C), the world's oldest person, pictured on March 4, 2015 with her family at a nursing home in OsakaTOKYO (AP) — The world's oldest person has died nearly a month after celebrating her 117th birthday.


31 March 2015

Co-pilot told flight school of depressive episode in 2009

Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Had Suicidal Tendencies, Was Treated For Mental Illness, Prosecutor SaysLufthansa says the note was found in emails that Andreas Lubitz sent.


31 March 2015

Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

Indiana Gov. Mike PenceMike Pence said Tuesday that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that a new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination.


31 March 2015

Nigeria opposition leader fears 'tricks' after election victory

A man pulls a wheelie on a scooter, as residents celebrate the anticipated victory of Presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari in Kaduna, Nigeria, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari has won Nigeria’s presidential election but fears his victory could be stolen by “tricks” from the government, his spokesman, Garba Shehu, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Amid anger over an Islamic insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives, Nigerians threw out the incumbent and elected a 72-year-old former military dictator in a historic transfer of power officially announced early Wednesday following the nation's most hotly contested election ever.


31 March 2015

Lavrov, Zarif claim breakthrough in Iran nuclear talks

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (C) walks in the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne on March 31, 2015, during negotiations on Iran's nuclear programmeRussia and Iran's foreign ministers claimed a breakthrough early Wednesday in talks on a framework deal curtailing Tehran's nuclear programme, but the US said not all issues had been agreed yet, as discussions were suspended for the night. "One can say with relative certainty that we at the minister level have reached an agreement in principle on all key aspects of the final settlement of this issue," Russian media quoted Sergei Lavrov as saying at talks in Switzerland. This came after Russia's top diplomat and the foreign ministers of five other major powers and Iran continued working through the night as they missed a midnight (2200 GMT) deadline to agree the main outlines of what they hope will be an historic accord. The powers hope a full agreement, due to be finalised by June 30, will see Iran scale back its nuclear capability to prevent Tehran developing nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian programme.


31 March 2015

Police: Prisoner who stole gun, fled hospital found in DC

Manhunt Launched in Virginia for Armed Prison EscapeeWASHINGTON (AP) — Police say a prisoner who escaped custody at a northern Virginia hospital with a guard's gun has been captured in Washington.


31 March 2015

No nuke agreement yet: Iran talks push past deadline

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, second right, waits with U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, left, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, second left, and others before a meeting with Russia, China, France, Germany, European Union and Iranian officials at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Monday, March 30, 2015, during Iran nuclear talks. Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program are entering a critical phase with differences still remaining just two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)Diplomats wrap up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results.


31 December 1969

On a cold Boston morning, remembering Teddy Kennedy

A host of political luminaries attended the dedication Monday of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute on Columbia Point, right next to the presidential library of Teddy’s older brother, President John F. Kennedy.


30 March 2015

Colorado theater gunman's mother says he's not a 'monster'

The mother of accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes says in a new book that she prays for her son’s victims daily, even calling out the deceased by name. “The first time I prayed for them by name and by wound, I was shaking, overcome,” Arlene Holmes writes.