February 28, 2015

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Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2015 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio signs the bill authorizing expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner says Congress is sending President Barack Obama legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday. The White House is indicating Obama will quickly veto it in private over Republican lawmakers' urging that he sign it. It would be the third veto of Obama's presidency. From left are, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., Senate sponsor of the Keystone XL pipeline bill, Boehner, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. Obama offered no indication of whether he’ll eventually issue a permit for the pipeline, whose construction has become a flashpoint Read More…

Oil boom’s end threatens pain for much of Latin America

A man naps in front of the convention center in Puerto Gaitan, Colombia. Crashing crude prices have the 45,000 residents of Puerto Gaitan bracing for a big fall, or already packing their bags. Similar upheaval is taking place across much of Latin America, where oil prices have fallen by nearly half since September, threatening to pull the rug out from under a decade-long economic boom. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

PUERTO GAITAN, Colombia (AP) — Soaring oil prices the past decade transformed this rural backwater into Colombia’s richest city as nearby fields pumped black gold, drawing new businesses, international pop stars and vanity art projects such as the biblical-themed arch that towers over these sweltering grasslands. Now, crashing crude prices have the 45,000 residents of Read More…

Without hate crime, US limited in prosecuting Zimmerman

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MIAMI (AP) — The Justice Department’s decision to not prosecute a civilian neighborhood watch volunteer for a hate crime in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager is not necessarily a harbinger of how it will rule in two other high-profile deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police officers, legal experts Read More…

Study details lives of LGBT youths engaged in ‘survival sex’

This Nov. 10, 2014 photo shows an area near the intersection of Christopher Street and West Street in New York. A unique federally funded study released on Wednesday offers a detailed look at the lives of gay, lesbian and transgender youth in New York City who cope with homelessness and poverty by engaging in what the researchers call "survival sex." Researchers say this is one of the sites where LGBTQ youth tended to meet together. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

NEW YORK (AP) — A unique federally funded study offers a detailed look at the lives of gay, lesbian and transgender youth in New York City who cope with homelessness and poverty by engaging in what the researchers call “survival sex.” In extensive interviews conducted over three years by the Urban Institute, 283 young people Read More…

Chicago mayor to face runoff against county commissioner

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks to supporters Tuesday in Chicago. Emanuel failed to capture a majority of the vote in Tuesday's municipal election forcing him into a runoff this spring against Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (AP) — After failing to persuade a majority of Chicago voters to back his re-election bid, Mayor Rahm Emanuel could face an even stiffer challenge in April against a runoff opponent aiming to consolidate the support of residents unhappy with how the former White House chief of staff has managed the nation’s third-largest city. In a Read More…

Ex-Marine convicted in ‘Sniper’ trial faces life in prison

Former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh stands during his capital murder trial at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville Texas, on Tuesday. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth, Pool)

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas jury has rejected the insanity defense of a former Marine in the deaths of famed “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and another man. After a two-week trial in which jurors heard testimony about defendant Eddie Ray Routh’s erratic behavior, including statements about anarchy, the apocalypse and pig-human hybrids, they Read More…

Cavaliers 102, Pistons 93: LeBron James passes Scottie Pippen as all-time assists leader for forwards

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James controls the pace during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Tuesday in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — LeBron James rarely likes to talk about his individual achievements. Tuesday he made an exception. James had 11 assists in Cleveland’s 102-93 victory over the Detroit Pistons. In the process, he moved past Scottie Pippen for first place on the NBA career list for forwards. James has 6,142 assists, seven more Read More…

Fires kill 15 children in Ohio in 2014, 11 so far this year

COLUMBUS (AP) — Fires killed 15 children in Ohio last year and have claimed at least 11 young lives in just the first two months of 2015, according to the state fire marshal’s office. Many factors affect those statistics, but the chief of the state Bureau of Fire Prevention notes that age is among them. Read More…

10 Things to Know, Tuesday, Feb. 24

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: 1. States use secret surveys to reduce prison populations An AP investigation finds that psychological assessments are being used to determine whether inmates are likely to commit future crimes to judge who might be safe to release–despite high-profile Read More…

States predict inmates’ future crimes with secretive surveys

A guard tower stands on the fence line at North Central Unit at Calico Rock, Ark. The unit is where Milton Thomas is currently confined prior to his upcoming trial, expected to be held in March 2015. He is charged with raping Diana Miller, 71-year-old former nurse and Navy veteran. Thomas was on parole when he was arrested for raping Miller. (AP Photo/Bill Gorman)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — On a hot Friday last July, a parolee was mowing a lawn in a small cul-de-sac on the west side of the city when he stopped to ask for a glass of water. The 70-year-old widow whose yard he was mowing told him to wait on her porch. Instead, she Read More…