October 2, 2014


Obama pal Eric Holder to leave after 6 years as AG

Attorney General Eric Holder

WASHINGTON (AP) — It wasn’t difficult for Barack Obama and Eric Holder to be in the same orbit. Both were sons of immigrants, Columbia Ivy Leaguers, basketball fans and prominent African-American political figures. They first met nearly 10 years ago, dinner guests of a mutual Washington friend who seatedHolder next to the newly elected senator from Illinois. On Read More…

US considers new offer to Iran at nuke talks

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. is considering softening present demands that Iran gut its uranium enrichment program in favor of a new proposal that would allow Tehran to keep nearly half of the project intact while placing other constraints on its possible use as a path to nuclear weapons, diplomats told The Associated Press. The initiative, Read More…

US-led strikes hit IS group oil sites for 2nd day

In this framegrabbed image provided by the U.S. Department of Defense shows airstrike footage on the Jeribe West Refinery in Syria Wednesday. (AP Photo/Department of Defense)

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-led coalition warplanes bombed oil installations and other facilities in territory controlled by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria on Friday, taking aim for a second consecutive day at a key source of financing that has swelled the extremist group’s coffers, activists said. The strikes hit two oil areas in Deir el-Zour Read More…

3 New York firefighters who worked at ground zero die on same day

This combo of undated photos provided by the Fire Department of New York shows, from left, Lt. Howard Bischoff and firefighters Daniel Heglund and Robert Leaver. The three retired firefighters who worked at ground zero have all died on the same day from illnesses related to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, according to fire officials. (AP Photo/FDNY)

NEW YORK (AP) — Three retired firefighters who worked at ground zero have died on the same day from cancer, an illness that many fear might be connected to toxic World Trade Center dust released on Sept. 11, fire officials said Thursday. Lt. Howard Bischoff, 58, and firefighters Robert Leaver, 56, and Daniel Heglund, 58, Read More…

White House: Holder resigning as attorney general

Attorney General Eric Holder

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration’s legal fight against terrorism and weighed in on issues of racial fairness, is resigning after six years on the job. He is the nation’s first black attorney general. The White House said that President Barack Obama would announce Holder’s departure Read More…

10 Things to Know, Thursday, Sept. 25

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Turkey joins coalition against militants after initial reluctance  But the U.S. is still waiting for details of any new, specific aid from Ankara and is warily watching to make sure it keeps its commitments. 2. US-led strikes Read More…

New iPhones run into software, bending complaints

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Tuesday in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple’s new iPhones have run into some glitches as users complained that a new software update blocked their calls, while a widely circulated video showed the larger of the two new models is vulnerable to bending. Late Wednesday, Apple offered users a way to manually reverse the update provided earlier in the day. Read More…

‘Eau de Revolution’: Cuba scents honor Che, Chavez

A man shows two bottles of cologne, one called "Ernesto," honors guerrilla leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara, and "Hugo," for the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday. Formulated by a French company and produced in Cuba, the colognes are being presented this week at a Labiofam convention in Havana. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

HAVANA (AP) — Call it “Eau de Revolution.” Cuba’s biggest producer of natural products has come up with a pair of colognes for the discerning supporter of international socialism who wants something more than just the iconic “Che” T-shirt. A woodsy and refreshing citric scent with notes of talcum powder called “Ernesto” honors guerrilla leader Ernesto Read More…

Drones for moviemaking face likely FAA approval

This image provided by Aerial MOB, LLC, shows their eight rotor Sky Jib Helicopter in San Diego, Calif., in August 2013. (AP Photo/Aerial MOB, LLC, Tony Carmean)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce Thursday that it is granting permits to seven movie and television production companies to fly drones, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, said attorneys and a company official familiar with the decision. However, the permits are expected to come Read More…

Woman hit by California officer gets $1.5 million

Marlene Pinnock

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a freeway in an incident caught on video will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign. CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow confirmed the settlement in an emailed statement and an attorney for Marlene Pinnock confirmed the dollar amount Read More…