November 23, 2014

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Obama oozes support for Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, embraces and kisses Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a news conference at her home in Yangon, Myanmar Friday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — President Barack Obama mounted a warm show of support Friday for Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, voicing opposition to a constitutional rule that’s keeping the pro-democracy icon off next year’s ballot. While crediting Myanmar for progress in its transition to democracy, he offered a blunt assessment of the distressing shortcomings that have called that transition into question. Read More…

Hagel: Top-to-bottom changes needed in nuke force

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens to a question during a briefing at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is ordering top-to-bottom changes in how the nation’s nuclear arsenal is managed, vowing to invest billions of dollars more to fix what ails a force beset by leadership lapses, security flaws and sagging morale. Hagel is scheduled to announce Friday the results of two reviews — one by Pentagon officials and Read More…

10 Things to Know, Thursday, Nov. 13

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. How the government is patrolling half the Mexican border  An AP Exclusive report finds that the U.S. uses drones solely to monitor desolate ranges of the frontier with Mexico where there are no agents or fences. 2. Read More…

Gas to average under $3 in 2015, government says

Gas station prices are posted for passing motorists in Augusta, Ga. The Energy Department's Energy Information Administration predicts in its most recent short-term energy outlook, released Wednesday, that drivers will pay $2.94 per gallon on average in 2015, 45 cents lower than this year. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

NEW YORK (AP) — The average price of gasoline will be below $3 a gallon in 2015, the government predicted Wednesday. If the sharply lower estimate holds true, U.S. consumers will save $61 billion on gas compared with this year. In a monthly report, the Energy Department reduced its forecast for global oil prices next year by Read More…

Uber X seeks approval for non-limo rides

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The ride-sharing service Uber X has entered the Philadelphia market, running up against the same kind of opposition from regulators it has faced in U.S. cities and abroad. The Philadelphia Parking Authority, which regulates taxi service, has accused Uber X of operating a “hack” taxi service with unlicensed, unregulated drivers. The agency has impounded 15 vehicles Read More…

Window washers ‘doing well’ after scaffold mishap

A partially collapsed scaffolding hangs from the 1 World Trade Center in New York, Wednesday. New York City firefighters have been called to the nation's tallest skyscraper, where two workers are stuck on scaffolding 69 stories above street level. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators are looking into the collapse of a World Trade Centerscaffold that left two window washers dangling from the nation’s tallest skyscraper, 1 World Trade Center. The workers were trapped 68 stories above the street when a cable suddenly developed slack Wednesday. The workers held on to the teetering platform for two Read More…

House, Senate to vote on Keystone

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-stalled legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline got new life on Wednesday after Senate Democrats suddenly abandoned efforts to block the measure in hopes of helping endangered Sen. Mary Landrieu keep her seat in energy-rich Louisiana. Republicans responded swiftly to Landrieu’s maneuvering, scheduling a vote in the House on Thursday on an identical Read More…

Informal patrols on Turkey’s border with Syria

CAYKARA, Turkey (AP) — Their collars pulled up against the evening cold, a group of men and women peer through binoculars, scanning the fields along a barbed wire fence. A few kilometers (miles) away across the Turkish border, black smoke rises from the besieged Kurdish Syrian town of Kobani, the dull thud of mortars carrying across on Read More…

FIFA clears Russia and Qatar to host World Cup

GENEVA (AP) — Russia and Qatar were cleared Thursday by a FIFA judge of corruption in their winning bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert formally ended a probe into the bidding contests, almost four years after the vote by the governing body’s scandal-tainted executive committee. No proof was found of bribes Read More…

G-20 lifts profile of laid-back Australian city

A commuter ferry departs for a trip along the Brisbane River ahead of the G20 conference in Brisbane, Australia, Thursday. The annual G-20 summit is descending on the capital of Australia’s sunshine state with a promise to anoint it as a truly global city. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The annual G-20 summit is descending on the capital of Australia’s sunshine state with a promise to anoint it as a truly global city. But some inhabitants of Brisbane, once pilloried by Australians as a faintly seedy oversized country town, would prefer if world leaders had continued to pass them by. For the Read More…