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72 passengers reach settlements in Asiana crash

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 19:56
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 70 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline, attorneys for the passengers and airline said in a court filing Tuesday. The settlement with 72 passengers who filed personal injury claims also includes Boeing Co., which made the destroyed 777, and Air Cruisers Co., the New Jersey company that made its evacuation slides.
Alabama Supreme Court halts same-sex marriage
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 19:56
The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state's probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, a decision that flies in the face of numerous rulings by federal judges in Alabama and other states across the country who have said banning gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. The all-Republican court sided with a pair of conservative organizations Tuesday in ruling that the U.S. Constitution doesn't alter the judges' duty to administer state…
New U.S. defense chief presses lawmakers for boost in funding
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 18:55
By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned lawmakers on Tuesday that continuing cuts to U.S. defense spending were causing "corrosive damage to our national security" and he urged them to back the president's request for a big boost in military funding in 2016. Testifying for the first time as secretary before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carter said military modernization by rivals such as Russia and China threatened to erode the…
Ex-CIA chief admits sharing military secrets with mistress
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 18:55
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an affair with his biographer, has agreed to plead guilty to charges he gave her classified material — including information on war strategy and identities of covert operatives — while she was working on the book. The plea agreement carries a possible sentence of up to a year in prison and represents another blow to the reputation of the retired four-star…
GOP’s net neutrality point man says fight is not over
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 18:55
WASHINGTON — The Republican Party’s point man in Congress on net neutrality admitted Tuesday that the party has been slow to act on the issue, but insisted that Congress must be the body setting the rules for how the Internet will be regulated instead of the FCC. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., the third-ranking Senate Republican and the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, spoke with Yahoo News in an interview conducted over Meerkat, a messaging…
Officials: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:52
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department investigation will allege sweeping patterns of discrimination within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and at the municipal jail and court, a law enforcement official familiar with the report said Tuesday. The report, which could be released as soon as Wednesday, will charge that police disproportionately use excessive force against blacks and that black drivers are stopped and searched far more often than white motorists, even though they're less likely…
Netanyahu speech to U.S. Congress exposes bitter divisions
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:52
View gallery.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of the United States Congress in the House …Standing in front of two Republicans because the White House did not send Vice President Joe Biden, as is typical for joint sessions of Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lamented to lawmakers that his speech was being construed as partisan.
How Petraeus was trapped by a lie
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 14:52
View gallery.CIA Director nominee Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday,June 23, 2011, before …David Petraeus learned the hard way the truth of an old Washington adage: It’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up that will bring you down. Two weeks before he resigned as CIA director, Petraeus lied to the FBI, falsely denying that he had provided highly classified information — including the identities of covert officers in Afghanistan — to…
Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 14:52
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the budget year, without overturning the president's immigration policies. The House on Tuesday voted 257-167 for the measure that Obama is expected to sign. Without action, funding for the department would have expired Friday at midnight. The outcome was a victory for Obama and Democrats, and a defeat for the GOP strategy of…
Official: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 14:52
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department investigation will allege sweeping patterns of discrimination within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and at the municipal jail and court, a law enforcement official familiar with the report said Tuesday. The report, which could be released as soon as Wednesday, will charge that police disproportionately use excessive force against blacks and that black drivers are stopped and searched far more often than white motorists, even though they're less likely…
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