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Women held in Cleveland basement seek Joan Rivers' apology

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 19:15
CLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys for two women held in a Cleveland home and abused for a decade say Joan Rivers should apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity they experienced. Rivers and her daughter were discussing their reality show Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show when she complained about her living arrangements, saying, "Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space." A Wednesday statement from attorneys for Amanda Berry…
FCC reversal on 'net neutrality' would permit Internet fast lane
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 19:15
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. (Gary Cameron/Reuters) WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules that allow Internet service providers to offer a faster lane through which to send video and other content to consumers, as long as a content company is willing to pay for it, according to people briefed on the proposals. The proposed rules are a complete turnaround for the FCC on the subject of so-called net neutrality, the principle that…
Execution case puts Oklahoma in legal bind
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 19:15
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two death row inmates who want to know the source of drugs that will be used to execute them have placed Oklahoma's two highest courts at odds and prompted calls for impeaching justices on the Oklahoma Supreme Court. The state's high court delayed the inmates' execution Monday even though the judges are restricted to ruling on civil matters. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, which handles cases from inmates, said it…
Man killed in Utah court had promised judge he'd behave
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:15
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Tongan Crip gang defendant who was fatally shot by a U.S. marshal while attacking a witness during a federal court trial had promised a judge earlier that he would behave, a court transcript shows. The vow came at the beginning of the trial on Monday, when an attorney for defendant Siale Angilau asked the judge if she could help get Angilau moved back to his normal prison cell.
Why has productivity growth in the US economy slowed?
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 17:16
Daniel Tarullo outlines long-term challenges for the US economy (Part 2 of 6) (Continued from Part 1) Productivity growth Daniel Tarullo delivered a speech on “Longer-Term challenges for the American economy” at the Hyman Minsky conference on the state of U.S. and Global economies held in Washington, DC, on April 9. The first longer-term challenge he mentioned was the drop in the pace of U.S. productivity growth. Daniel Tarullo is a member of the Board…
Hillary Clinton discusses women's equality in U.S. and abroad
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 17:15
April 23, 2014, 5:33 PM|Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reflects on the progress women have made toward equality over the last two decades and the work that remains.
Democratic governors challenge Connecticut campaign finance law
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 17:15
By Scott Malone (Reuters) - The U.S. Democratic Governors' Association on Wednesday sued the state of Connecticut, saying its laws on political spending are unconstitutionally broad and limit the ability of political groups to buy independent ads backing candidates. The lawsuit said the state unfairly treats independent money spent on ads and other political messages by the national group as contributions to particular candidates, and thus subject to campaign finance limits.
Vote delayed on loan guarantee for World Trade Center developer
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 17:15
By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - The "Bridgegate" scandal that rocked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration earlier this year is threatening a deal that would allow developer Larry Silverstein to finish building the next World Trade Center skyscraper. Silverstein needs a guarantee from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to secure a $1.2 billion construction loan for 3 World Trade Center. On Wednesday, the agency's board will vote on whether…
Hagel begins first trip to Latin America as U.S. defense chief
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 17:15
By David Alexander ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday his first trip to Latin America as Pentagon chief would add "muscle and sinew" to growing North American defense ties and highlight the importance of helping partner nations improve their militaries. Hagel, who will meet his Canadian and Mexican counterparts in Mexico City before traveling to Guatemala, said the three-day visit will give him an opportunity to focus…
3-D imaging captures 1888 wreckage discovered in San Francisco Bay
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 17:15
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists. The iron and wood steamship City of Chester went down on Aug. 22, 1888, after it was struck in dense fog by a larger ship. The collision came soon after family members bid their loved ones safe passage and the Chester departed…