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Treasury secretary to show 'commitment' to Detroit in visit

Monday, 21 April 2014 14:00
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will visit bankrupt Detroit this week to highlight the Obama administration's "continued commitment to the city's revitalization and explore ways to promote job creation and economic growth," according to an advisory his department released on Monday. Lew will meet with leaders from philanthropic foundations on Thursday to discuss economic development in the city that filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S.
Boy Scouts shut down troop for standing by gay scoutmaster
Monday, 21 April 2014 14:00
The Boy Scouts of America, one of the country’s largest and oldest youth organizations, has shut down a Seattle troop and pack for refusing to remove an openly homosexual scoutmaster. In a letter sent last week from BSA attorney Steven P. McGowan to Seattle attorney Peter J. Mullenix, the Scouts fault Rainier Beach United Methodist Church for allowing Geoff McGrath to serve in violation of their policy that “does not allow open or avowed homosexuals…
American wins Boston Marathon men's race for first time in 3 decades
Monday, 21 April 2014 14:00
View gallery Boston Police dog "Titan" and his handler Officer Joel Rodriguez patrol the finish line of … View gallery Joel (L) and Jackie Dalton leave mementos for Martin Richard, one of the victims of the 2013 Boston …
U.S. examining use of toxic chemical in Syria
Monday, 21 April 2014 14:00
View gallery In this photo taken on Sunday, April 20, 2014 and released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, … WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has indications of the use of a toxic chemical, probably chlorine, in Syria this month and is examining indications that the Syrian government was responsible, the U.S.
Report: Obama to grant clemency for hundreds of nonviolent drug offenders
Monday, 21 April 2014 13:00
As part of a new clemency initiative, President Obama could pardon hundreds or even thousands of nonviolent drug offenders by the end of his second term, Yahoo News reports. Mr. Obama granted very few pardons in his first five years in office: He's granted just 52 of the 1,600 pardon requests he's received and just 10 out of 10,000 commutation requests to reduce a sentence. To rectify that, the Justice Department in February asked defense…
Why are some Democrats running from Obamacare?
Monday, 21 April 2014 13:00
STORY HIGHLIGHTSDespite Obamacare's successes, some Democrats are avoiding being tied to the lawThe President, Democratic leaders and party strategists say they think this is a mistakePolitically vulnerable Democrats are in an especially tough position on ObamacareMore Democrats might be willing to embrace the law's wins in time, strategists say Washington (CNN) -- The Obamacare enrollment is 8 million strong and growing. Polls have shown that voters love popular provisions calling for mandatory coverage for maternity…
In celebration of 4/20: A tale of two cities
Monday, 21 April 2014 13:00
Following Colorado and Washington state, efforts to legalize pot have increased across the nation. STORY HIGHLIGHTSBruce Barcott looks at differences in marijuana laws in Colorado and LouisianaIn Louisiana, a second marijuana possession offense could get you 5-10 years in prisonIn Colorado, you can buy two grams for $34 and change, and never go to jailApril 20 is seen as a day of celebration for pot smokers
Court orders U.S. to release memo on drones, al-Awlaki killing
Monday, 21 April 2014 13:00
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to turn over a redacted version of a memorandum providing a legal justification for the government to conduct targeted killings of people linked to terrorism, including Americans. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the government waived the secrecy of the legal analysis by having publicly discussed the justification for such killings, including the 2011 death of…
Obama plans clemency for hundreds of drug offenders
Monday, 21 April 2014 13:00
DUBLIN, Calif—Scrawled on the inside of Barbara Scrivner's left arm is a primitive prison tattoo that says "Time Flies." If only that were the case. For Scrivner, time has crawled, it's dawdled, and on bad days, it's felt like it's stood completely still. She was 27 years old when she started serving a 30-year sentence in federal prison for selling a few ounces of methamphetamine. Now, 20 years later, she feels like she's still living…
Biden offers Ukraine U.S. help on energy, aid allocation
Monday, 21 April 2014 13:00
By Jeff Mason KIEV (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will announce a package of technical assistance focused on energy and economic aid distribution during a two-day visit to Ukraine that began on Monday, a senior administration official said. Biden is the highest ranking U.S. official to visit the country since the crisis with Russia erupted months ago. His trip is largely symbolic. But during talks with Ukrainian leaders on Tuesday he will announce…