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Police: Man sought in death of woman kept in box likely near

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:54

SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) — A man suspected of killing a former girlfriend and her teenage son, weeks after he was charged with restricting her to a crate in their western Missouri home, is likely still near his hometown, authorities said Friday.

Congress passes 2-month highway, transit aid extension

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:46
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has cleared a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects under a bill.

Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:44

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House.

Senate to return May 31 to consider domestic surveillance program

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:31
Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday the U.S. Senate would return to Washington on May 31 to consider ways to prevent the expiration of domestic surveillance program on June 1. The Senate will return from its Memorial Day holiday recess a day early. McConnell spoke shortly after the Senate failed to advance a bill to reform the surveillance program, as well as proposed extensions of the program.

Dad-bods, stilettogate, 3D penis: Cannes highlights and lowlights

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:22

It's been another heady year of giant stars and wooden actors, great films and terrible turkeys at the Cannes Film Festival. Several films got the crowds blubbing at this year's festival, especially "Amy", a documentary about the tragically short life of singer Amy Winehouse, and the moving lesbian love affair at the heart of "Carol" starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. A generous gut proved to be a hit with the critics, with Colin Farrell, Joaquin Phoenix and France's larger-than-life icon Gerard Depardieu sporting flabby "dad bods" in their well-received films, while movies starring more toned stars such as Matthew McConaughey and French heartthrob Jeremie Elkaim took a mauling in the press.

Tally of oil-soaked wildlife, alive and dead, mounts in California

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:10
By Steve Gorman and Alan Devall LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The carcasses of five petroleum-soaked pelicans have been recovered from California's Santa Barbara coastline, the first apparent sea bird fatalities stemming from the oil spill to be documented by officials overseeing the disaster response. The tally was reported Friday by the joint-agency command for cleanup and recovery operations in Santa Barbara and Dr. Michael Ziccardi, a veterinarian from the University of California, Davis, who heads the Oiled Wildlife Care Network. The body of a dolphin with no visible signs of oil also turned up on Friday in Santa Barbara Harbor, though a post-mortem exam must be conducted on the carcasses of the dolphin and birds to determine conclusively whether or not they were victims of the spill.

Bill to extend 'Patriot Act' surveillance programs blocked in Senate

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:08
Legislation to extend for two months a program in which spy agencies sweep up vast amounts of data about Americans' telephone calls was blocked in the U.S. Senate early on Saturday, adding to uncertainty about the future of the program. The Senate voted 45-54 on the procedural measure to stop debate on the extension of provisions of the "USA Patriot Act," falling well short of the 60 votes in favor needed to advance the measure.

US: Myanmar should share responsibility for Rohingya crisis

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 00:01

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Navy ships were scouring Southeast Asian waters for boats believed to be carrying thousands of migrants with little food or water, and a top U.S. diplomat said Myanmar needs to shoulder some responsibility for the crisis. That's something it has been reluctant to do.

Short-handed Cavs dominate to stretch series lead over Hawks

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 23:55

The Cleveland Cavaliers barely missed injured Kyrie Irving as they cruised to a 94-82 victory over Atlanta and a commanding lead in the NBA Eastern Conference finals. Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James fueled the win, falling one rebound shy of a triple-double with 30 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds. The Cavaliers notched their second straight victory on the Hawks' home court, holding the Eastern Conference top seeds to 41.8 percent shooting from the floor.

Bill to reform domestic surveillance is blocked in Senate

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 23:50

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The "USA Freedom Act," a bill to end U.S. spy agencies' bulk collection of Americans' telephone call data, failed to clear a procedural hurdle in the U.S. senate early on Saturday. The vote was 57-42 against stopping debate on the measure. It would not have needed 60 "yes" votes to move ahead. (Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Robert Birsel)

AP Interview: Steinem says isolating N. Korea not working

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 23:39

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Iconic women's rights activist Gloria Steinem may be in North Korea, but she is as outspoken as ever.

Choppy slick is harder to clean up; more oily animals found

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 23:21

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 10-square-mile oil slick off the coast of California is thinner than a coat of paint and it's becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said Friday as more dead animals were discovered on the Santa Barbara coast.

Five oil-soaked pelicans found dead in area of California oil spill

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 23:10
The carcasses of five petroleum-soaked pelicans have been recovered from California's Santa Barbara coastline, marking the first apparent sea bird fatalities stemming from the oil spill there, officials overseeing response to the disaster said on Friday. The body of a dolphin with no visible signs of oil also turned up on Friday in Santa Barbara Harbor, though a necropsy - the animal equivalent of an autopsy - must be conducted on the carcasses of the marine mammal and birds to determine conclusively if they were victims of the spill. Eight oil-stained pelicans have been rescued alive from the spill zone since Tuesday's pipeline rupture, along with two sea lions and one elephant seal, said Ashley Settle, a spokeswoman for the joint-agency command for cleanup and recovery operations in Santa Barbara.

Google aims to patent child toy that pays attention

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 23:08

Google has filed a patent for toys that pay attention to who is in a room and can interact with other media devices. The US Patent and Trademark Office shared diagrams Thursday depicting what resembled rabbit and bear toys with microphones in their ears, cameras in their eyes, speakers in their mouths and motors in their necks. The toys would be able to wirelessly communicate using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or other means with cloud-based computers or manage other media devices, perhaps turning on songs or movies at children's commands.

US Senate approves fast-track trade authority for Obama

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 22:58

The US Senate overcame bitter divisions on trade policy and passed legislation that gives President Barack Obama authority to swiftly forge international trade pacts, including a landmark Pacific Rim accord under negotiation. The measure now heads to the House of Representatives where its fate is uncertain. While Senate passage is a dramatic victory for Obama, the bill clearly faces a fierce debate in the lower chamber, where lawmakers signalled there is intense opposition from within Obama's own Democratic Party.

Rangers down Lightning to level series

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 22:54

Rick Nash scored two goals and Henrik Lundqvist made 38 saves to lift the New York Rangers to a 5-1 victory over Tampa Bay to level their NHL playoff series. With the win, the Rangers knotted the best-of-seven Western Conference final at two games apiece, with the winners of the series advancing to the NHL's Stanley Cup finals. Nash totaled a career-high 42 goals during the regular season but had scored just two goals in the first 15 games this post-season.

Olsen twins to skip 'Full House' reboot

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 22:40

Twin sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will not appear in the rebooted version of hit US sitcom "Full House," US media reports said. Robert Boyett, executive producer of the new show -- "Fuller House" -- scheduled to air on Netflix next year, told the Hollywood Reporter neither of the Olsens would star in the follow-up series. The series, about a widowed news reporter, Danny Tanner, who enlists the help of his best friends to raise his three daughters after his wife is killed in a car crash, ran for 192 episodes.

Ireland awaits count in historic gay marriage vote

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 22:33

Ireland waited Saturday to learn the outcome of a historic referendum on same-sex marriage, with crowds of anxiously optimistic "Yes" supporters expected at Dublin Castle to hear the result. Legalising gay marriage would be a seismic change in the traditionally Catholic republic, where homosexuality was illegal until 1993 and abortion remains prohibited except where the mother's life is in danger. Opinion polls forecast a comfortable victory for the "Yes" campaign.

Former CEO's lawsuit against Sands China stays in Nevada

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:48
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge has decided a wrongful termination case against Macau-based Sands China Ltd. and Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson can stay in Nevada largely because of the influence Adelson wielded over the company, often from several thousand miles away.

Mexico gunfight kills 43 as government hits gang hard

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:45

By Alexandra Alper ZAMORA, Mexico (Reuters) - Government security forces killed 42 suspected drug cartel henchmen and suffered one fatality in a firefight in western Mexico on Friday, an official said, one of the bloodiest shootouts in a decade of gang violence wracking the country. National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said one federal policeman died and another was injured in the three hour battle on a ranch just inside the Michoacan state border with Jalisco, home of Guadalajara, Mexico's second-biggest city. The death toll was one of the heaviest to hit Mexico since President Enrique Pena Nieto took office in December 2012 pledging to put an end to years of gangland violence that have claimed more than 100,000 lives since 2007 alone.