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House votes to arm Syrian rebels

Mitc McConnell speaks to reporters at the Capitol in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama's plan on Wednesday to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need to defeat Islamic State militants. ...

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:42:39 -0400
California governor signs ridesharing insurance legislation

California Governor Jerry Brown gestures during a news conference at Memoria y Tolerancia museum in Mexico City(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown signed new insurance requirements on ridesharing companies into law on Wednesday, but the regulations come at a far lower cost to the industry than previously written into the bill, officials said. Companies such as Lyft, Sidecar and UberX, which is a part of black-car service Uber, allow passengers to summon paid rides using apps on their smartphones and have gained in popularity in dozens of U.S. cities over the past few years. ...

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:26:11 -0400
San Francisco lawmaker says he takes anti-HIV drug, urges wider use

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An openly gay San Francisco lawmaker went public on Wednesday with his daily use of a highly effective HIV-prevention drug and urged more at-risk city dwellers to do the same. Scott Wiener, a member of the city's Board of Supervisors, said in an op-ed published by the Huffington Post that he takes Truvada, in an effort to raise awareness about the drug's benefits. The pill, part of a therapy called pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, can cut the likelihood of HIV infection for those at high risk by as much as 92 percent if taken daily, according to the U.S. ...

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:33:32 -0400
White House proposes new energy efficiency rule in climate push

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Energy unveiled its latest energy efficiency rule on Thursday, a standard for commercial air conditioning units that the White House believes could slash energy use in commercial and industrial buildings. The proposal would cut climate-changing carbon emissions by more than 60 million tonnes, and could save more energy than any other efficiency standard issued by the Energy Department to date, the White House said in a release. ...

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:05:33 -0400
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on 2016: 'If I run, I will run to win'

Vets benefits bill clears initial Senate hurdleFresh off his 2016 fact-finding trip to Iowa, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says if he runs for president, it will be for one reason: to win.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:06:59 -0400
Robert Gates: U.S. can't beat Islamic State militants without 'boots on the ground'

The former U.S. defense secretary criticized President Barack Obama's strategy to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State without sending in ground troops.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:11:54 -0400
'Lone wolves in America' encouraged to attack Times Square, Las Vegas: report

Federal Judge Rules NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk Practice Violates RightsInstructions for 'how to make a bomb in your kitchen, to create scenes of horror in tourist spots and other targets' pops up on message board, Vocativ reports.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:21:57 -0400
Vice chairman of Arizona Republican Party resigns over birth control comments

Former Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce, the author of Arizona's SB 1070 immigration law, speaks to reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, after the court's hearing on Arizona's "show me your papers" immigration law. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)Former Arizona Sen. Russell Pearce has resigned as vice chairman of the state's Republican Party over controversial comments he made about birth control.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:27:19 -0400
Democrats take aim at asked and answered Benghazi questions

Benghazi on the Record - Asked and AnsweredOn the eve of the House Select Committee on Benghazis first open hearing, the panels Democrats on Tuesday will unveil a website dismissing some recurring Republican questions about the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack as asked and answered.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:59:17 -0400
White House: Unaccompanied Minor Crisis All But Over

White House: Unaccompanied Minor Crisis All But OverThe Obama administration isnt claiming mission accomplished but it may be as close as the White House can get. The Border Patrol announced today that the unaccompanied minors crisis has all but ended, as the rise in children crossing the Southwest border has stopped. Its...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:42:54 -0400
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