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Govt fails to vet chemical plants for terror risk
WASHINGTON (AP) Congressional investigators say the government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at high risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:50:20 -0400
Clean-air rules assailed as too much, too little
News ImageDENVER (AP) Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:49:21 -0400
Militia gunfire in Libya capital as inferno rages
News ImageCAIRO (AP) Heavy gunfire between warring militias prevented firefighters from battling a massive inferno in Libya's capital Tuesday, despite calls for a cease-fire to end the worst violence in the capital since the country's 2011 civil war.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:46:15 -0400
Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma
WASHINGTON (AP) The acting U.S. surgeon general is asking Americans to give up their love of sunbathing and indoor tanning beds, citing an alarming 200 percent jump in the number of deadly melanoma cases diagnosed since 1973. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:45:46 -0400
US bars Kurdish oil from entering Texas port
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) A U.S. District Court Judge has ordered the seizure of a vessel carrying about 1 million barrels of Kurdish crude oil about 60 miles off the Galveston coast. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:44:21 -0400
EU imposes new sanctions in 'a strong warning' to Russia
News ImageAfter months of hesitation, the EU agreed Tuesday to impose economic sanctions against Russia, hoping this "strong warning" would make it change course in Ukraine as fighting intensified around cities held by pro-Russian rebels. The new measures impose restrictions on the finance, defence and energy sectors so as to increase the cost to Russia of its continued intervention in Ukraine. Notably, Russian state-owned banks will find access to European financial markets limited, meaning their costs could rise, with a knock-on effect on Russia's struggling economy. The measures are "a strong warning (that the) illegal annexation of (Crimea) and deliberate destabilisation of a neighbouring sovereign country cannot be accepted in 21st century Europe," said Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:44:07 -0400
Ex-governor's corruption trial focuses on marriage
News ImageRICHMOND, Va. (AP) The corruption trial for ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife plunged Tuesday into the sordid details of the couple's marriage and the former first's lady's "crush" on a businessman accused of lavishing them with gifts and cash in exchange for promoting his company.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:42:18 -0400
Crews make gains on 2 California wildfires
News ImageSHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) Some firefighters battling a Northern California wildfire that prompted evacuation orders for more than 400 homes before it was brought under control were dispatched to other fires, while evacuation orders for about half of the homes in the path of a blaze in Yosemite National Park were lifted.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:40:25 -0400
Roberts named first woman union boss in US sport
News ImageMichele Roberts, a Washington trial attorney, was named executive director of the NBA players union on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to lead a major US sports union. She will take over the National Basketball Players Association following the removal of Billy Hunter from the job almost 18 months ago. Ron Klempner had served as the interim executive director. "We're thrilled the players selected Michele Roberts as #NBPA Executive Director! Congrats to our players & exec comm for a historic choice," the union said in a statement on Twitter.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:38:43 -0400
Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) Israel on Tuesday unleashed its heaviest bombardment in a 3-week-old war against Hamas, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the strip's only power plant. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:38:25 -0400
Obama to make statement on Ukraine at 2:50 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will make a statement about the situation in Ukraine in an appearance at the White House on Tuesday at 2:50 p.m. (1850 GMT). The United States is expected to issue new economic sanctions against Russia after penalties announced earlier by European allies. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Will Dunham) Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:36:58 -0400
Highway, bridge money at risk: Senate to vote
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) Racing to adjourn for the summer, the Senate scheduled major votes Tuesday on proposals to keep federal highway funds flowing across the nation billions of dollars to avert layoffs for construction workers and shutdowns of road and bridge projects just before the November elections.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:34:12 -0400
Jury awards Ventura $1.8M in defamation case
News ImageST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) A jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million on Tuesday in his lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:33:05 -0400
Appeals court upholds labels on meat packages
WASHINGTON (AP) A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld new government rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:32:59 -0400
Obama expected to announce US sanctions on Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is expected to announce a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia Tuesday. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:31:45 -0400
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