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Michigan woman charged with death of newborn found at recycling center

By Mark Guarino, Reuters on Jan. 28, 2015, at 8 p.m.
A Michigan woman was charged with murder on Wednesday in the death of her newborn son, who police said was left neglected in a garage after she gave birth in December and whose body was found weeks later in a recycling center. Angela Alexie, 24, appeared in district court in …
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives a field guide during a winter river-crossing attack drill of the armored infantry sub-units of the motorized strike group in the western sector of the front of the Korean People's Army  in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang Jan. 27, 2015.

Satellite images indicate North Korea may be trying to restart nuclear reactor

By Reuters on Jan. 28, 2015, at 7:46 p.m.
WASHINGTON — North Korea may be trying to restart a nuclear reactor that can yield plutonium for atomic bombs, a U.S. security think tank said on Wednesday, citing new satellite imagery. An analysis issued by 38 North, a North Korea monitoring project at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., said …
U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, walk together to a meeting between President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia's King Salman at Erga Palace in Riyadh Jan. 27, 2015.

Pelosi: Netanyahu speech to Congress could hurt Iran talks

By Reuters on Jan. 28, 2015, at 7:38 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled speech to Congress in March could damage the Obama administration’s attempts to broker a deal with Iran on nuclear weapons development, U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said on Wednesday. “Such a presentation could send the wrong message …
Bart the cat, recovering from a broken jaw and facial injuries, is seen in this Humane Society of Tampa Bay picture released on Jan. 28, 2015. Bart, a cat in Florida, is on the mend after clawing his way back from the dead, surfacing five days after he was hit by a car and buried for dead, according to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

Zombie or miracle? Florida cat claws his way back from the dead

By Reuters on Jan. 28, 2015, at 6:09 p.m.
TAMPA, Florida — A cat in Florida is on the mend after clawing his way back from the dead, surfacing five days after he was hit by a car and buried for dead, according to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Bart the cat is recovering from a broken jaw …
Researchers work inside Manot Cave in Israel's Western Galilee in this picture released on Jan. 28, 2015. A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world and encountered our close cousins the Neanderthals. Scientists said Wednesday the upper part of the skull, the domed portion without the face or jaws, was unearthed in Manot Cave in Israel's Western Galilee.

Prehistoric skull a key ‘piece of the puzzle’ in story of humanity

By Will Dunham, Reuters on Jan. 28, 2015, at 5:39 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world and encountered our close cousins the Neanderthals. Scientists said Wednesday the upper …
A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this Oct. 2, 2013, photo illustration.

Study: Obamacare insurers discriminate against AIDS patients

By Sharon Begley, Reuters on Jan. 28, 2015, at 5:25 p.m.
NEW YORK — Some insurers selling policies under the Affordable Care Act may be structuring drug coverage in a way that dissuades people with HIV-AIDS from becoming their customers, according to a study published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The Affordable Care Act outlawed discrimination based …

Charles H. Townes, Nobel laureate and laser pioneer, dies at 99

By Amy Ellis Nutt, The Washington Post on Jan. 28, 2015, at 5:25 p.m.
Charles H. Townes, a Nobel laureate in physics who helped lay the theoretical foundation for the laser, a device with applications in fields as diverse as medicine, commerce, communications and cosmology, died Jan. 27 in Oakland, California. He was 99. Townes entered semi-retirement in 1986 after 20 years at the …

Craig Ramini of Tomales, producer of rare American mozzarella, dies at 57

By Paul Liberatore, The Marin Independent Journal on Jan. 28, 2015, at 4:56 p.m.
TOMALES, California — Craig Ramini, a former software consultant who made national news when he bought a herd of water buffalo and made fresh buffalo mozzarella on his farm in Tomales, died Jan. 17 at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center of complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He …

Prosecutors won’t seek 3rd retrial for Detroit cop who shot child

By Reuters on Jan. 28, 2015, at 4:38 p.m.
Prosecutors will not seek a third trial for a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a sleeping child during a raid on a house in 2010, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Wednesday. Jurors in October were unable to reach a verdict in the trial of Officer Joseph Weekley, the …

Magnitude 5.7 quake hits off northern California coast

By Reuters on Jan. 28, 2015, at 4:35 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck just offshore of northern California on Wednesday, rattling a wide coastal area below the Oregon border, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but local officials said no major damage or injuries were reported. The tremor, initially reported as a weaker magnitude 5.1, was …

US Supreme Court temporarily blocks 3 Oklahoma executions

By Lawrence Hurley, Reuters on Jan. 28, 2015, at 4:07 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to temporarily block the execution of three Oklahoma inmates challenging the state’s lethal injection procedure. The court’s action means that convicted killers Richard Glossip, John Grant and Benjamin Cole will not be put to death using the sedative they object to …

Snowden files revealed Canada spy agency runs global Internet dragnet

By David Ljunggren, Reuters on Jan. 28, 2015, at 3:54 p.m.
OTTAWA — Canada’s electronic spy agency has been intercepting and analyzing data of nearly 15 million file downloads daily as part of a global surveillance program, according to a report published on Wednesday. Critics said the revelations — made in 2012 documents obtained by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden — showed …

Ex-Los Alamos scientist gets 5 years in nuclear espionage case

By Reuters on Jan. 28, 2015, at 3:42 p.m.
A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday for passing classified U.S. nuclear weapons data to a person he believed to be a Venezuelan government official, the FBI said. Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, 79, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina, pleaded guilty in …

Illinois police arrest couple wanted for abducting their children in 2006

By Reuters on Jan. 28, 2015, at 3:33 p.m.
Illinois police arrested a couple wanted for abducting their two children in 2006 after losing custody of them while authorities in Las Vegas investigated accusations the mother abused drugs while pregnant, police said Wednesday. Maria Rosaline Malagon-Castillo, 40, and Victor Manuel Ruiz-Garcia, 39, were arrested at a truck stop in …
Shay, 26, holds a sign asking for money to help feed her four kids on West Commercial Street in Portland in this 2012 BDN file photo. She has two sets of twins, 1-year-old boys and 5-year-old girls. "I pay my rent with the money that I make from my part-time job [at a Wendy’s]. I come out her to make the rest for food. I hate being out here," she said.

Census: 1 in 5 children rely on food stamps

By Elvina Nawaguna, Reuters on Jan. 28, 2015, at 2:43 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The number of children in the United States relying on food stamps for a meal spiked to 16 million last year, according federal data, signaling a lopsided economic recovery in which low-income families still lag behind. The roughly one in five children who received food stamps in 2014 …

Warning to University of Virginia sororities to avoid frat parties prompts backlash

By Gary Robertson, Reuters on Jan. 28, 2015, at 2:26 p.m.
RICHMOND, Virginia — Sorority members at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville have been warned to stay away from fraternity parties this weekend due to potential safety risks, prompting an angry response from students. The warning by the sororities’ national chapters is being challenged by the student council, and it …
Waves crash against an ocean front house after causing a break in the sea wall during a winter blizzard in Marshfield, Massachusetts Jan. 27, 2015.

After blizzard, oceanfront Massachusetts cleans up from flooding

By Scott Malone, Reuters on Jan. 28, 2015, at 12:44 p.m.
MARSHFIELD, Massachusetts — Ocean Street in the waterfront Massachusetts town of Marshfield was littered with lobster traps, downed wires and chunks of houses on Wednesday, the day after a massive blizzard hammered New England. Notably absent was much of the 2 feet of snow that blanketed much of the Boston …
Brooklyn federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, who has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next U.S. attorney general, speaks during the Brennan Center's annual awards dinner in New York, in this November 18, 2014 file photograph.

Obama attorney general nomination wins praise from left and right

By Aruna Viswanatha and Julia Edwards, Reuters on Jan. 28, 2015, at 8:04 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama’s pick for attorney general, on Wednesday sought to make a clean break from the testy relationship her predecessor had with Congress, while supporting the legality of the administration’s controversial actions on immigration. Lynch, a career prosecutor known for her diplomatic skills, struck a …

Florida woman who fired warning shot at abusive husband released from jail

By Susan Cooper Eastman, Reuters on Jan. 27, 2015, at 7:28 p.m.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Florida woman who says she fired a warning shot at her abusive husband was released from a Jacksonville jail on Tuesday under a plea deal that capped her sentence to the three years she had already served. Marissa Alexander, 34, was initially sentenced to 20 years …

US business spending weakens, but consumers upbeat

By Lucia Mutikani, Reuters on Jan. 27, 2015, at 6:52 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A gauge of U.S. business investment plans fell for a fourth straight month in December, a potential sign that slowing global growth and falling oil prices were weighing on the economy. Other data on Tuesday, however, suggested any damage would be limited. Consumer confidence vaulted to a near …
 
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