Analysis: A Romney pick for top U.S. court? Frontrunners emerge
2012-04-19 19:02:46 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Now that Mitt Romney is the presumptive Republican nominee for president, the names of people he might appoint to the U.S. Supreme Court are starting to roll off the tongues of conservative activists, lawyers and former Repu...
Republican business tax cut seen passing U.S. House
2012-04-19 18:58:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday passed a tax break for small businesses, giving voters a stark alternative to President Barack Obama's politically popular "Buffett Rule" surtax on the wealthy...
Travelers smashes estimates, insurance rates rising
2012-04-19 18:18:30 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the U.S. Supreme Court ponders the fate of healthcare reform in the current election year, a study released on Thursday shows that one in four working-age Americans went without insurance at some point in 2011, often as a...
Travelers smashes estimates, insurance rates rising
2012-04-19 18:09:54 UTC
(Reuters) - Property insurer Travelers Cos Inc <TRV.N> blew past Wall Street earnings estimates for the first quarter and raised its dividend 12 percent as natural disaster losses declined and insurance rates continued to rise after years of weakn...
US aircraft carriers not allowed to stop in areas designated by Iran
2012-04-19 04:21:02 UTC
The commander of the Iranian Armed Forces said on Wednesday that Iran has notified the two U.S. aircraft carriers deployed in the Persian Gulf that they are not allowed to stop in certain areas of the Persian Gulf designated by Iranian naval force...
Congress, White House in tug-of-war over arms sales
2012-04-19 04:36:26 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration has trimmed the U.S. Congress' decades-long role in vetting billions of dollars in proposed arms sales in a move that will result in more congressional efforts to block deals, key lawmakers said in a...
Panetta apologizes for photos of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan
2012-04-18 18:36:16 UTC
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta apologized on Wednesday for photographs that appeared in an American newspaper of U.S. soldiers posing with the maimed bodies of dead Afghan insurgents.
"I know war is ugly ... I know you...
On Twitter, campaigns dog each other with insults
2012-04-18 18:11:34 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It's either an amusing way to follow the 2012 presidential campaign, or the death rattle for meaningful political discourse in America.
Either way, top campaign aides to Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican ch...
Human-made earthquakes reported in central U.S
2012-04-18 02:08:05 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of earthquakes in the central United States rose "spectacularly" near where oil and gas drillers disposed of wastewater underground, a process that may have caused geologic faults to slip, U.S. government geologis...
Warren Buffett has prostate cancer, sees no danger
2012-04-18 01:35:21 UTC
(Reuters) - Berkshire Hathaway Inc Chief Executive Warren Buffett said he has stage 1 prostate cancer but his condition "is not remotely life-threatening or even debilitating in any meaningful way."
Buffett, the world's third-richest man, will ...
U.S. agents, military took up to 21 women to Colombia hotel
2012-04-18 01:19:51 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secret Service agents and military personnel took as many as 21 women back to their hotel in Colombia in an incident last week involving alleged misconduct with prostitutes, a Republican senator said on Tuesday.
Obama has confidence in Secret Service chief: White House
2012-04-17 23:11:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has confidence in Secret Service director Mark Sullivan and believes he acted swiftly to deal with a scandal in Colombia where agents were alleged to have engaged in misconduct involving prostitutes, t...
Drugs in Drinking Water
2012-04-17 08:41:29 UTC
Not just fluoride, which is bad enough - much of our drinking water, in the U.S., Canada and U.K. at least, is contaminated with Prozac and a "vast array" of other drugs.
And you wonder why everyone around is sleepwalking and/or sick?
A vast arr...
Analysis: Marine insurance: the stranglehold on Iran?
2012-04-17 08:07:37 UTC
HONG KONG/TOKYO (Reuters) - Marine insurance, or lack of it, may yet turn out to be the most effective sanction used by Western nations in 17 years of tightening the screws on Iran's nuclear program.
A European Union oil embargo on Iran, set to...
U.S. looking at "all options" on North Korea as nuclear test looms
2012-04-17 07:59:52 UTC
SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States is looking at "all options" as it seeks to discourage North Korea from conducting a third nuclear test, a senior U.S. military officer said on Tuesday, days after a failed long-range rocket launch by the North t...
Fed tries to steer clear of controversial bond buys
2012-04-17 05:14:02 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve is independent but it does not exist in a vacuum, as waning appetite at the central bank for contentious bond purchases suggests.
Minutes from the Fed's March meeting released this month showed su...
Bill Cosby: 'guns to blame, not race in Trayvon Martin case''
2012-04-17 03:37:04 UTC
Bill Cosby, the veteran US actor and comedian, spoke out on Sunday about the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida, blaming his death on the prevalence of guns in the United States.
"We need to get rid of it on the st...
Trayvon Martin case judge asked to step aside in Florida
2012-04-17 03:29:25 UTC
SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - The Florida man accused of killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin asked the judge in the case to step aside on Monday because of a possible conflict of interest.
Defense lawyer Mark O'Mara's office said a mot...
Virginia Tech holds classes on five-year shooting anniversary
2012-04-17 03:21:41 UTC
BLACKSBURG, Virginia (Reuters) - Five years after a mentally ill student gunned down 32 people at Virginia Tech, the university held classes on Monday for the first time on the anniversary of the country's deadliest mass shooting and 10,000 mourne...
Panetta offers steps to curb sex assault in military
2012-04-17 01:34:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta proposed new action on Monday to crack down on sexual assault in the military, seeking to boost prosecution of the crime and send a signal that the Pentagon aims to confront what has become a p...
Trayvon Martin's killer showed signs of injury: neighbors
2012-04-17 00:39:27 UTC
SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - Neighbors of George Zimmerman say he had bandages on his nose and head the day after he shot dead Trayvon Martin, supporting statements by the neighborhood watch volunteer that he was beaten in a confrontation with the...
Despite Obama charm, Americas summit boosts U.S. isolation
2012-04-17 00:26:49 UTC
CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sat patiently through diatribes, interruptions and even the occasional eye-ball roll at the weekend Summit of the Americas in an effort to win over Latin American leaders fed up with U.S. poli...
Clinton says U.S. will keep sanctions on Iran
2012-04-17 01:42:14 UTC
BRASILIA (Reuters) - The United States will maintain sanctions and other pressure on Iran as Tehran considers what it will bring to the table in the next round of talks over its nuclear program, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Mond...
Using AIDS drugs to prevent infection: a bargain?
2012-04-16 23:24:53 UTC
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Giving an AIDS-fighting drug to men who are at high risk of HIV infection would cost billions, but it might be worth it terms of reducing infection rates, U.S. researchers said on Monday.
Since 2010, when a landmark study in...
Government training conference "raucous, arrogant": ex-chief
2012-04-16 19:27:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An annual federal training conference deteriorated during the past decade from a productive gathering into "a raucous, extravagant, arrogant, self-congratulatory event," an ousted U.S. government administrator said on Monday...