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Obama taps controversial nominee for labor board

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 07:15 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is once again nominating lawyer Sharon Block to serve on the National Labor Relations Board, a move that could anger congressional Republicans.

Obama used a recess appointment to name Block to the NLRB in 2012 after Senate Republicans spent months blocking her nomination. He also used executive authority to place two others on the board.


Obama names new US ambassador to Russia

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 07:11 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is filling a critical diplomatic post by tapping a career diplomat experienced in eastern Europe to be the next U.S. ambassador to Russia.

Obama's announcement Thursday follows a period of heightened tensions between the U.S. and Russia over Russia's actions in Ukraine.

Obama says he's recalling John Francis Tefft to service to fill the high-profile slot in Moscow. The post has been vacant since late February.


Faster deportations? A possible border crisis deal

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 07:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America have emerged as part of President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency request to address the immigration crisis on the nation's southern border.


1960s Ohio State star sues over road rage arrest

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 06:55 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police altered facts and suppressed and destroyed evidence to pursue their road rage investigation against a former Ohio State football star accused of shooting a pickup truck driver in the head, the ex-player alleged in a federal lawsuit Thursday that says he was defending himself against an aggressive driver at every turn.


Retrial of federal agent begins in Hawaii killing

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 06:52 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — The retrial of a federal agent charged with murder in Hawaii got underway Thursday with his new defense attorney telling jurors the defendant acted in line with his law enforcement training when he shot and killed a man inside a fast-food restaurant in 2011.

State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy of Arlington, Virginia, was back at the defense table a year after his first trial ended with a deadlocked jury and a mistrial was declared.


Florida executes man for 1994 rape, murder of girl

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 06:49 PM

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has executed a man for the 1994 rape and slaying of an 11-year-old girl.

Eddie Wayne Davis was executed by lethal injection Thursday at 6:43 p.m. It was the state's sixth execution this year, and 13th in the past two.

The 45-year-old Davis was convicted in 1995 of first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual battery in the slaying of Kimberly Waters, the daughter of a woman Davis had dated briefly.


A look at the top Emmy contenders

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 06:48 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A look at this year's Emmy contenders with the most nominations:

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SERIES

— HBO's "Game Of Thrones," 19 nominations

— FX's "Fargo," 18 nominations.

— FX's "American Horror Story: Coven," 17 nominations.

— AMC's "Breaking Bad," 16 nominations.

— HBO's "The Normal Heart," 16 nominations.

— NBC's "Saturday Night Live," 14 nominations.

— Netflix's "House of Cards," 13 nominations.


A look at the top Emmy contenders

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 06:44 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A look at this year's Emmy contenders with the most nominations:

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SERIES

— HBO's "Game Of Thrones," 19 nominations

— FX's "Fargo," 18 nominations.

— FX's "American Horror Story: Coven," 17 nominations.

— AMC's "Breaking Bad," 16 nominations.

— HBO's "The Normal Heart," 16 nominations.

— NBC's "Saturday Night Live," 14 nominations.

— Netflix's "House of Cards," 13 nominations.


Mayor signs law to create NYC municipal ID cards

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 06:42 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday signed into law a plan to offer identification cards to residents regardless of their immigration statuses, providing a valuable document to access certain services for those who struggled to get them.

De Blasio, a Democrat, made the establishment of the ID card a central campaign. With its passage, New York City is now creating what will be the country's largest municipal identification card system.


List of Emmy Award nominations in major categories

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 06:42 PM

Nominees in major categories for the 2014 Emmy Awards announced Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:

Drama Series: "Breaking Bad," AMC; "Downton Abbey," PBS; "Game of Thrones," HBO; "House of Cards," Netflix; "Mad Men," AMC; "True Detective," HBO.

Comedy Series: "The Big Bang Theory," CBS; "Louie," FX Networks; "Modern Family," ABC; "Orange Is the New Black," Netflix; "Silicon Valley," HBO; "Veep," HBO.


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