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Fri, 22 May 2015 22:04:51 -0400 
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to a Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, May 22, 2015. Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda hope to fend off hostile Senate amendments Friday and send a major trade bill to the House, where another fierce debate awaits. Senators also plan to address the government's soon-to-expire authority to collect bulk data on Americans' phone records. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. . . more
Fri, 22 May 2015 15:26:57 -0400 
169581304SO00012_Residents_Known as the tornado alley of tornado alley, Moore, Okla., has been hit by six major tornadoes since 1998. In an adaptation from her new book, The Mercy of the Sky, Yahoo News correspondent Holly Bailey writes about the emotional toll on her hometown as it waits for the next big storm. . . more
When Sen. Barbara Boxer announced on Jan. 8 that she would be retiring after her current term ends in 2016, Democrats in Southern California quietly rejoiced. . . more
Murder suspect Wint is pictured in police booking photographDaron Wint, 34, of Lanham, Maryland, is accused of holding construction business owner Savvas Savopoulos and the others captive until he got $40,000 in cash, then killing them and setting fire to their mansion, according to court documents. Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent Cohen Jr. said he was being held without bond. . . more
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email server about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that has now been classified. . . more
State of Emergency and the Race Against Time to Clean Up Oil Spill in Santa Barbara, CaliforniaCritical eyes have uncovered that Plains All American Pipeline, which operates the pipeline that ruptured in Santa Barbara earlier this week, has a history of safety violations. . . more
The Cuban flag flies in front of the U.S. Interests Section (background), in HavanaWASHINGTON (AP) The United States and Cuba still have no agreement on re-establishing embassies. . . more
Fri, 22 May 2015 14:00:56 -0400 
This combination of undated photos provided by the Washington, D.C., police shows Daron Dylon Wint. The police issued a news release late Wednesday, May 20, 2015, saying they are looking for Wint in connection with last Thursday's quadruple homicide of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper inside their multimillion-dollar home. (Metropolitan Police Department via AP)Daron Dylon Wint is accused in the slayings of a wealthy family and their housekeeper. . . more
A Saudi man reacts following a blast inside a mosque, in the mainly Shiite Saudi Gulf coastal town of Qatif, 400km east of Riyadh, on May 22, 2015An Islamic State group suicide bomber attacked a Shiite mosque in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, killing 21 people and wounding 81 in an assault that threatens to fan sectarian tensions. The bomber struck during the main weekly prayers in Eastern Province, where assailants linked to the Sunni extremist IS killed seven members of the minority Shiite community in November. The interior ministry said a suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the mosque in the Shiite-majority city of Qatif, the official SPA news agency reported. . . more
Members of the public arrive to vote at a polling station in Drumcondra, north Dublin, on May 22, 2015Irish voters turned out in force Friday for a historic referendum on whether same-sex marriage should become legal, after a campaign that has exposed divisions in the traditionally Catholic nation. After 15 hours of voting, the ballot boxes were sealed at 10:00pm (2100 GMT) across the republic, with polling stations reporting higher-than-expected voter numbers. State broadcaster RTE said polling stations were recording a higher turnout than usual for referendums, with voting levels in cities such as Dublin, Limerick and Waterford predicted to top 60 percent. . . more
Crew members inspect the oil spill damage at Refugio State Beach in Goleta, CaliforniaBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Owners of an oil pipeline that burst in California this week must take numerous corrective measures, including an in-depth analysis of factors contributing to the spill and a plan to fix any flaws found, before they can restart the line, U.S. safety officials said on Friday. The corrective action order issued on Thursday by the U.S. Transportation Department's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration, or PHMSA, is not regarded as a disciplinary enforcement sanction against the company, Plains All American Pipeline LP , officials said. . . more
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy training jet went off the end of a runway and crashed into water at a base in San Diego on Friday, but the pilot was able to eject safely from the aircraft and was rescued by local boaters, officials said. The jet remained half-submerged near the Naval Air Station North Island, and the pilot was taken to the hospital for evaluation, said U.S. Navy spokeswoman Lieutenant Reagan Lauritzen. "The pilot was released and is ambulatory and in good condition," Lauritzen told Reuters. . . more
FILE In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate appeared headed for early Saturday morning votes on whether to change the way the National Security Agency handles American calling records, raising the possibility of a halt to that collection program and two less controversial surveillance techniques designed to track spies and terrorists. . . more
HarvardDoes one of the nations most prestigious universities really have a racially biased admissions process, or are the organizers behind such a claim merely pushing a larger, more controversial agenda? . . more
FILE - In this May 1, 2015 file photo, Baltimore state's attorney Marilyn Mosby speaks in Baltimore. A few miles off in any direction, and the debate about the knife involved in Freddie Gray's arrest by Baltimore police may have been completely different. The state of Maryland has one set of laws governing knives. The city of Baltimore has its own rules. Caught in the middle are people like Gray, who probably have no idea whether carrying a legally purchased knife can lead to criminal charges. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)The state attorney in Baltimore says all six officers charged in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a grand jury. . . more
The Boy Scouts of America must reverse its longstanding policy of excluding gay adult leaders or risk unfavorable legal decisions that could doom the historic organization, president Robert Gates warned his groups national leadership Thursday. . . more
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