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Police: 2 dead, 1 wounded in Melbourne Florida mall shooting – Fox News

Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015

A deadly shooting at a Florida mall left two people dead and one wounded Saturday morning after a man reportedly opened fire on his wife and another victim before turning the gun on himself. After responding to reports around 9:30 a.m. of multiple shots fired inside the Melbourne Square Mall, police tweeted that the “shooter is contained” and that officers were clearing the mall store by store. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Melbourne…

Mitt Romney returns to stage with vow to fight ‘scourge of poverty’ – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015

In his first public remarks since telling GOP donors that he is weighing a third bid for the White House, Mitt Romney suggested Friday that if he does run he would alter the focus that led to his loss in 2012 to President Obama. “I believe in the post-Obama era we need to stand for safety, and for opportunity for all people, and we have to stand for helping lift…

US helping Belgium look for terror suspect in Greece – CBS News

Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015

U.S. law enforcement officials are helping Belgian authorities track down a man in Greece believed to be involved in a plot to attack Belgian police, CBS News has learned. Saturday Former FBI official on Europe terror raids Security forces across Europe have arrested more than two dozen suspected terrorists. Shawn Henry, a former executive assistant director of the F… Belgian officials confirmed to CBS News Saturday that they were looking…

Hollande defends freedom of speech after anti-Hebdo clashes – The Hindu

Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015

French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday that anti-Charlie Hebdo protesters in other countries do not understand France’s attachment to freedom of speech. He was speaking a day after the satirical weekly’s publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad sparked violent clashes, including deaths, in some Muslim countries. Demand has surged for Charlie Hebdo’s first issue since two militant gunmen burst into its weekly editorial conference and shot dead…

High court to rule on same-sex marriage across US – Boston Globe

Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether all 50 states must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, positioning it to resolve one of the great civil-rights questions in a generation before its current term ends in June. The decision came just months after the justices ducked the issue, refusing in October to hear appeals of rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five states. That decision, which was…

Supreme Court agrees to hear gay marriage issue – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will decide a historic question about whether the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live or whether states are free to limit wedlock to its traditional definition as a union only between a man and a woman. The court accepted cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, where restrictions about same-sex marriage were upheld by an…

Romney giving ‘serious consideration to the future’ – CNN

Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015

San Diego, California (CNN)Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney acknowledged Friday that he is once again considering running for the Republican presidential nomination, declaring that the country is in worse shape on both the domestic and foreign fronts since President Barack Obama took office. “I’m giving some serious consideration to the future,” Romney said in remarks to members of the Republican National Committee. “But this I know, we can win in…

Pope Francis’ Philippine Tour Inspires Filipino Americans From Afar – NBCNews.com

Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015

With the cost of airfare out of her budget, Jonna Baldres’ dream to fly to the Philippines to see Pope Francis in the flesh was grounded. But Baldres, of Queens, New York, hasn’t entirely lost out on the excitement engulfing Asia’s Catholic heartland. As the pontiff continues his five-day tour of the Philippines, which culminates Sunday when as many as 8 million people are expected at a public Mass…

Belgium deploys troops following anti-terror raids – BBC News

Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015

17 January 2015 Last updated at 14:32 The government says 300 troops will be “progressively deployed” in Belgium Troops have been deployed across Belgium to guard potential targets of terrorist attacks, following a series of anti-terror raids and arrests. Up to 300 soldiers will be mobilised in Brussels, Antwerp and elsewhere. Belgium’s interior minister told the…

Belgium Deploys Hundreds of Troops – Voice of America

Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015

Belgium is deploying hundreds of troops to guard potential targets of terrorism, including Jewish sites and diplomatic missions, following a series of raids and arrests, the defense minister said on Saturday. Up to 300 military will be stationed at locations such as the U.S. and Israeli embassies in Brussels and NATO and EU institutions. Troops will reinforce police at least until Thursday, when authorities will…

Gay Marriage May Be Legal Across U.S. After Supreme Court Review – Bloomberg

Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015

Same-sex marriage may be legal across the U.S. by the summer as the Supreme Court agreed to rule in a case that gay-rights advocates hope will cap a transformational decade. Eleven years after Massachusetts became the first state to allow gay marriages, the justices agreed to consider lifting the bans that remain in place in 14 states, accepting appeals from couples in Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. The court’s ruling,…

Meet the couples who will be part of history in the same-sex marriage battle – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015

April DeBoer never intended to be a legal pioneer, much less a public face of perhaps the most significant civil rights challenge to reach the Supreme Court in years. She and her partner just wanted to be able to adopt children as a couple. But when their lawsuit challenging Michigan’s adoption code came to a federal district court in 2012, the judge shocked DeBoer and her partner, Jayne Rowse, telling…

Romney tells Republicans he’s ‘seriously considering’ 2016 White House bid – Reuters

Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Mitt Romney, the 2012 U.S. Republican presidential nominee, said on Friday night he was giving “serious consideration” to his near-term future, his latest signal that he is gearing up for another White House run. Romney, who would be making his third presidential bid should he choose to run again, said his wife, Ann, had been asked in recent days about the prospect of another Romney presidential…

Teen Bonnie and Clyde: Stolen Pickup Truck Found Abandoned in Georgia – ABC News

Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015

A pickup truck allegedly stolen by two Kentucky teenagers was found abandoned in Georgia, authorities said, with another pickup reported missing nearby as their alleged crime spree stretched into a new state. The teens – identified as Cheyenne Phillips, 13, and Dalton Hayes, 18 – have been on the run since Jan. 4. Surveillance images released by the Grayson County (Kentucky) Sheriff’s Office showed the teens at a Manning, South…

They’re Back: Colorado Will Host GOP Presidential Debate In October – CBS Local

Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015

CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — The Republican National Committee is announcing plans to hold nine presidential primary debates, with the first just seven months away. One of the debates is scheduled for October in Colorado. RNC officials reported Friday the first debate is scheduled for Ohio in August. The announcement follows months of negotiations between media partners and a field of more than two dozen White House prospects. It represents a sharp…

It’s official: 2014 was the hottest year – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015

Planet Earth set an ominous record last year as global temperatures rose to the highest level since modern measurements began, scientists said Friday in a report that heightened concerns about humanity’s growing toll on the natural systems that sustain life. The year 2014 was declared the hottest year in a joint announcement by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, based on separate analyses of weather records dating back…

It’s official: 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded – Vox

Posted: Friday, January 16, 2015

Global warming is still with us. 2014 was Earth’s hottest year since records began in 1880, according to new analyses from both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: NASA and NOAA: 2014 was a record hot year Global temperature anomalies compared to the 1951–1980 base period (NASA/NOAA) The global average temperature for 2014 was 1.24°F (or 0.69°C) warmer than the average during the twentieth century, NOAA said. The…

Paris train station evacuated after bomb threat – The Week Magazine

Posted: Friday, January 16, 2015

A Florida National Guard sergeant, Valerie Deant, recently went to the gun range in North Miami Beach, Fla., happening to use the facility right after the local police department’s target practice session. As she and her fellow guard members prepared to start their own practice, however, she noticed the targets the police had been using: mugshots of real black suspects, including a photo of her brother, torn through with bullet…

Obama warns Congress new sanctions could blow up Iran deal – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, January 16, 2015

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Obama threatens to veto Iran sanctions bill – Fox News

Posted: Friday, January 16, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP) President Barack Obama meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP) President Obama, joined by British Prime Minister David Cameron, sharply warned Congress Friday not to pursue new…