Women to make up half the winners in local French elections
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Women to make up half the winners in local French elections

  PARIS (AP) — In France’s upcoming local elections, one thing is certain: Women will win half the seats. After years of largely failed efforts to get more women in politics, electoral officials devised a new rule for March 22 and March 29 elections. Instead of voting for a single candidate, citizens will vote for … Continue reading

Rival protests in Yemen in wake of Shiite rebel power grab
Middle East / Politics

Rival protests in Yemen in wake of Shiite rebel power grab

  SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Tens of thousands of Yemenis marched Friday in the capital, Sanaa, in support of Shiite rebels who captured the city last year. The demonstrators denounced alleged “foreign conspiracies” — a reference to international backing for Yemen’s embattled president, who managed to escape house arrest at the hands of the rebels … Continue reading

First lady: US experiencing food ‘culture change’
Education / Health / Politics / US

First lady: US experiencing food ‘culture change’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama said Thursday that the U.S. has undergone a “culture change” in the five years since she started raising awareness about childhood obesity. But as she celebrated achievements on multiple fronts, the first lady also warned that the progress that’s been made is “incredibly fragile.” That’s because special interests … Continue reading

Oil train wrecks increase pressure for tougher safety rules
Local / US / Virginia

Oil train wrecks increase pressure for tougher safety rules

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiery wrecks of trains hauling crude oil have intensified pressure on the Obama administration to approve tougher standards for railroads and tank cars despite industry complaints that it could cost billions and slow freight deliveries. On Feb. 5, the Transportation Department sent the White House draft rules that would require oil … Continue reading

Obama to host European Council president next month
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Obama to host European Council president next month

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will host European Council President Donald Tusk at the White House next month. The White House says the two will review a range of issues, including Ukraine, Russia, a pending trade deal between the U.S. and European countries, economic growth, energy security, climate change and countering violent extremism … Continue reading

House defeats bill allowing lethal-injection drug secrecy
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House defeats bill allowing lethal-injection drug secrecy

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House of Delegates has defeated legislation that would allow companies providing drugs for lethal-injection executions to keep their identities and the drugs’ components secret. Supporters said the provision was necessary because the state is running out of drugs and many manufacturers don’t want to be associated with their … Continue reading