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Unemployment Insurance Showdown Set Between House, Senate

The Senate expects to press forward on passing its version of an extension of insurance benefits for the long-term unemployed this week, despite strong opposition from House Speaker John Boehner. The Ohio Republican slammed the Senate deal, announced earlier this month by a bipartisan group of 10 Senators, citing a letter from the National Association […]

Baseball Opening Day Petition Hits 100,000 Signatures

Budweiser wants the White House to take us all out to the ball game on Opening Day. The St. Louis beer company’s White House petition to have the first day of the season declared a national holiday reached the minimum threshold of 100,000 signatures required for a response from the Administration on Friday, several days […]

FBI Agent Cleared In Shooting Of Todashev

A Florida prosecutor cleared of wrongdoing the FBI agent who shot and killed Ibragim Todashev, a Chechen man connected to the brothers accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing. The agent, who has not been identified, was interviewing Todashev, 27, in his Orlando apartment in May, when he says Todashev came at him with […]

Young Mother In Coma After Routine Dental Surgery

A young mother is comatose after a routine dental procedure. Kristen Tavares, 23, was put on life support after going into cardiac arrest during a wisdom teeth removal Monday. The reason for her reaction is unknown. She was flown to a hospital in Maui where her family members say she is unresponsive and her heart […]

Sex With Prostitutes Legal In Hawaii — For Police

Sex with prostitutes is legal in Hawaii — for undercover police. And they want to keep it that way. Honolulu police officers encouraged lawmakers to keep an exemption in state legislation that permits undercover officers having sex with prostitutes in the service of an investigation Friday, sparking debate. Officers claim the legal protection is needed […]

Turkey’s Twitter Ban Is An Epic Fail

ANKARA, Turkey (UPI) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a ban on Twitter in the country Thursday, but that didn’t stop people from circumventing his “futile” ban. “Twitter and so on, we will root them out. The international community can say this or that — I don’t care. They will see the power […]

IRS Warns Of Phone Scam In Which Fake IRS Agents Try To Defraud

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. taxpayers should be on alert for fraudsters claiming to be Internal Revenue Service representatives, the Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration said. “This is the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen,” J. Russell George, Treasury inspector general for tax administration, said Thursday in a release. George said […]

U.S. Official: Administration Is Not Considering Deployment Of American Troops Into Ukraine

A senior U.S. official said Thursday that the White House is not considering the deployment of American troops to Ukraine. Following U.S. President Barack Obama’s announcement from the lawn of the White House Thursday that he had ordered additional sanctions against Russia, an unnamed senior U.S. administration official said “it is our view that … […]

Fred Phelps Won’t Have Funeral

No funeral will be held for Fred Phelps, Sr., the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, who died shortly before midnight late Wednesday. The 84-year-old former leader of the controversial church, who was excommunicated in August 2013, died at a hospice in Topeka, Kan., shortly after his estranged son Nathan Phelps announced his father was […]

Putin Signs Decree On Crimea Joining Russian Federation

MOSCOW (UPI) — Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Friday that ratifies the treaty to reunify Ukraine’s breakaway Crimea with Russia. The reunification treaty was ratified by both houses of Russia’s Parliament. The Duma, the lower chamber, approved the treaty Thursday and the Federation Council, the upper chamber, approved it Friday, RIA Novosti reported. […]


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