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Sun, 01 Feb 2015 05:24:59 -0500

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second right, talks during a ministerial meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 after the release of an online video that purported to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto. Japan condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday the video posted on militant websites late Saturday Middle East time. Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, right, and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, second left, also attend the meeting. (AP Photo/Kimimasa Mayama, Pool)The Japanese, who inhabit one of the world's safest countries, have been brutally reminded of the dangers elsewhere.


Sun, 01 Feb 2015 11:18:23 -0500

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2015 photo, President Barack Obama speaks at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. After a year of relative peace in Washington’s budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses to pay for education, public works projects and child care. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's budget will propose an ambitious six-year, $478 billion public works program of highway, bridge and transit upgrades, half of it financed with a one-time mandatory tax on profits that U.S. companies have amassed overseas, White House officials said.


Sun, 01 Feb 2015 09:43:09 -0500

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Andy Murray of Britain in the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open title and his eighth career Grand Slam while extending Andy Murray's misery at Melbourne Park.


Sun, 01 Feb 2015 10:14:26 -0500

Frank Gehrke, chief of snow surveys for the California Department of Water Resources, measures the snowpack in Phillips, CaliforniaBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California has experienced one of the driest Januarys on record, and the lack of rain during a time of year when the weather is usually wet indicates the state is likely headed for a fourth straight year of drought, officials said. A prolonged drought could portend further economic and environmental setbacks for the nation's most populous state, which has already lost both crops and jobs to the dry weather. The state's driest January on record was in 1984, when the 30-day average precipitation in the state reached 0.33 of an inch (0.84 cm), under one method used to gauge rainfall statewide, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Mathews. The low rainfall combined with warmer-than-average temperatures have resulted in a meager snow pack, the California Department of Water Resources said in a statement.


Sun, 01 Feb 2015 00:40:10 -0500
By Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - Union leaders and oil companies were unable to agree on a new labor accord on Saturday for workers at 63 U.S. refineries as a deadline passed that could lead to a strike. The United Steelworkers union (USW) said in a text message sent to members that the latest offer from companies was "insulting and fails to address issues that matter to members." Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the lead negotiator for U.S. refinery owners, has said it does not comment on details of labor negotiations. The USW talks have been occurring against a backdrop of falling oil prices. The expiring national contract covers about 30,000 hourly workers at plants that together have two-thirds of U.S. refining capacity.
Sun, 01 Feb 2015 00:05:19 -0500

Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie speaks at the Freedom Summit in Des MoinesBy Megan Davies and Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a likely 2016 Republican presidential contender, will be promoting his state's life sciences industry in a trip to the United Kingdom starting Sunday, where he is also scheduled to meet the Prime Minister and catch an Arsenal match. The UK is the third largest trading partner for New Jersey after Canada and Mexico, and the trip will focus on pursuing new opportunities for growth between UK and New Jersey in the field of life sciences, Christie told reporters on Friday in embargoed remarks. "One of the main objectives for the trip is to focus on the opportunities that exist between the UK and New Jersey and our country as a whole," said Christie.