U.S. Republican Christie launches 2016 bid, promises straight talk
By Luciana Lopez LIVINGSTON, N.J. (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie launched an uphill run for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday with his trademark brashness, offering up his blunt talk and willingness to tackle tough issues as the cure for Washington dysfunction. Christie, once seen as a leading 2016 White House contender but now viewed as a long shot, said his dose of New Jersey straight talk could help span the partisan divide to solve difficult political problems. "I mean what I say and I say what I mean, and that's what America needs right now," Christie told friends, family and supporters at the campaign launch at his old high school in suburban Livingston, New Jersey.
First lady hosts Girl Scout campout on White House lawn
Paul is first major-party candidate to court pot donors
DENVER (AP) ? Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul courted donors from the new marijuana industry Tuesday, making the Kentucky senator the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly seek support from the legal weed business.
Trying to make hitting skid disappear, Maddon hires magicianNEW YORK (AP) ? Hoping to make a hitting slump disappear, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon tried a trick.
Christie promises blunt campaign as he enters 2016 contest
Nike co-founder Knight will step down as chairman
NEW YORK (AP) ? Nike Chairman Phil Knight, who turned a business selling shoes out of the back of his car into the world's most valuable sports brand, has announced plans to step down as company chairman.
Blackhawks trade Saad to Blue Jackets
Misty Copeland named first black female principal at ABTNEW YORK (AP) ? Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born ballerina who's become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and achieved a rare celebrity that far transcends dance, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday ? the first African-American woman to reach that status in the company's 75-year history.
AP source: US, Cuba to announce plan to open embassiesWASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have finalized an agreement to reopen embassies in each other's capitals, a major step in ending hostilities between the Cold War foes, a senior administration official said.
Economists say Puerto Rico needs right to bankruptcy option
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) ? Puerto Rico's financial future hung in limbo Tuesday as economists and officials warned that the U.S. territory could head down Greece's path if it is not allowed to declare bankruptcy as it struggles with $72 billion in public debt.