California gas leak under control
A massive gas leak near Los Angeles that forced thousands from their homes for months was brought under control, a utility official said. The methane leak, the biggest in California's history, has been deemed an environmental disaster by several outside experts. More than 4,500 families living in the affluent Porter Ranch area were forced to relocate after the leak was detected in October as residents reported getting ill from the noxious fumes spewing out of a damaged pipe.
Moustakas, Royals agree to $14.3 million, 2-year contract
Clinton, Sanders spar on health care early in debate
Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders locked horns early in their high-stakes debate, with the former secretary of state savaging her rival over his plan for universal health care. "Based on every analysis that I can find by people who are sympathetic to the goal, the numbers don't add up and many people will be worse off than they are right now," Clinton said in assailing Sanders' claim that working-class Americans could actually save money by implementing his single payer health coverage plan. The candidates split the first two nomination contests of the race, with Clinton earning a very narrow victory in Iowa but Sanders trouncing her in New Hampshire earlier this week.
Clinton says in debate Sanders' healthcare promises 'cannot be kept'
By John Whitesides MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused rival Bernie Sanders in a debate on Thursday of misleading Americans about the costs and viability of his healthcare plan, saying he was making promises "that cannot be kept." In their sixth presidential debate, Clinton said Sanders' proposal for a single-payer, Medicare-for-all healthcare plan would mean dismantling Obamacare and triggering another intense political struggle. "You need to level with people about what they will have at the end of the process you are proposing," Clinton said. "That's a promise that cannot be kept." Sanders said he would not dismantle the healthcare plan known as Obamacare and was simply moving to provide what most industrialized countries have - healthcare coverage for all.
The Latest: Clinton defects attacks on Wall Street donations
The Latest from the 2016 campaign trail (all times local): 9:00 p.m. Hillary Clinton is using President Barack Obama to deflect attacks on Wall Street contributions to her campaign. She says Obama "got ...
NY to require manufacturers to pay for fouled water cleanup
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) ? Two industrial companies will be held liable for the cleanup of a toxic chemical that found its way into an upstate New York village's drinking water, the acting state environmental commissioner said Thursday.
Japan stocks down 5.3 percent after Europe, US sell-off
South Korea, U.S. to discuss advanced missile defense system as early as next weekSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean and U.S. officials will begin talks as early as next week on the deployment of an advanced missile defense system to the U.S. military in the South, a South Korean defense ministry official said on Friday. The South earlier this week announced it would initiate discussions on a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) unit after a long-range rocket launch by North Korea, which Seoul and Washington said violated U.N. Security Council resolutions. (Reporting by Jack Kim and Ju-min Park; Editing by Dean Yates)
NYC officer convicted of manslaughter in stairwell shooting
NEW YORK (AP) ? A rookie police officer who shot an unarmed man dead in a darkened public housing stairwell was convicted Thursday of manslaughter in a case closely watched by advocates for police accountability.
At least 49 dead in Mexico prison riotAt least 49 inmates were killed in a Mexican prison brawl as rival groups fought with bats, sticks and blades and ignited a fire in the overcrowded penitentiary, authorities said. Twelve others were injured during the "pitched battle" that lasted 30 to 40 minutes at the Topo Chico prison in the northern industrial city of Monterrey, said Nuevo Leon state Governor Jaime Rodriguez. The fight erupted following a dispute over control of the prison between two rival members of the Zetas drug cartel, Rodriguez said.