It looks look Obama's presidency will be ending the year on a low; More Americans disapprove of the president's job performance than ever before, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. According to the poll, Obama’s overall job-approval rating stands at 43 percent, up 1 point from the previous NBC/WSJ survey conducted in late October, his lowest showing ever in the poll. But 54 percent say they disapprove of his job, which is the highest mark in his presidency. In addition, for the second straight survey, Obama’s favorable/unfavorable score is a net-negative (42 percent positive, 46 percent negative). However, Americans have become more optimistic about the state of the economy since the government shutdown. Twenty-nine percent say the economy will improve in the next year, which is up 12 points since early October when the shutdown began and up 6 points since late October. Click to read more about the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
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Shedding gridlock, key members of Congress reached a modest budget agreement Tuesday to restore about $63 billion in automatic spending cuts from programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon. The increases would...
Shedding gridlock, key members of Congress reached a modest budget agreement Tuesday to restore about $63 billion in automatic spending cuts from programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon. The increases would be offset by a variety of spending reductions and increased fees elsewhere in the budget totaling about $85 billion over a decade, leaving enough for a largely symbolic cut of more than $20 billion in the nation's $17 trillion debt. Federal civilian and military workers, airline travelers and health care providers who treat Medicare patients would bear much of the cost. Significantly for Democrats, they failed in their bid to include an extension of benefits for workers unemployed longer than 26 weeks. The program expires on Dec. 28, when payments will be cut off for an estimated 1.3 million individuals.
Vice President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that $100 million will soon be available for improving access to mental health services and facilities — a move some parents of children who died in Newtown, Conn....
Vice President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that $100 million will soon be available for improving access to mental health services and facilities — a move some parents of children who died in Newtown, Conn., last year called "a very important first step." The funding comes both from the new health care law and from the Department of Agriculture, who is dedicating $50 million to helping those living in rural America. The news comes as the one-year anniversary of the Newtown school shooting approaches. Biden made the announcement at the White House at a meeting with the parents of some of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, and in interviews with NBC News, some of them suggested better mental health care could help prevent such violence. "We still have a long way to go — it's a drop in the ocean — but it's progress," said Nicole Hockley, whose son Dylan died at Sandy Hook.
A well-known youth golf coach in Livermore, Calif. has been charged with 65 felonies for allegedly sexually assaulting at least three of his students. Andrew Michael Nisbet, 31, taught students at Las Positas...
A well-known youth golf coach in Livermore, Calif. has been charged with 65 felonies for allegedly sexually assaulting at least three of his students. Andrew Michael Nisbet, 31, taught students at Las Positas Golf Course, where he allegedly met some of his victims. Prosecutors allege Nisbet used his persona as the "cool coach" to gain trust with his victims, some of whom were as young as 14, according to the San Jose Mercury News. He's now behind bars at Santa Rita Jail being held without bail in light of the number of counts and the multiple victims alleged. “He really used the coach-athlete relationship to his advantage,” Livermore Police Officer Steve Goard said. Nisbet is said to have abused teenage boys from December 2009 through March 2012 “in his car, at events and also in the parking lot of the golf course.”
Border Patrol agents in San Diego are dealing with a new and unique problem; They say a specific group of people from Eastern Europe, known as Roma, are crossing illegally into the United States through...
Border Patrol agents in San Diego are dealing with a new and unique problem; They say a specific group of people from Eastern Europe, known as Roma, are crossing illegally into the United States through Mexico seeking asylum. According to Border Patrol statistics, there were 23 arrests of Roma crossing illegally into the U.S. in the San Diego sector during the 2011-2012 fiscal year. That number jumped to 250 last year. This year, so far, there have been 111 arrests in the U.S. All have been out of Imperial Beach, the most southwesterly city in the continental United States. More than manpower, the issue is costing taxpayer money. Metal gates worth tens of thousands of dollars are being put up along the Imperial Beach border to keep all undocumented immigrants out.
A couple and four children were found safe Tuesday after two nights missing in the freezing mountains of northern Nevada, thanks in part to their survival methods, officials said. James Glanton, 34, and Christina MacIntee, 25 — as well as their 3- and 4-year-old kids and their niece and nephew — were found Tuesday afternoon, after crews spent two nights searching for them in a region where temperatures had fallen well below zero. The group had set out for the Seven Troughs mountain range Sunday and hadn't been seen since. Their silver Jeep had been seen "doing wheelies or donuts" at a mining camp in the mountains, a dispatch supervisor said, about 20 miles from their home. When rescue crews found the family with their vehicle, they found them in good condition. The sheriff said they had built a fire with brush inside their Jeep's spare tire and had heated rocks in the fire to keep them warm in their vehicle.
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Uruguay became the first country in the world Tuesday to make it legal to grow, sell and smoke marijuana, in a social and economic experiment that other nations' drug policy makers will eye closely. A government-sponsored bill passed the Senate by a vote of 16 to 13, and behind it are lawmakers' hopes to wrest the lucrative pot business from criminals in the small and liberal South American nation. Supporters, some of them smoking joints, gathered near Congress to cheer the bill's passage Tuesday. Under the new law, Uruguayans over the age of 18 will be able to buy up to 40 grams of pot each month from licensed pharmacies, as well as to grow six pot plants in their homes each year. Uruguay's unprecedented move is being followed closely throughout the continent, where leaders increasingly see legalization as a possible way to curb the violence of the drug trade.
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"The pillar of our family is gone, just as he was away during that 27 painful years of imprisonment, but in our hearts and souls he will always be with us."
— Nelson Mandela's family said Saturday in their...
A lobster diver made the catch of a lifetime Tuesday when he grabbed an 18-pound crustacean from the water off the coast of Huntington Beach in Calif. Joseph Ali, 27, has been lobster diving for nearly a decade...
A lobster diver made the catch of a lifetime Tuesday when he grabbed an 18-pound crustacean from the water off the coast of Huntington Beach in Calif. Joseph Ali, 27, has been lobster diving for nearly a decade and said his most recent catch did not go down (or rather, come up) without a fight. “As soon as I grabbed him, he just went straight to my face and wrapped around my body and my mask fell off,” Ali said. It is believed the type of lobster Ali caught can live to be 50 years or older, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Some spiny crustaceans caught off the California coast have weighed in at more than 26 pounds, the department said. “I plan to boil it and cook it, have some with my girlfriend and have a great dinner,” Ali said. Lobsters can be caught legally off the coast of Southern California using hoop nets or by hand.
Hundreds of police officers stormed a protest camp in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on Tuesday, clashing with opposition protesters in their efforts to take down barricades. The police raid — to which protestors shouted "Shame!" and defiantly chanted the national anthem — came after a weeks-long political stand-off that even a visit from two top Western diplomats on Tuesday has been unable to defuse. That stand-off began as opposition protesters balked at President Viktor Yanukovych's move away from a planned pact with the European Union, a pact that had broad public support, in a move widely interpreted as a rejection of closer ties between the former Soviet republic and the West in favor of Russian influence. The planned pact had hinged, for the Europeans, on the release of his jailed political rival, opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.
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A Washington Post deliveryman is accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from mailboxes of a gated community in Northern Virginia. According to charging documents, 31-year-old Robert Bell, III forcibly opened...
A Washington Post deliveryman is accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from mailboxes of a gated community in Northern Virginia. According to charging documents, 31-year-old Robert Bell, III forcibly opened outgoing mailboxes of a 55 and over between December 2010 and August 2013. Several residents of the community reported in 2010 their outgoing mail was disappearing. A surveillance camera was installed inside one of the buildings in August 2013 and captured at least five instances of Bell forcibly opening the collection box for outgoing mail and examining the contents. Bell had been delivering papers for approximately four years.
A six-state private ambulance service that left dozens of cities and towns scrambling for medical transportation options after it shutdown without notice was sued Tuesday by its 2,000 paramedics and other...
A six-state private ambulance service that left dozens of cities and towns scrambling for medical transportation options after it shutdown without notice was sued Tuesday by its 2,000 paramedics and other emergency professionals. The company allegedly didn't give its workers prior notice that they would be losing their jobs. First Med EMS, based in Wilmington, N.C., served medical facilities in more than 70 municipalities in Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. It operated under the names TransMed, Life Ambulance and MedCorp. Company workers said through social media that they were told the corporation had declared bankruptcy, but no bankruptcy documents were yet on file Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The lawsuit seeks class-action status on behalf of the workers, seeking payouts to recover 60 days' pay and bonuses, accrued holiday and vacation pay, pension and 401(k) contributions and unemployment benefits.
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Joyous, singing South Africans gathered in the rain Tuesday to honor Nelson Mandela at a massive memorial service that drew nearly 100 heads of state and other luminaries. President Barack Obama, who attended...
Joyous, singing South Africans gathered in the rain Tuesday to honor Nelson Mandela at a massive memorial service that drew nearly 100 heads of state and other luminaries. President Barack Obama, who attended the ceremony along with three former U.S. presidents, called Mandela "the last great liberator of the 20th century." He compared Mandela to Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. He also spoke in personal terms about how Mandela "stirred something inside me" over 30 years ago and "woke me up to my responsibilities." Crowds had converged on FNB Stadium in Soweto, the Johannesburg township that was a stronghold of support for the anti-apartheid struggle that Mandela embodied as a prisoner of white rule for 27 years. The 95,000-capacity stadium was reportedly two-thirds full. Tuesday was also the 20th anniversary of the day when Mandela and South Africa's last apartheid-era president, F.W. de Klerk, received the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to bring peace to their country, The Associated Press reported.
Oklahoma executed a man on Tuesday who was convicted of raping and murdering two elderly women in the 1980s, while Missouri appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to be allowed to proceed with an execution hours...
Oklahoma executed a man on Tuesday who was convicted of raping and murdering two elderly women in the 1980s, while Missouri appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to be allowed to proceed with an execution hours later, according to Reuters. Ronald Clinton Lott, 53, was pronounced dead at 6:06 p.m. (7:06 EST) after a lethal injection at a state prison in Oklahoma, state Department of Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie said. Lott was convicted of raping and killing Anna Laura Fowler, 83, in 1986 and Zelma Cutler, 90, in 1987; DNA evidence linked him to the crimes. Nicklasson had been scheduled to die October 23, but Missouri Governor Jay Nixon halted the execution due to criticism over the state's planned use of the drug propofol, widely used as an anesthetic in medical procedures. The case is a part of a national debate over what drugs can or should be used for executions, as capital punishment opponents pressure pharmaceutical companies to cut off supplies of drugs for executions.
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