Oscar de la Renta, legendary designer, dead at 82

FILE - This Sept. 11, 2012 file photo released by Starpix shows designer Oscar de la Renta, right, and model Karlie Kloss backstage before the presentation of the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 collection sponsored by Revlon at Fashion Week in New York. The designer, a favorite of socialites and movie stars alike, has died. He was 82. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab, file)NEW YORK (AP) — At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model just as she was about to emerge in one of his sumptuous, impeccably constructed designs.



Politicians as Supreme Court Justices? Not common in recent years
Over the weekend, President Barack Obama said in an interview that he probably wouldn’t be interested in becoming a Justice after his term ends. And in terms of recent trends, it’s been a while since a major national political figure joined the Supreme Court.

Labor Secretary Perez pushes Obama jobs proposals

Labor Secretary Perez pushes Obama jobs proposalsLabor Secretary Tom Perez sought Monday to re-energize President Barack Obama's stalled push for raising the minimum wage from $7.50 to $10.10 an hour and for making paid leave for mothers of newborns ...



Harry Shearer to Obama: Return The Nobel

Harry Shearer to Obama: Return The NobelHarry Shearer looks nothing like Richard Nixon. And yet, equipped with some nifty prosthetics and ace voice work, the protean comedian fully embodies the disgraced, deeply insecure former president in all his preposterousness on the excellent 6-part series Nixon’s the One, which debuts on YouTube Tuesday.



John Kasich's Unforgivable Truth

John Kasich's Unforgivable TruthOhio governor and smart money 2016 GOP hopeful just complimented Obamacare, and said a repeal isn't happening. Can the Republican base ever get over this moment of honesty?



U.S. urges Japan to be 'bold' in Pacific trade pact talks

U.S. Commerce Secretary Pritzker, who led U.S. business mission members, speaks during their courtesy visit to Japan's PM Abe at Abe's official residence in TokyoBy Antoni Slodkowski TOKYO (Reuters) - The time is "ripe" for Japan and the United States to reach a breakthrough in talks for a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, the U.S. commerce secretary said on Tuesday, adding that the two were "a lot closer" to a deal than in recent months. Penny Pritzker, who is in Japan with a trade mission of U.S. energy and medical companies, said both countries needed to be "bold and creative" to reach a deal, and a summit between U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was possible if the two sides got closer to agreement. ...



In Louisiana, both sides claim defense of Medicare

In this Oct. 20, 2014, photo, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks at a campaign event for her senate race in Baton Rouge, La. Behind are her brother, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La. An old political stand-by _ the future of Medicare _ is emerging as the go-to attack in Louisiana’s bitter Senate race as the candidates woo seniors who typically wield strong influence in midterm elections. Landrieu got hundreds of seniors grumbling at a recent forum when she told them her top Republican rival, Rep. Bill Cassidy, wants to turn Medicare into a "voucher system" and has voted to raise the retirement age to make Americans wait longer for benefits. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An old political standby — the future of Medicare — is emerging as the go-to issue in Louisiana's bitter Senate race as the candidates woo seniors who typically wield strong influence in midterm elections.



On visit home, Obama looks backward and forward

Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill., center, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., second from right, watch as President Barack Obama delivers doughnuts and pastries to Democratic campaign volunteers on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Chicago. Obama is in Chicago campaigning for Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)CHICAGO (AP) — A lesson from President Barack Obama's brief trip home, straight out of Shakespeare: What's past is prologue.



U.S. Republicans look to gain election ground on Ebola
By Nick Carey CHICAGO (Reuters) - Ebola has moved to the front of campaign issues before U.S. November elections, as fear and criticism of the government's response to cases of the virus in the United States opened a new line of Republican attacks against President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats. Republican Senate candidates have bashed Obama's handling of Ebola, linking it to border security and calling for a travel ban from West African countries hardest hit by the virus. ...

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

FILE - This Sept. 11, 2012 file photo released by Starpix shows designer Oscar de la Renta, right, and model Karlie Kloss backstage before the presentation of the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 collection sponsored by Revlon at Fashion Week in New York. The designer, a favorite of socialites and movie stars alike, has died. He was 82. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab, file)NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites, first ladies and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, has died. He was 82.



Eastern Kentucky's struggles fuel Senate battle
GRAYS KNOB, Ky. (AP) — Joe Bart Watts was mining coal 3 miles in a mountain when his house burned down last summer. Over the next year, Harlan Cumberland Coal cut his hours, laid off 200 workers and he had to move in with his mother.

Ebola crisis turns a corner as U.S. issues new treatment protocols

Health care worker receives protocol on the proper removal of personal protection equipment from CDC instructors in preparation for the response to the current Ebola outbreak, during a CDC safety training course in Anniston, AlabamaBy Anna Driver and Lisa Marie Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - The United States issued stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear that leaves no skin or hair exposed to prevent medical workers from becoming infected. The new guidelines from the U.S. ...



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