Paul Ryan weighs pros, cons of becoming next House speaker

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2015 file photo, Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis. arrives for a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. Maybe Ryan doesn't feel like a character in the classic film "The Godfather" weighing in an offer he can't refuse. But with Republican party elders practically begging him to become the next House Speaker, the pressure on him to seek the post is immense. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Maybe Rep. Paul Ryan doesn't feel like a character in the classic film "The Godfather," weighing an offer he can't refuse. But with Republican Party elders practically begging him to become the next House speaker, the pressure on him to seek the post is immense.

A viewers' guide to the first Democratic debate of 2016 race

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2015 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. Clinton says she always expected tough competition in the Democratic presidential primary. She likely didn’t expect it would come from Bernie Sanders, the rumpled independent senator from Vermont and a self-described democratic socialist calling for "political revolution." (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Five Democrats vying to be President Barack Obama's successor meet Tuesday night for their first televised debate of the 2016 election, a confrontation between one of the best-known women on the planet and four men seeking to unseat her as the party's front-runner.

The invisible candidacies of Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee

It can be hard to find evidence that the two ex-senators are seriously running for president.

White House says 'not much clarity' about Iran's trial of reporter

File photo of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian speaking in the newspaper's offices in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday that there was "not much clarity" about the current trial of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter jailed in an espionage case in Tehran. The U.S. government has heard reports that Rezaian has been convicted, but has not received any announcement through official channels, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton, Susan Heavey, Lisa Lambert)

Five officers' statements admissible in Baltimore death case

Members of Baltimore Police Department are pictured in this undated booking photo provided by the Baltimore Police DepartmentStatements given during an internal police investigation by five Baltimore officers charged in the death of a black man from an injury in police custody were made admissible in court on Tuesday. Ruling against separate defense motions, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams found that Officer William Porter and Sergeant Alicia White, two of the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, had spoken without compulsion to internal investigators.

Planned Parenthood revises reimbursement policy after video uproar

A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New YorkPlanned Parenthood would no longer accept reimbursement for fetal tissue donated for medical research after abortions, the women's healthcare provider said on Tuesday, a response to allegations by anti-abortion campaigners that it profited from abortions. The policy change was announced amid a months-long controversy after the release of videos secretly recorded by anti-abortion activists that grew into demands by some Republicans in Congress to cut off funding to the group, even threatening a government shutdown last month. Planned Parenthood said the videos inflamed anti-abortion sentiment in the United States and in Congress by falsely portraying its participation in tissue donation programs for medical research.

What to expect from Bernie Sanders at Tuesday's Democratic debate

What to Expect From Bernie Sanders at Tuesday's Democratic DebateHe may be an outsider, but that doesn't mean he's a stranger to the debate stage.

Hillary Clinton slams Trump in front of his casino

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a rally Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas, held by the Culinary Union to support a union drive at the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton went to Donald Trump's doorstep Monday to mock the Republican presidential front-runner on the eve of the first Democratic presidential debate.

No more nudes in Playboy magazine, centerfold's future at risk: report

2015 Playmate of the Year, holds a plaque with the cover of the Playboy June 2015 issue at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles(Reuters) - Now readers of Playboy, the glossy men's magazine known for its nude fold-outs, can honestly say they are buying the magazine for its articles. Playboy will no longer publish nude photographs of women, the New York Times reported on Monday in an article quoting Scott Flanders, the company's chief executive. Founder and editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner, 89, who in his trademark silk pajamas has embodied the Playboy lifestyle, agreed last month with a suggestion by top editor Cory Jones to stop publishing images of naked women, the Times said.

Russian Embassy shelled in Syria as insurgents hit back

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrians holding photos of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a rally to thank Moscow for its intervention in Syria, in front of the Russian embassy in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. Insurgents fired two shells at the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital on Tuesday as hundreds of pro-government supporters gathered outside the compound to thank Moscow for its intervention in Syria. The placard at right with Arabic reads, "yes to Russian-Syrian cooperation." (SANA via AP)DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Russian Embassy in Damascus was shelled Tuesday as pro-government demonstrators gathered outside, and Syria's largest insurgent coalition announced an offensive to counter Moscow's airstrikes that have injected new fury in the conflict.

Hillary Clinton: 'How is a woman supposed to behave?'

Iran says Washington Post reporter convicted

FILE - In this photo April 11, 2013 file photo, Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post, smiles as he attends a presidential campaign of President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Iran. Iran's official IRNA news agency reported that the verdict against Rezaian has been issued. Rezaian, the Post's Tehran bureau chief, is accused of charges including espionage in a closed-door trial that has been widely criticized by the U.S. government and press freedom organizations. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)Jason Rezaian has been detained for more than a year on charges including espionage.

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