Obama, Abe declare progress, but no breakthrough, on trade
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared progress Tuesday in trade talks between their two nations, stopping short of announcing a breakthrough in negotiations that are central to a massive 12-nation trade deal that would open markets around the Pacific rim to U.S. exports.
NFL relinquishing tax-exempt status
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Football League is giving up its tax-exempt status, which Commissioner Roger Goodell called a "distraction."
Pfizer, despite dollar and generics fight, still impresses
Cost-cutting and sales of new drugs helped Pfizer overcome a strong dollar and patent expirations to beat Wall Street projections for the first quarter, though it cut its outlook for the year, citing the unfavorable currency exchange rates.
Obama calls for 'soul searching' in wake of Baltimore riot
U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on police departments across the country to do some "soul-searching" on how they handle African-American suspects after race-related rioting erupted in Baltimore. Obama said it was important for police departments to recognize that some of them have a problem in how they deal with criminal suspects of color. Obama, at a joint news conference with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, made his first public statement about a Maryland black man, Freddie Gray, who died April 19 of a broken spine after being arrested by Baltimore police...
National Guard called in to keep the peace in Baltimore
BALTIMORE (AP) — National Guardsmen took up positions across the city and hundreds of volunteers began sweeping the streets of broken glass and other debris Tuesday, the morning after riots erupted following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody.
Labor leader urges presidential candidates to oppose trade deals
By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The leader of the largest federation of U.S. labor unions has called on Hillary Clinton and other presidential hopefuls to oppose an Obama administration trade pact. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Tuesday delivered his first address about the U.S. presidential election in November 2016, laying out criteria the federation's 56 member unions will use to assess candidates...
Divided Supreme Court wrestles with gay marriage case
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on Tuesday along ideological lines on whether the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, but Justice Anthony Kennedy, a pivotal vote, seemed open to legalizing gay marriage nationwide. At one point, a protester shouted that the justices would "burn in hell" if they backed gay marriage, then he was dragged screaming from the packed courtroom by police...
Defense makes closing argument in rape trial of former Goldman banker
By Edward Krudy RIVERHEAD, New York (Reuters) - A New York judge heard the defense's closing argument on Tuesday in the trial of a former Goldman Sachs banker accused of raping an Irish student on Long Island in the summer of 2013. Jason Lee, a former managing director, is accused of barging into a bathroom and raping the woman, who was 20 years old at the time, after a night of drinking at a popular night spot...
Baseball's Orioles postpone game in riot-scarred Baltimore
(Reuters) - The baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox scheduled for Tuesday night in Baltimore has been postponed team officials said following recent violence that has gripped the city. In a statement, the Orioles said the decision to postpone the scheduled 7:05 p.m. ET game was made after "consultation with Major League Baseball and state and local officials...