• President’s election commission heads to four states

    A polling sign in Los Angeles, Nov. 6, 2012. (David McNew/Getty Images)

    A White House commission tasked with making voting improvements after lengthy wait times were reported in the 2012 election is hitting the road.

    The president's Commission on Election Administration, which met for the first time on Friday, announced it will hold upcoming hearings in four states: Florida, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Ohio.

    Co-chair Bob Bauer, President Barack Obama's former counsel, said they will hold "a public meetings process around the country that enables us to hear from election officials, from experts and from citizens in affected communities about the voting experience and their perspective on the issues they should be covering." Bauer and co-chair Ben Ginsberg, former counsel for Mitt Romney, invited election experts and members of the public to participate.

    "Please help us to ferret out the information we need," Bauer said.

    Hearing specifics are still slim. Known so far: They are scheduled for June 28 at the University of Miami, Aug. 8 in Denver, Sept. 4 in

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  • Former Rep. Anthony Weiner says he condemned a voter who used a slur against Christine Quinn. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    NEW YORK—Armed with a laser pointer and several PowerPoint slides, former Rep. Anthony Weiner sought to distinguish himself on Thursday as the only Democratic mayoral hopeful willing to embrace what he called the "big" and "bold" ideas with a speech calling for a dramatic transformation of the way New Yorkers receive their health care.

    But all it took was an apparent throw-away comment on a street corner several weeks ago to overshadow Weiner's latest attempt to turn the page from being the candidate who was forced out of Congress in a sexting scandal.

    Instead of talking about health care, Weiner was forced to respond to questions about a published report that suggested he failed to strongly condemn a voter who used a homophobic slur to describe his mayoral rival Christine Quinn.

    The Washington Post reported on Thursday that Weiner, at a recent campaign stop, spoke to an elderly voter who described Quinn, who is gay, as a “dyke.”

    Weiner, according to the paper, did not initially offer

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  • Obama to nominate James Comey on Friday as next FBI director

    James Comey (Evan Vucci/AP)

    President Barack Obama on Friday afternoon will formally announce his nomination of James Comey, President George W. Bush’s deputy attorney general, to serve as the next director of the FBI, according to a White House official.

    It had been known for weeks that Comey had been chosen to succeed outgoing Director Robert Mueller. But a formal announcement had yet to be made.

    The official nomination now comes as members of Congress—before whom Comey's nomination will appear—are dealing with controversy surrounding National Security Agency surveillance. Comey is best known for refusing to approve an electronic warrantless eavesdropping program in 2004 while serving as acting attorney general.

    Comey later testified before Congress that he witnessed White House counsel Alberto Gonzales and Bush's Chief of Staff Andrew Card trying to take advantage of a hospitalized Attorney General John Ashcroft to get the eavesdropping program reauthorized.

    While Comey enjoys bipartisan support partly for

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  • Ancient Puppy Paw Prints Found on Roman Tiles
    Ancient Puppy Paw Prints Found on Roman Tiles

    The paw prints and hoof prints of a few meddlesome animals have been preserved for posterity on ancient Roman tiles recently discovered by archaeologists in England. "They are beautiful finds, as they represent a snapshot, a single moment in history," said Nick Daffern, a senior project manager with Wardell Armstrong Archaeology. Wardell Armstrong Archaeology was brought in to dig at a site where a construction company plans to build student housing. At least one of the tiles is tainted with dog paw prints, and one is marked with the hoof prints of a sheep or a goat that trampled on the clay before it was dry.

  • Nobody’s Sure How or Why an American Plane Ended Up in Iran
    Nobody’s Sure How or Why an American Plane Ended Up in Iran

    On Tuesday, a New York Times reporter in Tehran spotted an American plane at Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, an extremely unique sight given the harsh sanctions imposed on the country by the United States and other Western nations. For an American plane to enter Iran legally, a number of hoops would need to be jumped through. The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control needs to give approval for an American aircraft to travel to Iran—they gave a “no comment” to the Times. Complicating things further, the jet’s engines are made by General Electric, meaning that the Commerce Department would also have to sign off on allowing American-made equipment to enter the isolated country.

  • Documents detail another delayed GM recall
    Documents detail another delayed GM recall

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.

  • Mediator heads to east Ukraine, seeking surrenders

    By Alastair Macdonald and Aleksandar Vasovic KIEV/DONETSK (Reuters) - A mediator from Europe's OSCE security body headed to eastern Ukraine on Saturday seeking the surrender of pro-Russian separatists as the Kiev government declared an Easter truce following a peace accord with Moscow. Gunmen occupying public buildings in Donetsk and other Russian-speaking border towns refuse to recognize an accord in Geneva on Thursday by which Russia, Ukraine and Kiev's U.S. and EU allies agreed that the OSCE should oversee the disarmament of militants and the evacuation of occupied facilities and streets.

  • What the hell is this American plane owned by the Bank of Utah doing in IRAN?
    What the hell is this American plane owned by the Bank of Utah doing in IRAN?

    On Tuesday morning, a plane owned in trust by the Bank of Utah showed up in a very visible area of the Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, the capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Under President Barack Obama, the United States has eased some of the long-standing punitive economic sanctions against Iran. The Ogden-based community bank has all of 13 branches including three in Ogden, two in Salt Lake City and one in Trementon (pop. “We have no idea why that plane was at that airport,” Brett King, a Bank of Utah executive in Salt Lake City, told the Times.

  • Steer clear of flu with vigorous exercise
    Steer clear of flu with vigorous exercise

    Whether it's running, mountain biking or competitive sports, the benefits of exercise go far beyond promoting heart health. According to a recent British study, vigorous exercise could even help you to avoid catching the flu next winter. Intense physical activity appears to stimulate the immune system, according to a study carried out by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and presented at National Science and Engineering Week, which took place in the UK last month. Around 4,800 people took part in the survey this year, answering questions on their exercise habits among other lifestyle factors.

  • Looming, creeping landslide splits home in Wyoming
    Looming, creeping landslide splits home in Wyoming

    JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A slow-motion disaster is unfolding in the Wyoming resort town of Jackson as a creeping landslide that split a hillside home in half inches toward more houses and businesses below.

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