• 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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  • An American flag flies at the U.S.-Mexico border near Sonoita, Ariz., in February. (John Moore/Getty Images)

    Two Republican lawmakers have hashed out a deal aimed at assuaging conservative concerns about immigration reform, proposing to double the size of the Border Patrol and add 350 miles of extra fencing to the southern border over 10 years.

    The deal, struck by Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and John Hoeven of North Dakota, replaces a more stringent border deal supported by John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas. Cornyn's plan, which failed in the Democrat-controlled Senate this week, would have made the legalization of millions of unauthorized immigrants contingent on the Border Patrol certifying that it is able to stop 90 percent of all illegal crossings. Immigrant groups blasted Cornyn's plan, saying it endangered the path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants, a key part of the bill.

    The Corker-Hoeven compromise says immigrants cannot receive permanent legal status, or green cards, until 350 extra miles of fencing has been added to the southern border and the Border Patrol there has

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  • Exclusive: Sen. John Walsh responds to revelations that he plagiarized Army War College paper
    Exclusive: Sen. John Walsh responds to revelations that he plagiarized Army War College paper

    A doctor prescribed Montana Democratic Sen. John Walsh medication for symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder after he returned from an Army deployment in Iraq, but he was not formally diagnosed with PTSD, the senator confirmed to Yahoo News following revelations this week that he had plagiarized a paper to receive his masters degree at the Army War College in 2007.

  • Family feud sparks revolt at grocery store chain
    Family feud sparks revolt at grocery store chain

    WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) — It's been called a David vs. Goliath story, a "Tale of Two Arthurs" and even the "ultimate Greek tragedy," but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures. They're grocery store owners.

  • Cellphone unlocking set to become legal again
    Cellphone unlocking set to become legal again

    Congress passed a bill Friday that makes it legal to "unlock" cellphones so the devices can —at least in some instances— be used on other carriers.

  • Former WWE champ nabs suspected burglar in Arizona

    A hapless burglar in Arizona learned a hard lesson when he broke into the Phoenix home of former World Wrestling Entertainment heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan, police said on Friday. The ex-professional grappler gave chase and was able to catch 22-year-old Cesar Sosa. Sergeant Tommy Thompson, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department, said a struggle ensued and that Bryan, whose real name is Bryan Danielson, was able to detain the suspect until police officers could take him into custody.

  • Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel
    Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel — dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military — is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel.

  • Grieving Dutch minister made Europe re-think Russia sanctions

    By Justyna Pawlak BRUSSELS (Reuters) - When Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans spoke to his European Union peers of his grief and anger over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines airliner over eastern Ukraine, it was a turning point in Europe's approach to Russia. Several ministers had tears in their eyes when Timmermans said he had known personally some of the 194 Dutch passengers among the 298 people who died on the plane, which Washington believes pro-Russian separatists shot down in error. "To my dying day I will not understand that it took so much time for the rescue workers to be allowed to do their difficult job, and that human remains should be used in a political game," Timmermans told the U.N. Security Council hours earlier, before flying overnight to Brussels for the crucial EU session. Until that meeting on Tuesday, Europe had trailed the United States in imposing economic sanctions to pressure Moscow into working to defuse the eight-month crisis in Ukraine in which hundreds of people have been killed.

  • Tribute flag found at flea market to be given to fallen Marine's mother
    Tribute flag found at flea market to be given to fallen Marine's mother

    A $5 flea market find surprises a mother whose son was killed in Iraq nine years ago.

  • Israel and Hamas declare 12-hour Gaza truce
    Israel and Hamas declare 12-hour Gaza truce

    The Israeli military and the militant Palestinian Hamas were set on Saturday to start a 12-hour ceasefire at 8:00 am (0500 GMT), but a longer-term truce remained elusive. Hamas said that it and other militant groups in Gaza had reached "national consensus on a humanitarian truce" and Israel later confirmed that it would observe what it called "a humanitarian window in the Gaza Strip". A statement from the Hamas-run interior ministry in Gaza warned people not to approach bombed-out buildings and militant bases for fear of "explosive objects". Earlier, US Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking from Cairo, said that efforts to broker a longer halt to the fighting had so far yet to bear fruit.

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