Morning Headlines for Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Associated Press

“Gas prices still look low for summer even after spring surge”

“The Energy Department said Tuesday that it expects the price of gasoline to average $2.55 between April and September, which would be the lowest since 2009. Over the course of the year, a typical U.S household could save $675 in gasoline prices compared to last year.”

Associated Press

“Yemen officials say some ground fighting after ceasefire”

“With cargo ships poised to launch a desperately needed aid operation in embattled Yemen, a five-day humanitarian cease-fire began Tuesday night, just hours after Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck against Shiite rebels and their allies.”

Washington Post

“Prosecutor says Madison police officer won’t be charged for shooting Tony Robinson”

“Local authorities say they have prepared for protests that could follow the announcement, which comes amid increased scrutiny on how police use lethal force. Over the past several months, protests have erupted in multiple cities — including Madison — after deaths at the hands of police.”

Al Jazeera America

“FDA proposes ending ban on blood donations by men who had sex with men”

“Men who have had sex with other men (MSMs) will be allowed to donate blood under some conditions if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalizes ‘draft guidance’ published Tuesday.”

AFP

“Macedonia ministers, intelligence chief resign after violence”

“Macedonia’s interior and transport ministers as well as the country’s intelligence chief resigned Tuesday after deadly violence that pitted ethnic Albanian rebels against Macedonian police, a government spokesman said.”

Reuters

“Obama targets hedge funds in personal remarks on poverty, race”

“President Barack Obama addressed U.S. struggles with class and race in personal terms on Tuesday and renewed his call to close tax loopholes enjoyed by wealthy hedge fund managers as a way to reduce poverty among Americans.”

Reuters

“Jeb Bush to skip Republicans’ Iowa straw poll”

“Republican Jeb Bush, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, will skip a nationally renowned straw poll of Iowa Republican activists in August in what amounts to a recognition that he is not a favorite of conservatives in the state.”

Reuters

“Jeb Bush backs off support of Iraq invasion”

“Republican Jeb Bush said on Tuesday that ‘mistakes were made’ in the Iraq war, moving to disavow a controversial statement he made in support of the 2003 invasion ordered by his brother, then-President George W. Bush.”

Reuters

“Pentagon weighs sending planes, ships near disputes South China Sea reefs”

“The Pentagon is considering sending U.S. military aircraft and ships to assert freedom of navigation around rapidly growing Chinese-made artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.”

AFP

“North Korea defense chief ‘executed with anti-aircraft fire’”

“North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un had his defense minister executed with anti-aircraft fire for insubordination and dozing off during a formal military rally, South Korean intelligence said Wednesday, hinting at possible instability in the Pyongyang leadership.”

Associated Press

“Democrat Zinn, GOP’s Kelly advance in Mississippi U.S. House race”

“Democrat Walter Zinn and Republican Trent Kelly advanced to a June 2 runoff to fill a vacant congressional seat in north Mississippi, topping a field of 13 candidates in a contest to succeed a Republican who died weeks after starting the current term.”

Washington Post

“At least six dead when Amtrak train from D.C. to N.Y. derails in Philadelphia”

“At least six people were killed and 50 or more were injured Tuesday night when an Amtrak train that originated in Washington derailed in Philadelphia.”

New York Times

“ACLU, citing bias against women, wants inquiry into Hollywood’s hiring practices”

“On Tuesday the American Civil Liberties Union asked state and federal agencies to investigate the hiring practices of major Hollywood studios, networks and talent agencies for what the organization described as rampant and intentional gender discrimination in recruiting and hiring female directors.”

AFP

“Fears of migrants as southeast Asia refuses safe haven”

“Malaysia joined Indonesia on Wednesday in vowing to turn back vessels bearing a wave of migrants, drawing warnings that the hardline policy could be a death sentence for boatloads of people at risk of starvation and disease.”

AFP

“Toyota, Nissan recalls 6.5 million cars over exploding airbag fears”

“Japanese auto giants Toyota and Nissan on Wednesday said they were recalling 6.5 million vehicles globally in the latest chapter of an exploding airbag crisis linked to several deaths.”

Al Jazeera America

“China’s police torture suspects despite legal reforms”

“Police abuse of criminal suspects to extract confessions in China is a serious problem despite measures to reform the legal system such as moves to exclude evidence obtained through torture, Human Rights Watch said in a report Wednesday.”

Associated Press

“O’Malley to meet with activists in New Hampshire as he ponders bid”

“Preparing for a likely presidential campaign, Democrat Martin O’Malley is pointing to Baltimore’s recent unrest as a stark reminder of the nation’s economic divide and lingering poverty in cities.”

AFP

“Britain says Med migrants should be turned back”

“Britain called Wednesday for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to be turned back, threatening to scupper a new European Union plan for quotas to redistribute migrants across the continent.”

Reuters

“North Korea launches live-fire drills near disputed sea border with South”

“North Korea began live-fire drills on Wednesday near a disputed sea border, the scene of deadly clashes in recent years, the South’s military said on Wednesday, vowing to respond to any ‘provocation.’”

Reuters

“Burundi army officer says sacks president, crowds celebrate”

“A Burundi army general said on Wednesday he had sacked Pierre Nkurunziza as president for seeking an unconstitutional third term in office, and was working with civil society groups to form a transitional government.”

AFP

“North Korea sub missile claim ‘looks like a bluff’”

“North Korea’s claim that it launched a ballistic missile from a submarine was mostly likely a bluff and the images it released appear photoshopped to overstate the regime’s military power, U.S. experts said Tuesday.”

Associated Press

“Vatican recognizes state of Palestine in new treaty”

“The Vatican has officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty. The treaty, which was finalized Wednesday but still has to be signed, makes clear that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic relations from the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine.”

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