By Susan Heavey
(Reuters) – U.S. transportation regulators on Wednesday
called for stronger rules for motorcycle helmets, proposing
additional safety requirements in an effort to crack down on
“novelty” helmets that do not meet federal standards.
The Department of Transportation said such uncertified
helmets are unsafe and do not protect riders in crashes despite
being sold and marketed for use on the road.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Enbridge Energy and its
affiliates will pay $75 million to settle a 2010 oil spill into
Michigan’s Talmadge Creek and Kalamazoo River that dumped
800,000 gallons of oil, state officials said on Wednesday.
“The agreement will finalize cleanup and restoration
requirements for areas affected by the spill,” that stemmed from
an Enbridge owned and operated pipeline, Michigan Attorney
General Bill Schuette and Michigan Department of Environmental
Quality Director Dan Wyant said in a statement.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Monday he will continue to give paid speeches while his wife, Hillary Clinton, runs for president amid criticism of the income her family draws from people, including foreigners, with business before the U.S. government.
He also said he may consider stepping down or taking “less of an executive role” at the Clinton Foundation should his wife become president. The Clintons’ political opponents have criticized the foundation for accepting funding from foreign governments for its endowment and for its charitable work abroad.
WASHINGTON, May 4 (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Bill
Clinton defended his charitable foundation’s acceptance of large
foreign donations on Monday, thrusting himself into a
controversy that is weighing on the presidential candidacy of
his wife, Hillary Clinton.
“I don’t think there’s anything sinister in trying to get
wealthy people in countries that are seriously involved in
development to spend their money wisely in a way that helps poor
people and lifts them up,” Clinton told NBC News from Kenya, in
an interview taped over the weekend.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Friday pressed its case for a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program, expressing confidence in hammering out final details as President Barack Obama reached out to leaders in Congress, where U.S. lawmakers remain cautious.
Obama called the four top leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to discuss the framework agreement announced on Thursday by negotiators in Switzerland, a spokesman said. The agreement lays the groundwork for a final deal to be laid out by a June 30 deadline.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday touted the framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program as a “good deal” that would block Tehran from obtaining an atomic weapon and make the world safer – a better option than another Middle East war.
Shortly after the agreement was announced in Switzerland after marathon negotiations between Iran and world powers, Obama strode into the White House Rose Garden to promote the deal to the American public and skeptical U.S. lawmakers.
By Susan Heavey
(Reuters) – Comedy Central said on Monday it has chosen South African comedian Trevor Noah, a relative newcomer to U.S. television, to replace Jon Stewart on its parody newscast, “The Daily Show.”
In a statement, Viacom Inc-owned Comedy Central said it would announce the launch date for the new show later.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said on Friday he will retire next year and threw his weight behind New York Senator Chuck Schumer to replace him as leader after he leaves office.
Reid will stay in his post for another 22 months but his announcement positions Schumer, a New Yorker and Wall Street ally, as his heir apparent as the party gears up to try to regain control of the Senate in elections next year.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said on Friday he will not seek re-election next year, leaving Congress after 30 years and complicating Democrats’ efforts to retake control of the Senate in 2016.
Reid, who represents Nevada, said in a video message that his decision to retire from the Senate was not due to a recent accident or his party’s loss of control of the chamber in the November congressional elections.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House next month for talks expected to focus on their joint response to China’s rising power and efforts to finalize a major Asia-Pacific trade pact.
Abe, who will spend eight days in the United States, will go to the White House on April 28 to discuss a range of economic and security issues as well as a formal state dinner, the White House said on Monday.