Republicans in Washington struggled to fill a leadership void on Thursday as the front-runner to take control of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, quit the race in a surprise announcement that heightened concerns about the party's ability to govern effectively. Representative McCarthy, the No. 2 House Republican, had been expected to win Thursday's contest for the nomination to succeed retiring Speaker John Boehner despite opposition from more conservative lawmakers demanding a harder line against Democratic President Barack Obama's agenda. "For us to unite, we probably need a fresh face," McCarthy, who is from California, told reporters after the election meeting ended in chaos.
CHICAGO (AP) — A 36-story Chicago landmark, the Tribune Tower, is up for sale. Tribune Media Co. announced Thursday that it has hired real estate investment banking firm Eastdil Secured to explore a sale or find a partner to help redevelop the building, which is home to the Chicago Tribune. Tribune Media phrased the move as an exploration of "strategic monetization alternatives." The building sits on 3 acres along Chicago's Michigan Avenue. Here are some features of the historic edifice that make it significant:
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Protesters and supporters filled a meeting room Thursday where a California commission was considering a vast expansion to the tanks that SeaWorld uses to hold killer whales in San Diego.
CHICAGO (AP) — The former CEO of Chicago Public Schools plans to plead guilty to corruption charges announced Thursday that allege she helped steer more than $23 million worth of no-bid contracts to education companies in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.
By Daniel Bases NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration on Thursday went to court in an effort to seize beach front property owned by the city of Margate in order to complete an Atlantic coastline storm protection system of sand dunes. The coast was severely damaged in 2012's Superstorm Sandy, which was directly responsible for 147 deaths in the United States, destroyed more than 650,000 homes and overall caused nearly $50 billion in damages. Margate, located on a coastal barrier island south of Atlantic City, resists voluntarily providing property easements on 87 parcels of city land necessary for the project.