By Richard Cowan and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives challenged President Barack Obama on Tuesday to get tougher with Islamic State militants and promised to develop legislation quickly to suspend resettlement of Syrians in the United States. "ISIS showed they are committing an act of war against the West," House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters after a closed-door meeting of House Republican lawmakers, using a common acronym for the militant group. Ryan said party leaders had assembled a task force to consider legislation "as quickly as possible" that would suspend at least temporarily Obama's plan to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States.
By Chris Prentice CLARKSDALE, Miss. (Reuters) - Fields along the Mississippi River Delta once gleamed white in the autumn with acre upon acre of cotton ready to be picked. The fields were recently cleared of wheat and soybeans, and just one long row of cotton, which Shelton, 65, said he planted "for memory." "I wanted to say I planted cotton every year," said Shelton, who is black and whose property includes the 40 acres (16 hectares) his ancestors acquired in the late 19th century, not long after the abolition of slavery. With cotton prices near their lowest in six years, Shelton is far from alone in cutting back on the crop.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece struck a deal with European creditors Tuesday on economic measures it needs to make to get its next batch of bailout money, including a 10 billion-euro ($10.7 billion) cash injection for its crippled banks.
The number of motorists on U.S. roadways during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday is likely to rise only modestly, AAA estimated on Tuesday, suggesting that the recent surge may be weakening as low gas prices become less of a novelty. The motorists advocacy group said it expected 41.9 million Americans would travel 50 miles or more by car this Thanksgiving holiday, the most since 2007 and a 0.7 percent increase from a year ago. This year's rise to pre-recession levels would be significantly smaller than last year's 5 percent jump, which came as global oil prices plummeted and drove gasoline to four-year lows.
Solid majorities of likely U.S. voters in Ohio, Indiana, Iowa and Tennessee favor diplomatic relations with Cuba and an end to trade and travel restrictions with the Communist-ruled island, a poll by the Atlantic Council showed on Tuesday. The poll targeted states that are seen as leaning Republican or states that could swing to either major party in the November 2016 U.S. presidential election. The respondents favor ending the trade embargo, which remains in place, by 58 percent to 35 percent.
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's year-old mobile-payments service is expanding to more countries, banks and merchants, as it faces growing competition and some challenges before it becomes as commonplace as plastic cards.
Former "Two and A Half Men" television star Charlie Sheen said on Tuesday he is HIV positive. "I am here to admit that I am in fact HIV positive," Sheen said, saying he was "not entirely sure" how he acquired the virus. Sheen, who is three times divorced, played the womanizing bachelor Charlie Harper on top-rated U.S. comedy series "Two and A Half Men" for eight years before being fired in 2011 for bad behavior that included cocaine-fueled partying with porn stars and a conviction for assaulting his ex-wife.