Updated Wednesday 5/29 at 10:30 a.m. ET
(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, a conservative firebrand whose bid for president last year ended after the Iowa caucuses, will not seek re-election to her Minnesota congressional seat in 2014.
CNN: Rep. Bachmann looks forward to 'limitless' future, but not in the House
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann will not seek reelection next year. But, said the former presidential candidate, she has no plans to fade from public view. "Looking forward, after the completion of my term, my future is full, it is limitless, and my passions for America will remain," she announced in a video posted to her campaign website early Wednesday. Bachmann, who served four terms representing Minnesota's 6th District, promised that there "is no future option or opportunity" that she "won't be giving serious consideration if it can help save and protect our great nation for future generations."
CNN: Severe weather threatens more than half the country
The Midwest is squarely in the bulls-eye again Wednesday for strong tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds. It's the latest round of severe weather to settle over America's heartland as warm Gulf moisture saturates the area. The powerful storms have been dumping heavy rain across the region, especially on portions of Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Illinois and Indiana, where flood warnings were in place, the National Weather Service said. Multiple tornadoes touched down across Kansas on Tuesday evening.
CNN: Arizona mother sits in Mexico jail wrongly accused of smuggling drugs, family says
An Arizona mother of seven is being held in a Mexican jail, accused of smuggling about 12 pounds of marijuana, a charge her family vehemently denies. A Mexican state official also believes Yanira Maldonado was framed. On Tuesday, Maldonado may find out whether she will go free or remain jailed until a trial. "She's innocent," Maldonado's daughter, Anna Soto, said Monday during an emotional interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "She's an honest good woman. A Christian woman that would never do anything to jeopardize her freedom." Police arrested Maldonado on Wednesday as she and her husband, Gary, were on their way back from a family funeral on a bus.
CNN: Southern California fire burns 1,000 acres; thousands flee
Crews in Southern California struggled to get the upper hand on a fast-moving wildfire in Santa Barbara County early Tuesday. Known as the White Fire, the blaze had already charred some 1,000 acres after getting its start Monday afternoon, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Andrew Madsen said. The flames were 5% contained. The Forest Service expects to have 700 personnel in place Tuesday morning. The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department evacuated up to 6,000 people from the popular White Rock Campground at the end of the busy Memorial Day weekend as the wildfire advanced, public information officer Kelly Hoover said.
CNN: Obama to Oklahoma: 'We've got your back'
Oklahomans will "rise again" and will have the nation behind them as they struggle to bounce back from tornadoes that tore through the state last week, officials said Sunday, a day of quiet reflection and prayer. "As fellow Americans, we're going to be there as shelter from the storm for the people of Moore who have been impacted," said President Barack Obama. "And when we say that we've got your back, I promise you that we keep our word." The president described himself as a messenger speaking on behalf of the entire nation as he toured storm damage Sunday. He praised local officials, first responders and school principals for their work in the wake of the storms, which killed 24 people, injured more than 375 others and damaged 12,000 residences in and around the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.
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CNN: Bridge collapses in Washington state
The bright green suits of scuba divers on board a speedboat pierced the dusk, as they perused a mangle of steel girders of a section of bridge that lay collapsed in the waters of a Washington state river late Thursday. Three people who plunged with their vehicles, a truck and an SUV, into the Skagit River along with the truss structure have been rescued, state authorities said. …What made the section give way is under investigation, but a traffic mishap may have weakened the structure.
CNN: Boy Scouts to allow gay youths to join
Openly gay youths will be allowed to join scouting, a historic decision the Boy Scouts of America says will keep it unclouded by "a single, divisive, and unresolved societal issue." More than 60% of the group's 1,400-member national council voted Thursday at an annual meeting in Grapevine, Texas, for the change, which takes effect Jan. 1. "No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone," says the resolution. The BSA, however, will maintain its ban on gay adult leaders. "The resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting," the 103-year-old organization said in a statement after the vote. The BSA said there are no plans for further review of the issue.
CNN: No more missing: Rescue switches to recovery in Oklahoma
With everyone missing now accounted for from this week's deadly tornado, the long and difficult work of recovery can begin. "We are beginning the recovery operations," Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin told CNN's Piers Morgan late Wednesday. "There's a lot of debris removal going on throughout the public areas of the street," she said. "You see a lot of utility crews that are out here. There's a lot of construction trucks. You're seeing people walking down the street pulling some wagons, going back into their homes to get their prized possessions." At least 24 people, including 10 children, were killed in Monday's monster tornado. Another 353 people were injured.
CNN: Boy Scouts to vote on lifting its ban on gay youths
The eyes of the country will be upon Texas on Thursday. That's where 1,400 members of the Boy Scouts of America's national council are expected to vote on whether to end the 103-year-old group's outright ban on gay youths. The outcome, to be announced late afternoon, follows months of intense debate among interest groups and within the ranks of scouting itself. It comes down to a single sentence at the end of a resolution. "No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone." If the policy change is approved, the BSA will maintain its ban on openly gay adult leaders.
CNN: Search for survivors winds down as Oklahoma begins daunting recovery
What began as a hunt for survivors is now an arduous recovery effort. No new survivors or bodies have been found since Monday, the day a mammoth tornado ripped a 17-mile path of destruction in central Oklahoma and pummeled 2,400 homes. The mayor of Moore, which bore the brunt of the tornado's wrath, said he doesn't expect the death toll to climb any higher. At least 24 people, including nine children, were killed, the state medical examiner's office said.
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WSJ: Electronic Health Data Gaining Favor
More than half of U.S. doctors have switched to electronic health records and are using them to manage patients' basic medical information and prescriptions, according to federal data set to be released Wednesday. The Department of Health and Human Services says it has reached a tipping point as it seeks to steer medical providers away from paper records. Advocates for electronic health records say they have the potential to make medical care safer and more efficient. In 2015, the federal government will start penalizing providers that haven't begun using electronic health records in reimbursements they get for treating patients.
(CNN) – It’s official.
After months of speculation, former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner announced in a YouTube video posted to his campaign website late Tuesday that he is running for mayor of New York City.
“Look, I’ve made some big mistakes and I know I’ve let a lot of people down. But I’ve also learned some tough lessons,” Weiner says in the video. “I’m running for mayor because I’ve been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it for my entire life. And I hope I get a second chance to work for you.”
CNN: Oklahoma tornado leaves massive path of death, destruction; at least 51 dead
Clinging to the hope of finding more survivors, rescue workers raced overnight scouring mountains of rubble where houses and schools once stood– even as the sobering death toll continued to climb. The vicious tornado that tore across central Oklahoma on Monday has killed at least 51 people - with about 40 more bodies expected to arrive at the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's office, Amy Elliott of the coroner's office said. The official death toll will gradually rise as the bodies are processed. At least 20 of those killed were children, including seven from Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore - the site of a frantic search early Tuesday morning.
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LA Times: Salt Lake City has highest rate of same-sex couples raising kids
Salt Lake City: the gay parenting capital of the United States? Unexpected as it may sound, a new study finds that the Utah capital and its outskirts have the nation's highest percentage of gay or lesbian couples raising children. Among couples of the same sex in the Salt Lake City area, more than 1 in 4 are rearing children, the analysis of census data reveals. That fact may seem at odds with perceptions that San Francisco and New York are the centers of gay and lesbian life. Pop culture depicts gays and lesbians turning to adoption, sperm banks or surrogacy to form families in decidedly liberal cities such as Los Angeles. But the reality for gay parents can be very different, said Gary J. Gates, the researcher behind the new estimates from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.
CNN: North Korea fires another projectile into the sea off its east coast, South says
North Korea on Monday fired a projectile into the sea off its east coast for the third day in a row, South Korean officials said, urging Pyongyang to refrain from "tension-creating acts." The South Korean Defense Ministry still needs to analyze exactly what the North fired, said Choi Yong-su, an official in the ministry's spokesperson's office. The projectiles the North launched over the weekend could be short-range missiles or a new kind of large-caliber artillery, the defense ministry said earlier Monday. The North fired three objects into waters off its east coast on Saturday and a fourth on Sunday, according to South Korea's semiofficial news agency Yonhap.
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