Obama to have news conference Friday
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says he'll have a news conference at the White House Friday.
Obama will answer reporters' questions in the midst of a terror alert that led the government to close nearly two dozen embassies and consulates in the Middle East and North Africa. And just this week, Obama canceled a one-on-one summit next month in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in part because of Russia's decision to grant asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
The news conference also comes a day before Obama leaves Washington for a nine-day vacation on Martha's Vineyard, Mass.
Obama made the announcement Thursday as he wrapped up an Oval Office meeting with the prime minister of Greece.
2 suspected U.S. drones kill 9 militants in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen -- Two U.S. drone strikes killed a total of nine suspected al-Qaida militants Thursday, a Yemeni military official said, the sixth and seventh such attacks in less than two weeks as the Arab nation is on high alert against terrorism.
The uptick in drone strikes signals that the Obama administration is stepping up its efforts to target Yemen's al-Qaida offshoot -- al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula -- amid fears of attacks after the interception of a message between its leader and the global leader of the terror network.
Vote suppression alleged in close Fla. election
SOPCHOPPY, Fla. -- A Florida Panhandle town best known for its annual Worm Grunting Festival is at the center of an investigation into charges the white city clerk suppressed the black vote in an election where the black mayor lost by a single vote and a black city commissioner was also ousted.
Both losing candidates and three black voters have filed complaints, now being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, that City Clerk Jackie Lawhon made it more difficult for blacks to cast ballots by questioning their residency.
The candidates also allege Lawhon abandoned her duty to remain neutral and actively campaigned for the three whites on the ballot.
"If the allegations that we have are 100 percent accurate, then this election was literally stolen from us and I really feel like there should be another election," said Anginita Rosier, who lost her seat on the commission by 26 votes.