Phoenixs battle-scarred housing market is expected to be the strongest in the country in 2017, another sign that the U.S. housing market is returning to full strength. The rapid rise of a market that housing analysts once thought might not recover for decades demonstrates the strength of the national recovery, as home prices this week 
Donald Trump tried to tamp down a newly revived campaign dust-up Friday over his views on President Obamas birthplace, declaring the president was born in the United States period after declining to make that statement earlier this week.
Back in the fall of 2001, Sen. Richard J. Durbin considered Miguel Estrada particularly dangerous. Nominated for a lifetime appointment to the second-highest court in the land, Estrada was young, smart and conservative, and Republicans seemed to be grooming him for a Supreme Court appointment, according to a Durbin aide.
So Durbin (D-Ill.) helped defeat Estradas bid for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, helping lead a historic filibuster of the nomination.
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Now, 15 years later, with the latest judicial confirmation battle focused on the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the
A Turkish doctor faces prison time if it is proven that comparing President Erdogan, (r.), to "Lord of the Rings" character Gollum, (l.), is indeed an insult.
It can't be flattering to be compared to "Lord of the Rings" character Gollum, but a Turkish court is trying to determine if it is a crime.
A doctor who likened President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the pasty, cave-dwelling creature is facing up to two years in prison in Turkey, where insulting the president is a crime, reports said Wednesday. Bilgin Ciftci is accused of sharing images of the two, but it is up to a court to determine whether a comparison to the muttering, gangrel creature from J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novels and the hugely successful films is a punishable offense.
Unable to determine a physical resemblance, the court in the western province of Aydin asked a group of experts -- two academics, two psychologists and one movie expert -- to testify as to whether the comparison was an insult, Milliyet newspaper reported.
The judge presiding over the case admitted he has not seen the fantasy blockbusters directed by Peter Jackson. The court adjourned the case until February, while the experts analyze Gollum, Milliyet reported.
Ciftci was fired from the hospital where he worked and briefly detained in October for sharing images comparing Erdogan's facial expressions when eating, expressing surprise and amazement, to those of Gollum. While the case may be amusing to some westerners, it comes amid a growing crackdown on journalists, bloggers and citizens who are being taken to court on charges of insulting Erdogan and other top officials. Former Miss Turkey Merve Buyuksarac went on trial in May on charges of insulting the president.
Last week, two of Turkey's most prominent journalists -- Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Can Dundar and its Ankara bureau chief Erdem Gul -- were arrested on spying charges.
Handout . / Reuters/REUTERS Joseph Moe Allen is wanted as a suspect in the New Orleans shooting that left 17 wounded.
The suspect in a horrifying gunfight that left 17 people wounded in New Orleans turned himself over to authorities Saturday, but he refused to talk about the shooting.
Joseph (Moe) Allen, 32, was named by New Orleans investigators as one of the suspects sought for the violent shootout on Sunday.
He will face 17 counts of attempted murder, but investigators said Allen won't speak about the allegations against him.
The suspects prior rap sheet includes everything from home invasion to carjacking to drug possession, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.
Allen and an unknown number of accomplices allegedly opened fire in Bunny Friend Park as it teemed with hundreds of people filming a music video at a 6 p.m. block party.
Investigators avoided questions about the identity of the music group filming the video and whether the shootout was gang-related, although they did reveal that Allen had ties to a known gang leader.
Michael DeMocker/AP Officials remove a man from the scene following a shooting in New Orleans on Sunday.
Ten of the wounded were under 21-years-old and the youngest was just 10-years-old, according to the paper.
None of the victims have life-threatening wounds.
"We are so glad that it wasn't worse," said police Superintendent Michael Harrison.
Even though the park was crowded, police said they still hadnt received any videos of the shoot-out.
And everyone knows there are lots, said Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Michael DeMocker/AP People await transport to a hospital after a shooting in Bunny Friend Park in New Orleans.
"We need videos. We need photos. We need people to come forward," Harrison said.
The mayor was confident that there would be more suspects to be identified.
"This is just the first shoe to drop," he said.
"We are going to do everything we can to make sure all the other shoes drop as well."
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For the first time in more than 60 years, a U.S. president has met with a Cuban president on U.S. soil.
President Obama sat down with President Raul Castro on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City today. At Obamas side were Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power, in addition to other aides.
The two leaders have met before, but todays meeting marks the first time the heads of state of both countries have met on U.S. soil since the Cuban revolution.
Besides discussing the recent visit of Pope Francis to both countries, "President Obama highlighted U.S. regulatory changes that will allow more Americans to travel to and do business with Cuba, while helping to improve the lives of the Cuban people," the White House said in a statement.
It added: "The president also highlighted steps the United States intends to take to improve ties between the American and Cuban peoples, and reiterated our support for human rights in Cuba."
Following last December's announcement to restore diplomatic ties between the two countries, the two leaders spoke by phone for roughly 45 minutes. The two spoke again in April in advance of their historic meeting during the Summit of the Americas in Panama. That meeting was the first time a U.S. president has ever sat down as part of a bilateral meeting with a Cuban president since the revolution.
The two leaders spoke two weeks ago, in advance of the Pope Francis' visit to Cuba and the United States, and following the Obama administration announcement of new regulatory changes, which allowed for more travel and U.S. business on the island.
The meeting between Castro and Obama sustains the momentum of the historic rapprochement they are pursuing, Peter Kornbluh, author of Back Channel to Cuba, told ABC News. With two meetings and three phone conversations in the last nine months, they are actually building a relationship that will benefit their respective nations.
Four months after the Cuban revolution in 1959, Fidel Castro came to the United States on the invitation from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. President Eisenhower avoided the Cuban revolutionary leader; instead Castro met with then-Vice President Richard Nixon.
The visit by Raul Castro to New York also marks his first time speaking at the U.S. General Assembly, and his first visit to the United States since 1959.
His brother, former President Fidel Castro, spoke at the UNGA a handful of times, the first was in 1960 and the last in 2000. His 1960 speech was timed at a record-breaking 4.5 hours.
The U.N. General Assembly is expected to vote for the 24th time to condemn the U.S. embargo against Cuba. Of the 193-nation assembly, last year 188 countries voted for the nonbinding resolution, with only the United States and Israel voting against it.