Kids, guns and the American way
2014-07-25 20:42:21 UTC
In February, a nine-year-old Arkansas boy called Hank asked his uncle if he could head off on his own from their remote camp to hunt a rabbit with his .22 calibre rifle. “I said all right,” recalled his uncle Brent later. “It wasn’t a concern. Som...
Texas migrant crisis: Christian charities step into breach
2014-07-24 17:10:30 UTC
As spring turned to summer, locals in the Texas border city of McAllen noticed a rise in the number of migrant women and children being dropped off at the bus station by immigration officials.
Churchgoers offered them food and clothes, but the ...
Republicans weakness at ground games in Alaska
2014-07-23 16:31:44 UTC
Art Hackney has more than three decades of strategising for Republican election campaigns in Alaska under his belt. And he’s rarely been so frustrated.
From an office lined with awards for punchy political campaigns on behalf of senators, congr...
OSCE: Ukraine rebels 'limit investigation'
2014-07-19 08:15:56 UTC
A team of international observers say pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine have limited their access to the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines plane.
An OSCE spokesman said access to the site had been controlled by armed men, with one firing shots into t...
Facts: More Guns, More Mass Shootings
2014-07-17 21:28:03 UTC
In the fierce debate that always follows the latest mass shooting, it's an argument you hear frequently from gun rights promoters: If only more people were armed, there would be a better chance of stopping these terrible events. This has plausibil...
Teenage survivor of Spring shooting speaks to crowd at Texas school
2014-07-13 15:11:23 UTC
The 15-year-old survivor of a gun attack in which her parents and four brothers and sisters were shot to death last week has spoken publicly for the first time about the incident, urging neighbours and friends to search for goodness out of the tra...
4 children, parents killed in Texas shooting
2014-07-10 18:24:15 UTC
SPRING, Texas (AP) — A gunman charged Thursday in the killing of four children and their parents was dressed as a delivery man when he arrived at the suburban Houston home where the family was shot to death, officials said.
"I have not personal...
Ex New Orleans Mayor gets 10 years in prison
2014-07-09 16:19:39 UTC
(Reuters) - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison on corruption charges that arose in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
A jury in February found Nagin guilty of charges including bribery, wi...
US military studied how to influence Twitter users
2014-07-08 19:36:42 UTC
The activities of users of Twitter and other social media services were recorded and analysed as part of a major project funded by the US military, in a program that covers ground similar to Facebook’s controversial experiment into how to control ...
US Fourth of July weekend marred by spate of gun violence
2014-07-06 00:39:24 UTC
The Fourth of July weekend was marred for some by a spate of gun violence in at least three cities across the US.
In Indianapolis, Indiana, seven people were shot – including one who was critically injured – early Saturday morning in an area kn...
Immigration crisis moves to Colorado
2014-07-02 17:41:58 UTC
Conventional political wisdom says the collapse of talks over immigration reform legislation in Washington this week won't hurt Republicans at the ballot box until at least the presidential election in 2016. Miguel Valenzuela is on a mission to pr...
President: Our system is broken, folks don't know the rules
2014-07-01 00:51:06 UTC
President Obama has abandoned his year-long effort to reach an immigration reform deal with congressional Republicans, announcing instead a series of executive actions to respond to what he called a “humanitarian crisis” on the US's southern borde...
Hillary Clinton's Hard Choices faces effective ban in China
2014-06-27 18:39:04 UTC
Hillary Clinton's bestselling memoir Hard Choices has in effect been banned in China less than a month after its release, the publisher Simon & Schuster has said.
The book, in which Clinton retraces her four-year tenure as US secretary of state...
Obama encourages employers to adopt family-friendly policies
2014-06-24 06:30:42 UTC
President Barack Obama is encouraging more employers to adopt family-friendly policies by hosting a daylong summit on Monday, even though the US government doesn't always set the best example.
The United States is the only industrialized nation...
Fed agencies roll out benefits for married same-sex couples
2014-06-21 06:58:27 UTC
The Obama administration is moving to expand the federal benefits offered to same-sex couples including some sick leave, social security and veterans affairs benefits regardless of whether the couple live in a state where their marriage is recogni...
U.S. is mulling ways it might help the Iraqi government
2014-06-19 05:16:46 UTC
Biden spoke separately to the three leaders on Wednesday, urging them to show unity and form an inclusive government after national elections that were held in April.
The vice president telephoned Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki - who leads the Sh...
US opens Bowe Bergdahl investigation
2014-06-17 08:41:12 UTC
The US military has opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Sgt Bowe Bergdahl's disappearance from an Afghan outpost.
The Army has appointed Maj General Kenneth Dahl, who served in combat in Afghanistan, to lead the investiga...
Obama slams Congress: Climate change no hoax
2014-06-15 16:32:38 UTC
President Obama laid into Republicans who question the science of climate change on Saturday. He told thousands of students at the University of California that the "overwhelming majority" of scientists no longer disputed the data pointing to tren...
Kevin McCarthy on course to replace Eric Cantor
2014-06-13 08:07:09 UTC
The chief whip in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, appeared increasingly confident about his promotion to majority leader on Thursday as a succession of candidates withdrew from the race to replace Eric Cantor.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his seat in Congress
2014-06-11 23:36:37 UTC
US Republicans are reeling after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary election to a challenger from the party's populist Tea Party wing.
Mr Cantor announced on Wednesday he would step down from his leadership position effective 31...
74th U.S. School shooting since Sandy Hook
2014-06-10 22:32:23 UTC
Tuesday morning's fatal shooting at Reynolds High School is the 74th shooting on an American school campus since a lone gunman's attack on Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012.
The list of shootings, which includes 13 schoo...
Americans want immigration reform, despite political friction
2014-06-10 21:59:21 UTC
Despite a year of contentious national debate and several stalled congressional proposals, Americans still overwhelmingly agree that illegal immigrants living in the United States should be allowed to remain in the country and seek some form of le...
Shooting At Seattle Pacific University: One Dead, at Least Two Injured
2014-06-06 05:34:56 UTC
When Briana Clarke heard popping sounds on a Seattle college campus on Thursday, she thought the source must be something innocent -- bursting balloons. Then she saw a classmate running frantically, saying someone had been shot.
A gunman had open...
Edward Snowden was a highly trained spy
2014-05-28 13:01:51 UTC
Edward Snowden sought to bolster his credentials during an interview with NBC "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams.
The one-hour interview, Snowden's first with a U.S. television network, is scheduled to air at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
Memorial Day: 'We honour them always'
2014-05-26 18:06:58 UTC
President Barack Obama has laid a wreath at a national cemetery as the US marks Memorial Day by remembering soldiers who have lost their lives.
Hours after returning from a visit to US troops in Afghanistan, Mr Obama paid tribute at Arlington i...