Powell 'not told early' of CIA torture
2014-07-31 00:17:16 UTC
A Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some US ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secret prisons, according to a...
Blaming Obama for a messy world
2014-07-29 16:41:12 UTC
The world was a mess long before President Barack Obama first took the oath of office, writes the Chicago Tribune's Steve Chapman.
To lay the blame for the crises of varying magnitudes in Ukraine, Israel, Syria, Iran and China at the feet of th...
California wildfires destroy 10 homes
2014-07-28 06:14:27 UTC
<strong>Two fast-moving wildfires in California have destroyed 10 homes and have forced the evacuation of hundreds more, US officials say.</strong>
In the Sacramento region, a fire has spread to cover an area of about 4,000 acres, while another...
US evacuates embassy staff from Libya due to militia clashes
2014-07-26 22:26:48 UTC
The US says it has temporarily evacuated its staff from the Libyan capital Tripoli over security concerns.
Staff, including marine guards providing security to the embassy, have been transferred to Tunisia "due to the ongoing violence resulting...
Republican Mayor Compares Atheism to Ku Klux Klan, Nazism
2014-07-25 21:23:06 UTC
The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Warren, Michigan, after its mayor refused to let an atheist run a "reason station" out of the City Hall atrium. A religious group has operated from City Hall since 2009, handing out religiou...
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 ...
US lifts ban on flights to Tel Aviv
2014-07-24 07:17:03 UTC
The US aviation regulator has lifted its ban on US carriers flying to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport.
But it has warned that the situation with the conflict in Gaza remains "very fluid".
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) first impo...
Arizona: Joseph Wood dies two hours after execution begins
2014-07-24 06:29:33 UTC
The controversy engulfing the death penalty in the United States escalated on Wednesday when the state of Arizona took almost two hours to kill a prisoner using an experimental concoction of drugs whose provenance it had insisted on keeping secret...
U.S. Government agents 'directly involved' in most high-profile US terror plots
2014-07-21 21:10:47 UTC
Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or informants, a new report says.
Some of the controversial "sting" operations "were proposed or l...
Boston bombing suspect friend found guilty of conspiracy charges
2014-07-21 20:04:23 UTC
A jury has found Azamat Tazhayakov guilty of impeding an investigation and conspiracy after he removed a backpack from the dorm room of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Prosecutors said Tazhayakov and his friend Dias Kadyrbayev removed...
Obama Announces Expanded Sanctions Against Russia
2014-07-17 04:57:52 UTC
The Obama administration is imposing new, deeper sanctions on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine, targeting Russian banks and energy and defense firms.
“Given its continued provocations in Ukraine, today I have approved a new set of sanctio...
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...
Bully wildfire and marijuana cultivation in California
2014-07-13 15:18:01 UTC
A 27-year-old man who was allegedly at an illegal marijuana plot is suspected of starting a wildfire that has burned more than 4.5 square miles of forested land in northern California.
The man, whose name was given as Freddie Alexander Smoke II...
Jersey City police officer shot dead during armed robbery of drug store
2014-07-13 15:14:12 UTC
A rookie police officer responding to an armed robbery call at a 24-hour drug store was fatally shot early Sunday by a suspect who had snatched a gun from an armed security guard inside, officials said.
Jersey City officer Melvin Santiago, 23, ...
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...
New gun-control fight brewing in the Senate
2014-07-10 18:28:38 UTC
Fifteen months since gun legislation stalled on Capitol Hill, the Senate is on the verge of a new fight over whether to expand gun rights, an unanticipated development at a moment of already high tension in the fractured chamber.
A new politica...
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...
'Forgotten' US smallpox vials found in cardboard box
2014-07-09 06:54:50 UTC
The virus, believed dead, was located in six freeze-dried and sealed vials, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It is said to be the first time unaccounted-for smallpox has been discovered in the US.
Senate committee adopts cybersecurity bill opposed by NSA critics
2014-07-09 06:50:26 UTC
The Senate intelligence committee voted Tuesday to adopt a major cybersecurity bill that critics fear will give the National Security Agency even wider access to American data than it already has.
Observers said the bill, approved by a 12 to 3 ...
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 ...
Flights to US will require passengers to show cellphones
2014-07-07 19:10:22 UTC
Passengers using airports that offer direct flights to the US may be forced to switch on their mobile phones and other electronic devices to prove to security officials that they do not contain explosives, it was announced on Sunday.
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...
Edward Snowden should have right to legal defence in US, says Hillary Clinton
2014-07-06 00:46:02 UTC
The former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has said Edward Snowden should have the right to launch a legal and public defence of his decision to leak top-secret documents if he returns to the United States.
"If he wishes to return knowing...
Six arrested as Southern California demonstrators clash over immigration
2014-07-06 00:46:20 UTC
Six people were arrested on 4th July after demonstrators from dueling sides of the immigration debate clashed outside a US Border Patrol station in Murrieta, California, where a convoy of busses carrying some of the Central American migrants flood...