CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend 'enhanced interrogation'
2014-04-18 21:10:18 UTC
The psychologist regarded as the architect of the CIA's “enhanced interrogation” program has broken a seven-year silence to defend the use of torture techniques against al-Qaida terror suspects in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
In an uncompromis...
Jimmy Carter says oil pipeline shouldn't be approved
2014-04-17 10:30:25 UTC
For the first time, a former U.S. president has come out against the Keystone XL pipeline.
The ex-president in question is Jimmy Carter.
The 39th president joined a group of Nobel laureates to sign a letter urging the current commander-in-ch...
Son of slain Sikh leader runs for Congress on gun safety platform
2014-04-16 16:18:09 UTC
Would greater controls on gun ownership save lives or simply limit freedom? It is the debate that renews after every mass shooting in the US.
In August 2012 six people were shot dead at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin by a white supremacist.
Murder charges for former leader of the Ku Klux Klan
2014-04-16 02:11:13 UTC
Frazier Glenn Cross is accused of shooting to death a boy and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center near Kansas City, Kansas, on Sunday and then a woman at a nearby Jewish assisted living facility. He has been charged with one count of...
US Woman Arrested After Police Find Corpses Of 7 Babies In Garage
2014-04-14 08:42:36 UTC
An American woman accused of killing seven babies she gave birth to over a decade has been arrested after police discovered the tiny bodies stuffed in cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home.
Megan Huntsman, 39, who lived in the house ...
US refuses visa for Iran's UN envoy choice Hamid Aboutalebi
2014-04-12 00:05:54 UTC
<h3>The White House has refused to issue a US visa to Iran's nomination for UN ambassador, who was involved in seizure of the US embassy in 1979.</h3>The decision in effect bars Hamid Aboutalebi from taking up the role at the UN, which is based in...
Senate torture report: CIA and White House under pressure
2014-04-11 17:37:42 UTC
Senate committee found CIA interrogations and detentions to be 'brutal' and urges administration to release report as quickly as possible. A leak of the major findings of a landmark Senate inquiry into the CIA’s post-9/11 torture of terrorism deta...
Obama Banks on Sebelius Leaving to Take Heat Off Party
2014-04-11 16:13:26 UTC
The departure of Kathleen Sebelius from President Barack Obama’s cabinet removes a focal point for criticism over Obamacare’s troubled rollout, right at a moment when the White House can blunt attacks with enrollment numbers that exceeded targets....
Jimmy Carter: It’s not appropriate for the United States to bomb Iran over 'Nuclear Weapon' issue
2014-04-10 20:56:43 UTC
Former President Jimmy Carter joined MSNBC’s Chris Matthews for an interview on Hardball Wednesday and made some news by saying he does not think the United States should bomb Iran even if they were to succeed in building an operational nuclear we...
US undocumented Latinos living in fear
2014-04-10 05:58:53 UTC
The rainforests around Forks, a small town in Washington state, have long attracted hunters and fishermen, but beginning in 2008, this lush, remote landscape acquired a new breed of pursuer and prey.
That year, Border Patrol agents started targ...
Multiple stabbings at Pennsylvania High school
2014-04-09 16:22:47 UTC
A 16-year-old student embarked on a stabbing spree at a Pennsylvania high school on Wednesday that left 20 people injured before he was apprehended by staff.
Police said the boy brandished two knives in the attack that left 19 students and a sc...
California Ranked Lowest in Government Data Access Study
2014-04-09 08:41:02 UTC
California, the U.S. state with the largest population and budget, offers the least website access to its government spending data, according to an analysis by the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group.
Alaska and Idaho also got failing gra...
Kerry warns Putin and calls Ukraine protests ‘contrived’
2014-04-09 07:37:15 UTC
"What we see from Russia is an illegal and illegitimate effort to destabilize a sovereign state and create a contrived crisis with paid operatives across an international boundary," Kerry said.
Speaking before the Senate Foreign Relations Committ...
Back to the Negotiating Table - Kerry to meet Russia's Lavrov for Ukraine talks
2014-04-08 07:50:59 UTC
<h3>The US has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop "overtly or covertly" trying to destabilize Ukraine. In a bid to ease the crisis, the US and Russia have discussed holding a possible meeting with top diplomats.</h3>US Secretary of St...
Fort Hood killings: US Army probes soldier's mental health
2014-04-03 16:47:39 UTC
The US Army is investigating whether psychological trauma was the reason a soldier carried out a deadly shooting spree at a Texas military base.
The man has not been named by the army but US media have identified him as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez.
US Supreme Court strikes down overall donor limits
2014-04-02 16:42:41 UTC
The US Supreme Court has struck down overall political campaign contribution limits for individual donors.
The court ruled 5-4 that individuals could give to candidates, parties and political groups without observing an overall cap of $123,200....
Obama healthcare 'here to stay'
2014-04-02 07:21:20 UTC
US President Barack Obama says his embattled signature healthcare programme is "here to stay" after more than 7 million Americans signed up.
He told reporters the law, nicknamed Obamacare, represented progress and benefitted the economy.
NRA board member criticises angry rhetoric at pro-gun rallies
2014-04-01 05:12:36 UTC
<h3>Tom King says gun rights lobbyists must focus on winning over 'soccer moms … and people worried about their safety'</h3>
The president of one of the National Rifle Association's largest state affiliates has criticised the increasingly angry...
Last day for 'Obamacare' sign-up
2014-03-31 15:28:45 UTC
<h3>Americans are rushing to sign up for health insurance under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare programme, as a key enrolment deadline looms</h3>
Monday is the last day for most Americans to sign up for coverage or face a penalty ...
Congress approves Ukraine aid package
2014-03-28 09:14:43 UTC
The US Congress agreed a major aid package to Ukraine on Thursday, overcoming weeks of partisan disagreement that has held up around $1bn in loan guarantees to Kiev.
The Senate and the House of Representatives passed bills to approve a loan pac...
Obama formally proposes end to NSA bulk collection
2014-03-27 15:48:29 UTC
The Obama administration on Thursday formally proposed ending the National Security Agency's bulk collection of all US phone data.
Nearly 10 months after the Guardian exposed the controversial program, based on leaks from Edward Snowden, Presid...
End of NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone data
2014-03-25 06:19:21 UTC
The House intelligence committee is circulating a draft bill that would permit the government to acquire the phone or email records of an "individual or facility" inside the US for up to a year.
The move by the House intelligence committee's le...
Mitt Romney slams president Barack Obama for 'faulty judgment'
2014-03-24 06:15:53 UTC
Mitt Romney said on Sunday that President Barack Obama is naive when it comes to Russia, has shown "faulty judgment" about Moscow's intentions and could have done more to try to deter its annexation of Crimea.
The 2012 Republican presidential n...
Elephants damage vehicles after escaping from Missouri circus handlers
2014-03-23 05:52:14 UTC
Three elephants escaped on Saturday from their handlers at a circus in the US and damaged several vehicles in the parking lot before they were recaptured.
Television station KMOV reported that the female elephants escaped from the children's ri...
Barack Obama seeks European support for harder line on Russia sanctions
2014-03-24 06:55:58 UTC
Barack Obama takes his hard line on Russia to Europe this week and will see how far European allies are willing to go to stop Moscow from moving deeper into Ukraine after annexing Crimea.
The US president will arrive in the Netherlands on Monda...