White House: Gaza UN shelter attack 'totally unacceptable'
2014-07-31 23:24:57 UTC
The US has said the shelling of a UN shelter in Gaza is "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible".
In its strongest criticism yet of Israel's offensive in the Palestinian territory, the US - Israel's closest ally - urged Israel to do more...
UN, US announce ceasefire to begin Friday morning
2014-07-31 23:16:50 UTC
Israel and Hamas have agreed to an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza from 08:00 (05:00 GMT) on Friday, the US and UN say.
A statement urged all parties to "act with restraint" until the ceasefire begins. Talks on a more perma...
CIA admits to spying on Senate staffers
2014-07-31 22:53:47 UTC
The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, issued an extraordinary apology to leaders of the US Senate intelligence committee on Thursday, conceding that the agency employees spied on committee staff and reversing months of fur...
GOP in disarray after failure to vote on immigration bill
2014-07-31 22:41:19 UTC
Republican leaders in the House of Representatives were in disarray on Thursday after they were unable to secure the votes for a bill to provide the government with additional money to cope with the influx of unaccompanied children at the border a...
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...
Eric Garner’s Deadly Confrontation With NY Police
2014-07-29 18:35:55 UTC
<strong>Behind the Video of Eric Garner’s Deadly Confrontation With New York Police
TIME talks with the man who filmed the fatal incident on Staten Island</strong>
On July 17, Ramsey Orta was talking to his friend, Eric Garner, about where t...
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...
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...
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 ...
Ryan: Scrap welfare and divert money to states
2014-07-24 17:01:09 UTC
The Republican party's intellectual guru, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, has proposed a radical experiment to scrap federal welfare benefits – such as food stamps, housing assistance and childcare – and divert the funds directly to states, which...
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...
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...
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...
Detroit showing signs of recovery ahead of bankruptcy trial
2014-07-20 22:18:51 UTC
Detroit neighbourhoods are being relit, its vacant homes are being sold off or torn down, its public transportation is cleaner and more often on schedule and the city has renegotiated some burdensome union contracts.
In the little more than a y...
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...