Russia on point of leaving 1987 arms-control treaty
2014-07-29 17:02:39 UTC
Russia may be on the point of walking out of a major cold war era arms-control treaty, Russian analysts have said, after President Obama accused Moscow of violating the accord by testing a cruise missile.
There has been evidence at least since ...
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...
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...
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...
How Russian Hackers Stole the Nasdaq
2014-07-22 06:18:53 UTC
In October 2010, a Federal Bureau of Investigation system monitoring U.S. Internet traffic picked up an alert. The signal was coming from Nasdaq (NDAQ). It looked like malware had snuck into the company’s central servers. There were indications th...
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...
James Garner dies aged 86
2014-07-20 21:18:03 UTC
The actor James Garner has died at the age of 86, Los Angeles police have confirmed.
Garner was best known for his primetime television roles as a wisecracking frontier gambler on Maverick and as an ex-con turned private eye on The Rockford Fil...
Why is Rumi the best-selling poet in the US?
2014-07-19 16:29:37 UTC
<strong>This 807-year-old Persian mystic and dervish has a massive following in the US and around the world. Jane Ciabattari explains his enduring influence.</strong>
The ecstatic poems of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Persian poet and Sufi mas...
Edward Snowden: 'If I end up in chains in Guantánamo I can live with that'
2014-07-17 21:28:15 UTC
The NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has urged lawyers, journalists, doctors, accountants, priests and others with a duty to protect confidentiality to upgrade security in the wake of the spy surveillance revelations.
Snowden said professiona...
Texas actress, Shannon Richardson gets 18 years
2014-07-17 14:25:54 UTC
A minor actress from Texas was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for sending ricin-tainted letters to President Obama, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and the head of his gun-control group.
Shannon Guess Richardson, 36, was also...
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...
Hunger strikes at US secret prison
2014-07-17 04:56:59 UTC
Sometimes they stopped eating to protest unclean drinking water. Other times they stopped eating because their comrades were placed in segregated housing. Still other times they stopped eating out of dissatisfaction with their access to the Intern...
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...
The Squeeze on Renters Is Getting Worse
2014-07-11 19:13:00 UTC
Summer’s traditionally when moving vans clog the streets as people try to get settled in new homes and apartments before the school year starts. Renters looking for an affordable lease this year may have a tough time finding one.
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.
USA is determined to build on the team’s success
2014-07-02 18:41:56 UTC
USA detect World Cup legacy and the US Soccer Federation is determined to build on the team’s success.
On paper, the outcome was no different than it had been four years previously. The USA, just as they did at the last World Cup in South Afric...
Obama asking Congress for $500m to train 'moderate' Syrian rebels
2014-06-27 17:29:03 UTC
The Obama administration has proposed escalating US involvement in the Syrian civil war, asking Congress for $500m for the US military to train and equip "moderate" Syrian rebels.
The request to Congress on Thursday, heralded by Barack Obama's ...
Louisiana senator faces bumpy ride on the Bayou
2014-06-24 06:30:25 UTC
Mary Landrieu, Louisiana’s three-term senator and one of America’s most formidable female politicians, leans back on her chair and surveys the glistening expanse of water that separates her state from Texas.
She watches enviously as white boats...
House of Representatives moves to ban NSA's 'backdoor search' provision
2014-06-21 07:02:50 UTC
Surveillance reform gained new congressional momentum as the US House of Representatives unexpectedly and overwhelmingly endorsed stripping a major post-9/11 power from the National Security Agency late Thursday night.
By a substantial and bipa...
US holds alleged Auschwitz guard, aged 89
2014-06-19 05:53:32 UTC
The accused, a resident of Philadelphia, was ordered to be held without bail on Wednesday, charged with aiding and abetting the killings at Auschwitz.
Johann "Hans" Breyer, who was taken into custody by US officials on Tuesday night, appeared in ...
Offensive to Native Americans: Redskins trademarks cancelled
2014-06-18 16:00:34 UTC
The US Patent and Trademark Office announced on Wednesday that it is to cancel six trademark registrations belonging to the Washington Redskins, ruling that the NFL team's name is disparaging to Native Americans.
In a landmark decision, the off...
Barack Obama sends 275 special forces soldiers to Iraq
2014-06-17 08:09:27 UTC
The US is urgently deploying several hundred armed troops in and around Iraq and considering sending an additional contingent of special forces soldiers as Baghdad struggles to repel a rampant insurgency.
Barack Obama discussed the crisis with ...
Casey Kasem dies at 82
2014-06-15 18:02:55 UTC
Casey Kasem poses after receiving the Radio Icon award during the 2003 Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas. Photograph: Eric Jamison/AP
Casey Kasem, the US radio personality with the distinctive voice who counted down the top pop music hits on a popu...