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...
'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.
Obama seeks $3.7bn in extra funding to address child migrant crisis
2014-07-08 19:40:08 UTC
Fast-track deportations and ankle bracelets will be deployed under a larger-than-expected White House plan to deal with an immigration crisis prompted by the arrival of more than 52,000 children at the southern US border since last October, traffi...
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.
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...
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...
Some NSA data collection is 'legal and effective', says independent board
2014-07-02 06:48:50 UTC
An independent board has declared a set of National Security Agency data collection programs both "legal and effective in protecting national security", despite expressing concern about "intrusions" into individuals' privacy.
As the NSA's trove...
FTC accuses T-Mobile of knowingly billing customers for bogus charges
2014-07-02 06:43:56 UTC
T-Mobile US became the target of a federal investigation and lawsuit Tuesday amid allegations that it bilked potentially hundreds of millions of dollars from its customers in fraudulent charges.
The announcement of a complaint filed in a court ...
White House will ask Congress for new powers to tackle immigration surge
2014-06-30 05:13:56 UTC
The White House is preparing an emergency request to Congress for additional powers to enable the fast-track deportation of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America who are crossing the US border illegally, a move that coul...
Puerto Rico: Tropical Tax Haven for America's Super-Rich
2014-06-27 18:57:51 UTC
It’s 2 a.m. at the La Factoria bar in Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan, a hipster joint with a sagging couch, tile floors, and Christmas lights that wouldn’t be out of place in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg. While Get Lucky plays, tipsy couples slink out the ...
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 ...
Alleged BA mixup sent US couple to Grenada instead of Granada
2014-06-25 22:59:42 UTC
An American couple are suing British Airways claiming the airline ruined their holiday by booking them tickets to Grenada in the Caribbean instead of Granada, Spain.
Edward Gamson and Lowell Canaday, from Washington DC, say they wanted to trave...
US to extend privacy rights to EU
2014-06-25 22:50:45 UTC
The Obama administration has caved in to pressure from the European Union in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations on surveillance by promising to pass legislation granting European citizens many of the privacy protection rights enjoyed by US c...
Fifa and business miss an open goal for human rights
2014-06-24 06:30:52 UTC
The World Cup in Brazil could be the global sporting event of this century, combining Fifa, the wealthiest of sporting associations, with Brazil, the world's top footballing nation, and a host of giant global sponsors including Coca-Cola, Adidas, ...
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...
US steps up sanctions against separatists in eastern Ukraine
2014-06-21 07:10:26 UTC
The US has imposed sanctions against separatists in eastern Ukraine, as the crisis there shows no sign of easing.
The sanctions include asset freezes against seven pro-Russian leaders.
The move was announced as Western leaders threatened add...
US demotes Thailand and Qatar over modern-day slavery
2014-06-21 06:18:16 UTC
The US has signalled its mounting concern over modern-day slavery in Thailand and Qatar after it downgraded both countries on its human trafficking watchlist following revelations of appalling maltreatment of migrant workers.
Thailand was releg...
GM Recalls: How General Motors Silenced a Whistle-Blower
2014-06-19 06:06:06 UTC
It was close to 3 a.m. on June 6 when Courtland Kelley burst into his bedroom, startling his wife awake. General Motors (GM), Kelley’s employer for more than 30 years, had just released the results of an investigation into how a flawed ignition sw...
Amazon's New Fire Phone - What You Need to Know?
2014-06-19 06:00:28 UTC
It’s official: Amazon.com (AMZN) is in the phone business. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos showed off a black glass rectangle with a rubber frame called the Fire Phone. The device will be sold, starting July 25, through AT&T (T) for $199 with a two-yea...
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...
Kurdistan Government Is Selling More Oil in Defiance of Baghdad
2014-06-18 05:34:04 UTC
LONDON—The semiautonomous region of Kurdistan is planning to increase its oil exports, flouting the objections of the central government in Baghdad just as it struggles to quell a violent insurgency.
Two more tankers of Kurdish oil are schedule...
Foreign investment into China falls in May
2014-06-17 08:38:06 UTC
Foreign investment in China fell in May to its lowest level in 16 months, partly due to slowing growth.
The government says China attracted $8.6bn (£5.1bn) in foreign direct investment (FDI) in May.
That is a 6.7% fall from the same period l...
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 ...
IMF slashes estimate for US economic growth in 2014
2014-06-16 16:17:48 UTC
The International Monetary Fund slashed its forecast for US economic growth on Monday, citing a harsh winter, problems in the housing market and weak international demand for the country's products.
In its annual review of the US economy, the I...
Iraq conflict: US sends warship to the Gulf
2014-06-15 18:16:34 UTC
The US says it is sending a major warship into the Gulf to provide it with military options should the situation in Iraq deteriorate further.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the USS George HW Bush, which carries dozens of fighter jets,...