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Jul 27 2014 US Closes Embassy In Libya

WASHINGTON - The United States has temporarily closed its embassy in Libya and evacuated the staff to neighboring Tunisia because of heavy fighting near the embassy site in Tripoli.
The State Department says it has suspended embassy operations due to “ongoing violence between Libyan militias.”
In a Saturday statement, officials also recommended that U.S. citizens in Libya […]


Jul 22 2014 Texas Governor Rick Perry Deploys National Guard To Border

HOUSTON - Texas Governor Rick Perry ordered his state’s National Guard commander to send 1,000 soldiers to the Texas border with Mexico to help cope with the recent influx of people from Central America seeking refugee status.
Perry said he took the extraordinary measure of activating some of the state’s National Guard troops to help secure […]


Jul 3 2014 Texas Border Towns Overwhelmed With Immigrants

HOUSTON - Thousands of immigrants from Central America have crossed over the Mexican border into the U.S. state of Texas in recent months, and federal agents have stepped up efforts to process those with no criminal record and allow them to stay with family members in the United States while awaiting their court date. Local […]


Jun 22 2014 Obama To Open New Detention Centers For Immigrants

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is moving to stop the flow of mainly Central American children arriving at the southern U.S. border.
U.S. officials say tens of thousands of unaccompanied children have made their way illegally across the southwestern border over the last eight months.
Their numbers have overwhelmed U.S. immigration facilities, and the Obama administration on […]


Jun 6 2014 Obama Refuses To Apologize For Prisoner Swap

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Thursday he would make “no apologies” for agreeing to a deal that released Taliban detainee U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, despite controversy in Washington that Congress was not notified ahead of time.
“I make absolutely no apologies for making sure that we get back a young man to his […]


Apr 22 2014 US Supreme Court To Review Jerusalem Birthplace Law

WASHINGTON  - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to weigh the constitutionality of a law that was designed to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem - the historic holy city claimed by Israelis and Palestinians - to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports.
The case concerns a long-standing U.S. foreign policy that the […]


Apr 22 2014 Obama To Visit Site Of Deadly Mudslide

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama will meet Tuesday with families of victims of a deadly mudslide in the northwestern state of Washington.
The White House says the president will survey the damage from last month’s mudslide, which killed at least 41 people and destroyed dozens of homes.
Obama also is scheduled to meet with victims, first […]


Apr 13 2014 Joe Biden To Visit Ukraine

WASHINGTON - The White House said on Saturday that Vice President Joe Biden would travel to Kyiv this month to show support for the Ukrainian government as U.S. officials expressed new concern over “violence and sabotage’’ by militants it said were apparently supported by Russia in eastern Ukraine.
Biden, set to travel to Kiev on April 22, […]


Apr 9 2014 US Denounces Iran Pick For UN Ambassador

WASHINGTON - The White House made clear on Tuesday that it did not welcome Iran’s choice of Hamid Abutalebi as its new United Nations ambassador, saying officials had told Tehran that the selection was “not viable.”
But White House spokesman Jay Carney stopped short of saying Abutalebi would be barred from entering the United States because […]


Mar 29 2014 5.1 Earthquake Strikes Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO - Visitor’s to Disneyland in California Friday night got more excitement than they may have expected when a 5.1-magnitude earthquake shook metropolitan Los Angeles.
Disneyland officials shut down rides in the park for about an hour to conduct safety checks before reopening.
Los Angeles emergency officials said they received calls about gas leaks and water main […]


Mar 28 2014 US Mudslide Death Toll Expected To Grow

SEATTLE - The death toll from a devastating U.S. mudslide is already 25, but a rescue leader says the number of victims is likely to soon increase substantially.
A fire chief in the western state of Washington, Travis Hots, said Thursday that he expects the list of victims to lengthen considerably within the next two days […]


Mar 26 2014 Obamacare Individual Mandate Extended

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said it will extend next week’s deadline for Americans who have begun applying for private health insurance but have been unable to complete the process.
Officials said they will provide a special enrollment period beyond next Monday’s March 31 deadline for those trying to purchase a health insurance plan through the […]


Mar 25 2014 Deadly Mudslide Strikes Washington State

SEATTLE - Hopes are diminishing for finding survivors of a U.S. mudslide that has killed at least 14 people and left more than 100 others missing.
Rescue workers continued their search Monday of a large quicksand-like debris pile in the northwestern state of Washington. It is a mix of mud and trees covering 2.6 square kilometers, […]


Mar 17 2014 US Navy Seizes Oil Tanker Near Cyprus

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon announced that U.S. Navy SEALs have seized an oil tanker carrying crude illicitly obtained from a rebel-held port in Libya.
The Defense Department said Monday no one was hurt in the boarding of the “stateless vessel seized earlier this month by three armed Libyans.”
The statement said the action was requested by the […]


Mar 13 2014 US General Dunford Urges Patience With Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - The commander of U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan says maintaining a residual military presence in the country is desirable and feasible even if Kabul continues to delay signing a bilateral security agreement with the United States.
Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, General Joseph Dunford revealed sharp differences among lawmakers on the wisdom of […]


Mar 12 2014 Obama To Meet With New Prime Minister Of Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama is hosting Ukraine’s interim prime minister at the White House Wednesday, as the standoff between Russia and the West over the Ukrainian region of Crimea continues.
This is President Obama’s first meeting with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and is meant to underscore U.S. support for the new government and the […]


Mar 11 2014 US Pushes Russia To Back Down In Ukraine

WASHINGTON - Russia says it has prepared proposals to defuse the Ukraine crisis, but Washington says Moscow needs to show evidence that it wants peace.
Russian forces continued to consolidate their presence in the Crimea, on Monday taking control of a military hospital.
Meanwhile, protests - for and against Russia - continued.
In Washington, U.S. officials kept up […]


Mar 7 2014 US Considers Exporting Natural Gas To Ukraine

WASHINGTON - The United States appears to be rethinking its aversion to natural gas exports so it could help meet Ukraine’s energy needs and weaken Ukraine’s dependency on Russia for its gas supply.
The top U.S. energy official, Ernest Moniz, said at an energy conference this week that he “would certainly welcome” discussions with congressional leaders […]


Mar 6 2014 US Provides Proof Vladimir Putin Lies

WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department Wednesday issued a 10-point rebuttal to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s version of events in Ukraine, publishing a list of what it said are untruths.
The “fact sheet” is titled “President Putin’s Fiction: 10 False Claims about Ukraine.” Observers say its publication is a notable departure from standard procedure at the […]


Mar 3 2014 Obama To Push For Peace Accord

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will attempt to break an impasse in the latest efforts to reach a final Middle East peace accord when he hosts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Monday.
Obama will try to convince Netanyahu to agree to a framework on a final round of negotiations that would lead […]


Feb 27 2014 US Lawmakers React To Obama Military Directive

WASHINGTON - American lawmakers reacted sharply Wednesday to President Barack Obama’s directive to the U.S. military to prepare for the withdrawal of all troops from Afghanistan if no long-term security agreement is finalized with Kabul.
Many legislators would like to see a residual force remain in Afghanistan, for training and other puposes, but some concede that […]


Feb 25 2014 US Supreme Court To Decide Global Warming Case

WASHINGTON - An environmental case now before the U.S. Supreme Court could have constitutional implications for the powers of the presidency.
The nine-member Supreme Court appeared divided Monday during oral arguments in a case related to the power of the federal government to limit greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.
At issue is whether the executive […]


Feb 12 2014 Obama Hosts State Dinner For French President

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama hosted French President Francois Hollande at a state dinner filled with business leaders, political donors, and Hollywood celebrities.
Hollande, who recently announced his split with longtime partner Valerie Trierweiler, was seated between Barack and Michelle Obama, in a heated outdoor tent that accommodated a crowd of 350.
Earlier in the day, Obama […]


Feb 8 2014 US Diplomat Resorts To Foul Language

WASHINGTON - U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland is refusing to comment on a leaked telephone conversation in which she used vulgar language about the European Union.
Nuland said Friday she will not talk about what she calls a “private diplomatic conversation,” but said the recording was “impressive tradecraft” - a term referring to activity […]


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