Aug 26, 2015

In shift, U.S. backs Sri Lanka's own war crimes probe

The United States said Wednesday that it wants to sponsor a resolution at next month’s U.N. human rights session that is supportive of Sri Lanka’s government, which wants to conduct its own investigation into alleged war crimes. The announcement by the visiting Assistant Secretary ...

Less-lethal weapons get new interest amid police shootings

Aug 26, 2015

Less-lethal weapons get new interest amid police shootings

Police in more than 20 North American cities are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets — “blunt impact projectiles” that cause suspects excruciating pain but stop short of killing them. Or at least that’s the goal. Police have long had what they ...

Wine train issues apology to black women booted from train

Aug 26, 2015

Wine train issues apology to black women booted from train

The Napa Valley Wine Train issued an apology Tuesday to a book club that includes mostly black women who said they were booted from a tasting tour because of their race. The company also promised additional training for employees on cultural diversity and sensitivity, ...

Aug 26, 2015

U.S. users sue Ashley Madison cheating website

Eight people across the U.S. who registered to use Ashley Madison are suing the cheating website after hackers released personal and detailed information on them and millions of other users, including credit card numbers and sexual preferences. The lawsuits were filed between last month ...

Aug 25, 2015

U.S. Marine admits choking transgender Filipino, denies murder

A U.S. Marine charged with murder testified in court Monday that he choked a Filipino unconscious during a fight that started when he discovered that she was a transgender woman in a Philippine motel but stressed that he didn’t kill her, his lawyer said. ...

Aug 25, 2015

U.S. to welcome 5,000 to 8,000 Syrian refugees in 2016

The United States expects to accept between 5,000 and 8,000 Syrian refugees in 2016, officials said Monday. State Department spokesman John Kirby also said 15,000 Syrian refugees have been referred to the U.S. for resettlement by the U.N. refugee agency. In December, Washington had ...

Obama makes case for renewable energy

Aug 25, 2015

Obama makes case for renewable energy

U.S. President Barack Obama made a full-throated defense of renewable energy Monday, accusing coal-championing critics of being free market hypocrites. With one eye on a looming battle over power plant emissions limits, Obama took on fossil fuel supporters during a speech in the parched ...