At least 15 killed in Texas, Oklahoma storms; Houston flooded

May 27, 2015

At least 15 killed in Texas, Oklahoma storms; Houston flooded

Torrential rains have killed at least 15 people in Texas and Oklahoma, including three in Houston where floods turned streets into rivers and led to about 1,000 calls for help in the fourth-most populous U.S. city, officials said on Tuesday. The death toll is ...

U.S. defense chief's criticism of Iraqis raises questions

May 25, 2015

U.S. defense chief's criticism of Iraqis raises questions

The Islamic State group’s takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat the extremist group. The Islamic State group, which had already seized a strategically ...

May 23, 2015

Senate blocks bill that would end U.S. bulk data collection

The U.S. Senate rejected legislation early Saturday aimed at reforming National Security Agency intelligence gathering, a blow to President Barack Obama and others who support ending the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records. The House of Representatives passed the measure overwhelmingly last week, with ...

May 23, 2015

Obama stays the course despite Islamic State advances in Iraq and Syria

U.S. President Barack Obama’s war strategy failed to stop Islamic State jihadis from overrunning Ramadi but he appears reluctant to change course. The disastrous fall of the Iraqi city exposed the limits of Obama’s policy, experts say, highlighting the sectarian divisions in Iraqi society ...

U.S. Senate OKs fast-track trade authority for Obama

May 23, 2015

U.S. Senate OKs fast-track trade authority for Obama

In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. Senate passage of the trade bill capped two weeks ...

May 21, 2015

Racist search term points to White House in Google Maps

Google Maps has apologized after it emerged that searches using racist language pinpointed the White House, with the description of “iconic home of America’s president.” The incident surfaced after users noticed that searches combining a racial slur and the word “house” took people to ...