Jul 30, 2014

U.S., Europe slap Russia with toughest sanctions yet over Ukraine

The United States and Europe targeted Russia’s key financial, arms and energy sectors Tuesday with tough new sanctions in response to Moscow’s intervention in the Ukraine crisis. Announcing the measures, U.S. President Barack Obama denied that the West had begun a new Cold War ...

Jul 29, 2014

Defense for Blackwater guards claims U.S. suppressed evidence

Lawyers for Blackwater security guards said Monday that the U.S. government has suppressed evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen says that “a series of innocent oversights” led ...

Jul 29, 2014

U.S. energy secretary defends possible German nuclear waste imports

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Monday defended his agency’s controversial move to consider processing spent nuclear fuel from Germany at South Carolina’s Savannah River Site nuclear facility, saying the proposal is consistent with U.S. efforts to secure highly enriched uranium across the globe. ...

Jul 29, 2014

Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute. These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital bills. Their mortgages, auto loans or student ...

N. Korea threatens nuclear strike on White House

Jul 29, 2014

N. Korea threatens nuclear strike on White House

A top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The threat came from Hwang Pyong So, director of the military’s General Political Bureau, during a ...

Sarah Palin debuts online TV channel

Jul 29, 2014

Sarah Palin debuts online TV channel

Conservative gadfly Sarah Palin ramped up her Internet profile Monday with an online TV channel where fans can savor her homespun brand of American patriotism for just $9.95 a month. “Tired of media filters? Well, so am I,” said the former Alaska governor and ...

U.S. cleans up, but coal exports reach new heights

Jul 29, 2014

U.S. cleans up, but coal exports reach new heights

As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to ...

North Korea slams reports of arms deals with Hamas, Hezbollah

Jul 29, 2014

North Korea slams reports of arms deals with Hamas, Hezbollah

North Korea has denounced allegations that it supplied missiles to Hamas and material support to Hezbollah as “sheer fiction” and a “sinister” effort to link Pyongyang to Middle East disputes. The rebuttal from the foreign ministry was carried in a statement late Monday by ...

Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, researchers say

Jul 29, 2014

Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, researchers say

When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe President Obama is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps. The familiar knocking of knuckles spreads only one-twentieth the amount of bacteria that a handshake does, researchers report. That’s better than a ...

U.S. says Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

Jul 29, 2014

U.S. says Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach “a very serious matter” and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time. The treaty confrontation ...