Obama lacquered chopsticks shown at world expo in Milan

National Jul 21, 2015

Obama lacquered chopsticks shown at world expo in Milan

Lacquered chopsticks from Obama, Fukui Prefecture, were shown Monday at the world expo in Milan. Spectators joined a workshop to get hands-on experience of the techniques involved and made a pair each. Wakasa lacquered chopsticks — named after Wakasa Bay — are typically decorated with ...

CIA battles Senate Democrats over torture report

World Dec 11, 2014

CIA battles Senate Democrats over torture report

by Bradley Klapper

The CIA and several of its past leaders are stepping up a campaign to discredit a five-year Senate investigation into the CIA's harrowing interrogation practices after 9/11, concerned that the historical record may define them as torturers instead of patriots and expose them to ...

Obama on collision course with Republicans after trip

World / Politics Nov 17, 2014

Obama on collision course with Republicans after trip

After a productive trip abroad, U.S. President Barack Obama returned to Washington on Sunday to face a collision course with Republicans on immigration and an oil pipeline project, showdowns that threaten prospects for cooperation over his remaining two years in office. The contentious immigration debate ...

Gaza-Israel casualties worry Obama; Kerry off to Mideast

World Jul 22, 2014

Gaza-Israel casualties worry Obama; Kerry off to Mideast

President Barack Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Middle East with low expectations but still making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas ...

Texas woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

World / Crime & Legal Jul 17, 2014

Texas woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

A Texas woman was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. A federal judge gave Shannon Guess Richardson, 36, the maximum sentence under her plea deal on a charge of ...

World / Politics Jul 11, 2014

Compromise surfaces on Obama border request

Outlines of a possible compromise over President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency border spending request were emerging Thursday in Congress, which would involve making policy changes to allow the minors streaming to the border from Central America to be sent home more quickly. The top ...