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Saudi Arabia becomes the leading importer of arms

According to a recent report, Saudi Arabia surpassed India as the leading importer of arms in 2014. The U.S. kept its spot as the top exporter of arms, bolstered by exports to Middle Eastern countries concerned about increased instability in the region.

Russia and U.S. talk about political settlement in Syria

Damascus - Russian and U.S. officials have had new talks on finding a political solution to the Syrian civil war and a unified battle against the Islamic State in Syria. However, it is not clear how serious the discussions are.

What is killing California's sea lions?

Sausalito - Marine scientists say 2015 could be the worst year on record for California’s iconic sea lion, the seemingly friendly marine mammal facing an uncharacteristic winter die-off that has animal lovers, beachgoers and environmentalists traumatized.

2014 top 10 cities in the United States to live

With a population of over 320 million, the United States contains numerous top ranking small cities to live. A newly published report shows the top 10 small cities to live based on a range of categories.

Unmanned drone recovered from White House grounds

Washington, D. C. - A drone aircraft found on the grounds of the White House in Washington, D.C., prompted new concerns Monday about the quality of protection offered to U.S. President Barack Obama and his family.

California driver's licenses made available to illegal immigrants

Sacramento - Today marks the first day California can issue driver’s licenses to hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants living in the largest U.S. state.

Op-Ed: Twenty-five years later, 'Roger & Me' still pulls no punches

A quarter of a century ago this week, Michael Moore's “Roger & Me” unleashed itself upon the general movie-going public in North America and showed us all what a documentary could be: hilarious, angry, muckraking, irresistibly entertaining.

New limits on racial profiling released by Department of Justice

Washington D.c. - Attorney General Eric Holder's efforts to have the new limits on racial profiling to be finally pushed through are the result of an expansion of the Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies originally put in place in 2003

Defense secretary resigns, could signal U.S. government shakeup

Washington, D. C. - Speculation about a shakeup at the highest levels of the U.S. government security apparatus were rampant Monday after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced his resignation.

Op-Ed: Iran has no intention of agreeing to nuclear deal

Vienna - It's hard to tell whether the failure of Western nations to convince Iran to give up its nuclear weapons program should be a source of mirth or concern.

Bizarre case of naked thief that includes fires and odd doings

A teenager in Falmouth, Maine is in police custody after allegedly breaking into two homes while he was naked. In one home he was found naked in the attic. There's more though and the case involves fires that may have been deliberately set.

Op-Ed: Against an enemy like ISIS 'boots on the ground' are a necessity

It is becoming clearer to the U.S. military that against the Islamic State (IS, formerly of course ISIS) terror group in Iraq and Syria that some combat troops will be needed.

U.N. votes 188-2 to condemn U.S. embargo of Cuba

New York City - For the 23rd straight year, the world's nations voted nearly unanimously to condemn the United States' 54-year economic embargo against Cuba.

Americans costing themselves billions by working too hard

Not taking time off from work isn't just making you more stressed — it's costing you money. That's because employees who don't use all of their paid time off are essentially working for free during the extra days, a new study says.

IMF reduces global growth projection for 2015

Washington - The International Monetary Fund(IMF) reduced its projected global growth number for next year to 3.8 percent from 4 percent in July. The downgrade resulted from continued economic weakness in the Eurozone and a slowdown in several emerging markets.

Entering Canada could be harder than you think

Post 9/11, travel restrictions have become much more stringent, making "issues" that once seemed insignificant a potential obstacle, even when traveling between the United States and Canada.

Shocking number of Americans support secession from the U.S.

Recent polls show that a large number of American citizens support the idea of their state peacefully leaving the United States and forming a new government.

Op-Ed: U.S. and Russia compete to arm Egypt

Cairo - U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel spoke with his Egyptian counterpart General Sedki Sobhy on Sept. 20 confirming that the US will deliver 10 Apache helicopters to support Egypt's counter-terrorism efforts the Pentagon announced.

NSA's 'Treasure Map' targets, hacks German companies

In what is yet another example of the NSA overexerting its legal authority, leaked documents reveal that NSA and British intelligence agents targeted, infiltrated and gathered data from German satellite and telecommunication companies.

Feds offer $100 million in aid for California quake damage

Napa - U.S. President Barack Obama agreed Thursday that California was eligible for federal disaster funds to help pay for damage from last month's earthquake

Revel becomes fourth Atlantic City casino to close this year

Atlantic City - New Jersey's massive Revel Casino Hotel, a gambling behemoth billed as the key to revitalizing Atlantic City's faltering casinos, shut down completely Tuesday despite state intervention and hundreds of millions of dollars in tax incentives.

Report: U.S. authorities to probe Ferguson police conduct

Ferguson - The U.S. Justice Department plans to launch a full-scale investigation into alleged civil rights abuses by police in Ferguson, Missouri, where two weeks of sometimes violent protests followed the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager last month.

California requests federal aid to help pay for earthquake damage

Sacramento - California has formally requested federal assistance to help the nation's largest state recover from damage caused by last month's 6.0 South Napa earthquake.

Sonoma requests millions for damage caused by Napa quake

Santa Rosa - A third county in Northern California's wine country has declared a state of emergency following last week's 6.0 earthquake that caused tens of millions of dollars in damage to the city of Napa.

Pakistan, China, perform joint military operations near war zone Special

Islamabad - Pakistan security forces and China's Special Forces participated in a joint field training exercises at the headquarters of the special services group, near Cherat.

Op-Ed: Summing up the nature of the new Anglo-American missions in Iraq

Britain's Defense Minister, Michael Fallon, recently announced that Britain will be involved in the campaign against Islamic State in Iraq that may last a few months. What kind of operational role will it, along with the U.S., likely be undertaking?

Hunger thrives in the world's richest country

One in every seven Americans relies on food banks, soup kitchens or other food initiatives just to get by on a daily basis. The numbers include more than 46 million people, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors, according to a recent study.

Paolo Nutini releases short film for 'Iron Sky,' to tour America

Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini has released a short film for his single "Iron Sky," and he will be touring the United States to promote his upcoming album.

Op-Ed: U.S. airpower alone won't alleviate threat to Iraq

It will however help hamper Islamic State from advancing and consolidating gains in areas of Northern Iraq presently under its control and is therefore highly necessary.

Secret U.S. government documents leaked by 'new Snowden'

Washington - First there was Julian Assange, then came Edward Snowden, now there appears to be a new kid in town leaking classified government documents to journalists.
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