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White House officials still plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison

Washington - Existing prison facilities at Leavenworth, Kan., and Charleston, S.C., are possible locations for where overseas terror suspects may be imprisoned at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, when that prison closes sometime next year.

Blame those hazy skies, spectacular sunsets on wildland fires

Monterey - Got haze? San Francisco Bay Area residents are in for another two days of smoky air as rising temperatures combined with wind-blown manifestations of Northern California wildland fires.

Cuba and United States resume full diplomatic relations

Washington - The United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations Monday in one of the most-obvious signs of change since Barack Obama was elected president and Fidel Castro left office.

Report: U.S. could lift ban on transgender soldiers in military

Washington - There could be as many as 15,000 transgender men and women in the U.S. military, although the exact number is understandably not known.

Wildfires in Canada prompt evacuations and air quality advisories

Canada's fire season broke out early this year, with wildfires popping up in the Northwest Territories, British Columbia, and Alberta in late May. As the season continues, large swaths of western Canada and the U.S. have been blanketed with hazy smoke.

The United States has more Spanish speakers than Spain

The United States of America now has more Spanish speakers than Spain. America is the second largest Spanish-speaking country.

China criticizes United States' human rights record

According to a report from China, racial discrimination and police abuses are rife in the United States. The report counters U.S. criticisms of China's human rights record.

California balcony in fatal collapse was dangerously overcrowded

Berkeley - An apartment balcony that collapsed near the University of California campus here, killing six young people at a birthday party, was overcrowded well beyond its structural limits Tuesday when it gave way, Berkeley officials have acknowledged.

Will trans fat get banned in the U.S?

The Food and Drug Administration ruled Tuesday that artificial trans fat will be removed from the United States food supply within the next three years.

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry out of hospital following surgery

Boston - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pledged Friday to be "fully engaged" in nuclear talks with Iran when he returns to Geneva after surgery on his fractured leg.

McDonald's hopes small changes make big difference

Oak Brook - Even after decades of profits, America’s most-enduring contribution to world cuisine — McDonald’s — proved again this week it is not immune to self-examination and self-improvement.

Syria readies offensive against Islamic State without U.S. help

Damascus - Syria does not expect help from the United States in battling Islamic State insurgents or in retaking the ancient city of Palmyra, officials said Wednesday.

Japan joins U.S. maneuvers in Pacific as tensions with China rise

Sydney - Japan will send dozens of soldiers to join U.S.-Australia military exercises in the South Pacific for the first time ever in an apparent signal to Beijing to scale back expansion in the South China Sea.

Report: Fiat Chrysler company offered merger to GM

Detroit - The largest U.S. automaker refused to even consider an offer to merge with Fiat Chrysler earlier this year, according to published reports.

Six cops charged in death of suspect that sparked Baltimore riot

Baltimore - Arrest warrants for six Baltimore police officers suspected of responsibility in the in-custody death of a 25-year-old black man were issued Friday, the city’s chief prosecutor said May 1.

Problem solved -- Starbucks stores reopen in U.S. and Canada

Seattle - More than 8,000 Starbucks cafes in the U.S. and Canada reopened Saturday after being shut down the day before because of a computer failure.

Is China getting too aggressive in South China Sea?

Washington, D. C. - U.S. officials are raising concerns internationally about China’s latest activities in the South China Sea that appear to threaten Southeast Asia allies.

Obama agrees to Congressional oversight of Iran nuclear deal

Washington, D. C. - U.S. President Barack Obama agreed Tuesday that Congress has the power to review any proposed nuclear deal with Iran before any provisions take effect.

Op-Ed: Kerry begins to accept that Congress will have say on Iran deal

Washington, D. C. - Sounds like a fourth-grade social studies teacher finally got to him. Of course, we’re speaking about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the longtime U.S. Senator who took over the State Department when Hillary Clinton left in 2013.

Chile defeats Unites States in World Polo Championship final

Santiago - In an electrifying final, Chile defeated the United States 12-11 in sudden-death overtime, achieving top status in the World Polo Championship 2015 held in Santiago de Chile. Brazil took third place by beating England 12-10.

The USA meets Chile April 1 in World Polo Championship final

Santiago - The U.S. and Chile advanced Tuesday to the World Polo Championship final to be played at Santiago de Chile. The Chilean and American teams will meet today (Wednesday) for the gold medal while England and Brazil will contest third place.

Italy's high court clears Amanda Knox and boyfriend of murder

Rome - Eight years of legal proceedings, two murder convictions and four years of prison later, the question still remains: Did she, or didn’t she?

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
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Katyn exhumation, 1943
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RIVALRY ALERT: a member of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Maritime Safety & Security Team (MSST) during an exercise. Jurisdictional issues may lead to a turf battle between MSST and the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team should terrorists hijack a ferry or cruise ship with passengers. While the USCG has lead police duty (including enforcement, investigation and crisis response) in U.S. waters, the FBI has supreme jurisdiction over any and all acts of terrorism – including those of a maritime nature.
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Cop ready to shoot with rubber bullets at a man who climbed a tree.
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HUNGER: An emaciated young sea lion waits to be cared for at the Marin Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif. Scientists suspect climate issues are behind this year's spike in sea lion mortality along the 1,200-mile California coast.
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State Trooper of the Florida Highway Patrol supervises cleanup of a multi-car wreck on the Howard Frankland Bridge in St. Petersburg Florida on the morning of June 9, 2006.
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Gérard Depardieu (screenshot from appearance on Anderson Cooper's talk show)
ISLAND: Building housing Havana s unofficial diplomatic team in Washington  D.C.  will be Cuba s new...
ISLAND: Building housing Havana's unofficial diplomatic team in Washington, D.C., will be Cuba's new embassy now that the two countries have restored full diplomatic relations.
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An airman with the 506th Expeditionary Civil Engineer test fires a .50-caliber M-82 Barrett Sniper Rifle at Forward Operating Base McHenry, Kirkuk, Iraq, March 26, 2005. The 506th uses the rifle for long-range detonation of improvised explosive devices.
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Prepared for virtually anything, this Federal Bureau of Investigation Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT) tactical operator stands ready to respond. A full equipped FBI HRT operator is a formidable adversary for any opponent. According to the FBI, HRT was created to "provide an effective civilian response capability and a substantial deterrent to terrorism."
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In this image pallets of 155 mm artillery shells containing mustard gas (military designation HD or ...
In this image pallets of 155 mm artillery shells containing mustard gas (military designation HD or H) sit at Pueblo chemical weapons storage facility in Pueblo County, Colorado, USA
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The Reflecting Pool and the Gates of Time at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
The Reflecting Pool and the Gates of Time at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
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A mass grave at Katyn, 1943
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United States Army soldiers in training.
United States Army soldiers in training.
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The historic Old Mint in downtown San Francisco manufactured U.S. coins from 1874 to 1937. A new bui...
The historic Old Mint in downtown San Francisco manufactured U.S. coins from 1874 to 1937. A new building for the mint was built on upper Market Street and the historic structure has been largely unused since then.
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A liquor store in Breckenridge, Colorado, USA.
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A San Francisco Municipal Railway trolleybus on the 21-Hayes line.
A San Francisco Municipal Railway trolleybus on the 21-Hayes line.
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U.S. Capitol (from west side facing east) in Washington, District of Columbia, USA.
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Police car of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department - Las Vegas, Nevada
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Hostage Rescue Team conducting training via helicopter. The FBI's Hostage Rescue Team is a law enforcement-based counter-terrorism team in the United States.
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