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Obama endorses self-driving cars as U.S. issues safety checklist

Washington - In an opinion piece published in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, United States President Barack Obama endorsed self-driving vehicles as long as they are safe, as the U.S. government outlined a new policy on autonomous cars.

U.S. death rate in childbirth rising

Washington - The rate of women dying from complications resulting from pregnancy or childbirth rose by 27 percent from 2000 to 2014. This increase is in contrast to other developed countries.

US to 'hand over' the system that controls the internet

The United States has announced it is ready to concede control of the internet's Domain Naming System (DNS), a vital component of the web that maps human-readable web addresses to numerical IP addresses. A non-profit organisation will now control DNS.

China asserts sovereignty over disputed South China Sea islands

Beijing - China pledged Sunday to defend its declared sovereignty over islands in crucial shipping lanes in the South China Sea despite competing claims from other nations.

South Korea bans some wheat from U.S. over safety issues

South Korea has stopped the importation of some genetically modified wheat from the United States, especially from Washington state, over safety issues.

Op-Ed: Trump's 'moment of truth' arrives in quest for U.S. presidency

Cleveland - It's hard to say what about Donald Trump's popularity is more unlikely — that he was able to rise from outside the political establishment to lead the Republican Party, or that he has done so without losing his brashly uninformed and impatient persona.

U.S. security agency warns against 'useless' antivirus programs

Washington - U.S. government computer experts are warning consumers that some popular antivirus software programs have become "useless" and could compromise the safety of home computers.

Over 500T hoverboards recalled in U.S. over battery fire risks

The United States government has recalled more than half a million hoverboards following incidents in which they erupted in flames, burning riders and damaging property.

Twitter takes stake in music service it passed on last year

San Francisco - San Francisco-based micro-blogging giant Twitter confirmed Tuesday that it had taken a major stake in music streaming service SoundCloud Ltd.

U.S. airlines expected to begin regular flights to Cuba this year

Havana - Six U.S. airlines have been authorized to begin commercial service to Havana starting later this year for the first time since the 1960s, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday.

Gordie Howe, the sport's beloved 'Mr. Hockey,' dies at 88

Detroit - Detroit's Gordie Howe, a young Saskatchewan farmer who left rural Canada to become one of the best ice hockey players of all time, died Friday at the home of one of his sons in the United States. He was 88.

Explosions rock U.S. military base near South Korea's capital

Waegwan - No casualties have been reported so far after a series of oxygen tank explosions blew apart buildings at a U.S. military base in South Korea.

U.S. dispute with Beijing over South China Sea islands heats up

Beijing - Tensions between the United States and China worsened last week after the U.S. Navy sent a warship past disputed islands in the South China Sea.

U.S. actress pays $1,000 fine for carving names into Arizona rock

Sedona - Like the song says, love hurts. What the song does not say — but what actress Vanessa Hudgens found out last month — is that love can hurt in more ways than one.

Aeropostale files for bankruptcy protection, closes Canada stores

New York - After three consecutive years of losses, teen clothing retailer Aeropostale Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday and pledged to reorganize.

Japan's baby crisis may be raising U.S. house prices

The ways in which money flows around the world can be strange and fascinating. For instance, the lack of new infants being born in Japan, its "baby crisis," may be driving up real-estate prices in the US.

Competition to buy Internet giant Yahoo starting to heat up

London - Talks are underway in London between potential bidders for venerable Internet giant Yahoo, led by England's Daily Mail newspaper and websites.

Top U.S. diplomat arrives in Japan for talks with G-7 nations

Tokyo - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Japan today for meetings with G-7 nations in the highest-level U.S. visit to the site of the world's first nuclear bombing.

Rolling Stones thrill Cuba with free two-hour Havana concert

Havana - Rock-and-roll icons the Rolling Stones rocked Havana, Cuba, on Friday with a free concert in the city's Sports City complex.

Obama arrives in Havana for historic visit with former enemy

Havana - U.S. President Barack Obama and his family landed in Havana on Sunday for an historic visit that highlights newly warming relations between Cuba and the United States, two longtime Cold War adversaries.

Supreme Court justice asks questions for first time in 10 years

Washington - Spectators gasped Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a gun ownership case and Justice Clarence Thomas asked questions aloud for the first time in 10 years.

U.S. expected to raise South China Sea issues in talks with China

Beijing - U.S. diplomats are expected to voice concerns about a suspected military expansion in the South China Sea at high-level talks this week in Washington, D.C.

U.S. and Cuba nearing deal to resume commercial flights

Havana - Commercial airline flights between the United States and Cuba could begin later this year if a new agreement between the former Cold War enemies is signed this week, U.S. officials said Friday.

U.S. residents wake up to the white stuff on East Coast

New York City - Millions of northeastern U.S. residents woke up to a carpet of white snow Saturday as the largest storm in years crashed the East Coast, leaving tall drifts, blocked roads and power outages in its wake.

Three Americans imprisoned by Iran arrive in Geneva, 4th stays

Vienna - Three of four Americans freed by Iran in a prisoner exchange arrived Sunday in Switzerland, a senior U.S. diplomat has announced.

Democrat and Republican affiliation falls to record low

The number of ordinary Americans identifying as Democrats and Republicans has fallen to record lows. Four in ten Americans now identify as independents.

U.S. considers stronger reaction to Iran missile test

Washington - U.S. policymakers are trying to figure out how to penalize Iran for violating its commitments on missiles while preventing the international nuclear oversight deal from disintegrating.

Europe’s biomass boom is destroying America's forests

European Union’s stringent renewable energy requirements are forcing coal-based power plants to use biomass fuel. Swaths of woodlands in Southeastern United States are being cut down to fuel the biomass boom across the Atlantic.

SpaceX gets new NASA contract to supply space station

Hawthorne - NASA agreed Friday that a private California aerospace company could continue to build an experimental launch vehicle expected eventually to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

Baltimore sees massive surge in murders in 2015

Baltimore - In a stunning crime wave, Baltimore tops 300 murders in 2015 with a month still left in the year. These high number of killings have not been seen in the city since 1999.
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Visual documenting injuries and fatalities in the Oklahoma City bombing disaster.
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Graph by the Southern Poverty Law Center charting the rapid rise in white supremacist groups nationally.
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A memorial tile with the logo of the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) on Murrah Plaza at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. Several federal law enforcement agencies had offices in the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Downtown Oklahoma City. At least 17 federal agents belonging to the ATF, U.S. Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Customs Service (now a major part of the Dept. of Homeland Security) were killed in the April 19th truck bombing of the building.
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Federal Bureau of Investigation's Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT). Members of this elite law enforcement counter-terrorism team are commonly referred to as "operators," "operatives," or "assaulters."
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A San Francisco Municipal Railway trolleybus on the 21-Hayes line.
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Cop ready to shoot with rubber bullets at a man who climbed a tree.
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NUCLEAR: World officials including John Kerry of the United States and Javad Zarif of Iran meet about Iran's nuclear program last month at the Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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