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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.

More than 200 earthquakes shake up east S.F. Bay Area

San Ramon - The earthquake swarm that has rocked the eastern San Francisco Bay Area since Saturday continued Monday, with at least 25 temblors reported by the afternoon.

Toronto Zoo welcomes Canada's first giant panda cubs

Toronto - At the Toronto Zoo, giants sometimes come in small packages. The zoo is celebrating the birth of two such packages — tiny twin cubs born early Tuesday to Er Shun, one of two giant pandas on loan from China.

Caring when convenient? A conservation controversy

It takes more than declining population numbers to “threaten” a species. After a lengthy debate U.S. federal authorities determined not to change the status of the greater sage grouse to threatened or endangered.

Op-Ed: If it's not Bernie, choose the worst

The common cliché taken as general wisdom for voters heading to ballot boxes is to “choose the lesser of evils.” But the 2016 race for the Oval Office is a unique beast that brings the supposed axiom to its knees.

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.
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FBI Hostage Rescue Team operators during a tactical briefing. Some say that HRT is at the very edge of a growing and controversial trend that a number of concerned criminal justice experts have referred to as the "militarization of civilian law enforcement." Notably, HRT's current uniform bears an uncanny resemblance to that of a military soldier's garb. However, HRT stresses that it's members are not soldiers or military commandos but civilian law enforcement officers.
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An Orion VII Bus in San Francisco of the San Francisco Municipal Railway.
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OPINIONS: Thousands of Germans demonstrate in support of government whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning last August in Berlin.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT) patch and emblem. At the bottom of the patch reads:"Servare Vitas" which when translated from Latin to English means "To Save Lives
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The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the General Assembly on 13 September, 2007. The UN Declaration sets standards by which governments' treatment of indigenous people can be judged.
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Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) fast-rope (or repel) onto a roof before storming a building to confront terrorists and free a hostage during a training exercise.
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GOING PLACES: A demonstration copy of the Orion space capsule is open for visiting at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer conducting patrol on a motorcycle in Las Vegas.
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Federal Bureau of Investigation's Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT) conducting hostage rescue and counter-terrorism training.
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Protesters storm the US embassy in Yemen
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Members of the U.S. Marshals Service Special Operations Group before carrying out a raid that lead to the successful apprehension of a hitman wanted by authorities in France in 1985.
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Visual documenting injuries and fatalities in the Oklahoma City bombing disaster.
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PEACEMAKERS: From left, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton, participates in a trilateral meeting with EU High Representative Catherine Ashton meet in New York in September.
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Gérard Depardieu (screenshot from appearance on Anderson Cooper's talk show)
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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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U.S. Capitol (from west side facing east) in Washington, District of Columbia, USA.