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Obama to decide on cuts to US nuclear arsenal in October

Limited politically feasible options on table for president to cement a disarmer legacy, most far-reaching of which is a one-third cut to deployed strategic arsenal<p>Barack Obama is expected to make a final decision next month on possible cuts to the US nuclear arsenal, in an attempt to consolidate …

Russian spies are reportedly trying to stop Sweden from joining NATO

And SAPO is hinting that it's related to the fact that Sweden is gearing up for a May 25 parliamentary debate about ratifying a "Host Nation Support Agreement" that would make it easier for NATO troops to use Swedish territory, ports, and bases in exercises or emergencies.<p>SAPO sources have told the …

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How Saudi Arabia plans to shake up its economy

RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) - In late February, several hundred Saudi officials, company executives and foreign consultants gathered in a luxury Riyadh hotel to discuss how Saudi Arabia’s economy could survive an era of cheap oil.<p>A man walks past the Kingdom Centre Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia April …

3 reasons Saudi Arabia is freaking out about its cash situation

"The reserves will remain sovereign," al-Falih said in an interview with Al-Arabiya. He added that the kingdom is mulling options for an IPO of the firm's "ability to convert these reserves into a financial gain."<p>The statements were vague and the Saudis' actual plan for the IPO remains unclear. …

Tunisia Museum Attack: Gunman Known to Intelligence, PM Says

TUNIS, Tunisia — The death toll from the siege at Tunisia's Bardo Museum climbed to 23 people on Thursday, as the North African nation's leaders met to craft a national response to the terror attack.<p>The Tunisian Ministry of Health told NBC News that the gunmen who attacked the museum had killed 20 …

Rare photos reveal Osama bin Laden's Afghan hideout

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> The house is primitive, constructed of baked mud and stone. The landscape is sparse and mountainous, with snow cover in the winter. The terrain is rugged and challenging for the long walks the owner liked to take with his sons.<p>Photographs quietly introduced as evidence in the …

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A gripping glimpse into bin Laden's decline and fall

<b>(CNN) —</b> Newly released al Qaeda documents, including letters to and from Osama bin Laden in the year or so before his May 2011 death, show an organization that understood it had severe problems resulting from the CIA drone program that was killing many of the group's leaders in Pakistan's tribal …

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Unplanned pregnancies cost taxpayers $21 billion each year

Unintended pregnancies cost American taxpayers $21 billion each year, according to a new analysis released by the Guttmacher Institute. That averages out to a cost of about $366 per every woman of childbearing age in the U.S. Overall, more than half of U.S. pregnancies are unintended, and roughly …

Cia's Brennan to Overhaul Spy Agency's Structure

CIA Director John Brennan has ordered a sweeping reorganization of the spy agency, an overhaul designed to make its leaders more accountable, enhance the agency's cyber capabilities and shore up espionage gaps exacerbated by a decade focused on counterterrorism.<p>Brennan announced the restructuring …

Arizona cop's body cam captures fatal encounter with suspect

Newly released video captured by an Arizona police officer’s body camera captures the chilling moment when a deranged suspect drew a gun and fired the bullet that killed the officer last month.<p>Rookie Flagstaff Police Officer Tyler Stewart’s camera caught the entire, deadly encounter with Robert …

US military to close 15 bases in Europe

<b>The US will close 15 military bases across Europe, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has confirmed.</b><p>The Pentagon says the move will save around $500m (£300m) a year, and comes as the US military seeks to shift its attention towards Asia.<p>But the US has named RAF Lakenheath to be the first permanent …

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Obamacare is finally hitting employers

Many employers now have to comply with Obamacare.<p>Companies with more than 100 full-time workers must offer affordable health insurance to at least 70% of their staff. This "employer mandate" was supposed to take effect in 2014, but the Obama administration delayed it to this year.<p>And those that …

Food supplies to Syrian refugees halted as UN's money runs out

World Food Programme says decision to stop food vouchers to 1.6 million people will prove 'disastrous'<p>More than 1.5 million Syrian refugees are to lose a key lifeline after the World Food Programme, the UN aid arm, ran out of money.<p>The WFP announced on Monday that it could no longer afford the cost …

U.S. military warned of possible Islamic State attacks at home: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials have warned military personnel that Islamic State forces may be planning attacks against them in the United States, ABC News reported on Monday.<p>A joint intelligence bulletin sent to law enforcement agencies by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security …

Osama bin Laden shooter ID'd ahead of Fox interview

The former Navy SEAL who claims to have shot and killed Osama bin Laden has been identified ahead of a highly anticipated Fox News interview in which he is expected to discuss his role in the historic raid, according to multiple news sources.<p>Robert O'Neill, a SEAL turned public speaker, has been …

TSA grabs dozens of guns in October at U.S. airports

Dozens of guns were confiscated in October from the carry-on bags of pistol-packing passengers trying to board planes at major U.S. airports.<p>Last month the Transportation Security Administration screeners found 181 firearms in carry-on bags at airport screening points around the country. A total of …

Saudi Arabia mobilizes clergy and media against jihadi recruitment

RIYADH (Reuters) - For Saudi Arabia, the war against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a vital struggle for the future of the Middle East that must be fought – but not by its own young men.<p>Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province June …

Video Shows Islamic State Fighters 'Buying and Selling Yazidi Slaves' | VICE News

A chilling new video purports to show Islamic State fighters lounging in a room and calmly discussing how to buy and sell Yazidi women, referring to members of the Iraqi minority group abducted by the militants earlier this year.<p>"Today is the day of (female) slaves and we should have our share," …

26-Year-Old Successfully Crowd Funds To Pay For Her $362 Halloween Uber Ride

A woman named Gabby woke up on her 26th birthday and discovered the 20-minute Uber ride she took the night before, on Halloween, had cost her over $360, leaving her unable to pay her rent, she says.<p>She posted a plea on the crowdfunding site "GoFund.Me" desperately asking for help. It worked. She …

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Freedom: Watch the Dramatic Moment Taliban Released Bowe Bergdahl

World<p>The Taliban released a video Wednesday showing the moment former prisoner Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to American custody.<p>The 17-minute video, sent to NBC News by a known Taliban spokesman, shows both sides quickly shaking hands before a clean-shaven Bergdahl is handed over.<p>A misspelled …

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First They Attacked A Mall, Then They Repelled SEAL Team Six: The Rise of Al Qaeda 2.0

Few Americans had ever heard of al Shabaab before the fall of 2013. That changed on Sept. 21, when gunmen armed with AK-47s entered the Westgate Mall, a suburban-style shopping center in an upscale neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya, and began calmly, methodically hunting down and murdering shoppers, …

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Twitter Vs. Facebook IPO In One Chart

In the near future, anyone with an Internet connection and some lunch money will be able to invest in one of Silicon Valley’s hottest tech companies. But after big brother Facebook’s IPO debacle, should America’s armchair investors pin their hopes and dreams on Silicon Valley’s younger sibling? We …

Obama Heads Back To School To Talk College Affordability

It's back-to-school season for college students — and President Obama plans to be right there with them.<p>The president will spend the next two days on a bus tour of New York and Pennsylvania that includes stops at three colleges and a high school. At each stop, he'll be talking about ways to make …

21 Really Cool Facts About The U.S. Capitol You Probably Didn't Know

Blood on the stairs?

Treasury Monthly Statement Shows the U.S. Deficit Is Melting Away

Still complaining about the deficit? The latest monthly statement from the U.S. Treasury shows that even without destroying the social safety net or …

Highest-Ranking General: Acting in Syria Would Be Risky and Expensive

In a letter to Congress, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said a no-fly zone could cost up to $1 billion per month for a year, and deeper involvement would be hard to avoid.<p>Reuters<p>Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, the highest-ranking officer in the U.S. …

Senators again try to replace dollar bill with coin

WASHINGTON – Remember the Susan B. Anthony $1 coins of the 1970s? And the 1990s version – the Sacagawea coin? Consumer advocates and five senators think it's time to give the $1 coin another chance.<p>But first — wipe out the dollar bill.<p>Eliminating the dollar bill in favor of the coin would save …