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Olympic countdown: Tough sledding for Sochi organizers

SOCHI, Russia — The bomb detonated nearly 500 miles from this resort city on the shore of the Black Sea.<p>Yet last week's deadly assault on a passenger bus in the town of Volgograd is serving as a fresh and unwelcome reminder of the terrorist threat that persists in the shadow of the Winter Olympics' …

Biden on sidelines in gun talks

President Barack Obama’s behind-the-scenes plans for gun control go on but without Vice President Joe Biden.<p>Biden, the White House’s public face of and private force behind the push for new gun control laws, and his chief of staff, Bruce Reed, are no longer involved in the long-term planning …

China’s vast, embattled west is home to Tiananmen crash suspects

Beijing police are searching for two men from China’s Xinjiang region in connection with the Tiananmen Square car crash that left five dead and injured 38, state media reported, a sign officials believe the crash was a deliberate act rather than an accident.<p>The vast western autonomous area of …

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Harry Reid Will Bring ENDA Up For Senate Vote

WASHINGTON -- The Employment Non-Discrimination Act could come up for a vote in the Senate as early as next week, according to the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).<p>ENDA would ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. When the Senate …

Texas Group To Auction Hunting Permit For Endangered Black Rhino

<b>The Colbert Report</b><p>Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Video Archive<p>WASHINGTON -- The Dallas Safari Club, a Texas-based trophy hunting group, has announced plans to auction off a permit to hunt and kill a black rhino, a critically endangered species. Organizers believe the rare permit could fetch …

Obama administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance

President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and …

Battle lines for 2014 are drawn

The 2014 midterm just got a lot more interesting.<p>The twin dramas of the government shutdown and botched rollout of Obamacare have snapped a sleepy 2014 election season out of its slumber, sharpening the battle lines for each party and setting the stage for a consequential midterm that few expected …

Nevada Republican Says He's Not a Bigot Just Because He'd Vote to Allow Slavery

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>This past August, Nevada Assemblyman Jim Wheeler wanted to make a point of how devoted he was to his …

'News Of The World' Phone Hacking Trial Gets Started In London

Monday was day one of <i>The News of the World</i> phone hacking scandal trial in London. Among others, two former editors of the now-defunct tabloid — Andy Coulson and Rebecca Brooks — have been charged with a raft of offences, including some that carry a prison sentence.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>In …

Dubai Plans Airport So Big It Will Be Its Own City

The boom city of Dubai is building the world's largest airport and recently celebrated its first commercial flight. When finished, Al Maktoum International will be able to move 160 million passengers and 12 million tons of cargo a year. And the airport will be more than just a place for planes to …

The President Understands It's Time To Get Out Of The Middle East Altogether

The great blame-game never ends on how the Obama administration’s foreign policy, whatever course it takes, is always failing because the Middle East hasn’t been pacified. In my view, the President has a lot to answer for in American weakness towards China and Russia but it’s time, in our global …

Surfers in Portugal ride towering waves whipped up by storm

While many Europeans were battening down the hatches and heading indoors until the storm known as Saint Jude had passed, a group of surfers in Portugal made their way out into the ocean to catch what may be some of the biggest waves ever ridden.<p>But it was also a day of high drama as a legendary …

Disadvantaged young people face 'life sentence of poverty and exclusion'

A lost generation of disadvantaged young people not engaged in work or study have been warned they could face a "life sentence of poverty and exclusion" in light of a government report that finds vast discrepancies in educational achievement based on wealth.<br>The Council of Australian Governments …

Intelligence officials defend surveillance tactics in Congressional hearing - live

Summary<p>We're going to wrap up our live blog coverage for the day. Here's a summary of where things stand:<p>• The leaders of America's intelligence services said the l<b>oss of surveillance capabilities could lead to a "catastrophic" 9/11-like attack on the United States</b>. DNI James Clapper and NSA …

NSA faces sweeping surveillance review as intelligence chiefs face hostile House

US intelligence agencies were facing an increasingly hostile Congress on Tuesday as lawmakers prepared multiple efforts to rein in a series of surveillance programs from which even the White House was distancing itself.<p>Director of national intelligence James Clapper and NSA director Keith Alexander …