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5 cases to watch as Supreme Court term begins

Judges may take up cases on abortion and immigration.<p>After a year in which liberals scored impressive, high-profile Supreme Court victories, conservatives could be in line for wins on some of this term's most contentious issues, as the justices consider cases that could gut public sector labor …

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Iran cuts enriched uranium stockpile: report

Diplomats say the UN will certify later this week that Iran's ability to make a nuclear bomb has been reduced because it has neutralised half of its material that can be turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium.<p>Two diplomats told the Associated Press news agency on Wednesday that a report by the …

Obama Tells Georgia to Forget About NATO After Encouraging It to Join

The president said Tbilisi isn’t “currently on a path” to membership in the military alliance after telling the vulnerable country for months to do …

Turkey shoots down Syrian warplane, Prime Minister Erdogan says

Turkey shot down a Syrian fighter jet Sunday after the warplane strayed into its airspace, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.<p>"Our F-16s went up in the air and shot that plane down. Why? Because if you violate my airspace, then from now on, our slap will be hard," Erdogan told supporters at a …

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NRA opposition may sink Obama's surgeon general nominee

WASHINGTON — Intense opposition from the National Rifle Assn. has all but doomed prospects for President Obama's nominee for surgeon general, officials said Saturday as pro-gun Senate Democrats peeled away from the White House on a volatile issue in an election year.<p>Facing a potential high-profile …

Fred Phelps Sr, ex-pastor of gay-hating Westboro church, 'close to death'

Fred Phelps Sr, once pastor of the infamously intolerant Westboro Baptist Church, is close to death, according to his son.<p>Nathan Phelps, who has been estranged from his father for 30 years, posted a statement on Facebook which said: “I’ve learned that my father, Fred Phelps Sr, pastor of the ‘God …

Mars Crater-Naming Campaign Sparks an International Blowup

A fundraising campaign that lets Internet users give unofficial names to craters on Mars has triggered an angry exchange with the group that gives the official names to such features — the International Astronomical Union.<p>The crater-naming campaign is the latest controversy to pit the IAU against …

Saudi Arabia Designates Muslim Brotherhood As Terrorist Group

* Brotherhood challenges principle of dynastic rule<p>* Jihadis fighting Assad, and Shi'ite groups, also listed<p>* Saudis who go to war abroad could be jailed (Adds details, quote, Egyptian reaction)<p>RIYADH, March 7 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist …

D.C. Council Votes To Decriminalize Some Marijuana Use

The District of Columbia Council moved Tuesday to decriminalize some use of marijuana.<p><i>The Washington Post</i> reports Mayor Vincent Gray said he intends to sign the bill into law, pitting the district directly against the federal government, which still considers smoking marijuana a criminal …

PTSD Before It Had a Name: Vietnam Vets Sue U.S. Military

Five Vietnam veterans who claim they became afflicted with combat-related anxiety –- decades before PTSD became a common term –- assert in a new, class-action lawsuit that the Pentagon should upgrade the less-than-honorable discharges they and “tens of thousands” of other troops received during …

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Obama's New Budget Is All About the Midterm Elections

The president's proposal is packed with liberal ideas and includes few incentives for Republicans. That's exactly the point.<p>Every budget is a political budget, and President Obama's proposed spending plan for fiscal year 2015 is no different. But there are two kinds of political budgets: Those that …

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Arizona Gov. Brewer Vetoes Controversial Bill

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she has vetoed controversial legislation that would have allowed business owners in her state to refuse to serve gays and others if those customers somehow offended the proprietors' religious beliefs.<p>Brewer, a Republican, announced her decision at a news conference held …

The World According To Vladimir Putin

The worldview of Russian President Vladimir Putin could be summed up along these lines:<p>Moscow's precipitous decline in global influence since the Soviet breakup must be reversed. Russia must be respected as the dominant power in former Soviet republics like Ukraine. Russia is entitled to a strong …

Pakistan: Reported executions threaten government's talks with Taliban

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — The Pakistani government's improbable bid to negotiate a truce with Islamist insurgents verged on collapse Monday after reports that militants had executed 23 paramilitary soldiers held captive since 2010.<p>Prime Minister<p>Nawaz Sharifcondemned the “heinous, criminal act” and …

Is This the End of Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela?

In the midst of runaway violence, inflation, and shortages of basic goods, Venezuela’s youth have taken to the streets—to take on its Orwellian …

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Iranian warships heading to USA to show reach

Iranian vessels sail for U.S. coast to protest U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf.<p>Iranian warships headed to the U.S. coast pose little danger to the United States but could be a dry run for the future, according to former U.S. military and security officials.<p>The mission shows the danger …

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Iraqi suicide bombing instructor accidentally kills himself and pupils

Over 20 trainee suicide bombers and their teacher were killed in Iraq when the tutor mistakenly detonated the bomb<p>An al-Qaeda instructor killed himself and 20 of his pupils when he accidentally set off a car bomb during a bungled training session in <b>Iraq</b>.<p>The explosion took place at an insurgents' …

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US 'concern' at Syria chemical weapons delay

<b>The US says only around 4% of the chemical weapons declared by the Syrian government has been removed.</b><p>Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said he was "concerned" that the UN-backed plan to remove Syria's chemical arsenal was behind schedule.<p>Mr Hagel told reporters in Poland that Damascus "had to take …

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Holder: Banks Should Be Able To Handle Pot Money

The federal government is preparing to address the biggest problem facing the nation’s marijuana industry. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said …

Obamacare Enrollment Hits 3 Million

Obama­care en­roll­ment is only slightly be­hind ex­pect­a­tions, fol­low­ing a surge in en­roll­ment that has brought the total num­ber of sign-ups …

Assault Charges Filed Against Alleged NM School Shooter

Felony assault charges have been filed against the seventh grade student accused of Tuesday's middle school shooting in Roswell, N.M.<p>Mason Campbell, …

Five Important Features Of Congress' New Spending Bill

The bill includes $573 billion for defense spending when overseas contingency funds are included and $525 billion for non-defense discretionary spending.<p>The bill runs more than 1,500 pages and sets out funding measures for programs all across the government.<p>It took a month of hard work by …