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Germany: Obama sends top aides to Berlin

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

President Obama dispatched his chief of staff to Berlin yesterday in an effort to defuse tension with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government over U.S. espionage after the expulsion of the top American spy. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Lisa Monaco, Obama’s counterterrorism and homeland security adviser, met with McDonough’s counterpart Peter Altmaier and German intelligence coordinator Guenter Heiss, the two governments said in statements. The group agreed … 0

Senate Dems to unveil $2.7B bill on immigrant children

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Senate Democrats are preparing to significantly cut President Obama’s request for emergency funding to deal with an influx of Central American children streaming across the border with Mexico. The measure also would provide immediate aid to Israel for the Iron Dome missile defense system as well as money needed to fight wildfires in Western states. Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski is scheduled to … 0

Iraq Christians flee with little more than clothes

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Iraqi Christians who fled the northern city of Mosul rather than convert to Islam by a deadline imposed by extremist militants said they had to leave most of their belongings behind and gunmen stole much of what they did manage to take along. The comments paint a dire picture of life for the … 0

Officials: US drone strike kills 11 in NW Pakistan

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A U.S. drone fired several missiles at a sprawling compound in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan yesterday, killing 11 militants, two Pakistani intelligence officials said. The officials said the strike happened in Datta Khel, a town in North Waziristan, where the Pakistani military has been carrying out … 0

HIV diagnoses rise among young gay men as total US cases drop

Saturday, July 19, 2014

While the number of people diagnosed with HIV in the U.S. dropped 33 percent in the last decade, new cases among young homosexual and bisexual men doubled, according to researchers who said prevention programs need to be expanded. Better screening and prevention has driven the decline among women … 0

Experts: Social media can feed Munchausen by proxy

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Experts say the case of a mother accused of poisoning her 5-year-old son to death with salt appears be an example of how social media feeds into Munchausen by proxy, a disorder in which caretakers purposely harm children … 0

Poll: Americans have most favorable feelings of their own faith group

Friday, July 18, 2014

Are you sitting down? New research shows that when people are asked to rate their own faith group compared with others, they rate it more positively. A survey by the Pew Research Center asked respondents to identify their feelings about various faith groups on a “cool” to “hot,” … 0

U.S. appeals court tosses Oklahoma gay marriage ban

Friday, July 18, 2014

A federal appeals court ruling yesterday that Oklahoma’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional spurred celebration among gay rights activists but sparked sharp anger among Republican leaders in a conservative state that prides itself on being the buckle … 0

Thousands of felons could have prison terms cut

Friday, July 18, 2014

The U.S. Sentencing Commission decided yesterday that nearly 50,000 federal drug offenders currently in prison are eligible for reduced sentences, a move that could flood the nation’s courts and prosecutors with applications for leniency. By a unanimous vote, … 1

Israel expands ground operation in Gaza

Friday, July 18, 2014

Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza yesterday in a ground offensive that officials said could last up to two weeks as the prime minister ordered the military to prepare for a “significantly” wider campaign. The assault raised risks … 0

Detroit: Seeking a Clinton challenger

Friday, July 18, 2014

On the night before her keynote address to a gathering of progressive activists in Detroit, Sen. Elizabeth Warren tried to slip into a hotel restaurant for a quiet dinner. But the former law professor has become a liberal superstar, and when a few admirers spotted her walking to … 0

N.H.’s federal delegation, candidates weigh in on border crisis

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pressure is growing on Congress and President Obama to take action to resolve what’s become a humanitarian crisis along the nation’s southern border. Since October, more than 50,000 children from Central America have entered the country, overwhelming the … 5

Microsoft CEO pivots sharply with 18,000-job cut

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Microsoft announced the biggest layoff in its 39-year history yesterday, outlining plans to cut 18,000 jobs in a move that marked the CEO’s sharpest pivot yet away from his predecessor’s drive for the company to make its own … 0