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Obama proposes new gun rules for mentally ill

This December 2012 photo released by the Connecticut State Police on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, shows a shattered window at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Adam Lanza gunned down 20 first-graders and six educators with a semi-automatic rifle at the school on Dec. 14, 2012, after killing his mother inside their home. Lanza committed suicide with a handgun as police arrived at the school. AP

The Obama administration proposed two new federal gun control rules Friday to ensure more information about the mentally ill reaches background check databases, after a series of high-profile US shootings.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

G-20 finance officials focus on US budget talks

The Group of 20 gather for a group photo at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters in Washington, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Finance ministers and central bank officials from the Group of 20 nations are in Washington ahead of weekend meetings of the 188-nation International Monetary Fund and its sister lending organization, the World Bank. AP

World finance officials said Friday the United States needs to take urgent action to address its budget problems that are creating economic uncertainties for the global economy.

Posted: October 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama takes on coal with first-ever carbon limits

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, right, and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz testify before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. The energy panel meeting Wednesday comes just days before a deadline for the Environmental Protection Agency to release a revised proposal setting the first-ever limits on carbon dioxide from newly built power plants. AP

The Obama administration is pressing ahead with tough requirements to limit carbon pollution from new coal-fired power plants, moving to impose for the first time strict limits on the pollution blamed for global warming.

Posted: September 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Kerry courts world support for Syria strike

This file photo shows black columns of smoke rising from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighborhood in East of Damascus, Syria. AP FILE PHOTO

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Europe courting international support for a possible U.S. strike on the Syrian regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons.

Posted: September 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Global travel warning: US cites al-Qaida threat

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks to staff members at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. The Obama administration hasn't sent its top diplomat to Pakistan since 2011, and Kerry's trip is a chance for the former senator to get to know the newly elected prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, who came to power in Pakistan's first transition between civilian governments. AP

The United States issued an extraordinary global travel warning to Americans Friday about the threat of an al-Qaida attack and closed down 21 embassies and consulates across the Muslim world for the weekend.

Posted: August 3rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Kerry makes calls abroad in first weekend on job

US Secretary of State John Kerry. AP FILE PHOTO

New Secretary of State John Kerry has assured Israeli and Palestinian leaders that the Obama administration will continue to pursue a Mideast peace agreement while recognizing the individual concerns on both sides.

Posted: February 4th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama takes second oath, faces more divided US

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, Commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, listen to Taps after placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Barack Obama, battered yet still popular after a bruising first term as president, raises his right hand on Sunday to be sworn in for another four years as the leader of an America that is, perhaps, as divided politically and socially as at any time since the US Civil War 150 years ago.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Obama sworn in to 2nd term as US president

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SECOND TERM. President Barack Obama is officially sworn-in by Chief Justice John Roberts in the Blue Room of the White House during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Sunday Jan. 10, 2013. Next to Obama are first lady Michelle Obama, holding the Robinson Family Bible, and daughters Malia and Sasha. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool

A still-popular Barack Obama took the presidential oath of office for a second term on Sunday, facing a troubled future but hoping to leave behind a battering four years at the helm of a government mired in ugly political division.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Obama’s Inauguration Day is a day for MLK Jr., too

In this Jan. 20, 2009 file image provided by the Department of Defense, then President-elect Barack Obama greets civil rights activist, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., on the Capitol steps prior to taking the oath of office in Washington. Monday is both Inauguration Day and the federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader. It is only the second time the two have fallen on the same day. Some say it’s only fitting the celebrations are intertwined. “It’s almost like fate and history coming together,” said U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who worked alongside King in the fight for civil rights during the 1950s and ‘60s and plans to attend the inauguration. “If it hadn’t been for Martin Luther King Jr., there would be no Barack Obama as president.” AP Photo/Department of Defense, Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo, File

Monday’s inaugural may be President Barack Obama’s big day, but Martin Luther King Jr. will loom large over the festivities.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

3 BP employees arraigned on Gulf oil spill charges

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In this April 21, 2010 file image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. The Obama administration put a temporary stop to new federal contracts with British oil company BP on Wednesday, citing the company's "lack of business integrity" and criminal proceedings stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. AP/US Coast Guard

Two BP rig supervisors and a former BP executive pleaded not guilty Wednesday to criminal charges stemming from the deadly Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and the company’s response to the massive 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted: November 29th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

With Egypt’s Morsi, US facing a familiar dilemma

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This July 14, 2012 file photo shows Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi laugh during a photo opportunity at their meeting at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. The US has been here before with Egypt, praising its leader for championing Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts while expressing deep concern over his commitment to democracy at home. But with options limited, the Obama administration is keeping its faith in President Mohammed Morsi. AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File

The United States has been here before, praising an Egyptian leader for championing Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts while expressing concern over his commitment to democracy at home. But with options limited, the Obama administration is keeping its faith in President Mohammed Morsi.

Posted: November 28th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US seeks calm over Asian disputes; won’t mediate

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The Chinese surveillance ship Haijian No. 51, left, sails near a Japan Coast Guard vessel near disputed islands called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, seen in background, in the East China Sea, Friday afternoon, Sept. 14, 2012. Chinese and Japanese government ships exchanged warnings Friday in waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea, while Tokyo called on Beijing to protect its citizens amid anti-Japan protests and reported assaults in China. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

The Obama administration on Friday pressed U.S. allies Japan and South Korea to continue their cooperation on North Korea and other key issues despite a dispute over a contested islet. The administration also urged Tokyo and Beijing to make serious diplomatic efforts on an even sharper dispute over maritime borders.

Posted: September 29th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US slams anti-Islam video as protests rage

Chris Stevens. AP

The Obama administration braced for another potential eruption of violent demonstrations in the Muslim world after Friday’s weekly prayers—traditionally a time of protest in the Middle East and North Africa—in the wake of the Sept. 11 attack against the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the ambassador and three other Americans.

Posted: September 15th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

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