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Howling winds push massive Washington state fire

Smoke rises from wildfire near Davis Lake Saturday morning, July 19, 2014, in Winthrop, Wash. A wind-driven, lightning-caused wildfire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said. AP

Howling winds pushed a massive wildfire in north-central Washington state in new directions Saturday.

Posted: July 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama to create world’s largest ocean preserve

Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth Catherine Novelli, listen as actor Leonardo DiCaprio speaks at the second day of the State Department's 'Our Ocean' conference at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. President Barack Obama is looking to create the largest marine preserve in the world by protecting a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean from drilling, fishing and other actions that could threaten wildlife, the White House said. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

President Barack Obama announced plans Tuesday to create the largest ocean preserve in the world by banning drilling, fishing and other activities in a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean in a move to protect fragile marine life.

Posted: June 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Senate bill doubles spending on veterans’ health

In this May 24, 2013 file photo, an American flag flies in front of the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Atlanta. An internal investigation released in June 2014 that looked at wait times for all sorts of care across the VA system showed that new mental health patients were routinely forced to wait a month or more to start treatment. Not one of the 141 medical systems examined was able to meet the department's goal of getting all new mental health patients an appointment within 14 days. AP

Spending on veterans’ health care could double in three years under the U.S. Senate’s solution to the long waits experienced by thousands seeking medical care at government-run veterans’ hospitals and clinics, according to congressional budget experts.

Posted: June 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Cyber charges put more strain on US-China ties

This wanted poster is displayed at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, May 19, 2014, after Attorney General Eric Holder, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin, U.S. Attorney for Western District of Pennsylvania David Hickton and FBI Executive Associate Director Robert Anderson participated in a news conference where Holder announced that a U.S. grand jury has charged five Chinese hackers with economic espionage and trade secret theft, the first-of-its-kind criminal charges against Chinese military officials in an international cyber-espionage case. The indictment of five Chinese military officials on cyber espionage charges will intensify friction between Beijing and Washington. Those tensions have only been growing as China gets bolder in asserting its territorial claims in disputed waterways in East Asia.  AP

The indictment of five Chinese military officials on cyber espionage charges will intensify friction between Beijing and Washington.

Posted: May 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Washington calls S. Sudan violence an ‘abomination’

In this image taken from video, dead bodies lie on the road near Bentiu, South Sudan, on Sunday, April 20, 2014. The United Nations' top humanitarian official in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, told The Associated Press in a phone interview on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, that the ethnically targeted killings are "quite possibly a game-changer" for a conflict that has been raging since mid-December and that has exposed longstanding ethnic hostilities. There was also a disturbing echo of Rwanda, which is marking the 20th anniversary this month of its genocide that killed 1 million people. AP

The White House expressed horror at what it called the “abomination” of spiralling violence in South Sudan’s civil war, where rebels have been accused of massacring hundreds of civilians.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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