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WASHINGTON - In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time.

The treaty confrontation comes at a highly strained time between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia's intervention in Ukraine and Putin's grant of asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.


A local attorney and legislative watchdog says a state senator responsible for a controversial amendment owes the public and his colleagues an apology. That senator did not publicly take responsibility for introducing the amendment until after FOX 8 aired a story, naming him.

C.B. Forgotston spent 13 years working in government. Now, the local attorney spends part of his time serving as a watchdog.

Last Wednesday, he emailed the six lawmakers who made up the legislative conference committee that first approved the amendment to Senate Bill 294 – the amendment boosting the retirement pay of the head of Louisiana State Police, Col.

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    The Facebook page, "Find Jennifer Huston," is plastered with photos of the 38-year-old missing Oregon mother who was last seen Thursday.

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    Huston is seen here in an undated photo provided by her family.

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    Huston is pictured here with her husband and two young sons.

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    Jennifer Huston

The father of a missing Oregon mom, himself a former homicide investigator, told FoxNews.com he is helping police piece together the final moments before his daughter vanished, and described his son-in-law as "solid as a rock.

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is accusing Russia of violating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach a "very serious matter."

An administration official says the United States has notified Russia of its determination that it broke the agreement by testing a new ground-launched cruise missile. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information.



The issue has simmered for a few years, but until Monday the United States had not made the accusation public.

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Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the State Department in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014, during a news conference to announce the 2013 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom.AP

The State Department publicly battled a barrage of Israeli criticism on Monday over Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, in the latest signs of strain between the Obama administration and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.

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Sunday, 27 July 2014 10:34

A man slain early Monday morning inside his Highland home is remembered as someone who defended others .

William David Carroll, 48, was found shot once in the upper body about 3 a.m. at his home in the 3100 block of Holly Street just off of Kings Hwy. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbor Dominik Maranto said Carroll was, "a good guy, an all around good guy.

Israel warns of 'prolonged' Gaza war
Monday, 28 July 2014 20:39
29 July 2014Last updated at 02:29

The BBC's Ian Pannell: "Children in Gaza have paid heavily"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned of a "prolonged" military campaign in Gaza.

Ronald Powell
Monday, 28 July 2014 20:37

A few minutes with ... Ronald Powell

The Saints’ rookie outside linebacker and fifth-round draft choice reflects on his NFL transition, his football idol and his beard:

The Advocate: What is the transition from college football to the NFL like? Does it compare to moving from middle school to high school? Does it compare to moving from high school to college?

Ronald Powell: As far as being the young guy, the small guy on campus, it’s definitely the same.

At a New Orleans City Council committee hearing last week, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro ladled warm praise on criminal defense attorney Jason Williams, saying he was delighted the recently elected at-large councilman has taken a career detour.

“We’d much rather see you sitting over there than on the opposite side of the courtroom,” Cannizzaro said. “Visit in my office, not the courthouse.”

But prosecutors with Cannizzaro’s office have called on Williams to return to the courthouse at Tulane Avenue and Broad Street on Tuesday, though for just one task: to testify in a criminal case that started Monday and could land one of his former clients behind bars for decades.

An Orleans Parish grand jury has indicted 10 people on racketeering charges in an identity theft and counterfeit credit card scheme involving a group of New Yorkers who received tens of thousands of dollars in allegedly fraudulent cash advances from Harrah’s New Orleans Casino.

The alleged ringleader, Jorge Cesar Mejia, 30, of the Bronx, New York, remains at large, accused of using stolen account numbers to forge credit cards used by his co-defendants during various trips to New Orleans.

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