U.S. says Russia violated nuclear missile treaty

Monday, 28 July 2014 21:28
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…
U.S. says Russia violated nuclear treaty, urges immediate talks
Monday, 28 July 2014 20:14
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In another sign of deteriorating relations between the United States and Russia, the U.S. government said on Monday that Moscow had violated the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty, and urged immediate bilateral talks on the issue. The Cold War treaty, ratified in 1988, was designed to eliminate ground-launched cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 km (310 to 3,400 miles). "This is a very serious matter which we…
Storms knock down U.S.-Mexico fence in Arizona
Monday, 28 July 2014 19:38
An unusual amount of rain that ravaged parts of southern Arizona also knocked down 60 feet of the rebar-reinforced steel fence that divides the U.S. and Mexico. The storms began Friday in Sonora, Mexico, and resumed Saturday night until Sunday morning, when debris from the Mexican side of the border traveled through a wash and piled up against the border fence. The fence, just west of the Nogales-Mariposa Port of Entry near Interstate 19, stood…
Report: Afghan insurgents could get U.S. weapons
Monday, 28 July 2014 19:28
Weapons bought by the United States for Afghanistan's security forces are at risk of falling into the hands of insurgents, according to an audit report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The two primary information systems used to track weapons sent to the Afghan National Security Forces are plagued by inefficient weapons controls and discrepancies, the SIGAR report released Monday said. The report indicates that 43 percent of the 474,823 serial numbers recorded…
U.S. senator to propose strong curbs on NSA phone data collection
Monday, 28 July 2014 19:13
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new Senate proposal to curb the government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and increase transparency about the program has White House backing and may get more traction with critics who have dismissed other bills as too weak. Democratic U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will introduce the legislation on Tuesday. Because it does more to clamp down on the data collection exposed last year by former…
Police: Slain family of five was murder-suicide
Monday, 28 July 2014 18:37
A maintenance worker with financial problems killed his wife and three children with a shotgun, then committed suicide, over the weekend in what state police called one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Maine history, investigators said Monday. Joel Smith presented a friendly face at the 61-unit apartment complex where he worked. But he was having domestic and financial problems, and his wife told a family friend that he had recently threatened to…
Texas man arrested for mailing 500 envelopes with white powder
Monday, 28 July 2014 18:14
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The FBI arrested the man it believes sent out hundreds of letters than contained a suspicious white powder. On the eve of the 2014 Super Bowl, hotels near New Jersey's MetLife Stadium received threatening letters filled with white powder. Econo Lodge manager Eylem Naik CBS News Econo Lodge manager Eylem Naik opened one of them. "Powder just came out of the envelope. And I was a little bit suspicious and a little…
Analysis of Obama's phone calls reflect escalating world crises
Monday, 28 July 2014 18:14
President Obama has made more phone calls to foreign leaders in the past month than at any other time during his second term, USA Today reports - a telling gauge of just how considerably global crises have escalated in Ukraine, the Middle East and elsewhere. An international call log culled from nearly 1,100 readouts of White House phone conversations shows the number of times the president spoke with world leaders this month was the second-highest…
Hoover: GOP starts to 'get it' on same-sex marriage
Monday, 28 July 2014 17:42
The Rev. Tony Larsen and his partner, Craig Matheus, are refused a marriage license by Racine County Clerk Wendy Christensen, right, in the clerk's office in Racine, Wisconsin, on Friday, June 13.
Bill would legalize some cannabis strains
Monday, 28 July 2014 17:42
STORY HIGHLIGHTSCharlotte's Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014 would amend Controlled Substances ActFederal bill introduced in U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Scott PerryBill would exempt plants with low percentage of THC, chemical that makes users high (CNN) -- Doctors in Macon, Georgia, told Janea Cox that her daughter, Haleigh, might not live another three months. That was the middle of March, when Haleigh's brain was being short-circuited by hundreds of seizures a day, overrunning…
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