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Monday, 15 December 2014 17:06
December 15 marked the busiest mailing day of the year as people dispatch holiday cards and presents to friends and relatives across the country. More than 640 million cards, letters and packages are expected to be processed Monday, the Postal Service announced. Last year the busiest mailing day saw the agency handle 607 million pieces of mail. They attributed the growth to an increase in advertising and mail package volume, as nearly 3.5 million more…
Virginia governor seeks to reinstate restrictions on handgun sales
Monday, 15 December 2014 16:34
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, on Monday called to reinstate restrictions on the purchase of handguns, in a move that opponents described as unlikely to succeed with a Republican-dominated legislature. McAuliffe asked lawmakers to reinstate a law allowing buyers to purchase only one handgun a month, which had been repealed during his Republican predecessor's administration. He also wants to require private vendors at gun shows to run…
Obama: Service members are like "Santa in fatigues"
Monday, 15 December 2014 16:24
President Obama on Monday compared service members to "Santa in fatigues" for what they do to protect Americans, even during the holiday season. "We can gather with family and friends because you are willing to hug yours goodbye and step forward to serve," the president told a group of about 3,000 service members and their families at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst After a long day we can come home because you're willing to leave your home…
Psychologist admits he waterboarded al Qaeda suspects: report
Monday, 15 December 2014 16:06
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of the chief architects of the CIA’s harsh Bush-era interrogation program has admitted in a media interview for the first time that he waterboarded terrorism suspects, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. James Mitchell, a former U.S. Air Force psychologist, confirmed some of the specific details in a Senate committee report released last week and defended the practices, saying that valuable intelligence was obtained…
Obamas join Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson at Christmas in Washington concert
Monday, 15 December 2014 15:47
December 15, 2014, 3:40 PM|The first family attended the taping of the "Christmas in Washington" concert featuring host Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and performers Aloe Blacc, Hunter Hayes, Rita Ora, Christina Perri and Darius Rucker.
Obama says he'll sign government spending bill passed by Congress
Monday, 15 December 2014 15:05
FORT DIX, N.J. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Monday he planned to sign a $1.1 trillion spending bill that was passed over the weekend by Congress to lift the threat of a government shutdown. Obama, speaking at a military base in New Jersey, said it was critical that lawmakers from both parties supported the bill, which included payouts for the military. "That's why it was so important that folks in Congress, Democrats and…
White House has not yet decided on Russia sanctions bill
Monday, 15 December 2014 15:05
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is looking at a bill that would authorize new sanctions on Russia over its activities in Ukraine, and has not yet made a decision on whether the president will sign the measure, a senior administration official said on Monday. The official said the administration "remains deeply concerned" about Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine. But the administration also feels it is important that any sanctions regime maintains a united front…
Secret Service independent review of fence-jumping incident completed
Monday, 15 December 2014 14:46
CBS News White House Correspondent Bill Plante reports that the review of the Secret Service fence-jumping incident that was to be completed by an independent outside panel has now been submitted to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Johnson will meet with the panelists later this week to discuss their assessment of and recommendations for securing the White House, and a summary of the report will be made public at a future date. PlayVideoPolitics
Obama administration says no decision yet on Russia sanctions bill
Monday, 15 December 2014 14:03
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is looking at a bill that would authorize new sanctions on Russia over its activities in Ukraine, and has not yet made a decision on whether the president will sign the measure, a senior administration official said on Monday. The official said the administration "remains deeply concerned" about Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine. But the administration also feels it is important that any sanctions regime maintains a united front…
Three dead, four hurt in Sydney siege
Monday, 15 December 2014 13:43
View gallery Emergency personnel wheel an injured hostage to an ambulance during a cafe siege in the central busi … SYDNEY (Reuters) - Three people are dead after a hostage drama in a Sydney cafe ended in heavy gunfire as security forces stormed the building, Australian police said on Tuesday. Local media reports said the hostage-taker was among those killed.

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