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  • U.S. forces carry out operation against al-Shabaab in Somalia

    2 September 2014, 12:46 am

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. military forces carried out an operation on Monday against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, a U.S. Department of Defense spokesman said.
  • Exclusive: From Seoul to Mexico City, pressure mounts to ease U.S. oil export ban

    1 September 2014, 10:40 pm

    WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - Washington is facing growing international pressure to ease its long standing ban on crude oil exports, with South Korea and Mexico joining the European Union in pressing the case for U.S. oil shipments overseas.
  • Exclusive: From Seoul to Mexico City, pressure mounts to ease U.S. oil export ban

    1 September 2014, 7:41 pm

    WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - Washington is facing growing international pressure to ease its long standing ban on crude oil exports, with South Korea and Mexico joining the European Union in pressing the case for U.S. oil shipments overseas.
  • Amid foreign crises, Obama takes solace in U.S. economic turnaround

    1 September 2014, 5:47 pm

    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Throughout much of his presidency, Barack Obama has been under siege about the state of the U.S. economy.
  • Obama notifies Congress of ordering air strikes in Iraq's Amerli

    1 September 2014, 4:21 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama formally notified the U.S. Congress on Monday that he had authorized air strikes and humanitarian airdrops over the weekend in the Iraqi Shi’ite town of Amerli where Islamic State militants had trapped the…
  • Florida power utilities fear return of ‘Green Governor' Crist

    1 September 2014, 12:28 pm

    MIAMI (Reuters) - When Charlie Crist last governed Florida, his green energy and climate policies made him few friends among the state's powerful electricity corporations.
  • Judge temporarily blocks law that could close all Louisiana abortion clinics

    31 August 2014, 11:48 pm

    NEW ORLEANS La. (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked enforcement of a Louisiana law that advocates say would likely have closed all five abortion clinics in the state.
  • U.S., foreign fighters in Syria pose 'very serious threat' to U.S.: lawmaker

    31 August 2014, 10:27 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of U.S., British and Canadian citizens who have trained with Islamic State fighters trying to carve out their own state in Iraq and Syria pose a "very serious threat" to the United States, a top Republican lawmaker said Sunday.
  • Libyan armed faction takes over U.S. Embassy annex in Tripoli

    31 August 2014, 9:07 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of a Libyan militia have taken over an abandoned annex of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli but have not broken into the main compound where the United States evacuated all of its staff last month, U.S. officials said on Sunday.
  • U.S. urges Israel to reverse planned West Bank land appropriation

    31 August 2014, 5:32 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States sees Israel’s announcement on Sunday of a land appropriation for possible settlement construction in the occupied West Bank as “counterproductive” to peace efforts and urges the Israeli government to reverse the…
  • Libyan armed faction takes over U.S. Embassy annex in Tripoli

    31 August 2014, 4:54 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of a Libyan militia have taken over an abandoned annex of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli but have not broken into the main compound where the United States evacuated all of its staff last month, U.S. officials said on Sunday.
  • Obama faces bipartisan criticism over his foreign policy

    31 August 2014, 3:44 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama faced criticism over his foreign policy from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday as he wrestled with crises in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Ukraine.
  • U.S., foreign fighters in Syria pose 'very serious threat' to U.S.: lawmaker

    31 August 2014, 2:30 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of U.S., British and Canadian citizens who have trained with Islamic State fighters trying to carve out their own state in Iraq and Syria pose a "very serious threat" to the United States, a top Republican lawmaker said Sunday.
  • Captives held by Islamic State prove tough quandary for Obama

    30 August 2014, 5:06 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After Islamic State's beheading of journalist James Foley, President Barack Obama's administration is making little headway in efforts to secure the release of three other Americans held by the insurgent group in Syria, officials said.
  • Obama, Harper discuss NATO summit, Iraq in phone call: White House

    30 August 2014, 4:27 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper talked by telephone on Saturday to discuss next week's NATO summit in Wales and the situation in Iraq, the White House said.
  • California passes plastic bag ban, would be first such law in U.S

    30 August 2014, 3:41 pm

    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The California state legislature enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags on Friday near the end of its two-year session, a measure that if signed into law would become the first of its kind in America.
  • California governor lauds passage of 'historic' sick leave bill

    30 August 2014, 3:40 pm

    (Reuters) - A measure to grant California workers mandatory sick leave that passed the state legislature early on Saturday appeared poised to become law after Governor Jerry Brown lauded it as a historic achievement.
  • U.S. to push for coalition to fight 'cancer' of Islamic State: Kerry

    30 August 2014, 2:34 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States will use a NATO summit next week to push for a coalition of countries to beat back incursions in Syria and Iraq by Islamic State militants who are destabilizing the region and…
  • Campaign manager for Kentucky's McConnell resigns, denies wrongdoing

    30 August 2014, 11:04 am

    (Reuters) - The campaign manager for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican locked in a tough re-election battle, resigned late Friday in fallout from a scandal stemming from his time with the 2012 Ron Paul presidential campaign.
  • California lawmakers end session with bills on plastic bags, gun control

    30 August 2014, 9:25 am

    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California's lawmakers ended a two-year session on Saturday with a package of bills that reflected deep disagreement over pressing issues including undocumented migrants, the social safety net and measures to cope with a severe…
  • Bill to regulate California groundwater passes in state legislature

    30 August 2014, 6:17 am

    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A package of bills aimed at regulating drought-parched California's stressed groundwater supplies were passed on Friday despite efforts by some agricultural interests to block bills in the waning days of the state legislative…
  • Oil train regulation passes in California

    30 August 2014, 12:31 am

    SANFRANCISO (Reuters) - California lawmakers on Friday passed legislation requiring railroad companies to tell emergency officials when crude oil trains will chug through the state.
  • Bill to reform California's near-solitary prison units dies

    29 August 2014, 9:18 pm

    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A bill aimed at easing some conditions for inmates in near-solitary confinement in California prisons has died in the state legislature amid concerns that Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who has held a tough line on prison…
  • Obama unloads on Republicans, sees 'cynical genius'

    29 August 2014, 8:52 pm

    NEWPORT R.I. (Reuters) - Obama, raising money for Democratic candidates as Republicans aim to take over the Senate in the fall, on Friday blamed some Republicans for a calculated effort to undermine faith in government by opposing policy compromises.
  • Judge dismisses Mississippi Senate election challenge

    29 August 2014, 8:49 pm

    JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - A Mississippi judge on Friday dismissed an election challenge brought by Tea Party-backed U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, who claims incumbent Thad Cochran stole the Republican primary by encouraging voter fraud.

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