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Eyeing the next frontier, Miami law firms ramp up Cuba strategy

By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - The Florida Bar is sending its first ever delegation of lawyers to Cuba this week to explore emerging new business opportunities as prospects heat up for closer political and commercial relations between the United States and the Communist-run island. Some big law firms with Miami offices, often staffed by Cuban-American exiles, are already beefing up their Cuba-

Fate of U.S. domestic surveillance program uncertain after Senate vote

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate blocked a measure to extend spy agencies' bulk collection of Americans' telephone records early on Saturday, leaving the fate of the program uncertain days before its June 1 expiration. By a vote of 54-45, the Senate failed to reach the 60-vote threshold needed to advance a bill that would have extended for two months provisions of the

U.S. Republicans navigate the new politics of energy abundance

By James Oliphant OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans have had to watch from the sidelines as the Obama White House has taken political credit for America's unexpected energy boom and tumbling gas prices. Now it has left their presidential candidates scrambling for a way to reclaim leadership on an issue the party once seemed to own. "We've got an abundance of supply," Wisconsin Go

Clinton emails show concern about image after Benghazi

By Mark Hosenball and Alistair Bell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top aides to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fretted over how she would be portrayed after the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, emails released on Friday showed. The emails also showed Clinton received information on her personal email account about the Benghazi atta

America's crumbling infrastructure

America’s infrastructure could be reaching a breaking point. Literally. When it comes to our transportation infrastructure — that’s railroads, water pipelines, ports, dams, bridges, airports and roads — the United States has gotten way off track.

Robert Gates: Boy Scouts’ ban on gay adult leaders not sustainable

The Boy Scouts of America must reverse its longstanding policy of excluding gay adult leaders or risk unfavorable legal decisions that could doom the historic organization, president Robert Gates warned his group’s national leadership Thursday.

Can Iraq be saved?

After capturing the capital city of major Iraqi region, ISIS is claiming one of its biggest victories. According to local officials, Islamic State militants likely killed up to 500 people in the city of Ramadi, and forced 8,000 to flee from their homes.

Lindsey Graham: ‘I am running because the world is falling apart’

Lindsey Graham says he is running for president. While the Republican senator will make his official announcement June 1 in his hometown of Central, S.C., he made his intentions clear during an interview on “CBS This Morning” Monday.

Benghazi controversy explained

It’s been nearly three years since the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and the events of that night still remain a political controversy. The eighth investigation into the tragedy is currently under way.

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Could Face Life

American soldier and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion over his disappearance from an Afghan outpost in 2009 and could face life in confinement, the Army announced today. As part of the deal, the Taliban five were relocated to Qatar. After Bergdahl's dramatic return to the U.S., the Army launched an investigation into whether the soldier willfully left his post

Lawmakers to Question Top Officials about Controversial Visa Program for Wealthy Foreigners

Republicans in Congress voiced strong objections Tuesday in response to a scathing Homeland Security investigation that found a senior official appeared to give special treatment to politically-connected applicants when he ran a little-known federal program that offers visas to those who invest $500,000 in a job-creating business. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the committee chairman, said h

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Lawyer Says

American soldier and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion for allegedly walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009, Bergdahl's attorney told ABC News today.

Biden reassures Iraqi prime minister of US support

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraq's government on Monday of U.S. support in the fight against the Islamic State group, telephoning Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi with thanks for "the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces" one day after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned the Iraqi military commitment.

Jeb Bush to get own home at family compound in Kennebunkport

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is getting a house of his own at the family compound on the coast of Maine where generations of Bushes have spent summers.

US Sen. Thad Cochran marries longtime aide, his office says

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran — the Mississippi Republican whose 2014 primary campaign drew national attention over an aspiring blogger's photos of his bedridden wife — has married his longtime aide, his office said Monday.

Obama pays tribute to fallen service members at Arlington

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must "never stop trying to fully repay them" for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 years without U.S. forces engaged in a major ground war.

Nevada case is latest to test 'stand your ground' laws

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The idea that a person's home is their castle and they have the right to kill trespassers has been widely accepted in the U.S. for more than a century.

Obamacare exchanges help, but confused consumers are still spending too much

Commentary: consumers pleased with Obamacare coverage, but choices still daunting

Liberal operatives paid big bucks by embattled pro-Clinton super PAC

Pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC Priorities USA Action now facing fire for disappointing fundraising totals

Bankers from major institutions still haven't been held responsible for financial crash

None yet held responsible for financial crash; Holder deadline for review passes without action

Iraq rebuts US criticism of security forces

Iraq on Monday rejected accusations by the US defence chief that its security forces dodged battle in Ramadi and lack the will to fight the Islamic State group. Pentagon chief Ashton Carter argued that the May 17 fall of Ramadi, the worst defeat Baghdad has suffered in almost a year, could have been avoided. Washington has been one of Baghdad's key partners in the war to reclaim the ground lost

Murray overcomes tricky conditions in opening win

Andy Murray had to get to grips with tricky conditions as he advanced to the second round of the French Open on Monday, beating Argentina's Facundo Arguello in straight sets 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 on Court Philippe Chatrier. The Scottish world number three continued his impeccable recent form on clay by overcoming Arguello, a lucky loser from the qualifying competition, to make it 11 wins in a row on cla

Greek budget proposals insufficient: IMF's Blanchard

The budget reforms that Greece has proposed to its international creditors are not enough to ensure a surplus this year, the International Monetary Fund's chief economist Olivier Blanchard told French financial newspaper Les Echos on Monday. Greece's radical-left government has been locked in tortuous negotiations with its creditors -- the IMF, the European Union and the European Central Bank --

Biden tries to smooth Iraq ties after Pentagon outburst

US Vice President Joe Biden on Monday sought to end an embarrassing rift between Washington and Baghdad after Pentagon boss Ash Carter blamed Iraqi forces for the fall of Ramadi. Biden "recognized the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces over the past eighteen months in Ramadi and elsewhere," the White House said.

Iran to scrap monthly petrol subsidy

Iran will scrap a petrol allowance from midnight on Tuesday as part of a 2010 plan to phase out subsidies on energy products and boost the economy, media reported. Motorists will no longer to be entitled to buy 60 litres of petrol monthly at a reduced price of 7,000 rials (about 24 US cents) a litre, media reported. The reports said a litre of standard petrol will retail at 10,000 rials (around

Tennis - No Union Jack for Britain's Slovenian recruit

- Aljaz Bedene lost on his Grand Slam debut as a British player Monday and admitted he will not be tempted into making brash demonstrations of his new-found loyalties. The 25-year-old became a British citizen in March after completing the required five-year residency in the country. "Well, I was wearing Union Jack bandanas back in 2012 and '13, but only in practice," he said.

Obama praises 'fallen heroes,' touts end of Mid East wars

US President Barack Obama paid a Memorial Day tribute to America's "fallen heroes" Monday, stressing the heavy burden of perennial wars and underscoring his decision to pull troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. Echoing Abraham Lincoln's praise for those who offered the "last full measure of devotion," Obama praised "everyday heroes" who died in the "mountains of Korea, the jungles of Vietnam, the d

Africa's economy to strengthen in 2015 despite Ebola, oil price

Africa's overall economy should advance in 2015, expanding by 4.5 percent, showing resilience despite weak commodity prices and the devastating Ebola epidemic, an annual report published Monday said. "Africa's gross domestic product (GDP) growth is expected to strengthen to 4.5 percent in 2015 and 5.0 percent in 2016 after subdued expansion in 2013 (of 3.5 percent) and 2014 (3.9 percent)," said

UN chief seeks 'global action' on climate change this year

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon on Monday called for "global action" this year to limit climate change as international weather experts began a quadrennial congress in Geneva. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) meeting comes ahead of a key conference in Paris at the end of the year which will be the first attempt to clinch a planet-wide deal on global warming since the near-disastrous 2009 UN summ

US says Iraqi forces lack will to fight IS

Washington on Sunday accused Iraqi forces of lacking the will to fight the Islamic State group, which scored a resounding victory a week earlier with the capture of Ramadi. The jihadists had appeared on the back foot in Iraq in recent months but twin offensives on Ramadi and on the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra have swung the momentum. On Sunday, a monitoring group reported at least 217 people


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