COVID vaccine in exchange for Pemberton? DOH says no such condition set by US manufacturers

MANILA, Sept 11 (Mabuhay) –The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said none of the US-based manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccine asked for the pardon of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton so that the Philippines may be given access to the potential shots that could spell the end of the pandemic. “We have had discussions already […]

11.09.2020 · Filled under: Local News, News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

Pemberton asks Olongapo court to allow his release

MANILA, Sept 5 (Mabuhay) — US Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton on Friday asked the Olongapo City Regional Trial Court (RTC Br. 74) to turn down the motion for reconsideration filed by a relative of victim Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude to stop his release from prison. In a six-page opposition, defense counsel Rowena G. Flores […]

05.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

Pemberton not qualified for GCTA — Laude family lawyer

MANILA, Sept 4 (Mabuhay) — A lawyer for the family of Jennifer Laude said Friday that convicted US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton is not entitled to good conduct-based deductions to the time he serves in prison. Rommel Bagares of the Center for International Law said Pemberton is unqualified for good conduct time allowances (GCTA) because […]

04.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

Roque deplores court order for Pemberton’s early release

MANILA, Sept 3 (Mabuhay) — Palace Spokesperson Harry Roque on Wednesday slammed the decision of an Olongapo court to approve the early release of United States (US) Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton, who was convicted of killing transgender woman Jennifer Laude in 2014. In a statement, Roque was dismayed by the ruling of Olongapo […]

03.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

Palace hopes for ‘peaceful’ resolution of US-China row

MANILA, Aug 29 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Friday expressed hope that the apparent rift between the United States and China would be “amicably and peacefully” addressed. In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Philippines considers both the US and China as its “special friends and trading partners”. “We hope that both partners of […]

29.08.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, U.S. News ·

US to continue freedom of navigation drills in SCS — Navy

MANILA, Aug 28 (Mabuhay) — The United States will continue sailing in the South China Sea to exercise its “freedom of navigation” and to reassure its allies that Washington is committed to maintaining a “free and open” Indo-Pacific region, a ranking US Navy official said Thursday. “(The) US Navy has 38 ships underway today in […]

28.08.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, U.S. News ·

BuCor asked to compute Pemberton’s served jail time

MANILA, Aug 26 (Mabuhay) — The Olongapo City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has requested from the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) the computation of the jail time served by US Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton, an official of the Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Tuesday. “BuCor has been asked by the court in (Olongapo) […]

26.08.2020 · Filled under: Local News, News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

US launches P1-B biodiversity project in PH

MANILA, Aug 12 (Mabuhay) — The United States government announced Tuesday a five-year biodiversity project worth PHP1.1 billion or around USD22 million to combat environmental crimes and help the country sustainably manage its natural resources. The Sustainable Interventions for Biodiversity, Oceans, and Landscapes (SIBOL) project, to be implemented by RTI International, is funded by the […]

12.08.2020 · Filled under: Environment, News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

No COVID-19 cases yet among Filipinos living in Brazil — ambassador

MANILA, July 30 (Mabuhay)– The Philippines’ foreign service post in Brazil has not recorded a single case of a Filipino who contracted COVID-19, an official said Thursday. Ambassador Marichu Mauro gave the report after Brazil—one of the worst-hit countries by COVID-19—recorded 69,074 new confirmed cases on Wednesday. “Sa awa ng Diyos wala naman po tayong […]

30.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

US military donates P11-M in medical supplies to PH

MANILA, July 27 (Mabuhay) — The United States Army and Marine Corps service members delivered on Monday an additional PHP11.4 million (US$230,600) in medical equipment to hospitals in 11 cities across the Philippines. This new donation brings the total US government pandemic assistance to the Philippines to PHP989 million or more than US$20 million. “This […]

28.07.2020 · Filled under: Local News, News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

Lacson to US lawmakers opposing anti-terror law: ‘Shut up, hypocrites’

MANILA, July 18 (Mabuhay) — Senator Panfilo Lacson on Friday questioned the moral ascendancy of some US Congress members to oppose and criticize the Philippines’ anti-terror law. “I wonder how many among those 50 or so members of the US Congress voted in favor of their own country’s Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001… These US Congress […]

18.07.2020 · Filled under: Legal Matters, News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

US lawmakers urge Philippine gov’t to repeal anti-terror law

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) — At least 45 lawmakers in the US urged the Philippine government to immediately repeal the recently-signed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. In a virtual press conference on Wednesday night (Manila time), Representative Janice Schakowsky of Illinois called the law a new ‘weapon’ to suppress dissent in the Philippines. “We stand together […]

16.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

PH issues temporary moratorium on participation in US EVP

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The Philippines has issued a temporary moratorium on the participation of Filipino nationals in the United States Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) amid the current coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. The Philippine Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) Committee, in an advisory, cited the “urgent nature and life-threatening implications” associated with the health crisis that […]

10.07.2020 · Filled under: Local News, News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

DOH: Don’t buy dexamethasone for the purpose of preventing COVID-19

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health on Saturday advised the public not to flock to drugstores to buy dexamethasone for use in preventing COVID-19. “Dapat ‘yung mga kababayan natin, ‘wag bumili kasi ‘di naman siya magagamit to prevent, hindi naman siya magagamit para gamutin ang COVID-19,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said. Malacañang on […]

US official thanks DND for supporting Philippine gov’t’s decision to suspend VFA

MANILA, June 15 (Mabuhay) — US Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday expressed appreciation for the support the Department of National Defense (DND) gave the Philippine government in its decision to suspend the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement. Esper and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana had a conference call on Friday to discuss US-Philippines relations, […]

17.06.2020 · Filled under: Local News, News, Philippine News, U.S. News, World News ·

US Embassy cancels visa services through July 3; resumption indefinite

MANILA, June 11 (Mabuhay)– The US Embassy in the Philippines on Thursday announced that it is cancelling all immigrant and non-immigrant visa interviews scheduled through July 3 due to the community quarantine implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the country. “We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable […]

12.06.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

Difficult for Philippines to achieve New Zealand’s zero COVID-19 feat — Palace

MANILA, June 11 (Mabuhay) — It will be difficult for the Philippines to achieve New Zealand’s feat of having zero COVID-19 cases, Malacañang said on Wednesday. In an interview with state-run PTV, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said zero cases would be difficult to attain given the Philippines’ population density, especially in urban centers like Metro […]

12.06.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, U.S. News, World News ·
White House Initiative, UC Riverside Partner to Improve Asian American, Pacific Islander Data

White House Initiative, UC Riverside Partner to Improve Asian American, Pacific Islander Data

Nationwide challenge encourages novel approaches to understand the fastest-growing population group By Bettye Miller RIVERSIDE, Calif., AUGUST 10, 2016 – Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest-growing and most diverse racial groups in the country. Between 2000 and 2010, their populations grew by 46 percent and 40 percent, respectively, compared to 10 percent for the […]

10.08.2016 · Filled under: Services, U.S. News ·
US authorities discover 15th case of non-travel related Zika in Florida

US authorities discover 15th case of non-travel related Zika in Florida

MOSCOW, Aug. 9 (PNA/Sputnik) – The Florida Department of Health (DOH) found a new case of non-travel related Zika virus infection in an individual in Palm Beach County, Florida, Governor Rick Scott said on Monday. “Today, DOH has announced they are investigating one new individual with non-travel related Zika in Palm Beach County,” Scott stated. […]

09.08.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
To win, Hillary should speak a little Tagalog

To win, Hillary should speak a little Tagalog

By Andrew Lam If all politics are local, then candidate Hillary Clinton may very well need to speak a little Korean and Tagalog in order to win the 2016 presidential election. Why? In 2014 Slate.com published a fascinating article with this headline, “Tagalog in California, Cherokee in Arkansas.” It is a survey of the languages spoken in each […]

04.08.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Hillary Clinton becomes first woman nominated for US president by a major party

Hillary Clinton becomes first woman nominated for US president by a major party

PHILADELPHIA, the United States  (PNA/Xinhua) – Hillary Clinton was formally anointed Democratic presidential candidate here on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to run for the White House on behalf of a major US political party. “Are we ready to make some history?” asked Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, secretary of the on-going Democratic National Convention (DNC) when a […]

28.07.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Americans’ satisfaction with country’s direction drops sharply: poll

WASHINGTON, July 25 (PNA/Xinhua) – Americans’ satisfaction with the state of affairs dropped 12 percentage points in the past month, amid high-profile police killings of black men and mass shootings of police, found a latest Gallup poll. Currently, only 17 percent of Americans are satisfied with the state of affairs in the US, sharply down […]

25.07.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Trump threatens to leave WTO over proposal on punishing US firms for moving overseas

WASHINGTON, July 25 (PNA/Xinhua) – US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Sunday threatened to pull the US out of the World Trade Organization (WTO) if his proposal on penalizing US companies for moving overseas is blocked. Trump said in an interview with the NBC “Meet the Press” that he, if elected president, would impose […]

25.07.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama calls for unity after 3 police officers killed in Baton Rouge shooting

Obama calls for unity after 3 police officers killed in Baton Rouge shooting

HOUSTON, July 18 (PNA/Xinhua) – US President Barack Obama on Sunday urged Americans to avoid making inflammatory rhetoric after the killing of three police officers in the state of Louisiana. In a speech delivered from the White House on the shooting in Baton Rouge, Obama said that, though divisions exist in the country, everyone should […]

18.07.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama pledges US long-term commitment to Europe security

Obama pledges US long-term commitment to Europe security

WARSAW  (PNA/Xinhua) – US President Barack Obama on Saturday pledged the US long-term commitment to ensuring Europe’ s security and defending allies, while participating his last North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit before his stepping down next January. During his solo press conference after the closing of Warsaw NATO Summit, Obama said the Alliance was […]

13.07.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
California Home Visiting Program marks 100,000th visit

California Home Visiting Program marks 100,000th visit

SACRAMENTO – The California Home Visiting Program (CHVP) celebrated a landmark 100,000th visit this week as part of the state’s hands-on efforts to provide assistance to new parents and improve the health and wellbeing of children across the state. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) preventive intervention program focuses on positive parenting and child development. “Home visiting is an effective […]

11.07.2016 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Services, U.S. News ·
California Republicans: Reject state’s expansion of Obamacare to Illegal Immigrants

California Republicans: Reject state’s expansion of Obamacare to Illegal Immigrants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of California’s congressional delegation are increasing pressure on the Obama Administration to stop the state’s plan to expand Obamacare coverage to illegal immigrants. Nine members of Congress from California joined forces to send a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of the Treasury asking the […]

03.07.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Asian Americans, Hawaiians, two fastest growing racial groups

Asian Americans, Hawaiians, two fastest growing racial groups

Census says there are now 21 million Asian Americans and 1.5 million Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders living in the US LOS ANGELES – New U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released on Thursday, June 23 show that the Asian American population is the fastest growing racial group nationwide. Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles’ analysis of the data […]

03.07.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama, Trudeau reaffirm commitment to fight terrorism

Obama, Trudeau reaffirm commitment to fight terrorism

WASHINGTON  (PNA/Sputnik) – US President Barack Obama in a phone call to his Canadian counterpart Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday reaffirmed their joint commitment to fight terrorism following the deaths of US and Canadians at the hands of terror groups, the White House said in a statement. “The leaders [Obama and Trudeau] reaffirmed their […]

21.06.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US Fed keeps interest rates unchanged

US Fed keeps interest rates unchanged

WASHINGTON  (PNA/Xinhua) – US Federal Reserve on Wednesday keeps its federal fund rate unchanged after concluding its two-day meeting. “The (Federal Open Market) Committee continues to closely monitor inflation indicators and global economic and financial developments” in its process to foster maximum employment and price stability, said the Fed in a statement on Wednesday. The […]

20.06.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Trump ‘unfit’ to be US president: Clinton ,.

Trump ‘unfit’ to be US president: Clinton ,.

MOSCOW  (PNA/Sputnik) – Democrat Hillary Clinton says her rival, Republican presumptive presidential candidate Donald Trump, is “unfit” to be US president. Earlier in the week, Clinton succeeded in securing the necessary number of delegates, including both pledged ones and superdelegates, to win her party’s   presidential nomination. “He can run a campaign of insults. I’m running […]

16.06.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Thousands of nurses set late june strikes in California, Minnesota

Thousands of nurses set late june strikes in California, Minnesota

More than 6,600 registered nurses in Minnesota and California are prepared to strike in late June. They may be joined by up to 3,300 nurses in Massachusetts who are taking a strike vote today. If all the nearly 10,000 RNs walk out, it would represent national strike of nurses on a series of patient safety and quality care concerns. All […]

15.06.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US military engaged in anti-terror operations across 15 countries: Obama

US military engaged in anti-terror operations across 15 countries: Obama

WASHINGTON  (PNA/Sputnik) – US military personnel are engaged in counter-terrorism operations across 15 different countries, President Barack Obama said in a biannual statement to Congress released on Monday. The letter outlined US military counter-terrorism operations across the globe in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Somalia, Yemen, Djibouti, Libya, Cuba, Niger, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Egypt, […]

15.06.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Online fundraiser for Orlando attack pulls in over $2-M in 24 hours

Online fundraiser for Orlando attack pulls in over $2-M in 24 hours

MOSCOW, June 14 (PNA/Sputnik) – A GoFundMe fundraiser to support the victims and families of Sunday’s massacre at a gay nightclub raised over a two million dollars in a single day. The fundraiser, launched by Equality Florida, topped the one million mark in the first 11 hours it was active. Within a day, it had […]

14.06.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

CEO gets nearly eight years for mortgage scam

LOS ANGELES – The chief executive officer and owner of a Westwood-based mortgage brokerage company that falsely promised to help distressed homeowners avoid foreclosure – but instead stole the equity in the homes and served as the homeowners’ impostor landlord – was sentenced this afternoon to 94 months in federal prison. David Singui, 52, of Inglewood, […]

04.06.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Majority in US feel disconnected with major parties: poll

WASHINGTON  (PNA/Xinhua) – A majority of US voters felt disconnected with major political parties and were pessimistic about the presidential election, said a new poll on Monday. Just 8 percent of all Americans considered the Republican Party to be very or extremely responsive to what ordinary voters think, with 62 percent saying the GOP is […]

04.06.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Senate passes bill to help widows, children keep their home

 Sacramento – Senate Bill 1150, a bill to protect widows, widowers and other heirs from unnecessary foreclosures, passed a key hurdle today when it was voted out of the Senate on a vote that was not without drama. Amidst intense industry lobbying pressure and after appearing to go down to defeat for failing to secure […]

04.06.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

US consumer spending in April rises at fastest pace in almost 7 years

WASHINGTON  (PNA/Xinhua) – US consumer spending in April rose at the fastest pace in almost seven years, indicating that US economy will bounce back in the second quarter after a slow start to the year, the US Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Personal spending surged 1 percent in April from the previous month, the largest monthly […]

03.06.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

US loses status of world’s most competitive economy to Hong Kong

MOSCOW  (PNA/Sputnik) – The United States has lost its world’s most competitive economy status to China Hong Kong and Switzerland, a report by the IMD World Competitiveness Center research group revealed. According to the report, Singapore, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Canada followed China Hong Kong, Switzerland and the United States in the […]

03.06.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Nearly 100,000 signatures collected for affordable housing ballot measure

Nearly 100,000 signatures collected for affordable housing ballot measure

Coalition of Labor and Affordable Housing Advocates surpass 62,000 needed to qualify Los Angeles, CA – Today, a coalition of labor and affordable housing advocates delivered petitions signed by nearly 100,000 City of Los Angeles residents who support the Build Better LA initiative going on the November 2016 ballot. A chain of workers in uniform delivered one […]

19.05.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Two L.A. sheriff’s deputies found guilty of violating civil rights of beaten inmate

LOS ANGELES – Two former deputies with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department were found guilty today of violating the civil rights of a mentally ill jail inmate by beating, kicking and pepper spraying the victim after he showed disrespect to a jail employee. Bryan Brunsting, 31, and Jason Branum (also known as Jason Johnson), 35, were […]

17.05.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Downey resident jailed for falsely certifying beef as free of E.coli

LOS ANGELES – A Downey man who falsely certified that contaminated beef was free of E. coli O157:H7 bacterium has been sentenced to a year of home detention and required to pay $307,695.90 in restitution. Jim Johnson, 67, had pleaded guilty to falsifying a Certificate of Analysis in United States District Court last November. Johnson worked as a […]

10.05.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Former IT admin charged of hacking former employer’s computers

SANTA ANA, California – A former Garden Grove resident has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of hacking into the computer system of Blue Stone Strategy Group – an Irvine-based company and the man’s former employer – and deleting files. Nikishna Polequaptewa, 34, who currently resides in Polacca, Arizona, was arrested this morning after surrendering to […]

10.05.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Trucking firm owner pleads guilty to dumping 11,000 gallons of waste soap into San Gabriel River

Trucking firm owner pleads guilty to dumping 11,000 gallons of waste soap into San Gabriel River

LOS ANGELES – A man who ran a trucking company in Sante Fe Springs has pled guilty to dumping 11,000 gallons of waste water and soap into a tributary of the San Gabriel River in Santa Fe Springs, California. David Lee Flury, the 61 year old owner and operator of the Flury Industries, Inc., a waste-hauling […]

10.05.2016 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
Sen. Lugar extols strong, longstanding PHL-US ties

Sen. Lugar extols strong, longstanding PHL-US ties

WASHINGTON, DC — “Through all the shifts of policy and politics over the years, both in our country and in the Philippines, one thing has provided a lasting foundation for US-Philippine relations. That is the strong bonds between our two peoples.” The Honorable Richard Lugar, former Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, ended […]

04.05.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Sen. Leno’s Foreclosure Prevention Bill passes key committee

Sen. Leno’s Foreclosure Prevention Bill passes key committee

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Banking Committee today passed legislation that helps prevent unnecessary foreclosures when a primary mortgage holder passes away. Senate Bill 1150, authored by Senators Mark Leno and Cathleen Galgiani, closes a loophole in California law that fails to provide surviving spouses and children important protections against foreclosure that are available to other […]

25.04.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
New York unveils $21-Mr plan to address threat of Zika

New York unveils $21-Mr plan to address threat of Zika

NEW YORK  (PNA/Xinhua) – Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio on Monday announced a three-year, 21-million-dollar plan to address the threat of Zika outbreak in the city. The plan includes reducing the number of mosquitoes in New York City by doubling and optimizing existing mosquito traps, improving the city’s testing capacity for the […]

20.04.2016 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, U.S. News ·
Obama’s immigration plan faces uncertainty

Obama’s immigration plan faces uncertainty

By Olivia Hampton Washington, United States | AFP | Monday 4/18/2016 – President Barack Obama’s plan to delay deportation for nearly half of the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants was fraught with uncertainty Monday, as US Supreme Court justices signaled deep divisions. If the eight justices deadlock in their ruling, due by late June, the plan would remain on hold, […]

18.04.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Riots, deportations headline spoof ‘President Trump’ front page

Riots, deportations headline spoof ‘President Trump’ front page

By Olivia Hampton Washington, United States | AFP |   – Mass deportations, riots and a looming trade war: The Boston Globe on Sunday ran a fake front page imagining the state of America under a Donald Trump presidency—and denouncing his “deeply disturbing” vision. Posted in the US newspaper’s idea section alongside an op-ed with the title “The GOP must […]

14.04.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Raising the US minimum wage to $15 an American dream

Raising the US minimum wage to $15 an American dream

By Ivan Couronne Washington, United States | AFP |   – New York, Seattle, California: in the battle over the US minimum wage, cities and states are taking their own initiative, making regional advances toward the goal of a $15 an hour floor. Some cities have voted through spectacular increases, making the dream of better pay a reality for hundreds […]

06.04.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

FBI hacks attacker’s iPhone, drops Apple suit

By Jocelyne Zablit Los Angeles, United States | AFP |   – The FBI has unlocked the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers, officials said Monday, ending a heated legal standoff with Apple that had pitted US authorities against Silicon Valley. Apple, backed by a broad coalition of technology giants like Google and Facebook, was fiercely […]

31.03.2016 · Filled under: Science & Technology, U.S. News ·
No guns allowed at GOP convention: Secret Service

No guns allowed at GOP convention: Secret Service

Washington, United States | AFP |   – No guns will be allowed into the Republican National Convention, the Secret Service said Monday, refusing to bow to pressure after nearly 50,000 people signed a petition urging a no-firearms policy be overturned. Firearms will not be allowed inside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, where the event—which could descend into a […]

31.03.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Finally,  a $15 an hour wage and paid sick leave for IHSS providers

Finally, a $15 an hour wage and paid sick leave for IHSS providers

BY UDWA BLOG This blog post originally appeared on udwa.org. All across this state – from the streets of San Diego to the legislative chambers of Sacramento – home care workers have made our voices heard! For the past year we have rallied and marched alongside thousands of underpaid workers to make one thing clear: […]

31.03.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama’s tango partner dances to lofty record

Obama’s tango partner dances to lofty record

An Argentine tango dancer who made headlines for a sultry dance with US President Barack Obama has set a Guinness world record for tangoing on a platform suspended 60 meters (200 feet) in the air. Perched at eye level with the downtown Buenos Aires skyline, Mora Godoy took a whirl on a platform hanging mid-air […]

31.03.2016 · Filled under: Art, Entertainment, U.S. News ·
State confirms STD cause of Zika virus

State confirms STD cause of Zika virus

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced the first confirmed case of Zika virus acquired in California. This case involves transmission of Zika virus through sexual contact with a Zika-infected partner who returned from a country where Zika virus was circulating, not from […]

30.03.2016 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, U.S. News ·
US company to sell smartphone-shaped gun

US company to sell smartphone-shaped gun

Washington, United States | AFP | Monday 3/28/2016 – Americans will soon be able to buy a smartphone-shaped gun that can hold two bullets and easily slip into a pocket. The Minnesota-based company Ideal Conceal says it will sell the new weapon from mid-2016. “Ingeniously designed to resemble a smartphone, yet with one click of the safety it opens and […]

28.03.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

US governor rejects Georgia bill deemed anti-gay

By Jennie Matthew New York, United States | AFP | Monday 3/28/2016 – The Republican governor of Georgia on Monday rejected a “religious freedoms” bill that giant corporations, Hollywood and activists bitterly complained would infringe gay rights in the southeastern US state. It made Nathan Deal the second Republican governor this month to oppose legislation deemed to discriminate against the […]

28.03.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Kerry says GOP campaign ‘an embarrassment’

Kerry says GOP campaign ‘an embarrassment’

President Barack Obama talks with Secretary of State John Kerry in the Oval Office, Nov. 1, 2013. Both US officials were supposed to go to the Philippines, but were scuttled by the shutdown and an earlier typhoon. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)President Barack Obama talks with Secretary of State John Kerry in the […]

28.03.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Facebook apologizes for Safety Check glitch after Pakistan blast

San Francisco, United States | AFP |   – Facebook apologized on Sunday for a bug that sent a Safety Check notification to users around the world following a deadly suicide bombing in Pakistan. Facebook users from Honolulu to Brussels and Cairo to Hong Kong were baffled by the notification, a feature that lets users signal to friends that […]

28.03.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Chinese national admits hacking US defense firms

Chinese national admits hacking US defense firms

By Rob Lever Washington, United States | AFP |   – A Chinese national pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from the hacking of trade secrets from US defense contractors, including plans for transport and fighter jets, officials said. Su Bin, 50, had been charged in a 2014 indictment with hacking into the computer networks of Boeing and other […]

25.03.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Fox denounces Trump ‘sick obsession’ with journalist

Fox denounces Trump ‘sick obsession’ with journalist

New York, United States | AFP |   – Fox News renewed its bitter dispute with Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, accusing him of harboring a “sick obsession” with prominent news anchor Megyn Kelly and waging a campaign of crude verbal abuse against her. The strongly worded riposte is the latest episode in a simmering, months-long feud between the influential […]

24.03.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
UN condemns ‘unacceptable’ N. Korea missile tests

UN condemns ‘unacceptable’ N. Korea missile tests

By Carole Landry United Nations, United States | AFP |   – The UN Security Council on Friday strongly condemned North Korea over its ballistic missile launches and demanded Pyongyang to refrain from further violations of UN resolutions. Backed by China, Pyongyang’s ally, the council said in a unanimous statement that “all these launches were unacceptable” and “constituted a […]

24.03.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Mitt Romney to vote for Trump rival Cruz in primary

Mitt Romney to vote for Trump rival Cruz in primary

Washington, United States | AFP |   – Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for the White House, said Friday he will vote for Ted Cruz in next week’s Utah primary, all but endorsing the arch-conservative senator as he seeks to derail Donald Trump’s nomination bid. Romney, who has led the charge among party elites to prevent the celebrity billionaire […]

22.03.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Trump spurs Latinos to citizenship so they can vote – against him

Trump spurs Latinos to citizenship so they can vote – against him

By Sara Puig Los Angeles, United States | AFP |   – Frontrunner Donald Trump has pledged to deport and keep out illegal immigrants, but the brash billionaire’s rhetoric is inspiring some Hispanics to become citizens so they can vote against him. “I feel threatened by the political situation,” said Maria Orozco, a 36-year-old screenwriter in Los Angeles. She […]

16.03.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

US police investigating if Trump ‘incited riot’

Miami, United States | AFP |   – North Carolina authorities said Monday they are looking into whether Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump incited a riot at a rally where a black protester was punched in the face by a supporter. It comes after a weekend of violent clashes and protests at Trump events and ahead of “Super Tuesday 2,” […]

15.03.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
USCIS announces $10-M citizenship and integration grant opportunities

USCIS announces $10-M citizenship and integration grant opportunities

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting applications for two funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. These are competitive grant opportunities for organizations that prepare permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics. The two programs will provide up to $10 million in […]

09.03.2016 · Filled under: Services, U.S. News ·
California renews fight against big tobacco with historic regulations

California renews fight against big tobacco with historic regulations

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) today presented on the Assembly floor one bill in a sweeping package to reduce smoking and fight tobacco-related diseases. SBX2 5, authored by Senator Mark Leno, bolsters public health protections by regulating e-cigarettes under the same laws that govern other cigarettes, such as those prohibiting smoking in certain […]

09.03.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
New York announces record 4.29 million jobs

New York announces record 4.29 million jobs

New York, United States | AFP |   – New York announced Monday that the city’s employment figures had risen to a record 4.29 million jobs with 249,000 jobs added since progressive Democrat Bill de Blasio became mayor two years ago. The city’s unemployment rate has fallen nearly three percent since de Blasio took office in January 2014, confounding initial […]

09.03.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Pilot shortage hits US regional airlines

Pilot shortage hits US regional airlines

By Luc Olinga New York, United States | AFP |   – Mid-sized and regional airlines in the US are suffering from a pilot shortage that could threaten the health of the broader US aviation industry. Some regional carriers have trimmed about five percent of their flights, cuts that have hit smaller airports, such as in Redding, California, or Erie, […]

09.03.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Trump triumph leaves Republican party in disarray

Trump triumph leaves Republican party in disarray

By Jim Mannion Washington, United States | AFP |   – Donald Trump’s triumphal march toward the Republican presidential nomination left his party in disarray Wednesday, as Democrats coalesced around their White House frontrunner Hillary Clinton after her slew of Super Tuesday victories. Both candidates emerged the clear winners on Tuesday after several party nominating contests, […]

06.03.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
DHS launches pilot program on hiring alien workers

DHS launches pilot program on hiring alien workers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the launch of a Known Employer pilot to assess a new process for employers seeking to hire certain workers through employment-based visa categories. By modifying the process U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) uses to reviews an employer’s eligibility to sponsor individuals under certain employment-based […]

06.03.2016 · Filled under: Services, U.S. News ·
Two L.A. City Controller reports show budget shortfall, pension liabilities

Two L.A. City Controller reports show budget shortfall, pension liabilities

LOS ANGELES – Controller Ron Galperin released two reports detailing the state of the City’s finances: The Financial Forecast Report, in which analysts in the Controller’s office make financial projections for the current and coming year; and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), itemizing the City’s revenues, expenditures, assets and liabilities for fiscal year 2014-15 […]

05.03.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Mexico won’t pay for Trump’s ‘terrible’ wall: minister

Mexico City, Mexico | AFP |   – Mexico will under no circumstances pay for the border wall that US presidential candidate Donald Trump has proposed building to stop illegal immigration, the Mexican finance minister said. “Let me say this emphatically and categorically: under no circumstances is Mexico going to pay for the wall that Mr Trump is proposing,” Finance […]

05.03.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obamas to headline South by Southwest festival

Obamas to headline South by Southwest festival

US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were announced Wednesday as headliners of South by Southwest, the celebrated showcase of cutting-edge technology and music. Obama will be the first sitting president to appear at the closely watched annual conference in Austin, Texas, famous for providing early exposure to platforms such as Twitter, Foursquare […]

SBA economic injury disaster loans available to small businesses

SBA economic injury disaster loans available to small businesses

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small, nonfarm businesses in all 58 California counties and neighboring Arizona, Nevada and Oregon counties listed below are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought that began January 1, 2016, announced […]

02.03.2016 · Filled under: Offers, Services, U.S. News ·
Californians save 1.1-M acre-feet of water

Californians save 1.1-M acre-feet of water

Residents urged to stay focused on conservation SACRAMENTO – For the first time since June, California just missed Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s 25 percent water conservation mandate in January, as urban water suppliers reported a cumulative savings of 24.8 percent for the eight months since mandatory conservation began. With more than 1.1 million acre-feet […]

01.03.2016 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
US presses China on non-militarization in West PHL Sea

US presses China on non-militarization in West PHL Sea

Washington, United States | AFP |  – The White House pressed Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday to expand his non-militarization pledge to cover the entire South China Sea, despite Beijing’s recent military activity in the area. Daniel Kritenbrink, senior director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council, spoke amid rising tensions between the two countries over China’s […]

01.03.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Towing co-owner indicted for bribing City Council member to secure tow fee increase

LOS ANGELES – The co-owner of a towing business was named in a federal grand jury indictment returned today that charges him with paying a bribe to a member of the Huntington Park City Council in an attempt to obtain support for a proposed fee increase for towing and vehicle storage. Sukhbir Singh, 39, and his […]

26.02.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US performs its first uterus transplant

US performs its first uterus transplant

The United States has completed its first uterus transplant surgery, following on a technique already proven in Sweden that could help women suffering from infertility, the Cleveland Clinic said Thursday. The nine-hour surgery took place on February 24, and the 26-year-old patient — whose identity was not revealed — was in stable condition, the hospital […]

26.02.2016 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Science & Technology, U.S. News ·
Majority of Americans back FBI in battle with Apple

Majority of Americans back FBI in battle with Apple

Washington, United States | AFP   – A majority of Americans support the US government’s efforts to force Apple to help unlock an iPhone in the probe of last year’s deadly San Bernardino attacks, a poll showed Monday. The Pew Research Center survey found 51 percent of respondents supported the effort to require Apple to help unlock the iPhone, […]

24.02.2016 · Filled under: Apps, Sports & Recreation, U.S. News ·
Women ‘left their kitchens’ to back me, White House candidate says

Women ‘left their kitchens’ to back me, White House candidate says

Washington, United States | AFP |   – US Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said Monday that women “left their kitchens” to support him in a 1978 Ohio state senate race, triggering pushback from voters and rivals. “How did I get elected?” Kasich asked rhetorically during a campaign event in Virginia. “Nobody was – I didn’t have anybody for me. […]

24.02.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Detection of gravitational waves would open new window on universe

Detection of gravitational waves would open new window on universe

By Jean-Louis Santini Washington, United States | AFP |   − The first-ever detection of gravitational waves, which scientists could announce Thursday, would open a new window on the universe and its most violent phenomena. Scientists will hold a press conference Thursday to discuss the latest in their hunt for these waves, whose existence Albert Einstein predicted in his theory […]

16.02.2016 · Filled under: Environment, Science & Technology, U.S. News ·
Tax relief available for business owners affected by Aliso Canyon gas leak

Tax relief available for business owners affected by Aliso Canyon gas leak

Sacramento – The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) has announced that business owners and fee payers impacted by the gas leak in Aliso Canyon may request an extension to file their tax returns and for relief from penalties and/or interest on some taxes and fees. The gas leak was discovered on October 23, 2015, and Governor Jerry […]

16.02.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Supreme Court puts Obama carbon emissions plan on hold

Washington, United States | AFP |   − The US Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fueled power plants pending a legal challenge. A coalition of 27 US states is suing in a lower court to halt Obama’s Clean Power Plan, and petitioned the Supreme Court to suspend […]

12.02.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Supreme Court puts Obama carbon emissions plan on hold

Supreme Court puts Obama carbon emissions plan on hold

Washington, United States | AFP |   − The US Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fueled power plants pending a legal challenge. A coalition of 27 US states is suing in a lower court to halt Obama’s Clean Power Plan, and petitioned the Supreme Court to suspend […]

11.02.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US urges condom use or abstinence to avoid Zika virus

US urges condom use or abstinence to avoid Zika virus

(Miami, United States-AFP) − US health authorities on Friday urged people to use condoms or refrain from sex if they live in or have traveled to areas where the Zika virus is circulating. The new interim guidelines from the US Centers from Disease Control are aimed at pregnant women and their partners, and at people […]

10.02.2016 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, U.S. News ·

200 years in prison for OC man convicted of mortgage fraud

SANTA ANA, California – A federal jury today convicted an Orange County man for leading a “builder bailout” real estate scheme that resulted in the fraudulent purchase of more than 100 condominium units around the country with mortgages that mostly went into default, resulting in foreclosures and millions of dollars in losses. Momoud Aref Abaji, 34, of […]

10.02.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Tax relief available for business owners affected by Aliso Canyon gas leak

Sacramento – The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) has announced that business owners and fee payers impacted by the gas leak in Aliso Canyon may request an extension to file their tax returns and for relief from penalties and/or interest on some taxes and fees. The gas leak was discovered on October 23, 2015, and Governor Jerry […]

04.02.2016 · Filled under: Services, U.S. News ·
Supreme Court rejects strict North Dakota abortion law

Supreme Court rejects strict North Dakota abortion law

Washington, United States | AFP |  – The US Supreme Court on Monday struck down North Dakota’s last-ditch efforts to save a strict “fetal heartbeat” law that banned many abortions, weeks before another highly contentious case. The midwestern state had hoped the top court in Washington would back the Republican-inspired law adopted in 2013 which forbids abortions as soon […]

28.01.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama hails ‘wicked smart’ Clinton

Obama hails ‘wicked smart’ Clinton

Washington, United States | AFP |   – US President Barack Obama is not officially endorsing a Democratic candidate to replace him just yet, but he had some high praise for “wicked smart” Hillary Clinton. With voting about to begin, the outgoing commander-in-chief avoided doing down Clinton’s rival for the party nomination, Bernie Sanders, but was effusive about a woman […]

26.01.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

500 years after reformation, Pope knocks on Lutherans’ door

By Angus Mackinnon Vatican City, Holy See | AFP |  – Pope Francis will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by attending an ecumenical service in Sweden as a guest of the Lutheran church, the Vatican said Monday. In a highly symbolic act of reconciliation that would even recently have been unthinkable for a Catholic pontiff, Francis will […]

23.01.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US economy mostly growing, some areas flat: Fed report

US economy mostly growing, some areas flat: Fed report

Washington, United States | AFP |   – The US economy grew in most parts of the country, while the New York and Kansas City regions reported essentially flat growth, a closely watched Federal Reserve report showed Wednesday. The Beige Book report said that nine of the Fed’s 12 districts had reported increased economic activity that was either “moderate” or […]

19.01.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US Supreme Court appears poised to rule against unions

US Supreme Court appears poised to rule against unions

By Sébastien Blanc Washington, United States | AFP |   – The US Supreme Court appeared likely Monday to deal a major blow to public employee unions that could see them lose millions of dollars in fees that state laws force non-union members to pay. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often holds the balance between […]

19.01.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Benefits of cheap oil will come, but not soon

Benefits of cheap oil will come, but not soon

By Virginie Montet Washington, United States | AFP |   – With petroleum investment and the manufacturing sector sagging and the stock market in free fall, many Americans are wondering when they will begin to see the benefits of cheap oil. Crude oil prices have tumbled by 70 percent since mid-2014, dropping this year below $30 a barrel, a […]

18.01.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama tells US to embrace time of ‘extraordinary change’

Obama tells US to embrace time of ‘extraordinary change’

By Andrew Beatty Washington, United States | AFP   – President Barack Obama on Tuesday told Americans nervous about terror and the changing economy that they should not fear the future, in a farewell State of the Union address that drew sharp contrast with Republicans. In an election-year marquee event, Obama hailed a period of “extraordinary change” laden with […]

15.01.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US counts down to record $1.5 bn jackpot

US counts down to record $1.5 bn jackpot

(New York-AFP) – What would you do with a whopping $1.5 billion? That will be the question on many Americans’ lips Wednesday, when the draw is made for the largest lottery jackpot in US history. Even after the taxman calls, the Powerball jackpot could make the lucky winner wealthier than the likes of football star […]

13.01.2016 · Filled under: Home & Garden, U.S. News ·
Clinton visits San Gabriel, slams GOP hateful rhetoric

Clinton visits San Gabriel, slams GOP hateful rhetoric

By Abner Galino “They forget a fundamental lesson about our great country. Being an open and tolerant society does not make us vulnerable. It’s at the core of our strength.” With these words, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton slammed the supposed “hateful rhetoric” of Republican presidential candidates before a well-attended gathering of Asian-Americans in a […]

13.01.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama hopes to stoke optimism in farewell union address

Obama hopes to stoke optimism in farewell union address

By Andrew Beatty Washington, United States | AFP |  – Barack Obama will use his final State of the Union address Tuesday, one of the last grandstand occasions of his presidency, to define his legacy and make the case for optimism amid an angst-ridden election race. Seven years ago, a youthful President Obama’s first address to Congress surprised some […]

13.01.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Jeb Bush races to salvage presidential campaign

By Michael Mathes Washington, United States | AFP   – Jeb Bush’s US presidential bid is boiling down to early voting New Hampshire, some associates say, while others envision his protracted battle for the Republican nomination stretching deep into the spring. Either way, supporters and analysts agree it will be difficult for Bush, a former Florida governor and son and […]

12.01.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Bonta files bill to streamline Marijuana Law

Bonta files bill to streamline Marijuana Law

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland)has  introduced AB 1575, a bill to clarify and improve implementation of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), which took effect on January 1st. MMRSA established the first comprehensive regulatory framework for the state’s medical marijuana industry and is considered one of California’s landmark legislative efforts of 2015. AB […]

07.01.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
‘Trump is disgusting’: Skywriters slam White House hopeful

‘Trump is disgusting’: Skywriters slam White House hopeful

Los Angeles, United States | AFP |   – Multiple planes took to the skies Friday in California to lampoon Donald Trump in a series of “skywriting” messages, including: “America is great! Trump is disgusting.” Six skywriting planes were used in the anti-Trump stunt above the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, CNN said. Other messages hitting out at Trump, the […]

05.01.2016 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Hollywood celebrities speak out on migrant crisis

Hollywood celebrities speak out on migrant crisis

By Jocelyne Zablit Los Angeles, United States | AFP |  – As Europe grapples with its biggest migrant crisis in recent history, Hollywood celebrities are rallying to raise awareness about the issue and lashing out at calls to turn away refugees. Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon this month became the latest star to arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos, […]

27.12.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Hollywood Stars, U.S. News ·

One dead, 26 hurt as car rams people on Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas, United States | AFP |   – A woman with a toddler in her car deliberately and repeatedly rammed into pedestrians on the packed Las Vegas Strip Sunday, killing one person and injuring at least 26 others, police said. “This was not an act of terrorism… we’ve ruled that out,” Deputy Police Chief Brett Zimmerman told reporters. […]

24.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama meets families of San Bernardino shooting victims

Obama meets families of San Bernardino shooting victims

San Bernardino, United States | AFP |  – President Barack Obama met late Friday with families of the victims of the San Bernardino shooting, saying they represent the strength, unity and love that exists in the United States. Obama, who was accompanied by his wife Michelle, also praised the relatives for efforts to promote tolerance in the wake of […]

21.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Audit shows city spends more to repair vehicles than they cost

Los Angeles – Controller Ron Galperin released an audit of Los Angeles’s procedures for disposing of surplus and obsolete equipment and vehicles. The audit found that insufficient funding to replace outdated equipment, combined with a decentralized, haphazard approach to the salvage process has led L.A. to spend far more maintaining some vehicles than it would […]

19.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Buyer of assault rifles used in San Bernardino terror attack charged

RIVERSIDE, California – Enrique Marquez Jr., a longtime friend of Syed Rizwan Farook, the male shooter in the San Bernardino terrorist attack, was charged today with conspiring with Farook in 2011 and 2012 to commit crimes of terrorism. Marquez was also charged today with the unlawful purchase of two assault rifles used in the deadly shooting […]

19.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Fed agent pleads guilty to taking bribes from Korean exec being investigated for human trafficking

LOS ANGELES – A former special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) pleaded guilty this afternoon to accepting thousands of dollars in bribes from a man who had been accused of trafficking a woman into the United States to be a sex slave.         Joohoon David Lee, 43, who currently […]

19.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

San Bernardino shooter’s visa request was missing key information: politician

Washington, United States | AFP | Saturday 12/19/2015 – A member of the US Congress Saturday accused immigration officials of allowing California attacker Tashfeen Malik into the country despite critical missing information in her request for a fiancee visa. “After reviewing Tashfeen Malik’s immigration file, it is clear that immigration officials did not thoroughly vet her application,” House Judiciary Committee […]

19.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

New York, Washington bask in warm winter weather records

New York, United States | AFP |   Shorts instead of scarves: New York City and the Washington area shattered or matched warm weather records Sunday for December 13, less than two weeks before the usually chilly Christmas holiday. In New York City, some people headed out in light summer clothes to revel in midday temperatures in Central Park […]

18.12.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Holidays, U.S. News ·

EU diplomats warn US over visa threat

Washington, United States | AFP |   – Diplomats from the 28-member European Union on Monday warned they could respond in kind if the United States makes good on plans to end visa-free entry for some EU nationals. After the November 13 terror strikes in Paris and as part of wider anti-terror efforts, the US House of Representatives voted […]

18.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama warns IS leaders: ‘You are next’

Obama warns IS leaders: ‘You are next’

By Andrew Beatty Washington, United States | AFP |   – US President Barack Obama voiced fresh determination to destroy the Islamic State on Monday, vowing to kill the group’s leaders and win back territory in the Middle East. Sounding a notably more strident tone, Obama said that the United States and its allies were taking the fight to […]

17.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Social media link to attacks poses conundrum

By Sophie Estienne San Francisco, United States | AFP |   – Pressure is growing on social networks to play a bigger role in finding and weeding out jihadists and others looking to recruit members and plot deadly attacks. But it’s more complicated than it sounds: networks like Facebook and Twitter support free expression, and filtering our bad actors […]

16.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama urges tougher gun controls on school massacre anniversary

Obama urges tougher gun controls on school massacre anniversary

Washington, United States | AFP |   – President Barack Obama vowed not to give up on vexed efforts to tighten US gun laws Monday, the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting which killed 26 people. In a Facebook post, Obama took the Republican-controlled Congress to task for failing to pass reforms after the shooting that […]

16.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

America’s penchant for guns stronger than ever after attacks

Randolph Township, United States | AFP | Tuesday 12/15/2015 By Thomas Urbain The Paris and San Bernardino attacks have fueled a surge in US gun sales, as Americans seek to protect themselves – and stock up in case lawmakers finally act to tighten firearms controls. Since a Muslim husband and wife opened fire in California on December 2, killing 14 […]

15.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

US must do more to counter IS propaganda: top general

Washington, United States | AFP | Monday 12/14/2015 – America is coming up far short in its efforts to counter Islamic State propaganda, and the jihadists’ messages often resonate with younger people, the US military’s top general warned Monday. “I think we probably do get a C-minus or D in terms of doing it right now,” General Joe Dunford told […]

14.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
USCIS launches ‘Emma’ – virtual assistant to finding answers

USCIS launches ‘Emma’ – virtual assistant to finding answers

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services launched a virtual assistant named “Emma” today on uscis.gov, allowing customers to quickly find accurate information. She answers questions in plain English and navigates users to relevant USCIS web pages. She is named after Emma Lazarus, whose famous words are inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty. Emma was […]

10.12.2015 · Filled under: Services, U.S. News ·
US Supreme Court gives nod to assault weapons ban

US Supreme Court gives nod to assault weapons ban

Washington, United States | AFP |   – The US Supreme Court appeared on Monday to back lawmakers who want to restrict the type of guns such as semi-automatic assault weapons used in recent mass shootings. In a 7-2 vote, the high court’s justices refused to take up a challenge to a Chicago suburb’s ban on the sale or […]

10.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
White House slams Trump’s plan to ban Muslims

White House slams Trump’s plan to ban Muslims

Washington, United States | AFP |  – Senior White House officials lined up Monday to condemn Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, saying it was contrary to US values and interests. “You’re being generous by describing it as a proposal,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest, castigating the fiery Republican presidential frontrunner’s latest outburst […]

09.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Trump wants Muslims ‘barred’ entry to US

Trump wants Muslims ‘barred’ entry to US

By Michael Mathes / Ivan Couronne Washington, United States | AFP |   – Republican frontrunner Donald Trump on Monday called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States, unleashing some of the most provocative and divisive remarks of his controversial presidential campaign. The stunning statement followed last week’s mass shooting in California by a […]

08.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama tells fearful America IS will be defeated

Obama tells fearful America IS will be defeated

By Andrew Beatty Washington, UNITED STATES | AFP | Monday 12/7/2015 – US President Barack Obama, in a rare prime-time speech designed to reassure a jittery nation, vowed Sunday that America will destroy the Islamic State group and hunt down its followers at home or abroad. Facing questions about his leadership and strategy, Obama harnessed the highest trappings of US […]

07.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US military to open frontline combat roles to women

US military to open frontline combat roles to women

By Thomas Watkins Washington, United States | AFP |  – The US military will open up all positions – including frontline combat roles – to women, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Thursday in a sweeping move officially ending centuries of men-only tradition. The historic step served as a rebuke to a Marine Corps call this […]

06.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama says  terror ‘possible’

Obama says terror ‘possible’

Washington, United States | AFP |   – US President Barack Obama said Thursday the motivation for a deadly shooting in California was not yet known, but a terror attack could not yet be ruled out. Obama ordered flags on government buildings, embassies and military installations to be flown at half-staff until Monday in memory […]

06.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
No indication California attackers ‘part of organized group’: White House

No indication California attackers ‘part of organized group’: White House

Washington, UNITED STATES | AFP | Saturday 12/5/2015 – There is no indication that the shooters who killed 14 people in California are part of a larger terrorist group, the White House said Saturday, even as the Islamic State group claimed the pair were “soldiers” of its caliphate. A team of top officials including FBI Director James Comey, Attorney General […]

05.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Shooters had massive arsenal: SB police

Shooters had massive arsenal: SB police

By Sara Puig, with Jocelyne Zablit in Los Angeles San Bernardino, United States | AFP |  – A young couple who killed 14 people in a shooting in California had amassed a huge arsenal and carefully planned their attack, authorities said Thursday, refusing to rule out terrorism. There were competing theories as to what drove […]

05.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
‘GunTV’ to sell firearms to US viewers

‘GunTV’ to sell firearms to US viewers

New York, United States | AFP |   – Americans will soon be able to snap up the latest firearms from the comfort of their sofas with the launch in January of GunTV, a 24-hour shopping channel. It comes with gun violence in the United States under renewed scrutiny after Wednesday’s shooting in California left […]

05.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US mass shooting prompts White House recriminations

US mass shooting prompts White House recriminations

By Andrew Beatty Washington, United States | AFP |   – America’s latest mass shooting prompted Barack Obama to call for stricter controls Thursday, but his dialed-back rhetoric underscored the complexity of the incident and the perennial difficulty in forcing change. Twenty-four hours after 14 people were shot dead in California, Obama – surrounded by […]

04.12.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
LA County Democratic Party endorses higher minimum wage action

LA County Democratic Party endorses higher minimum wage action

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP) adopted a resolution at its November General Membership Meeting in support of an increase in the minimum wage in Long Beach to $15 per hour. Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair and California Democratic Party Vice Chair Eric C. Bauman said of the resolution,  “The Los Angeles […]

30.11.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

US tightens rules for visa-free visits after Paris attacks

By Dave Clark Washington, United States | AFP | Monday 11/30/2015 – After extremist attacks in Europe, the United States will tighten security procedures for its visa waiver program for visitors from friendly countries, officials said Monday. The United States already screens visa applicants from war zones carefully, but will now ask more questions of […]

30.11.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

White House Initiative on Asian- Americans, Pacific Islanders hold ‘Act To Change’ vs bullying

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, as part of the “Act To Change” public awareness campaign against bullying, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), in partnership with the Sikh Coalition and the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), hosted a live event in Los Angeles, California, at the Japanese American […]

28.11.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

OC homecare workers misclassified, owed nearly $200K in back wages

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. – Those working in residential care facilities and people providing our elders and persons with disabilities the vital around-the-clock attention they need are typically paid low wages, despite the importance of the work and stress of the job. In Orange County, more than a dozen workers at six residential care facilities, whose employer […]

12.11.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

OC Asians, Pacific Island group ‘severely disappointed’ by decision to immigration Executive Action

WASHINGTON, D.C., – OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates is severely disappointed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to delay the expansion of the President’s executive actions on immigration, also known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program. Earlier this […]

12.11.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US defense chief jabs at Beijing in S. China Sea visit

US defense chief jabs at Beijing in S. China Sea visit

By Thomas WATKINS Aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, Undefined | AFP |  – Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Thursday visited a US aircraft carrier in the South China Sea, where he took a jab at Chinese actions that have been blamed for raising tension in the disputed waterway. Carter flew to the USS Roosevelt – […]

11.11.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Philadelphia becomes first World Heritage City in US

Philadelphia becomes first World Heritage City in US

(Relaxnews) – Philadelphia has become the first US city to earn the distinction of being a World Heritage City, an exclusive club that includes the likes of Paris, Rome, Cairo and Kyoto. Up to now, the World Heritage Cities club counted 266 destinations around the world with the conspicuous absence of any US cities. But […]

09.11.2015 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, U.S. News ·
Texas, Southern plains on alert for another round of flooding rainfall

Texas, Southern plains on alert for another round of flooding rainfall

By Jordan Root, Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com AccuWeather Global Weather Center   – AccuWeather reports following a very wet second half of October in the southern Plains, the weather pattern is showing no signs of letting up as another storm system is expected to deliver heavy rain towards the end of the week. A storm aloft […]

08.11.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Senator Huff urges homeowners to consider flood insurance

Heavy El Niño rainfall could flood areas not considered flood risks SACRAMENTO: Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) is asking both home and business owners to consider the purchase of flood insurance before El Niño rainfall conditions are expected to strike California. Senator Huff points out that the disaster that covered cars with mudslides on a […]

05.11.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Nearly 500 hospitals pay $250-M to resolve false claims act allegations related to implantation of cardiac devices: FBI

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice has reached 70 settlements involving 457 hospitals in 43 states for more than $250 million related to cardiac devices that were implanted in Medicare patients in violation of Medicare coverage requirements, the Department of Justice announced today. “While recognizing and respecting physician judgment, the department will hold accountable hospitals […]

05.11.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Nurses hail Cal/OSHA’s proposed regulations to prevent workplace violence

Prevention is the cure to epidemic of violence, nurses say    Nurses are very pleased with the Cal/OSHA Board’s proposed regulations for workplace violence prevention, announced the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today. The proposed regulations, released last Friday, will implement SB 1299, the Healthcare Workplace Violence Prevention Act, which was sponsored by CNA and […]

05.11.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Los Angeles wants backyard cisterns to collect rain water

(Los Angeles, United States-AFP) – Officials in drought-stricken Los Angeles want locals to consider installing special cisterns to collect rainwater that would otherwise run off and go to waste. It hardly rains in southern California, but when it does, sudden and powerful downpours can lead to flooding and landslides – with much of the excess […]

05.11.2015 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
CA Labor Commissioner partners with community groups to convene workplace justice summit

CA Labor Commissioner partners with community groups to convene workplace justice summit

Leaders across sectors discuss how to implement this year’s landmark workplace policies LOS ANGELES – The halls of Loyola Law school were bustling with over 200 community, labor, and governmental leaders at the Workplace Justice Summit. The event, organized by California Labor Commissioner Julie Su and a broad coalition of community leaders, brought these diverse […]

27.10.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
U.S. EPA honors 2015 green power leaders in California

U.S. EPA honors 2015 green power leaders in California

Apple, Intel among those cited SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced its annual Green Power Leadership Awards to seven businesses across California. The firms were among 25 businesses and organizations across 13 states recognized for their achievements in advancing the nation’s renewable energy market and reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute […]

26.10.2015 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
Human trafficking crimes gets attention of state lawmakers

Human trafficking crimes gets attention of state lawmakers

Huff legislation targets the demand side of human trafficking SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) took part in a special Informational Hearing today hosted by the Assembly Committee on Public Safety, where legislators shined a spotlight on the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprise. Human Trafficking:  Identifying the Scope of the Problem and Potential Solutions […]

22.10.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Raising Long Beach minimum wage to $15 would add an estimated $442-M, stimulating economy

Raising Long Beach minimum wage to $15 would add an estimated $442-M, stimulating economy

Long Beach, CA – Raising the minimum wage to $15 with enforcement provisions in Long Beach would have a broad stimulus effect on the region and would benefit businesses, workers, and the economy, according to a new report released today by the Economic Roundtable, a public policy research organization. The Campaign to Raise the Wage […]

15.10.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Advocates applaud signing of SB 4 expanding health coverage to undocumented kids

Advocates applaud signing of SB 4 expanding health coverage to undocumented kids

SACRAMENTO, CA – Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB 4 (Lara) into law. This law builds on California’s historic expansion of health coverage to undocumented children by clarifying the Medi-Cal enrollment processes for these newly eligible children and helping to ensure that children can quickly access needed primary care. “We thank Senator Ricardo Lara for […]

13.10.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Justice Parpio tells Washington audience: Nine-dash line claim threatens rule of law

Justice Parpio tells Washington audience: Nine-dash line claim threatens rule of law

WASHINGTON, DC – “Will the world community allow a single state to rewrite the Law of the Sea, so this single state can exercise indisputable sovereignty to almost an entire sea, subject the high seas to its sovereign jurisdiction, and seize large areas of other coastal states’ EEZs (exclusive economic zone), which are their legal […]

12.10.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Brown signs bill to increase electric vehicle charging stations

Brown signs bill to increase electric vehicle charging stations

AB 1236 will streamline and expedite the permitting of crucial EV infrastructure Sacramento, CA  – Governor Brown today signed Assembly Bill 1236 by Assemblymember David Chiu (D – San Francisco), which will help increase the number of California’s electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and reduce auto emissions. AB 1236 was jointly authored by Assemblymember Evan […]

11.10.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Governor endorses plan to help promote legal services for low-income Californians

Governor endorses plan to help promote legal services for low-income Californians

SACRAMENTO  – Gov. Brown today signed into law a plan to help low-income Californians have greater access to equal justice by using unclaimed funds to help attorneys practice public-interest law. “Every year, thousands of young lawyers graduate from law school with a desire to launch their careers performing public service,” said Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, […]

08.10.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Officials take a look at raising minimum wage in Long Beach

Officials take a look at raising minimum wage in Long Beach

Long Beach, CA – This evening, close to 100 workers and community members attended Long Beach’s first public hearing on raising the minimum wage and about a dozen spoke during public comment. The City Council is expected to review a report to be completed by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) and discuss tools for wage enforcement in the coming months. […]

06.10.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Owner of San Gabriel Valley surrogacy agency jailed for ripping off would-be parents who paid for egg donations

LOS ANGELES – The owner of a Glendora egg donation and surrogacy company who admitted defrauding would-be parents, egg donors and surrogate mothers over the course of more than three years was sentenced this morning to 18 months in federal prison. Allison Layton, a 38-year-old resident of Star, Idaho, was sentenced by United States District Court […]

03.10.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

California man pleads guilty to sexual exploitation of a child

Dakota  – Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that Neal LaPointe, age 31, of Sacramento, California, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on September 28, 2015, and pled guilty to an Indictment that charged him with Sexual Exploitation of a Child, and Distribution of Material Involving the Sexual Exploitation of Minors. […]

03.10.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
AARP Survey: 76% of people 50-plus pleased with Pope

AARP Survey: 76% of people 50-plus pleased with Pope

66% say Pope should consider letting women become priests WASHINGTON, D.C,– AARP released online survey results of people 50-plus and their opinions on some of the most topical issues of the day. With Pope Francis preparing for a six-day visit to the U.S. with stops in Washington, New York and Philadelphia, AARP asked Americans 50-plus […]

25.09.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama picks Fil-Am for top Navy post

Obama picks Fil-Am for top Navy post

LOS ANGELES – US President Barack Obama has nominated the granddaughter of a Filipino veteran of World War II for promotion to vice admiral in the US Navy and for the position of Defense Health Agency (DHA) director, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced this week. If her nomination is approved, Rear Adm. Raquel C. Bono will […]

25.09.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
LA County Supervisors approve $15 minimum wage by 2020

LA County Supervisors approve $15 minimum wage by 2020

Los Angeles, CA – With a final vote of 3-2, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for thousands of workers in unincorporated L.A. County. Members of the Raise the Wage coalition, which led the effort in […]

24.09.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Legislature sends Bonta’s Victim Compensation Bill to Brown

Legislature sends Bonta’s Victim Compensation Bill to Brown

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced today that his bill to modernize the California Victim Compensation Program passed both houses of the Legislature with strong bipartisan support and will now be considered by the Governor. The California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (board) administers the California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) to compensate […]

18.09.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US nabs 244 undocumented immigrants in four-day sting

US nabs 244 undocumented immigrants in four-day sting

Los Angeles, United States | AFP |   – At least 244 people were arrested across southern California in a broad, four-day sweep of immigrants with criminal records staying in the country illegally, US authorities said Monday. The large operation, which ended Thursday, is the most successful of its kind in the region, Immigration and […]

09.09.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Trump to Bush: Speak English in America

Trump to Bush: Speak English in America

Washington, United States | AFP |   – Republican frontrunner Donald Trump had a message Wednesday for his Spanish-speaking rival Jeb Bush as they compete for their party’s presidential nomination: lead by “speaking English.” “I like Jeb,” Trump said in an interview with conservative website Breitbart News. “He’s a nice man. But he should really […]

04.09.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
China’s Xi, Obama aide hint at underlying tensions ahead of summit

China’s Xi, Obama aide hint at underlying tensions ahead of summit

Beijing, China | AFP |   – Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama’s key national security aide hinted at tensions that divide their countries on Friday ahead of a state visit to Washington by Xi. Meeting in Beijing with US national security adviser Susan Rice, Xi said that he looks forward to continuing […]

01.09.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Taking on immigrants in US could be time-bomb for Trump

Taking on immigrants in US could be time-bomb for Trump

By Ramon Sahmkow Washington, United States | AFP |   – Billionaire Donald Trump has soared in opinion polls for the Republican presidential primary, but inflammatory anti-immigrant rhetoric could cost him the crucial Latino vote in the 2016 White House race. “What Trump is doing is political suicide,” says Patricio Zamorano, executive director of the […]

31.08.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Jeb Bush: Asians abusing US birthright citizenship

Jeb Bush: Asians abusing US birthright citizenship

Washington, United States | AFP |   – Republican White House hopeful Jeb Bush on Monday accused Asians of abusing rules allowing infants born in the United States to be American citizens, amid a campaign row over immigration. Bush has clashed with rivals – including the Republican presidential frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump and top Democratic […]

27.08.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Trump sees Clinton, Biden as ‘pretty equal’ 2016 challengers

Trump sees Clinton, Biden as ‘pretty equal’ 2016 challengers

Washington, United States | AFP |   – Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton would make equally formidable opponents in the race for the White House, Donald Trump said Sunday as he and other Republican candidates aimed their darts at the Democratic frontrunner. Growing speculation about Biden’s plans were further fueled by reports over […]

27.08.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Former investment banking analyst with J.P. Morgan charged in $600,000 insider trading scheme

Former investment banking analyst with J.P. Morgan charged in $600,000 insider trading scheme

LOS ANGELES – An analyst with J.P. Morgan Securities and two longtime friends were taken into custody this morning after being charged in a federal grand jury indictment that alleges they participated in an insider trading scheme that netted more than $600,000 in illicit profits. Ashish Aggarwal, 27, of San Francisco; Shahriyar Bolandian, 26, of the […]

27.08.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
China island-building altering South China Sea status quo: US

China island-building altering South China Sea status quo: US

Washington, United States | AFP | – China has reclaimed more than 2,900 acres of land from the South China Sea in less than two years in an intensive island-building campaign in the disputed Spratly Islands, a new Pentagon report says. “By undertaking these actions, China is unilaterally altering the physical status quo in the […]

24.08.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
More than 3,000 US sailors switch aircraft carriers

More than 3,000 US sailors switch aircraft carriers

Los Angeles, United States | AFP |   – The US Navy sent two aircraft carriers to San Diego for a complicated switchover in which the crews of the two nautical giants change ships. About 3,000 troops were affected by the move, which started August 10, with the bulk of the crews from the USS […]

24.08.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Carson Fil-Am leader just can’t win a council seat

Carson Fil-Am leader just can’t win a council seat

By Abner Galino After losing his bid for a seat in Carson City Council by a mere 18 votes, a Filipino-American political leader also lost an opportunity to be appointed to the same body in a tense and emotional proceeding on Tuesday that drew his supporters to walk out of the session hall in protest. […]

24.08.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama declares wildfire emergency in Washington state

Obama declares wildfire emergency in Washington state

Los Angeles, United States | AFP |  – President Barack Obama declared an emergency Friday for wildfire-ravaged Washington state, as Australia and New Zealand sent firefighters to help US crews struggling to contain deadly blazes across America’s drought-stricken West. Obama’s declaration releases federal funds to help in relief efforts in the northwestern state, where several […]

23.08.2015 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
Brown signs bill to remove the term ‘alien’ from California Labor Code

Brown signs bill to remove the term ‘alien’ from California Labor Code

‘Outdated and derogatory word no longer appropriate Sacramento  – Governor Jerry Brown today signed SB 432 by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), Chair of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee. The bill modernizes outdated law by deleting the term “alien” from the California Labor Code, as a definition for an immigrant individual. The new law […]

17.08.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Fifteen US states try to block Obama clean power plan

Fifteen US states try to block Obama clean power plan

Washington, United States | AFP |   – Fifteen US states have petitioned a federal court to block new rules by President Barack Obama’s administration to encourage clean power and cut harmful carbon emissions from power plants. The emergency petition to postpone the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)deadline was filed Thursday by attorneys general in Alabama, […]

17.08.2015 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
Trump out front in new polls, but warning signs emerge

Trump out front in new polls, but warning signs emerge

By Michael Mathes Washington, United States | AFP | – Fresh post-debate polls show real-estate magnate Donald Trump holding his lead Tuesday over rival Republican presidential contenders, even as he insisted he will “keep the door open” to a potential independent run. But the surveys contained mixed news for the brash billionaire, notably that voters […]

13.08.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US will not tolerate sea restrictions: Kerry

US will not tolerate sea restrictions: Kerry

ASEAN warns of ‘increased tensions’ over South China Sea Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (AFP)   – Washington will not tolerate any navigation restrictions in the South China Sea, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday at a regional security meeting dominated by tensions over Beijing’s island building. “Let me be clear: The United States will not […]

10.08.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
LA County officials join to commemorate Voting Rights Act of 1965 50th anniversary

LA County officials join to commemorate Voting Rights Act of 1965 50th anniversary

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) Dean C. Logan will join Los Angeles County Supervisors Hilda Solis, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Sheila Kuehl, Don Knabe, and Assessor Jeffrey Prang to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act on Thursday, August 6 at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, Temple Street steps at 1:30 p.m. Adoption of the Voting […]

06.08.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Storm surges amped by rain increase US flood risk: study

Storm surges amped by rain increase US flood risk: study

By Marlowe Hood Paris, France (AFP)   – Sea storm surges amplified by heavy rain are a greater flood threat to US coastal cities than previously understood, and are occurring more frequently according to a study published Monday. The number of such “compound” events “has increased significantly over the past century,” said a paper in […]

02.08.2015 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
US Treasury urges bankruptcy law for indebted Puerto Rico

US Treasury urges bankruptcy law for indebted Puerto Rico

Washington, United States (AFP)   – US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urged Congress on Tuesday to pass laws that would enable heavily indebted Puerto Rico to enter bankrupcy to restructure its debt. Lew said in a letter to Senator Orrin Hatch, chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, that because current law prevents the US […]

31.07.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Study predicts drop in deportations

Study predicts drop in deportations

Washington, United States (AFP)   – US deportations of undocumented immigrants should decline significantly as a result of decrees issued by President Barack Obama last November, a new study released Thursday concludes. The new enforcement priorities set forth in the decrees “could provide a degree of protection from deportation” for about 9.6 million undocumented immigrants, […]

30.07.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama criticizes tone of 2016 US presidential debate

Obama criticizes tone of 2016 US presidential debate

By Andrew Beatty Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (AFP)  – President Barack Obama delivered a withering critique of the vitriolic 2016 US presidential campaign Monday, branding it unworthy of American voters. It is rare for a president to address domestic controversy while on a foreign trip, but Obama was asked about the increasingly hysterical tone of the […]

30.07.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Trump surge among Republican voters shows no sign of abating

Trump surge among Republican voters shows no sign of abating

Washington, United States (AFP)   – Donald Trump’s wild ride to the front of the Republican presidential field showed no signs of abating Sunday, with a new poll showing him with a big lead in a key early primary state. The NBC/Marist poll had the trash-talking billionaire with a seven point lead in New Hampshire […]

29.07.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Clinton pledges to be America’s renewable energy president

Clinton pledges to be America’s renewable energy president

Washington, United States (AFP)  – Hillary Clinton laid out ambitious plans Monday to invest in solar and other renewable energy if elected US president, drawing a contrast with her fossil fuel-loving Republican rivals. “We will make America the world’s clean energy superpower,” she declared at a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa, unveiling highlights of […]

29.07.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US House votes to revoke passports of Americans linked to terror groups

US House votes to revoke passports of Americans linked to terror groups

Washington, United States (AFP)  – The House of Representatives has passed a measure that would allow the US government to revoke or deny passports to Americans linked to “foreign terrorist organizations.” Passed by a voice vote Tuesday after a 15-minute debate, the bill aims to block the movement of “lone wolves” trained in Syria by […]

27.07.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Boxer lauds committee for passing rental car safety measure

Boxer lauds committee for passing rental car safety measure

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today praised the Senate Commerce Committee for approving the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act as part of the DRIVE Act, a multi-year surface transportation bill reauthorizing our nation’s highway and transportation programs. The amendment to include the rental car safety measure was approved unanimously. Senator Boxer said, “We are […]

22.07.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

California payment processing company owner pleads guilty to fraud

WASHINGTON – The owner and operator of a payment processing company that was involved in the unauthorized withdrawal of millions of dollars from consumers’ bank accounts pleaded guilty to fraud, the Justice Department announced today. Neil Godfrey, 76, of Santa Ana, California, pleaded guilty to a one-count information charging him with wire fraud in the […]

21.07.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Sens. McCain, Corker, Reed, Cardin praise PHL efforts to peacefully resolve territorial disputes

Sens. McCain, Corker, Reed, Cardin praise PHL efforts to peacefully resolve territorial disputes

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jack Reed (D-RI), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today in support of efforts by the Philippines to peacefully resolve […]

20.07.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US to cut 40,000 soldiers from Army: official

US to cut 40,000 soldiers from Army: official

Washington, United States (AFP)  – The US Army plans to cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks over the next two years to save money at home and abroad, a US defense official said Tuesday. And 17,000 civilians working for the Army will also be laid off, the official told AFP, confirming a report in the […]

16.07.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US to seize assets of Napoles and daughter

US to seize assets of Napoles and daughter

Washington, United States (AFP)   – The US Justice Department moved Tuesday to seize $12.5 million in assets of Janet Napoles, a businesswoman at the center of a broad Philippines corruption scandal dubbed the “pork barrel scam”. The department filed a civil forfeiture complaint to gain control of assets including a swank Los Angeles condominium, […]

15.07.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
McCain suggests US ‘losing’ against IS

McCain suggests US ‘losing’ against IS

Washington, United States (AFP)   – US Senator John McCain blasted the military strategy against the Islamic State group Tuesday, suggesting the United States was “losing” the fight and criticizing the pace of training for Syrian rebels. Several lawmakers including McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, grilled Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and the military’s top […]

10.07.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Clinton blames Republican ‘attacks’ for image slump

Clinton blames Republican ‘attacks’ for image slump

Washington, United States (AFP)   – Hillary Clinton accused Republicans Tuesday of waging a “constant barrage of attacks” on her and blamed them for whipping up doubts about her trustworthiness over an email scandal that threatens her White House ambitions. The 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner said the issue of her private email account and personal […]

09.07.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US 2016 hopeful Rubio vows to spur innovation

US 2016 hopeful Rubio vows to spur innovation

Chicago, United States (AFP)   – White House hopeful Marco Rubio vowed to spur innovation and economic growth with sweeping tax cuts and reforms to higher education and immigration in a speech at a Chicago technology hub Tuesday. The Florida senator, who is currently polling in fourth place in a crowded field of candidates jostling […]

08.07.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US Supreme Court halts Texas abortion clinics closure

US Supreme Court halts Texas abortion clinics closure

Washington, United States (AFP)  – The US Supreme Court on Monday temporarily halted the closure of most of the abortion clinics in Texas, two days before rules forcing them to shut their doors were due to go into effect. Abortion providers said the rules—which included requiring clinics to follow costly hospital-like building standards—amount to a […]

05.07.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Asian Americans advancing justice celebrates landmark victory for marriage equality

Asian Americans advancing justice celebrates landmark victory for marriage equality

WASHINGTON – In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision today in Obergefell v. Hodges, which declares that same-sex couples have the freedom to marry under the U.S. Constitution, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) issues the following statement: “As civil rights organizations, Advancing Justice is thrilled that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for […]

02.07.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Landmark rulings see US Supreme Court move to the left

Landmark rulings see US Supreme Court move to the left

By Chantal Valery Washington, United States (AFP)  – With four justices appointed by Democratic presidents and five by Republican leaders, the US Supreme Court is generally perceived as being weighted in favor of conservatives. But after two historic rulings in a week supporting progressive causes – legalizing gay marriage across America and upholding President Barack […]

01.07.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
One justice makes big difference in US gay marriage ruling

One justice makes big difference in US gay marriage ruling

By Chantal Valery Washington, United States (AFP)  – He was appointed in the 1980s under the conservative presidency of Ronald Reagan, but Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has gone on to become perhaps the most important gay rights supporter in the American legal system. The gray-haired 78-year-old cemented that position Friday when he wrote the […]

30.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US: Visa processing back to speed after computer glitch

US: Visa processing back to speed after computer glitch

(Washington-AFP) – US visa processing has returned to full strength after hardware problems, the State Department said Monday, noting that 410,000 visas were issued in a week as officials scrambled to clear a huge backlog. Deputy spokesman Mark Toner said the State Department does “regret the inconvenience to travelers who are waiting for visas as […]

30.06.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, U.S. News ·
California moves closer to stricter vaccinations rules

California moves closer to stricter vaccinations rules

Los Angeles, United States (AFP) – California’s lawmakers moved closer to tightening exemptions for vaccinations, following last month’s outbreak of measles and the ensuing outcry over the issue across the country. The state’s general assembly approved Thursday a bill that would require all children to be immunized before entering kindergarten unless they had a medical […]

30.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama warns racist legacy still haunts US

Obama warns racist legacy still haunts US

Washington, United States (AFP)   – US President Barack Obama underlined the depth of his frustration over American’s ongoing battle with racism Monday, employing the racially-charged “N-word” in a radio interview to underline a point. Obama made his remarks to “WTF with Marc Maron” as the nation was struggling to comprehend the murders last week […]

29.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Republican 2016 hopefuls reject white supremacist donations

Republican 2016 hopefuls reject white supremacist donations

Washington, United States (AFP)   – Three Republican presidential candidates say they are donating contributions they received from the leader of a white supremacist group mentioned by the accused Charleston church gunman to relatives of those slain. White House hopeful Senator Ted Cruz initially planned to return the donations he had received since 2012 from […]

26.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US issuing visas again, but warns of backlog

US issuing visas again, but warns of backlog

Washington, United States (AFP) Tuesday 6/23/2015 – The United States has begun to fix a hardware problem that crashed its visa processing system, issuing 45,000 permits in the past day as it works through a big backlog. Some 33 embassies and consulates representing 66 percent of normal capacity were now back online including Beijing, one […]

23.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama golfs in drought-stricken California desert

Obama golfs in drought-stricken California desert

Rancho Mirage, United States (AFP)   – US President Barack Obama played golf near the desert city of Palm Springs, California Saturday, shrugging off criticism that ambling around thirsty, lush greens was unseemly during a historic drought. Obama is slated to play two courses at the weekend, Sunnylands and Porcupine Creek, a father’s day weekend […]

23.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Clinton backs stiffer gun laws after US church bloodbath

Clinton backs stiffer gun laws after US church bloodbath

San Francisco, United States (AFP)  – Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton issued an impassioned call for gun control Saturday following a “senseless” church massacre that left nine dead and reignited debate about the right to bear arms. In a speech to US mayors in San Francisco, the former first lady said the time has come […]

22.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Michelle Obama champions $200-M plan for girls’ education

Michelle Obama champions $200-M plan for girls’ education

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  – US First Lady Michelle Obama announced plans for $200 million (177 million euros) in programs to promote girls’ education worldwide on Tuesday as she visited a London school at the start of a European tour. “I’m here because girls like you impress me and inspire me,” Obama told […]

19.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US to put woman on new $10 bill

US to put woman on new $10 bill

(Washington-AFP) – The US will put the image of a woman on an American banknote for the first time in over a century, breaking the lock that white male political heroes have on the greenback. The US Treasury announced Thursday that a yet-unchosen woman, likely “a champion for our inclusive democracy,” will feature on the […]

18.06.2015 · Filled under: Home & Garden, U.S. News ·
Jeb Bush: ‘I will run to win’

Jeb Bush: ‘I will run to win’

By Diego Urdaneta Miami, United States (AFP)   – Jeb Bush jumped headlong into the presidential race Monday, insisting “America deserves better” after eight years of Barack Obama, as the Republican seeks to win over voters skeptical of his political pedigree. Following a six-month pre-candidacy exploration, Bush made his formal announcement at Miami Dade College, […]

18.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Michelle Obama gets more personal

Michelle Obama gets more personal

By Jérôme Cartillier Washington, United States (AFP)  – Stung by criticism over what she said during her husband’s first run for the presidency, Michelle Obama was measured in sharing her views when she entered the White House in 2009. But now America’s first lady is developing a more personal and outspoken tone as the president’s […]

16.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Bill Clinton: Hillary the ‘rock’ of the family

Bill Clinton: Hillary the ‘rock’ of the family

Washington, United States (AFP)  – Bill Clinton said in an interview aired Sunday that he admires his wife Hillary as she makes her second run for the White House, defending her integrity in the face of attacks. On Saturday, Clinton held the first major rally of her campaign to become America’s first woman president, on […]

15.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Pantsuit tee, anyone? 2016 campaigns hawk more than buttons

Pantsuit tee, anyone? 2016 campaigns hawk more than buttons

(Washington-AFP) – The 2016 race has boiled down to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton versus Republican rebel Rand Paul — in the battle for best and quirkiest campaign merchandise, that is. The White House contest remains anyone’s guess, but 17 months ahead of the election, Clinton and Paul are winning the swag stakes, merging Americans’ zen […]

11.06.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Home & Garden, International Stars, U.S. News ·
White House press room evacuated during briefing

White House press room evacuated during briefing

Washington, United States (AFP)   – The White House press room was briefly evacuated Tuesday after police received a telephoned bomb threat, interrupting the daily briefing, but no device was found. Secret Service agents entered the room, a short distance from the Oval Office, and stopped the news conference. White House press secretary Josh Earnest […]

10.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US lawmakers knock Xi for ‘persistent’ China rights abuses

US lawmakers knock Xi for ‘persistent’ China rights abuses

Washington, United States (AFP)  – US lawmakers including presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio wrote Communist leader Xi Jinping on Thursday’s anniversary of the Tiananmen square crackdown, saying China’s continued rights abuse is a “barrier” to improved bilateral ties. In a letter marking the 26th anniversary of the military’s deadly crushing of pro-democracy protests in central […]

09.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Senate passes Leno Bill to modernize digital privacy protections

Senate passes Leno Bill to modernize digital privacy protections

SB 178 protects Californians against warrantless government access to private electronic data on smartphones, tablets and other digital devices SACRAMENTO – The Senate today approved legislation that modernizes California’s privacy laws to keep up with emerging technologies. Senate Bill 178, authored by Senator Leno, protects Californians against warrantless government access to private electronic communications such […]

09.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
NSA expands online spying in search for hackers: report

NSA expands online spying in search for hackers: report

Washington, United States (AFP)  – President Barack Obama has approved giving the NSA wider powers to spy on Internet traffic in search of computer hacking by foreign governments or others, US media reported Thursday, citing classified documents. The expanded authority was granted by the Justice Department in two 2012 memos that permit the powerful National […]

09.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama struggles for deterrence amid wave of cyberattacks

Obama struggles for deterrence amid wave of cyberattacks

By Andrew Beatty Washington, United States (AFP)   – The audacious hack of data on four million US government employees exposed America’s shaky cyber defenses and the Obama administration’s ongoing struggle to develop an effective deterrence. On April 1 — in the midst of tense negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program – President Barack Obama signed […]

08.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama: New NSA rules protect liberties and national security

Obama: New NSA rules protect liberties and national security

Washington, United States (AFP)  – US President Barack Obama welcomed congressional approval Tuesday of measures to trim NSA surveillance, saying the reforms protect both citizens’ rights and the homeland. “Glad the Senate finally passed the USA Freedom Act. It protects civil liberties and our national security. I’ll sign it as soon as I get it,” […]

05.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Hackers steal personal data from US tax agency IRS

Hackers steal personal data from US tax agency IRS

Washington, United States (AFP)  – Hackers stole information on 100,000 taxpayers from the online computers of the US Internal Revenue Service, the federal tax agency said Tuesday. The IRS said the unidentified cyber thieves used information on the specific taxpayers from sources outside the agency to access the accounts, which included crucial identifying information such […]

03.06.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
New pollution alert closes California beaches

New pollution alert closes California beaches

Los Angeles, United States (AFP)  – Workers scrambled to clean oil pollution along a series of California beaches near Los Angeles on Thursday, barely a week after a huge oil spill further up the coast. An unknown tar-like substance began washing ashore from El Segundo Beach south to Redondo Beach on Wednesday, the Los Angeles […]

01.06.2015 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
Court rejects appeal on immigration

Court rejects appeal on immigration

Washington, United States (AFP)   – A US appeals court on Tuesday dealt another blow to President Barack Obama’s efforts to grant amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants. The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans rejected a request from the Obama administration that it lift an injunction barring it from […]

29.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Mayweather looms over Khan-Algieri match-up

Mayweather looms over Khan-Algieri match-up

New York, United States (AFP)   – Britain’s former world champion Amir Khan is aiming to punch his ticket to a bout with Floyd Mayweather on Friday with a victory over Chris Algieri in a non-title welterweight fight. Khan, the former unified light-welterweight world champion who headlines a card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, […]

29.05.2015 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, U.S. News ·
Sanders enters US presidential race

Sanders enters US presidential race

Washington, United States (AFP)  – US Senator Bernie Sanders formally launched his populist, liberal campaign for the White House on Tuesday, reiterating his pledges to recalibrate an American economic system which created sharp disparities between rich and poor. Sanders, who had said last month he planned to stand in the election, told a launch event […]

28.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Court rejects appeal on immigration

Court rejects appeal on immigration

Washington, United States (AFP)  – A US appeals court on Tuesday dealt another blow to President Barack Obama’s efforts to grant amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants. The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans rejected a request from the Obama administration that it lift an injunction barring it from carrying […]

27.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US veterans ride with pride at Rolling Thunder biker rally

US veterans ride with pride at Rolling Thunder biker rally

by Jenny VAUGHAN Washington, United States (AFP)   – With the rev of motorcycle engines, the ground rumbles underfoot, and they’re off: hundreds of thousands of military veterans ride out for the annual Rolling Thunder memorial rally in the US capital Sunday. For the one million spectators and bikers – many from out of state […]

26.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US planes keep distance from Chinese ‘islands’ – for now

US planes keep distance from Chinese ‘islands’ – for now

Washington, United States (AFP) –  US surveillance aircraft and naval ships have yet to test China’s territorial claims around artificial islands built in the South China Sea, but the Pentagon warned Thursday that could be “the next step.” Although the United States does not recognise China’s claims of sovereignty around the man-made structures, American P-8 […]

26.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
NCLR: Relief delayed is relief denied to millions of families and to our country

NCLR: Relief delayed is relief denied to millions of families and to our country

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In late 2014, President Obama announced he would take executive action to extend deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants through the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program and the expansion of the highly successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Today marks the target […]

25.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Rand Paul blocking US Senate vote on bulk data collection

Rand Paul blocking US Senate vote on bulk data collection

Washington, United States (AFP)  – Republican Senator Rand Paul launched an hours-long floor speech Wednesday aimed at blocking reauthorization of the controversial US law allowing bulk collection of phone data from millions of Americans. Paul, a 2016 presidential candidate, said he was beginning a “filibuster,” an extended speech that gums up action in the Senate, to […]

22.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Court orders State Dept to release Clinton emails

Court orders State Dept to release Clinton emails

By Jo Biddle Washington, United States (AFP)  – A US judge ordered the State Department on Tuesday to promptly release thousands of emails from Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, dating back to her time as America’s top diplomat. In his ruling, US District Judge Rudolph Contreras ordered that the hub of US global diplomacy must […]

21.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Climate change a top US security issue: Obama

Climate change a top US security issue: Obama

By Jerome Cartillier Washington, United States (AFP)  – US President Barack Obama warned in a speech on Wednesday that the threat from global warming poses a national risk rivaling that of terrorism, and should be seen as a top security priority. In a commencement address for new graduates of the US Coast Guard Academy, Obama […]

21.05.2015 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
Los Angeles City Council approves $15 minimum wage

Los Angeles City Council approves $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES – This week, the Los Angeles City Council voted 14-1 to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15.00 an hour by 2020, plus an additional one-year “phase in” period for small businesses, bringing all workers to $15.00 by 2021. Councilmember Paul Krekorian played a leading role in shaping the legislation. “This is […]

20.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Thousands of Californians with private insurance guaranteed access to free preventive services

Thousands of Californians with private insurance guaranteed access to free preventive services

In California an estimated 15,867,909 individuals, including 6,324,503 women and 3,351,780 children, have private health insurance that covers recommended preventive services without cost sharing, according to a new ASPE Data Point from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Under the Affordable Care Act, most health plans are required to provide coverage for recommended […]

19.05.2015 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Services, U.S. News ·
US Republicans pass $3.8 trillion 2016 budget

US Republicans pass $3.8 trillion 2016 budget

By Michael Mathes Washington, United States (AFP)  – The Republican-led US Congress passed a 2016 budget Tuesday, a largely symbolic policy document which if fully enacted would balance federal spending and slash $5 trillion in social, education and health programs over the next decade. The $3.871 trillion blueprint for the year beginning October 1, 2015, […]

18.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US raises pressure as more grim Asian migrant tales emerge

US raises pressure as more grim Asian migrant tales emerge

By Nurdin Hasan Langsa, Indonesia (AFP)  – Washington raised the pressure on Southeast Asia to open its ports to boatpeople on Saturday after migrants described a terrifying battle for survival between Rohingya and Bangladeshi passengers as their shunned vessel sank off Indonesia. The US State Department said John Kerry had phoned his Thai counterpart “to […]

17.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Seeking Hispanic vote, Hillary Clinton defends illegal immigrants

Seeking Hispanic vote, Hillary Clinton defends illegal immigrants

By Ivan Couronne Washington, United States (AFP)  – The 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States don’t vote, but they have children, siblings or cousins that do, and Hillary Clinton is courting their support. The Democratic presidential candidate has singled out immigration as a key campaign issue in her bid for the White House […]

11.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Lawsuits pile up over Pacquiao injury

Lawsuits pile up over Pacquiao injury

By Rebecca Bryan Los Angeles, United States (AFP)    – Call it the fallout of the century. More disgruntled fight fans are going to court with their complaints, suing Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao and others for failing to disclose a shoulder injury prior to his “Fight of the Century” against Floyd Mayweather. A class-action […]

08.05.2015 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, U.S. News ·
German-born engineer from US space team dies

German-born engineer from US space team dies

(AFP) – Oscar Holderer, the last known engineer who left Germany after World War II to work on the US space program, died at the age of 95. Holderer, who worked alongside aerospace-legend Wernher von Braun, was part of “Operation Paperclip” that moved hundreds of engineers from defeated Germany to the US right after the […]

07.05.2015 · Filled under: Home & Garden, International Stars, U.S. News ·
Bill Clinton will keep giving speeches to ‘pay our bills’

Bill Clinton will keep giving speeches to ‘pay our bills’

Monrovia, Liberia (AFP)  – Former US president Bill Clinton said in an interview that aired Monday he will keep giving lucrative speeches “to pay our bills” while wife Hillary Clinton runs for the White House. Defending his charity work on a trip to Africa, Clinton said Hillary told him no foreign official has sought to […]

07.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Ex-HP chief Fiorina, Dr. Carson bring diversity to 2016 GOP race

Ex-HP chief Fiorina, Dr. Carson bring diversity to 2016 GOP race

By Michael Mathes Washington, United States (AFP)  – The 2016 presidential field expanded by two Monday with the addition of former Hewlett Packard boss Carly Fiorina and conservative neurosurgeon Ben Carson, adding diversity to the race for the Republican nomination. They join three conservative US senators already on the campaign trail—Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco […]

07.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Mayweather ignores jeers in moment of triumph

Mayweather ignores jeers in moment of triumph

By Rebecca Bryan Las Vegas, United States (AFP)   – Floyd Mayweather shrugged off the jeers which greeted his victory over Manny Pacquiao and wasted no time in taunting his detractors. After hugging his father and trainer Floyd Sr, the unbeaten welterweight king clambered onto the ropes of the ring, banged his fist on his […]

Obama says ‘vital’ that truth come out on Gray death

Obama says ‘vital’ that truth come out on Gray death

Washington, United States (AFP)  – US President Barack Obama said Friday it was “absolutely vital” that the truth come out about the death of an African American man in Baltimore from injuries sustained while in police custody, after six officers were charged. “It is absolutely vital that the truth comes out on what happened to […]

04.05.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Mayweather beats Pacquiao to join greats

Mayweather beats Pacquiao to join greats

By Greg Heakes / Rebecca BRYAN Las Vegas, United States | AFP |   – Floyd Mayweather’s emphatic win over Manny Pacquiao sealed his status as a boxing great, but triggered an outcry in the Philippines and divided opinion amongst the sports legends. Feinting and dancing his way to a unanimous decision, Mayweather comfortably picked […]

04.05.2015 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, U.S. News ·
US senator Sanders to launch Democratic presidential bid: report

US senator Sanders to launch Democratic presidential bid: report

Washington, United States (AFP)  – One of America’s most liberal senators, Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, is reportedly expected to announce Thursday that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination, presenting a challenge to Hillary Clinton from the party’s left flank. The 73-year-old Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats but has described himself as a “socialist,” […]

29.04.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US sending disaster response team to Nepal

US sending disaster response team to Nepal

Washington, United States (AFP)  – The United States is sending a disaster response team to earthquake-hit Nepal and has authorized an initial $1 million to address immediate needs. A White House official said Saturday that President Barack Obama was briefed on the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake believed to have killed more than 1,200 people in […]

27.04.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama says ‘no greater threat to planet than climate change’

Obama says ‘no greater threat to planet than climate change’

Washington, United States | AFP |  – US President Barack Obama said Saturday that climate change poses the world’s biggest single threat. “Today, there’s no greater threat to our planet than climate change,” Obama said in his weekly address, which had an environmental theme to mark Earth Day on April 22. “Climate change can no […]

21.04.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Mayweather-Pacquiao tickets to cost up to $7,500

Mayweather-Pacquiao tickets to cost up to $7,500

Los Angeles, United States, AFP  – Tickets for Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao’s long-awaited superfight will cost between $1,500 and $7,500, organizers said Wednesday, but it is unclear how many will go on sale to the public. Seats at the May 2 bout in Las Vegas promise to be one of the hottest tickets of […]

21.04.2015 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, U.S. News ·
Hillary’s in, but what role for Bill?

Hillary’s in, but what role for Bill?

By Jérôme Cartillier Washington, United States, AFP  – Hillary Clinton has put an end to speculation about one question: Yes, she’s running for president. But that leaves another: What role has she in mind for her husband Bill? The former president is seen as a formidable campaigner and a potential asset to his wife’s operation. […]

15.04.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Marco Rubio: Cuban heritage, American dream

Marco Rubio: Cuban heritage, American dream

By Ivan Couronne Washington, United States, AFP  – As a child, Marco Rubio assured his exiled Cuban grandfather that he would overthrow Fidel Castro and lead Cuba. Today, at 43, he harbors a new aspiration: to be president of the United States. The Republican senator from Florida, told voters Monday that he was in the […]

15.04.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Hollywood stars back Clinton 2016 bid

Hollywood stars back Clinton 2016 bid

Los Angeles, United States, AFP – Hollywood stars have chorused support for Hillary Clinton’s US presidential campaign, indicating Tinseltown will be firmly behind the former first lady as she targets the White House. Within hours of Clinton confirming her plans to stand in 2016, celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson and Magic Johnson gave a […]

14.04.2015 · Filled under: Hollywood Stars, U.S. News ·
California farmers spared worst of water rationing

California farmers spared worst of water rationing

Washington, United States, AFP – California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday defended tough new measures aimed at combating a crippling four-year drought, but which critics say are far too lenient on the state’s farmers. Brown on Wednesday announced sweeping water restrictions for the first time in the state’s history to counter what officials called the […]

13.04.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Asian legal group joins other advocates calling on Texas Appeals Court to allow Obama’s immigration action

Asian legal group joins other advocates calling on Texas Appeals Court to allow Obama’s immigration action

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed early this week in the federal appeals court in Texas, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund joined more than 150 groups contending that President Obama’s executive immigration actions would allow millions of immigrants to apply for relief from deportation and work authorization and would improve the nation’s economy […]

13.04.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
New York’s World Trade Center observatory to open in May

New York’s World Trade Center observatory to open in May

(New York-AFP) – The observatory of New York’s new World Trade Center will open May 29 to the public, building managers said Tuesday. The observatory is on floors 100, 101 and 102 in the gleaming glass tower that was built on the site of buildings destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks in Manhattan. Also […]

10.04.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, U.S. News ·
Mayor Garcetti unveils new easy-to-read parking signs

Mayor Garcetti unveils new easy-to-read parking signs

L.A. Department of Transportation is the first transit system in the country to test grid-style signs to reduce parking confusion; bluetooth beacon technology installed for beta test to pave the way for smartphone parking info LOS ANGELES – Mayor Eric Garcetti today installed the first of 100 new easy-to-read parking signs that use streamlined graphics […]

06.04.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama unveils sanctions program to fight cyberattacks

Obama unveils sanctions program to fight cyberattacks

by Rob Lever Washington, United States, AFP  – President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered a new sanctions program that could block assets of US and foreign hackers and of companies that seek to profit from cyberattacks. Obama said the threat from cyberattacks was a “national emergency” and that the sanctions could help strike back against […]

04.04.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
California winemakers rebuff arsenic lawsuit

California winemakers rebuff arsenic lawsuit

Los Angeles, United States, AFP  – Leading California winemakers rebuffed Friday a lawsuit which claims several low-cost wines are tainted with dangerous levels of arsenic. The lawsuit, filed Thursday, claims that 28 wineries knowingly violated California law by producing wine contaminated with arsenic and failing to inform consumers about the potential dangers. But the Wine […]

23.03.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Ted Cruz, heavy on faith, launches White House bid

Ted Cruz, heavy on faith, launches White House bid

By Michael Mathes Lynchburg, United States , AFP, Monday 3/23/2015- Ultra-conservative Republican US Senator Ted Cruz launched his White House quest on Monday, invoking his abiding faith in God as he effectively kick-started the 2016 presidential race. The 44-year-old Tea Party favorite from Texas chose Liberty University, the sprawling Christian evangelical bastion founded by Reverend Jerry […]

23.03.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Obama in Selma: ‘Our march is not over’

Obama in Selma: ‘Our march is not over’

By Jérôme Cartillier / Andrew Beatty Selma, United States |AFP|  – US President Barack Obama rallied a new generation of Americans to the spirit of the civil rights struggle on Saturday, warning their march for freedom “is not yet finished.” In a forceful speech in Selma, Alabama on the 50th anniversary of the brutal repression […]

11.03.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Hillary Clinton says ‘not there yet’ on women’s equality

Hillary Clinton says ‘not there yet’ on women’s equality

New York, United States |AFP|   – Two women with global clout – Hillary Clinton and Melinda Gates – released a sweeping report on Monday showing that women are still far from winning equality in leadership positions. The “No Ceilings” report is a review of progress made by women since the 1995 Beijing conference laid […]

11.03.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·

Alibaba opens US data center in new challenge to Amazon

San Francisco, United States |  |  – Chinese online giant Alibaba will open a data center in Silicon Valley, it said Wednesday, challenging US rival Amazon in the field of cloud computing. The company’s Aliyun unit, which already competes with AWS (Amazon Web Services) in China, will offer cloud services to US firms in what […]

07.03.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
RNs welcome Senate Bill 483 to step up public oversight, safety of patients under observation

RNs welcome Senate Bill 483 to step up public oversight, safety of patients under observation

One of the biggest growing and least reported problems in U.S. hospitals – the placement of patients in “observation” status, where they can be held for hours or days with less public oversight and fewer protections – is the theme of a new bill just re-introduced in the California legislature. Senate Bill 483, authored by […]

07.03.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Uncertainty dogs Obama’s immigration plans

Uncertainty dogs Obama’s immigration plans

Washington, United States | AFP |   – US President Barack Obama faces a tough political and legal battle to drive through an amnesty for five million illegal immigrants, but uncertainty may prove as big a hurdle as Congress or the courts. Sitting opposite Obama in the Oval Office on February 4, 19-year-old Mexico-born Steven […]

03.03.2015 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
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