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US Families Waste 20 Pounds of Food Each Month, Study Claims

US Families Waste 20 Pounds of Food Each Month, Study ClaimsiStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- On average, families in the United States throw away 20 pounds of food each month, an amount worth approximately $2,000 annually for a family of four.John Floros, the dean of the College of Agriculture at Kansas Stat...

North Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike Against US

North Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike Against USEd Jones/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- Just hours before the United Nations votes on tougher sanctions against the country, North Korea has issued a new threat against the United States.In a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency...

Obama Administration Expected to Directly Aid Syria’s Rebels

Obama Administration Expected to Directly Aid Syria’s RebelsScott Peterson/Getty Images(ROME) -- Secretary of State John Kerry will meet on Thursday with leaders of Syria’s opposition council and other nations that have been supporting the opposition at the Friends of Syria meeting in Rome. The outcome of...

US, Iran Band Together to Save Wrestling as an Olympic Sport

US, Iran Band Together to Save Wrestling as an Olympic SportADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) -- Washington and Tehran have finally found common ground although it has nothing to do with Iran's rogue nuclear program.Last week's announcement that the International Olympic Committee's executive board has re...

Russians Blame Texas Parents for Adopted Boy’s Death

Russians Blame Texas Parents for Adopted Boy’s DeathiStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- The emergency room death of a 3-year-old boy adopted from Russia is being called "murder" by officials in Moscow, but Texas officials investigating the case say they don't know where the Russians are getting their clai...

Blind Teen Stands Up to Putin on Adoption Ban

Blind Teen Stands Up to Putin on Adoption BaniStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — A blind Russian teenager’s withering, at times sarcastic, criticism of the country’s new ban on adoptions to the United States has garnered a lot of attention in Russian media, and even from the Kremli...

Karzai in Washington to Discuss US Military Future in Afghanistan

Karzai in Washington to Discuss US Military Future in AfghanistanAlex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan arrived at the Pentagon Thursday for the first in a series of discussions with senior American leaders about the future of the U.S. military role in Afghanistan after American ...

Drug Smugglers Shoot Drugs Across US/Mexico Border with Cannon

Drug Smugglers Shoot Drugs Across US/Mexico Border with CannoniStockphoto/Thinkstock(YUMA, Ariz.) -- Drug smugglers continue to show creativity in inventing new ways of getting drugs across the U.S. border from Mexico.Border Patrol agents say they believe a pneumatic cannon was used to launch dozens of containers...

US Intelligence: China Economy to Surpass US by 2030

US Intelligence: China Economy to Surpass US by 2030iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A report on global trends prepared by the U.S. intelligence community notes that by 2030 China is likely to have surpassed the United States as the world’s largest economy. The report suggests the United Stat...

Iran Threatening to Take US to Court over Drones

Iran Threatening to Take US to Court over DronesErik Simonsen/Getty(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Iran is not backing down from its claim that it captured a U.S.-made drone over its airspace recently.In fact, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi went as far to say on Wednesday that Tehran will move ahead wi...

US Officials Emphasize ‘De-escalating’ Gaza Violence

US Officials Emphasize ‘De-escalating’ Gaza ViolenceState Department photo/ Public Domain(WASHINGTON) -- As news reports emerged Tuesday of a ceasefire or truce to end the crisis in Gaza, American officials made it a point not to use either of those terms.Instead, U.S. officials were talking about &ldqu...

Fat Shaming of Middle America: Americans Too Big for Zara Clothes

Fat Shaming of Middle America: Americans Too Big for Zara ClothesCreatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Spanish fashion chain Zara, now the world's largest retailer, is being accused of missing a "huge opportunity" in the United States by refusing to offer plus-size clothing to women.Zara has beaten out major retailers lik...

White House to Review Online Secession Petitions

White House to Review Online Secession PetitionsiStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Living up to its crowdsourcing promise, the White House says it will review online petitions from states that say they want to secede from the United States.In the days since President Obama was re-elected, visitor...

Iran Confirms Firing at US Drone

Iran Confirms Firing at US DroneErik Simonsen/Getty(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Iran has confirmed that it used warplanes to fire at a U.S. drone over a week ago. Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said Friday that the country's armed forces took "smart and firm" action when an unidentified ...

Iranian Fighter Jets Fire on US Predator Drone

Iranian Fighter Jets Fire on US Predator DroneFile photo. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Julianne Showalter(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon disclosed Thursday that an unarmed U.S. military Predator surveillance drone was fired at by Iranian military jets last week in international airspace over t...

Russia Takes Swipe at US Democracy Ahead of Election

Russia Takes Swipe at US Democracy Ahead of ElectioniStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- Moscow’s Foreign Ministry took a shot at American democracy on Wednesday.“The #US lectures the world on democracy and human rights, but looks only to its own laws when flaws in its voting system are pointed...

Russia Takes Swipe at US Democracy Ahead of Election

Russia Takes Swipe at US Democracy Ahead of ElectioniStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- Moscow’s Foreign Ministry took a shot at American democracy on Wednesday.“The #US lectures the world on democracy and human rights, but looks only to its own laws when flaws in its voting system are pointed...

Russia Calls for Greater Access to Its Children Adopted into US Families

Russia Calls for Greater Access to Its Children Adopted into US FamiliesMAXIM MARMUR/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Russian authorities have reiterated their demand for full access to Russian children adopted by American families.  They cite authority to do so enshrined in a new adoption agreement with the United States,...

Russia Calls for Greater Access to Its Children Adopted into US Families

Russia Calls for Greater Access to Its Children Adopted into US FamiliesMAXIM MARMUR/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Russian authorities have reiterated their demand for full access to Russian children adopted by American families.  They cite authority to do so enshrined in a new adoption agreement with the United States,...

Could Election Day Be Postponed After Superstorm?

Could Election Day Be Postponed After Superstorm?iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Superstorm Sandy has given rise to suspensions in campaigning by both President Obama and GOP contender Mitt Romney, but could it actually delay Election Day?In theory, yes, but in all likelihood, no.The Constituti...

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