US News  May 24, 2015
US cop acquitted in shooting death of unarmed black couple
Demonstrators lock arms and block two police cruisers on December 21, 2014 in Cleveland, OhioA white Cleveland police officer who climbed onto the hood of a car and fired dozens of rounds at an unarmed black couple in 2012 was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter.The verdict, which triggered minor protests, comes amid widespread tensions in the United States over police treatment of blacks following the deaths of a number of African America...  Full Story
As antitrust case looms, 'Peak Google' debated
European competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, speaks on April 15, 2015 in Brussels as the EU formally charged Google with abusing its dominant position as EuropeAs Google faces an antitrust probe from European regulators, some analysts are questioning whether the California tech giant's dominance has already peaked.While Google remains one of the world's biggest companies with overwhelming dominance of Internet search, its prospects are less rosy in a tech landscape rapidly shifting to mobile devices and s...  Full Story
Thousands worldwide march against Monsanto and GM crops
People protest biotechnology giant Monsanto and its genetically modified crops and pesticides on May 23, 2015 in Ouagadougou, Burkina FasoThousands of people hit the streets in cities across the world Saturday to protest against the American biotechnology giant Monsanto and its genetically modified crops and pesticides.The third annual March Against Monsanto -- begun by the Occupy movement -- was held in upwards of 400 cities in more than 40 countries from the Americas to Africa and ...  Full Story
Fire extinguished on oil rig in Gulf of Mexico
Oil is viewed on the surface of the water off the coast of Louisiana on June 13, 2010A fire on an offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico was extinguished early Saturday after leaving what appeared to be an oily sheen on the water surface, the US Coast Guard said.Clean-up and repair operations were under way, and no one was reported hurt in the incident, the agency said."At approximately 6:00 am (1100 GMT) responding crews boarded ...  Full Story
Emails offer rare glimpse into Clinton's personal life
Then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on January 23, 2013Only hours before Hillary Clinton was to face her biggest challenge and tragedy as US secretary of state, she asked an aide to get her a French documentary about Libya."Can you get us a copy of Bernard Henri-Levi's (sic) film about Libya. I think Harvey made it and it showed at Cannes last spring," the then secretary of state wrote to her trusted f...  Full Story
California beach town cleans up after pipeline rupture
Clean-up workers bag up oil deposits from the rocks and beach at Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, on May 22, 2015A small army of clean-up workers toiled Friday to scoop up crude oil deposits from a picturesque California beach, three days after a pipeline rupture unleashed thousands of gallons into the ocean.The scenic Refugio State Beach and its neighbor El Capitan would usually be swarming with tourists over America's Memorial Day weekend, but were closed u...  Full Story
Senate blocks bill that would end US bulk data dragnet
The US Senate rejected legislation early Saturday aimed at reforming NSA intelligence gathering, a blow to President Barack Obama and others who support ending the bulk collection of AmericansThe US Senate rejected legislation early on Saturday aimed at reforming NSA intelligence gathering, a blow to President Barack Obama and others who support ending the bulk collection of Americans' telephone records.Senators also rejected efforts to extend the USA Patriot Act, increasing the prospects that the legal underpinnings of the domestic sur...  Full Story
US Senate approves fast-track trade authority for Obama
The US Senate overcame bitter divisions on trade policy and passed legislation that gives President Barack Obama authority to swiftly forge international trade pacts, including a landmark Pacific Rim accord under negotiation.The measure now heads to the House of Representatives where its fate is uncertain.While Senate passage is a dramatic victory...  Full Story