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Venezuela Opposition Leaders Call For U.S. Sanctions Amid Simmering Political, Economic Crises

BOGOTA, Colombia (MCT) — The United States has a moral “obligation” to impose sanctions against Venezuelan leaders accused of violating human rights and other crimes, opposition figures said Friday. During a forum in Doral, Fla., about the future of the South American nation hosted by El Nuevo Herald and the Association of Venezuelan Journalists Abroad, […]

Summer ‘Polar Vortex’ Cooling Off Parts Of Us While The West Bakes

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — Put away those shorts and tank tops, Chicago, and get ready for another “polar vortex.” That’s what some people are calling the unseasonably cold temperatures expected to come to the Northern and Eastern United States next week, as a patch of cold air flows from northern Canada to the Great Lakes […]

Death Toll Of Israel’s Gaza Campaign Hits 101 As Us Seeks Cease-Fire

JERUSALEM (MCT) — Israel kept up a steady bombardment of the Gaza Strip from the air and sea on Friday as the United States offered to broker a cease-fire that would end an offensive launched to quell rocket fire from the territory. The death toll from the Israeli attacks continued to climb, with the Gaza […]

Todd Akin, In New Book, Says He Should Not Have Apologized For Rape Comments

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Former U.S. Representative Todd Akin says in a new book that he should not have apologized for controversial comments about rape and pregnancy during his 2012 race for U.S. Senate. “By asking the public at large for forgiveness, I was validating the willful misinterpretation of what I had said,” Akin writes, according […]

Minutemen Project Begins Recruiting Volunteers To Man U.S. Border

(MCT) — The Minutemen Project says it’s recruiting volunteers to guard the U.S.-Mexico border from illegal immigration, claiming the government has failed to do so properly. The activist organization is expecting at least 3,500 non-militia volunteers to participate, “plus uncounted groups of militia from all over the country,” according to the Minutemen Project website. “If […]

Border Surge Could Be Windfall For Senate Candidate’s Air Charter Firm

WASHINGTON (MCT) — As a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in New Mexico, retired Marine Col. Allen Weh says it’s time for tougher border security. As a businessman, Weh stands to benefit from the border crisis. His air charter company, CSI Aviation Inc., is the largest private contractor for ICE Air, the aviation wing of […]

March’s Anger Over Senate’s Torture Report Fades To Silence

March’s Anger Over Senate’s Torture Report Fades To Silence

On March 11, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein threw a gauntlet on the floor of the Senate, explosively accusing the CIA of violating the Constitution by spying on her committee during its study of the agency’s post-9/11 enhanced interrogation program. But nearly four months later, nothing.

Germany Demands Top U.S. Official Leave Country Over NSA Spying Allegations

BERLIN (MCT) — In a move that sounds as if it was ripped from a Cold War thriller, American ally and NATO member Germany on Thursday demanded that the top U.S. intelligence official stationed here leave the country over new allegations of U.S. spying. It is the first time an American intelligence chief has been […]

Mexican Judge Declines To Throw Out Weapons Charges Against Marine

SAN DIEGO (MCT) — After a lengthy hearing in Tijuana for a Marine reservist jailed since April 1 on weapons charges, a judge Wednesday declined to throw out the case as urged by U.S. politicians and instead scheduled another evidentiary hearing. Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, 25, who served two combat tours in Afghanistan, was arrested after […]

Senate Confirms Julian Castro As HUD Secretary

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm Julian Castro as the new secretary of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday, elevating the rising Democratic star to President Barack Obama’s Cabinet. The vote was 71-27, with 18 Republicans supporting the prominent Latino Democrat. Castro, 39, has served for three terms as mayor of San […]


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