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Russian Aid Convoy For Ukraine Takes Turn For The Confrontational

(MCT) — A Russian convoy carrying aid for civilians trapped in separatist-controlled Luhansk in eastern Ukraine diverted from its agreed route to the Ukrainian border Thursday, drawing warnings from Kiev that it will be blocked “with all the forces available” unless its cargo is first inspected. Ukrainian officials and their Western allies have expressed concerns […]

Snowden Says He Left Clues About Data He Stole But NSA Missed Them

Snowden Says He Left Clues About Data He Stole But NSA Missed Them

(MCT) — Fugitive whistle-blower Edward Snowden said in a magazine interview published Wednesday that he is sure his former employers at the National Security Agency are tracking his communications while in exile in Russia. In a lengthy interview with Wired magazine, the 31-year-old former NSA contractor wanted on U.S. charges of theft and espionage also […]

Crippling California Drought Levels Off, Latest Map Shows

(MCT) — After months of worsening drought across California, conditions appear to have leveled off, at least for now. According to the latest assessment released Thursday, more than 80 percent of California continues to suffer extreme drought conditions — a figure that has remained unchanged now for roughly two weeks. Things had been on a […]

Missouri To Change Tone Of Response To Ferguson Unrest, Governor Says

Missouri To Change Tone Of Response To Ferguson Unrest, Governor Says

(MCT) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, addressing the urgent situation in Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday, said he was making “a number of operational shifts” that will change the tone in the St. Louis suburb after five nights of unrest, marked by police firing tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds of demonstrators. Nixon did not […]

Trayvon Martin Autopsy Doctor Says Prosecutors ‘Hoped To Lose’ Case Against Zimmerman

Trayvon Martin Autopsy Doctor Says Prosecutors ‘Hoped To Lose’ Case Against Zimmerman

ORLANDO, Fla. (MCT) — The doctor who conducted the autopsy on Trayvon Martin, and who later raised eyebrows with his uneven testimony during the trial of George Zimmerman, has released a 37-page e-book in which he argues prosecutors “hoped to lose the case.” Despite that claim, “Dead Men Can’t Lie,” e-book by Dr. Shiping Bao, […]

Obama: U.S. Has Broken Islamists’ Siege On Iraq Mountaintop

Obama: U.S. Has Broken Islamists’ Siege On Iraq Mountaintop

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (MCT) — President Barack Obama said Thursday that U.S. forces have broken Islamic militants’ siege of Iraq’s Mt. Sinjar, and he declared the humanitarian mission to save thousands of refugees stranded on the barren mountain a success. “We helped vulnerable people reach safety, and we helped saved many innocent lives,” Obama said, adding […]

Robin Williams Was In Early Stages Of Parkinson’s Disease, Wife Says

Robin Williams Was In Early Stages Of Parkinson’s Disease, Wife Says

(MCT) — Robin Williams, who was found dead from an apparent suicide earlier this week, was battling the “early stages” of Parkinson’s disease at the time, his wife said in statement Thursday. Susan Schneider also said Williams’ sobriety was intact as “he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages […]

Family Fights On For Marine Corps Reservist Jailed In Mexico

Family Fights On For Marine Corps Reservist Jailed In Mexico

Surviving a roadside bomb and two concussions while serving two combat tours in Afghanistan are not the biggest challenges that Marine Corps Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has faced. “He would say that being in a Mexican prison is his most torturous experience,” said Jill Tahmooressi of her 25-year-old son.

Obama ‘Appreciated’ Clinton’s Phone Call To Smooth Over Spat

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (MCT) — President Barack Obama “appreciated” the almost-sorry phone call from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the White House said Wednesday, as it tried to tie a bow on an awkward public row between the two before they meet for cocktails in polite company. The president and his on-again, off-again rival […]

Brazil Presidential Candidate Dies In Plane Crash

SAO PAULO (MCT) — Eduardo Campos, a candidate for president in Brazil’s October elections, died Wednesday when a Cessna jet carrying him and his closest aides crashed in Santos, a port city in Sao Paulo state. He was 49. Campos’ wife, his five children and his vice presidential candidate, Marina Silva, had decided to take […]

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