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Tension In Baltics Escalates As Russian Troop Presence Grows

Tensions are on the rise in Eastern Europe as the increased number of Russian troops on the eastern Ukrainian border has led to an increased NATO response. The number of Russian troops on the border has risen to 30,000, an increase of about 10,000 from last week. President Barack Obama said during an official trip […]

House Sneaks In Medicare Patch By Voice Vote

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Through some tricky maneuvering Thursday, House GOP leaders snuck through passage of the so-called “Doc Fix” patch to prevent a massive cut in Medicare payments before next week’s deadline. With just days left before 24 percent cuts to Medicare providers go into effect on March 31, lawmakers abandoned hope a permanent repeal […]

Concerns Over Russia Spill Into NASA Budget Discussion

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Concerns over deteriorating relations with Russia spilled into Thursday’s subcommittee hearing on NASA’s budget for next year as congressmen sought assurances the U.S. space program had contingency plans in case Russia cut off access to the International Space Station. Since 2011, when the Space Shuttle program was retired, the U.S. has lacked […]

Tomboy Pulled Out Of Christan School After Mother Told She Needed To Be More Feminine

A Christian school in Virginia that asked a girl’s guardians to make her more feminine says it has a right to demand “Christian beliefs and standards.” Sunnie Kahle’s great-grandmother says she transferred the 8-year-old to public school in Campbell County in central Virginia after getting a letter from Timberlake Christian Schools in February. Her husband, […]

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon Resigns After Being Charged With Bribery

Patrick Cannon quit as mayor of Charlotte, N.C., hours after he was charged with bribery following a long FBI sting operation. The charges and Cannon’s resignation appear to end a political career that took the mayor from being the youngest person to serve on the Charlotte city council when he was elected at 26 in […]

BofA Settlement: $9.5B To Settle Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Claims

Bank of America agreed Wednesday to pay $9.5 billion to settle claims by government-sponsored mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The settlement is compensation the two lenders demanded in exchange for losses on securities backed by faulty loans during the housing boom. Bank of America said the settlement would satisfy all claims against […]

Report: 1 In 10 Secret Service Agents Aware Of ‘Security Concern’ Due To Colleagues’ Excess Drinking

Findings of a report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General show that roughly 10 percent of the 2,575 Secret Service employees surveyed were aware of “excessive alcohol consumption” by colleagues “that causes a security concern.” The news comes just a day after the Secret Service’s latest debacle in which three agents were sent […]

Senate Confirms Edward Smith As Pa. District Judge

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The Senate Wednesday confirmed the nomination of Judge Edward Smith to serve as the district judge in Eastern Pennsylvania. Smith becomes the first Republican nominee considered since the Legislature last fall invoked the “nuclear option” in abolishing the need for a two-thirds majority for judicial nominations to end debate. In the procedural […]

Russian Mayor Demands Alaskan Island Be Returned To Russia

A Russian mayor in the Siberian city of Yakutsk has demanded that a small Alaskan island be returned to the Russian Orthodox Church. “2014 we will mark the 220th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church mission to North America and this is a perfect time to pay attention to the Russian America. I stand for […]

After Target Breach, FTC Wants Federal Regulation

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Members of the Senate Commerce Committee called for stronger Federal standards and greater accountability by companies to protect customer data following the massive breach of security at Target last year. In a hearing Wednesday, Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) highlighted legislation he has introduced that would require the Federal Trade Commission to establish […]

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