• Hezbollah: we don't want war with Israel but do not fear it

    Hezbollah says it has the right to respond to Israeli attacks any time, anywhere.

    Reuters
  • Ukraine rebels vow to push offensive if talks fail

    Pro-Russian separatists say they will push their latest offensive in eastern Ukraine further.

    AFP
  • Mitt Romney says he will not make 2016 White House bid

    The 2012 GOP nominee announced he won't make a third bid for the presidency.

  • Qaeda group launches assault on Western-backed Syria rebels

    Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria battled Western-backed rebels Friday as the jihadists pressed their bid to seize control of northern areas, a monitoring group and rebels said. The fighting comes nearly three months after Al-Nusra Front expelled another group of Western-backed opposition fighters from Idlib province. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the jihadists launched their offensive against the Western-armed Hazem movement on Thursday in Aleppo province. "The jihadists expelled the rebels from Regiment 111, once a regime army base that Hazem had taken over," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

    AFP
  • Dartmouth College bans hard liquor

    On Thursday, school President Philip Hanlon announced that starting March 30, all students, regardless of age, will be prohibited from possessing hard alcohol on campus. The school’s Greek societies have also been warned that they need to improve their behavior or risk being banned. The White House says the behavior has led to an “epidemic” of sexual assault on school campuses. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries and 97,000 students are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Florida prosecutor drops case against Zimmerman

    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida prosecutor announced on Friday he will not pursue an aggravated assault charge against former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman stemming from a domestic incident earlier this month after the alleged victim recanted. Zimmerman, who was acquitted in 2013 in a fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, has had several brushes with the law since his trial. His latest arrest on Jan. 9 in central Florida was in connection with a domestic disturbance involving his then-girlfriend who had accused him of throwing a wine bottle at her and smashing her cell phone during an argument. Zimmerman claimed he acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, 17, in February 2012, when he was patrolling as a neighborhood watch volunteer.

    Reuters
  • 'Suge' Knight arrested for murder

    'Suge' Knight faces murder charges

  • Jordan awaits proof hostage is alive after swap deadline

    Families of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot remained in limbo.

    Associated Press
  • Is Mitt Romney running for president?

    Romney will update supporters today about his plans for 2016.

    Associated Press
  • Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control.

    Associated Press
  • Suge Knight arrested on murder charge

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marion "Suge" Knight, the former music mogul who created one of hip-hop's leading labels and became the impresario of gangster rap, was arrested early Friday on suspicion of hitting and killing a man with his truck and fleeing the scene of the crash near Los Angeles.

    Associated Press20 mins ago
  • U.S. proposes effort to analyze DNA from 1 million people

    By Toni Clarke and Sharon Begley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers as part of a new initiative to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an individual's genetic make-up. At the heart of the "precision medicine" initiative, announced on Friday by President Barack Obama, is the creation of a pool of people - healthy and ill, men and women, old and young - who would be studied to learn how genetic variants affect health and disease. "Precision medicine gives us one of the greatest opportunities for new medical breakthroughs we've ever seen," Obama said, promising that it would "lay a foundation for a new era of life-saving discoveries." The near-term goal is to create more and better treatments for cancer, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), told reporters on a conference call on Thursday.

    Reuters
  • Obama, Dalai Lama due to attend U.S. prayer event February 5

    U.S. President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama are both scheduled to attend the U.S. National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 5, a congressional aide said on Friday. The Dalai Lama was invited to attend the annual event, and has confirmed he will be there. Obama is also scheduled to attend. Although China has warned that meeting with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader would damage ties, Obama has met with him at least three times - a year ago and in 2010 and 2011.

    Reuters50 mins ago
  • U.S. government releases draft plan for electronic health data

    The Obama administration on Friday proposed a plan to move most doctors, hospitals and their patients to national standards for handling electronic clinical data by the end of 2017. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as part of an effort to propel the $2.9 trillion U.S. healthcare system away from a costly fee-for-service system, released a report draft aimed at establishing an inter operable health information technology system that can be accessed by patients and their healthcare providers. Policy experts say that national health IT standards would lead to transparency in medical data, prices and provider performance, while helping support hospitals and medical practices in pursuing care-delivery models that emphasize care quality and savings over quantity. Earlier this week, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced the goal of moving 50 percent of fee-for-service Medicare payments to quality-care focused providers by the end of 2018.

    Reuters
  • Keystone XL bill passes in Senate, faces Obama veto

    The U.S. Senate passed a bill on Thursday to approve the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite the White House saying earlier in the day that President Barack Obama would veto the measure. The Republican-led Senate passed the bill that would approve TransCanada Corp's project to carry 800,000 barrels per day of heavy Canadian crude to Nebraska on the way to Gulf Coast refineries and ports. The House has passed its own pipeline bill and will work with the Senate to send the bill to the Obama's desk. After the potential veto, Obama is expected to make his own decision on the pipeline after the State Department finishes a review in coming weeks.

    Reuters
  • 'Peace between us,' Raul Castro says of U.S. ties

    Cuban President Raul Castro gave an endorsement to peace between the United States and his communist country, with the two nations in talks to restore ties after decades of animosity. Asked by a journalist at a summit of Latin American and Caribbean states what he would most like to see after the US economic embargo of Cuba is lifted, Castro barked: "Peace, peace between us, peace between the United States and us. Castro first said he would have to consider the question because the end of the economic embargo may be a long way away. US and Cuban diplomats met last week in Havana in landmark talks aimed at renewing ties that broke off in 1961.

    AFP
  • Texas lawmaker under fire for divisive Facebook post

    A newly-elected Texas state lawmaker is under fire for a divisive Facebook post asking Muslim visitors to an event at the state capitol in Austin to pledge allegiance to the United States.

  • Senate panel approves Iran sanctions bill

    The measure would levy a tougher penalty on Tehran if it fails to curb its nuclear program.

    Associated Press
  • Lindsey Graham to test 2016 Republican presidential waters

    By Steve Holland and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on Thursday formed a political organization to explore a potential run for his party's presidential nomination, the latest high-profile politician to test the 2016 waters. Graham would attempt to use his South Carolina home base to his advantage for any potential run, since the Southern state is typically the third to hold a nominating contest in presidential election years, after Iowa and New Hampshire. "What I'm looking at is, is there a pathway forward on the ground in Iowa and New Hampshire for a guy like me?

    Reuters
  • Gas blast at Mexico City children's hospital

    At least three people are dead and dozens are injured.

    Associated Press