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  • Los Angeles schools police to return grenade launchers to U.S.: L.A. Times newspaper

    (Reuters) - Los Angeles schools' police said on Tuesday it would give up three grenade launchers it acquired for free through a federal program now facing mounting scrutiny for supplying local agencies with military-grade equipment, the L.A Times newspaper reported. The move follows scrutiny over the Department of Defense's program, begun in 1991, which gives unused equipment to police forces across the U.S., including ones that serve school districts. ...

  • Scots' inventions are fuel for independence debate
    Scots' inventions are fuel for independence debate

    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — What has Scotland ever done for us? Plenty, it turns out.

  • Fed could hint on rate-hike plans as it prepares for policy turn

    By Michael Flaherty WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday could offer fresh clues on when it plans to begin lifting interest rates and how quickly it will move, as it prepares for a momentous policy turn after years of aggressive monetary stimulus. Although a tightening of monetary policy is not expected until mid-2015, the central bank could use a policy statement on Wednesday to lay important groundwork. In particular, speculation is rife the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee may change its guidance on how long it is likely to keep rates near zero. ...

  • Billionaire's house arrest sends stocks crashing
    Billionaire's house arrest sends stocks crashing

    MOSCOW (AP) — The arrest of a Russian billionaire on Wednesday sent shares in his holding company into a tailspin, wiping away more than $2.5 billion in market capitalization.

  • Biden used 'offensive' stereotype, 'should have been more careful'
    Biden used 'offensive' stereotype, 'should have been more careful'

    Vice President Joe Biden drew fire from a prominent Jewish group on Tuesday after he described unscrupulous bankers who prey on servicemen and servicewomen deployed overseas as “Shylocks” — a term frequently condemned as an anti-Semitic caricature.

  • Ukraine PM tells army to be on full battle alert despite ceasefire

    KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's prime minister told the defense ministry on Wednesday to ensure that government forces were on full battle alert despite a 12-day ceasefire with Russian-backed separatists. "Russia will not give us peace so I am asking the defense minister for full battle readiness," said Arseny Yatseniuk in comments in keeping with the hawkish stance he has been taking over negotiations with separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. Enacting the peace plan of President Petro Poroshenko did not mean "relaxing the work of the defense and interior ministries", he said. ...

  • New IS video warns US over Iraq deployment
    New IS video warns US over Iraq deployment

    BEIRUT (AP) — The militant Islamic State group released a video warning the United States that its fighters are waiting for it in Iraq if President Barack Obama sends troops there, as his top general said may happen if the current strategy of airstrikes fails.

  • New al Qaeda wing in South Asia claims major attack

    By Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's South Asia wing has claimed responsibility for hijacking a Pakistani naval ship and trying to use it to fire rockets at U.S. vessels in the Arabian Sea, in the first major assault by the newly created group. The SITE monitoring service quoted its spokesman, Usama Mahmoud, as saying a group of militants had succeeded in seizing control of the Pakistani frigate PNS Zulfiqar and tried to use it to attack nearby U.S. vessels. ...

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