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  • US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty
    US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration accused Russia of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time.

  • Galaxy S4 bursts into flames under sleeping 13-year-old girl’s pillow
    Galaxy S4 bursts into flames under sleeping 13-year-old girl’s pillow

    Let this cautionary tale serve as a reminder to everyone: don’t buy unauthorized parts or accessories for your smartphone. We have seen stories of combusting cell phones before, but perhaps none have been quite as unsettling as a new report from this past weekend. According to a Dallas, Texas-based Fox affiliate, a 13-year-old girl was awoken last week when she smelled something burning. As it turns out, the Samsung Galaxy S4 that she slipped under her pillow as she fell asleep had caught fire in the middle of the night and had begun to burn her pillow and sheets. “I didn’t think much of it, so I went back to sleep and then I woke up again and it was more prominent,”

  • Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?
    Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?

    LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration is quickly becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races.

  • SC mom's arrest sparks child care debate
    SC mom's arrest sparks child care debate

    NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (AP) — Plenty of working parents can relate to the dilemma Debra Harrell faced when her 9-year-old daughter asked to play unsupervised in a park this summer. How do you find the time and money for child care when school is out?

  • BBC's 'Top Gear' Issues Racist Apology for Racist Slur
    BBC's 'Top Gear' Issues Racist Apology for Racist Slur

    The British communications regulator Ofcom has ruled that a pre-scripted bit on the popular BBC TV show Top Gear was racist. Top Gear, one of the most popular television shows in the world, showcases a variety of motor vehicles, and pretty much anything else that goes fast. The sometimes controversial show is presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. Here was part of the executive producer's statement:

  • London's famed 'Gherkin' on sale for 650 mn pounds
    London's famed 'Gherkin' on sale for 650 mn pounds

    London's landmark "Gherkin" office tower, one of the landmarks on the British capital's skyline, went on sale for about 650 million pounds ($1.1 billion, 820 million euros) on Tuesday after being placed into receivership. Property firms Savills and Deloitte Real Estate were jointly instructed to sell the 41-storey block in the city's financial district. The building looks like a glass gherkin, rising out of the City of London financial district. This was after lenders to the current owners -- German property firm IVG Immobilien -- became frustrated at its attempts to restructure debt.

  • Rocket blasts off with U.S. ‘neighborhood watch’ spy satellites
    Rocket blasts off with U.S. ‘neighborhood watch’ spy satellites

    An unmanned Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Monday with a pair of U.S. military satellites designed to keep watch on other countries’ spacecraft. The 206-foot (63-meter) tall rocket, built by United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, lifted off at 7:28 p.m. EDT and blazed through partly cloudy skies as it headed into orbit, a United Launch Alliance live webcast showed. Launch of two satellites for the U.S. Air Force’s recently declassified Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program, or GSSAP, had been slated for July 23, but was delayed one day to resolve a technical issue with ground support equipment and then three more times by poor weather. Once in orbit, the GSSAP satellites, built by Orbital Sciences Corp, will drift above and below a 22,300-mile (35,970-km) high zone that houses most of the world's communications satellites and other spacecraft.

  • Britain cuts EU migrants' access to welfare payments

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday set out new welfare rules to cut access to social security payments for migrants from the European Union, the latest in a string of British measures aimed at addressing voter concern over immigration. Writing in The Daily Telegraph newspaper, Cameron said that from November migrants coming to Britain from the EU to find work would be entitled to claim unemployment and child benefits for three months, rather than the previous six months. In a bid to stop voters defecting, Cameron has said he wants to cut net migration and has targeted those who he says come to Britain solely to tap its benefit system. "We’re ... making sure people come for the right reasons – which has meant addressing the magnetic pull of Britain’s benefits system," Cameron said.

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