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US plans wide seismic testing of sea floor

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The US is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor, using technology similar to that which spawned a court battle between environmentalists and researchers.

US plans to ban import of boa constrictors

2014-07-29 11:46

A US proposal to ban the import and interstate sale of boa constrictors and four other snake species prompted protests from exotic pet owners and concern among Florida wildlife regulators.

Investor sues over Barclays 'dark pool'

2014-07-29 10:24

A US investor is suing Barclays and current and former bosses over losses suffered after New York's attorney general accused the bank of lying to customers.

US group overhauls China business

2014-07-29 09:30

A US meat supplier says that the Chinese unit at the centre of the food safety scandal has issues that are "absolutely inconsistent" with the group's standards.

US stocks little changed after big deals

2014-07-29 07:32

US stocks have finished mixed following prominent corporate deals and a drop in pending home sales as investors looked ahead to fresh earnings and labour data.

US weapons for Afghans may end up with Taliban

2014-07-28 22:12

Washington and Kabul have failed to keep track of hundreds of thousands of weapons provided to Afghanistan, raising the risk that many could end up in the hands of insurgents.

US biolab mishaps probed

2014-07-28 22:06

US lawmakers say they are expanding their investigation of federal biosecurity lapses including problems at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention that led to the mishandling of anthrax and bird flu pathogens.

Kerry quotes Mandela for Mideast truce

2014-07-28 20:40

US Secretary of State John Kerry evoked the memory of anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela to press his push for a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians.

US stocks fall on early trade

2014-07-28 16:49

Wall St stocks have fallen in early trade, but shares of discount retailers Dollar Tree and Family dollar have jumped on news of their merger.

Americans, Freetown resident latest Ebola victims

2014-07-28 15:16

An American doctor and a missionary have contracted Ebola in Liberia, and the death of the first victim coming from Sierra Leone's capital Freetown.

Moscow won't respond in kind to sanctions

2014-07-28 12:00

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Moscow would not take tit-for-tat measures or act "hysterically" in response to sanctions imposed by the US and EU.

Foreigners urged to leave Libya amid violence

2014-07-28 11:15

Egypt and several Western states have urged their nationals to leave Libya amid spiralling violence after two weeks of fighting left 97 people dead.

California lightning strikes 14 people

2014-07-28 08:06

Lightning struck 14 people, injuring two critically, during rare summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities say.

US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

2014-07-27 21:49

The US has released satellite images it says backs up its claims that rockets have been fired from Russia into eastern Ukraine.

Kerry hopes for more Gaza pauses

2014-07-27 21:04

US Secretary of State John Kerry is working for Israel and Hamas to agree to further halts in the Gaza bloodshed ahead of Egyptian-led peace talks, an official says.

SEC seeks $1.4bn from Wyly brothers

2014-07-27 11:32

The US says Texas tycoon Sam Wyly and the estate of his late brother should pay damages totalling $1.4bn for their role in a fraudulent scheme.

Russia transfering rocket system to Ukraine rebels

2014-07-25 19:33

The Pentagon says the transfer of heavy calibre multiple launch rocket systems from Russia to Ukrainian separatists appeared to be imminent, with the arms close enough to the border they could be handed over soon.

US food prices rise on drought, disease

2014-07-25 17:30

Overall US food inflation will remain near the historic norm in 2014, even as prices for meat and seafood are pushed higher by disease and widespread drought.

US man shot burglar who pleaded pregnancy

2014-07-25 16:10

Police are investigating a California man who said he shot a burglar despite her pleading pregnancy.

Zimbabwe situation in pictures

2014-07-25 13:14

A year after Zimbabwe held its elections, thousands continue to live under dire situations as the country's unemployment crisis persists.

Couple convicted for enslaving disabled woman

2014-07-25 12:01

A woman convicted along with her boyfriend of enslaving a mentally disabled woman in their Ohio home for nearly two years was sentenced to 32 years in federal prison.

US airlines, others resume flights to Israel

2014-07-25 10:00

American, Russian and some European carriers have resumed flights to Israel after a two-day freeze amid fears that rocket fire from Gaza was endangering commercial air traffic into Tel Aviv.

BNP Paribas to pay $80m for defrauding US

2014-07-25 09:20

The US Justice Department has announced that a Federal court entered judgment against French bank BNP Paribas for $80m for defrauding a programme.

 

Act now on climate or see costs soar: White House

2014-07-29 13:02

Putting off expensive measures to curb climate change will only cost the US more in the long run, the White House says in a report meant to bolster actions to address global warming

US man arrested for sending 100s of letters with powder

2014-07-29 10:59

A man charged with sending hundreds of hoax letters containing a mysterious white powder has been arrested in Texas by US law enforcement.

Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty - US

2014-07-29 09:42

In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration has 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.

US Ebola doctor in grave condition, Obama briefed

2014-07-29 07:50

A US missionary doctor's condition has deteriorated after he contracted Ebola whilst treating patients in Liberia, as US president Barack Obama is briefed on the situation.

Fist bumps less germy than handshakes

2014-07-29 07:13

Rock beats paper: A study says fist bumps spread fewer bacteria than handshakes or high-fives.

New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

2014-07-29 07:00

A US man infected with the Ebola virus who boarded a plane en route to Minnesota has revealed weaknesses in stopping the deadly disease's spread.

US: Millions forced to flee for religious beliefs in 2013

2014-07-28 22:12

More members of religious communities around the world were forced to flee their homes last year than at any time in recent memory, the US says.

US data sweep harms press, rights - study

2014-07-28 20:40

Large-scale surveillance by the US government has begun to have an impact on press freedom and broader democratic rights, a study shows.

NIMBY: US sends dirty coal abroad

2014-07-28 19:01

Coal from Appalachia rumbles into this port city, 150 railway cars at a time, bound for the belly of the massive cargo ship Prime Lily.

California wildfires claim 13 homes

2014-07-28 15:23

Wildfires burning near Northern California vineyards and in the Yosemite National Park area are threatening hundreds of homes even as crews work to contain them.

5 things to know about coal & climate change

2014-07-28 14:28

Here are 5 things to know about how US coal exports shift the global warming problem onto other countries.

Memorial at sea for teen pilot after deadly crash

2014-07-28 11:30

A number of people have gathered on a ferry near Samoa during a memorial service honouring the US teenager who died and his father who is missing after their plane crashed during an attempt to circumnavigate the world.

US man killed after plane hits him

2014-07-28 09:16

A father has been killed and his 9-year-old daughter seriously injured while walking along a Florida beach after a small plane crash landed and struck them, authorities say.

Obama to rename Africa programme for Mandela

2014-07-28 05:31

A programme designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders will be renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela, the White House says.

Cable on amusement park ride snaps, hurts 2

2014-07-27 21:07

An Ohio amusement park ride that swings riders as high as 38m has been closed indefinitely after a cable snapped, injuring two visitors.

Mobile tech reshaping the health sector

2014-07-27 19:00

Your smartphone is not only your best friend, it's also become your personal trainer, coach, medical lab and maybe even your doctor.

US evacuates Libyan embassy

2014-07-26 16:28

The US has ordered the evacuation of its embassy in Libya due to a "very real risk" to personnel, Secretary of State John Kerry says.

Outcry saves rare US redwood from chopping

2014-07-25 20:04

A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city will be replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.

'Backsliding' brings WTO to brink of crisis

2014-07-25 19:03

A US Trade representative says backsliding on a World Trade Organisation deal threatens a serious blow to the credibility of the global trading system.

US stocks tumble after Amazon loss

2014-07-25 17:00

Wall St have moved sharply lower in early trade following a disappointing earnings report from Amazon and despite a positive report on US durable goods orders.

'Shocking' underground water loss in US drought

2014-07-25 15:19

A major drought across the US has sapped underground water resources, posing a greater threat to the water supply than previously understood, scientists say.

Obama bars corporate tax evasion plan

2014-07-25 12:30

US President Barack Obama has hammered firms avoiding taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas and called on Congress to pass a bill to curb the practice.

Bring back firing squads - US judge

2014-07-25 12:01

An influential US appeals court judge says the nation's third lethal injection execution to be problematic in six months, underscores his call to bring back firing squads.

Nasa reveals 2012 secret

2014-07-25 09:50

Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to "knock modern civilisation back to the 18th century", Nasa says.

Sudan 'apostate' meets Pope

2014-07-25 09:03

A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, has met Pope Francis after arriving in Italy en route to the US.

 
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