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The US Congress adopted a massive US defense spending bill for 2015 Friday which includes emergency funding for military operations against Islamic jihadists in Iraq and Syria, as requested by President Barack Obama.
Facing intense pressure to avoid a government shutdown, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a US$1.1 trillion federal spending bill Thursday, sending it to the Senate after it was ushered through barely two hours before a midnight deadline.
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An outer-space delivery firm that is working with Carnegie Mellon University to put a privately owned lunar rover on the moon is offering to “mail” personal keepsakes to the moon as a way to help fund the partnership's rocket launch.
Brazilian prosecutors charged 35 businessmen in connection with the Petrobras corruption case on Thursday, the first wave of indictments arising from the investigation into the scandal surrounding the state-owned oil giant.
The lead detective who investigated the shooting of a German exchange student by a Montana man testified Thursday that it appeared the man adjusted his aim before firing the shot that killed the 17-year-old.
Scientists have located the wreckage of a passenger ship that crashed in 1901 near the site of what is now the Golden Gate Bridge, killing 128 people.
CIA chief defends agency,  admits 'abhorrent' abuses
U.S. spymaster John Brennan staunchly defended CIA officers on Thursday as “patriots” but admitted some interrogators had used “abhorrent” tactics in the past decade.
Strongest storm in several years disrupts life on the West Coast
About 150,000 people were left struggling for power on Thursday as the strongest storm to lash the U.S. West Coast in several years blew in snow, heavy rain and ferocious winds.
As CIA chief John Brennan defended the spy agency's interrogation program for terror suspects Thursday, a senior senator whose committee published a damning report on the practice contested his claims.
An independent publisher in New York is releasing the U.S. Senate report on the CIA and torture as a 480-page book, saying it needs to be seen by as many readers as possible.
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