Wednesday, December 17, 2014
With little fanfare to mark a rare bipartisan achievement, President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a massive, US$1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps the federal government operating over the next nine months.
Russia's emergency move to raise interest rates failed on Tuesday to arrest the ominous collapse of the ruble as the currency accelerated its slide and broke the 70 ruble-to-dollar mark.
Attacks on journalists have grown more barbaric and kidnappings have soared, Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday, after a year when violence against the media took centre stage and 66 reporters were killed.
A Los Angeles County ordinance requiring actors in pornographic films to use condoms does not violate the porn industry's constitutional rights of free expression, a U.S. appeals court ruled Monday.
Families of victims in the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre filed a U.S. lawsuit Monday seeking damages from the manufacturers of the high-powered assault rifle used in the slaughter.
The U.S. Senate on Monday approved U.S. President Barack Obama's nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as U.S. surgeon general, despite opposition from Republicans and some Democrats over his support for gun control and past statements that gun violence is a public health issue.
A global anti-corruption group said Monday that nearly US$1 trillion was illicitly drained from developing countries in 2012, representing a record level of corruption, money laundering and false trade documentation.
Construction of new homes fell slightly in November, reflecting weakness in construction of single-family homes.
Three friends of an alleged victim of gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house say they were incorrectly portrayed as being more concerned about their reputations than her well-being in a magazine article that set off an intense debate about violence on campuses and ethics in journalism.
A drug-resistant “super bacteria” that's normally found in hospitals and is notoriously difficult to treat has been discovered in the waters where Rio de Janeiro's Olympic sailing events will be held, scientists said Monday.