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Japanese Government Defends Dolphin Hunt As Killing Goes On

Japanese Government Defends Dolphin Hunt As Killing Goes On

His nation’s annual dolphin hunt “is a form of traditional fishing in our country,” Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga says in response to criticism of the practice from Caroline Kennedy, the new U.S. ambassador in Tokyo.

Snowden Says Allegations He Received Russian Help Are ‘Absurd’

Snowden Says Allegations He Received Russian Help Are ‘Absurd’

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden says when he leaked classified documents about some of the United States’ most sensitive programs, he did so alone without any help.

Hunt Is On For At Least One ‘Black Widow’ In Sochi

Hunt Is On For At Least One ‘Black Widow’ In Sochi

Is there already one or more “black widow” in or near Sochi, Russia, who might be determined to set off a suicide bomb at the site of next month’s Winter Olympics?

U.N. Rescinds Offer For Iran To Take Part In Syrian Peace Talks

U.N. Rescinds Offer For Iran To Take Part In Syrian Peace Talks

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has withdrawn an invitation to Iran to participate in Syrian peace talks after groups opposing President Bashar Assad’s regime threatened a boycott of the discussions if Tehran got a seat at the table.

House Republicans Join In Passing $1 Trillion Spending Bill

House Republicans Join In Passing $1 Trillion Spending Bill

The House on Wednesday passed a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill — a compromise that appeared to get past the bitter partisan showdowns that have caused an unpopular federal government shutdown and nearly tipped the U.S. into default.

Oscar Nominees For Best Picture Include ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘Gravity’

Oscar Nominees For Best Picture Include ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘Gravity’

Let the arguments begin over who and which film should have been nominated but weren’t.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Oklahoma Ban On Gay Marriage

Federal Judge Strikes Down Oklahoma Ban On Gay Marriage

Saying Oklahoma’s ban on gay marriage is “arbitrary” and “irrational,” a federal judge ruled the ban violated the constitution and it should be struck down.

Review Of Terrorism Cases Finds NSA Spying Helped Very Little

Review Of Terrorism Cases Finds NSA Spying Helped Very Little

Surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency helped very little when it came to cases brought against individuals the United States says were linked to al-Qaida.

Chemical Leak Causes Water Emergency In West Virginia

Chemical Leak Causes Water Emergency In West Virginia

More than 100,000 customers of one water company in West Virginia have been warned not to drink, cook or wash with the water coming from their taps because of chemicals that seeped into the Elk River near Charleston on Thursday.

Same-Sex Marriages No Longer Recognized, Utah Tells Agencies

Same-Sex Marriages No Longer Recognized, Utah Tells Agencies

Utah is instructing state officials to put services and paperwork for same-sex couples on hold, reflecting a recent U.S. Supreme Court order that halted gay marriages in the state.