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Woman injured in Fort Sam Houston Army Base shooting

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – A woman was injured and her suspected shooter was arrested on Monday in what appeared to be an argument at the Fort Sam Houston Army Base in San Antonio, Texas, authorities said. Army officials say the base was on lockdown for one hour…

Santa Monica gunman was placed under ‘psychiatric hold’ in 2006

By Steve Gorman and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The California gunman who killed five people in a rampage through Santa Monica last week before he was slain by police spent at least three days as a teenager in the psychiatric unit of a hospital, police said on Monday.…

California governor and lawmakers reach deal on budget surplus

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown and top Democrats in the legislature have agreed to a state budget deal that gives them some increased spending in exchange for accepting his more cautious revenue outlook, a lawmaker involved in budget talks said on Monday. The state Assembly and Senate…

Senator: U.S. authorities are vigorously pursuing Edward Snowden

The whereabouts of whistleblower Edward Snowden were shrouded in mystery as US lawmakers demanded his immediate extradition from Hong Kong over his sensational leaking of a National Security Agency Internet surveillance program. Snowden, a 29-year-old technology expert working for a private firm subcontracted to the NSA, checked out of his…

Majority of Americans support NSA telephone surveillance program

A solid majority of Americans support the US government’s programs tracking telephone records to try to uncover terror, a Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll found Monday. Despite US intelligence concerns raised by contractor Edward Snowden’s leak of the government’s monitoring of private users’ Web traffic and US citizens’ phone records,…

Diabetes-related deaths hit record levels in New York City

Diabetes-related deaths hit record levels in New York City in 2011, with Type 2 diabetes surging along with an epidemic of obesity, the city’s health department reported Monday. “Overall, one person dies of diabetes-related causes every 90 minutes, adding up to 16 deaths a day in New York City”, the…

International Energy Agency warns of catastrophic greenhouse gas increases

The world cannot afford to wait for a new global climate change agreement to come into force in 2020, because doing so will mean an end to hopes of limiting global warming to moderate levels, one of the world’s foremost authorities on energy has warned. Carbon dioxide emissions from energy…

Lawmakers turn their attention to the Patriot Act following NSA revelations

The White House has said it would consider congressional calls to review the Patriot Act after conceding that revelations over the scale of US surveillance activity had sparked “an appropriate debate”. The legislation, which was introduced after the 9/11 attacks, has been cited as the legal basis for the National…

Julian Assange praises Edward Snowden for exposing ‘mass surveillance state’

Edward Snowden is a “hero” who has exposed “one of the most serious events of the decade – the creeping formulation of a mass surveillance state”, Julian Assange said on Monday. The WikiLeaks founder said the question of surveillance abuses by states and tech companies was “something that I and…

Three years after BP oil spill, clean up efforts finally wrap up

Three years after the worst oil spill in US history, BP said Monday it has wrapped up “active” cleanup operations in three US states but continues to patrol a stretch of Louisiana. The British energy giant has spent $14 billion and 70 million personnel hours scouring the Gulf Coast after…

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