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Susan Rice: Attack on Syria would deter Iran

The United States needs to strike Syria in part to send a message to its ally Iran over its nuclear program, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser said Monday. Susan Rice, joining a major public effort by Obama to persuade a skeptical Congress, said the United States was morally bound…

Senate to hold procedural vote on military strike against Syria on Wednesday

The US Senate will hold a procedural vote Wednesday on a measure authorizing President Barack Obama to use military force against Syria. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that the Senate will vote on a motion to debate the resolution endorsing “limited military action” in retaliation for Syria’s alleged…

Alaska could be the next state to legalize marijuana

Supporters of marijuana legalization are hoping that Alaska will follow the example set by Colorado and Washington state. Timothy Hinterberger told the Anchorage Daily News that his ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Alaska is about halfway there. Hinterberger, who sponsored the ballot initiative, and his…

‘Unstable’ man swinging two Samurai swords gets Tasered by police

A man in California was knocked out with a stun gun on Friday as he apparently tried to commit police-assisted suicide by waving around two Samurai swords. Police received reports that a man — who turned out to be 29-year-old Hung Anh Nguyen — was swinging two large swords in…

U.S. adds 14 new nations to list of backers on Syria

The White House on Monday said an additional 14 nations had signed up to a list of countries supporting a “strong international response” to what it says is Syria’s use of chemical weapons. The statement was put together at the G20 summit in Russia last week, and originally included 10…

Russia names U.S. rock band ‘Bloodhound Gang’ in ‘hatred’ investigation because member stuffed Russian flag in his pants

Russia on Monday named two musicians from US rock band Bloodhound Gang as suspects in a criminal case over inciting hatred after a band member stuffed a Russian flag down his trousers. The bassist of the band, “Evil” Jared Hasselhoff, stuffed a Russian flag down the front of his trousers,…

Saudi Arabia bans ‘terrorist’ propaganda on Internet

Saudi Arabia said Monday it will outlaw the dissemination of information on the Internet for the benefit of “terrorist” groups, in line with a decision taken by Gulf Arab monarchies. The official SPA news agency said the cabinet approved the “unified legislation against cybercrime,” which the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)…

22-year-old Ohio man charged with homicide after confessing online to killing a man while driving drunk

A young Ohio man who confessed online to killing a man while driving drunk was charged with vehicular homicide Monday, court records show. Matthew Cordle, 22, was also charged with driving under the influence. “When I get charged I will plead guilty and take responsibility for everything I’ve done to…

City council in hometown of Westboro Baptists to debate LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance

The city council in the hometown of the notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church is set to debate an ordinance to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Topeka City Council in Kansas plans to hear the proposal this week and formally consider the measure on September 17,…

Russia calls on Syria to hand over chemical weapons

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Monday on the Syrian regime to hand over control of its chemical weapons arsenal to international supervision as a way of staving off the threat of military action. After talks with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem in Moscow, Lavrov called on Syria to “place…

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