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Most Americans think legal marijuana is inevitable: poll

Three out of four Americans believe marijuana will one day be legal to buy and use anywhere in the United States, according to a public opinion poll released Wednesday. Fifty-four percent of respondents to the Pew Research Center survey said marijuana should be legalized, compared to 42 percent who were…

Rough Winter exposes weakness in U.S. natural gas supply network

Freezing temperatures are hampering U.S. natural gas deliveries this winter despite ample production of the heating fuel, exposing weaknesses in a supply network strained by unprecedented demand. The United States is home to some of the world’s largest natural gas deposits and supplies have flooded the market over the last…

U.S. press freedom plunges to 46th, placing it behind former Soviet states

Click to expand map to full size. In one of the largest drops in the modern era, the United States has plunged thirteen places in the World Press Freedom Index, placing it behind former Soviet states and other countries not typically known for press freedoms. The massive drop is attributable…

Obama: U.S. would not spend $50 billion on Olympics

President Barack Obama said that the United States would not need to match the huge $50 billion shelled out by Russia if it wanted to host another Olympic Games. The massive operation to transform the Black Sea resort of Sochi for the Winter Games, which opened on Friday, has been…

Russian intel sharing with U.S. on Olympic threats ‘good enough’: ambassador

Russia's intelligence sharing with United States ahead of the Sochi Olympics has been "good enough," Moscow's ambassador to Washington said Sunday, rebutting mounting US concern about the threat of attacks. US officials and lawmakers have expressed……

Rapprochement?: U.S. returns missing sculptures to India

The United States returned to India Tuesday three ancient sculptures that had fallen into the hands of traffickers, following a month of tense ties triggered by the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York. Relations between India and the United States were strained last month after authorities arrested Devyani…

Amnesty: Detainee transfers show ‘significant progress’ towards closing Guantanamo

The United States announced it had transferred two Sudanese detainees from Guantanamo to their home country, its second release this week as President Barack Obama works to close the prison. Noor Uthman Muhammed, 51, and Ibrahim Othman Ibrahim Idris, 52, were the last Sudanese prisoners at the US naval base…

U.S. considering trying Russian captured in Afghanistan while fighting for Taliban: report

The United States is considering putting on trial a Russian captured while fighting for the Taliban and now held near a US base in Afghanistan, The Washington Post reported late Tuesday. The administration of President Barack Obama is considering using a military commission to try the man, about which little…

U.S. promises to end funding for overseas coal projects

The United States said Tuesday it would end most financing of coal projects overseas, taking a potentially significant step to curbing carbon emissions blamed for climate change. The decision puts into action a pledge in June by President Barack Obama to pursue more climate-friendly development policies. The World Bank, where…

In United Nations vote, 188 countries condemn U.S. embargo of Cuba

A record-equalling 188 countries on Tuesday condemned the five-decade-old US embargo against communist Cuba in an annual UN General Assembly vote that signalled hardening opposition to US sanctions. Only Israel joined the United States in opposing resolution, the smallest number ever. Last year two allies voted with the US government.…

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