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Surging U.S. oil production pushes reserves to highest levels in 30 years

Surging oil production has put the United States on track toward greater energy independence, pushing US reserves to their highest levels in 30 years. But analysts say bottlenecks in the distribution system are keeping oil from reaching markets. US oil stocks reached 395.3 million barrels last week, a level not…

Carnegie think tank study sees China as a ‘coercive power’ with Japan

China will likely use its growing power to try to force its way with Japan but it is doubtful that Beijing will enter a Cold War-style confrontation with the United States, a study said. The report by the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace aims to be the most comprehensive…

Living in U.S. raises risk of allergies

Children born outside the United States have a lower risk of asthma, skin and food allergies, and living in the United States for a decade or more may raise the risk of some allergies, said a study Monday. The research in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that…

Most undocumented immigrants want to be integrated into American society

A poll released Monday has found that 87 percent of undocumented immigrants in the United States want to become citizens and have deep roots in US society. The poll, conducted by the firm Latino Decisions, comes as the US Congress readies to debate an immigration reform bill that would offer…

American woman marries Mexican fiancé on Rio Grande river border

A US citizen has married her Mexican fiance on a raft on the river border between their two countries, a unique ceremony designed to meet US immigration requirements. Stephanie Guerra, 26, and Ruben Alfonso Fierro, 27, defied the swirling currents of the Rio Grande and boarded a Zodiac raft that…

Blind human rights activist accuses China of violating U.S. deal to secure his freedom

The Chinese human rights activist at the center of a diplomatic crisis a year ago on Tuesday accused Beijing of reneging on the agreement that freed him and urged the United States to intervene. Chen Guangcheng, a blind self-taught lawyer who infuriated authorities by exposing forced abortions, dramatically escaped house…

U.S. tuberculosis cases hit record low

Cases of tuberculosis reached an all-time low in the United States last year, but the disease continued to affect minorities at much higher rates than whites, health authorities said Thursday. There were fewer than 10,000 US cases of TB for the first time since records began being compiled in 1953,…

Senate bill seeks to cut down long mandatory sentences for drug offenses

Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) proposed legislation on Wednesday that would give judges more discretion in the sentencing of federal drug crimes. The two senators said their bipartisan bill would help reduce unnecessarily long federal prison sentences. The Justice Safety Valve Act would expand a current law…

Toyota to recall more than 200,000 cars in the United States

Toyota Motor will recall 209,000 sport utility vehicles it has sold in the United States due to a possible seat-belt fault, Kyodo News reported on Saturday. FJ Cruiser models made between 2007 and 2013 will be recalled, Kyodo said, quoting company officials. The seat-belt retractors for the driver and front…

Most Catholics in the United States approve of a Third World pope: poll

Sixty percent of Catholics in the United States think it would be a good thing for the next pope to come from South America, Asia or Africa, a Pew Research Center poll said Thursday. Another 20 percent said it would not matter if Pope Benedict XVI’s successor hails from a…

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