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February 27, 2015 15:26
Reuters / Hyungwon Kang
Obama signs bill to fund Department of Homeland Security for one week
Minutes before the midnight deadline, President Barack Obama put his signature to a bill that will provide funding to the Department of Homeland Security for one week, the White House said.
Fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (Reuters / Rodi Said) Pentagon walks back plans for spring offensive against ISIS stronghold Mosul
Facing criticism, the Pentagon announced it has pushed back plans by Iraqis to mount a major attack to regain Mosul from the Islamic State. The Pentagon now says the assault might occur in the fall, but even that date is tenuous.
Reuters / Enrique De La Osa Progress made as US, Cuba meet for round two of diplomatic normalization talks
Diplomats from the US and Cuba said progress was made Friday during negotiations that aim to restore relations between the nations. Delegates discussed embassy openings, prisoner exchanges and Cuba’s place on the US list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor in Maryland February 27, 2015.
(Reuters / Kevin Lamarque) ​GOP plots White House takeover during CPAC 2015
Taking aim at the president, Hillary Clinton and the Islamic State, the most likely contenders for the GOP nod are ramping up calls to ensure the party reclaims the White House in 2016 – and reverses what the Obama administration has accomplished.
Reuters / Michael Fiala EPA sued over shrinking monarch butterfly population
A leading environmental group has filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, accusing regulators of dismissing dangers about a certain chemical used in herbicides, including Monsanto’s widely used Roundup.
Reuters / Jason Reed NSA spying program renewed ahead of congressional showdown
A federal court has renewed a National Security Agency program allowing for the bulk collection of Americans' phone records, highlighting a battle between the White House and Congress to reform the nature of mass surveillance in the country.
Reuters / Finbarr O'Reilly Rich get richer from fewer labor unions, study says
A study by the International Monetary Fund tracked three decades of income and found that as unionization declined, the wealth of the richest 10 percent in advanced countries showed a continuous increase.
An image of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle hiding Easter eggs on Easter day is shown on a monitor in the courtroom during the murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh in Stephenville, Texas, February 11, 2015. (Reuters / Tom Fox / The Dallas Morning News / Pool via Reuters) Texas rep. introduces bill for ‘American Sniper’ to receive nation’s highest combat award
Were the actions of Chris Kyle, known as the United States’ deadliest sniper, worthy of the Congressional Medal of Honor? A representative from Texas believes so, and has introduced legislation to that end. But veterans aren’t so sure.
Reuters / Thomas Peter Teen charged with hacking school computer to alter grades
A tech-savvy 16-year-old is being charged as an adult for allegedly hacking into his school network and using his smartphone to alter reports and grades, according to police in Staten Island, New York.
Reuters / Beck Diefenbach Mega says US urged PayPal to cease working with it based on end-to-end encryption
PayPal will no longer process customer payments for the cloud-storage service Mega based on the latter’s use of client-side encryption. Kim Dotcom’s Mega says the decision stems from powerful American corporate influences leaning on the e-commerce site.
A demo of the BulletSafe baseball cap shows that the mannequin's head was protected (screenshot from YouTube/TomBulletsafe) Cracked cantaloupe shows bulletproof baseball cap will save your melon
Body armor is heavy, unwieldy and impractical for everyday use. And bulletproof vests, which can be worn under clothing, don’t protect the head from a kill shot. One company aims to solve those issues with an impenetrable, yet inconspicuous baseball cap.
image from wikipedia.org by Vargklo Indiana ‘baby box’ bill would allow anonymous infant surrenders
A bill passed this week by the Indiana House would set up emergency-monitored “baby boxes” – incubator-like stations – at select locations to give mothers another route to safely and confidentially give away unwanted babies.
Reuters / Ammar Awad 58 gender options not enough? Facebook now allows unlimited custom identities
After being told by users that its 58 existing gender options are not inclusive enough, the social network has relented and given its US-based members a chance to fill in their own gender as they wish.
Actress Sharon Stone.(Reuters / Mario Anzuoni) ​$352,000 in damages? Sharon Stone sued over skipping anti-Chevron rainforest protest
Lawyers defending Ecuadorian rainforest residents in an environmental brawl against Chevron have accused Sharon Stone of skipping a protest she was paid to attend. It cost over $77,000 to cover the actress’s travel costs, plus a whopping fee of $275,000.

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