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    Obama offers amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants, defies GOP

    Brushing aside warnings from Republicans, President Obama announced Thursday night that he is granting temporary legal status and work permits to nearly 5 million illegal immigrants, igniting a constitutional furor that amounted to a declaration of war against the incoming Republican majorities in Congress. In a 15-minute prime-time address from the White House, Mr. Obama

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    U.S. Electrical, Financial Networks Mapped for Future Cyber Attacks

    Critical U.S. infrastructures are being penetrated by foreign states in preparation for devastating future cyber attacks designed to cripple electrical power, communications and financial networks, the commander of the U.S. Cyber Command told Congress on Thursday. Adm. Mike Rogers, Cybercom chief and director of the National Security Agency, said foreign states have broken into the

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    Washington Should Consider Lethal Aid To Kyiv

    A senior aide to U.S. President Barack Obama has said that the United States should reconsider its policy of not providing lethal aid to Ukraine, which is grappling with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. Tony Blinken, the deputy national security adviser, cited “serious violations” by Moscow of the Minsk agreement. Read Full Article

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    Russia warns US against supplying ‘lethal defensive aid’ to Ukraine

    Moscow has warned Washington a potential policy shift from supplying Kiev with “non-lethal aid” to “defensive lethal weapons”, mulled as US Vice President visits Ukraine, would be a direct violation of all international agreements. A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said that reports of possible deliveries of American “defensive weapons” to Ukraine would be viewed by

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    Vladimir Putin: we must stop a Ukraine-style ‘colored revolution’ in Russia

    Vladimir Putin told Russian security chiefs to do everything necessary to prevent “colored revolutions” such as those seen in Ukraine from reaching Russia as it was announced that over 1,000 people have died there since the September truce. Russian officials also accused the United States of “destabilizing” the situation in Ukraine on Thursday by considering

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    Russian bombers threaten Guam

    Two Russian strategic bombers circled the U.S. island of Guam last week in what U.S. defense officials say is the latest in a series of nuclear provocations by Moscow. The bombers were identified by air defenses as Tu-95 Bear H nuclear-capable aircraft that circumnavigated the strategic U.S. military outpost on Friday—amid heightened tensions with Moscow

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    China nuclear forces significantly expanding

    China’s nuclear forces are expanding and details about the nation’s strategic weapons programs remain hidden by Beijing’s secrecy, according to the annual report of the congressional U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission. New missiles, missile submarines and multiple-warhead systems will be deployed in the coming years, the report said. Read Full Article

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    North Dakota nuclear missile base struggles to recover from scandals

    A bitter wind relentlessly whips across acres of frozen prairie at this remote base, where hundreds of airmen and women stay on alert around the clock to do the unthinkable: launch a nuclear attack. This is the only installation in the nation that hosts both intercontinental ballistic missiles and B-52 bombers, two legs of the

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    Utah Considers Cutting Off Water to the NSA’s Monster Data Center

    Lawmakers are considering a bill that would shut off the water spigot to the massive data center operated by the National Security Agency in Bluffdale, Utah. The legislation, proposed by Utah lawmaker Marc Roberts, is due to go to the floor of the Utah House of Representatives early next year, but it was debated in

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    Russia has moved Mig-31 interceptors close to Ukrainian border

    According to the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, the Russian Federation is continuing to amass forces at the border, including radar stations and Mig-31 Foxhound combat planes, interceptors capable of a maximum speed of Mach 2.83. An unspecified amount of Mig-31s based at Perm have been deployed to Millerovo airfield, in the Rostov

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    Murdoch loses his Saudi prince

    The Sun King, Rupert Murdoch, lost the support of his prince last week – and almost lost control of his media empire as a result. But the real problem for Murdoch is that this war is far from over, and there are serious implications for News Corp’s struggling print empire in Australia – the weak

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    New Scrutiny of Goldman’s Ties to the New York Fed After a Leak

    From his desk in Lower Manhattan, a banker at Goldman Sachs thumbed through confidential documents — courtesy of a source inside the United States government. The banker came to Goldman through the so-called revolving door, the symbolic portal that connects financial regulators to Wall Street. He joined in July after spending seven years as a regulator

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    U.S. Federal Reserve to review how it supervises major banks

    The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Thursday it has launched a review of how it oversees major banks, calling on its inspector general to help with the probe after a series of critical reports. Separate studies to be undertaken by the Fed’s Washington-based Board of Governors and its Office of Inspector General are meant to

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    Goldman in Testy Exchange at Senate Panel Over Its Role in Commodities Market

    Goldman Sachs executives spent Thursday locked in a testy public face-off with members of Congress, fighting suggestions that the bank had taken too large a role in the commodities market. In a hearing in Washington, Senator Carl Levin, the chairman of the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, hammered away at Goldman’s ownership of aluminum warehouses

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    Police Seize Massive Weapons Shipment Headed for Jerusalem

    Israeli police seized a massive shipment of firecrackers, swords, tasers and other weapons at Ashdod port Thursday – a potentially deadly arsenal which was set to be delivered to Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Two containers intercepted by authorities at the southern port were packed with 18,000 fireworks, 5,200 commando knives, 5,500 tasers, 4,300 tasers concealed

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    Central Bureau of Statistics admits Mohammad Israel’s most popular name

    The Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) released new data showing the most popular boy’s name in Israel is actually a name with Islamic origins – Mohammad. The statistics were unveiled after a controversy erupted two months ago after the Administration of Border Crossings, Population, and Immigration released a list of most popular Israeli names

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    Giant sinkhole swallows up old mine in Russia’s Urals

    A sinkhole 20 by 30 meters (65 by 98 feet) in size has been found near a Uralkali mine in Russia’s Perm region. While the company says the development is of no further threat, locals fear the whole nearby town could go underground. The sinkhole was first discovered by Uralkali’s Solikamsk-2 mine workers on November

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    5th grader suspended after pointing imaginary gun with his fingers

    A fifth-grade student in Massachusetts was suspended from school for pointing an imaginary gun with his fingers. Nickolas Taylor, who goes to Stacy Middle School in Milford, was suspended for two days for making the fake gun with his fingers and mouthing shooting sounds in the school cafeteria,his dad told the Milford Daily News. Read

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    U.S. to allow people from nations hit by Ebola to stay temporarily

    The Department of Homeland Security will grant temporary protected status to people from the three West African countries most affected by Ebola who are currently residing in the United States, department officials said on Thursday. People from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone in the United States as of Thursday may apply for protection from deportation,

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    The Duchess of Alba, Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, has died in Spain aged 88

    The Duchess of Alba, one of Spain’s wealthiest and most colorful aristocrats and recognized as the world’s most titled noble, has died. She was 88. Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva was related to Winston Churchill and shared toys with the future Queen Elizabeth — they were born less than a month apart

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