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Obama’s Syria plans in disarray after Britain rejects use of force

Barack Obama‘s plans for air strikes against Syria were thrown into disarray on Thursday night after the British parliament unexpectedly rejected a motion designed to pave the way to authorising the UK’s participation in military action.

US intelligence spending has doubled since 9/11, top secret budget reveals

US spending on intelligence has doubled since 9/11, with the National Security Agency and the CIA taking the biggest share, according to the top secret budget leaked by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

David Miranda: police win wider powers to investigate seized data

The high court has granted the Metropolitan police extended powers to investigate whether crimes related to terrorism and breaches of the Official Secrets Act have been committed following the seizure of data at Heathrow from David Miranda, the partner of a Guardian journalist.

Justice Department won’t sue Colorado and Washington over marijuana laws

The Obama administration has said it will not sue to stop the states of Colorado and Washington from allowing recreational marijuana use.

U.S., Switzerland strike bank deal over tax evasion

(Reuters) – The United States and Switzerland have struck a deal to allow some Swiss banks to pay fines to avoid or defer prosecution over tax evasion by their U.S. customers, moving closer towards ending a long-running dispute.

Wise Old Whooping Cranes Keep Captive-Bred Fledglings On Track

Being a wildlife biologist in the 21st century increasingly means rescuing rare animals from extinction. Among the success stories is the whooping crane. Seventy years ago there were only 16 birds left on the planet. Now there are 403.

Judge: VA Can’t Deny Benefits To Lesbian Veteran And Her Spouse

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge in Los Angeles ruled Thursday that a lesbian Army veteran and her spouse should be entitled to disability benefits given the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act.

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