Obama challenges Russia to agree to deeper nuclear weapon cuts Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:56:32 -0400 By Roberta Rampton and Stephen Brown BERLIN (Reuters) - President Barack Obama used a speech in Berlin on Wednesday to call on Russia to revive the push for a world without nuclear weapons, offering to cut deployed nuclear arsenals by a third, but Moscow immediately poured scorn on his proposal. Speaking in Berlin where U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan gave rousing Cold-War speeches, Obama urged Russia to help build on the "New START" treaty that requires Moscow and Washington to cut stockpiles of deployed nuclear weapons to 1,550 each by 2018. ...
Body found near Patriot's home was homicide victim Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:55:33 -0400 BOSTON (AP) — A prosecutor says a Boston man found dead in an industrial park about a mile from New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's home was a homicide victim.
Compromise among senators eyed on border security Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:51:19 -0400 WASHINGTON (AP) — After secretive talks, key senators expressed optimism Wednesday night that they were closing in on a bipartisan agreement to toughen the border security requirements in immigration legislation that also offers a path to citizenship to millions living in the country illegally.
New Colo. wildfire prompts evacuations of homes Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:47:58 -0400 EVERGREEN, Colo. (AP) — A new wildfire in the foothills southwest of Denver forced the evacuation of dozens of homes Wednesday as hot and windy conditions in much of Colorado and elsewhere in the West made it easy for fires to start and spread.
Dotcom 'in tears' after Megaupload files deleted Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:43:24 -0400 WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom said Thursday he was "in tears" after a European company deleted all the data it was hosting from his shuttered file-sharing site.
Afghan government to shun U.S. talks with Taliban Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:42:25 -0400 By Hamid Shalizi and Lesley Wroughton KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Revived Afghan peace talks hit their first roadblock on Wednesday, a day after they were announced, as Afghan President Hamid Karzai said his government would not join U.S. talks with the Taliban and would halt negotiations with Washington on a post-2014 troop pact. The United States and the Taliban had announced on Tuesday that officials from both sides will meet in Doha, the capital of Qatar, in coming days, in a step forward for a stuttering peace process after 12 years of bloody and costly war between U.S. ...
China's Xi harks back to Mao in party 'cleanup' Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:35:44 -0400 BEIJING (AP) — China's new leader Xi Jinping is commanding wayward Communist Party cadres to purify themselves of corruption, and he's summed it up in a pithy slogan as Mao Zedong might have done: Look in the mirror, take a bath.
Actor James Gandolfini dies in Italy at age 51 Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:34:39 -0400 LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Gandolfini, whose portrayal of a brutal, emotionally delicate mob boss in HBO's "The Sopranos" helped create one of TV's greatest drama series and turned the mobster stereotype on its head, died Wednesday in Italy. He was 51.