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Sep 20, 2015

Two Americans, Briton, three Saudis released from Yemen: officials

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. citizens, one British national and three Saudis held for months by Yemen’s Houthi group were freed on Sunday and have arrived in Oman, U.S., British and Omani officials and Houthi sources said.

Their release appeared to be a goodwill gesture ahead of talks between Yemen’s dominant Houthis with the United Nations envoy to Yemen on efforts to end nearly six months of fighting.

Jun 9, 2015

U.S. to wipe out more Corinthian Colleges student debt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Education said
on Monday it was moving to forgive much of the federal student
debt of some of the 78,000 students who had attended the
now-bankrupt Corinthian Colleges.

It will let students who left the schools run by the major
for-profit chain on or after June 20 last year receive a
closed-school discharge of their federal student loans. This is
instead of the usual period of 120 days up until it closed its
last campuses on April 26, effectively adding about six months
to the eligibility period.

Apr 14, 2015

U.S. has record number of applications for H-1B tech visas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Applications for H-1B visas allowing
U.S. businesses to hire foreign workers in science, engineering
and computer programming totaled a record 233,000 for fiscal
2016, according to government figures released on Monday.

A maximum of 85,000 of the work visas, including 20,000 for
holders of master’s degrees, are available each year under
limits set by Congress, despite years of heavy lobbying by tech
companies to raise the cap.

Mar 19, 2015

Obama to sign order cutting U.S. gov’t greenhouse gas emissions

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
will sign an executive order on Thursday that sets a goal for
the U.S. government to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40
percent by 2025, the White House said on Thursday.

The federal government is the single largest energy consumer
in the United States, the White House said in a statement.
Meeting the goal would cut 21 million metric tons of greenhouse
gas emissions from 2008 levels, it said.

Mar 19, 2015

Obama to sign order cutting U.S. government greenhouse gas emissions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will sign an
executive order on Thursday that will cut the U.S. government’s
greenhouse gas emissions, the White House said in a statement.

After signing the order, Obama will visit the Department of
Energy to tour the building’s rooftop solar panels. While there,
he will attend a meeting of some of the federal suppliers, which
will discuss their reduction targets, including initial
commitments to disclose emission targets or set new reduction
goals, the statement said, without providing details.

Dec 24, 2014

U.S. judge throws out Arizona sheriff’s immigration suit against Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday threw out
a lawsuit brought against Barack Obama by an Arizona police
chief who called the U.S. president’s sweeping immigration
reforms unconstitutional, saying the plaintiff lacked legal
standing in the case.

Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the
District of Columbia denied the demand by Maricopa County
Sheriff Joe Arpaio for a preliminary injunction to halt the
policies.

Sep 11, 2010
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Religious tension marks Sept. 11 anniversary

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Religious tensions are overshadowing the anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States where President Barack Obama urged a Christian preacher to abandon a plan to burn copies of the Koran.

And a day ahead of Saturday’s ninth anniversary, a report warned that the United States faced a growing threat from home-grown insurgents and an “Americanization” of the al Qaeda leadership.

Jul 8, 2010

BP dampens hope of early leak fix, court fight looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – BP dampened hopes that it could plug its leaking Gulf of Mexico well sooner than forecast on Thursday, while a battle between the U.S. government and the oil industry over a deepwater drilling ban heads to court.

BP stuck to its August target to complete a relief well to halt the worst oil spill in U.S. history, after a press report raised hopes the company could stem the 80-day-old leak sooner.

Jul 8, 2010

BP aims to leak fix sooner, U.S. court fight looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – BP is aiming to plug its leaking Gulf of Mexico well by July 27, weeks sooner than forecast, according to a newspaper report on Thursday, while a battle between the U.S. government and the oil industry over a deepwater drilling ban heads to court.

BP officials are aiming to complete a relief well to halt the worst oil spill in U.S. history by as early as July 27 in an effort to cap the company’s growing financial liabilities, the Wall Street Journal reported in its online edition, citing company officials.

Jul 8, 2010

U.S. court fight looms over drilling ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – BP is aiming to plug its leaking Gulf of Mexico well by July 27, weeks sooner than forecast, according to a newspaper report on Thursday, while a battle between the U.S. government and the oil industry over a deepwater drilling ban heads to court.

BP officials are aiming to complete a relief well to halt the worst oil spill in U.S. history by as early as July 27 in an effort to cap the company’s growing financial liabilities, the Wall Street Journal reported in its online edition, citing company officials.