White House Honors 11 Immigrant Innovators

By Kathryn McConnell Staff Writer The White House has named 11 American inventors and entrepreneurs as Immigrant Innovator Champions of Change. “Immigrants have long made America more prosperous and innovative,” U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park said in announcing the honors
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Russian Missiles in Syria Prolong Suffering, U.S. General Says

By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service

This news article originally was posted to the Department of Defense website on May 17.
Russia’s planned delivery of advanced anti-ship missiles and the S-300 air defense system to Syria “is at the very least an unfortunate decision that will embolden the regime

Active Atlantic Hurricane Season Ahead, Forecasters Say

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer U.S. coastal areas on the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean have been forewarned of an active hurricane season. U.S. forecasters expect three to six major hurricanes during the season from June 1 to November 30. U.S. officials with the National Oceanic and (more...)

U.S. Agencies Cite Progress Against Human Trafficking

By Jane Morse Staff Writer Better coordination among U.S. federal government agencies is showing results in the struggle to end human trafficking, U.S. officials say. At the annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, held at the White House May 17, Attorney (more...)

U.S. Increases Sanctions Against Syria

The U.S. Treasury Department announced May 16 that it has taken action targeting senior Syrian officials, as well as companies supporting the government of Syria and linked to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force and Hezbollah. Since peaceful protests against the Assad regime began more than two (more...)

26 Tornadoes Attacked US States

According to CNN News, "at least one person was killed and around a dozen injured Sunday when a string of tornadoes tore through four states, ripping roofs off homes, downing power lines and tossing trees like matchsticks."

Booth said that two others are missing, a number of


Growth in U.S. Energy Production Brings Global Policy Changes

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer Use of new technologies is bringing unexpectedly large increases in available, affordable energy for the United States, a trend that will ripple through global markets, the energy supply chain and economies. At the same time, the world faces scientifically confirmed changes in the environment, brought (more...)

Climate Change Is Challenge “of Life and Death Proportions”

Secretary of State John Kerry said climate change is “a principal challenge to all of us of life and death proportions” that cannot be solved by any single nation. “It’s not just an environmental issue and it’s not just an economic issue. It is a security issue, a (more...)

United States Adds $100 Million in Syrian Aid

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer The United States is providing an additional $100 million in humanitarian assistance to more than 1.4 million Syrian refugees already living outside of Syria and the several million displaced within the war-torn country, Secretary of State John Kerry says. The additional funding brings (more...)

U.S. Remembers Raoul Wallenberg with Gold Medal

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden unveiled the design for the Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony held May 9 in the Treasury’s historic Cash Room. The medal was authorized by Congress in recognition of Wallenberg’s achievements and heroic actions (more...)

Globetrotting Dinosaur Returns Home to Mongolia

It’s not easy catching a dinosaur, even if it’s just a collection of 70-million-year-old bones. But that’s what U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents recently did, and returned these precious cultural artifacts to their rightful home in Mongolia. A Tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton — from an Asian (more...)

U.S. Prepares for Insect Invasion 17 Years in the Making

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer They have been living at least 20 centimeters underground for the past 17 years. This spring billions of cicadas known as Magicicada septendecim will emerge to invade parts of the U.S. East Coast, filling the skies and trees and making a lot of noise. There (more...)

Advice to Citizen Journalists: Tell the Truth, Be Yourself

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer  Read Social media users, sometimes called citizen journalists, bring fresh new voices to the daily commentary on world events. But a question is circulating in journalistic circles on World Press Freedom Day 2013, May 3: Do citizen journalists report with integrity and standards that (more...)

Kerry Hosts Georgian President Saakashvili

By Phillip Kurata Staff Writer Secretary of State Kerry met with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili at the State Department on May 1 to discuss Georgia’s continuing democratic development, U.S. support for Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic and NATO aspirations, as well as the U.S. government’s appreciation for Georgia’s continued commitments in (more...)

Planning Terrorist Actions With the Media As a Major Consideration

By Gabriel Weimann Gabriel Weimann, Ph.D., is a professor of communications at Haifa University, Israel, and the School of International Studies at The American University, Washington, D.C. His paper is based on his forthcoming study, The Psychology of Mass-Mediated Terrorism, supported by the U.S. Institute of Peace, (more...)