November 22, 2014

Federal judge voids key piece of Texas abortion law

A federal judge Aug. 29, 2014, threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed the Hilltop Women’s Reproductive clinic in El Paso and more than a dozen other clinics.(Photo: Juan Carlos LLorca, AP) A federal judge Friday struck down a major provision of Texas’s strict abortion law that would have forced all […]

Britain Raises Terror Alert, Cites British Terrorists

LONDON— Britain has raised its terrorism alert level in response to the rise of Islamic extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, and the belief that British citizens fighting with such groups could bring terror home.     The new British terror threat level is called “severe,” which means an attack is “highly likely,” but there […]

On Russian troops in Ukraine, honesty is not everyone’s best policy

* Body of evidence points to Russian soldiers in Ukraine * Kremlin denials help reduce risk if its conflict goes wrong * Some EU states wary of saying Russia is waging war * They want to leave room for a compromise with Kremlin By Christian Lowe MOSCOW, Aug 29 (Reuters) – The Ukraine conflict has […]

What does Russia tell the mothers of soldiers killed in Ukraine? Not much.

They are the nameless ones. The faceless ones. Called the “men in green,” they are a group of hundreds, if not thousands, of Russians fighting in Ukraine with neither identifying insignia nor official documents — soldiers in everything but name. Instead, they’re called “volunteers.” They’re called “vacationers. “They’re “blood brothers,” as rebel leader Aleksandr Zakharchenko […]

Obama says does not yet have military strategy for Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States has not yet developed a strategy for confronting Islamic State in Syria, an acknowledgement that a decision had not been made on whether to launch air strikes against the militant group. Obama’s comment during a White House news conference before a meeting of […]

Ukraine president accuses Russian soldiers of backing rebel thrust

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s president said on Thursday that Russian troops had entered his country in support of pro-Moscow rebels who captured a key coastal town, sharply escalating a five-month-old separatist war. President Petro Poroshenko told a meeting of security chiefs that the situation was “extraordinarily difficult … but controllable” after Russian-backed rebels seized the […]

Official: Russian forces back rebels with tanks in eastern Ukraine

Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) — A top Ukrainian army officer said a “full-scale invasion” of his country was under way Thursday, as a U.S. official said up to 1,000 Russian troops had crossed Ukraine’s southern border to fight alongside pro-Russian rebels. U.S. officials said Russian troops were directly involved in the latest fighting, despite Moscow’s denials. […]

Gun Ranges In and Around Polk County Have Age Limit Policies

Most who run local gun ranges have policies about not allowing people, especially those younger than 21, to shoot a fully automatic weapons. And they don’t allow unsupervised youngsters to shoot, or even enter the range. Mark Smith, owner of Ultimate Arms in Lakeland, said even though he has taught children as young as 6 […]

Ukraine Reports Russian Invasion on a New Front

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Fierce Fighting Persists in Eastern Ukraine

Kiev accused Russia of funneling more armor into rebel-held areas of Ukraine on Wednesday and said that Russian troops had seized several villages in a new offensive along its southern shore, which for months has been under government control. The renewed fighting further dampened hopes of any peace deal, one day after the Russian and […]