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uscapitol-062509_27Feb15.jpg While the Senate managed to pass a bill providing funding for the Department of Homeland Security for the next eight months, the House failed to approve even a modest short-term extension.

dresscolor-022715.jpg Colors have set the social media afire after an otherwise innocuous photo of a bodycon dress kept users guessing as to what hues permeate it. Opinions are divided, with some seeing the dress as white and gold, and others as blue and black. The photo was posted on Tumblr by a user called Swiked.

capitol-022715.jpg Just hours before a midnight deadline, the Senate voted Friday to approve legislation providing funding for the Department of Homeland Security. The Senate voted 68 to 31 in favor of the bill, which funds the DHS through the end of the current fiscal year on September 30th.

us-china-022715.jpg Fear of China seems to be fading among Americans, as they no longer consider China as their greatest enemy, according to a new poll. Only 12 percent of Americans see China as the greatest enemy of the U.S., according to a Gallup poll. That is down from 20 percent in 2014 and 23 percent in 2012. China...

FinancialTrouble-022715.jpg If we thought that Americans' financial situation has strongly rebounded after the Great Recession, a Pew survey shows that may not be the case.

CONSUMER-RETAIL_27Feb15.jpg Consumer sentiment in the U.S. deteriorated by less than previously estimated in the month of February, the University of Michigan revealed in a report on Friday. The report said the final reading on the consumer sentiment index for February came in at 95.4 compared to the preliminary reading of 93.6.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, has welcomed the decision of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish new regulations to protect net neutrality in the country. The FCC's rules will support a free and open Internet...

pendinghme-022715.jpg Pending home sales in the U.S. rebounded in the month of January, according to a report released by the National Association of Realtors on Friday, with the increase reflecting improved buyer demand. NAR said its pending home sales index climbed 1.7 percent in January.

chicago-022715.jpg Business activity in the Chicago area unexpectedly contracted in the month of February, according to a report released by MNI Indicators on Friday. MNI Indicators said its Chicago business barometer tumbled to 45.8 in February from 59.4 in January, with a reading below 50 indicating a contraction in regional business activity.

GDP-022715.jpg Economic growth slowed by even more than previously estimated in the final three months of 2014, according to a revised report released by the Commerce Department on Friday. The report said U.S. gross domestic product increased by a downwardly revised 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter.

Ivorytrade-022715.jpg China, the largest importer of elephant tusks, banned ivory carvings imports for one year. However, it has not banned the trade or possession of ivory. There has been a huge appetite in China for ivory carvings, as a status defining luxury, and the country has been blamed for indirectly stimulating poaching of elephants in Africa.

US Secretary of State John Kerry will discuss Ukraine and regional issues of common interest with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov next week. Kerry will meet with the Russian Foreign Minister on the sidelines of a United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 2,...

The U.S. Government Thursday offered a total of $5 million as rewards for information on two associates of the extremist group Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin (HIG). The Secretary of State has authorized under the Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program up to $3 million for information leading...

The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday announced the extradition of three arms traffickers from Montenegro to the United States to face charges of conspiring to sell military-grade weapons to the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, widely known as the FARC. Of the three traffickers, Cristian...

UNESCO expressed outrage over the terrorist attack on Mosul Museum, with Director-General Irina Bokova condemning the destruction of statues and other artifacts at the museum in Iraq. Large statues from the UNESCO world Heritage site of Hatra, as well as unique artifacts from the archaeological sites...

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