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The United States has warned its citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Ukraine, especially the Crimean Peninsula and eastern regions of Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Lugansk due to the presence of Russian military forces in the Crimean Peninsula and on the eastern border of Ukraine. In a Travel Warning...

The US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard is responding to the scene after the passenger ship Sewol sank near the island of Jeju off South Korea's southwestern coast earlier on Wednesday, according to a Pentagon press release. The ill-fated ferry had more than 450 people aboard and...

The United States is concerned about reports of increased violence in Ukraine, and continues to call on Russia to deescalate the situation, a Pentagon statement citing senior defense officials said. Incidentally, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen had echoed the US concern during a media...

Democratic-041614.jpg While Republicans will try to use the troubled rollout of Obamacare to their advantage in the upcoming midterm elections, the results of a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that Americans increasingly think Democrats have a better plan for healthcare.

MichaelBloomberg-041614.jpg Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg insisted Wednesday that he has no plans to run for president and suggested that he will instead focus on efforts to prevent gun violence. Appearing on NBC's Today show, Bloomberg was asked if he intended to run for president and said, "No is the answer. Plain and simple."

Obama-Biden-041614.jpg President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are traveling to a community college in Pennsylvania on Wednesday to announce the investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in new job training programs.

indusproduction-041614.jpg Industrial production in the U.S. rose by more than expected in the month of March, the Federal Reserve revealed in a report on Wednesday, with the report also showing a notable upward revision to the pace of production growth in the previous month. The report said industrial production increased by 0.7 percent in March after surging up by an upwardly revised 1.2 percent in February.

HousingStarts-041614.jpg Housing starts in the U.S. showed a notable increase in the month of March, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday, although starts still came in well below economist estimates. The report showed that housing starts climbed 2.8 percent to an annual rate of 946,000 in March from the revised February estimate of 920,000.

The United States and the United Nations have condemned the recent terrorists attacks in Nigeria in which dozens were killed and scores of others injured. Nigerian government has blamed Boko Haram, an armed radical Islamist militant group, for the attacks. "We condemn today's attack on Nyanya Motor...

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the Ukraine crisis has amplified the need to strengthen cooperation between the western military alliance, the European Union and with close partners, according to a statement issued Tuesday. "We need to train and exercise more together, for instance...

AlexSink-041514.jpg Despite pressure from national Democrats, Alex Sink revealed Tuesday that she won't attempt a rematch against Congressman David Jolly, R-Fla., in November. Sink, who narrowly lost to Jolly in a special election to replace the late Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., last month, was seen by many as Democrats' best chance to pick up the seat.

VladimirPutin-051012_15Apr14.jpg Amid escalating tensions in eastern Ukraine, the results of a new McClatchy-Marist Poll found that most American voters think Russia won't stop at its recent annexation of the Crimea region. The poll found that 67 percent of voters think Russian President Vladimir Putin will send troops into Ukraine, while just 25 percent think Russia will stop at Crimea.

ObamaPutin-041514.jpg U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin spoke regarding the ongoing crisis in Ukraine for the first time in over two weeks on Monday, although the two leaders remain far apart on the cause of escalating tensions.

NAHBindex-041514.jpg Homebuilder confidence in the U.S. has seen a modest improvement in the month of April, according to a report released by the National Association of Home Builders on Tuesday. The report showed that the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index edged up to 47 in April from a downwardly revised 46 in March.

EmpireStateSurvey-041514.jpg Business activity for New York manufacturers was roughly flat in the month of April, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said in a report on Tuesday, with the index of regional manufacturing activity showing an unexpected decrease. The New York Fed said its general business conditions index dropped to 1.3 in April from 5.6 in March, although a positive reading indicates growth.