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Pentagon officials are quietly resisting possible US sanctions against the Russian arms firm Rosoboronexport, because it also supplies Mi-17 helicopters to the Afghan Air Force.Anna Mulrine
An atheist New Jersey family is saying the phrase 'under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance is a violation of their equal protection under state law. Previously, such lawsuits were filed in federal court.Harry Bruinius
None of the tank cars currently in service carrying Bakken crude oil is adequate for carrying that product, a rail industry representative testified Tuesday, but until new federal regulations are completed, the use of inadequate cars will continue.Curtis Tate
The British prime minister last week said that Britons should be proud of being a 'Christian country,' provoking a backlash from secularists who prefer a more pluralist society.Ian Evans
The Oklahoma Supreme Court halted two executions over concerns that the state is keeping secrets about its lethal injection drugs. The issue is increasingly urgent for many states.Mark Guarino
President Barack Obama told a Japanese newspaper on the eve of his arrival here that the U.S. considers the small islands in the East China Sea subject to a bitter Chinese-Japanese dispute within the scope of a U.S.-Japan security treaty.Lesley Clark
The Supreme Court on Tuesday accorded voters more leeway to challenge affirmative action, as justices upheld a Michigan measure that bans preferential treatment in college admissions based on race or ethnicity.Michael Doyle
The Supreme Court said Tuesday that Proposal 2 in Michigan did not violate the US Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause as charged by groups favoring the use of affirmative action in college admissions.Warren Richey
The Obama trip to Asia fits a pattern of recent presidents trying to help a fractious region avoid conflicts by uniting around shared values. Pivotal to this US role are a regional trade pact and China's acceptance of universal values.the Monitor's Editorial Board
The Cowboy and Indian Alliance met Tuesday morning in front of the Capital to kick off a five-day protest against the proposed expansion of the Keystone XL Pipeline.Anna Bisaro
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