Morning Headlines for Thursday, May 14, 2015

Reuters

“Ash Carter announces nominees for new army, navy chiefs”

“Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced two new nominees for the military’s joint chiefs of staff on Wednesday, saying General Mark Milley was President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Army and Admiral John Richardson was his pick for Navy chief.”

Al Jazeera America

“China, Japan clash at U.N. over Hiroshima commemoration”

“A Chinese United Nations delegation is trying to block Japanese counterparts from pushing for world leaders to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in the latest spat between China and Japan over their respective World War II legacies.”

Reuters

“Jeb Bush, in apparent slip, says ‘I’m running for president’”

“Republican Jeb Bush appears to have unintentionally announced his candidacy for president in 2016 in a conversation with reporters on Wednesday that was caught on video. Speaking in Nevada, the former Florida governor seemed to acknowledge he was a candidate but right afterward indicated he had not made up his mind.”

AFP

“U.S., Cuba to meet in coming weeks on reopening embassies”

“The United States and Cuba will hold another meeting in the coming weeks in Washington on reopening embassies, the latest step in their historic rapprochement, Havana’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said.”

New York Times

“House votes to end NSA’s bulk phone data collection”

“The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved legislation to end the federal government’s bulk collection of phone records, exerting enormous pressure on Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate majority leader, who insists that dragnet sweeps continue in defiance of many of those in his Republican Party.”

Washington Post

“U.N. climate official pans idea of Arctic drilling in subtle slap at Obama administration”

“The United Nations’ top climate official took a subtle poke at the Obama administration on Wednesday over its decision to conditionally allow oil exploration off Alaska’s coast, suggesting that the Arctic’s oil and gas should stay underground.”

AFP

“American killed in seven-hour Kabul guesthouse siege”

“An American citizen was killed when gunmen stormed a downtown Kabul guesthouse late Wednesday, trapping several foreigners awaiting a musical concert and triggering a seven-hour standoff with Afghan security forces.”

Al Jazeera America

“Deep-water drilling to resume n ear site of 2010 BP oil disaster”

“Deep-water drilling appears set to resume near the site of the catastrophic BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 that killed 11 workers and caused America’s largest offshore oil spill off the coast of Louisiana, resulting in an environmental disaster.”

New York Times

“Boston jury begins to consider sentence for marathon bomber”

“After 10 weeks of testimony and more than 150 witnesses, the jury of seven women and five men began the task Wednesday of deciding whether to sentence Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the convicted Boston Marathon bomber, to life in prison without parole or to death.”

AFP

“Burundi army divided after coup attempt, president out of country”

“Burundi’s armed forces chief announced Thursday that an attempted coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza had failed, although the claim was quickly denied by opponents of the central African nation’s leader.”

Reuters

“Choppers and drone hunt for missing U.S. Huey, Nepal quake toll rises”

“Military helicopters flew over eastern Nepal and a team sent up a drone on Thursday to search for a missing U.S. Marines Huey chopper, as the death toll rose from the Himalayan country’s second big earthquake in less than three weeks.”

Reuters

“U.S. Marines look to nurture integrated Asia-Pacific amphibious forces, China excluded”

“The U.S. Marine Corps is bringing together foreign commanders from amphibious forces deployed mostly in the Asia-Pacific for a conference aimed at taking steps to integrate operations, with China excluded from the event, according to officials and planning documents.”

New York Times

“Saudi Arabia promises to match Iran in nuclear capability”

“Now, as he gathered Arab leaders over dinner at the White House on Wednesday and prepared to meet with them at Camp David on Thursday, he faced a perverse consequence: Saudi Arabia and many of the smaller Arab states are now vowing to match whatever nuclear enrichment capability Iran is permitted to retain.”

Associated Press

“India’s Modi meets Xi on China visit amid warming ties”

“President Xi Jinping praised China’s warming ties with India during a meeting Thursday between the leaders of Asia’s rising powers and rivals, which included a rare touch of personal diplomacy for a Chinese leader.”

New York Times

“12 years later, a mystery of chemical exposure in Iraq clears slightly”

“And last week, after repeated requests by The Times, the Army declassified a two-page document that appears to answer the veterans’ first question: What was in the barrels? The document, a site survey report written after liquid samples were tested by the Iraq Survey Group, the task force organized by the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency to examine Iraq’s special weapons programs, identified the contents as benzenamine 3,4 dimethyl, an organic compound with multiple industrial uses. In boldface letters, the report called the compound ‘a carcinogen and poisonous chemical.’”

Washington Post

“VA improperly spent $6 billion annually, senior official says”

“The Department of Veterans Affairs has been spending at least $6 billion a year in violation of federal contracting rules to pay for medical care and supplies, wasting taxpayer money and putting veterans at risk, according to an internal memo written by the agency’s senior official for procurement.”

Associated Press

“USDA develops first government label for GMO-free products”

“The Agriculture Department has developed the first government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients. USDA’s move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.”

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