Gates says START a centerpiece of ties with Russia

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday the New START nuclear treaty was a centerpiece of improved U.S. ties with Russia and failure to ratify the accord could pose “real problems for the relationship.” Read the full story

U.S. says China must press North Korea on uranium program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea’s effort to enrich uranium is typical of its defiance of the United Nations, and major powers including China must put pressure on Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear ambitions, senior U.S. officials said on Sunday. Read the full story

Centrifuges confirm concerns on North Korea: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea’s effort to enrich uranium is typical of its defiance of the United Nations and major powers including China must put pressure on Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear ambitions, senior U.S. officials said on Sunday. Read the full story

Phony doc busted for giving breast exams in bars

Phony doc busted for giving breast exams in bars

An Idaho judge has set bond at $100,000 for a Boise woman police say posed as a physician and duped at least two other women into having their breasts examined by her at Boise-area nightclubs. Kristina Ross, 37, remains in Ada County Jail in Boise on two felony counts of practicing medicine without a license. […]

Bosworth to visit Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Stephen Bosworth, a U.S. envoy responsible for policy toward North Korea, will visit Seoul, Tokyo and Japan next week for consultations on North Korean issues, the State Department said on Saturday. Read the full story

Obama weighs lobby group speech to court business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is considering giving a speech in January to the Chamber of Commerce, a major business lobby, as part of a new outreach to corporations, a White House official said on Saturday. Read the full story

Obama sees end to Afghan combat mission by 2014

LISBON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said for the first time on Saturday his goal was to end the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and to significantly reduce the number of U.S. troops deployed there by then. Read the full story