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US takes aim at China, ups naval aid to SE Asia

12/16/2013 8:21am
Taking clear aim at China's growing aggressiveness in territorial disputes with its smaller neighbors, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday that the United States will boost maritime security assistance to the countries of Southeast Asia amid rising tensions with Beijing.

US ups security aid to SE Asia, criticizes China

12/16/2013 12:24pm
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offered harsh words for China and new maritime security assistance for Southeast Asia on Monday to bolster countries facing growing Chinese assertiveness in a region where the two world powers are jockeying for influence.

Pentagon to test force for use of drug 'spice'

12/16/2013 12:56pm
The Pentagon says it's going to start testing the troops to see if they are using synthetic marijuana, also known as "spice."

Excerpts from ruling on NSA use of phone records

12/16/2013 4:13pm
In a ruling Monday questioning the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon bluntly came down on the side of privacy. Some excerpts: