Thursday, July 24 2014 4:26 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:26:18 GMT
By The Associated Press The prolonged execution in Arizona looked troubling, but was it unconstitutional? The U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld the use of lethal injection six years ago, has held...More >
By The Associated Press The prolonged execution in Arizona looked troubling, but was it unconstitutional? The U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld the use of lethal injection six years ago, has held that "an...More >
Thursday, July 24 2014 4:15 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:15:25 GMT
A condemned murderer took nearly two hours to die and gasped for about 90 minutes during an execution in Arizona that quickly rekindled the national debate on capital punishment in the U.S.More >
As a condemned murderer gasped for more than 90 minutes in the death chamber, a judge convened an urgent hearing in which a state lawyer assured him that the inmate was comatose and not feeling any pain.More >
Thursday, July 24 2014 3:56 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:56:19 GMT
A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court...More >
A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday.More >
Thursday, July 24 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:55:03 GMT
Ohio State University has fired the director of its celebrated marching band amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment.More >
Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues," some involving rituals where students were pressured to march in...More >
Thursday, July 24 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:45:26 GMT
A divided federal appeals court has thrown out claims against produce giant Chiquita Brands International made by thousands of Colombians killed during years of bloody civil war.More >
A divided federal appeals court on Thursday threw out claims against produce giant Chiquita Brands International made by relatives of thousands of Colombians killed during years of bloody civil war.More >
Thursday, July 24 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:45:11 GMT
Virginia State Police say two were killed and at least 20 injured when a fierce storm slammed a campground on the state's Eastern Shore.More >
The sky turned black and cellphones pinged with emergency messages. Moments later, a fierce storm tore through a sprawling, carnival-like campground Thursday, snapping dozens of trees and flipping over RVs.More >
Thursday, July 24 2014 3:17 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:17:31 GMT
Sen. John Walsh said his unattributed use of others' work in his master's thesis was not plagiarism but "a few citations that were unintentionally left out of a term paper" that he blamed in part on...More >
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Thursday he had no knowledge that Sen. John Walsh had plagiarized his master's thesis when he appointed the former lieutenant governor to the Senate in February, and that he continues to...More >
Thursday, July 24 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:55:09 GMT
A U.S. science advisory report says a key lesson from Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident is that the nation's nuclear industry needs to focus more on the highly unlikely but super-serious worst case scenarios.More >
A U.S. science advisory report says Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident offers a key lesson to the nation's nuclear industry: Focus more on the highly unlikely but worst case scenarios.More >
By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said Thursday that he is returning to service a career diplomat deeply experienced in eastern Europe to be the next U.S. ambassador to Russia.
Obama's announcement that he is tapping John Tefft for the high-profile diplomatic post comes amid a crucial period in U.S.-Russia relations, which have been severely tested over President Vladimir Putin's actions in neighboring Ukraine, among other issues. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has been without an ambassador since February.
Senate confirmation is required for the post.
Tefft would bring his decades of experience in eastern European affairs to the post, having served most recently as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine in Obama's first term. Immediately before that, Tefft was the U.S. ambassador to Georgia during the administration of George W. Bush.
Tefft has been the deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs at the State Department, an international affairs adviser at the National War College and the U.S. ambassador to Lithuania during the Bush administration. Tefft also was the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, among his other foreign service assignments.
Since 2013, the graduate of Marquette and Georgetown universities has been executive director of the RAND Business Leaders Forum at the RAND Corp., a nonprofit that analyzes public policy.
The U.S. ambassador's post in Russia has been vacant since earlier this year, when Michael McFaul stepped down after a turbulent two years in the Russian capital. McFaul is a Stanford University professor and the architect of Obama's effort to reset relations with Russia. But Obama's relationship with Putin has been anything but smooth.
The U.S. and its European allies each have sanctioned Russian businesses and individuals, including some members of Putin's inner circle, after Russia occupied and annexed the Crimean Peninsula of Ukraine earlier this year. The U.S. and the European Union have condemned Putin's act as an illegal land grab and have refused to recognize it.
The U.S. and its allies continue to call on Russia to work with the new government in Ukraine to ease tensions between the two countries, and for Russia to end its support for pro-Russia separatists who are blamed for destabilizing eastern Ukraine. They have threatened to slap additional sanctions on Russia unless Putin takes steps to help restore order to eastern Ukraine.
Thursday, July 24 2014 4:23 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:23:38 GMT
Ukraine's government says 51 containers holding bodies and body parts of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash are ready to depart for the Netherlands aboard two military transport planes.More >
Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the...More >
Thursday, July 24 2014 3:34 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:34:34 GMT
War literally came to Alexander Litvinenko's living room, when a missile punched a gaping hole into the wall of his ninth-floor apartment. The 53-year-old college philosophy teacher had just stepped into his...More >
War literally came to Alexander Litvinenko's living room, when a missile punched a gaping hole into the wall of his ninth-floor apartment. The 53-year-old college philosophy teacher had just stepped into his study to...More >
Thursday, July 24 2014 1:33 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:33:50 GMT
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation following turmoil in government.More >
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday, opening the way for new elections that would reflect the country's starkly changed political scene after the ouster of pro-Russian...More >
Thursday, July 24 2014 12:13 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:13:02 GMT
World shares were rattled Thursday by reports the European Union is weighing stiffer financial sanctions against Russia.More >
Markets were solid Thursday as geopolitical tensions largely related to the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine subsided somewhat and after further upbeat U.S. jobs data was offset somewhat by surprisingly weak...More >
Thursday, July 24 2014 7:41 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:41:35 GMT
A closely watched survey suggests economic growth in the 18-country eurozone picked up during July despite ongoing concerns over France, the currency bloc's second-largest economy.More >
The escalating tensions in Ukraine, which have led to a sharp deterioration in relations between the West and Russia, could weigh on a modestly improving economic recovery in the 18-country eurozone.More >
Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:10:14 GMT
The White House says the downing of two fighter jets in Ukraine is part of a pattern of Russian-backed separatists using Russian weapons to pose risks to aircraft.More >
The White House cast the downing of two fighter jets in Ukraine on Wednesday as part of a pattern of Russian-backed separatists using Russian weapons to pose risks to aircrafts and further destabilize the conflict in the...More >