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  1. News - World - UNITED STATES

    The US$4.25m California desert home the Obamas are thought to be buying

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 10:04pm by NYT

    ... McClatchy-Tribune in Los Angeles Family thought to be buying in southern California 'playground of the presidents' A US$4.25m desert homefit for the Obamas US President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, could be the owners of a US$4.25 million home in the southern California desert community of Rancho Mirage before the month is out. The first family is believed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1557261/us425m-california-desert-home-obamas-are-thought-be-buying
  2. News - World - UNITED STATES

    LA shakedown exposed as wealthy Saudi’s son beats US$20m fake rape claim

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 08:43pm by NYT

    ... US$20 m rape claim The young Saudi man had been in Los Angeles for about a year studying English when the horrific accusations came to his door. A woman he'd met during a 2012 family trip ... Boulevard high-rise condominium. The charges stunned Thamer Albalwi and his family, one of the wealthiest in his native Saudi Arabia. Quickly, they raised US$3 million (HK$23.25 million) in bail ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1554904/la-shakedown-exposed-wealthy-saudis-son-beats-us20m-fake-rape-claim
  3. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Warren Buffett, Sheldon Adelson and Bill Gates seek US migrant law change

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 09:15pm by BLOOM

    ... a combined US$184.3 billion according to Bloomberg's Billionaires Index, wrote in reference to House and Senate members. While business representatives have long favoured rewriting immigration ... Bloomberg in Washington Billionaire trio demand US migrant law change Three of the world's richest men, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Sheldon Adelson, have castigated the US ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1552112/warren-buffett-sheldon-adelson-and-bill-gates-seek-us-migrant-law-change
  4. News - World - UNITED STATES

    US workers claim discrimination in hiring of foreigners on skilled worker visas

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 10:55pm by AP

    ... Associated Press Federal lawsuit alleges headhunting companies are hiring cheap labour from abroad for skilled jobs under controversial H-1B visa programme Visa scheme 'hijacking U.S. jobs' Kelly Parker was thrilled when she landed her dream job in 2012 providing technical support for Harley-Davidson's plants in the US state of Wisconsin. The divorced mother of three ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1549216/us-workers-claim-discrimination-hiring-foreigners-skilled-worker-visas
  5. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Doggy DNA lands recalcitrant condo tenants in poop

    Posted Jan 14th 2013, 12:00am by MCT

    ... to do DNA testing and then fining owners US$100 per offence," said Cristian Michaels, who oversees sales and marketing for the Vue. "Renters with multiple violations can be evicted ... parks had begun inquiring about the programme, said Eric Mayer, director of business development for the company. Here is how it works: Someone swabs the interior of dogs' mouths, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1127263/doggy-dna-lands-recalcitrant-condo-tenants-poop
  6. News - World - UNITED STATES

    US governor Jesse Ventura wins defamation case over bar fight against late author

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 09:44pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington Jesse Ventura wins defamation suit over bar fight A US jury has decided that former wrestler Jesse Ventura was defamed in a best-selling book's description of a bar fight and awarded him US$1.8 million. Ventura, 63, who was elected governor of Minnesota in 1998, had sued over his portrayal in the book American Sniper: The Autobiography ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1562915/us-governor-jesse-ventura-wins-defamation-case-over-bar-fight-against
  7. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Religious freedom rules for top US court as it decides firms don't have to fund contraceptives

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 11:21pm by AP

    ... divided US Supreme Court has ruled that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. It's the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law. Monday's 5-4 decision, splitting conservatives and liberals, means the Obama administration ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1544383/religious-freedom-rules-top-us-court-it-decides-firms-dont-have-fund
  8. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Michael Farrell resigns after US CDC anthrax release mishap

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 11:38pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Washington Anthrax release director resigns The director of a US government bio-terror laboratory that potentially exposed scores of workers to live anthrax last month has resigned, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said. Michael Farrell, head of the laboratory in Atlanta, had been reassigned from his position last month after the agency disclosed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1558335/michael-farrell-resigns-after-us-cdc-anthrax-release-mishap
  9. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Chinese man pleads guilty to attempting to smuggle military secrets out of US

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 10:23am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Washington A 28-year-old Chinese man pleaded guilty on Wednesday of attempting to smuggle military technology obtained from undercover US agents out of the United States to China, the US Justice Department said. Cai Bo, an employee of a Chinese technology firm, was accused along with his cousin Cai Wentong, 29, of trying to illegally export sensors primarily ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1558017/us-says-chinese-man-pleads-guilty-military-technology-sting
  10. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Women whose sex organs rogue doctor filmed to share US$190m payout

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 10:01pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Baltimore Dirty doctor victims' US$190m payout A "rogue" US gynaecologist's secret use of tiny cameras to record hundreds of videos and photos of his patients' sex organs has led to prestigious Johns Hopkins hospitals agreeing to pay US$190 million to some 8,000 women and girls, lawyers said. Dr Nikita Levy was fired after 25 years ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1557264/women-whose-sex-organs-rogue-doctor-filmed-share-us190m-payout

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