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Hillary Clinton Gets the Win in Guam Caucuses

But Bernie Sanders still won the day in delegates

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton is the projected winner of the not-super-important Guam caucuses, the Hill reports. According to Politico , unofficial results have Clinton winning with 60% of the vote to Bernie Sanders' 40%. Both Clinton and Sanders had done minimal campaigning in Guam, with Sanders promising to visit if he's elected... More »

Cruz Scores Sole Delegate in Guam

Territory's other GOP picks are uncommitted

(Newser) - In what Ted Cruz will doubtless be happy to consider a win, he was the only candidate to score a pledged delegate at Guam's Republican State Convention on Saturday. The party meeting in the Pacific territory elected a total of six delegates to the Republican National Convention, but only... More »

Guam Passes Controversial Chemical Castration Bill

Sex offenders could be castrated before their release

(Newser) - In the US in 2013, there were an average of 25.2 reported rapes per 100,000 people—but in Guam, there were 64.2. Today, the US territory took what one Guam senator called the "first step to addressing Guam's rape problem" when the legislature passed a... More »

Legal Decision Against Guam Cites ... John Oliver

Ninth Circuit judge cites comedian's HBO show in decision footnote

(Newser) - There's a little-known axiom in Hollywood that says you've only truly made it when you've been cited by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. If that's true (it isn't), then welcome to the A-list, John Oliver. As Above the Law reports, a... More »

Coming Soon to Guam: Gay Marriage?

Could become the first US territory to legalize same-sex marriage

(Newser) - Guam may become the first US territory to allow same-sex marriage after its attorney general today ordered it to be so. Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson instructed officials to start processing same-sex marriage applications, citing an appeals court decision that found state bans on gay marriage were unconstitutional, the AP reports. The move... More »

2K Dead Mice Dropped on Guam's Snake War

They're packed with Tylenol to kill invasive creatures

(Newser) - Guam has a new weapon in its war against brown tree snakes : an army of Tylenol-filled dead mice. The creatures have been dropped onto a US Air Force base using miniature cardboard parachutes, NBC News reports. The snakes, an invasive species, feast on exotic local birds and cause power outages,... More »

US Moving Missile-Defense System to Guam After N. Korea Threats

Pentagon to deploy advanced battery to protect military bases

(Newser) - North Korea's threats to hit US targets in the Pacific might well be hot air, but the Pentagon says it has no choice but to take them seriously. As a result, it plans to move a high-tech missile-defense system to Guam to protect military bases in the area, reports... More »

North Korea: Ready Artillery to Hit US Mainland

Supreme Command orders units to be 'combat ready'

(Newser) - Your daily dose of North Korean bluster takes the shape of a ratcheted up warning against the US: The country says it has ordered its long-range artillery and rocket units to be put into "the No. 1 combat ready" mode and target US military bases on the mainland, Hawaii,... More »

North Korea Threatens US Bases in Guam, Japan

They're within 'striking range,' says the North

(Newser) - After the US announced it's flying B-52 bombers over South Korea, the North is issuing its latest warning: US military bases in Guam and Japan are in its "striking range." Said the country's military: "The US should not forget that the Andersen Air Force Base... More »

US to Shower Guam With Dead Toxic Mice

PETA not pleased with snake-minded move

(Newser) - The US has a plan to deal with Guam's overwhelming snake population , and it's not sitting well with animal rights activists: In April or May, dead mice stuffed with acetaminophen will be parachuted into Guam. As the AP explains, the plan is built around the brown tree snakes'... More »

First Snakes, Now Spiders Take Over Guam

Tree snakes devoured most of the spider-eating birds

(Newser) - First it was two million snakes . Now spiders are taking over Guam. The tiny island is experiencing a population explosion of arachnids because a vast, invasive army of snakes ate most of the native birds, the spiders' natural predator. Biologists say Guam's jungle currently holds 40 times more spiders... More »

World's Biggest Pot-Head Countries

Polite little Palau is surprisingly blunt

(Newser) - What sort of ranking gives its top spots to Palau, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam, and puts the US at No. 7? The list of the world's top countries for marijuana use, reports Business Insider , based on the UN's latest World Drug Report . Palau dominated the rankings,... More »

Tiny Guam Battles 2 Million Snakes

Brown tree snakes are killing native species and biting humans

(Newser) - Two million snakes have taken over the tiny island of Guam, with devastating consequences. Described by the BBC as "one of the most successful invasive species ever," the the brown tree snake is believed to have first slithered onto the 30-mile-long US territory 60 years ago, likely carried... More »

Romney Adds 9 Delegates From Guam

Today's bigger battle comes in Kansas

(Newser) - Mitt Romney picked up nine more delegates today on his march toward the magic 1,144 he needs for his party's nomination, reports the AP . The latest ones come from Guam, where 215 representatives voted with a show of hands, giving Romney a unanimous win. Romney also is expected... More »

US Military Looking for Foothold in Philippines

But doesn't intend to reopen bases

(Newser) - The US military is seeking more access to the Philippines, sources tell Reuters , though not, they hasten to add, new full-blown bases there. The Philippines voted to remove gigantic US naval and air bases 20 years ago, but the country remains a US ally, and the US is hoping for... More »

Ship Halted After 'Spider Tsunami'

Thousands of spiders pour from Guam ship

(Newser) - Authorities in Guam have turned away a ship after thousands of spiders poured out of its cargo as it headed into port. Hundreds of large spiders and thousands of smaller ones were seen when stevedores began offloading insulation and beams for housing units from the ship, the MV Altavia, which... More »

Lawmaker Worried Guam May Tip Over

Georgia's Hank Johnson raises concern to US admiral

(Newser) - Democratic congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia is taking a ribbing as a video makes the rounds showing his unusual concern about Guam. During questioning of a US admiral about plans to station 5,000 more Marines on the island, Johnson says he's worried that it "might tip over and... More »

NASA Briefly Lost Touch With Spacewalking Astronauts

(Newser) - Astronauts walking outside the International Space Station lost communications with NASA ground control for 33 minutes today, Reuters reports, after a storm cut the link through a relay station on the Pacific island of Guam. “This is no safety of flight issue,” said a spokesman, who added that... More »

Airbus 330 Makes Emergency Landing in Guam

Cockpit fire forces move; plane same type as in Air France crash

(Newser) - An Airbus 330 carrying 203 people has made an emergency landing in Guam after an electrical problem sparked a small fire in the cockpit, airline officials said. There were no injuries. Though it's the same type of plane as the Air France flight that crashed last week in the Atlantic,... More »

No Survivors in Crash of US Bomber off Guam

With 6 crew members considered dead, rescue focus shifts to recovery

(Newser) - The US Air Force said today all six crew members aboard a B-52 bomber that crashed Monday off Guam were killed. A wide search effort has shifted focus from rescue to recovery of the crew, said officials at Andersen Air Force Base on the Pacific island. More »

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