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• International gun grab: U.S. to sign U.N. arms treaty

Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Monday the United States will sign on to a U.N. treaty on arms control, over the objections of many in Congress who say the global document would clamp down on America’s Second Amendment.

The U.S. “welcomes” the next step in treaty ratification, Mr. Kerry said in a statement reported by Fox News and issued the same day the United Nations held a formal signing ceremony on New York.

• Army’s new robotic bird drone is so realistic it gets attacked by hawks

A robotic bird created for the U.S. Army for use as a miniature spy drone is so convincing that it has been attacked by hawks and eagles, according to researchers.

The Robo-Raven, as the solar-powered, remotely piloted surveillance aircraft is called, was designed and built at the University of Maryland’s Maryland Robotics Center — an interdisciplinary research establishment in the university’s A. James Clark School of Engineering. The center posted a video of a test flight this week.

• Ex-Minn. Gov. Jesse Ventura sues Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s widow

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura has decided to substitute Chris Kyle’s wife, Taya, in a defamation suit he has filed against the slain Navy SEAL.

Mr. Ventura last year sued the decorated sailor, who authored “American Sniper,” claiming that the book’s description of a California bar fight defamed him, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

• GOP revives Obama’s Christmas tree tax

The Heritage Foundation reports that the Republican-controlled House has revived President Obama’s proposed Christmas Tree Tax — a 15 cent fee on every freshly cut Christmas tree.

The House agriculture committee adopted an amendment allowing the tax to go forward as part of the major farm bill that’s winding its way through the chamber.

• Rising Red tide: China encircles U.S. by sailing warships in American waters, arming neighbors

China has been quietly taking steps to encircle the United States by arming western hemisphere states, seeking closer military, economic, and diplomatic ties to U.S. neighbors, and sailing warships into U.S. maritime zones.

The strategy is a Chinese version of what Beijing has charged is a U.S. strategy designed to encircle and “contain” China. It is also directed at countering the Obama administration’s new strategy called the pivot to Asia.

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