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Yemen: Saudi Arabia used US-supplied cluster bombs, rights groups says
The Saudi-led coalition carrying out air strikes in Yemen has used US-supplied cluster bombs banned by much of the world, a rights group has... Read more...
Suspect arrested in shooting of NYPD officer
The man accused of shooting a New York City police officer in the head will be arraigned Sunday on charges of attempted murder of a police officer,... Read more...
DOT issues final rules on flammable oil trains
The Obama administration imposed tougher safety regulations Friday for trains carrying crude oil, responding to growing alarm about a series of fiery... Read more...
US aviation authority: Boeing 787 bug could cause 'loss of control'
The US air safety authority has issued a warning and maintenance order over a software bug that causes a complete electric shutdown of Boeing’s 787... Read more...
18 women suspect that babies they were told died are alive
Eighteen black women who were told decades ago that their babies had died soon after birth at a St. Louis hospital are now wondering if the children... Read more...
The Real Cost of Vietnam
The commemoration of the end of the Vietnam War this week in 1975 will be lost on many Americans who are too young to recall the tumultuous events of... Read more...
American, Italian hostages killed in US drone strike
An American and an Italian held hostage by al-Qaida, as well as two Americans working with the terror group, were inadvertently killed by U.S. drone... Read more...
The Terrible Legacy of Agent Orange
I wanted to put it all in the context of today’s Vietnam, forty years on. To see victims of the second and third generations, where and how they... Read more...
Report Shows US Invasion, Occupation of Iraq Left 1 Million Dead
A recently published report has revealed that the US invasion and occupation of Iraq was responsible for the deaths of approximately 1 million... Read more...
Americans have yet to grasp the horrific magnitude of the ‘war on terror’
Even as the U.S. expands its military involvement in the Middle East and delays the troop drawdown from Afghanistan, the staggering human toll of the... Read more...
I am a cook in the US Senate but I still need food stamps to feed my children
Bertrand Olotara has two college degrees, works two jobs and is on public assistance.The 44-year-old divorced father of five gets up five days a week... Read more...
Deutsche Bank to plead guilty to wire fraud, pay $2.5B in fines
Deutsche Bank will pay U.S. and British authorities $2.5 billion and its London subsidiary will plead guilty to wire fraud for manipulation of... Read more...
Fight for $15 goes global: Workers set to launch worldwide protest
On Wednesday morning, the fast-food labor campaign known as Fight for $15 will stage what organizers say will be its largest ever protest —... Read more...
How Wall Street captured Washington’s effort to rein in banks
In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Keith Higgins was certain: Banks weren’t to blame.Higgins, a top attorney at prominent law firm... Read more...
JPMorgan Chase on track to pay $4b to homeowners as part of settlement
JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) is on track to meet its mandate to provide billions of dollars in consumer relief to struggling homeowners as part of... Read more...
Top Iranian general: America was behind 9/11 attacks
The commander of Iran’s ground forces said that American officials planned and executed the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to justify... Read more...
After 9/11, We Were All Judith Miller
If the sales of Judith Miller’s memoir are commensurate with the vituperation of the attacks on her, the royalties will mount. Her critics—they... Read more...
Son of Carl Sagan is a 9/11 truther: ‘It’s a cover up, basically’
In an interview with Internet broadcast 9/11 Free Fall, the son of the late Carl Sagan claimed that there is a massive conspiracy to “cover up”... Read more...
Lawmakers push for Obama to break seal on 9/11 pages
President Obama is coming under pressure from lawmakers to declassify 28 pages of the 9/11 report that were blacked out when the document was first... Read more...
9/11 defendant still suffering from ‘black site’ injuries, lawyer says at Guantánamo
A defense lawyer for an alleged 9/11 plotter said Thursday that his Saudi captive client was rectally abused in CIA custody — and continues to... Read more...
No, Pentagon says: We’re not plotting the military takeover of Texas
The Pentagon wants to make it clear: No one is messing with you, Texas.Defense officials are swatting down Internet-fueled rumors about a training... Read more...
How Republican presidential candidates are getting away with denying evolution
A neurosurgeon who believes the human brain is too complex for anyone but God, an ophthalmologist who refuses to talk about the age of the Earth, and... Read more...
New York Senate Leader and Son Taken Into Custody By FBI In Corruption Case
New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam B. Skelos were arrested on federal corruption charges this morning. The charges... Read more...
Former CIA deputy director rejects Republican Benghazi claims
Former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell said Republicans politicized and repeatedly distorted the agency's analysis of the 2012 Benghazi... Read more...
Carson, Fiorina Jump Into 2016 Race
- The Republican field of candidates continues to widen. Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is expected to make a major announcement at an event... Read more...
Prosecutor in Eric Garner chokehold case elected to Congress
A U.S. House seat in deeply Democratic New York City will remain under Republican control.Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan — who... Read more...
Senate passes GOP budget plan targeting 'Obamacare'
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday narrowly passed a Republican budget plan that prescribes deep domestic spending cuts to eliminate deficits by 2024 and... Read more...
Pentagon accused of withholding data on sex assaults at US bases
The number of sex-related crimes occurring in U.S. military communities is far greater than the Defense Department has publicly reported, a U.S.... Read more...
GOP, Pentagon tussle over East Coast shield
The Pentagon has repeatedly said it doesn’t need — nor can it afford — a third anti-missile battery on American territory to defend against a... Read more...
How the Trans Pacific Partnership Signals the Death of the Republic
On April 22, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive trade agreement that... Read more...
Chicago agrees to pay $5.5m to victims of police torture in 1970s and 80s
Chicago approved an unprecedented deal on Wednesday to compensate victims tortured in police custody in the 1970s and 80s under the regime of a... Read more...
Baltimore asks Justice Department to investigate police practices
The mayor of Baltimore called on federal investigators Wednesday to look into whether the city's beleaguered police department uses a pattern of... Read more...
Missouri Senate Overrides Veto Of Welfare Restrictions Bill
The Missouri Senate voted on Monday to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill that severely restricts welfare eligibility, potentially cutting... Read more...
Oregon Bill Passes Expanding Background Checks for Gun Sales
Oregon Democrats have muscled through legislation expanding background checks to cover nearly every private firearm sale in the state.House lawmakers... Read more...
NYPD officer shot in the head this weekend pronounced dead
A 25-year-old police officer shot in the head over the weekend while attempting to stop a man suspected of carrying a handgun died Monday from his... Read more...
US citizen fights to sue FBI agents for ‘inhuman’ detention abroad
A U.S. citizen’s six-year fight to hold FBI operatives accountable for his detainment and torture in East Africa is again at risk of being quashed... Read more...
Gaza war policies favored safety of soldiers over civilians, Israeli veterans group says
Israeli troops who served in last summer’s war in Gaza were ordered to shoot people on sight, shelled homes and reduced neighborhoods to rubble as... Read more...
Ethiopian-Israelis bring anti-racism protest to Tel Aviv
At Thursday’s protest in Jerusalem, which was officially staged in order to highlight police brutality against members of Israel’s Ethiopian... Read more...
Islamic State crisis: US-led Syria strikes 'kill dozens of civilians'
Air strikes by the US-led coalition targeting Islamic State militants have killed more than 50 civilians in northern Syria, activists say.The Syrian... Read more...
Echoes of Baltimore on the streets of Jerusalem
The pictures that consumed the attention of Israelis overnight Thursday seemed grimly in tune with those that filled American and international... Read more...
Bruce Enberg: I'll bet you a Yuan to a Baklava
First Quarter US GDP came in at 0.2%, which is down from 2.2% in the Fourth Quarter. This isn't really a huge drop in US economic growth as you might... Read more...
Alex Baer: Running on Empty, Zapped & Unplugged
Pardon me while I smolder and sputter from somewhere within, in the penthouse of this body, up behind the eyeballs, where my subdued executive... Read more...
Alex Baer: Fate Makes a Health & Welfare House Call
Fate -- or The Universe, or The Hairy Thunderer, or Kosmic Muffin, or The Flying Spaghetti Monster, or The Formless Mystery, or Your-What-Have-You --... Read more...
The Canadian Ministry of "Truth": "Reality Is Whatever We Say It Is"
One of the frightening aspects of ideology is how easy its governing principles can be obscured behind tautologies and reality-denying affirmations... Read more...
Alex Baer: Brainstorms, Lightning Rounds, Sparks, Shorts, and Mystery Melons
It's been a week now, and I'm starting to experiment with concepts a bit longer than "Guhh," "Yow!" and "Uhh, I'm sorry -- were we talking just... Read more...
Puerto Rico Governor Signs Order To Legalize Medical Marijuana
Puerto Rico's governor on Sunday signed an executive order to authorize the use of medical marijuana in the U.S. territory in an unexpected move... Read more...
Cuba's medical magicians
While the US trade embargo imposed in 1961 has restricted life-saving equipment and medicine, it has only made medical professionals more imaginative... Read more...
St. Louis Burning: A ticking time bomb beneath the city?
If it were any other morning after six inches of overnight snow in St. Louis, Dawn Chapman probably would have been sledding with her three kids.But... Read more...
Pharmaceutical Companies Buy Rivals’ Drugs, Then Jack Up the Prices
On Feb. 10, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. bought the rights to a pair of life-saving heart drugs. The same day, their list prices rose... Read more...
Chipotle removes all food containing GMOs from its menu
Chipotle Mexican Grill announced on Sunday that it had completed an initiative to remove all food containing genetically modified organisms (GMO)... Read more...
Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Topped 400 PPM Throughout March In Unprecedented Milestone
Average global levels of carbon dioxide stayed above 400 parts per million, or ppm, through all of March 2015 -- the first time that has happened for... Read more...
Crude oil train derails in North Dakota
Federal regulators said Wednesday a North Dakota town was evacuated after several tank cars carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire. Ten... Read more...
Two dead in Mexican oil rig accident
In the second such incident in less than a month, a Mexican energy company said two workers died after an accident on an offshore oil rig.Petroleos... Read more...
Probe takes aim at US methane plume mystery
Conley is part of a team of top atmospheric scientists taking part in a high-stakes hunt for the sources of a vast methane plume billowing over the... Read more...
California's growing concern: Crops raised with oil field water
Here in California's thirsty farm belt, where pumpjacks nod amid neat rows of crops, it's a proposition that seems to make sense: using treated oil... Read more...
Oil Services Co.,Baker Huhes, lays off 10,500
"Extreme market forces" are in play in the global energy sector, oil services company Baker Hughes said Tuesday in announcing widespread layoffs.The... Read more...
Coal Is Dying and It's Never Coming Back
Coal, the No. 1 cause of climate change, is dying. Last year saw a record number of coal plant retirements in the United States, and a study last... Read more...
To foil oil spills, new federal rule requires better blowout preventers
The Obama administration unveiled a new rule Monday that's designed to help prevent a repeat of the deadly 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil... Read more...
Germany Proves Life With Less Fossil Fuel Getting Easiersss
Sitting in a control center that helps ensure uninterrupted power for 82 million Germans, Gunter Scheibner is proving that renewable energy from the... Read more...
Across American oilfields, layoffs and auctions
Convinced he can ride out the slowing fortunes of America's oil and gas industry, Shawn Kluver arrived at Thursday's heavy equipment auction with... Read more...
Netanyahu, caving to right wing, strikes deal forming new government
Netanyahu effectively caved in to all of Bayit Yehudi's demands, including naming MK Ayelet Shaked as justice minister, with almost all of the powers... Read more...
Alberta election: NDP's surprise win over conservatives
A left-leaning party has won a surprise victory in Alberta, one of Canada's most conservative provinces.The New Democratic Party (NDP) ended the... Read more...
'Dozens die' as migrant boat deflates in Mediterranean
Dozens of migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean after a boat carrying an estimated 137 people deflates south of Sicily, Save the Children... Read more...
Afghanistan's Poppy Farmers Say New Seeds Will Boost Opium Output
It's the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan — the country's intractable opium cultivation. This year, many Afghan poppy... Read more...
Pregnant 10-year-old rape victim denied abortion by Paraguayan authorities
The girl is 10 years old, 22 weeks pregnant with the child of the stepfather who raped and impregnated her even after he was reported to social... Read more...
Press freedom is declining in the US
Today the world recognizes World Press Freedom Day. Instituted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO),... Read more...
Diminished freedoms: Jailing and killing the media
The gruesome image of a journalist dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit kneeling helplessly before their black-clad captor has become the unfortunate... Read more...
Life after the sting: ‘(T)error’ doc explores FBI use of paid informants
Jenkins’ son, Tarik Shah, a jazz bassist and 10th degree black belt, was convicted in 2007 of agreeing “to provide training in martial arts and... Read more...
Stating security concerns, Egypt gags media
Mohamed Abo Zeid is out of words and hope.His brother Mahmoud, a photojournalist, has become one of several names symbolizing perils facing... Read more...
Is the White House press corps becoming obsolete?
Over the last six years, a confluence of forces have eroded the foundation of the relationship between the White House and the reporters who cover it... Read more...
Obama chooses Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman
President Barack Obama has chosen as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff a widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the... Read more...
Breaking military's ultimate glass ceiling? Women start Ranger training.
At first glance, the scene unfolding here in the rolling Georgia woodlands would appear to be unremarkable.Two-by-two, bellies in the dirt and hands... Read more...
CIA's torture experts now use their skills in secret drones program
The controversy over the CIA’s secret drone program has gone from bad to worse this week. We now know that many of those running it are the same... Read more...
David Petraeus sentenced to probation for sharing classified information
David Petraeus, the retired US army general and former CIA director responsible for the development of the hugely influential... Read more...
US soldiers banned from bars, clubs in Philippines
The U.S. Pacific Command has banned its troops in the Philippines from bars and nightclubs, a spokesman said Saturday, with the trial underway of a... Read more...
Cosmic rays may damage brains of astronauts
It may not be space debris, errant asteroids, supply shortages, thruster malfunctions or even the malevolent aliens envisioned in so many Hollywood... Read more...
Unmanned Russian supply craft out of control, plunging to Earth
An unmanned Russian spacecraft loaded with supplies for the International Space Station is spinning out of control and may already be plunging toward... Read more...
'Bizarre' Jurassic dinosaur discovered in remarkable new find
Fossil hunters in Chile have unearthed the remains of a bizarre Jurassic dinosaur that combined a curious mixture of features from different... Read more...
25 years later: Who got the Hubble telescope off the ground?
On the 25-year anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, talked with science writer Robert Zimmerman, author of "The... Read more...
Scientists genetically modify human embryos in controversial world first
Scientists in China have genetically modified human embryos in a world first that has re-ignited the debate over the ethics and safety of genetic... Read more...
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161 The Lies That Sold Obama's Escalation in Afghanistan Reggie
162 US expands its drone war to Somalia Reggie
163 Report: Iraq, Afghanistan Wars Cost US Nearly $4 Trillion Reggie
164 Cost of air conditioning for U.S. troops in MidEast more than NASA budget Jesse Richard
165 Ex-MI6 chief altered Iraqi intelligence Jesse Richard
166 'Hit and run' drone strikes are 'breaking laws of war" Jesse Richard
167 Missing Iraq cash 'as high as $18bn' Jesse Richard
168 US data: 90% of captured 'Taliban' were civilians Jesse Richard
169 Secret US and Afghanistan talks could see troops stay for decades Reggie
170 Missing Iraq money may have been stolen, auditors say Jesse Richard
171 How Not to Withdraw from Iraq Reggie
172 Gates blasts NATO, questions future of alliance Reggie
173 Iraq's Chalabi, who sought invasion, now wants U.S. out Reggie
174 At Hussein shrine, nostalgia for a strong leader Reggie
175 As U.S. Military Exits Iraq, Contractors To Enter Reggie
176 MI6 plotted with No10 to oust Saddam in bid to win 'prize' of secure oil supplies Jesse Richard
177 Iraq dossier drawn up to make case for war – UK intelligence officer Reggie
178 US targets, but misses bin Laden successor Reggie
179 Why the US and NATO Fed Detainees to Afghan Torture System Reggie
180 Tunnel under prison wall in Afghanistan sees 500 inmates escape Reggie

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