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North Carolina asks Supreme Court to reinstate voter ID law

Voter ID North Carolina officials are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate key parts of the state's voter ID law blocked last month after a federal appeals court found that the measure intentionally targeted African-Americans.

Lawyers for the state filed an emergency application with Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday in an attempt to allow officials to conduct this November's election using the law's the photo ID requirement and reduce the number of early voting days from 17 to 10.


Obama To Announce Release Of 15 Guantanamo Detainees In Largest Transfer Of Presidency

Obama to release more detaineesThe Pentagon is expected to announce the transfer of 15 prisoners out of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility on Monday evening, marking the largest single exodus of detainees from the infamous prison in Barack Obama’s presidency.

Multiple sources confirmed an AFP report, which broke the news of the transfer ahead of the Pentagon’s announcement. Sources say they expect the detainees to be sent to the United Arab Emirates, a country that accepted five Yemeni detainees last year since the U.S. ruled out repatriating them to their unstable home country. Because congressional restrictions currently outlaw transferring detainees to the U.S., the Obama administration has relied on other countries to take in prisoners who are cleared for release by an inter-agency review board.


Airstrike hits aid group's hospital in northern Yemen

DWB hospital in Yemen hitAn airstrike hit a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders in northern Yemen on Monday, the international aid group said, killing and wounding an unknown number of people.

The group, known by the French acronym MSF, said the strike hit near the Houthi rebel stronghold of Saada, where teams were still attending to the wounded. Yemeni security and medical officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to brief the media, say the strike killed and wounded some 20 of the hospital's staff and patients.


Alex Baer: The Tricky Bits in the Triaging

T riage controlWelcome to the weekend, fellow shell-shock victims:

Thank you for choosing Doctor Dogooder's Philanthropic Trauma Hospital and No-Host, Hospitality Fern Bar.

We'll be triaging everyone according to depth of political dismay and by visible, physical symptoms -- such as foaming at the mouth, inability to control reflexes, sudden bursts of cursing, throbbing temple veins, fur-coated tongue, repeated yelling-while-pointing, and so on.


Character actor Fyvush Finkel dead at 93

Fyvush FinkelFyvush Finkel, the plastic-faced character actor whose career in stage and screen started in Yiddish theater and led to memorable roles in Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway and on TV in Boston Public and Picket Fences, has died, his son said Monday. He was 93.

Finkel, who was known for his mischievous smile and an ability to prop his ears at an angle for optimum comic effect, died early Sunday in Manhattan, said his son, Ian. He said his father had suffered heart problems for months.


33 killed, 28 injured as crowded bus veers off Nepal road

Nepal bus crashA bus filled with people traveling to their home villages in Nepal to receive the first government payments for victims of last year's devastating earthquake slipped off a narrow mountain road Monday, killing at least 33 people and injuring 28 others.

The bus was heading to Kartike Deurali village, among the worst hit by the quake, which killed nearly 9,000 people in the country. The road — little more than a trail — was only wide enough for one vehicle to pass at a time and was slippery because of continuous rain.


Delaware police chief cleared in altered officer force memo

Delaware police chief clearedThe attorney general's office in Delaware has cleared a police chief of criminal wrongdoing regarding the alteration of an internal affairs report involving the use of force by a former officer.

Former Cpl. Thomas Webster IV was acquitted of assault last year after being seen on dashcam video kicking a suspect in the head and breaking his jaw in 2013.


Taliban overruns district in Afghanistan's Baghlan

Taliban overruns Afghan districtTaliban fighters have captured a key district in Afghanistan's northern province of Baghlan after days of fighting, Afghan officials say.

The fighters launched a coordinated attack on Dahana-e-Ghori on Friday that led to heavy fighting in the area until the Taliban took control of the district on Monday.

Amir Gul Hussainkhil, deputy police chief of Baghlan, said Dahana-e-Ghori district was under siege for days and the Taliban managed to seize it because dozens of Afghan forces made "a tactical retreat".


Air strike and suicide bombing kill scores in Syria

Syria bomb attacksOpposition activists in Syria say at least 66 people have been killed in fighting across the country in the past 24 hours.

They say Syrian government and Russian air strikes have carried out fresh bombarding of Aleppo and neighbouring Idlib province.  There were 26 air strikes in Idlib on Sunday alone, killing at least nine people, according to the activists.


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