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Yemen civilian death toll surpasses 2,300

Yemen civilian deathsThe office of the U.N. human rights chief said Tuesday that 151 civilians have been killed in fighting in Yemen over two weeks in September, taking the civilian death toll to 2,355 over the last six months.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) cited both sides of the conflict, including a Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen's government in exile, and Shia rebels, known as Houthis. Spokesman Rupert Colville pointed to coalition airstrikes and “indiscriminate” shelling in residential areas.


Ex-House Speaker Hastert lawyers talking possible plea deal

Denny HastertA possible plea agreement is being negotiated in the hush-money case of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, attorneys told a judge Monday, meaning potentially embarrassing details about the underlying actions in the case may never be divulged in court or anywhere else.

Hastert, who led the U.S. House for nine years, has pleaded not guilty to charges that the Republican skirted federal banking laws in an attempt to pay someone $3.5 million to hide claims of past misconduct.


Missouri Attorney General Finds No Evidence Planned Parenthood Mishandled Fetal Tissue

Planned parenthoodAn investigation in Missouri found no evidence that Planned Parenthood's St. Louis clinic mishandled fetal tissue or engaged in unlawful activity, Attorney General Chris Koster's office said on Monday.

Koster's office had launched an investigation after an anti-abortion group released videos over the summer alleging that Planned Parenthood in other states illegally sold fetal tissue.


Afghan Taliban seize Kunduz city center in landmark gain

KunuzTaliban fighters battled their way into the center of Kunduz city in northern Afghanistan on Monday and seized the provincial governor's office, in one of the militants' biggest territorial gains in 14 years of war, witnesses and officials said.

The insurgents raised the white Taliban banner over the central square and freed hundreds of fellow militants from the local jail, in a major setback for Afghan forces who abandoned a provincial headquarters for the first time since 2001.


Study: Many early breast cancer patients can skip chemotherapy

breast cancer and chemoA 21-gene test can accurately predict whether women with breast cancer can be treated without chemotherapy, according to a large, long-term study.

The test, called the OncotypeDX, examines the expression of 21 genes in tumor biopsies. Based on the results of the test, researchers were able to correctly predict whether endocrine therapy or endocrine therapy with chemotherapy is best for individual patients.


Brazil pledges absolute carbon emissions reduction of 37 percent

Brazil pledgeds carbon emissions reductionBrazil has pledged a 37 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2025, making the South American country the first major developing nation to pledge an absolute emissions reduction.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff made the announcement on Sunday at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit. She also announced an "intended reduction" of 43 percent by 2030.


Oil and gas boomtown gone bust: Gonzales tries to cope

boomtown gone badOnly a year ago, with oil trading near $100 a barrel, residents of this proud and pretty South Texas boomtown had only one chief complaint: traffic.

Heavy-duty trucks bearing gas and equipment were kicking up dust and leaving rural roads pitted.  Townspeople don't have that worry anymore, with roads half-empty as the oil and gas game has slowed.


Obama delivers a direct prebuttal to Vladimir Putin at UN

Obama at UNUS President Barack Obama, speaking to the United Nations' General Assembly on Monday, used the speech to deliver a direct prebuttal to Russian President Vladimir Putin before the two meet in New York later in the day.

At the same time, he may have slightly conceded to Russia's position on Syria.

Putin and Obama have been increasingly at odds over several international issues, including Russia's involvement in the civil war in Ukraine and the Syrian civil war.


Major banks investigated for collusion in precious metals market

Banks investigated for precious metalsThe Swiss competition watchdog has launched an investigation into possible collusion in the precious metals market by several major banks, it said on Monday, the latest in a string of probes into gold, silver, platinum and palladium pricing.

Global precious metals trading has been under regulatory scrutiny since December 2013, when German banking regulator Bafin demanded documents from Deutsche Bank under an inquiry into suspected manipulation of gold and silver benchmarks by banks.


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