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Obama To Keep Troops In Afghanistan Beyond 2016 [VIDEO]

Officials say President Barack Obama will keep 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017. Obama had originally planned to pull out all but a small, embassy-based U.S. military presence by the end of next year, a timeline coinciding with the final weeks of his presidency. But military leaders argued for months…

Congress to Act on Debt Limit By Nov. 5

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned lawmakers in a letter on Thursday that the deadline for increasing the government’s borrowing limit has moved up to about Nov. 5, or a month earlier than expected. The altered deadline was due to tax receipts coming in below estimates and military retirement trust funds costing more than expected, according…

Bill Cosby Admitted to Giving Quaaludes to Women

Bill Cosby testified in 2005 that he got Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and he admitted giving the sedative to at least one woman and “other people,” according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The AP had gone to court to compel…

Obama signs trade, worker assistance bills into law

President Barack Obama has signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts. The measures were politically linked to secure bipartisan support for the trade legislation. They set the stage for the conclusion of a 12-nation Pacific…

Ex-Nazis Got Millions in Social Security

Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found. The payments, which were underwritten by American taxpayers, flowed through a legal loophole that gave the Justice Department leverage to persuade Nazi suspects…

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Wed In Chateau Miraval, France

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Chateau Miraval, France, says a spokesman for the couple. Jolie and Pitt wed Saturday in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends. In advance of the nondenominational civil ceremony, Pitt and Jolie also obtained a marriage license from a local California…

U.N.-backed tribunal sentences Khmer Rouge leaders to life in prison

Two top Khmer Rouge leaders were sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for their role in the 1970s “killing fields” of Cambodia. A U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal sentenced the former 83-year-old head of state and its 88-year-old chief ideologue on war crime charges three and a half decades after the country’s terror period. Photo:…

Fast-moving fire burns at 3,800 acres in California’s Napa County

A brushfire in California’s Napa County has spread more than 3,800 acres Wednesday after sparking Tuesday afternoon, officials said. More than 1,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, which is 30 percent contained. Fire officials said it isn’t currently threatening any major vineyards, but nearly 200 homes have been evacuated. Photo: A Cal Fire helicopter makes…

VIDEO shows aftermath of plane shot down in Ukraine

Watch the vIDEO that shows aftermath of plane shot down in Ukraine: Ukraine’s new president declared Sunday a day of mourning and vowed to punish those responsible after pro-Russia separatists shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane, killing all 49 crew and troops aboard. Video from The Associated Press shows the scene of the crash…

Military Jet Crashes Into Cali. Homes

Marine Corps officials say there are no injuries on the ground after a military aircraft crashed in a residential area in Imperial, Calif. Officials say the plane’s pilot ejected, landed safely and was taken to the hospital only for evaluation. Eight homes were evacuated and three homes were destroyed, officials say, but there are no…

Happy Memorial Day! US honors veterans over Memorial Day weekend

The U.S. Marine Corps’ chaplain, speaking to a congregation that has tied gold ribbons on the church’s fence in honor of fallen soldiers since the Iraq War began, lauded the sacrifice of veterans around the world as President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan for Memorial Day. “What they have done has allowed…

State media: Explosives used in attack in China’s Xinjiang

China’s official Xinhua News Agency says attackers crashed a pair of vehicles and tossed explosives in an attack in the capitol of Xinjiang. An unknown number of people are dead and injured after the attack near an open air market in Urumqi. Security in the city has been tightened since an attack last month that…

Bees swarming Delaware accident close highway ramp

As many as 20 million bees swarmed an accident near Newark, NJ., on Tuesday after a tractor trailer hauling them overturned. The driver and two passengers were stung 50 to 100 times each while escaping the vehicle. Bee handlers and fire fighters used water to attempt to disperse the bees. Late Tuesday, investigators were still…

Oklahoma inmate dies of heart attack after execution botched

An Oklahoma inmate died of a heart attack Tuesday evening after his execution was halted when the delivery of a new drug combination was botched. The state Department of Corrections said Clayton Lockett died after all three drugs were administered. His execution was halted approximately 20 minutes after the first drug was administered. The director…

German athlete fails doping test, 1st case of the 2014 Olympics

An unidentified German athlete has failed a drug test in the first announced doping case of the Sochi Olympics. The German Olympic Committee has been notified and a backup sample will be analyzed today, the committee said. German officials did not name the athlete, sport or substance involved. AP

Sochi Olympics Games: Speeding Bobsled Hits Worker Breaks Legs

Olympic officials are trying to determine why a worker on the track used for sliding sports at the Sochi Games was in the path of a speeding bobsled that crashed into him, causing leg injuries and a concussion. A forerunning sled sent down the track to make sure conditions were suitable for two-man training crashed…

Man and 3-year-old son dead from 52 floor building fall NYPD report

A man and his 3-year-old son plummeted to their deaths from a Manhattan apartment building, police said Sunday as they investigated what led to the tragedy. Authorities said they received an emergency call reporting two jumpers from the 52-floor building on the Upper West Side around noon. Officers responding to the scene found the 35-year-old…

DNA study suggests dogs originated in Europe

A new DNA study published Thursday indicates dogs originated in Europe some 19,000 to 32,000 years ago. This large DNA study aligns with the earliest known doglike fossils, which also came from Europe. Other DNA studies have suggested that dogs originated in east Asia and the Middle East. Scientists agree that dogs became the first…

Autopsy: 19-year-old Detroit woman was shot in face on porch

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An autopsy confirmed that Renisha McBride, who had reportedly gone to a suburban Detroit home for help after a car crash, died of a gunshot wound to her face. Civil rights groups have called for a vigorous prosecution in the case, saying McBride was targeted because of her race. The unnamed homeowner has told investigators…

Officials: 10,000 feared dead after Typhoon Haiyan hits Philippines

The death toll in the Philippine city Tacloban could top reach 10,000 following Super Typhoon Haiyan, a senior police official said. Elmer Soria, regional police chief, said he was told by the Leyte provincial Gov. Dominic Petilla that there approximately 10,000 deaths on the island from collapsed buildings and floods. Photo: A resident walks by…

Syrian civil war: Islamist rebels are accused of killing at least 190 villagers in pro-Government areas and kidnapping hundreds more

Syrian Islamist rebel groups on Friday were accused of killing at least 190 villagers in the country’s pro-government heartland and kidnapping hundreds more, as the emergence of jihadist forces fuels further sectarian strife. Civilian residents, including dozens of women and children, were gunned down or stabbed during a coordinated, planned attack on villages in the…

MLB Commissioner Selig To Retire In January 2015

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig will retire from his position in January 2015, he announced Thursday. Selig, 79, says he will announce a transition plan, including a reorganization of central baseball management, shortly. Selig took over as acting commissioner in September 1992 and was formally elected in July 1998. AP

Lengthy Closing Arguments In Store At Bulger Trial

Prosecutors and defense attorneys are expected to present lengthy closing arguments to jurors as they lay out their cases in the racketeering trial of reputed gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. Closing arguments were scheduled for Monday in U.S. District Court, where during the nearly eight-week trial jurors heard sometimes gruesome testimony about 19 killings in which…

Nigella Lawson’s Husband Announces Divorce Via Newspaper

Because he says his wife is no longer speaking to him, multimillionaire Charles Saatchi informed celebrity chef Nigella Lawson in a statement to the Daily Mail that he has begun divorce proceedings. Tension between the pair hit the tabloids after Saatchi was photographed with his hand around her neck in mid-June. Lawson and her children…

Google Launches Balloons In Goal To Provide Internet World-Wide

Inflatable balloons believed to be capable of sharing Internet around the world were launched this week in New Zealand as part of Google’s Project Loon. The project, which began 18 months ago, is an attempt to share Internet with countries that lack fiber cables. The balloons are powered by solar panels are moved via prevailing…