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Appeals Court Vacates 2 Convictions Of Bin Laden Aide

WASHINGTON (MCT) — A civilian appeals court on Monday vacated two convictions of a former aide to terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. In a split decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit concluded a military commission lacked authority to convict Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman al-Bahlul of two out of three […]

Released Afghan POW Bowe Bergdahl Completes Treatment, Takes New Army Post

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive for five years in Afghanistan until he was traded May 31 for five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo, has completed his U.S. military-led reintegration and has been assigned to an army unit in Texas to continue his military service. Senior Pentagon officials told McClatchy that […]

Gaza Conflict Stretches Into Seventh Day With 173 Palestinians Dead

JERUSALEM (MCT) — Israel’s offensive against the Gaza Strip entered its seventh day on Monday with more mutual bombardment and little progress in reported backstage bargaining for a cease-fire to end the conflict that has left 173 Palestinians dead and millions of Israelis pinned down by rocket fire. The rising death toll, combined with more […]

For Senate Leaders, Conflicts Take A Personal Turn And Play Out In Public

For Senate Leaders, Conflicts Take A Personal Turn And Play Out In Public

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell can barely stand each other. Their feud echoes America’s political mood: Polarized. Angry. Untrusting. And it’s a key reason Congress doesn’t work.

CDC Outlines 5 Incidents In Which Deadly Pathogens Were Mishandled

(MCT) — Dangerous germs, including anthrax, botulism and a strain of bird flu, were improperly sent among government laboratories in five incidents during the past decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said it had closed two labs and had imposed a moratorium on shipping deadly pathogens. The announcement of the […]

Mystery Loan Lets Ex-Representative Jesse Jackson Jr., Wife Keep Both Their Homes

WASHINGTON (MCT) — A year ago, former Representative Jesse Jackson Jr.’s attorneys said his family was in “significant financial peril” as he and his wife, Sandi, awaited sentencing for looting $750,000 from his campaign coffers. Jackson had to come up with that amount to pay a court judgment. Prosecutors wanted to seize the equity in […]

Kerry Tries To Calm Afghan Presidential Candidates

KABUL, Afghanistan (MCT) — Secretary of State John F. Kerry held urgent meetings Friday with both presidential candidates in Afghanistan in a bid to resolve a messy election dispute that threatens to unravel years of U.S. efforts to build a fledgling democracy. Kerry met separately with Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul in a […]

Venezuela Opposition Leaders Call For U.S. Sanctions Amid Simmering Political, Economic Crises

BOGOTA, Colombia (MCT) — The United States has a moral “obligation” to impose sanctions against Venezuelan leaders accused of violating human rights and other crimes, opposition figures said Friday. During a forum in Doral, Fla., about the future of the South American nation hosted by El Nuevo Herald and the Association of Venezuelan Journalists Abroad, […]

Summer ‘Polar Vortex’ Cooling Off Parts Of Us While The West Bakes

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — Put away those shorts and tank tops, Chicago, and get ready for another “polar vortex.” That’s what some people are calling the unseasonably cold temperatures expected to come to the Northern and Eastern United States next week, as a patch of cold air flows from northern Canada to the Great Lakes […]

Death Toll Of Israel’s Gaza Campaign Hits 101 As Us Seeks Cease-Fire

JERUSALEM (MCT) — Israel kept up a steady bombardment of the Gaza Strip from the air and sea on Friday as the United States offered to broker a cease-fire that would end an offensive launched to quell rocket fire from the territory. The death toll from the Israeli attacks continued to climb, with the Gaza […]

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