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Texas Man Pleads Guilty To Attempt To Join ISIS

(MCT) — A 23-year-old Texas man admitted Friday that he had been practicing military maneuvers and planned to travel to Syria to join the Sunni militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, which has claimed thousands of lives in a violent march through Iraq in recent weeks. Michael Wolfe, aka Faruq, of […]

Angry At NSA Snooping, German Parliament Snips Lines To Verizon

BERLIN (MCT) — Germany’s parliament said Friday it is immediately terminating use by legislators and staff of Internet access through Verizon, one of the biggest U.S. telecommunications companies. The move comes a day after the German Interior Ministry said government agencies that use Verizon will “migrate” to Deutsche Telekom, an all-German company, by late 2015 […]

Mississippi Tea Party Leader Arrested In Photo Scandal Is Found Dead

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Tea Party official Mark Mayfield, charged in connection with a scandal involving photos of Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran’s ailing wife, has been found dead and police said they suspect suicide. Ridgeland Police Chief Jimmy Houston said the body of Mayfield, who was an attorney, was found Friday morning at his house outside […]

Johnson Says ‘No Free Pass’ For Children After Border Crossings

NOGALES, Ariz. (MCT) — Moments after Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson took his first tour of a southern Arizona detention facility housing about 900 migrant children in makeshift cages Wednesday, he had a message for Central American parents who are on the brink of sending their children illegally and alone into the United States. “This […]

Binge Drinking, Other Alcohol Excesses Kill 88,000 A Year, Study Finds

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — The death toll from binge drinking and other forms of excessive alcohol use in the United States is just shy of 88,000 per year, according to a new nationwide analysis. Those casualties erased more than 2.5 million years of life that would have been lived each year had victims not been […]

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki Faults U.S. In Crisis

BAGHDAD (MCT) — Iraq’s parliament will meet next week to begin the process of forming a new government, officials said Thursday, as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki blamed the United States for his army’s inability to stop Sunni Muslim insurgents who are threatening his grip on the country. In an interview with the BBC’s Arabic-language service, […]

Court Strikes Down New York City Ban On Super-Sized, Surgary Drinks

NEW YORK (MCT) — The state’s highest court on Thursday struck down New York City’s law banning the sale of super-sized sugary drinks, ending the two-year battle over one of the most memorable — and controversial — initiatives of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In a 26-page ruling, the State’s Court of Appeals said the city’s […]

Supreme Court Rejects Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone In Nuanced Ruling

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The Supreme Court gave both sides in the abortion wars a partial victory Thursday in setting rules for protests at health clinics, deciding that laws may forbid people from obstructing the entrance as long as demonstrators are free to speak on the sidewalk. The justices unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that […]

Supreme Court Rules Against Obama On Recess Appointments

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Barack Obama exceeded his power under the Constitution by filling three Federal positions when the Senate was on a brief break, but justices upheld the right of the President to make recess appointments during longer breaks. While the President is authorized to fill vacancies while […]

A U.S.-Iran Alliance On Iraq? Is The Enemy Of Our Enemy Our Friend?

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The United States considers Iran a top state sponsor of terrorism, a budding nuclear threat and a meddlesome supporter of President Bashar Assad’s regime in civil war-torn Syria. But those negatives apparently aren’t enough to prevent Washington from considering calling Iran a potential partner in the battle against a group of al-Qaida-inspired […]

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