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Pentagon Relaxes Uniform Rules To Allow Religious Headgear

The Department of Defense has released new regulations that relax prohibitions on the wearing of religious headgear, as well as beards, tattoos or piercings with religious significance, while service members are in uniform.<p>"The military departments will accommodate individual expressions of …

Plans are on for quick reaction force in Middle East

The idea is to place Marines closer to a region in near constant turmoil, including a civil war in Syria, a revolt in Egypt and a violent upsurge in Iraq.<p>WASHINGTON — The Marine Corps is developing plans to establish a contingency force that will be based in the Middle East and be capable of …

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Graham challenger to raffle AR-15

One of the Republicans challenging Sen. Lindsey Graham for reelection is raffling off an AR-15 as part of his campaign.<p>State Sen. Lee Bright announced the contest in an email to supporters Thursday, encouraging them to sign up online for the raffle scheduled for Feb. 15, and asking them to forward …

Holder: Banks Should Be Able To Handle Pot Money

The federal government is preparing to address the biggest problem facing the nation’s marijuana industry. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said …

E-cigarettes reignite tobacco wars

E-cigarettes are so popular that even long-time smoker John Boehner’s been seen on occasion puffing one — and Big Tobacco wants to keep it that way.<p>Big players in the tobacco world are betting the new electronic devices will surpass regular cigarette sales in the next 10 years, a multi-billion …

Philippines police seize methamphetamine worth 22 million euros

Crystal methamphetamine worth 22 million euros has been seized by Filipino police in the second major drug bust in Manila in the space of 10 days.<p>Four suspects were arrested after wooden crates containing 272 kilograms of the substance were found in a van.<p>The seizure was made as part of an …

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Hopes for first womb transplant baby

The world's first ever birth from a transplanted womb could be imminent as doctors successfully introduce an embryo into a Swedish woman's body<p>A woman is on course to become the first in the world to give birth from a transplanted womb, after doctors successfully introduced an embryo into her …

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Al-Qaeda-linked groups expand into Lebanon

Two Sunni group with links to al-Qaeda fighting in Syria have announced their presence in Lebanon, with one saying all strongholds of the Shia group Hezbollah are "legitimate targets" for attack.<p>Jabhat al-Nusra in Lebanon - an affiliate of al-Qaeda's branch in Syria - said in a statement on Sunday …

Gun flight: Smith & Wesson, Ruger quit California over stamping requirement

A new gun law proponents say helps law enforcement has driven Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger out of California, and affirmed the suspicions of firearms rights advocates that the measure is really about making handguns obsolete.<p>The two companies have announced they will stop selling their wares in …

Germany sees bigger military role in Africa

Germany's new defence minister said Sunday her country should engage more strongly in Africa by sending additional military trainers to Mali and supporting the French intervention in Central African Republic.<p>Ursula von der Leyen said on Sunday Germany that "cannot look the other way when murder and …

Tourist boat capsizes in Andaman Sea, 'killing 21'

<b>A tourist boat has sunk off India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal, with the loss of 21 lives, officials say.</b><p>The boat, Aqua Marine, capsized on Sunday afternoon off Port Blair, the capital of the islands.<p>The Indian air force and the coast guard have rescued 29 people, authorities …

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Penn State student arrested for constructing 'weapons of mass destruction' - U.S. News

Vladislav Miftakhov was arrested and charged with possession of weapons of mass destruction when police found explosive devices in his apartment.<p>By Elisha Fieldstadt, Staff Writer, NBC News<p>A Russian college student in Pennsylvania was charged with unlawful possession of 'weapons of mass …

Kim Jong-un Might Have Executed His Uncle's Entire Family

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Kim Jong-un didn't just stop at killing his own uncle Jang Song-thaek, according to South Korea's …

Raw: Italy's Mount Etna Erupts

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2014 State of the Union: Six things to expect during Obama's speech - NBC Politics

President Barack Obama delivers his fourth State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 12, 2013.<p>By Carrie Dann, NBC News<p>With sickly approval ratings and a stagnant Congress, President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address will likely be more of an opportunity to press the …

'Nothing Is Fixed': Recovery Is Slow In Typhoon-Hit Philippine City

Typhoon Haiyan clocked in at 147 mph when it struck the Philippines late last year. It was one of the strongest storms ever recorded at landfall.<p>More than 6,000 people died, and nearly 2,000 more are still missing. Millions were displaced when their homes were destroyed or washed away. And …

Egypt: 49 people killed in protests on third anniversary of uprising

Supporters of Mohamed Morsi, as well as activists opposed to authoritarianism of Morsi and General Sisi, took part in protests<p>Standing in the forecourt of Cairo's Zeinhom mortuary, waiting to pick up the corpse of his friend, Amr Hussein could scarcely believe he was there. "I thought we were done …

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'Fastest ever' broadband speeds achieved in fibre test

The "fastest ever" broadband speeds have been achieved in a test that hit 1.4 terabits per second – enough to transmit 44 high-definition movies in …

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When The Philippines Need “The Punisher.”

Siguro, kung may isang tao na kailangan sa Pilipinas ngayon – ito ay ang mga katulad ni Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Oo, seryoso.<p>Tinaguriang …

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NATIONAL<p>Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II will issue a department order tasking the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) with the probe of the …

Chandler Parsons Drops 10 Three-Pointers In a Half

Just like that <b>Chandler Parsons</b> nailed 10 three-pointers in the 2nd half against the Grizzlies to eclipse the previous franchise record set by Robert …

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NATIONAL<p>Former DOH chief Janette Garin did not respond to requests for comment on why she ignored the local experts’ recommendations. Two sources …