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U.S. leads 22 more air strikes against Islamic State: task force

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition conducted 12 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria on Monday and 10 strikes Iraq, the U.S. military said in a statement.<p>In Iraq, the strikes hit near the strategic northern Iraqi town of Sinjar as well as near Asad, Tal Afar, Ramdi, Mosul …

ISIS reportedly selling Christian artifacts, turning churches into torture chambers

The Islamic State is turning Christian churches in Iraq and Syria into dungeons and torture chambers after stripping them of priceless artifacts to sell on the black market, according to reports.<p>Ancient relics and even entire murals are being torn from the houses of worship and smuggled out through …

French authorities on alert following attacks

The prosecutor in the French city of Dijon said Monday that the driver who ran down 13 pedestrians in the city has a long history of severe mental illness and no links to terrorism.<p>The man, who is 40, has admitted his role in the attack, said prosecutor Marie-Christine Tarrare. She said he had been …

Extremism

North Korea threatens US, claiming White House was involved in film plot

Pyongyang warns US ‘cesspool’ is a target as it alleges that Obama administration was behind fictional Kim Jong-un assassination<p>North Korea is threatening to retaliate against the US over a Hollywood film portraying the assassination of Kim Jong-un, saying it has “clear evidence” that Washington …

In IS-held town, Iraqi Kurds face heavy resistance

MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish forces forged ahead with their assault Monday on a militant-held town in northern Iraq, but encountered heavy resistance from Islamic State fighters whose snipers fired at the attackers and who used burning tires to create a smoke screen against coalition …

Cops killed man at Walmart, then interrogated girlfriend

After killing a man at an Ohio Walmart, police interrogated his girlfriend, accusing her of lying, threatening her with jail time and suggesting she could be on drugs, according to a video obtained by CNN.<p>The man, John Crawford III, was holding an air rifle he had picked up off a store shelf when …

Deadly car bombings hit Yemeni town

At least 26 people including sixteen children have been killed after two car bombs exploded in a town in central Yemen, sources told Al Jazeera.<p>One car bomb reportedly exploded near a checkpoint in Radaa, manned by Houthi rebels killing sixteen girls as a school bus was passing.<p>The second car …

Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into law

WASHINGTON (AP) — With little fanfare to mark a rare bipartisan achievement, President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a massive, $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps the government operating over the next nine months.<p>The legislation was a compromise that angered liberals and conservatives alike …

Russia invites Kim Jong-un for visit

North Korean leader's visit would be his first official foreign trip since taking over power three years ago<p>Russia has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to attend a May ceremony marking the end of World War Two, in what would be Kim's first foreign visit since taking the helm of the reclusive …

Life on Mars? What we need to know to prove it

The Martian methane results could mean life - but as always with Mars, it's a tantalising hint that raises more questions than it answers<p>The recent data from the Curiosity Mars rover on methane on occasional "spikes" to ten times the background levels at the Gale Crater site reinvigorates the …

Alcatraz escapees could have lived, study says - CNN.com

Alcatraz operated as a U.S. penitentiary for nearly 30 years before closing in 1963. Alcatraz Island is in San Francisco Bay.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Exploring Alcatraz<p>Exploring Alcatraz<p>Exploring Alcatraz<p>Exploring Alcatraz<p>Exploring Alcatraz<p>1<p>2<p>3<p>4<p>5<p><b>(CNN)</b> -- On June 11, 1962, three Alcatraz inmates -- John Anglin, …

Correction: Meningitis Outbreak story

BOSTON (AP) — In a story Dec. 17 about arrests in a deadly meningitis outbreak, The Associated Press erroneously reported Stuart Delery's title. He is the acting associate attorney general, not an assistant U.S. attorney.<p>A corrected version of the story is below:<p>14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis …

Federal judge to decide if Oklahoma can resume executions

The state revised its procedures in the wake of the botched execution of Clayton Lockett but attorneys claim these would violate US constitution<p>Scene at botched Oklahoma execution of Clayton Locket was ‘a bloody mess’ Death penalty secrecy imperils integrity of the procedure, US judge is warned<p>A …

A Prescription to End Drinking

Data on Medicine for Alcohol Disorders Pushes Doctors Beyond 12-Step Programs<p>By<p>Melinda Beck<p>Melinda Beck<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@MelindaBeckWSJ<p>Melinda.Beck@wsj.com<p>New understanding of how alcohol affects the brain is prompting addiction experts to make a push for using medications to help …

Drug Addiction
Barack Obama

Couple smuggled AK-47s to Mexican drug cartel, police say

A man and a woman driving through Newport Beach last month with seven AK-47 rifles in their vehicle were transporting the guns for a Mexican drug cartel, according to a sworn statement from a police officer filed in Orange County Superior Court.<p>Newport Beach police arrested Andrew John Cardiel Jr., …

Crime

Autism and Air Pollution: New Study Bolsters Suspected Link

Dec.18.2014 / 5:23 AM ET<p>Pregnant women may nearly double their risk of giving birth to a child with autism by inhaling smog spewed by vehicles or smoke stacks, according to a new Harvard study that could help unlock the deepest autism mysteries.<p>The research, released Thursday, fortifies previous …

Autism

Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU courts rule

<b>Obesity can constitute a disability in certain circumstances, the EU's highest court has ruled.</b><p>The European Court of Justice was asked to consider the case of a male childminder in Denmark who says he was sacked for being too fat.<p>The court said that if obesity could hinder "full and effective …

United Kingdom

Nigeria sentences 54 troops to death for mutiny

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria has sentenced 54 soldiers to death by firing squad for mutiny while fighting against insurgents in the northeast, their lawyer said on Thursday.<p>Another five were acquitted and discharged in the secret trial, lawyer Femi Falana said.<p>They were the first batch of 97 soldiers …

EU top court rules obesity a 'disability'

Europe's top court has ruled that obese people can be considered as disabled, meaning that they can be covered by an EU law barring discrimination at work.<p>The decision on Thursday followed a question from a Danish court, which was reviewing a complaint of unfair dismissal brought by Karsten …

Flu outbreak forces entire school system to close

EU court rules that fatness 'can constitute a disability’

EU court ruling means that British bosses will be required to treat obese workers as "disabled" providing them with larger seats, special parking spaces and other facilities<p>Fatness "can constitute a disability" for the purposes of European Union equality at work legislation, Europe's highest court …

Diabetes

Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the …