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Boko Haram swears formal allegiance to ISIS

A message allegedly from the head of Nigeria’s Boko Haram terror group Saturday pledged his group’s allegiance to Islamic State.<p>The pledge to IS came in an Arabic audio message with English subtitles alleged to have come from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and posted Saturday on Twitter, …

Boko Haram

American Sniper Pulled From Iraq Movie Theater

<b>Correction appended: Feb. 4, 2015</b><p>Is <i>American Sniper</i> the new <i>The Interview</i>?<p>Though the war drama is a critical and box office success, it has caught flak …

American Sniper

Nebraska Says Colorado Pot Isn't Staying Across The Border

There's a PSA that greets you on the radio when you're driving the flat stretch of Colorado State Highway 113 near the Nebraska state line: "With marijuana legal under Colorado law, we've all got a few things to know. ... Once you get here, can't leave our state. Stick around, this place is pretty …

Cannabis

What's In Your Herbal Supplements? DNA Barcoding Identifies "Houseplants And Wheat"

New York State starts to crack down on mislabeled pills<p>What's that in your St. John's wort supplement, or your ginkgo biloba pill? What if it's not the plant you thought at all? The New York State Attorney General's office DNA-tested dozens of bottles of big-brand supplements to determine what they …

New York Times
Cannabis
Black History

Another giant security gap at airports: Lack of criminal background checks

<b>(CNN) —</b> The day after a CNN investigation uncovered airport employees access airplanes and tarmacs without undergoing daily security screening, officials admitted that no one checks criminal backgrounds after workers are hired.<p>"It's fair to say that once an employee survives an initial background …

Airports

These Cities Have The Worst Traffic in the World, Says a New Index

Colin Anderson—Blend Images/Corbis<p>Getty Images<p>Matt Hogan/www.mphoganphoto.com<p>Jim Wilson—The New York Times/Redux<p>Getty Images<p>Celin Serbo—Aurora …

Urban Design
Environmentalism

Jailed al Qaeda operative makes explosive claims about Saudi royals funding pre-9/11 terror

Zacarias Moussaou, a 46-year-old French native serving life in prison for his role in the 9/11 attacks, said he was instructed by Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan to create a database of all of the donors to the group.<p>Among those who donated, Moussaou alleges, were the Saudi intelligence chief Prince …

National Security

'American Sniper' fame could complicate Chris Kyle murder trial

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Obama wants to eliminate stand-alone Overseas Private Investment Corporation, 5 other agencies

A little-noticed proposal in President Barack Obama's $4 trillion budget would eliminate the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, which has been the subject of an Associated Press investigation into its overseas loans, and merge it for efficiency with five other federal business and trade …

Crime

Venezuela seeks mediation with US

<b>Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has called for a relationship with the United States based on diplomacy and an end to what he claims is a US plan to destabilise his government.</b><p>Mr Maduro was speaking to supporters in Caracas before meeting the Secretary General of the Union of South American …

Venezuela

Obama's 'Big Data' privacy plans get lift from lawmakers | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is working with a Republican congressman on the U.S. House of Representatives’ leadership team and Democrats in both the House and Senate on a bill to protect data collected from students through educational apps.<p>President Obama holds up an iPad during a visit …

The White House

Call to boost antibiotics funding to tackle 'looming crisis'

<b>Far more money needs to be pumped into global drug research to tackle the looming crisis of antimicrobial resistance, a report says.</b><p>The economist Jim O'Neill has been appointed by UK Prime Minister David Cameron to head a review on the issue.<p>In his first recommendations, he says the gap between …

Medicine

Jordan's King Abdullah a formidable foe against ISIS, experts say

Jordan's King Abdullah is a former general and special forces commander who experts say has the resolve to follow through on his vow to crush ISIS.<p>Following the release of a ghastly video showing a captured Jordanian air force pilot being burned to death, the 53-year-old monarch warned that …

Special Forces

Screening for jurors in 'American Sniper' slaying starts

DALLAS (AP) — Nearly 40 potential jurors were dismissed Thursday from the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting the former Navy SEAL who's the subject of the blockbuster film "American Sniper," according to the Erath County district court, where the trial is scheduled to begin next week.<p>The …

American Sniper
Middle East

U.S. Wants To Open Embassy In Cuba By April

(Reuters) - The United States is pressing Cuba to allow the opening of its embassy in Havana by April, U.S. officials told Reuters, despite the Communist island's demand that it first be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.<p>A refusal by Cuba to allow the United States to …

Cuba

Obama Calls For Balancing Free Speech With Respect For Religion

President Barack Obama emphasized Thursday the importance of balancing the right to free speech with respect for religion, chastising groups who have committed acts of terror in the name of faith.<p>Obama called on those in attendance to "push back against those who would distort our religion for …

Religion

Man accused of trying to mail $60K worth of pot to Texas

A 23-year-old man is accused of trying to mail about $60,000 worth of marijuana from Colorado to his home in Texas.<p>The Pueblo Chieftain reports Johnny Wolfe, of San Angelo, Texas, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He was booked into the Tom …

Cannabis

Heavy fighting reported in Libya's Benghazi

Clashes have erupted in the centre of Libya's main eastern city Benghazi after pro-government forces pushed to take the port district from rival factions and seven soldiers were killed, according to witnesses and military officials.<p>The fighting mirrors a wider struggle in the oil-producing North …

Benghazi
Chamber of Commerce