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Green Beret who beat Afghan official over alleged child assault to stay in Army

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The U.S. Army has reversed a decision to discharge a Green Beret for kicking and body slamming an Afghan police commander accused of sexually assaulting a boy.<p>The Army said in a statement Thursday night that Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland's status has changed, which allows him …


House committee votes to require women to register for draft

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Armed Services Committee approved a measure Wednesday requiring women to register for the military draft, a move that comes just a few months after the Defense Department lifted all gender-based restrictions on front-line combat units.<p>In a twist that presages how …

Martha McSally

Email privacy bill passes the House with flying colors

Authorities might soon be required to get a search warrant if they want providers like Gmail to hand over your emails, even if they're older than 180 days. The US House of Representatives has unanimously passed the Email Privacy Act, which updates the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act …

Middle East

The US is dropping 'cyberbombs' on ISIS

US Cyber Command reportedly begins carrying out attacks on terrorist group<p>The US has begun launching cyberattacks against ISIS, <i>The New York Times</i> reports, marking a significant shift in its battle against the terrorist organization. According to the <i>Times</i>, the US Cyber Command has been tasked with …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Sinking Boaty McBoatface isn’t about democracy, but the erosion of distinctively British humour

Last week, the British government disappointed its subjects (and the rest of us, watching from home by signalling it would overturn the results of an …

David Attenborough

Will I Risk Going to Star Wars Opening Night?

Last week, some friends and I were sitting around, when one of the friends offered an extra ticket he had to the opening night of <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens.</i> While I internally debated the hassle of a packed theater and being at the movies at midnight on Thursday, another friend piped up, "There's …

ISIS has found a huge moneymaking method that's 'impervious to sanctions and air raids'

A recent report in The New York Times shows that ISIS — aka ISIL, Islamic State, and Daesh — pulls in hundreds of millions of dollars from "taxing" and extorting those who live in the territory that the group controls in Iraq and Syria.<p>ISIS is thought to make as much as $900 million from residents …


Refugees Are Not the Problem, My Fellow Americans. Fear Is.

It's sad how quickly the world's pre-eminent refuge from war and persecution -- the United States of America -- can forget its roots: Except for Native Americans, we all of us descend from refugee or immigrant origins.<p>But fear can obliterate that common heritage instantly. Republicans especially …

Florida Man Refused Service at Arby's Because He's a Cop

A Pembroke PD officer went hunting for a liter of cola, but the Arby's employees shut him down.<p><b>UPDATE:</b> Arby's CEO Paul Brown has apologized to the PPPD via press release. "This isolated incident does not represent Arby's Restaurant Group (ARG) views and Arby's values," he said. "We appreciate all …

Clean Technology

Rand Paul On Clerk Refusing Same-Sex Marriage Licences: Protest Is Part Of The American Way

"Whether or not people who still work for the state can do it without the legislature changing it, is something I'm going to leave up to the courts exactly how to do it," Paul said.<p>During a radio interview on Monday, Sen. Rand Paul said that while a Kentucky county clerk refusing to issue marriage …