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Senators reach tentative deal on Flint water crisis aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators from both parties reached a tentative deal Wednesday to address a water crisis in Flint, Michigan, where lead-contaminated …

Ex-California state senator sentenced in racketeering case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge sentenced former California state senator Leland Yee on Wednesday to five years in prison after he acknowledged …

MH17 Ukraine disaster: Report names suspected Russian soldiers

<b>A UK-based online investigative team says it has identified Russian soldiers who were likely involved in the shooting down of a Malaysian plane.</b><p>In a report, the Bellingcat team links personnel from the 2nd Battalion of the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade to the tragedy in eastern Ukraine in 2014.<p>…

Colorado sheriff’s deputy killed, two others injured while serving an eviction notice

By Mark Berman<p>Mark Berman<p>National news reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>A sheriff’s deputy in Colorado serving an eviction notice outside Denver was killed Wednesday morning and two others injured in a shootout with a man who opened fire as the officers entered the home, authorities said.<p>Officers with the …

Another American citizen arrested in Iran

By Carol Morello<p>Carol Morello<p>National reporter focusing on foreign policy and State Department<p>Email Bio Follow<p>An elderly U.S. citizen whose son was arrested in Iran last fall has also been detained in Tehran, his family said Wednesday.<p>Baquer Namazi, 80, was arrested Monday evening and apparently …

South Asia

Study: Tourist pot complaints up at Colorado emergency rooms

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's tourists aren't just buying weed now that it's legal — they're ending up in emergency rooms at rates far higher than …

Police detain man after hostage situation in London's Leicester Square

Parts of Leicester Square were on lockdown as the situation unfolded in an Italian restaurant, according to several reports on Twitter.<p>Police appeared to have cordoned off the streets outside Bella Italia restaurant, where the situation reportedly took place.<p>According to the BBC, a man who claimed …

Ebola Survivors Suffer Long-Term Consequences: Studies

Health news<p>From headaches and memory loss to vision problems and infected semen, Ebola survivors are suffering serious, long-term effects from their battles with the deadly virus, new studies show.<p>The most high-profile patient may be Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who is back in a London …

Disease

Yemeni suspect in 9/11 attacks cites Guantanamo torment with noises

FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - A Yemeni man accused in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks testified on Wednesday that Guantanamo Bay guards have used noises and vibrations to torment him for years, but a prosecutor questioned his mental state.<p>Yemeni Ramzi bin al Shibh appears at his arraignment as an accused …

Woman recants; prosecutor to drop charges in park rape case

NEW YORK (AP) — A district attorney said Wednesday a young woman who accused five teenage boys of chasing away her father and gang-raping her in a …

As Obama trip to Cuba nears, Havana gives dissidents permission to travel abroad

President Obama will visit Cuba next month in his latest effort to push the Castro regime to improve the plight of its citizens. In a goodwill …

Man who shot Colorado deputies ranted against government

BAILEY, Colo. (AP) — A man who spent years fighting the foreclosure of his Colorado home and ranted online about police and corporate corruption shot …

Justice Scalia spent his last hours with members of this secretive society of elite hunters

By Amy Brittain and<p>Amy Brittain<p>Investigative reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Sari Horwitz<p>Sari Horwitz<p>Reporter covering the Justice Department and criminal justice issues for The Washington Post's national security team<p>Email Bio Follow<p>When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died 12 days ago at a West …

Antonin Scalia

2 congressmen want to build an army of tech experts and spies to try to catch terrorists when they 'go dark'

"The technology is way in front of the policymakers and the law," McCaul said Wednesday at an event at the Bipartisan Policy Center.<p>Warner remarked on his fear that the relationship between the intelligence community and the tech sector had become adversarial as the two sides "talk past each other" …

Army instructors told to cut down swearing at recruits

Ministry of Defence tells instructors to tone down their language following BBC documentary<p>British Army instructors are being told to tone down their language by the Ministry of Defence.<p>A BBC documentary showed the passage of new recruits from the time they began training to when they pass out.<p>In …

House committee pressing DHS for answers over missing guns, badges

House Republicans are pressing the Department of Homeland Security for answers following a FoxNews.com report that hundreds of badges, cell phones and guns belonging to DHS employees were lost or stolen.<p>House oversight committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, in a Feb. 19 letter to DHS Secretary …

Former Marine pleads guilty to killing girlfriend in Panama

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A former U.S. marine whose American girlfriend disappeared in 2011 while the couple lived in Panama pleaded guilty on Wednesday to murdering and dismembering her, federal prosecutors said.<p>A forensic expert shows a rucksack with blood stains where the skull of missing U.S. …

Nepal plane crash: 23 bodies are recovered

<b>The bodies of 23 people killed in a plane crash in a remote area of Nepal have been found and are being returned to their families, the army says.</b><p>The recovery effort succeeded on Thursday after bad weather hampered earlier bids to reach the crash site.<p>It is about 3,900m (13,000ft) high and can only …

Using a phone may be the single most important factor in causing car crashes

The data comes from a $70 million study by the Institute funded by the U.S. Transportation Research Board. Use of phones while driving was repeatedly caught on video during the study.<p>The research collected a huge amount of data. The study observed driving during 55 million kilometers from autos …

China is now the billionaire capital of the world

The mainland, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan provided 90 of the new entries, which swelled the ranks of Chinese billionaires to 568 and meant China overtook the US, which had 535. China's billionaires had a combined net worth of $1.4 trillion.<p>Despite the global slowdown, the wealth of the world's …

Oklahoma Brothers Accused of Killing Their Parents and Three Siblings Planned More Murders 'to Be Famous,' Says Detective

Two teen Oklahoma brothers accused in the stabbing murders of their parents and three siblings last July envisioned the attack as the start of a …

Egypt's President links Russian plane crash to terrorism

<b>(CNN) —</b> Egypt's President has publicly linked terrorism to the downing of a Russian passenger jet over Sinai last year - reportedly for the first time.<p>For months, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi had resisted the notion of terror involvement, although ISIS claimed responsibility, and Russian investigators said …

Australia warns of 'advanced' Indonesia terror threat

Travellers have been advised to take precautions, just days after a similar warning about neighbouring Malaysia<p>Australia on Thursday warned that terrorists might be in the "advanced stages of preparing attacks" in Indonesia and advised travellers to take precautions, just days after a similar …

Report: Most IS bombs made with civilian components

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The Islamic State group relies on commercially available components for most of its bombs, with some parts coming from as far away …

Middle East

Florida’s Prison Houdini Could Finally Go Free

He escaped straitjackets, leg irons and prison cells, and once forged a working key just by eyeballing a keychain hooked to a guard’s belt. During …

Florida

Lawyer: US citizen, father of detainee, also held in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A U.S. citizen whose son has been detained in Iran for the past four months was also taken into custody after returning to the …