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Saudi Arabia Ready to Send Troops to Syria to Fight ISIS

A Saudi military spokesman said Thursday the kingdom is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight ISIS — an offer welcomed by Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

Saudi Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri on Thursday told The Associated Press that Saudi Arabia has taken part in coalition airstrikes against ISIS …


Crystal City: All but one member of city council indicted on corruption charges

(CNN)Crystal City, Texas, Councilman Joel Barajas is the odd man out. He's the only member of the city council not facing federal corruption charges.

Authorities have arrested five current and former city officials and a businessman in a bribery scheme involving city contracts and buying votes on …


Willie Wood Made the Most Memorable Play of Super Bowl I. He Has No Recollection.

The Green Bay Packers’ agile, lissome safety, Willie Wood, snatched the wobbly pass thrown by the Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback, Len Dawson, and zigzagged to the doorstep of the Chiefs’ end zone, setting up an easy Packers touchdown. Green Bay never looked back in a 25-point rout of Kansas City …

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'Large' and 'Extremely Dangerous' Tornado Tears Through Alabama

A "large" and "extremely dangerous" tornado tore through western Alabama Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service announced.

The tornado hit …


Winter storm buries parts of Midwest; sets off tornadoes in Deep South

(CNN) — Sure it's the Midwest, but every once in a while a storm comes along that tests the hardy folks of America's heartland.

Blizzard conditions slowly subsided across parts of Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota overnight as the snow ended and the roaring winds began to calm.

The same …

Winter Storms

Zika has been sexually transmitted in Texas, CDC confirms

(CNN) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday updated its Zika virus guidance for pregnant women, advising them to protect themselves if their male sexual partner has traveled to or lives in an area where Zika virus is circulating.

"Until we know more, if your male sexual …


Texas Zika case raises concerns that virus can be transmitted sexually

Patient in Texas infected by Zika virus after sexual contact with a partner who had travelled to Venezuela

A case of the Zika virus being transmitted between sexual partners reported on Tuesday in Texas has raised new concerns about the transmission of the disease, which is typically spread by …


Afghan official: U.S. airstrikes hit ISIS radio station, kill 29 militants

(CNN) — U.S. airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan killed 29 ISIS fighters and struck the terrorist group's FM radio station, signaling American forces' continued military action in the war-torn nation -- albeit against a different entity that brought them there in the first place.

The strikes occurred …


U.S. Fortifying Europe’s East to Deter Putin

WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to substantially increase the deployment of heavy weapons, armored vehicles and other equipment to NATO countries in Central and Eastern Europe, a move that administration officials said was aimed at deterring Russia from further aggression in the region.

The White …


Iowa caucuses: Ted Cruz wins; Clinton declares victory

(CNN) — Hillary Clinton declared victory early Tuesday morning in a razor-thin contest against Bernie Sanders in Iowa. But Democratic party officials have not yet declared a winner.

"Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa Caucus," the Clinton campaign said. "After thorough reporting -- and analysis -- of …

Ted Cruz

1 killed, 7 hurt in shootings, stabbing at Denver motorcycle show, police say

(CNN) — Shooting and a stabbing broke out at a motorcycle show in Denver on Saturday afternoon, leaving one person dead and seven people injured, authorities said.

Two rival motorcycle clubs were "possibly" involved in the violence at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo, police Chief Robert White said at a …


Zika virus could be bigger global health threat than Ebola, say health experts

The Zika virus outbreak in Latin America could be a bigger threat to global health than the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in Africa.

That is the stark claim of several senior health experts ahead of an emergency meeting of the World Health Organisation on Monday which will …


Everything we know about tesla's secret Model 3...and Model Y

Tesla is gearing up for its biggest-ever unveiling: the Model 3, an affordable electric car that's supposed to take the company from 50,000 vehicle sales last year to 500,000 in 2020. Here's what we know so far.

- There will only be one new car (for now). Despite some speculation to the contrary, …


Google's Project SkyBender aims to beam 5G internet from solar-powered drones

Google is working in secret at a spaceport in New Mexico to build and test solar-powered internet drones in a new initiative codenamed Project SkyBender, according to a report from The Guardian today. The company is reportedly renting 15,000 square feet of hangar space from Virgin Galactic — the …


Marshall Islands sue Britain, India and Pakistan over nuclear weapons

The tiny Marshall Islands will seek to persuade the UN’s highest court to take up a lawsuit against India, Pakistan and Britain, which it accuses of failing to halt the nuclear arms race.

The international court of justice – founded in 1945 to rule on legal disputes between nations – announced late …


Port of New York and New Jersey to Reopen After Longshoremen Walk Out

The Port of New York and New Jersey ground to a halt Friday after members of the International Longshoremen’s Association staged a surprise walkout, only to reopen about nine hours later after emergency negotiations with the port’s leading shipping association.

John Nardi, president of the New York …

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FBI Releases Video of Oregon Occupier "LaVoy" Finicum's Fatal Shooting

The FBI on Thursday released video showing the fatal shooting of an Arizona rancher who was killed as authorities arrested leaders of an armed group occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge.

The video, taken from an aircraft, appears to show Robert "LaVoy" Finicum reaching into a front shirt pocket …


Return of Circuit City? Stores Could Open By End of Year

Circuit City may be making a comeback with an ambitious plan to open new stores by spring.

The national retail chain closed its doors in 2009 after doing business for 60 years. Ronny Shmoel bought the rights to the company from Systemax, according to trade magazine Twice.

Now the two are planning to …

ISIS prompts call for 'enduring' presence in Afghanistan, new action in Libya

Washington (CNN) — Lt. Gen. John Nicholson, President Barack Obama's nominee for commander of U.S. operations in Afghanistan, said Thursday that "we do need to think about an enduring commitment to the Afghans."

Speaking at his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing, Nicholson said …


Isil 'wants its own navy for attacks on cruise ships in the Mediterranean'

A senior Nato naval officer says the rise of the militant group in Libya is casting a shadow over shipping in the Med

Islamic State militants hope to build a maritime arm that could carry out attacks in the Mediterranean, a senior Nato Naval officer has warned.

The march of Islamic State in Iraq and …


Sears is fighting for survival

Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD) has posted an unending string of sales declines and losses over the past five years. Despite this consistently poor performance, Sears has managed to stay afloat by selling and spinning off a variety of subsidiaries to generate cash.



Dow falls 223 points after Federal Reserve statement

New York (CNN) — Global gloom is raising eyebrows at the Federal Reserve.

At the end of its two-day meeting Wednesday, the U.S. central bank acknowledged that the U.S. economy lost momentum at the end of 2015.

"Economic growth slowed late last year," the Fed's committee said in its statement, noting …


Life in Europe not as expected: hundreds of Iraqis return home

A growing number of Iraqis are returning home from Germany, citing a lengthy asylum process, bland food and poor shelters as reasons for leaving.

“My husband liked the idea of going there. He saw others and he wanted to imitate them,” said one Kurdish returnee. “The situation there was much worse …


Japan: North Korea preparing missile launch within the week

Satellite photos from Japan have shown suspicious activity at North Korea's launch site. The move comes after a nuclear test carried out despite a UN ban. Japanese government reports released on Thursday indicated that North Korea may be readying a long-range missile launch as soon as within the …


Reports of Zika-Linked Birth Defect Rise in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s health ministry issued new figures on Wednesday about the Zika virus that offered reason for continued concern — but also a glimmer of hope.

On its own, the virus is not normally life-threatening. The most common symptoms include fever and joint pain, and most people who …

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5 things you need to know about Zika

Do you have any questions about the Zika virus? Tweet them with #ZikaQuestions or leave them in the comments on this Facebook post and we'll put them to our health team and other experts.

(CNN)A mosquito-borne virus is prompting worldwide concern because of an alarming connection to a neurological …


Pakistani general’s exit may be good for democracy — but bad for stability

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The most powerful and popular man in Pakistan, Gen. Raheel Sharif, announced Monday that he will step down as army chief when his term expires in November, a positive step for the country’s historically unstable democracy but one that creates new uncertainty about the battle …


Chatbots Are Back And They’re About to Take Over

Bots that help you take care of everyday tasks could be the next big thing

Miss Piggy doesn’t like it when I ask her about Kermit. We’re having a conversation in Facebook’s Messenger app, and the famous Muppet is trying to convince me to watch her fictional talk show Up Late With Miss Piggy, whose …


6 Cleveland police officers fired for actions in fatal 2012 chase

(CNN)Six Cleveland police officers have been fired in connection with a November 2012 car chase that ended with officers firing 137 bullets at a car, killing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, said Detective Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association.

Loomis …


Frustration grows as armed Oregon standoff continues

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — An armed group took over a national wildlife preserve in southeastern Oregon more than three weeks ago, and so far authorities have taken no action to remove the protesters, who are upset over federal land policy.

The group led by Ammon Bundy has been free to come and go as they …