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US forced to acknowledge secret tapes of Guantánamo force-feedings

A federal court has forced the US government to reveal that it has secretly recorded dozens of force-feedings of just one Guantánamo Bay detainee, raising the prospect that the military possesses a vast video library of a practice criticised as abusive.<p>On Wednesday, a federal judge decreed that …

9/11 museum in New York officially opens to public

The National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York officially opens its doors to the public on Wednesday, bringing to fruition the contentious project that has experienced numerous delays and funding debates.<p>A dedication ceremony for the museum was held last week, with President Obama and other …

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Wyoming considers firing squads

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Prompted by a shortage of available drugs for lethal injections, Wyoming lawmakers are considering changing state law to permit execution of condemned inmates by firing squad.<p>A Wyoming legislative committee has directed its staff to draft a firing-squad bill for consideration ahead …

80 U.S. troops now in Chad for schoolgirl search

WASHINGTON — Eighty U.S. troops have deployed to the Central African nation of Chad to assist forces in the international search for the almost 300 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist radical group Boko Haram, President Obama said Wednesday in a letter to House Speaker John …

Christians in Israel face rise in hate crimes

Christians in Israel face an escalation of attacks by religious extremists.<p>Churches have been vandalised and the top official of the Catholic Church in the town where Jesus is believed to have lived has been threatened.<p>Some Church officials blame Israeli schools and politicians for supporting …

Federal health agency says flu season in California worst since 2009

With 405 reports of severe influenza cases -- deaths, or hospitalizations requiring intensive care -- 2013-2014 is shaping up to be the most severe since 2009's swine flu pandemic, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>Writing as part of a package of …

Better late than never? 101-year-old man running for Congress in Florida

A 101-year-old Florida man is vying to be possibly the world’s oldest freshman.<p>Centenarian Joe Newman is trying to start a career in politics by running as a write-in candidate for Florida’s 16th Congressional District.<p>The candidate, who is not running as either a Democrat or a Republican, told Fox …

Rare Mekong River Dolphins May Become Extinct Because Of A Dam

A rare type of freshwater dolphin is the latest species to face extinction because of humans.<p>In a dire warning this week, the World Wildlife Fund said a new dam planned for Laos will throw the population of Mekong River dolphins into peril.<p>Irrawaddy dolphins, which are already considered critically …

Basque separatists Eta set to take historic step by handing over weapons

Spanish government of Mariano Rajoy holds out for full 'defeat' declaration as independence group ends 40 years of militancy<p>The Basque separatist group Eta is expected on Friday to take a historic step towards handing over weapons and bomb-making equipment used in its terror campaign for …

Is Venezuela's Government Tightening Its Grip on the Internet?

While protests sweep the streets of Venezuela, the nation's government is quietly taking measures to quell the uprising in cyberspace, reportedly …

The Developing World's Urban Population Could Triple by 2210

For Abused Native American Women, New Law Provides A 'Ray Of Hope'

This Thursday, three Native American tribes are changing how they administer justice.<p>For almost four decades, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling has barred tribes from prosecuting non-American Indian defendants. But as part of last year's re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a new program …

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Obama's meeting with Dalai Lama irks China

<b>US President Barack Obama has met the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, US officials say.</b><p>The US leader vowed "strong support" for the protection of Tibetans' human rights in China during the encounter.<p>China had urged the US to cancel the meeting, saying it would "seriously impair …

Mega-brothels: Has Germany become 'bordello of Europe'?

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China Threatens Drama if Obama Meets the Dalai Lama

BEIJING – A planned meeting between President Barack Obama and the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai lama would "seriously damage" U.S. relations with China, a Chinese Foreign Ministry official said Friday.<p>The White House National Security Council said Obama would meet the Dalai Lama, a …

Election landscape boosts GOP govs

There’s no question that Republicans have a lot of ground to defend on the 2014 governor’s map: Of the party’s 17 incumbents up for reelection, nine of them are in blue states that twice voted for President Barack Obama.<p>Still, while Republicans acknowledge the map is tough for them and some losses …

Utah, Colorado move to increase smoking age to 21

Two Western states with some of the nation's lowest smoking rates are considering cracking down even more by raising the tobacco age to 21.<p>Utah and Colorado lawmakers both voted favorably on proposals Thursday to treat tobacco like alcohol and take it away from 18- to 20-year-olds, a move inspired …

Sandy Victim, 3, Tells Christie 'My House Is Still Broken'

"My house is still broken," three-year-old Nicole Mariano told Chris Christie during a town hall meeting in Middletown, N.J., on Thursday as people displaced by October 2012's Superstorm Sandy pressed the governor for assistance.<p>Christie called her closer and promised that someone from his …

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China training for 'short, sharp war' against Japan

US military analyst says Beijing's military exercises designed to invade and gain control of the disputed Senkaku islands<p>China is stepping up its training for a "short, sharp war" designed to seize the disputed Senkaku islands from Japan, according to the head of US naval intelligence in the …

Beijing smog alert turns 'orange' as air pollution soars

<b>Beijingers have been warned to stay indoors as much as possible to avoid outdoor air pollution that has reached hazardous levels.</b><p>Particulate readings soared 15 times above the daily maximum recommended by the World Health Organization.<p>In response, city authorities have started using Beijing's new …

Injuries reported in Israel-Palestine clashes

Two separate clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian protesters, one in Gaza and one in the West bank City of Hebron, have left at least 15 people wounded.<p>At least 13 men were wounded in fighting not far from Jabaliya northeast of Gaza City, medical sources told Al Jazeera on Friday.<p>Ashraf …

Baby given CPR on side of Florida freeway is in stable condition - TODAY.com

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Man who killed 2 infants gets death penalty

Jason Michael Hann has been convicted of killing his 2-month-old son and 10-month old daughter and hiding their bodies in storage units.<p>INDIO, Calif. -- A man who has been convicted of killing two of his infant children and hiding their plastic-wrapped bodies in storage units in Arkansas and …

Use a Lemon to Make Cleaning the Microwave Easy

Nobody likes cleaning out that gross, crusty, burnt-on foodstuff in the microwave. To make that process a bit easier, The Kitchn suggests using a …

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3 Free Ways To Refresh Your House

Wallet-friendly tips to update your space.<p>The most simple projects can renew your space and lead to an instant upgrade—and some cost nothing but elbow grease.<p><b>Organize Books:</b> Use what you have to create brand new, conversation-starting bookshelves. Sort by genre and color to make the collection pop, …

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