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Military Jet Crashes in Virginia

12:44 PM ET A military jet has crashed in rural western Virginia, the Associated Press has reported. Sheriff's Office dispatcher Becky Coynter told the AP authorities are heading to the site in Deerfield, about 135 miles northwest of Richmond, to search for the downed jet, and that witnesses heard a loud explosion early ...

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ISIL Demands $6.6M Ransom for 26-Year-Old American Woman

August 26, 2014 ISIL has identified a third American hostage, a 26-year-old American woman who had been doing humanitarian relief work in Syria before being kidnapped a year ago, ABC News has reported. In exchange for her life, the group is demanding $6.6 million and the release of U.S. prisoners. The woman, who ...

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The California Drought Versus the Ice Bucket Challenge

August 20, 2014 By now, the words "Ice Bucket Challenge" should send a shiver down your spine the way, uh, ice would when, well, poured on top of your head. Because by now, if you haven't heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge, you might as wellread this, donate to the ALS Association, and ...

The Pentagon Gave the Ferguson Police Department Military-Grade Weapons

August 14, 2014 The local community of Ferguson, Missouri, may not look like a war zone, but the Pentagon has helped the police treat it like one. According to Michelle McCaskill, media relations chief at the Defense Logistics Agency, the Ferguson Police Department is part of a federal program called 1033, in which ...

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The Pentagon Gave the Ferguson Police Department Military-Grade Weapons

August 14, 2014 The local community of Ferguson, Missouri, may not look like a war zone, but the Pentagon has helped the police treat it like one. According to Michelle McCaskill, media relations chief at the Defense Logistics Agency, the Ferguson Police Department is part of a federal program called 1033, in which ...

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The Surgeon General Seriously Wants You to Stop Tanning

July 30, 2014 The United States surgeon general, in an unprecedented move, issued a call to action Tuesday for Americans to apply sun protection to prevent skin cancer. "Until today, the surgeon general has never said, 'UV radiation is bad for you; protect your skin,'" acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak told CNN. ...

German Official Thinks Snowden Should Give Up Being 'Hunted'

July 29, 2014 Germany would rather see Edward Snowden return home than have him on their turf. The country's justice minister Heiko Maas said in an interview Tuesday that the former NSA contractor should strike a deal with U.S. authorities to return. Snowden, Maas said, "surely doesn't want to spend the rest of ...

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Army to Begin Chelsea Manning's Gender Treatment

July 17, 2014 The Bureau of Prisons has rejected the request to transfer Pvt. Chelsea Manning from a military prison and the Army will begin gender treatment. A defense official told the Associated Press Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has approved the Army's recommendation to keep Manning in military custody. The Army had tried ...

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Pulitzer-Prize Winning Immigration Activist Detained By Texas Border Patrol

July 15, 2014 Prominent immigration activist and former journalist Jose Antonio Vargas has been detained at McAllen-Miller International Airport. Vargas was trying to leave McAllen, a Texas border town where he attended a vigil for unaccompanied immigrant children and families illegally entering the U.S., for Los Angeles. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist tweeted just ...

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California Plans to Make Emergency Water Move to Deal With Drought

July 15, 2014 California is making an unprecedented move to end its three-year drought. The State Water Resources Control Board is expected to approve a tough emergency measure Tuesday to institute mandatory statewide restrictions on water use for the first time in California history. "There is a need for people to take more ...