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“Insider Attack” Kills One in Southern Afghanistan

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 11:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The NATO command in Afghanistan says one international solder has been killed by a person in an Afghan army uniform, in the latest incidence of what officials call “insider attacks.” The International Security Assistance Force said early Tuesday that the attack occurred Monday in southern Afghanistan. It said the incident is under investigation, but gave […]

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Judge: California Man Mentally Unfit to Stand Trial for Shooting Spree

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A judge in Oakland, California has ruled that the suspect in last year’s deadly shooting rampage at a small religious college is mentally unfit to stand trial. The judge agreed Monday with two doctors who say alleged gunman One Goh suffers from paranoid schizophrenia — an illness in which victims hear voices and loses touch […]

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Pakistani Suspect Pleads Innocent in British and US Terror Plots

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A Pakistani man pled not guilty Monday in an alleged al-Qaida plot to set off terrorist bombs in New York and Manchester, England. Abid Naseer entered his plea in a U.S. federal court in Brooklyn, New York — where he was extradited from Britain last week. The judge ordered him to remain in jail at […]

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Fossil of Giant Marine Predator Sheds Light on Ecosystem Resilience

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Two-hundred 44 million years ago, an 8.6 meter-long monster ruled the ocean that covered what is today America’s western desert. In a study supported by the National Geographic Society, an international team of scientists describes the giant predator, whose fossilized remains were found on a remote Nevada mountain range in 2010. Named Thalattoarchon saurophagis – […]

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Astronauts on Long Space Missions Will Need Earth-like Sleep Habits

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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There is nothing like a regular sleep schedule to keep you healthy, especially on a long voyage to Mars. On June 3, 2010, a six-man team of international volunteers was sealed into a 550-cubic-meter spacecraft-like compartment at a Russian Academy of Sciences facility to simulate a 520-day round-trip mission to the Red Planet. During the […]

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Preliminary Hearing Underway for US Theater Shooting Suspect

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Prosecutors have started to make their case against the man charged with carrying out a deadly rampage at a U.S. movie theater in July. The preliminary hearing in the case against 25-year-old James Holmes got underway Monday in Colorado. Prosecutors have filed more than 160 counts against James Holmes for the shooting attack that killed […]

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Former Italian PM Berlusconi Aligns With Northern League, Won’t Stand for PM

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi says he has struck a deal with the Northern League to jointly run in next month’s elections. But he will not stand as candidate for prime minister. Mr. Berlusconi announced the alliance during an interview with Italian radio. Northern League leader Roberto Maroni later told a news conference that as […]

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Indian Rape Hearing Closed to the Public

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The court proceedings of five of the six suspects in a brutal gang rape in the Indian capital will be closed to the public. The magistrate hearing the case, Namrita Aggarwal, made the announcement Monday shortly after the suspects arrived for a court hearing in New Delhi. She said the next hearing will be on […]

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US Banks Near $10 Billion Settlement on Foreclosure Abuse

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Major U.S. banks are nearing a $10 billion settlement to resolve claims that they abused financially troubled homeowners as they sought to foreclose on their home purchase loans at the height of the country’s financial downturn. As millions of U.S. homeowners lost their jobs in 2009 and 2010, they often fell behind on their monthly […]

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Bahrain’s Top Court Upholds Prison Terms for 13 Dissidents

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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Bahrain’s top court has upheld prison sentences against 13 opposition figures charged with plotting to overthrow the Gulf state’s minority Sunni rulers in a 2011 uprising. In a ruling Monday, the Bahraini court rejected appeals from all 13 dissidents, most of whom are majority Shi’ites. Eight of the defendants had been sentenced to life is […]

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