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Four killed in spy plane crash: U.S. military

NAIROBI — Four American special operations personnel were killed over the weekend in the crash of their aircraft in Djibouti as it returned from a mission, the US military said Monday. The U-28, a modified single engine turbo prop plane used by special operations units, crashed Saturday near Camp Lemonnier,…

Obama, Karzai discuss Afghan reconciliation moves

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama talked with Hamid Karzai Monday about Afghan-led reconciliation moves following the Afghan president’s talks with the leaders of Pakistan and Iran, the White House said. The telephone conversation also followed Karzai’s assertion in a newspaper interview last week that his government was involved in…

Britain’s border agency to split after security row

LONDON — Britain’s border agency will split into two following a row over security lapses which let hundreds of thousands of people into the country without proper checks, the interior minister said Monday. Home Secretary Theresa May took the step after an official report produced by John Vine, UK Border…

New faces of poor among Athens homeless

ATHENS — It is hard to miss the colourful house with its walls covered with graffiti in Metaxourgeio, a working-class Athens district. Here, immigrants push supermarket carts full of metal scraps, while in garages only old cars are being repaired. In this little red house, alongside the railway line, the…

British coach driver charged with manslaughter in France

REIMS, France — The driver of a British coach that crashed in northern France as it was taking schoolchildren home from a skiing trip was indicted Monday for manslaughter, a prosecutor said. The 47-year-old man, who was driving the coach that crashed in the early hours of Sunday, killing a…

It’s okay to admit that mass hysteria is real

For some reason, this week’s Newsweek was really great, with an interesting story about how sports wives and girlfriends are an easy target for fan rage and Andrew Sullivan’s pretty good article on the contraception debacle, where he rehashes my theory that Obama set it up this way. (However, he…

Sh*t online organizers say

The online organizers at the 6th annual Roots Camp conference decided to get in on the wave of the “Shit People Say” Youtube videos with their own light hearted version. Titled “Shit Online Organizers Say,” the video taps into the meme that just won’t die for the online organizing crowd.…

Hundreds flock to Oregon for medical marijuana cards

Authorities said this week that hundreds of out-of-state residents have flocked to Oregon in recent years to obtain medical marijuana cards, which the state will issue to anyone with a doctor’s recommendation. Speaking to a reporter with The Oregonian this weekend, state health officials said that hundreds of people from out-of-state have…

Santorum aide: Obama has ‘radical Islamic policies’

Alice Stewart, the press secretary for GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, issued an apology Monday afternoon, claiming she misspoke when criticizing President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda by calling it “radical Islamic policies.” Appearing on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, Stewart continued the Santorum campaign’s efforts to clarify his statements over the…

Deputy accidentally shoots woman in concealed weapons class

A South Carolina sheriff who has called for women to be armed isn’t backing down after one of his deputies accidentally shot a female student during a concealed handgun class. At a press conference over the weekend, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright explained that Deputy Skip Smith should have checked…

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