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Pentagon deletes Twitter account for joking about movie theatre bombing

The Pentagon has scrapped the Twitter account of an agency that counters homemade explosives after it posted joking comments about a bombing in the Philippines, officials said Friday. After explosions at two movie theaters in the Philippines, a staff member at the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Organization (JIEDDO) wrote in…

Florida man sets fire to friend’s mobile home in dispute — forgetting it’s also his own home

A Florida man set fire to a friend’s mobile home after he refused to drive him into town, authorities said. The St. Augustine Record reported that 52-year-old Harold Netherland, of St. Johns County, had gotten into an argument Tuesday evening with a friend after he refused to give him a…

Academics join CUNY protests against David Petraeus as NYPD arrests six students

Scores of academics at the City University of New York have signed a petition calling for charges against six students, arrested during a protest against David Petraeus, to be dropped. The academics have also called for the former four-star general to resign from his teaching role at CUNY. The six…

NSA tells families of employees: Media outlets have sensationalized leaks

The National Security Agency has sent a letter to its employees’ family members, in an effort to “reassure” relatives about the agency’s work. The letter, signed by NSA director General Keith Alexander and deputy director John Inglis, is dated 13 September and is addressed to “NSA/CSS family”. It characterises press…

Why are elephants in Zimbabwe dying from cyanide poisoning? Experts seek answers

Zimbabwean wildlife authorities will dispatch a team of experts to the country’s largest game park Saturday to investigate the poisoning deaths of 64 elephants, an official said. “Experts drawn from seven ministries will travel to Hwange National Park tomorrow (Saturday) to make findings on the disaster at the park where…

U.S. welcomes new rhetoric from Iran but demands real action

The United States welcomed what it said was constructive rhetoric from Iran Friday, following a report that its leaders want a swift deal on their nuclear program to end crippling sanctions. But the White House stressed that despite signs of a rare opening between the two enemies, it needed to…

92-year-old WWII vet raises nearly $140K online to avoid eviction by daughter

A 92-year-old World War II veteran has avoided being evicted by his daughter after raising nearly $140,000 online. John Potter, of Zaleski, Ohio, had received an eviction notice from his daughter, Janice Cotrill, and her husband earlier this year, reported WHAS-TV. Potter’s granddaughter, 35-year-old Jaclyn Fraley, helped him set up…

Syria rebels fracturing as the Free Syrian Army condemns jihadists

A new front is emerging in Syria’s war, as mainstream rebels come to blows with jihadists, endangering their common goal of ousting Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Ever since Al-Qaeda front group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) appeared on the battlefield, tensions between the Free Syrian Army (FSA)…

5.7-magnitude quake hits Myanmar

A shallow 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck close to Myanmar’s second-biggest city on Friday evening, seismologists said. The quake hit at 6:54 pm local time (1224 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles), the US Geological Survey said. It was 110 kilometres north of the city of Mandalay. The agency…

Regulators designate Prudential Financial as ‘too big to fail’

US regulators on Friday named insurer Prudential Financial to its list of “too-big-to-fail” institutions, the third non-bank placed under a tighter regulatory regime to reduce risks to the financial system. The Financial Stability Oversight Council’s move subjects Prudential to tougher oversight and capital standards also applied to the country’s largest…

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