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Egypt’s undercover police behind museum looting, group claims

Egyptian security forces have been caught trying to loot priceless artifacts from the museum in Cairo and commit other acts of violence “in an attempt to stoke fear of instability,” a rights group claimed Tuesday. Human Rights Watch emergency director Peter Bouckaert told The Washington Post that police identification cards…

Nine years, 50 days: US presence in Afghanistan as long as Soviet slog

The Soviet Union couldn’t win in Afghanistan, and now the United States is about to have something in common with that futile campaign: nine years, 50 days. On Friday, the U.S.-led coalition will have been fighting in this South Asian country for as long as the Soviets did in their…

Dems make last-ditch attempt at passing ‘don’t ask’ repeal

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to schedule a vote to end the Pentagon’s ban on gays serving openly in the military before the start of the new Congress in January. “During the work period following the Thanksgiving holidays, I will bring the Defense Authorization bill to the…

Activists: FBI raids an ‘attempt to intimidate anti-war movement’

Two anti-war activists said Saturday that a 12-hour search of their Chicago home by the FBI was an attempt to intimidate them and silence the peace movement. Joe Iosbaker and his wife, Stephanie Weiner, said the government targeted them because they’ve been outspoken against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan…

Gulf crews prepare to start plugging well for good

BP says it will start shoving mud and maybe cement into the blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday in what could be one of the final steps to plug it for good. BP PLC Senior Vice President Kent Wells said Monday that crews will likely start…

After drifting for days, fisher rescues teen adventurer rescued from Indian Ocean

An American teenage girl was rescued Saturday after a botched attempt to sail solo round the world left her drifting for two nights in rough Indian Ocean seas, sparking an international emergency. Abby Sunderland, 16, was plucked from her damaged yacht by a fishing boat after getting into trouble in…

Congressman: BP to cut off live feed of oil spill

Oil may now be leaking through seabed floor, blogger says; Memo shows how BP calculates value of human life Update (at bottom): BP caves to Rep’s demand, will maintain live video feed for ‘top kill’ attempt The chairman of the House subcommittee on energy and the environment says that BP…

Court rebukes government attempt to use secret evidence in torture lawsuit

A court rejected Tuesday a government attempt to use secret evidence to defend alleged conspiracy in torture, in a ruling welcomed by former Guantanamo Bay inmates. Three Court of Appeal judges ruled that secret evidence cannot be used in civil proceedings brought by six ex-detainees of the notorious US prison…

US investigators eye ‘tell-tale’ signs of foreign involvement in failed NYC car bombing

US investigators are looking into “tell-tale” signs of a foreign connection to the failed car bomb attempt in New York’s Times Square, the Washington Post reported Monday. The newspaper cited unnamed administration officials as saying the failed bombing increasingly appeared to have been coordinated by several people in a plot…

Health insurers cooking books to game reforms

Insurance companies couldn’t defeat reform legislation, so now they’re re-working their books to avoid its impacts. “Some of the largest U.S. health insurers are changing their accounting practices to book administration costs as medical costs in an attempt to circumvent new industry reforms, according to a U.S. Senate panel’s report…

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