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Homeless man sentenced to seven years in prison for firebombing Wendy Davis’ office

A judge sentenced a homeless man to seven years in prison for firebombing the office of Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis. Cedric Steele pleaded guilty Monday to lighting a bag filled with six Molotov cocktails March 20, 2012, and throwing them at the third-floor office of the Texas Democrat. An…

Military panel calls for Yemeni detainee to be transferred out of Guantanamo Bay

A military panel has recommended transferring a Yemeni detainee from the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, reversing earlier orders for him to be held indefinitely without trial, officials said Friday. The move came as part of a renewed effort by President Barack Obama’s administration to close the controversial jail at…

U.S. hits bin Laden’s son-in-law with new conspiracy charges

US prosecutors on Monday linked Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law to the 2001 Al-Qaeda shoe bomber plot after adding two extra charges against the Kuwaiti, who faces life behind bars if convicted. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, 48, whose trial in New York is scheduled to begin on February 3, was initially charged…

More than two-thirds of Americans cannot identify Sikhs by their turbans: Stanford

More than two-thirds of Americans cannot identify Sikhs by their turbans, a survey said Monday amid a wave of violence against members of the faith. The study by Stanford University and an advocacy group confirmed widespread fears in the community that many in the United States falsely associated Sikhs with…

Pakistan orders retrial of doctor who helped find bin Laden

A Pakistani official on Thursday overturned the 33-year jail term handed down to a doctor who helped the CIA track Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and ordered a retrial, a lawyer and an official said. “The Commissioner of Peshawar has set aside the decision of the Political Agent of Khyber…

SEAL Team 6 member comes out as transgender ‘Warrior Princess’

A member of the elite Navy SEAL Team 6 has come out as a transgender woman in a new memoir entitled Warrior Princess. According to Think Progress, Kristen Beck’s memoir comes out Tuesday and details her journey through a 20-year military career to where she is today. Beck retired from…

Bradley Manning facing possible 154-year jail sentence as trial begins

Three years after his arrest in Iraq for allegedly causing America’s worst ever national security breach, US Army private Bradley Manning finally goes on trial Monday over his disclosures to WikiLeaks. Manning, who faces a possible 154-year jail sentence, has offered to plead guilty to several offenses but he denies…

New York judge sets bin Ladin’s son-in-law trial for January

A New York federal judge has set the terrorism trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law for January after defense lawyers said US budget cuts would make it hard to prepare by an earlier date. Judge Lewis Kaplan issued an order signed Tuesday fixing a January 7 start date for the…

What do we owe our veterans? Osama bin Laden shooter’s story isn’t unique

Jonathan Rue: Thousands of veterans have problems going back to civilian life, but it will take more than money to fix the issues. Esquire magazine caused quite a stir on Monday when it published an extended interview with the US Navy SEAL who shot and killed Osama bin Laden. The shooter, his…

Slain American included in morbid Taliban slideshow

The Pakistani Taliban have included a Briton and an American in a slideshow of fighters killed in battle that also eulogises Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden. According to the US monitoring service SITE, the 12-minute, 56-second video was posted on jihadist websites on February 6 and was prepared by Umar…

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