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Boston, L.A., S.F and Washington D.C. considered for 2024 U.S. Summer Olympics bid

US considers four cities for 2024 Olympics bid (via AFP) Four cities are in the running to lead a possible US bid to host the 2024 Summer Games, the US Olympic committee announced on Friday. “Boston, LA, San Francisco and Washington have each given us reason to believe they can…

U.S. considers air strikes as radical ISIS militants take over northern Iraq

Washington vowed to boost aid to Iraq and is mulling drone strikes amid fears Iraqi forces are crumbling in face of militants increasingly emboldened since the US withdrawal. Iraqi officials have already privately asked the US to consider sending in drones to root out jihadists from the Islamic State of…

U.S. deploys unmanned drones in search for kidnapped Nigerian girls

The U.S. military is flying surveillance drones as well as manned aircraft over Nigeria to help the search for more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist extremists, the Pentagon said Wednesday. However, the data is not yet being shared with the Nigerians because Washington is still working out an agreement…

Pastor Jeffress to lawmakers: God already decided LGBT issues, no need to debate them

Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress spoke yesterday at the “Washington: A Man of Prayer” convention celebrating the 225th anniversary of President George Washington’s inaugural address. Jeffress began by citing a passage from George Washington’s first inaugural address: “We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can…

Washington county delays decision on building ban after deadly mudslide

By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) – A Washington state county where a mudslide killed at least 41 people last month delayed a decision on Wednesday on a proposed ban on construction in landslide-prone areas over concerns it could hamper rebuilding efforts. The five-member Snohomish County Council voted unanimously to…

Flooding may slow search at Washington mudslide site

By Jonathan Kaminsky DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) – Recovery teams raced on Wednesday against a forecast of returning showers in their search for victims of a Washington state mudslide that obliterated a community last month and left dozens dead or missing. Hundreds of search-and-recovery workers have redoubled efforts since Monday to…

Death toll from Washington landslide rises to 29

The confirmed death toll from a huge US landslide rose to 29 Wednesday including three children, officials said a week and a half after the disaster in Washington state. Twenty people are still believed missing after a wall of mud and debris crashed down on the town of Oso on…

Death toll from Washington state mudslide expected to soar

By Eric M. Johnson and Jonathan Kaminsky ARLINGTON, Wash./DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) – Rescue officials said the death toll from a catastrophic mudslide in Washington state is soon expected to climb far higher, as some residents voiced anger that they were prevented from helping in the initial disaster response six days…

More than 100 missing persons reports filed after Washington state mudslide

OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) – More than 100 missing persons reports have been filed with various entities in Washington state in the aftermath of a mudslide already blamed for eight confirmed deaths, the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management said on Monday. The landslide, triggered after rain-soaked embankments along State Route…

Afghan president Hamid Karzai suspects U.S. secretly behind Kabul restaurant bombing

Afghan President Hamid Karzai suspects the United States may have backed insurgent-style attacks to undermine his government but has no evidence to support his theory, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. Karzai, whose relations with Washington have steadily deteriorated over the years, has compiled a list of dozens of attacks that…

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