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Who’s to blame if the ACA blows up?

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:24
Sooner or later, voters are going to take the president at his word and hold him to his promise of better health care at lower cost.

Opioid Rx: A new home cure for federal failure

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:22
America’s homeland has been attacked by WMDs — non-nuclear but deadly weapons of mass devastation that have inflicted death and suffering throughout our land at a rate no doubt envied by the world’s terrorists and evil-doers.

Six Calif. veterans, dating back to WWII, earn high school diplomas

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:21
The project — organized by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and the county's Department of Veterans Affairs — retroactively grants diplomas to eligible war veterans, as well as Japanese-Americans who were forced into internment camps during World War II.

Veteran tried to jump White House fence in Pokémon costume in bid for YouTube fame

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:14
A 36-year-old Kentucky man who authorities said tried to scale a White House fence on Tuesday while dressed as the Pokémon character Pikachu had planned to film his act in an attempt to attain fame, according to an arrest affidavit filed in court.

Mexico's presidential candidates include a Hillary wannabe and a guy promising better soccer

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:59
Former first lady Margarita Zavala once styled herself as the "Mexican Hillary" as she prepared to run for president. That narrative faltered with the results of the 2016 U.S. election and then she lost a power struggle inside the right-wing National Action Party (PAN), once led by her husband. Instead of giving up, however, she did what more and more Mexicans are doing — Zavala went independent.

From above, Pyongyang looks just like the Potemkin village the Kim regime wants it to be

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:48
Americans may now be banned from going to North Korea as tourists, but thanks to the power of the internet, you can now see what it's like to fly over the showcase capital of Pyongyang.

Jihadist ambush on US forces shows new danger in Sahel

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:45
The Niger attack that killed four Americans appears to be the work of the Islamic State of the Sahel, a splinter group of extremists loyal to ISIS who are based just across the border in Mali, according to interviews with U.S. officials and authorities here in the vast Sahel region bordering the Sahara Desert.

Germany raises highway fines for rubbernecking, blocking emergency vehicles

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:26
Getting stuck in a traffic jam on the German autobahn might cost more than just time and heartache under a new German law that significantly raises penalties for failing to open up the middle lane for emergency vehicles.

US envoy: Hamas must disarm to join Palestinian government

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:16
President Donald Trump's Mideast envoy said on Thursday that if Hamas wants to play a role in any Palestinian government, it must renounce violence and commit to negotiations with Israel — demands the Islamic militant group has always rejected.

Iran guards defy Trump with vow to boost missile program

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:56
Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps pledged to enhance the nation's missile program in defiance of President Donald Trump, whose hardened stance against the country last week included new sanctions on the security force.

Date set for commissioning of USS Little Rock in Buffalo

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:44
A date has been set for the commissioning of a new U.S. Navy warship in Buffalo later this year.

Airmen respond quickly after walking into active-shooter exercise at RAF Mildenhall

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:14
Training kicks in as unaware airmen stumble into comprehensive on-base exercise involving Air Force, British police and medical teams.

Merano, Italy, combines German precision with Italian flair

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:00
It’s easy to mistake Merano, Italy, for a German mountain town, where the buses run on time, the garbage is in a can and the miens of the locals tend toward the dour despite being surrounded by the spectacular. Here, you can have your pizza and your apple strudel, too.

US tourist fears he was hit in Cuba, years before diplomats

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:58
Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before.

Like Trump, Europe’s leaders must also tread delicately when consoling the families of the fallen

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:45
As Trump found out this week, it is never easy to provide condolences to the families of soldiers killed in action — especially when it is in the service of your foreign policy. Several European leaders have also fallen afoul of the delicate process of negotiating grief and politics.

USS O’Kane deployment extended as 7th Fleet faces ship shortage

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:15
A Hawaii-based destroyer’s upcoming deployment to the 7th Fleet will last longer than planned because of a ship shortage caused by deadly collisions and maintenance issues.

Veteran died as nurse’s aide played video games instead of checking on him, report says

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:57
The Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general has launched a criminal investigation with the U.S. attorney's office and the FBI to identify how the system may have failed the Vietnam vet, the Boston Globe reported.

White House debates presidential visit to DMZ

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 06:25
As President Donald Trump prepares for a 12-day swing next month through five Asian nations, the administration is divided over whether he should make the pilgrimage, an issue that remains unresolved.

Tillerson seeks stronger ties with India, chides China

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 06:22
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Wednesday for the U.S. and India to expand strategic ties. He also pointedly criticized China, which he accused of challenging international norms needed for global stability.

Abe offers stability — and in Japan, that's sufficient

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 05:39
The parliamentary election in Japan on Sunday offers one important thing for voters at home and governments abroad: stability. Shinzo Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which has been in power for five years, will almost certainly secure control of the House of Representatives for another four-year term.