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126 people freed, 3 jihadis die in Burkina Faso

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 23:38

Authorities are still determining the number of casualties.

Minister: 30 hostages freed from Burkina Faso hotel siege

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 19:54

Al-Qaida militants struck an upscale hotel and nearby cafe late Friday that were popular with Westerners in Burkina Faso's capital, taking an unknown number of hostages and forcing others to hide for their lives as gunfire and explosions rang out. The country's troops backed by French forces were still trying to retake control of the building more than nine hours later.

Warehouse worker takes third of $1.6 billion Powerball pot

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 19:14

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A small-town warehouse supervisor turned in one of three tickets splitting the world-record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot on Friday, and swiftly announced that he would take his money now, giving up hundreds of millions of dollars in the future.

Al-Qaida attack on Burkina Faso hotel kills 20

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 17:02

At least 20 people have been killed and another 15 wounded Friday in an attack on a hotel in the capital of Burkina Faso popular with United Nations staff and westerners.

Cartel expert: Penn, del Castillo could be in serious danger

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 16:14

In an interview with Charlie Rose, Sean Penn denounced the Mexican government's narrative that his meeting with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was 'essential' to the drug lord's capture. But a former DEA agent says the perception alone that Penn was involved in Guzman's arrest could put his life at risk.

At least 20 victims from Burkina hotel attack: hospital director

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 15:28

Around 20 people have been killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants on a hotel in the capital of Burkina Faso on Friday, according to the director of the university hospital who spoke to patients wounded in the attack. There are people with bullet wounds and people who are injured because of falls," said Robert Sangare, director of Ouagadougou's university hospital center.

Republican ex-candidate Graham endorses Jeb Bush

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 10:22
Senator Lindsey Graham, the hawkish Republican whose 2016 primary campaign fizzled despite his persistent call for resetting US national security policy, announced Friday he is endorsing Jeb Bush for president. "I have concluded without any hesitation, without any doubt, that Jeb Bush is ready on Day One to be a commander-in-chief worthy of the sacrifices of the one percent who have been fighting this war," Graham said at a press conference with Bush at his side. Graham throughout his own campaign advocated a military intervention of some 10,000 US troops in Syria to battle so-called Islamic State extremists.

French drug trial disaster leaves one brain dead, five injured

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 08:55
By Matthias Blamont PARIS (Reuters) - One person has been left brain dead and five others have been hospitalized after taking part in a clinical trial in France of an experimental drug made by Portuguese drug company Bial, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said on Friday. The six men aged 28 to 49 had been in good health until taking the oral medication at the Biotrial private facility that specializes in clinical trials, she said. "This is unprecedented," Touraine told a news conference after meeting volunteers and their families in Rennes, western France.

Sean Penn regrets fallout from El Chapo interview

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 07:01
(Reuters) - Actor Sean Penn regrets the fallout from his Rolling Stone article on Mexican kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, which was aimed at discussing the drug war, Penn said in an interview released Friday with journalist and talk show host Charlie Rose. "I have a regret that the entire discussion about this article ignores its purpose, which was to try to contribute to this discussion about the policy on the War on Drugs." Guzman was recaptured last week, six months after staging a spectacular prison break through a tunnel in his cell floor. While on the run, Guzman met secretly with Penn at a jungle hideout - a move the government says was "essential" to his capture.

He has a dream: Liberty University defends choice of Trump as MLK Day speaker

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 13:47
He has a dream: Liberty University defends choice of Trump as MLK Day speaker

Chicago releases videos of police shooting of black teen

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 13:46

Chicago on Thursday released video footage of a fatal Chicago police shooting of a black teenager in 2013 after a court ruling, as protesters renewed criticism of Mayor Rahm Emanuel for the handling of police killings. Images from neighborhood surveillance cameras showing the killing of Cedrick Chatman, 17, in January 2013 had been sealed under a protective order. One 10-second segment of video shows two officers chasing Chatman, who then runs around a corner out of sight.

He has a dream: Liberty University defends choice of Trump as MLK Day speaker

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 13:42

Donald Trump speaks at Convocation at Liberty University, near Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., left, and Michele Bachmann, right, in Lynchburg, Va., on Sept. 24, 2012. In the face of opposition from students, Liberty University officials are defending the school’s invitation to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to speak on campus Monday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. A peaceful protest is planned by demonstrators who will hold signs and sing when Trump speaks at “convocation,” a thrice-weekly student gathering at the evangelical Christian school in Lynchburg, Va.

'Revenant' Leads Oscar Noms With 12, Only White Actors Again

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 05:23

'The Revenant' leads the 88th annual Academy Awards with 12 nominations, while the acting categories were again filled entirely by white performers.

Time to take Bernie Sanders seriously

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 03:39

WHO declares Ebola outbreak over as Liberia gets all-clear

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 02:35

The world breathed a sigh of relief Thursday as a two-year Ebola epidemic that killed 11,000 and triggered a global health alert was declared over, with Liberia the last country to get the all-clear. The deadliest outbreak in the history of the feared tropical virus wrecked the economies and health systems of the three worst-hit west African nations after it emerged in southern Guinea in December 2013. At its peak, it devastated Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with bodies piling up in the streets and overwhelmed hospitals recording hundreds of new cases a week.

All in the (nonnuclear, totally unorthodox) family

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 01:02
Fast-moving technological and legal shifts are altering concepts of parenting and relationships. It turns out you can pick your own family.