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Exclusive: CIA Fires Its Terror-Fighters

The intelligence agency’s irregular forces have been key to the fight against the Taliban since 2001. Now they’re being withdrawn—just as a bloody fighting season heats up.


Acrobats fall during Ringling Bros. circus stunt

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A platform collapsed during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at a circus performance Sunday, sending eight acrobats plummeting to the ground. Nine performers were seriously injured in the fall, including a dancer below, while an unknown number of others suffered less serious injuries.


Parker leads Spurs past Mavs in Game 7

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker scored 32 points and the San Antonio Spurs led by as many as 31 on their way to 119-96 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, closing out a tense first-round series Sunday in seven games.


U.S. Watches While Ukraine Burns

As violence worsened in Ukraine over the weekend, U.S. lawmakers appeared on the Sunday talk shows to call for new and harsher sanctions on Russia. Many U.S. officials believe the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin is orchestrating the widespread takeover of government buildings in east Ukraine by ethnic Russians who want to see their part of the country annexed by Russia.  Russia, which annexed the Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula two months ago after widespread protests reportedly backed by Russian agents, currently has tens of thousands of troops massed on the Ukrainian border. 


Northern Ireland police free Gerry Adams

Antrim (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Northern Ireland police on Sunday freed Gerry Adams after four days of questioning over a notorious IRA murder, but the republican leader could still face charges when a file is sent to prosecutors. "A 65-year-old man arrested by detectives investigating the abduction and murder of Jean McConville has been released pending report to PPS (Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland)," said a statement issued by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). The PPS must now decide whether there is enough evidence to charge the leader of the Sinn Fein political party, or whether prosecution would be in the public interest. Adams, a key figure in the peace process, was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the death of Jean McConville, a mother-of-ten abducted from her home in 1972.


'Delusional Minority' driving GOP on Benghazi, Plouffe aays

There was “no conspiracy” behind the White House’s decision not to release an internal email related to Benghazi until this week, but a “very loud, delusional minority” is driving the Republican Party to politicize the issue, former Obama White House senior adviser David Plouffe said...


Focus now on Afghan families displaced by slide

ABI BARIK, Afghanistan (AP) — As Afghans observed a day of mourning Sunday for the hundreds of people killed in a horrific landslide, authorities tried to help the 700 families displaced by the torrent of mud that swept through their village.


9 acrobats seriously hurt after falling at circus

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Nine acrobats were seriously injured Sunday after falling 25 to 40 feet from an aerial platform during a circus performance, a safety official said.

Sinn Fein's Adams freed after 5 days in custody

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Police in Northern Ireland say they have released Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams without charge after five days of questioning over his alleged involvement in an IRA killing more than four decades ago.


Powerade drops controversial ingredient

NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola is dropping a controversial ingredient from its Powerade sports drink, after a similar move by PepsiCo's Gatorade last year.


1st openly gay Episcopal bishop to divorce husband

NEW YORK (AP) — The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, who became a symbol for gay rights far beyond the church while deeply dividing the world's Anglicans, plans to divorce his husband.


Police: Gerry Adams to be freed, charges unlikely

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams is expected to be released without charge after five days in police custody, but detectives will send a file of evidence against him to British prosecutors for potential charges later, a senior policeman said.


Odessa police free 67 detained in deadly clashes

ODESSA, Ukraine (AP) — Hundreds of pro-Russian demonstrators stormed police headquarters in Odessa on Sunday and won the release of 67 people detained after deadly clashes in the Ukrainian port city.


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