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UN: Number of world's displaced over 50 million

BEIRUT (AP) — For the first time since the World War II era, the number of people forced from their homes worldwide has surged past 50 million, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.


Before 'Saving Private Ryan,' Pvt. Smith was saved

BARNARD CASTLE, England (AP) — Carved into the simple obelisk commemorating the fallen are the names of five sons of Margaret and John McDowell Smith. There's a story behind the name that isn't there — a sixth brother, Wilfred — and a century after World War I a local historian has dug out the details from archives.


Congress to probe how IRS emails could go missing

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the week since the Internal Revenue Service acknowledged it can't produce emails from seven officials connected to the tea party investigation, there are mysteries about computer crashes inside the agency, the government's efforts to recover all the missing data and why the IRS assured a congressman it would provide him with emails it already knew were lost.

Scientists find 6,200-year-old parasite egg

LONDON (AP) — In a skeleton more than 6,200 years old, scientists have found the earliest known evidence of infection with a parasitic worm that now afflicts more than 200 million people worldwide.


Obama extends family leave rights of gay couples

By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday will announce a rule that makes legally married same-sex couples eligible for benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act in all 50 states, a White House official said. Currently, legally married couples are eligible for those benefits if they reside in a state in which same-sex marriage is legal. Obama is directing the Department of Labor to propose a rule extending the FMLA rights even to states where gay unions are not legal. The rule is being issued as Attorney General Eric Holder announces the results of a review of U.S. laws in the wake of the landmark 2013 Supreme Court Windsor decision that held that the survivor of a same-sex couple could claim the federal estate tax exemption for surviving spouses.


NYC to pay $40M to 5 convicted in 'Central Park jogger' case

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City has agreed to pay $40 million to five men who were convicted, and later exonerated, of brutally raping a female jogger in Central Park in 1989, settling a long-fought civil rights lawsuit, according to a person familiar with the matter. The violent attack, which became known as the Central Park jogger case, made national headlines as a sign that the city’s crime rate had spiraled out of control, while the outcome of the prosecution raised questions about race and the justice system. The five men – Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise and Yusef Salaam – were between 14 and 16 years of age at the time of the rape and confessed after lengthy police interrogations. The victim, Trisha Meili, a 28-year-old investment banker, nearly died from the attack and was left with no memory of it.


England falls to Uruguay at World Cup, 2-1

Luis Suarez scored twice to give Uruguay a 2-1 victory over England at the World Cup on Thursday, making an instant impact on his return from injury.


Gerry Goffin, Carole King's ex-husband, dies at 75

Lyricist Gerry Goffin, who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," ''Halfway to Paradise" and "The Loco-Motion," died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75.


Obama sending up to 300 military advisers to Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday said he was dispatching up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling state. He called on Iraqi leaders to govern with a more "inclusive agenda" to ensure the country does not descend into civil war.


Heavy rains, floods hit Bulgaria; 10 people killed

Torrential rains and floods hit Bulgaria on Thursday, killing at least 10 people, cutting off electricity, blocking roads and sparking evacuations, officials said. Heavy rainfall in the Black Sea resort city of Varna triggered a flood wave late on Thursday in one of its low-laying suburbs that killed at least 10 people, the mayor of Varna told the national radio. The street is not here, the houses are not here, there are cars on top of each other," Varna mayor Ivan Portnih said. In central Bulgaria, firefighters evacuated 11 people from the top of their houses in the town of Kilifarevo, police said.


Starbucks degree program not as simple as it seems

NEW YORK (AP) — The scholarship portion of a new education program Starbucks is offering to help workers pay for an online degree consists of a discount from Arizona State University, not money from the chain.


US: Up to 75 scientists exposed to anthrax

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says some of its staff in Atlanta may have been accidentally exposed to dangerous anthrax bacteria because of a safety problem at one of its labs.


Gov. Walker part of criminal scheme, prosecutors say

Federal prosecutors believe Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, illegally coordinated fundraising with conservative groups as part of a nationwide "criminal scheme" to violate election laws, according to court documents unsealed Thursday.

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