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Medal of Honor hero thinks of friends lost in 'ambush alley' every day

And that, President Obama said in a White House ceremony Tuesday, was what Sgt. Kyle White did in Afghanistan in November 2007. For his “acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty,” Sergeant White was awarded the Medal of Honor Tuesday, becoming the seventh living recipient of that honor for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. That story began when White and his fellow paratroopers from Chosen Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade, were returning to their base in eastern Afghanistan, along a narrow ridge line known as “ambush alley” when they came under attack. Bullets were coming from “what seemed like every direction,” Sergeant White recalled, and the attack was so fierce that he had resigned himself to death, Mr. Obama told an audience that included White’s family, members of his company, and the families of the fallen.

Court halts Texas execution over mental health claims

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court has halted the scheduled execution of a convicted killer in Texas so his attorneys can pursue appeals arguing he's mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty.

17 dead, hundreds trapped in Turkish coal mine

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An explosion and a fire Tuesday killed at least 17 workers at a coal mine in western Turkey and trapped another 200 or more underground, the country's disaster agency said as it launched a massive rescue operation.

Hundreds come forward about pedophile teacher, FBI reports

Hundreds of people have contacted the FBI about a teacher suspected of drugging and molesting boys during a four-decade career at international schools on four continents, greatly expanding the potential number of suspected victims.

European court: Google must yield on personal info

In a landmark ruling that could rock the Internet search-engine industry, Europe's highest court said Tuesday that people are entitled to some control over what pops up when their name is Googled.

Tea party looks for a GOP primary win in Nebraska

The tea party challenged the Republican establishment on Tuesday in a Nebraska Senate primary showdown complicated by a surging third candidate. West Virginia was poised to make history with the nomination of two women for a Senate seat always held by men and long associated with a Rockefeller.

Spokesman: Christie was unaware of traffic scheme

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie's longtime press secretary told New Jersey lawmakers Tuesday that he is confident that his boss had no knowledge of or involvement in the scheme that shut traffic near the George Washington Bridge in a political payback plot.

Two Fla. health workers sick after treating Middle East virus patient

(Reuters) - Two health workers at a hospital in Orlando, Florida, who were exposed to a patient with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome have begun showing flu-like symptoms, and one of the two has been hospitalized. Officials at the Dr. P. Phillips Hospital said on Tuesday the two healthcare workers were exposed to the patient - the second confirmed case of MERS on U.S. soil - in the emergency department before it became clear that he might be infected with the virus, which is often deadly. The second healthcare worker is being isolated in his home and watched for signs of infection. Hospital and local health officials said at a press conference that the MERS patient, also a healthcare worker, had made a visit last week to the Orlando Regional Medical Center to accompany another person who was having a medical procedure.

Pedophile teacher abused scores as clues missed

He was one of the most beloved teachers in the small world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off American expatriates and local elites. He was often the first to arrive in the morning, and the last to leave each day. He led students on class trips to exotic places, treating them to cookies and milk at bedtime.

Hundreds trapped in Turkish coal mine

At least 200 people have been left trapped underground after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey that killed one miner, an official said Tuesday.

Obama to present top medal to Afghanistan veteran

President Barack Obama is presenting the Medal of Honor to a former Army sergeant who saved a fellow soldier's life and helped secure the evacuation of other wounded Americans while under persistent fire during a 2007 ambush in Afghanistan.