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House Democrats weigh role in new Benghazi probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Divided House Democrats are weighing whether to participate in a new investigation of the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, or boycott the election-year inquiry of a tragedy they accuse Republicans of politicizing.

US, Philippine marines launch South China Sea drills

San Antonio (Philippines) (AFP) - Scores of US and Filipino marines launched mock assaults on a South China Sea beach in the Philippines Friday, as a row escalates between Beijing and its smaller neighbours over the strategic waters. The drills, part of annual war games between the two countries, came after Vietnam said its vessels were rammed by Chinese ships protecting a deep-sea oil rig in disputed waters off Vietnam's coast. The flare-up -- which saw counter-accusations from Beijing which said its own vessels had been repeatedly attacked -- sparked concern from Japan, the United States, and the European Union about deteriorating security in the region. The US-Philippine exercises -- involving about 5,500 troops -- included Friday's drills on a beach about 220 kilometres (135 miles) from Scarborough Shoal, which China took control of two years ago after a stand-off with the much-weaker Philippine forces.

Obama, at Wal-Mart, touts efficiency; angers labor

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama is showcasing Wal-Mart, often a target of labor groups and other Democratic constituencies, to promote advances in energy efficiency in his broader campaign to confront climate change.

In Defense of Nurses

Should nurse practitioners be able to care for patients without a doctor’s supervision? The answer is yes.

There’s Only One Butt Selfie Queen

Jen Selter has turned photos of her sculpted derriere into a moneymaking career. But copycats, don't get your hopes up. It's unlikely this level of belfie success will happen again.

Giving Birth to a New ‘Rosemary’s Baby’

The usual reaction when hearing that NBC remade ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ is to wonder, ‘Why?’ Well, we asked the cast and creative team that very question.

Oui, The French Do Get Fat

The U.S. isn’t the only country with an expanding waistline. A new study shows many European countries are catching up.

Beirut Barracks vs. Benghazi

Republicans are trying to criminalize a tragedy—wholly unprecedented, even after 241 Marines died because of a massive U.S. intelligence failure.

Is Rand Paul a Closet Hawk?

The Republicans’ most visible isolationist is now being advised by a life-long interventionist. What gives?

Obama's $20 Billion Chopper

The U.S. government has been trying for decades—and burning through billions—to replace Marine One, the president's helicopters. Will it finally get it right this time?

Jack Kilmer Is Not ‘Trippin’

He may be too cool for Hollywood. While Val Kilmer’s 18-year-old son never planned on acting, his debut in 'Palo Alto' is decidedly authentic.

'Sheezus' Talks

Five years, one marriage, and two kids later, the 'Smile' singer is back with a new album, 'Sheezus.' And she can't be bothered with being a bitch anymore.

Rubio to visit New Hampshire as he weighs 2016 run

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Fighting to revive his political prospects, Sen. Marco Rubio is returning to the presidential campaign circuit and beefing up a political organization that could lay the groundwork for a White House bid.

US condemns N.Korea's 'ugly' racist Obama remarks

The United States has condemned \"ugly and disrespectful\" racist comments directed at Barack Obama by North Korea's official KCNA news agency comparing the US president to a black \"monkey\" in a zoo. North Korean propaganda is known for vitriolic personal attacks on foreign leaders, but the KCNA despatch published last Friday -- not long after Obama's visit to South Korea -- stood out for its use of highly inflammatory and abusive racist language. \"The way Obama looks disgusts me,\" said one worker at an ironworks factory. Four people were interviewed in total and all their comments were similar in their racist nature, with one referring to Obama as \"sub-animal.\"

US, Philippine marines launch South China Sea drills

San Antonio (Philippines) (AFP) - Scores of US and Filipino marines launched mock assaults on a South China Sea beach in the Philippines on Friday in war games aimed at honing the allies' combat skills. The exercise came as tensions simmer between the Philippines and China over rival claims to the strategic waters. Three US rubber raiding craft and two small-unit Filipino riverine boats made repeated sallies at a desolate beach at a northern Philippines navy base in a practise stealth landing of squads of armed marines.