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Bill on soft drink health warning hits snag in California

A bill in California that would require soft drinks to have health warning labels failed to clear a key committee on Tuesday. Under the measure, sugary drinks sold in the most populous US state would have to carry a label with a warning that sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. But on Tuesday it failed to win enough votes in the health commission of the California State Assembly, the Los Angeles Times reported. "We're in the midst of a diabetes and obesity epidemic that is wreaking havoc on the public's health and driving up healthcare costs," said Senator Bill Monning, the bill's author, in remarks before the Assembly Health committee, according to the newspaper.

Hamas slams Abbas support for Israel security coordination

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Hamas slammed Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's support for security coordination with Israel on Wednesday, as the Jewish state pursued a manhunt for three teens believed kidnapped by the Islamist movement. "President Abbas's statements on security coordination with Israel are unjustified, harmful to Palestinian reconciliation... and a psychological blow to the thousands of Palestinian prisoners suffering a slow death in the occupation's jails," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.

Shift to Kurdish control raises fears in Iraq's Kirkuk

Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - The rapid shift to Kurdish control in Iraq's ethnically mixed oil city of Kirkuk is a step toward a long-held dream for Kurds but has sparked fears among other groups. Kurdish forces took control of Kirkuk and other disputed territory as Sunni Arab militants pressed an offensive that has seen them seize a large chunk of Iraq and sweep federal security forces aside. The Kurds' internal security service, the asayesh, have deployed alongside police in Kirkuk itself. Holding Kirkuk is a major step on that road but, for Arabs and Turkmen, the city changing hands is a cause for concern, not celebration.

Clinton: 'Unanswered questions' remain on Benghazi

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says many unanswered questions remain about the deadly 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, even as U.S. authorities have captured their first suspect in the case.

Iraq forces suffered 'setback' but not defeat, PM says

Baghdad (AFP) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki vowed on Wednesday to "face terrorism" while insisting Iraqi security forces that wilted under a major militant offensive had suffered a "setback" but not a defeat.

Chemical weapons use 'systematic' in Syria: watchdog

Chemical weapons such as chlorine have likely been used in a "systematic manner" in Syria, according to a report by a team from the world's watchdog investigating alleged attacks there. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) mission said evidence "lends credence to the view that toxic chemicals, most likely pulmonary irritating agents such as chlorine, have been used in a systematic manner in a number of attacks," according to a copy of the report obtained by AFP. President Bashar al-Assad's regime and rebels have both accused the other of using chemical agents, including chlorine, in the bloody uprising that began in March 2011 and in spite of Damascus promising to hand over all its chemical arms.

The Unbelievable Missing IRS Emails

The IRS scandal’s back, with Lois Lerner mislaying two years of communiqués—just like Nixon’s secretary and her erased tapes. But the presidential characters couldn’t be more different.

Fargo’s Shocking Finale

FX’s pitch-perfect 10-episode TV adaptation of ‘Fargo’ came to a bloody conclusion Tuesday. The show’s creator and writer, Noah Hawley, breaks down the brilliant finale.

Chris Christie Can’t Quit the Drug War

In one breath, the New Jersey governor gives credibility to one of the drug war’s enduring myths, and in the next, he calls the whole thing an ‘abject failure.’

Rio’s Real-Life Slumdog Millionaires

Brazil’s efforts to clean up the favelas for the World Cup have led to a surprising development: Due to property laws, many slum residents now own some of the city’s best real estate.

The Skid Row Bust That Netted 50 Crips

A third of the Broadway Crips gang, who allegedly exploited homeless drug users in a crime spree stretching more than two decades, are behind bars after an astounding LAPD mass arrest.

Mike Hastings’s Fiction Tells the Truth

The late journalist left behind a novel satirizing his fellow Newsweek employees. But this delightful book has much more than mockery on its mind.

Twitter Snitch Spills ISIS’s Secrets

The terror group may be on a rampage in Iraq. But ISIS is being threatened from inside, it seems. And no one is sure who’s behind the tweets disclosing the group’s intimate details.

Video Games Need More Than Damsels

Ubisoft’s newest game is absent of women. It’s time for all of us—not just feminists—to pay attention and speak up about gaming’s biggest problem.

Benghazi Arrest Spoils GOP’s Party

What a disappointment! The Republicans are all set to unveil their new select committee to keep the attack in the news, and Obama has to go and bring the alleged ringleader to justice.

Shirley Jackson Stars in Her Own Novel

An unclassifiable author whose popularity has ebbed and soared with time, Jackson is now more popular than ever—she’s even a fictional hero.

Bruce Weber Finds Life in Detroit

Detroit has landed on hard times, but there is still vibrant life left. Iconic American photographer Bruce Weber captures the characters and places that show the city’s true spirit.

CIA facing gaps in Iraq as it hunts for militants

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA and other spy agencies are scrambling to close intelligence gaps as they seek ways to support possible military or covert action against the leaders of the al-Qaida-inspired militant group that has seized parts of Iraq and threatens Baghdad's government.