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New Jersey Governor's aide testifies in bridge lane closures probe: report

By David Jones NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - A key aide to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie testified on Friday in a far-reaching criminal investigation into the September 2013 lane closures near the George Washington Bridge, media reported. Michael Drewniak, a longtime spokesman for the embattled moderate Republican, a possible contender for the White House in 2016, spoke for about two hours before 23 members of a federal grand jury at a U.S. courthouse in Newark, ABC News reported. It did not report specifics on what Drewniak said, though he is not a target of the investigation. Christie was widely considered a leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 after winning reelection in heavily Democratic New Jersey last year.

Hagel: US strongly committed to protecting Japan

YOKOTA AIR FORCE BASE, Japan (AP) — Against the backdrop of Russia's takeover of Ukraine's Crimean region, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday that a key message he will deliver to leaders in Tokyo this weekend is that the U.S. is strongly committed to protecting Japan's security.

Climate Change Will Starve Our Kids

The new report released by the IPCC has provoked a host of emotions for one journalist and father with the exception of one: despair. Only hope for his daughter and the rest of Generation Hot can deliver us from crisis and into re-covery and rejuvenation.

Too Rich for Prison Rape

Choose your outrage: The wealthy litigate their way out of punishment, prisoner abuse makes a mockery of the law, or lawmakers who can’t follow through on prison reforms.

The Taliban’s Shadow Invasion

On March 1, the Islamabad government cut a deal with the Taliban. And since then, all hell has been breaking loose in neighboring Afghanistan.

Biden warns over energy as 'political weapon'

Vice President Joe Biden vowed the US would work with Ukraine and other allies to prevent countries like Russia from using energy as a "political weapon." In a telephone call with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Biden said aid from the United States and other countries would help Ukraine "meet its most pressing needs," the White House said in a statement. On Thursday, President Barack Obama signed a bill providing Kiev with $1 billion in loan guarantees, amid the worst East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War. The International Monetary Fund last month announced a $14-$18 billion bailout for Ukraine on Thursday that imposes tough economic conditions that will alter the lives Ukrainians who have grown accustomed to the comforts of Soviet-era subsidies and welfare benefits.

Everybody Chill About Firefox

Critics of Mozilla’s new anti-gay CEO overreacted, and now ‘bullied’ conservatives are in hysterics. Both sides need to slow down; we’re not going to settle the gay issue overnight.

College Sports as Corporations?

Players want to get paid. Schools want to make billions. The only solution may be to ditch the non-profit façade and share the money.

When Celebs #Fail

James Franco has apologized for ‘using bad judgment’ in courting a 17-year-old girl on Instagram. But he’s not the only famous face to fall victim to a screw-up online.

The Worst Place to Lose a Plane

Hope to find the Boeing 777 was virtually destroyed by a month of bungled searching and propaganda against the pilots. The only saving grace was one lonely satellite company’s brilliance.

Could Ebola Hit America?

It has so far been mostly contained to Africa, but is the world getting too small for the deadly Ebola virus to stay contained for long?

Who Are the ‘Avengers’ Twins?

The end credit scene of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ introduces the new Avengers the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Here’s everything you need to know about them.

There’s No Right to Buy Elections

The Supreme Court ruled in McCutcheon that a cap on campaign donations violates freedom of speech. This is a dangerous misunderstanding of the First Amendment and why it exists.

Wine Snobs, There’s Beer for You

One wine aficionado had given up on finding an ale she actually liked. And then she tasted the Fritz Briem Berliner Weisse 1809, and everything changed.

The Week in Viral Videos

From a ‘90s-era Jon Hamm getting shown the door on a dating show to a two-legged boxer’s too-cute-for-words sprint along a beach, WATCH our countdown of the week’s buzziest videos.