National security experts back settling Syrian refugees
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 14:52:02 -0500
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former top national security officials in Republican and Democratic administrations on Tuesday urged Congress to continue allowing the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the United States.
Puerto Rico makes debt payment, warns of dwindling funds
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 14:47:15 -0500
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico narrowly avoided a multimillion-dollar default on Tuesday by announcing a last-minute bond payment while warning that a deepening financial crisis has forced the government to divert money slated for future debt payments to avoid a shutdown of basic services.
Voters wonder if Cruz can heal Washington's bitter divisions
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 14:46:18 -0500
CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — It's a central question facing Ted Cruz's campaign as he gains momentum in the Republican presidential primary race: Can the uncompromising conservative unite a polarized nation and work with what he's derisively called Washington's "cartel" of career politicians, lobbyists and special interests?
Blast hits Istanbul metro, bomb suspected
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 14:45:00 -0500
A station on the Istanbul metro was Tuesday rocked by a blast suspected to have been caused by a home-made bomb, causing panic in the evening rush hour and wounding up to half a dozen people. The huge blast hit an overpass close to the metro station in the Bayrampasa district of Istanbul. The metro system in Turkey's largest city was brought entirely to a halt after the blast, the municipality said, although reports said that normal service was now being restored.
House passes intelligence bill with policy guidelines
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 14:40:06 -0500
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a bill to authorize a 7 percent spending increase on intelligence agencies for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, 2016.
Obama must probe Bush, others over CIA torture, rights group says
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 14:39:58 -0500
US President Barack Obama must investigate his predecessor George W. Bush and allies over the CIA's torture of terror suspects, or stand complicit in a government "cover-up," Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. In a scathing report, the international rights group decried the lack of prosecutions of those involved in the Central Intelligence Agency's secret program to torture detainees in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Congress reaches deal on 5-year transportation bill
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 14:39:53 -0500
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House and Senate have reached agreement on a 5-year, $281 billion transportation bill that would increase spending to address the nation's aging and congested highways and transit systems — a legislative feat that lawmakers and President Barack Obama have struggled throughout his entire administration to achieve.
Toymaker VTech says data on 6.4 million kids taken in unprecedented hack
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 14:39:35 -0500
By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - Digital toymaker VTech Holdings Ltd said on Tuesday that data on about 6.4 million children was exposed in a hack of information on customers in more than a dozen countries. The Hong Kong-based firm initially disclosed the attack on Friday, and said hackers took data of nearly 5 million adults, but it did not disclose how many children's profiles were accessed. In a statement posted on its website on Tuesday, it disclosed that the number of children affected exceeded the number of adults, with data on some 6.4 million children accessed along with data on 4.9 million parents.
US victim laments attacks on free speech in Bangladesh
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 14:38:14 -0500
WASHINGTON (AP) — An American-Bangladeshi writer who survived a machete attack by Muslim extremists that killed her husband is raising alarm about intimidation and violence in the troubled South Asian country.
Rudder problem, pilot actions led to Indonesia AirAsia crash
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 14:37:45 -0500
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A rudder control system problem that had occurred nearly two dozen times in the previous 12 months coupled with the pilots' response led to last year's crash of an AirAsia plane in Indonesia that killed all 162 people on board, investigators said Tuesday.
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