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Jeb Bush email release true to stated vision

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 22:00
Think of the trouble Govs. Chris Christie and Scott Walker have gotten into over emails and texts. Assuming Bush doesn’t have any bombshells, he can present his administration as drama-free and effective.

No evidence Pennsylvania fugitive stabbed himself to death, coroner says

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 21:25
Brad Stone’s lifeless body sat in the woods near his Pennsburg, Pa., home for at least 12 hours before police found it Tuesday, but how the mass killer died remains a mystery, the Montgomery County coroner said Wednesday.

Pakistan angry at school killings, moves to execute convicted terrorists

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 21:11
Pakistan’s government lifted a moratorium on executing convicted terrorists Wednesday and sought Afghanistan’s help to find the mastermind of Tuesday’s murderous attack on an army-run school in the northern city of Peshawar, as the death toll rose to 144.

Launch pad where Antares rocket exploded back next year

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 20:08
Despite a massive explosion in October, authorities say a state-owned launch pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility should be repaired and ready for testing late next year.

Source: US probe links NKorea to Sony hacking

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:33
Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to North Korea, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

Policeman’s body camera can’t aim inward

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:00
On its own, a camera on every officer can never do the hard work of addressing problems of police accountability and use of force.

Decades of complications and cleanup remain at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 18:01
“Cleansing” the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and the surrounding area is expected to take three decades, and as a recent tour of the area revealed, the challenges in the cleanup are legion. Engineers must wrangle with keeping contaminated water from reaching the sea and storing not only radioactive material, but the gear used to remove it.

Like Iran, secret diplomacy leads to US-Cuba thaw

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 17:48
Fresh off his 2012 re-election victory, President Barack Obama summoned senior advisers to a series of meetings, asking them to "think big" about a second-term agenda, including the possibilities of new starts with long-standing U.S. foes such as Iran and Cuba. Two years later, after painstaking secret diplomacy, the efforts are in full swing.

'Saving Private Ryan' among films being preserved

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 17:08
"Saving Private Ryan" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" are among 25 movies being inducted this year into the National Film Registry for long-term preservation, the Library of Congress announced Wednesday.

Key elements of US policy shift toward Cuba

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 17:00
The U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century. Key elements of changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba, some of which President Barack Obama announced at the White House on Wednesday.

Contracts for December 17, 2014

DoD Contract Announcements - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:59
Contracts valued at $6.5 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m.
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Cuba-U.S. relations: A half-century exercise in acrimony

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:48
Wednesday’s stunning news of a bilateral commitment to ending more than half a century of acrimony between Washington and Havana will likely be seen by Fidel Castro as vindication of his refusal to submit to the dictates of his powerful U.S. neighbor.

Afghan insurgents storm bank in south, killing 10

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:36
Afghan insurgents stormed a bank in the country's restive southern province of Helmand on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people including three policemen, authorities said.

On pot legalization, DC must defer to higher authority

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:00
Legalizing marijuana in the District of Columbia is a recipe for legal chaos. There are 26 separate law enforcement agencies in the city. Twenty-five of them answer only to the federal government.

Pakistan buries victims of school massacre

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:59
As they buried their children Wednesday, the families spoke of their dreams. One boy had just gotten high marks on his midterm and hoped to become a pilot. A 13-year-old wanted to become a doctor. Another kid just loved playing video games with his cousins.

After 53 years, time is right for US and Cuba

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:41
The surprise moves come as President Barack Obama is turning his attention to legacy issues, and Raul Castro is trying to boost his nation's economic fortunes in the face of stalled reforms and falling oil prices that have hit his allies hard. "After today, everything changes," said Carlos Alzugaray, a former Cuban diplomat.

Army leaders say there's no drawdown in costs as U.S. troops leave Afghanistan

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:38
U.S. Army leaders in Afghanistan have squeezed as much savings as they can from the war, and they say a smaller troop presence will not necessarily translate to less money spent.

Kurdish Iraqi forces launch operation in Sinjar

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:24
Kurdish Iraqi forces launched a major operation Wednesday to retake the militant-held town of Sinjar in northern Iraq, part of a push to secure the road that leads directly to the Syrian border.

Guilty plea in scam that left WWII veteran homeless in South Philadelphia

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:15
Ray White, a 90-year-old World War II veteran, was left homeless after befriending a con man who systematically scammed him out of his South Philadelphia house, vintage Bentley and Cadillac, and everything else he valued.

Sydney hostage planned daring escape

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:13
The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours and 82-year-old John O'Brien had become convinced the gunman was insane and they would likely all end up dead. And so he made a decision, one he knew came with a cost: he was going to try to escape.
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