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Bangladesh War Tribunal Sentences Cleric to Death Bangladesh War Tribunal Sentences Cleric to Death
Bangladesh's war tribunal has sentenced an Islamic cleric to death for what court calls crimes against humanity for his actions during the country's 1971 war for independence from Pakistan.Abul Kalam Azad, tried in absentia because he has been on the run for about a year, is the first person to be convicted by the controversial tribunal created by the country's government to try suspected war criminals.Three million people were killed and hundreds of thousands of women were raped during the nine-month...
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Obamas, Bidens To Attend Cathedral Prayer Service Obamas, Bidens To Attend Cathedral Prayer Service
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their families plan to attend a prayer service Tuesday morning at the Washington National Cathedral. The 106-year-old Episcopal church has long hosted presidential inaugural services. It was also the site of funerals for former presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his last sermon there in 1968. Earlier this month, the cathedral said it would begin hosting same-sex weddings that combine...
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Pakistani Religious Scholar Dies Pakistani Religious Scholar Dies
Prominent Pakistani religious scholar Qazi Hussain Ahmed has died at the age of 74.He was the chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan's leading religious group, for 22 years before stepping down in 2009.In November, Ahmed escaped unhurt from an assassination attempt when a suicide bomber detonated explosives near him.He was a strong critic of the U.S.-NATO participation in the civil war in neighboring Afghanistan.Ahmed died Sunday morning in Islamabad. He had suffered from heart disease for years....
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206 Hits, 5 Comments, Added On 1/6/2013 5:32:34 AM

Top Stories: 'Fiscal Cliff' Looms; NRA Sparks Controversy; Gun Sales Surge Top Stories: 'Fiscal Cliff' Looms; NRA Sparks Controversy; Gun Sales Surge
Good morning. Our headlines from over the weekend and early today included: — Ho-Ho-Hum Last Shopping Weekend As 'Fiscal Cliff' Loomed. — Syrian Airstrikes Hit Bakery: 'Piles Of Bodies'. — Romney Didn't Want To Run, Son Says. — Morsi Wins And Loses After Egypt Passes Draft Constitution. — 'Unprecedented' Public Rage Over Gang Rape In India. — 'Gangnam Style' And Other Best Memes Of 2012 Say Something About Us. Other stories making headlines include: — "As NRA Is Criticized On Shooting Response, Bullets...
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206 Hits, 0 Comments, Added On 12/24/2012 6:15:00 AM

Retailers Pull Stocks Lower On Poor Holiday Sales Retailers Pull Stocks Lower On Poor Holiday Sales
NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers are pulling stocks lower on Wall Street following disappointing news about the holiday shopping season. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 59 points to 13,079 shortly before noon Wednesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell nine points to 1,417 and the Nasdaq composite lost 26 points to 2,986. Discouraging news on holiday sales sent retailers lower. Macy's and Urban Outfitters each lost 3 percent. In the two months before Christmas, sales of electronics, clothing,...
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206 Hits, 0 Comments, Added On 12/26/2012 9:48:22 AM

EPA Administrator Jackson Stepping Down EPA Administrator Jackson Stepping Down
Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is stepping down. The Associated Press reports that: "Jackson, 50, a chemical engineer by training, did not point to any particular reason for her departure. Historically, Cabinet members looking to move on will leave at the beginning of a president's second term. 'I will leave the EPA confident the ship is sailing in the right direction, and ready in my own life for new challenges, time with my family and new opportunities to make a...
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206 Hits, 0 Comments, Added On 12/27/2012 8:38:00 AM

Last Ditch Effort To Avoid Fiscal Cliff Under Way Last Ditch Effort To Avoid Fiscal Cliff Under Way
WASHINGTON (AP) — The end game at hand, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders made a final stab at compromise Friday to prevent a toxic blend of middle-class tax increases and spending cuts from taking effect at the turn of the new year. Success was far from guaranteed in an atmosphere of political mistrust — even on a slimmed-down deal that postponed hard decisions about spending cuts into 2013, and pessimism vied with optimism in a Capitol where lawmakers grumbled about the likelihood of...
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206 Hits, 1 Comments, Added On 12/28/2012 6:10:23 PM

Obama 'Modestly Optimistic' On Cliff Deal; 'He Won,' Says Graham Obama 'Modestly Optimistic' On Cliff Deal; 'He Won,' Says Graham
President Obama went on the air to levy pressure on Congress Sunday as Senate leaders worked to negotiate a deal to avert the tax hikes and spending cuts known as the "fiscal cliff." "I was modestly optimistic yesterday, but we don't yet see an agreement," Obama said in an interview with NBC's Meet the Press taped on Saturday. "Now the pressure's on Congress to produce." The president continues to make it clear he feels he's reached out to congressional Republicans, as the AP reports: Obama says his...
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206 Hits, 0 Comments, Added On 12/30/2012 8:57:00 AM

Pension Bonds Add Risk To Public Retiree Crisis Pension Bonds Add Risk To Public Retiree Crisis
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Oakland's city leaders took a risk when, rather than lay off more staff or cut services, they decided to borrow nearly $213 million to cover pension payments owed to retired city workers. They're betting that the pension fund's investments will earn more than the cost of issuing pension obligation bonds. If they're right, a financial burden is eased. If not, the city is saddled with paying interest on top of the payments it has promised retirees. Len Raphael, an accountant and...
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VIDEO: Missouri Bridge Blows Up Real Good (On Purpose) VIDEO: Missouri Bridge Blows Up Real Good (On Purpose)
We're little kids when it comes to watching things blow up. So we're happy to pass along video of the westbound sections of the Blanchette Bridge that connects St. Louis and St. Charles, Mo., going boom Tuesday. Our friends at St. Louis Public Radio say the demolition is part of "a $63 million rehabilitation project." Missouri's Department of Transportation has posted several clips on YouTube (the project's been going on for a while). There's also this nice compilation of video by YouTube user Michael...
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206 Hits, 1 Comments, Added On 12/5/2012 10:08:00 AM

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