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Essie Mae Washington-Williams Dies, Mixed Race Child Of Strom Thurmond Essie Mae Washington-Williams Dies, Mixed Race Child Of Strom Thurmond
Enlarge image i Essie Mae Washington-Williams, daughter of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.), speaks to reporters on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003. Lou Krasky/AP Essie Mae Washington-Williams, daughter of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.), speaks to reporters on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003. Lou Krasky/AP Author and teacher Essie Mae Washington-Williams died in Columbia, S.C. according to several news reports. Washington-Williams, who was African-American, came to attention in 2003, when she...
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1288 Hits, 7 Comments, Added On 2/6/2013 8:13:00 AM

Islamic Summit Leaders Urge Action on Mali, Syria Islamic Summit Leaders Urge Action on Mali, Syria
Leaders of Islamic nations meeting in Egypt's capital have called for a negotiated end to Syria's civil war and commended France for its military intervention in Mali against Islamist militants.Senegalese President Macky Sall's opening address Wednesday to the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit in Cairo urged leaders of fellow Muslim nations to support Mali's sovereignty.He said the group cannot allow "a minority of terrorists to commit crimes, distort our faith and deepen hatred for...
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1122 Hits, 6 Comments, Added On 2/6/2013 7:46:17 AM

Two Days After Rescue From Bunker, Ethan Turns 6 Two Days After Rescue From Bunker, Ethan Turns 6
Enlarge image i Birthday cards for Ethan have been arriving at the town hall in Napier Field, Ala., where he lives. Joe Songer /AL.COM /Landov Birthday cards for Ethan have been arriving at the town hall in Napier Field, Ala., where he lives. Joe Songer /AL.COM /Landov More is being learned about Monday's rescue of that little boy in Midland City, Ala. Let's first pause, though, to note that today is Ethan's sixth birthday — and hope that he can enjoy it. As AL.com writes, "memories of what...
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1283 Hits, 11 Comments, Added On 2/6/2013 7:43:00 AM

Brennan Hearing to Bring Drone Strikes, Secret Base to Forefront Brennan Hearing to Bring Drone Strikes, Secret Base to Forefront
President Barack Obama's choice to head the CIA has brought the administration's secretive use of unmanned drones to attack terrorist targets to the forefront of the counter-terrorism discussion.Nominee John Brennan, a strong supporter of drone attacks, will face questioning from Senators in a confirmation hearing Thursday. The nomination has also shed light on a previously secret drone base in Saudi Arabia, where Brennan served as CIA station chief.Brennan was instrumental in negotiating with Riyadh...
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3418 Hits, 338 Comments, Added On 2/6/2013 7:23:20 AM

Recording Rights Abuses in Northern Mali Recording Rights Abuses in Northern Mali
The French-led military intervention in northern Mali has enabled a rights group to gather evidence of alleged abuses, killings and disappearances in the region. Human Rights Watch has been interviewing victims and eyewitnesses since the offensive began last month.Listen to De Capua report on Human Rights Watch Corinne Dufka and her colleagues have talked to many people who gave personal accounts of rights abuses in northern Mali. Dufka is the senior researcher for West Africa for Human Rights...
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1135 Hits, 7 Comments, Added On 2/6/2013 6:52:38 AM

French, Malian Forces Clash With Militants Outside Gao French, Malian Forces Clash With Militants Outside Gao
France's defense minister says forces working to retake control of northern Mali are encountering some "residual jihadist groups" outside of the region's major cities.Jean-Yves Le Drian said Wednesday that French and Malian forces clashed with Islamist militants a day earlier near the city of Gao, and that French aircraft continue to carry out airstrikes against militant targets.Also, the Associated Press reports Malian soldiers found a stash of industrial-strength explosives in Gao that could have been...
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The Iron Is Out, A Cat Is In As 'Monopoly' Changes Game Pieces The Iron Is Out, A Cat Is In As 'Monopoly' Changes Game Pieces
Enlarge image i The newest Monopoly token, a cat. Steven Senne/AP The newest Monopoly token, a cat. Steven Senne/AP Scottie the dog is not going to like this news: Monopoly fans have voted to add a cat to the classic game's cast of eight playing pieces. Getting the boot: Well, it wasn't the boot. It's the iron that got flattened. The results of Hasbro's Facebook vote were revealed on NBC-TV's Today Show. We suspect iron is a victim of modern times and wrinkle-free technology. And, of course, the...
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1200 Hits, 6 Comments, Added On 2/6/2013 6:40:00 AM

Nigeria Moves To Clean Up Lead Pollution From Gold Mines Nigeria Moves To Clean Up Lead Pollution From Gold Mines
Enlarge image i A woman and her child wait to see health workers at a clinic in northern Nigeria, where Doctors Without Borders is treating children with severe lead poisoning. David Gilkey/NPR A woman and her child wait to see health workers at a clinic in northern Nigeria, where Doctors Without Borders is treating children with severe lead poisoning. David Gilkey/NPR Finally, the Nigerian government is fulfilling its promise to help thousands of kids, who have been exposed to toxic levels of...
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Pirates Release Tanker Hijacked off Ivory Coast Pirates Release Tanker Hijacked off Ivory Coast
Pirates have released a tanker ship with 17 crew members they hijacked off Ivory Coast on Monday.The ship's owner, French company Sea Tankers, said the M/T Gascogne was freed after pirates stole part of its cargo.It said all 17 crew members are reported safe, but two were injured during the incident and are being given medical treatment.The International Maritime Bureau confirmed the release of the ship and crew and said the vessel is heading to a safe port.Piracy has been on the rise in West Africa. ...
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Top Stories: Scouts And Gays; Will Saturday Postal Service End? Top Stories: Scouts And Gays; Will Saturday Postal Service End?
Good morning, here are our early stories: Boy Scouts Debate Accepting Gays; Pentagon May Extend Some Benefits. Reports: Postal Service Will Move To Halt Saturday Mail. And here are more early headlines: Quake, Tsunami Strike Solomon Islands. (The Australian) British Lawmakers Back Same Sex Marriage Despite Conservative Opposition. (BBC) Tunisian Leader Who Opposed Islamists Shot Dead Outside His Home. (Los Angeles Times) Bulgaria Suspects Hezbollah In Bombing That Killed Israeli Tourists....
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