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  • Inside an al Qaeda stronghold in Yemen

    A Frontline Exclusive

    In recent years, the most significant terrorist plots against the United States have emanated from Yemen. This little known country on the Arabian Peninsula has become the hottest front in the war against al Qaeda. Last week, a suicide bomber killed about 100 soldiers in the country's capital, Sana. Earlier this month, news broke of a foiled plot by al Qaeda in Yemen to bomb a U.S.-bound airliner.

    Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, reporting for FRONTLINE, recently traveled to Yemen's radical heartland to investigate this threat. A portion of his report, Al Qaeda in Yemen —which airs tonight on PBS (check local listings) and online at—is embedded above.

    In dangerous areas of southern Yemen where few journalists have traveled, Ghaith found members of al Qaeda, describing themselves as the group Ansar al-Sharia, in control of cities and towns and winning both support and recruits among some in the local population by administering scarce resources.

    In the above

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  • We hope we look this good at 75. The Golden Gate Bridge, the famously orange suspension bridge, connected San Francisco to Marin County for the first time in 1937. And the connecter became an icon of global renown for the city.

    On May 27, 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge opened to pedestrians:

    Here, five facts about the bridge:

    1. At 75, the bridge, designed by Joseph Strauss, is certainly aging gracefully. That iconic orange color is maintained by constant repainting.

    2. There are approximately 1.2 million rivets in the bridge's two towers.

    3. The bridge's two towers support cables containing 80,000 miles of steel wire. Together, the cables weigh a whopping 49 million pounds.

    4. In its first year, the bridge carried 3,892,063 motor vehicles and 8,000,000 passengers. More than 400,000 pedestrians walked the sidewalks. Today, 110,00 cars cross the bridge daily, and the bridge gets 10 million visitors a year.

    5. It's also the place where more than 1,600 people have jumped to their deaths.

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  • In today's social-media world, it's hard to imagine: But in 1979, there was no coordinated effort of state or national law enforcement when a child went missing. Etan Patz, who disappeared 33 years ago on May 25, changed the way searches were conducted ever after.

    The 6-year-old made national headlines when he disappeared on his way to the school bus, a two-block walk in New York City's Soho neighborhood. Patz's father, a professional photographer, made copies of Etan's picture and distributed them far and wide, raising the profile of the missing-person case.

    In 1983, Ronald Reagan declared May 25, the day Etan Patz disappeared, as National Missing Children's Day. But in the 1980s, many kids spent their mornings slurping their cereal while staring at the faces of missing kids on the sides of milk cartons. Etan Patz was in the first group of photos sent out by the National Child Safety

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  • With co-CEOs, Oracle sets challenging course

    By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - By promoting its two presidents to serve as co-chief executives instead of founder and CEO Larry Ellison, database-and-software behemoth Oracle is setting itself a course that has confounded other big companies. The move seemingly marries the product oversight of Mark Hurd, former chief executive of Hewlett Packard, with the legal and financial expertise of Safra Catz, a 15-year Oracle veteran. ...

  • Passenger says JetBlue plane filled with smoke
    Passenger says JetBlue plane filled with smoke

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A JetBlue airliner that experienced engine problems soon after takeoff returned to the Long Beach Airport on Thursday after smoke filled the cabin and passengers evacuated onto the runway using the plane's emergency slides.

  • Exclusive: Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession
    Exclusive: Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found. Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion. ...

  • See New Yorkers Experience iPhone 6 Madness in Our Interactive Map
    See New Yorkers Experience iPhone 6 Madness in Our Interactive Map

    Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus went on sale all around the world. To give you a glimpse at the scene in New York City, we put together this interactive map. Clicking on any of the small orange dots pulls up an Apple-focused tweet from the area.

  • High Schooler Gives Up Crown After Friend Was Pranked Into Thinking She Was Nominated for Homecoming …
    High Schooler Gives Up Crown After Friend Was Pranked Into Thinking She Was Nominated for Homecoming …

    Unfortunately, sometimes high school looks a lot like a real-life version of the movie "Mean Girls." Case in point, a group of girls at North Texas high school tricked 17-year-old Lillian Skinner into thinking she was nominated for the homecoming court.

  • Blackwater Founder: We Could Stop ISIS
    Blackwater Founder: We Could Stop ISIS

    Erik Prince says his old private army could have dealt with the Islamic State militants on their own—and that Republicans need to start fighting ‘like we pay them to.’

  • Fence-jumper makes it into the White House
    Fence-jumper makes it into the White House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service says a man who jumped over the White House fence made it just past the front doors before being apprehended.

  • Iranian youth behind 'Happy' video sentenced
    Iranian youth behind 'Happy' video sentenced

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Six young Iranian men and women videotaped dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and the homemade video's director have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashes, their lawyer said Friday.

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