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  • U.S. military strike in Somalia targeted al Shabaab leader
    U.S. military strike in Somalia targeted al Shabaab leader

    If Godane were killed, it would be a major victory against the al Shabaab militants fighting the Western-backed government of Somalia, which is also supported by African Union troops. Since taking charge in 2008, Godane has restyled the group as a global player in the al Qaeda franchise - a transformation that was highlighted when it killed at least 67 people in an attack on a Kenyan shopping mall in September last year.

  • DAY CARE OPERATOR NEEDS A TIMEOUT FOR HER MOUTH

    DEAR ABBY: My neighbor has a registered day care business, and every day I hear her screaming at young children and infants. They are all 4-year-olds and younger. We live in a rural area outside a small town. She uses profanity and says mean things to them. It makes me want to cry when I think of how scared those kids must be. Who do I contact with this information? I could record her with my phone if evidence was needed to shut down her business. This woman has a really bad anger management problem. She also knows I can hear her because we have spoken about how our voices travel. ...

  • Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault in Washington
    Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault in Washington

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Brown pleaded guilty on Tuesday to punching a man in the face outside a Washington hotel, an assault that occurred while the singer was on probation for attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

  • Ukraine tension sparks questions over French warship sale to Russia
    Ukraine tension sparks questions over French warship sale to Russia

    Fresh tensions with Russia over Ukraine have sparked renewed agonising in France about the sale of two Mistral-class warships to Moscow that has already drawn sharp criticism from London and Washington. France agreed in 2011 to build and sell the two advanced helicopter assault ships to Russia for a total of 1.2 billion euros ($1.6 billion) with the first scheduled for delivery in October or November and the second in 2015.

  • Defending arming of Kurds, Merkel calls Islamic State a threat to Europe
    Defending arming of Kurds, Merkel calls Islamic State a threat to Europe

    By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her government's taboo-breaking decision to send arms to Kurds fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, telling parliament on Monday that the group posed a major security threat to Germany and Europe. A day after Berlin announced it would send anti-tank rockets, assault rifles and hand grenades to the Kurds, Merkel said Germany had a responsibility to intervene in the conflict to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Iraq, citing evidence of ethnic cleansing by Islamic State fighters.

  • Take my sweat, please: Tennis' gross ritual
    Take my sweat, please: Tennis' gross ritual

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a sport known for its genteel traditions, tennis has one increasingly common ritual that stands apart for its ickiness — the passing of the sweat-soaked towel. 

  • Pembina buying Vantage, stake in plant for $650M

    Pembina Pipeline Corp. is buying the Vantage pipeline system and Mistral Midstream Inc.'s interest in the Saskatchewan ethane extraction plant for $650 million. Pembina said Tuesday that the deal will ...

  • An S&P Run for Ages

    The current bull market is entering rarefied air. The S&P 500 crossed 2000 for the first time in its history last week and closed Friday at 2003.37, the 32nd record it has hit this year. The S&P 500's rise from its bottom on March 9, 2009, reached 2,000 days Friday and stood at 2,003 days as of Monday. The current bull market ranks as the fourth best since 1928 in terms of both duration and magnitude, according to Bespoke Investment Group.

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