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  • New IS video warns US over Iraq deployment
    New IS video warns US over Iraq deployment

    BEIRUT (AP) — The militant Islamic State group released a video warning the United States that its fighters are waiting for it in Iraq if President Barack Obama sends troops there, as his top general said may happen if the current strategy of airstrikes fails.

  • Boeing, SpaceX win contracts to build 'space taxis' for NASA
    Boeing, SpaceX win contracts to build 'space taxis' for NASA

    By Irene Klotz and Andrea Shalal CAPE CANAVERAL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA will partner with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated "space taxis" to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, ending U.S. dependence on Russia for rides, officials said on Tuesday. The U.S. space agency also considered a bid by privately owned Sierra Nevada Corp, but opted to award long-time aerospace contractor Boeing and California's SpaceX with contracts valued at a combined $6.8 billion to develop, certify and fly their seven-person capsules. Boeing was awarded $4. ...

  • WestJet to charge some customers for first checked bag, stock up
    WestJet to charge some customers for first checked bag, stock up

    By Allison Martell TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's WestJet Airlines Ltd said on Monday it will start charging some economy passengers for their first checked bag, sending its stock, as well as the shares of rival Air Canada , up more than 6 percent. BMO Capital Markets analyst Fadi Chamoun said the change is likely to boost WestJet's earnings, and that Air Canada is likely to follow suit with a similar fee, strengthening its own results. ...

  • Gaza widow offers insight into world of spies
    Gaza widow offers insight into world of spies

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The 48-year-old Palestinian woman's husband was shot to death in 2012 by militants in the Gaza Strip for spying for Israel. A mother of seven, she herself was jailed by Gaza's Hamas rulers for aiding and abetting a spy — her husband.

  • Early Glance: Silver companies

    Shares of some top silver companies are down at 10 a.m.: Hecla Mining Co. fell $.01 or .5 percent, to $2.87. Pan American Silver Corp. fell $.13 or 1.0 percent, to $12.53. Silver Standard Resources Inc. ...

  • FBI probes traffic stop that left Missouri teen in critical condition
    FBI probes traffic stop that left Missouri teen in critical condition

    By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating allegations of excessive force by a Missouri police officer during a traffic stop that left a teenage motorist in critical condition, authorities said on Monday. The FBI said in a statement that it is investigating whether police officer Tim Runnels overstepped his authority and violated the civil rights of Bryce Masters when he pulled over the 17-year-old and used a stun gun on him on Sunday in Independence, Missouri, a Kansas City suburb. ...

  • Kurds retake Christian villages from Iraq jihadists
    Kurds retake Christian villages from Iraq jihadists

    Arbil (Iraq) (AFP) - Kurdish peshmerga forces on Tuesday recaptured seven Christian villages in northern Iraq in clashes with Islamic State (IS) jihadists, an officer and a cleric said.

  • Ukraine PM tells army to be on full battle alert despite ceasefire

    KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's prime minister told the defense ministry on Wednesday to ensure that government forces were on full battle alert despite a 12-day ceasefire with Russian-backed separatists. "Russia will not give us peace so I am asking the defense minister for full battle readiness," said Arseny Yatseniuk in comments in keeping with the hawkish stance he has been taking over negotiations with separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. Enacting the peace plan of President Petro Poroshenko did not mean "relaxing the work of the defense and interior ministries", he said. ...

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