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  • Aretha Franklin's Press Tour Goes Hilariously Bad
    Aretha Franklin's Press Tour Goes Hilariously Bad

    Eyebrow raising, eye rolling, and awkward pauses are not things news anchors hope to get out of guests during interviews. Aretha Franklin doesn't do a whole lot of interviews on live television, and now we might know why. During a recent press tour via satellite for her new album, "Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics," the Queen of Soul spoke to dozens of television news anchors, and to put it simply, it went really — and we mean really — badly. There were some audio delays and earpiece issues mixed with what Aretha calls a lack of sleep, telling a Fox 45 morning news anchor, "Listen I only had four hours sleep, OK? I'm a little slow."

  • U.S. weighs passport, border changes in wake of Ottawa attack

    By Mark Hosenball and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials are debating whether to tighten controls on the border with Canada and make it easier to revoke the passports of suspected militants, steps that could gain traction following two attacks in Canada this week. The officials cautioned on Thursday that the discussions are in preliminary stages and that no immediate action appeared likely by either U.S. President Barack Obama's administration or Congress. ...

  • NYC hospital tests doctor who had been to West Africa for Ebola
    NYC hospital tests doctor who had been to West Africa for Ebola

    A doctor who recently returned to the United States from West Africa was rushed to a hospital in New York City on Thursday and is being tested for Ebola, hospital officials said.

  • Learning from Canada after Ottawa attack

    As is often the case, Canada provides valuable lessons to the world, this time in its reaction to the jihadist attack in its capital, Ottawa, on Wednesday. 

  • Pat Robertson calls gay rights activists 'terrorists'

    A day after his controversial comments about AIDS were obliterated by Anderson Cooper, the conservative televangelist called gay rights activists “terrorists."

  • Ottawa shootings: Kevin Vickers, parliament's sergeant-at-arms, hailed as hero
    Ottawa shootings: Kevin Vickers, parliament's sergeant-at-arms, hailed as hero

    The head of Ottawa's parliamentary security is being hailed as a hero for reportedly fatally shooting a suspected male gunman before he could enter the caucus rooms.

  • Turkey's U.S. relations show strain as Washington's patience wears thin

    By Jonny Hogg ANKARA (Reuters) - The U.S. decision to air-drop weapons to Kurdish forces in Syria on the same day Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan dismissed them as terrorists is the latest false note in the increasingly discordant mood music coming out of Washington and Ankara. No matter how much officials on both sides publicly insist there is harmony, differences in strategy over the fight against Islamic State and the fate of the beleaguered Syrian border town of Kobani are straining relations between the Washington and its key regional ally, leaving Turkey increasingly isolated. ...

  • Russia still has troops in Ukraine, NATO says

    By Adrian Croft MONS Belgium (Reuters) - Russia still has troops in eastern Ukraine and retains a very capable force on the border despite a partial withdrawal, NATO's military commander said on Friday. "We've seen a pretty good withdrawal of the Russian forces from inside Ukraine but, make no mistake, there remain Russian forces inside eastern Ukraine," U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove told reporters at NATO's military headquarters near Mons in Belgium. Some Russian troops stationed near the Ukraine border had left and others appeared to be preparing to leave. ...

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