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No Clear Security Fixes For Fort Hood Violence
After three mass shootings at military bases in the U.S. in the last five years, security experts say the sad truth is that there is probably no practical way of preventing soldiers or civilian employees from carrying guns onto big installations like Fort Hood. Ivan A. Lopez killed three soldiers and wounded 16 at the Texas base on Wednesday. Military officials and experts say it would be impossible to search all military personnel and civilian workers because it would paralyze access and cause huge traffic jams. About 100,000 people work at Fort Hood.
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Julie Chen Reveals Grandfather Was A Polygamist: "He Had Nine Wives...Countless Mistresses"
It's that time again. It's Secret Week on The Talk, and co-host Julie Chen (whose secret last year was that she underwent plastic surgery) revealed something that has "haunted me for years" during Tuesday's show—her grandfather was a polygamist. Chen said "He had nine wives, six of who bore him children. He had 11 children that we know of, countless mistresses." The Talk co-host explained that although she never met her grandfather (he died before she was born), he eventually attempted to make amends with at least one of his daughters during his final days. "On his deathbed he apologized to my mom," she said.
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U.S.-Backed Fighters In Syria May Be Difficult To Control
A key part of the White House's plan to fight the Islamic State includes vetting, training and arming a group of fighters willing to wage a ground war in Syria that the United States doesn't want for itself. The problem is, military and security experts said, that militants in Syria have shown that no amount of U.S. influence will stop them from fighting for their own interests, and there is no way to guarantee that American weapons won't wind up with people they were intended to kill.
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Floods, Storms And Quakes Uproot 22 Million In 2013, Numbers To Rise
A refugee agency said on Wednesday, almost 22 million people were forced to flee their homes due to natural disasters last year and the numbers uprooted could increase as urban populations grow. According to the report from the International Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council, the majority were in Asia, where 19 million were displaced by floods, storms and earthquakes. Typhoon Haiyan caused the largest displacement, with 4.1 million people leaving their homes in the Philippines, a million more than in Africa, the Americas, Europe and Oceania combined.
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Top General: US Ground Troops Possible In Iraq
American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an election-year debate of Obama's plan to expand airstrikes and train Syrian rebels. A White House spokesman said quickly the president "will not" send ground forces into combat, but Gen.
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You Have To See To Believe This Insane Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Tapestry Photo
Fans of the Hobbit films will rejoice in seeing the latest glimpse inside Peter Jackson's Middle-earth with this recently revealed tapestry. The new artwork, which was first released by Entertainment Weekly, shows multiple scenes from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which is currently scheduled for a Dec. 17 release date.
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Exclusive: South Korea's Park Says Door Open For Talks With North
The door is open for talks with the North during the upcoming U.N. General Assembly said, South Korean President Park Geun-hye, thwarted so far in ambitious plans to begin the process of reunifying the Korean peninsula. However, Park said in an interview that Pyongyang must show sincerity in seeking a constructive dialogue and "walk the talk" in taking up South Korea's offers for engagement aimed at ending a deadlock after a decade of warming ties. North Korea will send its foreign minister, Ri Su Yong, to the U.N.
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AT&T 'intrigued' By Mexico, Latin America : Exec
An AT&T executive said at a conference on Tuesday, AT&T Inc is "intrigued" by Latin America and especially Mexico and would not rule out an opportunistic deal there even as it seeks to complete its $48.5 billion planned takeover of DirecTV. He said, AT&T President and Chief Strategy Officer John Stankey declined to comment on a Bloomberg report on the deal but said that if the telecoms group were not looking at Mexico and Latin America, "I think we would be asleep at the wheel and we are not historically known to do that." "And I think when you are in the M&A game, you learn that you can't always force your timing."
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Imax CEO: Audiences Are Tiring Of Grim Hollywood Tentpoles
Imax Entertainment CEO Greg Foster has a note for the studios: movies have gotten too grim recently, perhaps that should change. Foster said Tuesday during an appearance at the Bank of America 2014 Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference, "Maybe people are getting a little sick of the post-apocalyptic dark angst-ridden, suicidal movies. There's maybe a few too many of those.
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Microsoft Boosts Dividend 11 Percent, Adds New Directors
Microsoft Corp on Tuesday announced an 11 percent increase in its quarterly dividend and appointed two new directors to replace two board members who decided not to seek re-election. Microsoft has increased its payout to shareholders almost every year since it introduced a regular quarterly dividend in 2004. It did not increase the dividend in recession-hit 2009, when it also laid off more than 5,000 employees.