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Sinai-Based Militant Group Claims Responsibility For Egypt's Tourist Bus Blast
The Sinai-based Islamist militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a blast on a tourist bus that killed two South Koreans and the Egyptian driver on Sunday. Islamist militancy has risen sharply in the relatively lawless region adjoining Israel and the Gaza Strip and elsewhere in Egypt since the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in July, following mass protests.
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Hagel, Dempsey Defend Obama Military Strategy
The nation's top military leader says strikes against Islamic extremists in Syria will be persistent and sustainable as President Barack Obama expands the military campaign to combat the terrorist threat. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate panel on Tuesday that the airstrikes will not resemble the "shock and awe" bombardment of the Iraq war that began in March 2003. Dempsey said the Islamic State militant group is not organized.
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Roku Has Sold 10 Million Devices In The U.S.
Roku announced on Tuesday it has sold 10 million of its set-top boxes in the United States, meaning about 8.6% of the country's 115 million households own — or have owned — the device. Roku , which launched in May 2008, was the first device to stream Netflix on TV. Since then, others including Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Google Chromecast have emerged as competitors. Gaming consoles including Xbox and PlayStation also offer streaming.
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Kurds In Europe Take Up Arms Against IS Group
Shaho Pirani says he's just a phone call away from leaving his quiet life in Denmark and joining Kurdish forces battling against Islamic State militants in Iraq. The 30-year-old Kurd, who fled from Iran with his older brother in 1991, says he feels a moral duty to help the Peshmerga, the armed forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government, to fight the "psychopaths" of the Islamic State group. Pirani told The Associated Press in an interview in his home in Koege, a tranquil Copenhagen suburb with neatly trimmed lawns and hedges "I feel so helpless here."
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Israeli Artist Depicts Pain Of Rootless Jews In Berlin Exhibition
Moshe Gershuni's expressive, historically loaded art, which places symbols of the Holocaust in a religious setting and seeks to polarize opinion about current Israeli society, seems unlikely to reward the casual viewer. Titled "No Father No Mother", the retrospective of paintings and ceramics since 1979 in the New National Gallery is the first solo show by an Israeli artist to be opened at Berlin's premier location for modern art. The focus is especially poignant in Germany, where a Jewish population of over half a million in 1933 was annihilated in the Holocaust, with just 30,000 surviving by 1945.
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Racing Wildfire Engulfs Homes In California Town
Dan Linville and his son were sitting in their living room when they smelled smoke. When they looked outside, they saw a black cloud coming over the hills. Ten minutes later, a wildfire driven by fierce winds raced through their neighborhood, missing them by three houses and torching a roof across the street. Officials said the fast-moving fire caught residents off guard and damaged or destroyed 100 homes and a church in this tiny town near the Oregon border on Monday.
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NBA Star Andrei Kirilenko Opens Up About Burglary
NBA star Andrei Kirilenko says he's shocked that burglars broke into his Salt Lake City home and jacked a bunch of his stuff last week. Even worse, they took a few special items that made him really upset. The Brooklyn Nets player was heading to the Celebrity Dodge Barrage charity event at Basketball City in New York City when he opened about the incident to TMZ Sports, saying "I know Utah is the safest place in the world and I'm very surprised it happened there."
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Honeywell To Roll Out Hardware On Bombardier Business Jets
Bombardier said Tuesday that it will be the first business jet manufacturer to outfit its planes with the latest hardware made by Honeywell International Inc to support speedy in-flight Internet. The deal highlights the growing demand among travelers for robust Internet connections worldwide on business jets. It also could freeze other equipment makers out of Bombardier's long-distance business planes, although the Canadian manufacturer says it hasn't decided yet whether Honeywell's new JetWave hardware will be standard or optional for its clients.
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U.S. Auto Regulators Played Key Role In GM Recalls
A congressional report said on Tuesday federal auto safety regulators played a significant role in General Motors Company's failure to promptly report and recall cars with defective parts that led to at least 19 deaths . Representative Fred Upton, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce committee, which released the findings, said "It is tragic that the evidence was staring NHTSA in the face and the agency didn't identify the warnings." NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman, who is due to testify at the panel, has criticized GM for its "flawed" culture on recalls-- saying the automaker put its own reputation ahead of the safety of its customers.
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UPS To Hire Up To 95,000 Seasonal Employees For Holiday Season
United Parcel Service Inc , the world's largest courier company, said it would hire 90,000 to 95,000 seasonal employees ahead of an expected surge in package deliveries through the holiday shopping season. The company said it was adding thousands of new or leased delivery vehicles, trailers, aircraft and portable loading aids for the period, which runs from October and through January.