Washington Post, By Spencer S. Hsu, Victoria St. Martin & Keith L. Alexander, October 22
A federal jury in Washington convicted four Blackwater Worldwide guards Wednesday in the fatal shooting of 14 unarmed Iraqis, seven years after the American security contractors fired machine guns and grenades into a Baghdad traffic circle in one of the [...]
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The Voice of America, By Carolyn Presutti, October 18
Miami – Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion.
According to the organization whyIslam.org, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino.
And according to Latino American Dawah Organization (LADO), a group that promotes Latino conversions, a little more than [...]
The Voice of America, By Scott Bobb, October 19
Suruc, Turkey -The offensive by Islamic State militants against the northern Syrian city of Kobani has caused hundreds of thousands of residents to flee to Turkey. They receive help from Turkish authorities and individuals, but say much more is needed.
Morning in Suruc, southeastern Turkey. Rojava [...]
Washington Post, By Dan Lamothe, October 19
The Syrian border town of Kobane is still in danger of falling to the Islamic State, more than a week after the U.S. military began launching airstrikes on militants there regularly. Hundreds of fighters have been killed, the Pentagon’s press secretary said Wednesday, but even more are swarming [...]
Los Angeles Times, By Julie Westfall & James Queally, October 17
Same-sex couples in Arizona, Wyoming and Alaska will all be free to obtain marriage licenses by next week after federal judges struck down bans in two of those states Friday and the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request for a further stay in Alaska.
Patrick Dowd recruited by former NSA director Keith Alexander – Unusual for US official to work for private, for-profit company
The Guardian, By Spencer Ackerman, October 17
The former director of the National Security Agency has enlisted the US surveillance giant’s current chief technology officer for his lucrative cybersecurity business venture, an unusual arrangement undercutting [...]
McClatchy, By Jonathan S. Landay, Ali Watkins and Marisa Taylor, October 16
A soon-to-be released Senate report on the CIA doesn’t assess the responsibility of former President George W. Bush or his top aides for any of the abuses of the agency’s detention and interrogation program, avoiding a full public accounting of one of the [...]
McClatchy, By Hannah Allam, October 15
Washington — John Allen, the retired Marine general in charge of coordinating the U.S.-led coalition’s response to the Islamic State, confirmed Wednesday what Syrian rebel commanders have complained about for months – that the United States is ditching the old Free Syrian Army and building its own local ground [...]
Vice-president’s son issues statement of regret after failed drug test leads to discharge from US navy reserve.
The Guardian, October 17
The US vice-president’s son Hunter Biden has been discharged from the US navy reserve after testing positive for cocaine.
Biden failed a drug test administered in June 2013, sources said. The son of Joe [...]
Resolution holds that presidents have 60-day window to conduct hostilities without an act of Congress blessing the conflict
The Guardian, By Spencer Ackerman, October 16
New York – The White House on Wednesday said a timetable that expired over a week ago limiting its ability to continue a war unauthorized by Congress does not apply [...]
CNN, By Catherine E. Shoichet, October 15
A union made troubling allegations Tuesday about the Texas hospital where a nurse contracted Ebola, claiming “guidelines were constantly changing” and “there were no protocols” about how to deal with the deadly virus.”
“The protocols that should have been in place in Dallas were not in place, and [...]
Guardian – The US Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked key parts of a 2013 law in Texas that had closed all but eight facilities providing abortions in America’s second most-populous state.
In an unsigned order, the justices sided with abortion rights advocates and health care providers in suspending an October 2 ruling by a panel [...]
Reuters, By Steve Quinn, October 12
Juneau, AK – A U.S. federal judge on Sunday ruled that the state of Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
Judge Timothy Burgess of the U.S. District Court for Alaska made the ruling after hearing oral arguments on Friday challenging the state’s 16-year-old ban, saying it added to [...]
State health commissioner granted quarantine power
AP, October 7
Hartford, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed an order that gives the state’s public health commissioner the ability to quarantine anyone she believes may have been exposed to the Ebola virus.
Malloy says Tuesday’s order is precautionary and designed to ensure that the state [...]