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Chicago alderman candidate will mentor gunman who shot at him during July mayhem

Chicago alderman candidate will mentor gunman who shot at him during July mayhem

A community activist in Chicago will not press charges against a man who shot at him Monday, in exchange for the man's help fighting gun violence in Chicago.
Matt Bradwell
Federal judge: IRS must explain lost Lois Lerner emails under oath

Federal judge: IRS must explain lost Lois Lerner emails under oath

A federal judge ordered the IRS to explain what happened to the lost Lois Lerner emails under oath Thursday in response to Judicial Watch's FOIA lawsuit.
JC Sevcik
Two years later, Todd Akin rescinds apology for 'legitimate rape' comments

Two years later, Todd Akin rescinds apology for 'legitimate rape' comments

In a new book by disgraced former congressman Todd Akin, the Missouri Republican says he regrets apologizing for his "legitimate rape" assertion in 2012.
Matt Bradwell
Malaysian politician apologizes for Hitler tweet after Germany's World Cup win

Malaysian politician apologizes for Hitler tweet after Germany's World Cup win

A Malaysian politician who took to Twitter after Germany beat Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semi-final, praising Hitler, has apologized.
JC Finley
Secretary Kerry arrives in Afghanistan to discuss political transition

Secretary Kerry arrives in Afghanistan to discuss political transition

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kabul early Friday to meet with Afghan leaders regarding the country's political transition.
JC Finley
Obama cuts the line at BBQ joint, pays for their food

Obama cuts the line at BBQ joint, pays for their food

President Obama made the strong choice of an impromptu stop at Franklin's Barbecue in on the way to catching his flight out of town Thursday.
Gabrielle Levy
Wildfire in central Washington doubled in size in a day

Wildfire in central Washington doubled in size in a day

A wildfire in central Washington State remained uncontained Thursday with high winds and warm temperatures contributing to its spread.
Frances Burns
FIFA partner indicted for fraudulent World Cup ticket sales

FIFA partner indicted for fraudulent World Cup ticket sales

Brazilian authorities now consider FIFA partner Ray Whelan a fugitive after he fled Brazil following his indictment Thursday for illegal World Cup ticket sales.
JC Finley
Beached humpback whale gets rescued after two days

Beached humpback whale gets rescued after two days

A baby humpback whale was rescued and freed into the ocean after it was beached for two days.
Aileen Graef

Pennsylvania woman dies trying to save son from drowning in Lake Erie

Christen Stefan of Pennsylvania is dead after trying to save her son and a friend drowning in Lake Erie Wednesday.
Matt Bradwell
No criminal charges in fatal 2013 shooting near Capitol

No criminal charges in fatal 2013 shooting near Capitol

Criminal charges will not be filed against U.S. Capitol Police or Secret Service officers involved in the fatal shooting of Miriam Carey.
Gabrielle Levy
U.N. appoints new international mediator for Syria peace talks

U.N. appoints new international mediator for Syria peace talks

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Thursday the appointment of Staffan de Mistura as the new mediator for the Syria peace talks.
JC Finley
Denver starts issuing same-sex marriage licenses

Denver starts issuing same-sex marriage licenses

A judge refused to block the county clerk in Boulder, Colo., from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday.
Frances Burns
Police: Suspect in killing of Houston-area family disguised himself as delivery man

Police: Suspect in killing of Houston-area family disguised himself as delivery man

A man charged with killing six relatives of his ex-wife in their Houston-area home used a FedEx outfit to gain entrance, police said Thursday.
Frances Burns
Halo mine removal team ambushed in Afghanistan; 6 dead, 3 taken hostage

Halo mine removal team ambushed in Afghanistan; 6 dead, 3 taken hostage

Members of a de-mining team in Afghanistan were ambushed by armed gunmen on Thursday in Afghanistan. Six people were killed and three others abducted.
JC Finley
Brooklyn to YouTube pranksters: You're kind of racist and could get yourselves killed

Brooklyn to YouTube pranksters: You're kind of racist and could get yourselves killed

Two brothers in New York have raised the ire of Brooklyn residents for a series of videos in which they play tricks on people in underprivileged areas.
Matt Bradwell
Woman accidentally sends nude to her father, tweets about it

Woman accidentally sends nude to her father, tweets about it

A college student going by the name Nyjah accidentally sent a nude photo to her father and proceeded to tweet about it.
Aileen Graef
Convicted Myanmar journalists get 10-year sentences

Convicted Myanmar journalists get 10-year sentences

A newspaper editor and four of his journalists were sentenced Thursday in Mandalay, Myanmar, to 10 years of hard labor, a blow to press freedom in the country.
Ed Adamczyk
6 militants killed in Pakistan by suspected U.S. drone strike

6 militants killed in Pakistan by suspected U.S. drone strike

An alleged U.S. drone strike in northwestern Pakistan killed six militants on Thursday.
JC Finley
Predicted urban growth will stress infrastructure, U.N. says

Predicted urban growth will stress infrastructure, U.N. says

A U.N. report Thursday says two-thirds of the global population will be in urban areas by 2050, and 40 cities with at least 10 million people..
Ed Adamczyk
Gov. Tom Corbett signs Pennsylvania budget after more than a week's delay

Gov. Tom Corbett signs Pennsylvania budget after more than a week's delay

After a week's delay, Gov. Tom Corbett signed the Pennsylvania budget Thursday while urging lawmakers to return to Harrisburg to act on pension reform.
Frances Burns
Shaun Donovan confirmed to serve as OMB director

Shaun Donovan confirmed to serve as OMB director

The Senate confirmed Shuan Donovan, the outgoing secretary of HUD, to his new post as director of the Office of Management and Budget Thursday.
Gabrielle Levy
Kerry condemns Chinese cyber-spying as U.S. government database is breached

Kerry condemns Chinese cyber-spying as U.S. government database is breached

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in Beijing Thursday, condemned reports of Chinese hackers accessing U.S. government employment records.
Ed Adamczyk
Border funding bill may hinge on 2008 trafficking law

Border funding bill may hinge on 2008 trafficking law

Congress' ability to pass emergency funding to handle the undocumented children entering the U.S. may hinge on a change to a 2008 anti-trafficking law.
Gabrielle Levy
Barge sinks while working on Chicago's Riverwalk expansion project

Barge sinks while working on Chicago's Riverwalk expansion project

A construction barge working on the downtown Chicago Riverwalk expansion sank into the city's eponymous river Thursday morning.
Matt Bradwell
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