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Brazil police hunting stolen cars find two tanks

Jan 28, 2015

Brazil police hunting stolen cars find two tanks

A Brazilian police raid to recover stolen cars and cargo came up with a more interesting find: two war tanks. Police in Brazil’s biggest city said Tuesday that the engineless tanks were found inside a warehouse in Sacoma, a low-income district in Sao Paulo. ...

Jan 28, 2015

U.S. exonerations hit record, driven by errors in Texas drug cases

The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2014, due in part to cases in Texas in which drug convictions were dismissed after lab tests determined that the accused never had illegal substances, a report released Tuesday shows. The National Registry of Exonerations ...

Jan 28, 2015

Blizzard hits Boston and New England, spares New York

A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England on Tuesday, leaving 4.5 million people grappling with as much as 3 feet (1 meter) of snow and coastal flooding but sparing New York City residents, who had braced for a significant blast. Snow was ...

Jan 28, 2015

Years-old stash of marijuana found in woman's van

A woman drove a van for more than 13 years without realizing there was marijuana hidden inside. Melodie Peil told the Alamogordo Daily News she bought a 1990 Chevrolet van at a local dealership in 2001 so she would have room to transport her ...

Jan 28, 2015

Democrats, Republicans spar over probe into '12 Libya attack

A special U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating a 2012 attack in Libya that killed an American ambassador has devolved into partisan bickering. As the panel holds its third public hearing Tuesday, Democrats complain that the panel’s Republican chairman has excluded them from crucial ...

Son of ex-slave who fought in Union Army dies at age 97

Jan 28, 2015

Son of ex-slave who fought in Union Army dies at age 97

Luke Martin Jr., the son of an ex-slave and Civil War Union soldier, has died — 179 years after his father was born. Martin was 97 when he died Sunday at his home in North Carolina, said his daughter, Fannie Martin-Williams. Her father, who ...

Jan 28, 2015

U.S.: Castro message 'positive sign'

The United States welcomed Tuesday former Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s belated response to the thaw in ties between the Cold War foes as a sign that change is underway in Havana. “We take his reference of ‘international norms and principles’ as a positive sign,” ...

Jan 28, 2015

Obama floats offering first-ever drilling lease in Atlantic

The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Ocean to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling indefinitely in environmentally sensitive areas of the state of Alaska. The proposal envisions ...

Jan 28, 2015

Mexico: Investigation shows that all 43 students are dead

Investigators are now certain that 43 college students missing since September were killed and incinerated after they were seized by police in southern Guerrero state, the Mexican attorney general said Tuesday. It was the first time Jesus Murillo Karam said definitely that all were ...

Jan 28, 2015

U.S. sees Kobani as key win but Mosul may require new tactics

The Kurdish recapture of Kobani in northern Syria appears to have provided a blueprint for defeating the Islamic State, bringing together U.S. air power with an effective ground force and protected routes for the movement of fighters and weaponry. Taking back the key Iraqi ...

'Huge' effort needed to fight Boko Haram: U.S. commander

Jan 28, 2015

'Huge' effort needed to fight Boko Haram: U.S. commander

Turning the tide against Boko Haram will require a “huge” international effort, a top U.S. military commander warned on Tuesday, taking a swipe at Nigeria’s response to the emboldened extremists. Relations between the Nigerian and U.S. militaries have been strained with Nigeria canceling training ...

Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in Saudi Arabia

Jan 28, 2015

Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in Saudi Arabia

For first lady Michelle Obama, just a few hours in Saudi Arabia were enough to illustrate the stark limitations under which Saudi women live. Joining President Barack Obama for a condolence visit after the death of King Abdullah, the first lady stepped off of ...