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A U.S. Army Green Beret has been charged with the murder of an Afghan man during his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan, a U.S. military spokesman said Thursday.Major Matthew Golsteyn has admitted to shooting and killing a man in Afghanistan because he suspected he was a bombmaker for the Taliban militant group, NBC News reported.Golsteyn admitted twice to the killing, once in an interview for a job at a spy agency and aga...

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U.S. government officials on Thursday hailed China's first meager purchase of U.S. soybeans since its trade war with the United States began in July and said they hoped for, but could not guarantee, more to come.The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced private sales of 1.13 million tons of U.S. soybeans to China, a figure that farmers and grain traders said was not large enough on its own to lift slumping pr...

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The deafening roar of thousands of motorbikes riding through Washington, D.C., to honor service members killed in action or taken prisoners of war will be silenced after one more rally next year. Rolling Thunder, which began in 1987, will hold its last annual ride on Memorial Day 2019. 'It has been a hard decision to make,' Rolling Thunder founder and Vietnam War veteran Artie Miller writes in a letter he p...

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A lawsuit accusing the Trump administration of denying nearly all visa applicants from countries under President Donald Trump's travel ban will move forward, a U.S. judge said Thursday.Judge James Donato heard arguments on the administration's request that he dismiss the lawsuit. The case was 'not going away at this stage,'' he said at the close of the hearing.The plaintiffs say the administration is not honoring a waiver pr...

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A rash of bomb threats were circulated via email on Thursday targeting dozens of businesses and public buildings across the United States, but the credibility of those threats could not immediately be ascertained, law enforcement officials said.Police departments in several U.S. cities said on Twitter that local businesses had received a bomb threat in an email demanding payment in bitcoin currency.Among the cities where bom...

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says a looming government shutdown would be 'stupid' but might be unavoidable if Democrats refuse to support President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico.The California Republican said Thursday that even if House Republicans cobble together enough votes to approve the wall, the plan is likely to fail in the Senate. Democrats in that chamber have vowed to block it from receiving the...

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Customs officials at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport say they found 70 live finches hidden inside hair rollers.Authorities say a passenger arriving from Guyana on Saturday had the songbirds in a duffel bag.The New York Times reports officials believe the birds were brought to the U.S. to participate in singing contests. Customs officials say people bet on how many times the finches chirp, and a winning male finch...

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A multipronged crackdown on the press continued throughout 2018, the Committee to Protect Journalists concludes in a report published Thursday.Imprisonment, intimidation and allegations that journalists produce “fake news” surged in 2016, when U.S. President Donald Trump won the election, CPJ found.Trump has been a vocal critic of the press, often chastising journalists as “very dishonest people.”The number...

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The Boy Scouts of America says it is exploring 'all options'' to address serious financial challenges, but is declining to confirm or deny a report that it may seek bankruptcy protection in the face of declining membership and sex-abuse litigation. “I want to assure you that our daily mission will continue and that there are no imminent actions or immediate decisions expected,'' Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh said in a...

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A 7-year-old girl who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father last week died after being taken into the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol, federal immigration authorities confirmed Thursday.The Washington Post reports the girl died of dehydration and shock more than eight hours after she was arrested by agents near Lordsburg, New Mexico. The girl was from Guatemala and was traveling with a group of 163 people who appr...

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Actress and director Sondra Locke, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film role in 1968’s “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” and went on to co-star in six films with Clint Eastwood, has died.Locked died Nov. 3 at her Los Angeles home of cardiac arrest stemming from breast and bone cancer, according to a death certificate obtained by The Associated Press. She was 74. Authorities were promptly notified at t...

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A divided U.S. appeals court Thursday blocked rules by the Trump administration that allowed more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control.The ruling, however, may be short lived because the administration has adopted new rules on contraceptive coverage that are set to take effect next month and will likely prompt renewed legal challenges.Thursday's ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circ...

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The United States is immediately instituting a new policy for Africa that was just approved by President Donald Trump, his national security adviser, John Bolton, announced Thursday.'Under our new approach, every decision we make, every policy we pursue, and every dollar of aid we spend will further U.S. priorities in the region,' said Bolton, speaking in Washington.  'Our first priorityis...

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The U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution by a vote of 394-1 Thursday, declaring Myanmar's military campaign against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority a genocide.A United Nations report released in August said the military carried out mass killings and gang rapes with 'genocidal intent' and also definitively called for Myanmar officials to face genocide charges for the first time.Myanmar's military has denied pr...

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Federal prosecutors in Detroit are seeking nearly 11 years in prison for an Indian man convicted of sexually assaulting a sleeping woman during a commercial flight. Prabhu Ramamoorthy was expected in federal court Thursday in Detroit. He was jailed after being accused of molesting a woman with his hands while she slept on an overnight flight from Las Vegas to Detroit in January.  Ramamoorthy was in a middle seat sitting next to the vict...

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A 92-year-old man who survived Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust was struck and killed by a car while crossing a street near his home in Oregon.Alter Wiener died Tuesday in Hillsboro and was pronounced dead at a hospital, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.Wiener endured three years in concentration camps and later in life wrote an autobiography titled, “From a Name to a Number: A Holocaust Survivor’s Autobiograph...

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The United States is rethinking its role in U.N. peacekeeping missions across Africa, with White House National Security Adviser John Bolton and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis looking to place U.S. forces and resources elsewhere.When Bolton outlined the administration's new Africa policy Thursday, he announced the U.S. would no longer support 'unproductive, unsuccessful and unaccountable U.N. peacekeeping missions.''We w...

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi shrugged off suggestions Thursday that she weakened herself by agreeing to limit her tenure as next House speaker to a four-year maximum, a deal that clears the way for her to be elected to the post for the new Congress.'That's a long time,' she said at a news conference a day after she and seven insurgents who'd been pushing for younger leadership announced their pact.For weeks, the 78-year-old Calif...

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Months after the White House raised hopes for bringing home thousands of U.S. battlefield remains from North Korea, the returns have stalled. Detailed negotiations on future recovery arrangements have not even begun.The slower pace appears linked to the more talked-about stalemate over North Korea’s nuclear weapons .At a June meeting with President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un committed to “work toward” the...

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President Donald Trump is welcoming governors-elect from both parties to the White House.Among those attending Thursday are Florida Republican Ron DeSantis, Georgia Republican Brian Kemp, Illinois Democrat J.B. Pritzker, Wisconsin Democrat Tony Evers and newly-inaugurated Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican.White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Doug Hoelscher says they’ll be discussing “shared pri...

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