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GOP Probe Into Planned Parenthood Funding Comes Up Empty

Jason ChaffetzRep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Thursday that the GOP's investigation into Planned Parenthood's use of federal funds hasn't turned up anything.

"Did I look at the finances and have a hearing specifically as to the revenue portion and how they spend? Yes. Was there any wrongdoing? I didn't find any," he said during a Judiciary Committee hearing on the family planning provider.


South Carolina City Will Pay Walter Scott’s Family $6.5 Million

SC family to get 6.5 m for Scott shootingIt started out as a routine, discretionary traffic stop.

A rear brake light was out on the old car and the driver, fearing arrest for unpaid child support, didn’t wait around as the officer went to run his name and plates. What happened next captured national headlines and stunned the nation.

Minutes later, 50-year-old Walter Scott was dead—shot five times in the back by a North Charleston, S.C., police officer. When initially questioned by department supervisors, patrolman Michael Slager claimed he feared for his life.


Arizona Freshman Shot 4 in Late-Night Brawl

Arizona Freshman shoots 4Steven Jones, 18, reportedly pulled out a handgun and started shooting in a parking lot fight between students. As one victim died in a friend's arms, he fired again.

One student was killed and three others were wounded during a shooting near the Delta Chi fraternity at Northern Arizona University early Friday morning. Early reports indicate that the incident was a fight between students on the Flagstaff campus. Police Chief G.T. Fowler said there was a confrontation between frat members.


Finance officials to clamp down on multinational tax evasion

Tax evasion probeFinance officials from the world's 20 biggest economies have committed to toughening laws and boosting cross-border cooperation to prevent multinational companies from avoiding as much as $250 billion a year in taxes.

The unanimous agreement was announced Friday in Peru's capital on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund's annual meeting. The plan, to be presented to heads of state for approval next month at a Group of 20 summit in Turkey, seeks to address concerns about whether large companies such as Apple and Google are paying their fair amount of taxes.


ISIL kills top Iranian commander in Syria amid push on Aleppo

ISIL kills top Iranian GeneralISIL fighters advancing on the northern outskirts of the Syrian city of Aleppo have killed an Iranian military commander providing military advice to troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, Iran's army said Thursday.

The development comes as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant reportedly seized several villages in Aleppo province from rival groups in what some have described as the biggest advance by the ISIL since it launched its latest offensive.


US abandons failed $500M program to train and equip Syrian rebels

Syrian rebel trainins failingThe Pentagon has abandoned its failed $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels in favor of ramping up support for established and proven forces —including Kurdish fighters — a decision that comes on the heels of the Obama administration's admission that building a force from scratch to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was "a more difficult endeavor than we assumed."

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook announced the strategic overhaul on Friday, saying in a statement that the U.S. will now “provide equipment packages and weapons to a select group of vetted leaders and their units” who are “motivated to take back Syrian territory from ISIL.”


Tunisian democracy group wins Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel Prize to Tunisian peopleA coalition of Tunisian workers, business owners, rights activists and lawyers won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for intervening at a crucial time to push the North African country that sparked the Arab Spring revolutions toward democracy and away from civil war.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet "for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy" following Tunisia's 2011 revolution that overthrew its long-time dictator.


Svetlana Alexievich wins 2015 Nobel prize in literature

Nobel Prize LiteratureSvetlana Alexievich, the Belarusian writer whose oral histories have recorded thousands of individual voices to map the implosion of the Soviet Union, has won the Nobel prize for literature.

The Swedish Academy, announcing her win, praised Alexievich’s “polyphonic writings”, describing them as a “monument to suffering and courage in our time”.

She becomes the 14th woman to win the prize since it was first awarded in 1901. The last woman to win, Canada’s Alice Munro, was handed the award in 2013.


Panel: Remove Confederate flag from Florida Senate seal

Florida State sealCiting historical inaccuracies and a need to reflect modern values, a Senate committee unanimously recommended Thursday that the Confederate flag be removed from the Florida Senate’s official seal.

The vote came after little discussion and no opposition from the bipartisan panel. A two-thirds majority vote of the full Senate, or support from 27 of 40 members, is needed to complete the change.


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