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Open the lid on US torture: The public deserves to know what the CIA did in its name

Majid KhanI thought things might be changing earlier this year, but I was wrong.

In January, Barack Obama’s administration announced what seemed to be a major change in policy: Henceforth, former prisoners of the Central Intelligence Agency would be allowed to describe their life in custody. Though they could not identify CIA personnel or disclose where they were tortured, the new rule allowed them to provide “information regarding [their] treatment” and “conditions of confinement.”


At least 2 killed, 9 critically injured in Seattle ‘Ride the Ducks’ crash

Seattle bridge tourist bush crashRescue crews were called to the scene of a serious crash involving a bus and a ‘Ride the Ducks’ vehicle on the Aurora Bridge late Thursday morning.

The crash, that occurred around 11:15 a.m., blocked all northbound and southbound lanes of the SR 99 Bridge. At least two people were killed, and nine were critically injured in the crash, Seattle Fire said.


BMW stock tumbles after report of high emissions

BMW stock tumblesA sudden wave of scrutiny over emissions threatened to engulf BMW after a German magazine reported Thursday that one of the luxury automaker's diesel vehicles emitted 11 times the amount of nitrogen oxides acceptable in Europe.

The German automaker's shares tumbled 7% as of 8:24 a.m. ET following Auto Bild magazine's report that the International Council on Clean Transportation had discovered curiously high emissions on the BMW X3 crossover vehicle.


Brain-computer connection helps paralyzed man walk

computer-brain helps paralyzed man walkA man's ability to walk using direct brain control of his legs was restored after years of being paralyzed, researchers reported in a proof-of-concept study.

The system uses electrical signals from the man's brain, sending them to electrodes placed on his knees, allowing him to voluntarily move his legs.

Previous research has shown paralysis patients can be made to move their legs with noninvasive treatments, however this study used virtual reality training and a harness system, rather than an exoskeleton to help the man support his weight.


Caterpillar says it could cut 10,000 jobs to reduce costs

Caterpillar to cut jobsCaterpillar is planning another round of job cuts that could exceed 10,000 people through 2018, as the construction and mining equipment maker adjusts to downturns in key markets that it serves.

That could amount to more than 8 percent of the 126,800 employees it had globally as of June.

The Peoria, Illinois, company said Thursday that it will cut as many as 5,000 people mostly by the end of this year from its salaried and management workforce. It then could cut thousands more, raising the total cuts above 10,000, as it figures out which factories and manufacturing sites to close through 2018.


Pope to Congress: ‘Do unto others...’

Pope FrancisPope Francis stood before a bitterly divided U.S. Congress on Thursday and reminded lawmakers of that most golden of rules, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Those others, the pope made it clear, include immigrants, the impoverished, the Earth itself, and political rivals.

In white robes that glowed against the austere setting, flanked by two former Catholic altar boys -- House Speaker John Boehner and Vice President Joe Biden -- the pope delivered a stern exhortation to show more legislative responsibility and compassion for all citizens.


Kremlin: Putin to meet Obama on Monday

PutinVladimir Putin and Barack Obama are to meet on Monday in New York, their first face-to-face encounter in nearly a year amid strongly troubled relations between the two nations.

The announcement of the meeting was made Thursday by the Russian president's spokesman Dmitry Peskov and confirmed by the White House.

Putin is to speak Monday at the United Nations General Assembly. It was not immediately clear if the meeting with the U.S. President would take place before or after the speech. Peskov said Putin also is to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday.


Saudi Arabia: Stampede at hajj kills 717 pilgrims

Saudis killed in stampede 2015A horrific stampede killed at least 717 pilgrims and injured hundreds more Thursday on the outskirts of the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the deadliest tragedy to strike the annual hajj pilgrimage in more than two decades.

At least 863 pilgrims were injured in the crush, said the Saudi civil defense directorate, which provided the death toll. The tragedy struck as Muslims around the world marked the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday.


Israel Must Pay Church for West Bank 'Price Tag' Attack

Israel to repay church for arson[Israel] must compensate the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes for the arson attack against it in June, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has decided.

Two “hilltop youth” from the West Bank settler outposts are currently standing trial for this attack, and there are three other suspects.

The church, located in Tabgha on the shores of Lake Kinneret, had originally applied to the Israel Tax Authority for compensation. But two weeks ago, the authority rejected its request, saying the property tax law only authorizes state compensation for attacks perpetrated due to the Arab-Israeli conflict, whereas the indictment in the church arson case says the assailants were motivated by religious hostility to Christianity.


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