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At least 11 dead in attack on Tunisia military bus

Tunisia bomb attackAt least 11 people were killed on Tuesday after an explosion hit a bus carrying Tunisian presidential guards along a major street in the centre of the capital Tunis.

Security and presidential sources said the explosion was an attack, adding it was not immediately clear whether it was a bomb or an explosive fired at the bus as it travelled along Mohamed V Avenue.

Ambulances rushed from the scene and security forces quickly sealed off the area.


N.H. panel throws out challenge to Trump being on state GOP ballot

Trump NH status upheldThe New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission on Tuesday quickly and unanimously threw out a challenge to Donald Trump's eligibility to be on the state ballot.

The challenge was brought on by Fergus Cullen, the former New Hampshire GOP chairman, who said he was motivated by a longstanding worry that the real estate mogul could hand the election to Hillary Clinton.


In taking economic war to Islamic State, U.S. developing new tools

ISISSince last month, U.S. warplanes have struck Islamic State's oil infrastructure in Syria in a stepped-up campaign of economic warfare that the United States estimates has cut the group's black-market earnings from oil by about a third.

In finding their targets, U.S. military planners have relied in part on an unconventional source of intelligence: access to banking records that provide insight into which refineries and oil pumps are generating cash for the extremist group, current and former officials say.


UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash kills 4 in Fort Hood, Texas

helicopter crash at Fort HoodA UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, similar to the ones pictured, crashed during a routine training mission in Fort Hood, Texas, killing all four crew members Monday afternoon. File Photo by Russell Lee Klika/Department of Defense | License Photo

KILLEEN, Texas, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a routine training mission in Fort Hood, Texas, killing all four crew members, military officials said.


Chicago cop charged with murder in shooting death of black teen

Chicago cop chargedA white Chicago police officer was charged on Tuesday with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in October of 2014, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said in a statement.

The officer, Jason Van Dyke, who shot McDonald 16 times, was being processed at Chicago's main criminal courthouse and will appear at a bond hearing at noon, the statement said.


Ford recalls 450,000 vehicles for possible fuel tank issue

Ford recallsThe Ford Motor Company issued a recall notice for about 450,000 2010 and 2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan models, citing a possible fuel tank problem.

The announcement Monday said some cars could have an malfunctioning canister purge valve, which could lead to a pressure buildup, followed by cracks, leaks and possible fires, in their fuel tanks.


Five shot near site of Jamar Clark protest

Jamar ClarkThe family of a black man who was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer has called for supporters protesting the killing to move on to “the next step,” after five people were shot near the site of the dayslong demonstration.

No one was seriously injured in the shooting late Monday.

It wasn't immediately clear who was behind the attack. A witness to the shooting, Oluchi Omeoga, reported seeing three strangers wearing masks among the protesters. Police said early Tuesday they are searching for three white male suspects.


Russia confirms its jet was shot down near Turkish border

Vladimir PutinTurkey shot down a Russian fighter plane Tuesday — a long-feared crisis in Syria's civil war and apparently the first time a NATO member has downed a Russian plane in a half-century. At least one of the pilots was reported killed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called Turkey's action a "stab in the back by the terrorists' accomplices" and warned of "significant consequences," and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov cancelled a visit to Turkey which had been planned for Wednesday.


First EPA chief accuses Republicans of ignoring science for political gain

Willlliam RuckelshausThe man considered the father figure of environmental protection in the US has attacked Republicans for “going through all the stages of denial” over climate change, accusing leading presidential contenders Donald Trump and Marco Rubio of ignoring science for political gain.

William Ruckelshaus, who on Tuesday is to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor, the presidential medal of freedom, told the Guardian that leading Republicans are harming the US’s reputation by attempting to stymie efforts to tackle climate change.


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