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Saudi Arabia launches air strikes in Yemen

Audis bomb YemenA coalition led by Saudi Arabia has launched air strikes against Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen, saying it is "defending the legitimate government" of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Saudi jets targeted Houthi positions in the capital Sanaa overnight, along with missile batteries and warplanes.

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US National Guardsman and His Cousin Arrested for Trying to Join ISIS, Authorities Say

ISISThe FBI has arrested two men -- one of them a current member of the Illinois National Guard -- for allegedly trying to join ISIS, the brutal terrorist group wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, authorities said.

Army National Guard Specialist Hasan Edmonds, 22, was arrested at Chicago Midway International Airport as he was trying to fly to Egypt, according to authorities. His cousin, Jonas Edmonds, 29, was arrested at his home.

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Georgia Governor to sign bill legalizing marijuana derivative

Georgia marijuana billGeorgia's Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign a bill legalizing a marijuana derivative after the state House resoundingly passed the measure.

Deal is expected to sign the legislation, dubbed Haleigh's Hope Act, on Friday. The bill passed the House 160-1, putting to rest a two-year struggle by medical marijuana supporters.

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Is the F-35 fighter jet a trillion-dollar fiasco?

F-35On the outskirts of Las Vegas, the full array of U.S. airpower is on display at Nellis Air Force Base – from proven workhorses like the F-15 and F-16 to more modern aircraft like the F-22.

Parked alongside the runway, you’ll also find the latest addition to America’s military arsenal. Billed as the future of manned airpower in the U.S., the F-35 is a product of the most expensive weapons program in U.S. history. According to one Pentagon report, the price tag will reach $1.4 trillion.

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Rights group accuses Palestinians of war crimes in 2014 Gaza conflict

War crimes in GazaAmnesty International said in a report Thursday that Palestinian organizations had committed war crimes during the 2014 Gaza-Israel conflict, by killing both Israeli and Palestinian civilians using indiscriminate projectiles.

The report from the human rights group comes after two other reports issued in late 2014 that accused Israel of war crimes for attacks on multistory civilian buildings and attacks on Palestinian residential homes during the war.

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Special Ops forced to use flawed intel equipment in war zones

special ops using flawed intel equipmentThe military has been trying to force special operations troops heading to war zones to use flawed government software for intelligence analysis instead of a commercial alternative they say they need, according to government records and interviews.

Over the last four months, six Army special operations units about to be deployed into Afghanistan, Iraq and other hostile environments have requested software made by Palantir, a Silicon Valley company that has synthesized data for the CIA, the Navy SEALs and the country's largest banks, among other government and private entities.

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Germanwings Pilot Was Locked Out Of Cockpit Before Crash In France

Germanwings pilot locked outAs officials struggled Wednesday to explain why a jet with 150 people on board crashed in relatively clear skies, an investigator said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit before the plane’s descent and was unable to get back in.

A senior military official involved in the investigation described “very smooth, very cool” conversation between the pilots during the early part of the flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. Then the audio indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not re-enter.

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Confessions of a Prosecutor Who Sent an Innocent to Death Row

Justice deniedGlenn Ford spent 30 years on death row for a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to die in the electric chair, he was sent to a Louisiana penitentiary in 1985. "My sons, when I left, was babies,” he said. “Now they’re grown men with babies.” Earlier this month, he was released at age 64, but his story doesn't end happily.

He has stage-four lung cancer. He is expected to die within months. And the state of Louisiana doesn't want to pay the $330,000 it owes for destroying his life, as The Shreveport Times noted in an editorial denouncing the state's behavior.

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'60 Minutes' under fire for Africa coverage

60 minutesJournalist and author Howard W. French and more than 150 other writers and professors sent a letter to 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager on Wednesday faulting the CBS News program for its "frequent and recurring misrepresentation of the African continent."

"In a series of recent segments from the continent, 60 Minutes has managed, quite extraordinarily, to render people of black African ancestry voiceless and all but invisible," French, a former New York Times foreign correspondent, wrote in the letter, which was signed by college professors and writers from across America.

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