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Revealing Israel's Nuclear Secrets: The Pentagon Declassifies a Surprising 1987 Report

Dimona nuclear facilityIn early February, the Pentagon declassified a 386-page report from 1987, exposing for the first time ever the actual depth of top-secret military cooperation between the United States and Israel — including, amazingly, information about Israel’s unacknowledged nuclear program.

In view of the caustic tension that has increased lately between Washington and Jerusalem, the timing of the publication’s declassification, after a long legal process, might raise a few eyebrows. I have some knowledge about the build-up process of Israel’s nuclear capacity and after reading the report in question I must express my astonishment: I have never seen an official American document disclosing such extensive revelation on subjects that until now were regarded by both administrations as unspeakable secrets.

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Former Alabama officer charged with violating man's civil rights after beating

Ala. officer sued for violation of civil rightsA former Alabama police officer has been charged with violating the civil rights of an Indian man who was injured during a violent confrontation in February, authorities said on Friday.

Former Madison police officer Eric Sloan Parker is charged with using unreasonable force that left Sureshbhai Patel hospitalized. He was slammed face-first to the ground in the confrontation, which was captured on video.

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Israel to stop withholding Palestinian tax revenues

west BankIsrael said Friday that it will transfer Palestinian tax revenues it has been withholding as punishment for the Palestinians' application to join the International Criminal Court.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said the decision was made following the recommendation of Israel's security establishment and because of humanitarian considerations. Israel has been under international pressure to release the frozen funds and Israeli security officials had warned that continuing to hold back the revenue could spark violence.

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Private investigator reportedly tracks NYT investigative reporter

Ariel kaminerFormer New York Times reporter Ariel Kaminer has found herself tangled up in a mysterious private investigation involving New York University and Abu Dhabi.

On Friday, the Times reported that Loren Berger, a New York-based private investigator, has been making inquiries about NYU professor Andrew Ross, who has publicly criticized the exploitation of migrant workers building the university’s campus in Abu Dhabi. The investigator has also sought information on Kaminer, according to the Times report.

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Germanwings pilot hid health condition

Airbus pilot hid illnessGerman authorities found torn-up sick notes showing that the pilot who crashed a plane into the French Alps was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy, which he apparently hid from the airline.

French prosecutors believe Andreas Lubitz, 27, locked himself alone in the cockpit of the Germanwings Airbus A320 on Tuesday and deliberately steered it into a mountain, killing all 150 people on board.

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Calif. deputy police chief among six arrested in drug sting

Calif. deputy police chief among six arrested in drug stingA deputy police chief in Fresno, Calif., was among six people arrested Thursday in a federal drug-trafficking bust that involved the sale of heroin, marijuana and prescription narcotics, authorities said.

Fresno Deputy Police Chief Keith Foster was taken into custody and faces charges of conspiracy to distribute or possess with the intent to distribute, ABC 7 in San Francisco reported.

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Judge in Texas blocks federal rules change for gay couples

Texas judge blocks federal lawA federal judge in Texas has blocked temporarily federal rules that would have expanded medical leave benefits to some gay couples.

In a 24-page ruling filed Thursday in Wichita Falls, Texas, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor granted a preliminary injunction that stays expansion of the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act to include same-sex couples.

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Harry Reid says he will not seek re-election

Harry ReidSenate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday he will not seek re-election to another term, saying he wanted to focus on bringing Democrats back to power in the Senate.

Reid, 75, said in a statement that it would be "inappropriate for me to soak up all those resources when I could be devoting those resources to the caucus, and that's what I intend to do."

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Alex Baer: Too Many Fronts, Not Enough Back

GOP clownsMilitary strategists will tell you almost anything in order to get a new war contract or get a green light to go stomp something. But they'll also mix in some truth from time to time. One of these truths is that nobody ever wins a war having too many fronts.

The concept has never been clearer to me. I am surrounded, and they're closing in on all sides. The war I'm waging, and very clearly losing, is one of basic interest.

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