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Pentagon chief used personal email account until December 20

Pentagon chiief used personal emailNewly released documents show Defense Secretary Ash Carter used his personal email account for government business for nearly a year, until December 2015, when news reports revealed the practice.

The Pentagon late Friday released 1,336 pages of the emails in response to Freedom of Information Act requests by The Associated Press and other news organizations.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook says in a statement to the AP that the release shows that none of the emails contained classified information.


Parents get 'namaste' banned from yoga lessons at Georgia elementary school

Georgia parents get namaste bannedAdministrators at an elementary school in Georgia are making changes to yoga practices for students, after parents complained such practices encouraged non-Christian beliefs.

Bullard elementary, in Cobb County, is one of a number of schools across the US and in Georgia to offer yoga and other mindfulness practices rooted in Hinduism and Buddhism as stress management methods for students.


'Oh, what a big gun you have': NRA rewrites fairytales to include firearms

NRA rewrites fairy talesThe US pro-gun lobby is entertaining its younger members with its own take on classic fairytales, but they have a unique twist: firearms.

The National Rifle Association’s website is featuring the pro-firearms stories. The latest Hansel and Gretel (Have Guns), written by Amelia Hamilton and posted last week, is accompanied by a picture of the titular siblings lost in the forest, as is traditional, but rather than being petrified of the story’s witch they’re supplied with rifles.


Massive blast as train collides with propane truck

train derailmentA fireball lit up the night sky over a small town in northwestern Minnesota, hours after a freight train derailed after colliding with a propane truck.

Authorities ordered  Callaway, a town of nearly 250 people, to evacuate after a Canadian Pacific train collided with a semi-truck which was hauling propane on Thursday.


Family says New York siblings were killed in Brussels terrorist attacks

NY siblings killed in Brussels attackThe family of two New York City siblings has confirmed that authorities confirmed they died in the terrorist bombings in Brussels.

Belgian authorities and the Dutch Embassy positively identified the remains of Alexander and Sascha Pinczowski. The information was issued Friday by James Cain on behalf of the Pinczowski family. Cain is the father of Alexander’s fiancé, Cameron Cain.


New photos of Oregon wildlife refuge reveal damage done by Bundy standoff

Bundy standoff damage revealedThe US Fish and Wildlife Service released new photos from the scene of the 41-day standoff at a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon, showing that protesters left behind trashed buildings, damaged facilities, a compromised septic system and government offices with missing possessions.

The images from the Malheur national wildlife refuge in rural Harney County – where anti-government activists, led by Ammon Bundy, staged a takeover in January to protest federal land-use regulations – show piles of garbage, offices turned upside down, abandoned camping gear, food and alcohol, broken walls and excavated grounds.


Garry Shandling, inventive TV comedian, dead at 66

Gary Shandling dead at 66Garry Shandling's Show" parodied talk shows and sitcoms with reflexive, absurdist comedy, has died. He was 66.
Los Angeles Police Department Officer Rosario Herrera confirmed his death Thursday afternoon. The cause of death was not given.

Shandling became a hero to a generation of comedians for his self-aware comedy and groundbreaking shows.


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