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Tops on Osama bin Laden's reading list: Illuminati, US foreign policy, Noam Chomsky

Osama bin LadenOsama Bin Laden kept close tabs on 9/11 conspiracy theories and recent American foreign policy and had an interest in the illuminati, according to a list of English-language books found at his compound that was released Wednesday.

Bin Laden had more than three dozen English-language works at the compound, many of them focused on America's efforts abroad, according to a list released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

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Takata Agrees to Double U.S. Air Bag Recall to 34 Million

Air bagAir-bag maker Takata Corp. gave in to U.S. regulators on Tuesday, agreeing to what will be the largest automotive recall in history as investigators continue to search for the root cause of a defect that has killed at least six people.

About 34 million cars are now on a list for an air bag replacement, double the number that had already been recalled. With vehicles from 11 different automakers and a severe shortage of repair parts, it could take years for all the cars to be made safe, said Mark Rosekind, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Court: FAA can allow cellphones during takeoff and landing

airplaine cell useFederal aviation officials acted within their authority in allowing airline passengers to use cellphone and other electronics during takeoffs and landings, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit threw out a lawsuit from the nation's largest flight attendants union. The group challenged the change in guidance over use of small electronic devices.

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Cameron's Conservatives win big in surprise UK election

UK electionThe Conservative Party swept to power Friday in Britain's parliamentary elections, winning an unexpected majority that returns Prime Minister David Cameron to 10 Downing Street in a stronger position than before.

In announcing his majority Conservative government, Cameron signaled a conciliatory tone, paying tribute to his former coalition partner, Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg, and the opposition Labour Party's Ed Miliband. Both resigned as leaders of their parties Friday after disappointing election results.

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Yemen: Saudi Arabia used US-supplied cluster bombs, rights groups says

saudi jetsThe Saudi-led coalition carrying out air strikes in Yemen has used US-supplied cluster bombs banned by much of the world, a rights group has said.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said it had evidence that the bombs were used at least twice against Houthi rebels. There were no reports of casualties.

Cluster bombs spread small bombs over a wide area and can leave unexploded munitions buried in the ground.

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Suspect arrested in shooting of NYPD officer

NYPD officer shotThe man accused of shooting a New York City police officer in the head will be arraigned Sunday on charges of attempted murder of a police officer, according to the Queens district attorney's office.

The suspect, Demetrius Blackwell, 35, was arrested Saturday night in the shooting of Officer Brian Moore, who remained hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

Moore, 25, a plainclothes officer, and his partner pulled up in an unmarked police car to a man who was adjusting his waistband suspiciously, police Commissioner William Bratton said.

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DOT issues final rules on flammable oil trains

oil train derailmentsThe Obama administration imposed tougher safety regulations Friday for trains carrying crude oil, responding to growing alarm about a series of fiery derailments that killed dozens of people in a small Canadian town and have rattled U.S. communities from North Dakota to Alabama to Virginia.

Details of the rules provoked a furious rebuke from the railroad industry’s main lobbying group, which called DOT’s mandate for advanced brakes “a rash rush to judgment,” while oil refiners said its requirements for retrofitting tens of thousands of older tank cars by as early as 2018 are “unrealistic” and may disrupt commerce. On the other hand, the rules fall far short of some environmental groups’ call for banning oil train shipments altogether, and they don’t require oil companies to process their fuel to make it less volatile before shipping it.

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