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Ex-Marine charged with murder in sniper Chris Kyle’s death

February 4, 2013 Authorities still have no motive in the killing of Navy sniper Chris Kyle, but most signs seem to point the post-traumatic stress disorder as a possible culprit. Iraq war veteran Eddie Routh was charged with two counts of murder after shooting Kyle and his friend, Chris Littlefield, on Saturday. He ...

Bomb explodes outside the U.S. embassy in Turkey

February 1, 2013 A bomb exploded outside the entrance to the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, on Friday and witnesses say it may be a suicide attack. Details are still very limited, but the blast happened sometime around 1:15 p.m. local time (6:15 a.m. Eastern) and there are reports of damage to the ...

Chuck Hagel faces his biggest critics today

January 31, 2013 Washington could see the most contentious confirmation hearing of Barack Obama's presidency on Thursday, as former Senator Chuck Hagel fights for his chance to be the next Secretary of Defense. At least seven of the 12 members on the Senate Armed Services Committee have expressed some reservations on Hagel's nomination ...

Iran sent a monkey into space

January 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Iran claims that it sent a living organism -- a monkey -- into space for the first time ever, without help from any other countries—and brought it back alive. Iran's state controlled media announced the news this morning, without giving much detail, but had previously announced last month that a ...

U.S. Navy ship runs aground off the Philippines

January 24, 2013 A Naval minesweeping ship is turning into an environmental hazard after it was heavily damaged when it struck a coral reef off the coast of Palawan in the Philippines. The USS Guardian became stranded on the reef last week, but has recently begun to take on water as heavy waves ...

Clinton's Benghazi testimony will be her last act as Secretary of State

January 23, 2013 Before Hillary Clinton ends her tenure at the State Department she'll deal with one final piece of unfinished business today—answering Congress's questions about the Benghazi attack. Clinton will appear before both the House Foreign Affairs and the Senate Foreign Relations Committees in a full day of hearings on the subject. ...

Report: House GOP 'seriously entertaining' debt default idea

January 14, 2013 Now that the magic coin is no longer on the table, Politico is kicking off the next stage of the debt ceiling fight with a report that House Republicans are "seriously entertaining dramatic steps," including letting the government default or shutting it down altogether. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers even went ...

Latest flu numbers paint the picture of an epidemic

January 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Centers for Disease Control is set to release its weekly flu advisory report on Friday, which will show that the nationwide flu epidemic continues to grow, even though it may have begun to peak in the stateswhere it first began. The director of the National Institutes of Health says ...

FAA orders review of all Boeing 787 Dreamliners

January 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered a safety review of Boeing's flagship plane after two more dangerous incidents raised troubling concerns about their integrity. The latest problems came on Friday, when a Japanese flight crew found a crack in a cockpit window of a 787 Dreamliner and different 787 on ...

The U.S. may not leave any troops behind in Afghanistan

January 9, 2013 After previously suggesting that some American forces could remain in Afghanistan for decades to come, the Pentagon says it's considering the possibility that no U.S. forces could be stationed there after 2014. NATO and American forces are planning to withdraw all combat troops from the country by the end of ...