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Trans retired U.S. colonel 'elated' over Pentagon ban lift

Madison - Sheri Swokowski can pinpoint the exact moment when history started to change. It was a 2014 event for transgender rights in Washington. Her date was a colleague from the Pentagon.

Obama releases civilian casualty figures on some drone strikes

Washington - The Obama administration has finally released figures on the number of civilians killed in non-combat areas including Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia.

Chipotle just can't shake the bad PR — This time its a drug bust

New York City - Chipotle Mexican Grill has been working hard to regain customer loyalty after the food safety scandal that rocked the company's foundations last year. Now, it looks like they are in hot water again, this time over a cocaine bust.

U.S. reveals death tolls from drone and air strikes

Washington - The United States on Friday lifted the lid on one of the most controversial tactics of President Barack Obama's secretive counter-terror campaign, detailing for the first time the number killed in air strikes in countries like Pakistan and Libya.

Op-Ed: Vermont's GMO labeling law has nationwide implications

Starting Friday, most foods sold in Vermont must legally display on the label if the item contains any genetically modified organisms (GMOs). While the law only covers products sold in Vermont, it does have nationwide implications.

Two new cases of alleged sex abuse by UN peacekeepers in C. Africa

New York - The United Nations is investigating allegations that peacekeepers in the Central African Republic have sexually abused two minors, the latest in a wave of shocking cases to hit the UN mission.

Israel settlements, Palestinian incitement must stop: quartet

New York - The Middle East diplomatic quartet urged Israel to stop building settlements and Palestinians to cease incitement to violence in a much-awaited report on Friday that drew a frosty response from both sides.

U.S. attorney general says won't interfere in Clinton email probe

Washington - US Attorney General Loretta Lynch pledged Friday to respect FBI and prosecutors' decisions on whether to charge presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton over her use of personal email while at the State Department.

Israel settlements, Palestinian incitement must stop: Quartet

New York - Israel should stop building settlements and the Palestinians should cease incitement to violence, the Middle East diplomatic quartet said in a much-awaited report Friday aimed at reviving peace talks.

DHS wants visitors to U.S. to provide social media accounts

The Department of Homeland Security is proposing visitors to the United States from countries whose citizens do not need visas be asked, on a voluntary basis, to provide social media handles and usernames.

What does Google really know about us?

Google has launched a new site called "My Activity." The website reveals absolutely everything Google knows about its users.

Obama and Biden join Clinton on campaign trail next week

Washington - US President Barack Obama will join Democratic White House hopeful Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail for the first time next week, days before Vice President Joe Biden also stumps with her, Clinton aides announced.

'Self-driving' car driver dies in crash in Florida — First in US

Federal officials announced on Thursday the first death in the U.S. using self-driving technology occurred in May in Florida when the driver of a Tesla S sports car operating the car's automated driving system died after a collision with a truck.

Op-Ed: Florida's Treasure Coast choking on blue-green algae blooms

Palm Beach - Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in Martin and St. Lucie counties on Wednesday after beaches and waterways became clogged with a thick, guacamole-like blue-green algae.

Op-Ed: Thank God discriminatory TWU law school denied accreditation

Our society has yet to provide an environment for each and every citizen that's free from discrimination. But we are getting closer to it and a ruling yesterday from the Ontario Court of Appeals indicates just that.

UN approves deal for Italy, Netherlands to share Council seat

New York - The UN General Assembly on Thursday elected Italy to the Security Council under a deal that will see the Netherlands take over the seat in a year.

U.S. military lifts ban on transgender personnel

Washington - Transgender personnel will no longer be barred from serving openly in the US military, the Pentagon announced Thursday -- a major milestone that immediately drew fire from Republican lawmakers.

Bear kills cyclist near Glacier National Park

Police have reported that a grizzly bear attacked and killed a cyclist close to the Glacier National Park, located in Montana.

Feel an earthquake? Google search will tell you right away

People living in areas prone to earthquakes often use social media to get other people's real-time reactions to the shaking and to get an idea of the severity of the quake. Google now provides useful information about quakes, right after they occur.

US human trafficking report blacklists Myanmar

Washington - The United States on Thursday blacklisted eight more countries for failing to combat human trafficking, including fledgling democracy Myanmar, but was criticized for taking an easier line on Thailand.
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