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Inspector General: Literacy Training Of Afghan Forces Has Limited Success

Mon, 2014-01-27 21:02

Three years after a $200 million program was started, 50 percent of recruits are illiterate. Teaching all 352,000 recruits to read and write at a first-grade level, said some officials, may be "unrealistic."

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Tech Leader Quasi-Apologizes For His Nazi Rampage Analogy

Mon, 2014-01-27 18:17

After comparing the outrage over the richest one percent to Kristallnacht, venture capitalist Tom Perkins quasi-apologized Monday night. "The use of the word ... was a terrible misjudgment," he said, before noting "I don't regret the message."

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New Bipartisan Farm Bill Emerges From Long Debate In Congress

Mon, 2014-01-27 17:04

A five-year farm bill will end months of uncertainty for farmers and agriculture workers, its backers say. The Agricultural Act of 2014 would also end a long-criticized farm subsidy program.

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X Games Show The Olympics What The Kids Want

Mon, 2014-01-27 16:11

The X Games have changed the lineup and atmosphere of the Winter Olympics with the introduction of snowboarding, half-pipe and now slopestyle. But when a youth-lifestyle, punk-rock sport makes it to the Olympics, some things inevitably change.

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'Crazy' And 'Surreal': Figure Skater Jason Brown's Road To Sochi

Mon, 2014-01-27 15:10

Weeks after he turned 19, Jason Brown placed second at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships with an electrifying performance that became a YouTube sensation. "I'm so blown away and so shocked — beyond shocked. It's so surreal to me," he says.

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U.S. Agencies, Tech Firms Agree To Rules On Surveillance Info

Mon, 2014-01-27 14:31

While the agreement gives tech companies more options in publishing data about government requests for information, it also includes several limitations. It's part of President Obama's plan to change how U.S. intelligence agencies handle personal data.

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Key Senate Republicans Offer Their Plan To Replace Obamacare

Mon, 2014-01-27 14:25

"Obamacare just isn't working," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said on the Senate floor Monday afternoon. So he and two of his more influential Republican colleagues have proposed yet another plan to rewrite the Affordable Care Act.

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Worries About Bird Flu Curtail Chinese New Year Feasts

Mon, 2014-01-27 14:00

Serving chicken, pigeon or duck for the holiday may be harder this year for some families in China and Hong Kong. As the deadly H7N9 virus continues to spread, officials in China have closed many live poultry markets, while agricultural workers in Hong Kong plan to cull thousands of chickens this week.

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You've Got Mail, And It Smells Like 18th Century Paris

Mon, 2014-01-27 13:36

The oPhone device (the "o" is for olfactory) will be able to send and receive whiffs of preprogrammed aromas remotely. Created by a Harvard professor, it's intended to add the sense of smell to the way we communicate.

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State Of The Union Invitation List: Who Makes The Cut

Mon, 2014-01-27 13:29

Guests who get an invitation to the annual State of the Union address tend to reflect the personal and political aims of the president. Some have won notice during important news events that define the times — like the Boston Marathon bombing.

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For Taiwanese News Animators, Funny Videos Are Serious Work

Mon, 2014-01-27 13:15

The studio responsible for bizarre viral videos featuring 3-D animations of the news is more serious than you'd think. Go behind the scenes at the Taipei-based Next Media Animation to find out why this fast-moving — and controversial — company says it's charting the future of news.

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California Bar Rejects Stephen Glass, Ex-Writer Who Fabricated Stories

Mon, 2014-01-27 13:12

The court was unconvinced that Glass had changed his ways. Glass, the court said, failed to prove that he was of good moral character as the law requires.

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The Doctor At The Heart Of The U.S.-Pakistan Rift

Mon, 2014-01-27 13:00

Prickly relations between the U.S. and Islamabad are becoming even thornier because of one issue: the case of Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden in 2011. Afridi is seen as a hero by many Americans, but that didn't deter Pakistan from jailing him for alleged militant ties. The U.S. Congress is withholding $33 million in aid to Pakistan until the doctor is freed. But Afridi's lawyer fears this tactic will antagonize Islamabad. He urgently wants Afridi freed, warning that the doctor is at severe risk of being killed by fellow prisoners.

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No Surprises: Egyptian Military Endorses Its Chief For President

Mon, 2014-01-27 13:00

Out of Cairo on Monday came new indications that Egypt's military chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, will run for president in an election expected within the next three months. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Egypt's highest military body, disseminated a message praising Sisi and endorsing him for a presidential bid.

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In Ukraine, Protesters Declare Corruption The Problem

Mon, 2014-01-27 13:00

Attempts by Ukraine's president to quell anti-government protests — including an offer to install opposition leaders in a reshuffled cabinet — seem to have failed. The protests grew over the weekend and spread beyond the capital, Kiev. The protestors say they are determined to force the president's resignation and end what they call a corrupt and dictatorial regime.

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On Different Frequencies, Two Sides Of Syrian Media Clash

Mon, 2014-01-27 13:00

For the first time, the Syrian peace conference brought the rival sides together, while Syria's competing media delegations faced off at even closer range. Pro-government and pro-rebel journalists reported on the same events for the first time, side by side. They sparred, traded insults and even threw some punches in a media war that is as hot as the fighting on the ground.

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At Syria Talks, Sides Meet In Person — But Don't See Eye To Eye

Mon, 2014-01-27 13:00

At the Syrian peace talks, government and opposition representatives held their first face-to-face discussion about a political transition — but by the end of the day, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi had no progress to report. He urged both sides to focus on the desperate humanitarian situation facing Syrians in several besieged cities.

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Alleged Gang Rape In India Draws Spotlight On Village Justice

Mon, 2014-01-27 13:00

Allegations that a young woman in India was gang-raped on the orders of an informal "Village Council" have sparked outrage across India. The woman was apparently punished for having relations with a man from outside her community. Critics have called for a crackdown on village councils, saying that they are based in a traditional and outdated concept of morality and that they undermine India's established law.

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The President Hopes For State Of The Union To Be A Big Reset Button

Mon, 2014-01-27 13:00

The political world is gearing up for President Obama's State of the Union on Tuesday night, an address in which the president gets to outline his priorities for the coming year. With tens of millions of people watching on TV and — the administration hopes — on their cell phones and tablets, the speech offers the chance to reframe the terms of many of the difficult issues that have so far dogged the president's second term.

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The Middle Class Took Off 100 Years Ago ... Thanks To Henry Ford?

Mon, 2014-01-27 13:00

In January 1914, Henry Ford started paying his auto workers a remarkable $5 a day. Doubling the average wage helped assure a stable workforce and likely boosted sales since the workers could now afford to buy the cars they were making. It laid the foundation for an economy driven by consumer demand.

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