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Belgium Arrests 13 in Anti-terror Raids

Belgian police officers guard a street in Verviers, Belgium, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.

Belgian prosecutors say they have arrested 13 people in a series of raids across the country, saying the suspects are believed to have been members of an Islamic group planning attacks on police officers. Officials told reporters Friday there is no apparent link to last week's terror attacks in Paris. However, two suspects were arrested […]

January 16th, 2015 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

'Fat Leonard' Pleads Guilty in US Navy Bribery Scandal

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark Pletcher, left, and Robert Huie, talk outside the federal courthouse, about the guilty plea of Leonard Francis, known in military circles as Fat Leonard, on bribery charges involving U.S. Navy officials Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

VOA News - A Malaysian military contractor at the center of a corruption scandal rocking the U.S. Navy has pleaded guilty to bribery and fraud charges, admitting he presided over a decade-long conspiracy involving scores of U.S. Navy officials, tens of millions of dollars in fraud, and millions of dollars in bribes and gifts, including […]

January 16th, 2015 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Undocumented Immigrants Apply for Driver’s Licenses in California

Immigrants brave cold weather as they line up outside a Department of Motor Vehicles office to register for drivers licenses, Stanton, Calif., Jan. 2, 2015.

By Elizabeth Lee - LOS ANGELES— The line at the driver’s license office in Los Angeles is so long it goes out the front door and wrapa around the building. But many of the people waiting don’t mind, including Christian Alvarado. “It is so exciting,” he says. “For a long time I have been waiting for a license.” Originally […]

January 9th, 2015 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Pentagon Announces European Base Closings

FILE - Soldiers from the U.S. 173 airborne brigade, who are among the troops participating in the exercises in western Ukraine, are seen exiting a C-130 transport plane.

The United States says it will close more than a dozen bases in Europe in a move the Defense Department expects to save $500 million per year when fully implemented, with no impact on the military’s ability to respond across Europe. The list of European base closures announced Thursday includes operations at Royal Air Force […]

January 9th, 2015 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Searchers Detect Signals from AirAsia Plane's Black Boxes

Indonesian navy divers prepare operations to lift the tail of AirAsia Flight 8501 in Java sea, Indonesia Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.

Indonesian authorities say searchers have detected ping signals from the black boxes of AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed in the Java Sea on December 28. An official said Friday the pings appeared to be coming from an area on the sea floor separate from the tail section where the voice and data recorders were located. […]

January 9th, 2015 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

French Police Kill 3 Gunmen to End Hostage Crises

French Police Kill 3 Gunmen to End Hostage Crises

By Lisa Bryant - PARIS—French authorities say the two suspects in Wednesday's Charlie Hebdo attack have been killed and their hostage freed during a police raid north of Paris. A separate raid in the capital killed another gunman holding multiple hostages at a kosher supermarket. Explosions and gunfire sounded as police moved in Friday on the warehouse […]

January 9th, 2015 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Study: Fat Cells Protect Against Infections

FILE - Brown fat cells are seen in the body.

Not all fat is bad. A new study has found that fat cells that lie beneath the skin’s surface may protect against bacterial infections. U.S. researchers say dermal fat cells, known as adipocytes, produce peptides or proteins that shield against invading bacteria. Experts explain adipocytes provide immediate defense against bacteria by producing antimicrobials, giving immune […]

January 5th, 2015 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US Health Worker Arrives in Nebraska for Ebola Evaluation

File - Health care worker, possibly exposed to the Ebola virus, is being transported to a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska

Reuters - An American health care worker possibly exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone arrived at a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska on Sunday for evaluation and any necessary treatment, an official said. The patient was taken by ambulance from the Omaha airport to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where three other patients were […]

January 5th, 2015 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Jury Selection Begins for Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

A federal police officer and K-9 dog patrol outside the federal courthouse on the first day of jury selection in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Boston, Massachusetts, Jan. 5, 2015.

Jury selection for the trial of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is underway. Jurors are being selected from about 1,200 people at the federal court in Boston, Massachusetts. Twelve jurors and six alternates will be selected. Tsarnaev sat at a table in the jury assembly room with his lawyers. He faces the death penalty […]

January 5th, 2015 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Official: AirAsia Tail Section Possibly Located

National Search and Rescue Agency personnel carry the seats of AirAsia Flight 8501 after being airlifted by a U.S. Navy helicopter at the airport in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, Jan. 5, 2015.

Indonesian officials said a naval patrol vessel may have found what could be the section of a crashed AirAsia passenger jet where the crucial black box voice and flight data recorders are located. "We found what has a high probability of being the tail of the plane," Yayan Sofyan‎, captain of the patrol vessel, told […]

January 5th, 2015 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

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