U.S. sources: Russia forging alliance with Taliban
Growing evidence of Russian support of the Afghan Taliban worries U.S.

Obama’s budget request comes amid sexual assault investigation backlog
Over the past decade or so, the DOE's Office of Civil Rights, which is tasked with enforcing laws against discrimination of all kinds in educational programs, including Title IX, has watched its workload double while it’s resources have remained the same.

Two teen girls found shot dead at school in Phoenix suburb
Two 15-year-old girls died on Friday in a shooting at a high school in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale and were found with a gun beside them, police said. Glendale police spokeswoman Tracey Breeden said it was too early to determine if the incident at Independence High involved a suicide.

Auschwitz survivors testify at former SS sergeant's trial
DETMOLD, Germany (AP) — Three Holocaust survivors testified Friday about the horrors they experienced at the Auschwitz the death camp, on the second day of the trial of a former SS sergeant on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder.

$15 minimum wage protesters crash Democratic debate in Wisconsin



George W. Bush to hold first campaign rally for Jeb



Is Ted Cruz really the next 'Gipper'?



Cleveland mayor apologizes for billing Rice family



Judge says Cosby wife must give deposition, but with limits
A federal judge in Massachusetts ruled Thursday that Bill Cosby’s wife must give a deposition in a defamation lawsuit against the comedian, but said she can refuse to answer questions about private marital conversations. In the lawsuit, seven women claim Cosby defamed them by branding them as liars after they went public with accusations that he sexually assaulted them decades ago. A lawyer for the women has sought to compel Camille Cosby to give a deposition.

Last four holdouts in Oregon standoff surrender
The last four armed occupiers of a wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered to authorities Thursday, ending a tense 41-day standoff over grazing rights on federal land that left one dead. Jeff Banta, 46, of Nevada, Sean Anderson, 47, and his wife Sandra, 48, of Idaho, walked out of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge shortly after 9:30 am. About 90 minutes later, the last protester, David Fry, followed suit, but only after vowing "liberty or death" and having threatened to commit suicide.

Einstein's right again: Scientists detect ripples in gravity
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was just a tiny, almost imperceptible "chirp," but it simultaneously opened humanity's ears to the music of the cosmos and proved Einstein right again.

Relatives sob as 49 dead in Mexico prison battle
Relatives of 49 inmates slaughtered in a fiery Mexican prison brawl sobbed and fainted as they read the list of victims on a wall after the country's deadliest jailhouse riot in years. Thursday's battle involved two rival factions of the Zetas drug cartel fighting for control of the prison in the northern industrial city of Monterrey, highlighting the lack of authority and overcrowding plaguing many Mexican prisons. Hundreds of relatives flocked to Topo Chico prison before dawn after they learned that a brutal battle and fire had broken out.

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