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$10 Million Bounty Placed on Houthi Leader in Yemen

The Iran-backed Houthi insurgents who took over Yemen tried putting a $100,000 bounty on the head of recently deposed President Abd Mansour Hadi, who has been forced to flee the country. Vocativ reports that considerably larger rewards have now been posted for the capture of Houthi leader Abdel Malik al-Houthi and the previous president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has thrown in with the rebels.
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Confirmed: Hillary Clinton Lied About Not Wanting To Carry Two Email Devices

All of us, including - no, especially - Democrat voters, need to think long and hard about whether we're ready to wave aside all legal restraints on the aristocracy, in favor of trial by political combat. Making polls the only courtroom aristocrats ever need to face is a dumb idea, but it's especially dumb when their favorite crimes involve concealing their activities and misleading the public.
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At Least 40 Casualties Reported In Yemen Refugee Camp Bombing

Reuters reports at least 40 people were killed and 200 more wounded in an errant attack against a camp for "displaced people" in northern Yemen on Monday. Houthi insurgents claim this was collateral damage from an air attack on their positions by the Saudi-led international coalition seeking to restore the government of deposed President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
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ISIS Beheads Shiites In Syria; Teenage Boys Lead Prisoners To Slaughter

ISIS released another beheading video through social media on Sunday. The new film is notable in two respects: the victims were captive Shiite Muslims in Syria who were described as "impure infidels" by their captors, and a group of teenage boys were employed as assistant executioners, continuing the Islamic State's trend of working children into their murder videos.
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‘Boycott Indiana': The Church Of the State Is the One True Faith

Religious liberty has become something believers have to beg for, on bent knee, hats in hand, while mumbling a stream of apologies about how they're not motivated by personal animosity toward anyone. Their adversaries are free to question their very humanity, dismissing matters of faith and conscience with a sneer.
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Report: Germanwings Co-Pilot Surfed Gay Porn and Suicide Websites Before Crash

The picture of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz' troubled state of mind grows more complex with the revelation, reported by International Business Times, that investigators have discovered that Lubitz "trawled the dark side of the web visiting, among other things, sites containing gay porn, suicide themes and sexual perversions."
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Germanwings Pilot Treated for ‘Suicidal Tendencies’

More background information on Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot who crashed his plane into the Alps after locking his captain out of the cockpit and killed 150 people, has trickled out over the weekend. Investigation of his medical history has uncovered vision problems that might have made him anxious about the impending termination of his flight career--an even-more stressful development because he reportedly had a baby on the way.
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Shots Fired as Driver Rams Gate at NSA Headquarters, At Least One Dead

A vehicle attempted to ram the gate at the headquarters of the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade, Maryland at roughly 9:30 on Monday morning, initiating a confrontation with security forces that ended with shots being fired. At least one uniformed guard appears to have been injured and loaded into an ambulance.
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Syria’s Assad Denies War Crimes, Says He Is Ready for Dialogue with U.S.

According to the Associated Press, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad is open to discussing cooperating with the United States—years after President Obama's chemical weapons "red line" debacle—but demands respect as a legitimate ruler despite cementing power in an election the State Department openly called a "sham."
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Elon Musk: A.I. Advances Are ‘Summoning the Demon’

Humanity handled Y2K. But AI may be something bigger and more difficult. After all, we didn't have to worry about Y2K fighting back. Perhaps it's worth thinking about the safeguards that should be built into contemporary progenitors of the future's incredibly complex expert systems, before they become self-aware and acquire civil rights.
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Report: Germanwings Co-Pilot Tore Up Doctor’s Note Excusing Him from Flight

The Germanwings story is mutating with incredible speed. At first we were assured by the company that young co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who evidently crashed the plane on purpose and killed 150 people, was "100% fit to fly," with no physical or mental problems whatsoever. Then we were told Lubitz took an extended break from pilot training for counseling to deal with "burnout" and emotional stress, but that was back in 2008, so it wasn't necessarily relevant to his behavior this week.
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Germanwings Co-Pilot Took Training Break to Deal with Depression and Burnout

It looks as if we have an answer to one of this morning's lingering questions about Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who evidently seized control of his plane and drove it into the Alps, killing 150 people. Lufthansa earlier divulged that Lubitz took a long break from his pilot training. Now the UK Daily Mail has more details about that episode, saying he suspended training in 2008 "because he was suffering from depression and burnout."
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US To Control The Skies Over Tikrit… While Iran Takes The Ground?

Two weeks ago, the seemingly effective Iraqi operation to retake the city of Tikrit from ISIS ground to an abrupt halt, the "final push" delayed for an indefinite period out of concerns over collateral damage, according to Iraqi officials. It was widely speculated the more pertinent problem was that Islamic State forces proved to be much harder to dislodge than anyone wanted to admit, so time was needed to bring up reinforcements and prepare the battlespace.

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