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Ex-Guantánamo detainee dies fighting Assad in Syria

An Islamic opposition group in Syria has posted a video of the funeral of a former Guantánamo prisoner, the first known report that one of the 500 or so captives released during the Bush administration joined the Syrian insurgency to topple Bashar Assad. | 09/18/13 11:19:07 By - Carol Rosenberg

Feds still see wiggle room in Lummi Nation position on Washington state coal terminal

The Lummi Nation's position on the Gateway Pacific coal terminal seemed crystal clear in a July 30, 2013, letter to Col. Bruce Estok, district engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Seattle. | 09/18/13 12:12:13 By - John Stark

FBI a ‘secret domestic intelligence agency,’ ACLU says

In the wake of the National Security Agency spying scandal, the American Civil Liberties Union shifted attention Tuesday to the FBI with a report that described the bureau as “a secret domestic intelligence agency.” | 09/17/13 18:50:52 By - By Sarah Sexton

Aaron Alexis’ characteristics mirrored those of mass shooters

What are the factors that motivate a mass shooter? Washington Navy Yard shooting suspect Aaron Alexis had several characteristics common among mass killers, experts say: aggression, difficulties on the job, paranoia and anger problems. Alexis reportedly went on a rampage Monday, killing 12 people in a commando-style attack at the Navy Yard, where he was beginning work as a civilian contractor. | 09/17/13 19:58:05 By - By Maria Recio

Brazil to Obama: We’re not coming to dinner

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has scrapped a scheduled state visit to the White House amid Brazilian outrage over news that the U.S. spied on her and a Brazilian oil company. | 09/17/13 20:19:44 By - By Lesley Clark and Vinod Sreeharsha

Multi-nation military base offers Afghans a lesson on getting along

The very nature of the exotically multinational force at Camp Marmal in northern Afghanistan seems to mock the notion that war makes any sense. | 09/17/13 17:47:53 By - By Jay Price

2014 election campaign is underway in battle for control of Congress

Voters may not see the yard signs, but the 2014 election campaign is well underway. Congress is taking "test votes" that are more props for future TV ads than serious governing. Interest groups are raising millions to buy the TV ads that will flood the airwaves next fall. And potential candidates are deciding whether to run. | 09/17/13 16:37:04 By - By David Lightman

Report: After a decline, budget deficit will start growing again

The federal budget deficit should shrink to 2 percent of the total economy by 2015, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday in a new forecast. The debt held by the public would fall as a share of the economy to a healthier – but still high – 68 percent not long afterward. The improving numbers are due to cuts in government spending and an improving economy, and they reflect short-term trends, the CBO said. Over a longer window, through 2038, the nation’s finances remain on perilous ground, the CBO said. | 09/17/13 17:24:36 By - By Kevin G. Hall and William Douglas

Household income, poverty hold steady, number of uninsured declines

The nation’s elevated poverty rate and stagnant median household income showed no meaningful changes in 2012, while the number and percentage of Americans without health insurance declined slightly from 2011, due mainly to higher Medicare rolls, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report Tuesday. | 09/17/13 18:26:23 By - By Tony Pugh

Alleged D.C. gunman reportedly heard voices, had checkered past

A day after a bloody rampage at the Washington Navy Yard left 13 dead in the nation’s capital, troubling new details emerged Tuesday about the psychological state of alleged gunman Aaron Alexis and why his life appeared to have suddenly unraveled. | 09/17/13 19:25:46 By - By Kevin G. Hall

More media consumers are cutting the cable cord

The vast majority of Americans – 95 percent – still watch television using traditional cable or satellite options, according to Nielsen. But the number of households that choose to opt out of cable or satellite TV is on the rise, from 2 million in 2007 to 5 million in 2013, Nielsen’s data show. Rapid advances in streaming technology and faster broadband speeds make the transition easier than ever for those looking to “cut the cord.” | 09/16/13 17:51:28 By - By Lindsay Wise

CDC calls for action on drug-resistant bacteria

More than 2 million Americans develop antibiotic-resistant infections each year and about 23,000 die as a result, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. | 09/16/13 15:55:24 By - By Tony Pugh

Obama to award ‘lost’ Medal of Honor to former Army captain

President Barack Obama next month will bestow the nation’s highest military award for gallantry to former Army Capt. William Swenson for valor he displayed during a six-hour battle in eastern Afghanistan in 2009. | 09/16/13 18:40:32 By - By Lesley Clark

British company pulls out of Pebble Mine project

British mining giant Anglo American is abandoning its effort to develop Alaska’s Pebble Mine, leaving Canadian explorer Northern Dynasty Minerals alone in its attempt to push through the massive and controversial project. | 09/16/13 20:31:43 By - By Sean Cockerham

PBS series on Latino Americans is long overdue, they say

When most Americans talk about the heroes of the Alamo, the historic Texas battle for independence from Mexico, they may know the names Davy Crockett, William Travis and James Bowie, but not Juan Seguin. | 09/16/13 15:47:20 By - By Maria Recio

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