Friday, December 20, 2013

U.S. general in charge of missiles fired for drinking, carousing -investigation Friday December 20th, 2013 at 2:48 PM Reuters: U.S. WASHINGTON

U.S. general in charge of missiles fired for drinking, carousing -investigation

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A two-star general who oversaw the U.S. arsenal of intercontinental missiles was fired for allegedly drinking and carousing with women while leading a government delegation to Russia for talks on nuclear security, an inspector general report showed.

New Mexico Supreme Court rules to allow same-sex marriage

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SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) - The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the state, ending legal ambiguity that had produced a patchwork arrangement in which some counties permitted gay nuptials while others prohibited them.


Rape case removed from U.S. Air Force general who made controversial ruling

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Air Force general who provoked outrage early this year by overturning a fighter pilot's sexual assault conviction has been removed as the officer in a rape case after dismissing the charges, military officials said on Thursday.

U.S. Senate OKs defense policy bill with sex crime reforms

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate approved its annual defense policy bill late Thursday despite partisan rancor, agreeing to reform the way the military justice system responds to sexual assaults and boosting the Pentagon's ability to help destroy Syria's chemical weapons.

Obama nominates Senator Baucus as ambassador to China

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday announced he will name U.S. Senator Max Baucus, who has long worked on China trade and economic issues, as his next ambassador to Beijing, underscoring the importance of commercial ties with the Asian power.

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Freed Abruptly by Putin, Tycoon Arrives in Germany

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Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia’s richest man, flew to Berlin on a private jet after President Vladimir V. Putin signed a decree pardoning him early Friday. 

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Iraq violence more than doubles in 2013: is country headed off the cliff?

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At least 7,500 civilians have died in Iraq this year, the death toll surging because of the war in Syria and the failure of Sunni-Shiite reconciliation.

Does Putin's new Literary Assembly bode ill for Russian writers? 

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