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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Cheat Sheet - Inside the ISIS-al Qaeda Merger Talks

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November 11, 2014
The Khorasan group, which the U.S. has bombed at least twice, is trying to broker a merger between ISIS and al Qaeda, Jamie Dettmer reports. U.S. airstrikes on Jabhat al Nusra, the Syrian branch of al Qaeda, are pushing them together. "Assad must be grinning," one rebel says.
Since 9/11, only sports teams have been granted a classic New York City ticker-tape parade. Michael Daly writes it's certainly past time we have one for the people who deserve it most: the more than 1 million veterans who have served during our nation's longest wars. It is the least we can do for Iraq and Afghan War vets.

The prosecuting attorney in the case to determine if Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson will be charged for killing Michael Brown slammed the rumors and speculation surrounding the grand jury's deliberations. Robert McCulloch criticized the "daily, if not hourly" gossip as to when the St. Louis County grand jury will determine whether to file charges against Wilson. "Rank speculation should be ignored," he said. He said nothing has changed since he said in a press release this month that the grand jury would reach a decision on Wilson by mid- to late November. The Justice Department already said last month that it was unlikely to charge Wilson with civil-rights violations.

A woman who taught for 29 years "without a single complaint" is facing 25 charges for allegedly raping her son with her ex-husband, reports Nina Strochlic. The charges against Lori Ann Anderson of Cridersville, Ohio, all trace back to June 11, 1999, when her son was a young teen. The former first-grade teacher is eager for a trial where she can "tell her side of it," said her lawyer.

Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, wed as many as 40 women, including some who were already married and one who was as young as 14, the church has acknowledged. Smith's marital history had been the subject of frequent historical debate, but until recently, Mormon leaders had taken pains to present the church's founding prophet as happily married to one woman. Now the church says that "careful estimates put the number between 30 and 40." The church disallowed plural marriage in 1890 under pressure from the U.S. government.

U.S., China Reach Major Tech Trade Deal
Tariffs pact could cover $1 trillion.
China Panics Over Ladies' Man Putin
Too chivalrous with the president's wife.
S. Korea Ferry Captain Gets 36 Years
Search for bodies ends.
Google Signs $1 Billion NASA Lease
For space exploration and robotics.

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