Bush Officials Did Little Oversight of CIA Interrogation Program

Former President George W. Bush sits alongside members of his cabinet. (White House photo)

WASHINGTON -- In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election. Afte... more

Colorado Funds Medical Marijuana Research

Marijuana plants.

DENVER — Colorado was poised Wednesday to award more than $8 million for medical marijuana research, a step toward addressing complaints that little is known about pot's medical potential. The grants to be awarded by the state Board of Health would go to studies on whether marijuana helps treat epilepsy, brain tumors, Parkinson's disease and po... more

Pakistan: 67 Militants Killed After School Massacre

Pakistan said its forces killed 67 militants, such as those seen in this photo, in response to a Taliban attack on a school that killed 148 people, mostly children.

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre. Meanwhile, a Pakistani prosecutor said the government will try to cancel the bail granted to the main suspec... more

Army Corrects Retirement Inequity

About 160 Army officers pegged to be forced out of the service with reduced benefits will now be allowed to remain on active duty or retire with full benefits after an Army review found numerous officers were unfairly targeted. “Under the criteria for officer separations, these soldiers should not have been considered,” Secretary of the Army Jo... more

Iraq Clashes With ISIS Delay Evacuation of Yazidis

Islamic State Seizes Iraq Village, Advances on Yazidis

BAGHDAD — Sporadic clashes between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and Islamic State extremists, as well as other logistics problems, are delaying the evacuation of the last Yazidis still trapped on Sinjar mountain, an Iraqi lawmaker said Friday. Fighting was still underway near the mountain, said lawmaker Mahma Khalil, himself a member of Iraq's minor... more

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